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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the ratings haven't been stellar nor dismal to the point where cancellation is imminent, changes are in order for NBC's 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' starting with the replacements of key actors, including Skeet Ulrich, Megan Boone and Regina Hall.
According to Deadline.com, Ulrich was the first actor to be cast on the show, playing detective Rex Winters, while Hall plays ADA Evelyn Price, who works for ADA Morales (played by Alfred Molina); Boone plays DDA Lauren Stanton, who works under Joe Dekker (played by Terrence Howard).
Boone is exiting completely, while Hall may return for a couple of episodes. Before the series premiered, Wanda de Jesus left the show and was replaced by Rachel Ticotin.
Dick Wolfe, who runs the spinoff show as well as the other series, the now-canceled 'Law & Order,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' has tweaked the other shows during the first seasons, and just like those shows, the changes won't stop production on any 'LOLA' episodes. Right now, the series is on episode 12.
During the early seasons of 'SVU,' Michelle Hurd and Dean Winters were replaced and many actresses came in as the new Assistant District Attorney, including Paula Patton, who lasted one episode in 2010 before leaving the series to take on a role in the new 'Mission: Impossible' film with Tom Cruise.
On 'Criminal Intent,' Theresa Randle played Assistant District Attorney Patricia Kent, replacing Courtney B. Vance (after season 5) as the A.D.A. assigned to the Major Case Squad, but only appeared in two episodes. Over the years, the show had gone thru several leads, with Saffron Burrows, Jeff Goldblum, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio starring in last season's show. With the final season set for this year on USA Network, original cast members Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe will return to the series as Detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames, respectively.