To create a world where Black life truly matters, we have to trust that everyone is capable, their spirit is dazzling, and they are deserving of love, no matter where they are in their life transition. To create this, we must empower and trust Black women.
The bottom line to serving as a Pastor and a Police officer is perspective. Although blurred at times, balance comes in knowing the exact perspective in which I serve and make decisions for that moment, and that ability only comes from one single source- God.
Flint's urban renewal program turned Black homeowners into public housing tenants, and no long-term assistance was at hand to recompense their loss of wealth. Rather, they were met with a hardening of the city's color line. Like cigarettes, American state policies are hazardous to Black health. When used as directed, they cause harm.
Systems of domination wage wars against our psyches and imagination, constantly presenting us with realities in which Black people are dying in the present and have no possible future. Let us dream and conjure Black queer futures without prisons, police and gender-based violence.
I was never more certain of the need for us as black men to celebrate, uplift and embrace the beauty of black women who gave most of us life, who have borne our children, whom we call mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and in whose likeness we also are made.
Viola Desmond's crime? Sitting in a section of the movie theatre reserved for white Canadians.
If America had paid attention to what was really going on at the O.J. Simpson murder trial, says Courtney B. Vance, we might not be suffering the trouble and the death we see in our cities two decades later.
Despite the fact that it was being played in a seemingly endless loop on the news, my mom wouldn't let us watch the video of the Rodney King beating. She'd dive for the remote to change the channel or, in her most extreme moments, she'd send us kids out of the room altogether.
How is it possible that we live in a time when progressives say #blacklivesmatter, but call the ideas of Bernie Sanders too "radical" to implement, and conclude his "radical" ideas make him unelectable?
As a nation, we're nibbling around the edges with accountability measures and other reforms, but we're ignoring the immutable core issue: much of white and wealthy America is perfectly happy with segregated schools and inequity in funding.
Nate's road to success wasn't easy. His is a victory seven years in the making; one with no guarantees, quite a few risks, and only passion, drive, and determination to see it through. Apply his lessons to your aspiration to position yourself for game-changing success
Anti -- Rihanna's long-awaited eighth album, released last night exclusively on Tidal -- flows long and strong, but that never stopped me from sizing it up against Beyoncé the whole time.
Macklemore's song may have found a distinct tune in the race relations conversation and may be an engaged answer to, "what should white people do or not in response to racism?" Macklemore's song is relevant, sure, but is it necessary?
Changing the Academy Awards nomination process is like adding a new coat of paint to a house with termites nibbling at the foundation. It looks pretty on the outside, but you're not addressing the crumbling infrastructure.
Amid national headlines of growing tension between Blacks and police departments nationwide, some Harlem organizations and residents work to continue establishing a healthy relationship with local law enforcement agencies that depict a different story in the name of peace and partnership to mold and shape a renewed community.
Let's not forget that we don't necessarily need the Oscars (or the Emmys, Golden Globes, Tonys, Grammys... or ANY award show, for that matter) to be PROUD of our brothers and sisters in the entertainment industry.
I would suggest that freeing ourselves from the weight of an entire history of white supremacist teachings would be the priority instead of leading the majority to redemption through forcing them to acknowledge what they move mountains to ignore.
Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades.
It's time to take off the kid gloves when talking about certain 'taboo' subjects in the Black church. We've shunned away from sharing with congregations about life experiences that can really change the lives of people and development them mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
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