Memorial Day weekend is in full swing and Brooklyn has you covered if you are looking to be around some beautiful black culture. If you still don't have any plans check out some of these events where the melanin will definitely be on fleek.
Not too long ago, Mr. Brown, you were in a similar place as Ms. Ayeb when the media aimed to make you feel ashamed and small, so I'm sure you can understand when I say to you that your remarks on TMZ were damaging, ignorant and unnecessarily part of this unhealthy cycle of mocking the mentally ill.
Philadelphia has a long history as an incubator for social justice activism, from the abolition of slavery to the Black Power movement. Moreover, with its high unemployment and poverty, low wages, and high incarceration rate, the city could become another Baltimore.
I believe Ambassador Haley's place in American history should be more prominent. For a man who made American history six times, Ambassador Haley never spoke of his accomplishments or the past preferring to concentrate on the future.
If one looks only at individuals with a bachelor's degree, the black unemployment rate still approaches twice that of the white unemployment rate. One reason? Because individual effort on the part of black workers cannot change the minds of the remaining discriminatory employers.
When former Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick stood before the Morehouse College Class of 2015 to deliver his commencement address, he joined a host of notable black men, who, in recent years have ascended to the heights of American public service and have too charged black men and boys to be exceptional.
While we may speak similarly as another from the same culture, a racially monolithic way of talking is simply not possible. We deserve to give each other room for cultural background and experience, and should not force each other to conform into our conceptions of their group.
I can go on and on about how the life of 20-year-old O'Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube was similar to every other 20-year-old black man in Amerikkka, I mean, America. The lessons he learned and the messages he portrayed exhibited on this album can still be heard today.
When I see the video of panic-stricken Toya Graham, I see myself, and all the other Black mothers who are desperate to keep our children physically, spiritually and emotionally safe in a society that doesn't honor their childhood. It's a special desperation known mostly by the oppressed.
The April riots in Baltimore, Maryland, were shocking, but in retrospect, should not have been a surprise. The tensions between the police officers and African Americans living in segregated, inner-city communities have been festering for decades.
Despite these understandable challenges, I do believe now is the time for us to engage in menstrual hygiene advocacy, for ourselves as well as for women and girls around the world. Our silence about menstruation has kept us psychologically and reproductively sick.
I have grown to love my features, not because the whims of fleeting trends tell me that I am allowed to, but because wishing to be anything different is an affront to who I am. Because there is something beautiful in the curves and hues that contribute to the woman I see in the mirror.
It's hard for me to celebrate on Mother's Day. I feel the absence of my 23-year-old son, Sean Elijah Bell, who was killed on November 25, 2006. He was out celebrating at his own bachelor party with his friends in New York City. It was only a matter of a hours before his wedding, and I was so thrilled.
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The tour, which will feature such additional hip-hop heavyweights as MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Rob Base, Whodini, and Kurtis Blow, will kick-off Feb. 4 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Wolstein Center.
Salt-N-Pepa, which consists of Cheryl "Salt" James, Sandy "Pepa" Denton,and Deidre "Dee Dee" Roper (DJ Spinderella) broke barriers in rap as an all-women rap crew, who opened doors for other women in the male-dominated hip-hop industry. With such hit songs as 'Push It,' 'Shoop,' and 'Whatta Man,' Salt-N-Pepa intertwined such themes as safe sex and female empowerment in their songs. As a testament to their talent, the trio have held their own for a quarter century in an industry that has seen many acts come and go.
The group, which officially reunited in large part because of the VH1 reality show 'The Salt-N-Pepa Show,' realized that their fans have been itching for a reunion, and decided to put aside their differences and make the tour and other ventures materialize.
"We encounter so many people who said they long to hear and see us again in concert," Salt said. "People really miss seeing us out there. They come up to us and mention that our music touched them, brings back so many great memories for them and helped them just see life differently."
Speaking to the unprecedented success of a smaller version of the tour in 2010, Pepa added, "Last year, the response was incredible. From Atlanta to DC, we sold out each date. People really want to see us and we really wanted to make this happen for our fans. Also, the timing was just right and it just all came together perfectly."
This year's 'Legends of Hip-Hop Tour' aims to bring together hip-hop lovers to celebrate this milestone for Salt-N-Pepa and enjoy a night of non-stop music and nostalgia.
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