"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."
When it comes to rape culture and manifestations of sexual violence against women, as people of color, we find ourselves at the forefront of this plague.
One of the reasons I created GLAM4GOOD was so I could harness the positive aspects of fashion and beauty to celebrate courage and perseverance in the face of great difficulty, tragedy and pain. Nayanda was right, GLAM4GOOD is more than just a makeover -- often it's about honoring and acknowledging everyday heroism and bravery.
What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.
I was taken back to childhood days of dancing and singing along to the radio with my older sister, Danielle. There is -- and always will be -- something magical about sharing the dance floor with the person who has been able to finish your sentences.
The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.
Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.
Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.
Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.
Like many military members who survive a sexual assault, the process of reporting the rape and seeking some justice was a long, despairing and ultimately fruitless effort.
If I could speak to the person who killed Angela, I would tell them that I don't have the words to say just how sad I am. I would say, "Look what has happened to us."
I asked males in the audience how they defined manhood. A lot of the usual terms came up like "provider" and "strong" and "responsibility." I responded those words could also apply to my single mother and most women I know.
Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.
The media just love anniversaries. But I'm wondering how many mass media outlets will pick up on a confluence of two such commemorations this coming week -- a 50th and a 20th -- which mark separate major events in the long life of a recently departed global giant.
After three episodes shown so far, the much-hyped NBC spy series, 'Undercovers,' which stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is on the verge of cancellation following last night's ratings.
Deadline.com reports that the J.J Abrams produced show continues to fade in the 8 PM timeslot. It managed a 1.5/4 in 18-49 last night, down a notch from last week, where it managed a 1.6/5 and 7.1 million viewers, finishing distant fourth in the hour. On the same night last year, the now-defunct medical drama 'Mercy' drew a 1.9 in the hour, and NBC averaged a 1.7 in the time slot last season.
The entire evening didn't bode well for the network as 'Law & Order: SVU' (2.5/7), in the 9 PM timeslot, was down 11%. Even worse, the new spinoff, with Terrence Howard and Regina Hall, 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' (2.4/7) was down a steep 25% from its premiere last week. On the positive side, it still won what is shaping up to be a very weak Wednesday 10 PM hour this season and held 96% of its SVU lead-in.
On the upside, according to Target Market News, NBC has pushed CBS to third place to become the most watched network in black households with 'Undercovers' as a lead factor in the equation. The show averages 9.7 ratings with 4.5 millions among African Americans.
Maybe NBC should consider moving 'Undercovers' to Friday nights at 10pm, where 'Outlaw' used to be. NBC recently shut down production on the Jimmy Smits legal drama due to declining ratings.