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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since last fall's tragic death of her fiancé A.J. Jewell, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Kandi Burruss has been taking her time before getting involved with a new significant other.
But, on the season premiere of 'Housewives' viewers get an inside look at the new man in her life.
Willis McGahee is a running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Though the 28 year-old is no longer the NFL team's starting running back, last year he ended the season with his best career statistics, including second most touchdowns in the league with 14.
But, in addition to balancing his hectic professional football career, McGahee is working hard at winning over the 34-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter on the new season of the top-rated Bravo reality series.
In the first episode of the new season of 'Housewives,' Burruss reveals to her cast mate Kim Zolciak that the Miami native flew to Atlanta to meet her. The couple is later seen rock climbing in another scene of the season three premiere.
She admitted that the Pro Bowler and Heisman Trophy finalist was "good looking, a cool guy, and fun," but she expressed her doubt in any serious relationship with McGahee saying "he is in the NFL and athletes are used to girls flocking to them and I'm used to guys flocking to me. Plus, I don't like long distance relationships."
McGahee is slated to earn over $40 million through his seven-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, but with more money comes more problems.
Off the field, the University of Miami graduate has had a lot of drama with several child support cases. He has three children with three different women. And, is rumored to currently have a live-in girlfriend and another newborn child.
In 2005, two school teachers filed paternity suits against him claiming he fathered their boys. Keisha Walls gave birth to a boy, Kai Walls on April 19, 2006 and Chiniqua Smith gave birth to a boy, Willis McGahee IV, on Jan.6, 2006. The third woman, Dorothy Doretha McNeil previously sued McGahee in 2005 saying he fathered her daughter, Bria McGahee, born Jan. 17, 2005.
He was ruled the biological father – and has since paid child support – for McNeil's daughter and Smith's son. But, it is still unclear whether he is the father of Walls' child. Oddly enough she was married when she hooked up with McGahee, who she says she's been seeing on and off since 2003. It has not been publicly confirmed if McGahee is the father in the third case.
Still, McGahee and Burruss seem to be open to the idea of taking things further even though she proclaimed their current relationship is "nothing too serious."
Cameras show the two on their date discussing the idea of having sex. The Atlanta native tells McGahee that she made a bet with a friend that she could be celibate for one year. To which, he asks "Is oral sex eliminated?" and she said, "No." And he replied, "That's cool" with a sly smile.
Burruss vows to taker her time getting to know the next man who she likes before taking it one step further and having sex.