"Is that shirt supposed to be funny?" she asked motioning to my satirical "Caucasians" T-shirt. And then she said, "I'll f*cking cut you." This is the part you don't really see in its full glory on the segment.
Kanye West has opened my eyes and there is no going back. The two experiences are exactly, exactly the same. In Hollywood you have gifting sweets, million dollar deals, access, social capital, hedonism, wealth and more -- AKA the same thing Blacks dealt with in the '60s. Agreed, Mr. West! Agreed!
I've remarked at how many people I overhear at open houses doing linguistic backflips in order to gather the crucial demographic info they need from a real estate agent while trying not to sound like a total xenophobic monster. It's a pretty amusing thing to behold, especially when I'm also in the room -- presumably judging them.
Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.
Wednesday's announcement of no indictment in the shooting death of John Crawford III, and the subsequent release of the video and audio detailing his last moments, relay a sequence as old as any, one with which we have become all too familiar.
He's played with the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder, and has a slew of number one hits to his credit, including his version of "On Broadway."
ll recognized that Brown's death, though significant, exposed deep-seated problems. To many I met, using education as a means of advancing racial equality, peaceful responses to conflict, and overall social justice had now become critical priorities.
Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.
You're young, you're black, and you've got no future. Why? Because you were arrested on drug charges. You've been arrested before, just like more than half of the other young black men in your neighborhood. But this time, you'll receive a mandatory 'war on drugs' sentence.
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I'm not a formal person, but there are certain expressions that pervade our cultures that I want eliminated or at least greatly curtailed.
There needs to be a cultural change with the league's front office. It can no longer be the dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about. We're talking about it and we're talking loudly about it.
In the aftermath of the Ferguson tragedy, the messages of Marvin Gaye's music, the youthful spoken word poets, and the shooting demise of young Michael Brown yielded a powerful mix of music and a gut-wrenching reminder of how far our society must go.
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Let us look back at that transformative, defining moment of the historic Mississippi Summer to guide us toward a better future. Let there be a "Ferguson Fall," where we put a plan in place to ensure that every eligible person is registered to vote and educated on the importance of doing so.
It has been nearly two months since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the beginning of the uprising that the murder triggered. Most social critics have observed that the uprising was not simply about racism and police brutality.
Sept. 24 was the 49th anniversary of an important federal policy ensuring access to taxpayer-funded work for all Americans. Faith leaders are holding actions to highlight the fact that, if we want to have something to celebrate when the policy turns 50 next year, the Obama administration has some serious catching up to do.
Controversy continues around celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley's newly released 'Oprah: A Biography," which documents the life of celebrated media maven Oprah Winfrey.
Last week, Bill O'Reilly confronted Kelley on his Fox News talk show, 'The O'Reilly Factor,' saying he never had a phone call with Winfrey, like the tome suggests.
During her press run to promote the unauthorized biography, the 68-year-old author said that Winfrey's cousin, Katherine Carr Esters, whom Oprah calls Aunt Katherine, told her the details of Winfrey's paternity, but Kelley chose not to include the name of Winfrey's biological father in the book. Instead, she vowed to personally share the name with Winfrey herself.
Now, Esters is claiming that she did not reveal details of Winfrey's paternity to Kelley. And the best-selling author is not taking the news sitting down.
Esters told Mississippi newspaper The Clarion Ledger that if she was able to talk to Winfrey, she would say, "Kitty Kelley misquoted me when she said I told her who your father was. How could I know? That's all I'd want to tell her."
Esters, 82, is remorseful that she participated in an interview with Kelley for the controversial tell-all.
"I'm sorry this book, portraying her falsely, was ever written and that I participated in answering questions," she added.
Kelley has said that Esters was one of the most revealing of the 800-plus subjects interviewed for the 525-page book. She stands by her work and took to her blog to defend the validity of the biography.
In addition to saying she is "not surprised, but disappointed" in Esters's claims, Kelley infers that "she may have come under some pressure" to recant their earlier conversations.
"I will have my representatives contact Ms. Esters to formally request that she release me from my promise to her not to reveal the identity of Ms. Winfrey's father, which she shared with me in her home on July 30, 2007," she said.
"Ms. Esters was both forthcoming and candid in sharing with me her conflicted feelings about Oprah and in revealing to me the identity of Oprah's biological father."
Kelley recounted that her conversations with Esters spanned three days, from July 30 until Aug. 1 of 2007, in-person at Esters' Mississippi home and subsequently on the phone, on Aug. 7-Oct.9 , 2007 and Feb.5, 2008.
She posted a picture of the two women from their time together and furthers that they "maintained a written correspondence" and that Esters supplied her with four of the photos she used for the final book.
Kelley added, "If Ms. Esters agrees, I will write a personal letter to Oprah Winfrey and share with her all the information which Ms. Esters gave to me."
Winfrey's spokeswoman, Angela DePaul, said that Winfrey "hasn't spoken with her [Esters]."
On Monday, Winfrey made her first public comments about the book while presenting an award to her best friend, Gayle King, in New York.
"Last week was a rough week for Gayle, when a so-called biography came out," Winfrey said in front of a well-heeled crowd at the the New York Women in Communications' annual Matrix Awards
"Every day she's getting herself more and more worked up about all of my new daddies that are now showing up. New daddies who are saying, 'Hello, daughter, call me, I need a new roof.' Well, this too shall pass."