Pryor's legacy -- his brilliance, his contradictions and ultimate tragedy -- lingers in the shadows of Chris Rock's Top Five. He is referenced outright by Rock's character Andre Allen during a conversation about comedy's greats. But the allusions to Pryor go deeper.
You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. By all means, exercise your right to record. Keep the cameras rolling. Our democracy depends on it.
The imagery of the giant, brutish, King-Kong-like black man threatening our cities is far from new. Currently it seems to be intersecting dangerously with another popular rhetorical image: the obese person who is responsible for his own frail, unworthy body. This intersection was especially on display in Eric Garner's case.
Pascal's defense, which essentially amounts to a pivot away from the significance of what those emails symbolize, is simply not enough. It does not excuse the magnitude of the prejudice on display in those emails, prejudice coming from a person who sits in a position of power in Hollywood, no less.
Ferguson is a very small town, and given the media's reluctance to properly cover the story, the recent unrest could not have received national attention without people sharing their stories on Twitter.
Larimar is a stone, specially for women that channels the goddess energy. It supports a state of confidence and self awareness, and also provides the power of clear communication and emotional strength that allows one to speak from the heart.
As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?
Continuing to work past age 65 might initially appear to be a no-brainer, but it's important to know all the facts and how these will impact your individual situation before you make this important decision.
It's not like Michael Keaton's career was kaput, but it seems like he raised himself from the dead with this invigorating performance. Mexican director/writer Alejandro González Iñárritu gave Keaton a plum role.
While taking it to the streets-style activism is certainly viable, I want to make a case for another form: Art.
The developed world functions in no small part at the will of the free markets' Invisible Hand. But sadly our free markets and our financial systems have also left a toll on millions and have yet to touch billions.
In the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.
I have interviewed Spike many times over the years on TV, but on this day he was among the thousands of protesters in the nation's capital.
I've long been sick of how every time we have an event happen in this country that makes us uncomfortable we love to get on our soapboxes and use the phrase "it's time we had a conversation about (insert presumed issue here) in this country."
In this catalytic moment driven by cataclysmic circumstances, what we have witnessed across America since the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner may be new to a generation, but it is not new to a nation.
As women destined for greatness, we have to manage our finances in a way that empowers our lives, brings us joy, and enriches our souls. The first step on this journey to greatness begins with self-reflection and a decision to no longer be broke.
Black lives matter, yes -- but pushing past the hashtag, we have to understand not just that black lives matter, but that ALL lives matter. All. Lives. Matter. Because people matter.
Comedy legend Eddie Murphy will be honored as the recipient of the inaugural Comedy Icon Award at The Comedy Awards, the first-ever multinetwork, multiplatform event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy.
The distinguished award will be presented annually to a modern icon -- an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers.
Murphy will be honored for his work in stand-up, sketch, film and television, among other numerous pioneering achievements.
"Eddie Murphy's impact in the world of comedy is immeasurable," said MTV Networks Entertainment Group exec Casey Patterson. "From the characters he created on 'SNL,' to his groundbreaking stand-up performances and unforgettable film roles, Murphy changed the game forever, and we're honored that he will be joining us for the first-ever Comedy Awards."
Presenters and attendees include comedy stars Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Ty Burrell, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Bill Hader, Chloë Moretz, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, with further talent announcements forthcoming.
Grammy Award-winning artist The Roots will entertain the audience throughout the event as The Comedy Awards house band.
Eddie Murphy's comic talent was evident from an early age. By 15 he was writing and performing his own routines at youth centers, local bars and his high school auditorium. Eventually, Murphy made it to a Manhattan showcase, The Comic Strip. In 1980, at the age of 19, Murphy joined the cast of 'Saturday Night Live,' where he quickly became a featured player. By the end of his first season, he had moved up to star status.
Murphy went on to have a successful stand-up and film career that has spanned 30 years and includes box-office hits such as '48 Hrs.,' 'Delirious,' 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 'Raw,' 'Trading Places,' 'Coming to America,' 'The Nutty Professor' and 'Shrek' franchises, as well as the critically acclaimed 'Dreamgirls,' for which he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Drama and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.