Black gay men are only 1.4 percent of our nation's Black population, but we represent more than half of new HIV infections in the United States, annually. Poverty, and lack of access to health insurance and culturally competent health care, contributes directly to this dismal reality.
The refusal to call Roof -- and now Dear -- a "terrorist" is far from an arcane quibble over terms and definitions, or even over the race and gender of the shooters. It strikes to the heart of how Americans have been reflexively conditioned to see thuggery and terrorism.
It wasn't this new "American Terrorism" term that's been used lately to counter stereotypes against Islamophobia. It's much deeper than that. White Supremacy-the over-arching oppressive sense of entitlement by racist/sexist white men-is what's killing many in this country, and have been since the beginning of America's birth.
HIV disproportionately targets the most socially and economically vulnerable in our society. That is why, if we are to reach our goal of getting to zero, we must focus on counteracting the many ways our governments, institutions and society devalue the lives of those who are most marginalized.
As the most reliable Democratic voters in the past two presidential elections, Black women are an essential part of the winning coalition that any Democratic candidate will need to win in 2016. The urgency that Chisholm felt in 1970 resonates strongly today. But so, too, does her optimism for a better future.
Mr. Harry Belafonte, 88, a legend among men, a king among kings, is the embodiment of Black resistance.
Average black men - by this I mean black men who haven't just won gold medals at the Olympics- only see ourselves portrayed negatively. Media imagery zooms in on gang violence, failure at school, our aggressive masculinity and by corollary misogyny.
If a young person of color is fed a steady diet of movies, television shows, and plays in which characters that look like her exist only on the margins, how can we expect her to dream of taking center stage in school or work?
It seems almost certain that South Africa's universities cannot return to "business as usual" after the student protests that marked 2015. Some have asked what academics will learn from the protests and how they will -- or won't -- alter their practice in classrooms.
Monuments, as symbols, project values, not neutral representations of the past.
Young people need the tools and skills to connect past, present and future. Without this level of awareness and engagement, it is Blacks, people of color and those struggling with poverty who are endangered.
Why is it that we can see B-list white actors, such as Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Egyptian gods and kings? Better yet, why is it that they can see themselves in those roles? But not A-list black actors such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Idris Elba or Kerry Washington?
In general, at colleges/universities that are predominantly white, most, if not all of the Board of Trustee Members and Administrators, the people that actually oversee the President's management of an academic institution's finances and ensure that the institution has the capacity to fulfill its stated mission, are white.
I love Mizzou today just as much as I did the first day I learned about it. The only way that we are ever going to grow as a university, and as a community, is to listen to what everyone has to say. I know that it will take some time for the university to heal, but I know that I will still be here while it does.
I realized on November 24th 2014 that I needed to change direction. Up until then, I had dedicated myself to helping People of Color change- to attain employment authorization, or become US citizens, or attain corporate careers. From that evening on, I shifted focus- to helping White people change
One of the most important lessons learned in my four decades of higher education leadership is this: diversity is NOT a substitute for equity.
In time, and with the right kind of evidence, perhaps the court of public opinion can be better informed before deciding its verdict.
The majority of the statistics that are/were reality for Black gay men are out of their direct control. We have minimal impact on the environment in which we are raised and the types of prejudice we face during an interview or in the Board Room. But today, one of those predicted hurdles that must be continually overcome can be crossed off the list.
This need to embody a tough and masculine character is a major problem among musicians like Drake, and adds to the amount of societal pressure for young Black men to fulfill damaging stereotypes.