One day, you realize how absurd your current mindset is, that this shit doesn't matter. You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated, sensitive kid getting bulled in America who feels like no one in the world cares about him.
Over a million people have a Katrina story to tell and we're dedicating this week to exploring those stories. And while many narratives include sorrow, we will not fetishize suffering. Instead, we'll provide context, tell the truth and celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans and her people.
Life may have taken him all over the world but Taulbert still harkens back to the boy in Glen Allan, Mississippi whose life was defined by cotton season and waking at dawn to pursue his education. Though he is retired, he finds it hard to stop moving, striving and hoping for more.
We received lots of advice during our engagement. Some solicited. Some not. But the best advice I think I received was, "Your partner will never be able to read your mind."
Du Bois is recognized as one of the monumental intellectual and political figures of the 20th century and certainly its most influential African American thinker. Author of eighteen books, Du Bois' writings challenged America's ideas about race and helped lead the early crusade for civil rights.
There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn't know how to answer: "Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?" I didn't want to answer her, because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, "It's possible."
Naomi tells me about this project and why it is important to Africa's Literature and Job market. Just like I do with all my guests, I also got Naomi to share two life lessons she has learned so far which have made her excellent in all her endeavors.
The Afropunk festival in NYC gave life to people of all races, sizes, genders, and cultures.
I'm 57 years old and I've worked for McDonald's for seven years, getting paid a few pennies above the federal minimum wage. For a long time, I felt like I had no choice but to accept $7.65 an hour and the daily struggles that come along with that poverty wage. But in the last year, all that has changed.
In his spare time, Mkize gave birth to Kwezi, one of South Africa's first comic book superheroes, all with the idea of retaining control of his vision and art to tell uniquely African stories. EBONY.com caught up with him on the eve of the recent FNB Joburg Art Fair.
I am the only male of four siblings and second in the birth order. Not being the oldest meant leadership often fell to my older sister. However, her style of leading was not domineering or autocratic. She led by cooperation more than delegation.
In honor of Julian Bond, Congressman Louis Stokes, and so many known and unknown heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, and in tribute to the generation of The Black Lives Matter Movement, we must find a way to stop this systemic assault by local police on Blacks and other people of color.
For N.W.A. as a group if, Eazy was its heart, Heller its business brain, Cube its lyrical mouth, undeniably, Dr. Dre was the group's musical soul. Dre's ear created a sound that had rhythm and bounce, enabling him to hear the cries of the ghetto, and relay it to the world with thump.
Teach them to understand their gifts, and to use them wisely. Each and every one of us, has been blessed with gifts, or what you may know as talents. Often times, our children do not know how to hone in on their gifts, in order to use them effectively.
Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing organizer and activist, had four strikes against him. He was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life.
Too often in relationships you say you want peace, but find yourself creating war. The old adage, "sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you," is actually not true, and the memory of those hurtful words can sting for a lifetime.
If a 21-year-old Southern White man living in 21st Century America relied on age-old racist rhetoric to justify slaughtering innocent people, we should not be surprised that history continues to repeat itself along the agonizing road to full citizenship that contemporary Black people must traverse.
This past week, we lost one of America's most beloved and irreplaceable treasures: Julian Bond. While we mourn his passing and think of his countless contributions to society, I cannot help but wonder who in this generation -- or in my generation -- is going to, at the very least, ask for the baton.
Some have no idea what exists outside of their home town or village, and it's a privilege if we can turn this into a beautiful cultural exchange.
Prince received the Lifetime Achievement Award and hand-picked his favorite female vocalists to perform his classics.
The women included Janelle Monae, who opened the set with 'Let's Go Crazy,' followed by Esperanza Spalding's rendition of 'If I Was Your Girlfriend.' Alicia Keys returned to the stage to play piano and sing 'Adore' and climbed up onto of the piano toward the end of her performance. Closing things out was Patti LaBelle with the seminal hit 'Purple Rain.' The legendary diva kicked off her shoes, and Prince caught one of them. LaBelle and his friend Chaka Khan presented Prince with the award.
This might have been Kanye West's first award show performance in over a year, but the night belonged to Chris Brown, who took the stage and gave the award show's most memorable performance – a tribute to the late, great King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Brown, who was set to perform last year's tribute to Jackson but was cut front the show at the last minute, danced to Jackson's biggest hits like 'Smooth Criminal,' 'The Way You Make Me Feel' and 'Remember the Time' before bursting in to tears during 'Man in the Mirror.' The crowd gave him a rousing standing ovation.
Brown was honored with the AOL Fandemonium Award, saying, "I didn't prepare a speech but I could never have done any of this without my fans, and I just want to say one thing. I let y'all down before but I won't do it again. I promise."
They might be rap newcomers, but Drake and Nicki Minaj took home rap honors. Drake, whose debut, 'Thank Me Later,' just hit stores a week ago, took home best male hip-hop artist. His label mate Minaj, who gave props to Jada Pinkett Smith in her speech, took home best female hip-hop artist. She also took the stage three times -- once with Diddy and Dirty Money for the remix to 'Hello, Good Morning' and later with Ludacris for 'My Chick Bad' and DJ Khaled for 'All I Do is Win.'
Both artists shouted out their Young Money rap crew and thanked their incarcerated mentor Lil' Wayne.
Finally, John Legend was honored with the Humanitarian Award.
Complete List of 'BET Awards '10' Award Winners:
Best Female R&B Artist:
Best Male R&B Artist:
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:
Best New Artist:
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys 'Empire State of Mind'
Video of the Year:
Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga 'Video Phone'
Video Director of the Year:
'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire'
Subway Sportwoman of the Year:
Subway Sportman of the Year:
Best International Act:
Dizzee Rascal (UK)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Viewers' Choice Award
Rihanna featuring Young Jeezy 'Hard'
AOL Fandemonium Award