A hundred years ago, Martha died. At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1914, the last individual of a wild blue dove whose flocks once numbered billions and blackened the American skies for days fell over dead in her Cincinnati zoo cage.
Honestly, it seems like there is maybe one week of summer we can actually enjoy. I don't care if there is pumpkin spice lattes to be had and school supplies to be bought. Summer doesn't end for weeks. Let's stop rushing through the season.
It was worth the wait for Hillary Clinton to speak out. Clinton skipped the platitudes and echoed the uncomfortable truths that black men are routinely profiled, disproportionately pack America's jails and prisons, and get longer sentences than white males.
I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.
If you're young, black and female, your identity might be a liability. Recent studies have proven that online dating can be tainted by racism.
Breastfeeding is our symbol to the world that I will make my best effort to commit to giving my baby the best first food possible, despite my circumstances. And if for some reason if I am unable to, then it was not for lack of trying.
The cumulative and convergent toll of subtle, but discouraging, adult actions in schools and other child-serving systems they come into contact with too often impedes the success of children of color, especially those who are poor, and burdens them with an emotional toll they don't deserve.
The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.
While this was a controversy over a comic book character, it really played to a larger discussion on race-relations that continues to take place throughout most, if not all, of America. Why shouldn't a talented actor be considered to play a fictional character regardless of race?
"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.
It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.
The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.
Investment types often trot out the cautionary phrase, "past performance does not necessarily predict future results." And for good reason. Clients must understand that their financial tomorrow is no guarantee. Yet when it comes to the question of whether we are doing enough to ensure that we won't outlive our resources in retirement, we can learn a lot from history.
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.
Closing the achievement gap for minority students is always the topic of discussion and it seems to me that we have at least a partial solution right in front of us. Implementing year-round schooling will lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics.
Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.
Only by participating in the political process, building trust and cooperation with people unlike us, and using our smartphone cameras to expose official misconduct can we make America -- to borrow Dr. King's words -- be true to what we said on paper.
While music and art are entertaining, this is not entertainment. This is the residue of what I feel to be a spiritual and physical quest for a freedom that we can all share.
There are very few hip hop figures who remain as beloved in their death as they were alive, but The Notorious B.I.G. is one of those individuals.
Today (March 9) marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of the rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace. Since being fatally gunned down in 1997 after leaving a Vibe magazine party in Los Angeles, still, no suspects have been arrested in his murder.
Investigations into the murder of the Brooklyn-bred lyricist remain on-going and the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his mother, Voletta Wallace and his ex-wife Faith Evans, against the city of Los Angeles and other defendants is also pending.
Speculation is widespread as to who was blamed for Biggie's murder. Fingers have been pointed at former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and Los Angeles Police Department cops.
Wallace declined to comment on the status of her lawsuit but issued a brief statement to MTV News: "I thank you for the opportunity to touch [my son's] fans and for the network's continued support of me and the family, but it's been 13 years, I miss my son, his children miss their father, and the murderer is still at large."
LAPD officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, who are alleged to have been on the Death Row Records payroll and had a hand in the homicide, have since gone to prison on unrelated charges. The LAPD is said to have covered up the dirty cops' involvement in the death of Wallace to keep from a large civil lawsuit payoff. In fact, it was proven in July of 2005 that a lead investigator in Wallace's murder case hid evidence, which caused the trail to be declared a mistrial.
The FBI, which at one point picked up the investigation, have now stopped its pursuit, MTV News reported.
Regardless, of the long-standing difficulty in bringing Biggie's murder to justice, people who loved the 'Mo' Money, Mo' Problems' rapper are choosing to reflect on the music that he left the world with.
Bad Boy Records founder Diddy said that he's planning to celebrate his friend on a day that he thinks should be a national hip hop holiday. The Harlem-born music mogul will head across the bridge to Brooklyn club, the Lab, where Biggie tunes will be played all night by DJ Mister Cee.
"It's a day to celebrate his life," he said. "It's a day to celebrate the life of the man. We done did the movie, the records. It's something that, I guess, as a label we're obsessed with: making sure people don't forget about this man in a positive way."
"March 9 is Biggie Day. ... Bump Biggie all day, feel good and positive," Diddy declared.
Biggie Day it is.