And Malcolm X stands for self-empowerment. He is proof that anyone, even those who have fallen far, can free himself. You just have to work harder. That's why his spirit is very much still alive in the whole wide world even 50 years after his death.
The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!
In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."
These are women with family-friendly brands. They have made their livings online by being noncontroversial and avoiding the icky parts of life -- the icky parts that I love to dive into head first. But there they were, chiming in and telling me of their own fears and worry, thus mitigating my own ache.
The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.
Though it has a shorter legacy than the U.S.' month set aside to honor the achievements of people from the African Diaspora, those in the U.K. also use various mediums to educate the public on the African-Caribbean community.
On the one hand, many would argue that with the first black president in office, it is Martin's dream that has been realized. Yet, on the other hand, with endless wars abroad, increasing police brutality at home, and a society more divided than ever, it is safe to say that Malcolm's critique of -- and challenge to -- America has never been more urgent.
I was truly disappointed to see that a woman could go out of her way to say something so ignorant about another woman. I would hope that a woman who has been given a platform where she can speak her mind would want to use that platform to empower women not tear them down.
As we end Black History Month, let's celebrate our accomplishments and add to that list an 18-year-old girl who had the confidence and courage to address insensitive, stereotypical remark of ignorance head on.
if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.
In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.
There is no evidence that the FBI, other intelligence agencies, or the NYPD had a direct hand in Malcolm's murder. But it can't be totally separated from the well-documented, savage war that the FBI waged against black organizations and black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., during the 1960s.
There are aspects of ourselves that we are encouraged never to reveal; but I'm not a unicorn. I'm a man. I'm a black man. I'm a black male teacher. I'm a good, queer, black male teacher who is not quite as good when I feel it must be kept a secret.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters.
Now, I like hip-hop, but I don't love it. I mean, I like hip-hop lite. I don't remember how I ended up with a Russell Simmons audiobook, but it was divine. Surprisingly, Simmons spoke about his journey into yoga and meditation.
Sarye Huggins is a high school senior in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, a community disproportionately plagued by poverty and violence. Her journey from being a smart, shy girl attending some of the poorest and roughest schools in New York City towards becoming a strong, confident young woman has not been easy.
Just like Seinfeld's comedic line, "Not that there's anything wrong with that," when referring to homosexual behavior, "Is it racist," has become the new tagline to uncomfortable words ushered between people.
Locks are an unapologetically black hairstyle, from their origins to the growing process. And while natural black hair has been put down for hundreds of years in the United States, Zendaya Coleman was showcasing pride.
Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg will be bringing the hit film 'Sister Act' to Broadway in the spring of 2011.
Goldberg, who starred as lounge singer Deloris van Cartier in the 1992 blockbuster and its sequel, 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,' will be producing the musical along with Stage Entertainment UK. The show originally opened in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006 (starring 'A Different World' actress Dawnn Lewis), before starting productions in Atlanta and London.
The New York native is set to play the role of Mother Superior in the West End production -- which currently stars Patina Miller as Dolores van Cartier -- for a limited engagement, Aug. 10-31.
According to Broadwayworld.com, the record-breaking production has been seen by more than a million people and was recently nominated in seven categories at this year's Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Awards and for four Olivier Awards.
The show's original cast recording is also a big favorite with fans, recently reaching No. 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart.
A German production will open in Hamburg in December, followed by productions in Australia, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France and Spain soon after.
While the Broadway cast has yet to be announced, the behind-the-scenes talent come with several pedigrees: the New York production will be directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, while the music is scored by Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composers Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The book is written by Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, and choreography will be led by Anthony Van Laast.
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found -- a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.
Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover.
Soon it's nun-on-the-run time, but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.