And Malcolm X stands for self-empowerment. He is proof that anyone, even those who have fallen far, can free himself. You just have to work harder. That's why his spirit is very much still alive in the whole wide world even 50 years after his death.
The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!
In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."
These are women with family-friendly brands. They have made their livings online by being noncontroversial and avoiding the icky parts of life -- the icky parts that I love to dive into head first. But there they were, chiming in and telling me of their own fears and worry, thus mitigating my own ache.
The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.
Though it has a shorter legacy than the U.S.' month set aside to honor the achievements of people from the African Diaspora, those in the U.K. also use various mediums to educate the public on the African-Caribbean community.
On the one hand, many would argue that with the first black president in office, it is Martin's dream that has been realized. Yet, on the other hand, with endless wars abroad, increasing police brutality at home, and a society more divided than ever, it is safe to say that Malcolm's critique of -- and challenge to -- America has never been more urgent.
I was truly disappointed to see that a woman could go out of her way to say something so ignorant about another woman. I would hope that a woman who has been given a platform where she can speak her mind would want to use that platform to empower women not tear them down.
As we end Black History Month, let's celebrate our accomplishments and add to that list an 18-year-old girl who had the confidence and courage to address insensitive, stereotypical remark of ignorance head on.
if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.
In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.
There is no evidence that the FBI, other intelligence agencies, or the NYPD had a direct hand in Malcolm's murder. But it can't be totally separated from the well-documented, savage war that the FBI waged against black organizations and black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., during the 1960s.
Harlem rapper, A$AP Ferg recently released his "Dope Walk" video, from his Gangsta Grillz mixtape Ferg Forever. In the video shot by Ferg and Matt Starr on an iPhone, Ferg takes model/socialite Cara Delevinge on digital ride via Face Time.
Just like Seinfeld's comedic line, "Not that there's anything wrong with that," when referring to homosexual behavior, "Is it racist," has become the new tagline to uncomfortable words ushered between people.
Now, I like hip-hop, but I don't love it. I mean, I like hip-hop lite. I don't remember how I ended up with a Russell Simmons audiobook, but it was divine. Surprisingly, Simmons spoke about his journey into yoga and meditation.
There are aspects of ourselves that we are encouraged never to reveal; but I'm not a unicorn. I'm a man. I'm a black man. I'm a black male teacher. I'm a good, queer, black male teacher who is not quite as good when I feel it must be kept a secret.
Sarye Huggins is a high school senior in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, a community disproportionately plagued by poverty and violence. Her journey from being a smart, shy girl attending some of the poorest and roughest schools in New York City towards becoming a strong, confident young woman has not been easy.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters.
It's often been said that you can't buy magic in a bottle, especially when it comes to hair growth.
Or can you?
Search across the web for 'thin hair' or 'hair loss' and you will undoubtedly come across an ad or two or three for hair pills. Everyone wants hair. Blacks, whites, men, women. It's a difficult and often stressful dilemma over which you have very little control. You can weave it all you want but at the end of day don't we all want our own hair? Unless you're my best friend who contends she will be buried in her weave.
When I removed my own weave almost four years ago you should have seen my hair. It was limp, brittle and broken. It reached my shoulders – barely – but it wasn't anything to be proud. In fact, I was often self-conscious standing in line at the grocery store because I was sure the person behind me was thinking, 'just cut it off girl.' Either that, or wondering if they bought everything on their grocery list.
Anyhow, that's when I decided to take action.
In addition to bunning up my hair I purchased a bottle of Ultra NourishHair pills from the health store GNC. It contains over a thousand micrograms of Biotin. It seemed enough to do the trick. I followed the instructions and took two tablets daily. This was never fun. It was like these things were made for horses, they were so big. I remained patient and loyal for three months (I try to give every product three months before I rule it out). Friends began complimenting me on my growth campaign around month two so I was encouraged to keep taking them. I had to sacrifice my morning coffee and evening dessert after reading online that sugar and caffeine counteract the ingredients in hair pills. Needless to say, I was quite irritable during this whole experiment.
I'm no doctor so who's to say it wasn't my improved diet that accelerated my hair growth? I imagine everyone's experience is different. I can only share with you my story. Now I'm curious to hear yours. Let me know if you've ever taken hair pills, which brand you used and share your results in the Comments section.
My Hairstyle Today: Sporting a wash 'n go