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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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?
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.
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.