In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.
Like millions of people all over the world, I was stunned to hear about the death of Prince last week. My initial reaction was similar to my response to the deaths of legends Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Maurice White, Natalie Cole, Gil Scott-Heron and Glenn Frey. Another larger-than-life figure taken away from us far too soon! To paraphrase a line from one of Prince's more popular songs -- the doves were indeed crying.
I love my deep melanin, my rich culture, and the voice I have to speak about important issues. I am here for nerdy black girls and boys, quiet black boys and girls, entrepreneurial black boys and girls. I am here for every stereotype and every exception to the rule of blackness the world sees, imagines, perpetuates or try to eradicate.
So. Many. Questions. Is this about her real relationship with her husband or the relationship of black women with black men in general? This feels personal. This is darker and more raw than anything I have ever seen from her. She did not reign in her artistic or creative expression, every frickin scene is a piece of Art.