When a magazine calls a woman with pale eyes and hair beautiful, I don't have any problem agreeing. They are beautiful. We all are. But what many magazines fail to realize is that there's more than one brand of beauty.
One of the reasons I created GLAM4GOOD was so I could harness the positive aspects of fashion and beauty to celebrate courage and perseverance in the face of great difficulty, tragedy and pain. Nayanda was right, GLAM4GOOD is more than just a makeover -- often it's about honoring and acknowledging everyday heroism and bravery.
History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.
I was taken back to childhood days of dancing and singing along to the radio with my older sister, Danielle. There is -- and always will be -- something magical about sharing the dance floor with the person who has been able to finish your sentences.
When it comes to rape culture and manifestations of sexual violence against women, as people of color, we find ourselves at the forefront of this plague.
Most women are conditioned to believe that their hopes and dreams should dim in comparison to a mans. How often do you hear of men quitting their jobs because their woman got a new position that requires them to relocate? What about men choosing to stay at home with their children while the woman continues to further her career? Hardly ever.
What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.
"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."
We are more fit, more fun and more happening than previous generations. We wear similar clothing, like the same music and enjoy the same movies, books and television shows.
Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.
Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.
Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.
I asked males in the audience how they defined manhood. A lot of the usual terms came up like "provider" and "strong" and "responsibility." I responded those words could also apply to my single mother and most women I know.
The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.
Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.
While it may appear that VH1 is now the go-to cable network for reality series, the off-shoot of MTV is putting its focus back on to music later this year. Starting in September, music will make up 40 percent of the total programming.
Earlier this week, VH1 announced new shows, spin-offs and returning series at its upfront presentations for advertisers. Among the television programs announced were a few notable specials featuring some of today's celebrated music artists.
New episodes of the Emmy-nominated series 'Behind the Music' will begin airing in June. Usher, Jennifer Hudson, DMX, Eve and Jennifer Lopez are a few of the note-worthy artists who will be profiled on the show, which gives fans an inside look into the lives of these superstar performers.
'Get Rich or Die Tryin'' rapper 50 Cent will get his own 'Rock Doc,' called '50's Roots,' in which the music mogul will travel to the deep South in search of his family's slave lineage. 50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, will reunite with living family members and connect the dots on his ancestral heritage.
In December, 'VH1 Divas' will return and salute troops in a multiplatinum-artist tribute being produced with the USO. The female singers will perform songs from military bases around the world, in addition to becoming soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen for a day.
Christina Aguilera will kick off the new season of the intimate concert performance series 'VH1 Storytellers.' And the network's 2010 concert series, 'Friday Night Alright,' will resume with performances from Lady Gaga and Usher, to name a few.
Reality shows remain a big part of the network's identity.
As previously announced, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco will star in his own dating show. The 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant, like Flavor Flav and Ray J, will try his luck at finding a mate who can handle his superstar lifestyle. That series will premiere on July 11, the same day as the second season of 'The T.O. Show,' which follows Buffalo Bills football star Terrell Owens.
Additionally, in the spirit of VH1's new hit series 'Basketball Wives,' comes 'Football Wives,' a reality show following the women behind the men on the field. Another docuseries, 'Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend,' will share the stories of four women who have been associated with celebrity rappers. The eight-part series is being produced by Violator Management's Mona Scott.