Daytime television is about to get a lot better looking. Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe will debut a brand-new talk show on Fox called The Boris & Nicole Show. The series will have a summer test run starting July 6 in select markets, like New York and Los Angeles. According to Daily Variety, the pair aim to focus on lifestyle and topical issues, in addition to featuring celebrity guests. “We met and fell in love...Read more
I am the daughter of Marie. The granddaughter of Mildred. The great-granddaughter of Ida. The great-great-granddaughter of Lula Mae. The niece of Virginia, Barbara and Janet. The object of affections showered by no fewer than 10 church mothers who smiled encouragement during my garbled Easter recitations and put daintily folded dollar bills in my patent leather purses. I am a student of the writing and thinking of Kierna Mayo, Danyel Smith, Joan Morgan, Denene Millner, Susan...Read more
When people are faced with overwhelming trauma in their lives, some become consumed by their difficulties, while others emerge stronger for it. In special circumstances, they may find their destiny, and seek to heal the world and make all of us stronger.
Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton are two great women whose achievements demand our attention. Although their personal stories are separated by five decades, these women share parallel lives. Thrust into a position of leadership...Read more
For many people, the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency lent credibility to the argument that the United States is moving inexorably, if slowly and in fits and starts, towards a post-racial, color-blind society that affords equal opportunity to all. However, current conditions expose a starkly different reality for the vast majority of people of African descent.
In the 1950s and 1960s through the battles for Civil Rights and Black Liberation, Black people were seen...Read more
On February 1, 1960 four black students sat down at a segregated lunch counter I Greensboro, NC sparking one of Black America's largest waves of protest. By the end of February the sit-in movement had grown to thirty communities in seven states and by April had spread across the entire South, involving up to 50,000 participants. Over the next decade the leaders who emerged out of this wave of actions would carry out some of...Read more
Incredibly, the City of Cleveland responded on Friday to a lawsuit filed by the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by saying he was responsible for his own demise. The boy was shot dead by cops while he held a pellet gun.
The city, in its response, wrote that Tamir’s death on Nov. 22 and all of the injuries his family claims in the suit “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant.” It also...Read more
As activists across the country question police tactics and the number of black men and boys killed by cops, a group in Detroit is hoping conversations with officers can begin to heal the mistrust some youth have toward authorities.
More than 50 teenagers, along with their parents and grandparents, came to Triumph Church on Feb. 21 for Honor the Line, an event conducted by the BALL Foundation (Bridging Athletic, Learning and Life-Skills) to “bridge the gap between...Read more