My interest—and eventual success—in American pageants was unexpected: Early pageants weren’t created for young Black women like me, and my teenage interests preferred books to beauty. Yet my participation in inner beauty pageants—I was Miss Teen of California (1995–1996) and the first African-American to be named Miss Teen of America (1996–1997)—introduced me to the world of pageantry and compelled me to prepare for the local Miss America competition
Then 10-year-old Adeela Gokal was 5, most people couldn’t understand her. “She had difficulty finding the right words,” says Alison Gokal, Adeela’s mom. When referencing objects, Adeela might say, “The thing with the thing.”
Her parents figured it was something she would grow out of.
Some artists are lauded for the quality of work, while others are praised for its impact. Photographer Kwame Brathwaite is celebrated for both. In the '50s and '60s, when segregation loomed triumphantly and black musicians’ album covers celebrated white faces in lieu of black ones, Brathwaite set out to capture the beauty of Harlem’s black residents via photos.
As a 3-year-old, before I could even spell, I scribbled furiously in the notebooks I kept clutched at my side. My mom says it was a sign that I was going to become a writer. In honor of National Author’s Day (Nov. 1), I interviewed several California authors to discover what similar traits, if any, they displayed as children. Here are six signs that your child is a budding author:
The election of Donald Trump beckoned American Christianity to examine its beliefs, flaws, and priorities, while highlighting a division that runs deeper than one—or two—presidential elections. In his timely book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth About The American Church’s Complicity in Racism, author Jemar Tisby presents a detailed historical account of the church’s many failings and limited successes combating racism within and beyond its walls.
I will never forget the moving 2014 episode of ABC's How To Get Away With Murder where powerhouse attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) removed her wig while preparing for bed. In this rare moment of vulnerability, Annalise gave us a glimpse of the world-weary person beneath the perfectly manicured facade, one that was complete with hair textures white people in white-collar professions understand.
My favorite books when I was a preteen included the Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High series, as well as “Where the Red Fern Grows.” I still cry every time I think about Old Dan and Little Ann. But now, as a part-time language arts instructor, I don’t teach most of the books I read as a child.
Comedian and actor Amanda Seales' Instagram profile says it all: "I'm not 4 everyone."
Neither is her first HBO comedy special, which Seales kicks off by telling you exactly who it's for: "It's for my sistahs! But it's comedy, so it's really for everybody... Okay — maybe not everybody. Everybody except for racists, rapists, sexists, misogynists, narcissists, you know — folks that are calling the police on black folks for just living our lives."
No matter how many #girlpower and #girlboss hashtags trend, or how many women’s marches are held, the statistics about females in the workplace remain: Women are still making 80.5 cents to a man’s dollar, across the board (according to data from the United States Census Bureau). Get tips on how to fight for fair pay.
It is no coincidence that the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther claimed the 2019 SAG Awards' top honor, “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.” The 2018 film nearly broke the global box office with more than $1 billion in revenue and inspired little Black girls to run around cul-de-sacs sporting spears and prosthetic bald heads, and enabled legions of Black folks to call white people “colonizer” to their faces without fear of reprisal. In short, Black Panther revolutionized the culture.
Despite its groundbreaking success, however, the film won’t win Best Picture.
In the 1940s and 1950s, it was tough to find a Black doll — let alone a multiracial doll — that reflected the true beauty of Black kids and women. And finding the very best, most realistic Black dolls out there? Fat chance. In fact, studies conducted by Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth Clark during that time period revealed that both Black and white children favored white dolls over Black dolls and even viewed white dolls as more beautiful.
I discovered Kwanzaa while attending Pomona College. Separated for the first time from my family and the black Pentecostal church I had attended at least three times a week, I craved black culture. Then I was introduced to the year-end celebration that had been created for black people by a black ...
Interview: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Talks 'A Sojourner's Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World'
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, speaker, mentor, and leadership consultant, talks with Faithfully Magazine about her latest book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World.
Madeleine L’Engle is one of the literary world’s brightest lights. An avid journal writer and prolific author, she penned more than 50 books during her career — including the classic “A Wrinkle In Time” — and inspired legions of fans, young and old, along the way.
Aretha Franklin fought the patriarchy with fashion, her full-figured body and her refusal to conform
With a litany of awards and honors, including eight competitive Grammys, one Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 73 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the honor of being the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin will go down in history as one of the best — if not the best singer — to ever grace an American stage.