I have no doubt that the standoff in Ferguson -- the demand for change -- goes this deep. I also have no doubt that tear gas won't pacify the protesters and replace their anger with fear of authority. Neither will all the military hardware the Defense Department can supply.
Think you have a pretty good idea of what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri? You may not, even if you've been watching a lot of cable news. Especially if you've been watching a lot of cable news. If the media's job is to give viewers and readers an accurate and full idea of what's really going on, we have to acknowledge that there is a long way to go. Of course, Ferguson is not an isolated case. But it is a chance for those of us in the media to expand our understanding of our role in covering the news. At HuffPost we are certainly covering the violence and the underlying racial tensions, but we are also committed to telling the "untold story" (as our splash put it on Tuesday) -- of compassion, ingenuity, kindness, trust, collaboration and community.
My preferring not to have intercourse might be less about a distaste for the actual act (or pain, or boredom) than it is about the way in which too many guys approach it, not just as the endgame but as the only way to truly score.
The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.
If you also believe that most Black families in the United States have talked about Ferguson, what does it say about the rest of us if we have not?
The nation's focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity for deeper racial understanding, but like other (too many other) teachable moments arising from the tragic loss of young black life, the opportunity is fleeting and frail.
Tank Burt is no stranger to the intimacy of the unsaid. As a director she's been honing her craft with shorts like Skateboard, Skateboard, a coming-of-age story told virtually without dialogue, and now she's made her feature debut as an actress.
It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.
Improving policing in departments with entrenched cultures has proven a challenging endeavor. Departmental culture plays a defining role in how police officers conduct their work, and it flows from the top, or, as they say, rots from the head.
The point is that black American life and white American life stay rigidly separated at absolutely key moments of human communication. Do some people feel they are "better" than some other people? Or maybe it's not that at all. Does it, in fact, cut far deeper?
Aggressively punitive and extreme drug policies are steeped in racism. Inherent in the response to drug law enforcement is a biased approach and stark double standards in the perceived threat of drug use by marginalized people.
Long before Brown's parents had to think about burying him, Brown felt the weight of the social death black men experience that readies too many of us for our actual deaths.
It's up to elected officials in Ferguson and communities across the country, and to the people who live in them, to address the deep-seated societal problems that fueled the explosion of outrage following the Brown shooting.
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Venting is easy and natural in these circumstances; restraint is hard. By rational, reasoned response we can block the next senseless killing and break the age-old pattern that has become ordinary in our country.
I am still trying to deconstruct why the Ferguson community's outpouring of grief, loss and anger was met with such an impersonal, aggressive and unrelenting show of militarized police use of force uncharacteristic of peacetime policing.
We know all too well the proximate causes of the rage in Ferguson but there are other much deeper socio-economic causes as well, namely the way the school systems, the economy, and particularly the labor market are structured so as to exclude cruelly so many from the American Dream.
A possible interpretation of the theme song and the show being is that you have to be grateful for the good times (the positives) in order to see your way through the remaining challenges.
Every year for the past 15 years, Stevie Wonder has held his annual House Full of Toys benefit concert, where the likes of Alicia Keys and The Jonas Brothers have joined the legendary singer-songwriter on stage in an effort to encourage concertgoers to bring presents for needy children who otherwise would receive no holiday gifts.
This month, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority becomes the first national Greek organization to partner with the 'Superstition' crooner. The sorority's International president Sheryl P. Underwood is looking forward to it.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to unite around the spirit of giving and bring joy to the hearts of some deserving children," the comedienne said.
Underwood, a former BET 'Comic View' host who appears regularly on 'The Tom Joyner Morning Show,' became the sorority's president in 2008 at the 23rd annual biennial business meeting in Las Vegas. Her election made her the first professional entertainer to hold the highest elected office of any National Pan-Hellenic Council Organization.
Underwood, a lifetime member, joined Zeta Phi Beta in 1990 and chartered a graduate chapter in Inglewood, California.
All 850 chapters of Zeta Phi Beta have signed on to collect toys.
Wonder's very own Inglewood-based radio station KJHL, a longtime partner in the annual event, will facilitate the collection and distribute the toys throughout California.
Supporters of Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys who are unable to attend the concert may send toys through Dec.17 to the radio station at 161 North La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301.
Stevie Wonder's House of Toys Benefit Concert, will be held Dec.18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles