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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.
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.
Whether it's Ferguson, Staten Island, New Orleans, Oakland, or anywhere in the United States, we know that change will only occur when national standards are implemented and enforced.
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.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was recently in Bali on a stopover. I had breakfast with him shortly after Jokowi's status as Indonesia's president elect was upheld by the constitutional court.
A couple of generations of school kids have grown up on the catchy McDonald's advertising jingle, "You deserve a break today." But during every working moment of those years McDonald's workers have gotten anything but a break when it comes to working hours and worse, their wages for those hours.
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.
Sadly, there are men who've been married for decades and still have no clue about what it takes to be a good dad or husband. Don't be like them.
NextAdvisor.com surveyed Facebook users ages 18 and older throughout the U.S. to find out exactly what they do and do not know about their cards. Shockingly, we found that most don't know the basics about their cards and are even making some crucial mistakes when it comes to credit.
In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.
The principle that a young Native kid could be denied his right to education -- in 2014 -- because of his hair... well, it seems anachronistic. A throwback. But in a bad way. We gotta do better than that.
Boris Kodjoe has been cast in the ABC pilot 'Georgetown,' an ensemble drama about young staffers on Capitol Hill.
The hour-long project, written by Will Fetters, is described as a sexy soap centered around the young people behind the power brokers of Washington, D.C. It centers on Andrew Pierce (played by Jimmy Wolk), an effortlessly charming and brilliant Yale graduate and the youngest presidential speech writer on record who was once idealistic but is now cynical as he sees how compromise has eroded the administration's promise.
Kodjoe will play the Democratic president's fiercely intelligent senior adviser, stated Deadline.com.
Kodjoe's last TV series, the J.J Abrams' NBC spy drama 'Undercovers,' which paired him with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, was canceled in 2010 after low ratings. Only 11 of 13 episodes aired.
Also cast in 'Georgetown' are Katie Cassidy, who will play Nikki, a smart and quick-witted junior staffer in the White House Communications Office with connections to the first lady; and Daisy Betts, who will play Samantha, an idealistic young staffer with the Democratic president, and daughter of a political dynasty who shares a romantic history with Andrew. Joe Mazzello, who was recently featured in 'The Social Network,' plays Peter, another junior White House staffer who lives with his best friends, Andrew, Nikki and Sam, while Condola Rashad, daughter of Phylicia Rashad and Ahmad Rashad, is an ambitious lesbian journalist reluctantly working the style segment of Website politicalcapitol.com when she'd rather be covering harder news. Kevin Zegers will play Monty, an incredibly wealthy stockbroker from a well-connected family and an old rival of Andrew's, who has just proposed to an ex girlfriend of Andrew's. Wendy Crewson is Senator Caroline Wallace, the GOP minority leader.
This is the third TV series Kodjoe will be in. For five seasons (2000-2004), the Austrian native and former fashion model played courier-turned-sports agent Damon Carter on the Showtime television drama series 'Soul Food,' opposite his wife, Nicole Ari Parker.
Parker will also be returning to television in the A&E hour-long pilot 'Big Mike,' which stars Greg Grunberg as a plus-size detective with the San Diego Police Department. Parker will play lieutenant Grace Peterson, Mike's boss.