"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."
Times are pretty hard now. You can turn on the news and bear witness to all types of negative news stories. WTOP reports that unemployment rates are climbing. CNN says taxes are hiking. Then on the evening news you learn that it's becoming trendy for teenagers...
The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.
When it comes to rape culture and manifestations of sexual violence against women, as people of color, we find ourselves at the forefront of this plague.
Southern Poverty Law Center,
Juvenile Justice System,
Black Voices News
What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.
Along with 120 other children's book authors, beloved poet and activist Maya Angelou has called President Obama on the carpet for his "testing overuse and abuse." The authors say that the pressure on children to learn narrow testing materials, and then perform well, robs them of a love for learning....
One of the reasons I created GLAM4GOOD was so I could harness the positive aspects of fashion and beauty to celebrate courage and perseverance in the face of great difficulty, tragedy and pain. Nayanda was right, GLAM4GOOD is more than just a makeover -- often it's about honoring and acknowledging everyday heroism and bravery.
"You just can't retaliate," she stressed. "The blame always falls on the player who retaliates." I knew she was right.
Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.
Martin Luther King Jr,
Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.
Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.
A 2014 Civil Rights Bill would almost certainly be D.O.A. on arrival in the 2014 House. And if by some miracle it passed, its chance of surviving a court challenge would be anything but certain.
Stephen b. Steward,
Black Voices News
It took 53 years for Smithville, Mississippi native Stephen B. Steward to know when he hit "the right time." While many men his age are looking forward to retirement, this California law enforcer of 28 years is ready to...
I asked males in the audience how they defined manhood. A lot of the usual terms came up like "provider" and "strong" and "responsibility." I responded those words could also apply to my single mother and most women I know.
National Sibling Day,
National Sibling Day 2014,
Good News News
I was taken back to childhood days of dancing and singing along to the radio with my older sister, Danielle. There is -- and always will be -- something magical about sharing the dance floor with the person who has been able to finish your sentences.
Most women are conditioned to believe that their hopes and dreams should dim in comparison to a mans. How often do you hear of men quitting their jobs because their woman got a new position that requires them to relocate? What about men choosing to stay at home with their children while the woman continues to further her career? Hardly ever.
I can relate to the experience of white women speeding up, altering their paths, clutching their belongings or casting wary glances in my presence.
Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.
History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.
I Am Just Like U,
Men Of IAJLU,
Black Male Teens,
Young Black Males,
Have you ever Googled yourself and clicked on the images tab? What if you google something you like or want to know more about, click on the images tab and all that comes up are negative images of that topic? Today I was researching online for photos of black...