Showing Pictures of Daniel Holtzclaw Crying is Unfair to His Victims

Rarely do we read about cases where African-American women are serial raped and said rapist is captured, tried and convicted, but that is exactly what happened in Oklahoma, of all places, in the trial of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw. Mainstream media did not feel the violation and serial rape of black women was important enough to be included in regular news coverage. The reporting of this case was left largely to black media outlets. When I first saw the pictures Holtz

Tamala Jones to Produce Tammi Terrell Biopic With Full Support of the Legend's Famly

You Might Also Like Best known for her string of duets with Marvin Gaye, relationships with James Brown and David Ruffin of the Temptations, as well as her tragic death at the age of 24 from brain cancer, Motown legend Tammi Terrell's life was more than well-lived.In a much anticipated film produced by Tamala Jones, star of ABC's 'Castle', a Tammi Terrell's biopic is currently in development with filming scheduled to begin in 2016. With the the full support of Terell's family and her estate, th

The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror - Seeking to extend discussions of 9/11 music beyond the acts typically associated with the September 11th attacks—U2, Toby Keith, The Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen—this collection interrogates the politics of a variety of post-9/11 music scenes. Contributors add an aural dimension to what has been... The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror

Blue Friday

This is my state; this is my home.  This is where I was born and where I return to for sanctuary when the rest of the world grows grim and falls short of my warped and idyllic expectations.  It is not a perfect place.  Far from Utopia, it is; but it is my home and these are my people.  Connecticut people. Over the years, I have seen many of my former classmates succumb to the gun violence wreaked upon them, usually at the hands of someone they knew.  Far too young they were to die, but in

Makes Me Wanna Holler....The NRA, They Just Don't Understand!

On a Facebook page where the mother of Ana Marquez-Greene, a Sandy Hook victim, pays tribute to her "spunky" 6-year old who is no longer here, she writes the statement above,I cannot fathom the depth of her pain, as a mother, I don't know how I would even be able to write again if my daughter had been taken from me in such a devastating manner. But, I also cannot go on any further today holding in all of this anger and frustration I have over the thoughtless and insensitive statements by Wayne L

Way Late & Too Many (Thousands of) Dollars Short

One of the things I committed myself to doing more frequently is updating my blog. I have more than enough to write about, given how insane this world is and the myraid of issues that have drawn my attention. However, I find that the issues unfold so rapidly that I can't seem to keep up because the moment I take my eye off of MSNBC or Twitter or any other medium modern technology affords me---just to write, I find that I am already late and behind the eight ball on any number of topics; just pic

‘Dignity and Justice’: An Interview with Patrisse Khan-Cullors

At the age of sixteen, Patrisse Khan-Cullors came out to her family and moved from her home in San Fernando Valley, finding her voice as an advocate for poor, queer, black, and brown women. Khan-Cullors’s social activism began in the arts. In 2012, as a Fulbright scholar at UCLA, she showed her first piece, STAINED: An Intimate Portrait of State Violence, a multimedia performance based on her brother’s brutal treatment by police officers in Los Angeles County. STAINED was presented in intimate s

Cast of the Motown film The Wiz (L-R): Ted Ross, Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, and Michael Jackson Late night SOUL Stirring and I am trying to figure out what to write for this premiere column, as I hadn’t planned on being the primary author. But, I realize that you often have to go backwards, past your original thought patterns, in order to move yourself and your people forward. We hate to admit in our ever-constant struggle to be futuristic that sometimes the best plans for our future are dee

America's Healthcare Crisis - Can We Lower Prescription Costs?

America’s healthcare crisis was a major campaign platform issue in the 2018 midterm elections. Many voters bemoaned the rising costs of insurance premiums, co-pays and visits to out-of-network specialists to legislators who could possibly implement policies to regulate the prescription drug market. No other issue was more pertinent than the affordability of necessary prescribed medications and candidates who made promises to reduce costs across the board saw great gains and wins at the polls las

Here Are The Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In During 2019

The year 2018 was relatively good financially – that is, until the end. As the year draws to a close, we find all of the financial gains wiped out completely amidst a stock market is in flux due to uncertainty over the federal budget, the government shutdown and a slow holiday shopping season. This year-end stumble has led many plans for investing in the new year astray and there seems little hope for a quick recovery in the early weeks of 2019. There is hope, however, for those who were hoping

Jazmine Headley's Arrest Shows We Need to Do More to Support America's Poor

Nearly two weeks ago, at a New York City area office for social services, police officers forcefully snatched a 1-year-old boy from the arms of his mother while she was waiting in line for assistance. Jazmine Headley, 23, had been waiting to renew a child care voucher and stood in line for more than four hours holding her baby before deciding to take a seat on the floor. The situation escalated to the point where more than four officers were called to confront Headley, ostensibly because sittin

5 Online Holiday Scams You Should Avoid At All Costs

It’s the holiday season. That also means it is scamming season. Americans are going to spend $700 million this year on holiday shopping, according to the National Retail Federation. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) realizes this and warns consumers of the dangers of costly scams during the holidays. Holiday scams are nothing new. In the past these included the “bump and grab,” where a stranger bumps into an unsuspecting shopper and grabs their purse or wallet and are gone before their victim re

Will Antipathy or Change Determine Young Voter Turnout?

In early 2018, polls showed how enthusiastic millennials were about November’s midterms. By summer, though, confidence in voters under 30 was beginning to wane. In an article in The Washington Post, Emily Guskin writes that “low enthusiasm” coupled with a history of “anemic turnout in midterm elections” doesn’t hold the same expectations once held at the start of the year. In fact, registered voters ages 18–29 only increased by 0.6% on average in battleground states following the Parkland shooti

Gift Ideas: 6+ Gifts That Start With O

OnGo is the world's most efficient energy supplement! Just three sprays is similar to an 8.4oz energy drink, and one bottle has a two week supply of 20 servings. OnGo is really designed for the consumer on the go, one that's busy and doesn't have the time to stop to purchase, to refrigerate, or to prepare. Imagine a driver that's getting sleepy behind the wheel and the next rest stop isn't for miles away. This pocket-sized bottle stays in your glove box, pocket, etc., and can be used when time

#ShareYourRejections Reminds Us All That We Have To Keep Trying

If you’ve ever been cut from a team, been denied a college acceptance, or even played by a man, you know the sting of rejection, you’ve had to grapple with the notion that you’re not good enough.  And it’s painful. But that’s also where growth or redirection to the right opportunities can take place. I know it’s cliche and you’ve heard it all before—shout out to Sunshine Anderson. But just because it’s overused, doesn’t mean it’s not true. And in case you need to be reminded of this fact, check

#LHHATL Here’s What Happened When Rasheeda FINALLY Confronted Kirk Frost’s Baby Mama Jasmine

It finally happened. During last night’s episode of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” Rasheeda and the mother of her husband’s child Jasmine finally faced off during an event for Rasheeda’s Pressed Houston grand opening. A calm Rasheeda ripped into Jasmine for being a “f***ked up person”, not for having an outside child with her husband, but for her behavior after the fact including when she posted Rasheeda’s son on social media to compare his looks to her own son’s. “At the end of the day on some real

‘The Overlord Of Fresh': How Prince’s Lovesexy Style Influenced Early Hip Hop Fashion Trends (And Vice Versa)

By 1987, it was clear that Hip-Hop as a musical genre and as a cultural phenomenon was not going to be the passing fad many believed it was destined to become. The emergence and eventual sustainability of Hip-Hop proved to be somewhat of a quagmire for many black artists who got their start in the 1970s and established themselves in the early 1980s. Some artists embraced it, others would rebel. Many believe Prince was among the latter given a selection of statements he made in interviews. Howeve
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