This belief that a light-skinned man is less likely to be harassed than a man of a darker shade is ignorance at its worst. The hashtag we all use these days says #BlackLivesMatter -- last time I checked, that wasn't shade specific. They don't see shades, why should we?
We need to get a grip on the fact that the entire white race is not racist. Dr. King would be proud to see that his legacy was being celebrated by all. Does #ReclaimMLK mean that only we as black people should be celebrating a man who wanted us to walk together?
With the new year, what I feel in addition to excitement is a renewed confidence in my community, a belief that no matter what comes or what the future holds, we can make it, because we made it through last year.
Movies have power. Power to impact society and the choices we make. I want to entertain, but I also want to say something to the world. I want us to look up on screen and be inspired to want more for ourselves, to want to love, and to love ourselves.
It is a sad and unfortunate fact that the gun violence epidemic -- which kills tens of thousands of Americans every year -- has a disproportionate impact on the black community. This is true not only for men, but for black women as well.
There is stigma in every racial and ethnic community around mental health, but especially so in the black community. But there is nothing more important than self-care. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. We were not meant to soldier on alone. We are part of communities for a reason.
Michael Sam and Jason Collins should complicate our understandings of athletes not Blackness. They complicate our accepted notions of masculinity. It is not that their race doesn't matter, but their sex has catapulted them in ways others haven't which speaks to a deeper issue.
In this photo might be explained by the fact that in her empty gaze, we see a reflection of the nameless, countless souls people have sat on and continue to sit on. Souls that, more often than not, belong to colored bodies, female bodies.
If the nation does not turn the corner and return economic promise to most of its citizens, the divide between the haves and have not, will grow and bring with it the type of unrest that comes with dissatisfaction.