We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
Everywhere from pop culture to the hood, men are either consciously or subconsciously telling black women they aren't "wanted."
Last Monday I was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, along with dozens of other clergy, seminarians, and people of many faith traditions. As a white, middle-aged, married, mother of three and a rule-abiding Presbyterian, this was a new experience for me.
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.
The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.
While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also true that a small percentage lived as free citizens. And some were even able to prosper.
The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.
Bleak numbers surround the national high school dropout rate. Many of society's other problems -- like unemployment, poverty and overcrowded prisons -- can all be linked back to the individual decision to quit high school.
It is my hope that all black students make it a priority to address these type of issues on our campuses. Do not compromise your beliefs or your black experience for the pretense of neutrality.
As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.
Being black or brown isn't the problem. Neither is my childhood dream of having a house full of black and brown babies. The problem is white supremacy. I don't mean the still-dangerous KKK or Aryan Brotherhood. The white supremacy I'm talking about is much quieter.
So exactly how does one go from being a back-up singer for Mary J. Blige and Diddy to presiding over the hit TV judge show Paternity Court? If you're Lauren Lake, it starts with your upbringing.
Even though there are a few ways you can try and accelerate the process, it takes time to build credit. Credit cards can be one of the best ways to do so, and if you commit to using them properly, it can be worth the time you spend strategizing.
Since making a splash ten years ago in the hit Showtime series 'Soul Food,' Boris Kodjoe has made a conscious effort to shake his sex symbol status and be taken seriously as an actor.
Though the 37 year-old German-born hunk still has his fair share of magazine covers, including this month's issues of Essence and Men's Fitness, respectively, with his new star role on NBC's new 'Undercovers' he's hoping that people are finally recognizing his talent as an actor.
"It's flattering, but its nothing I can take credit for," he explained to BlackVoices.com during a break in shooting this week.
"Over the past few years, it's been more of a hindrance in that I had to really work ten times as hard to establish myself and prove to people that I'm more than that," he continued. "Sometimes, I think the sex symbol thing is overshadowing the fact that I've worked my butt off. I can't worry about how people perceive me."
Kodjoe said being on Broadway in the Debbie Allen-directed 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' boosted his credibility, adding that it was "an important stepping stone in that direction."
His new role as Steven Bloom, a former spy who comes out of retirement to solve a case, has been the perfect challenge for the former fashion model.
In addition to performing all of his own stunts, he gets to try out action, comedy, drama and a bit of romance -- something he said "keeps it exciting every day."
"Steven Bloom is probably closer to me as a person than a lot of the other characters I've played. He's a very worldly person, an athlete, he wasn't as far-fetched as other characters I played," Kodjoe said.
The father of two, who is married to his 'Soul Food' co-star Nicole Ari Parker, also revealed that 'Lost' creator J. J. Abrams did not seek out a black couple to play the shows leads.
"It was cast colorblind, it just happened to work out that way."
"J.J. just told me I was the guy for the part and that was really refreshing and traditionally that's not the case in TV and film," he added. "The world is multicultural and diverse but it hasn't been [shown that way on TV and film] in the past but it definitely is an important show because it shows that's what the world looks like."
And, although there's been speculation about whether 'Undercovers' can make it through the fall television season without finding itself on the chopping block, like the recently cancelled ABC show 'My Generation' and FOX's 'Lone Star,' Kodjoe isn't worried.
"I can't consume myself with the ratings because I'm not in control of it," he said. "We have a great show and we have to build our audience with a show that doesn't have an instant following like a 'CSI' sequel or' Law & Order' sequel."
"The network loves the show so hopefully they are going to give us a shot," he shared. "Our [debut] numbers at 9 million viewers [were] absolutely something to be proud of."
When he's not trapping the bad guy on the small screen, he's busy promoting his custom-made, yet reasonably priced clothing line, Alfa. And, he's very into being a father and husband.
"My wife and my kids are the most important thing for me in life," he beamed. "As long as I'm true to my family that is where my happiness and joy lies in life. Everything else will fall into place automatically," he shared.
'Undercovers' airs Wednesdays at 8 pm. on NBC.