When President Obama paid tribute to Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old African-American woman who was forced to wait hours to cast her ballot last November, he was highlighting not only the Florida Republican Party's voter suppression efforts but the tortured history of race relations in America.
I wanted an event that served as a cultural reservoir of beautiful art that flows from our progressive black community. Not for me, but for the benefit of current and future generations to truly appreciate our rich artistic heritage.
Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, has the music world intrigued with the series of singles he's been releasing. I thought I'd take a peek into his pre-Minnesota, pre-purple, ancestral past. Here are a few of the discoveries I found scattered in the branches of his family tree:
The playing field is level enough to advance up to a point, but without the anchor and security of a collective voice, high-achieving Indians will remain the solitary outsiders, easy to bring down. What does all this have to do with African Americans, one might wonder?
As Black History Month begins, let's celebrate the women of color on film who embraced the challenges of directing, producing and diverse on camera roles in milestone achievements of a year past.
The notion that simply acknowledging Jackson's absurd statements lends them credence is a valid one. Granted, her lunacy doesn't deserve any additional attention. However, it's important to note that Jackson is, for better or worse, a public figure with a following.
Black History Month may be focused on black folks, but their blackness isn't necessarily their main identity and isn't the sole focus of the month, but yet their leadership, bravery and resilience is that focus.
When I think of Black History Month, I reflect on the fact that black history was often deleted in the history books or inaccurately portrayed in the same books.
At times it seems that while we are succeeding in making the country more equal it is getting less of everything else. Through these problems, we continue to show resilience and persistence.
That we even have a Black History Month is something of a feat, given the long and complicated path of racial justice in America. The idea was first proposed as "Negro History Week" by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 to celebrate the February births of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
What has happened to black leadership? In the face of endless statistics showing the rapid decline of whatever illusory semblance of progress blacks imagined, such signs of progress have almost evaporated in less than a decade.
Years before Google and YouTube, E 185 was my search engine, and sitting on the floor in that space, Black History Month was indeed every month, everyday.
During Black History Month in February, provocative talks, exhibits and exciting performances take a look at black leaders, activists, artists, authors and innovators who have made their mark in American history.
Born on Feb. 4, 1913, today would have been Rosa Parks' 100th birthday. On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a c...
February is called Black History month and, as Latinos, we need to understand our part in this celebration outside of the learning component. Latinos have a long history of African heritage within their linage that is not brought to light enough.
The safety and sustainability of our communities is essential to leaving a lasting legacy. We must connect ourselves with neighborhood groups that focus on reducing violence and promoting entrepreneurship and civic engagement.