As Black History Month comes and goes, television shows that foster black pride also come and go. I understand that many black men attached their self worth and their manhood to the character Bill Cosby made famous. In retrospect, I do not believe we need to look at television to give us our self worth.
The White House group's agenda was deep--with racial concerns about criminal justice, agriculture, education, health care and economic development when African American leaders met with President Barack Obama last week.
Students (young and older) respond to instruction in the way that is expected of them. If taught as if they are slow, students will conform to that perception. Imagine what would happen if we treated all students, from the earliest years through their post-secondary studies, as if there were geniuses inside, simply waiting for recognition.
The ugly truth is white on white crime does exist. It is a growing pandemic in the white community, and if we don't call attention to this problem soon, there will be no more white people left to run the world.
Fitz is an extremely aggressive individual, and I often get scared watching his interactions with both Mellie and Olivia, but somehow the show still paints him as the victim, the "good guy," and I really don't think it is okay.
Fifty years after the bloody Selma march shocked Johnson and the nation into taking fast track action to right a glaring historic wrong, namely the denial of the right to vote to millions in America, that right is still under intense assault. This is why we still need a Selma today.
Ol Parker is back as the screenwriter, and John Madden returns as the director. Both try to give this sequel the same feel as the first, but they've run out of ideas. Buying a new hotel seems like a giddy capitalistic exploit.
The people and police officers of Ferguson can ill afford to allow the difficult but necessary reform process that's now underway to be subsumed by petty politics. To plunge headlong into a dialogue defined by the same narrow, reductive, zero-sum talking points that frame so much of our national debate would be an inexcusable mistake.
Few leaders were more important to and decisive in mobilizing public opinion in support of the march than leaders from the American Jewish community. Ironically, it was this historic coalition that came to mind when I listened to and read the 24/7 media commentary around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent speech to Congress.
More often than I would like, I have used this space to decry our shortcomings because we retain and still use capital punishment. This past Sunday, however, marked the 10th anniversary of a high point in our shared history.
Black inequality--inaugurated under slavery and maintained by protean forms of white supremacy--has been central to American society, through to the present day. But where does AIDS fit into this story?
We cannot stay complacent or silent in the face of restrictive voting laws. The best way for us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Selma is to recreate the energy that forced Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in the first place.
In this documentary, Owino and Washington had 14 people brave enough to sit in the room with each other and talk candidly about their cultural and internal racial differences. "That is a great start... but we need more," Owino admits.
Advocacy alone has limited value. Institutions must be led by competent executives and they must produce graduates with a credential that has value in the market place. HBCUs do not deserve support just because of their existence; they deserve the support of their alumni because of what they have done, are doing and are capable of doing.
The president doesn't "love" America? Would that it were true. Would that the president felt a responsibility to the global future and, at the same time, could summon our real past, grieve for its victims and vow with every fiber of his being to atone for our history of slavery and conquest: the "white terrorism" of manifest destiny. Would that the president didn't "love" our myths.
While Nicki Minaj may be the hottest female MC on today's music scene, some have questioned the whereabouts of Foxy Brown and Lil Kim. Look no further, one of the two former rivals has resurfaced this week.
Brown made an appearance on BET's 'Mo'Nique' show, alongside the original Foxy Brown, Pam Grier, to discuss various topics, including her decision to take on Grier's iconic moniker.
"I love her so much, and I have always idolized [her]. She epitomizes what black women should stand for," she said. "Intelligence, beauty, strength, tenacity. I couldn't find a name and I was 14, 15 years old and Jay-Z and I was in the studio."
"We had this hit record and he says, 'What's your name gonna be,' and I didn't know what I to say. And I was always a fan of Pam so they were like why don't you be Coffee or Friday Foster or Sugarbaby, and I was like 'No, I have to be Foxy Brown, baby.' The one and only!" (Necole Bitchie)
It appears actor-singer Jamie Foxx may hold the key to unlock the hearts of committed women around Hollywood. In the past, Foxx has been known to swindle an impromptu kiss from some of the industry's hottest women, including Academy Award-winner Halle Berry.
Now we can add Victoria Rowell to Foxx's growing list of victims.
Judging from recent photos taken of the two this week, the pictures may tell a different story.
As you can see, Foxx and Rowell have redefined the term "platonic friendship." However, before the rumors begin to spread, 'The Young and the Restless' actress is married to Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey. (Essence)
FLO-RIDING WITH A STRIPPER?
Although various sources stating that ring-tone chart topper Flo-Rida and R&B songstress Brandy are officially an item, the Miami rapper may have another chick to help comfort him during those hot South Beach nights.
According to popular celebrity gossip site Young, Black, & Fabulous, Flo (born Tramar Dillard) is rumored to be "cheating" on the 'Brokenhearted' singer with local Miami stripper, Laeann Amos (pictured above), who is also known for her hosting duties on the city's television show 'Access Vibe.'
Sources tell the site that Dillard has been dating the voluptuous dancer on the low for quite some time, in addition to requesting Amos during photo shoots because he feels more "comfortable" taking flicks around her.
I guess it's time for Brandy to invest in some "Apple Bottom jeans" and "boots with the fur"... (The YBF)
As of late, actor-rapper Bow Wow has been making his rounds in the media detailing his sexual preferences in the bedroom. The former protégé of Jermaine Dupri is featured in Ozone magazine's sixth annual "Sex Issue" in which he opens up to the idea of purchasing sex.
Now the pint-size MC is making headlines for allegedly requesting oral sex from a fan via Twitter.
The screen cap Tweet showed Bow Wow asking; "How much for some dome? How far are you from Richmond?" (Translation: Dome = Oral Sex)
According to Bow Wow, the screen shot is a fake Photoshop image.
"The Tweet that was posted was Photo-shopped," he revealed to AllHipHop.com. "Just recently I did an interview on how I never pay for sex, so I guess someone felt the need to write some bogus Tweet before my original Tweet."
"I have damn near 500,000 followers on Twitter. If I were to Tweet such foolishness, it would have been all over Twitter in a matter of seconds. I don't know why people feel the need to try to s**t on my name or what I represent. All I want to do is please my fans, make more millions, make sure my family is straight and have fun."
Hence, "All I want to do is please my fans." (All HipHop)
RUSSELL'S NEXT TOP MODEL
Who would've thought that yoga could attract beautiful women to men? Apparently, that's Russell Simmons' technique on keeping up with his stock of women.
It's no secret that Uncle Russ has a fetish for young, virile models and not to taint his rep, the mogul has found another flavor for this month, or should we say week?
The multitalented philanthropist was spotted out this week at New York's SESAC Awards with model Heidi Allende.
Sources stated the two were not afraid to hide their affection for one another.
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