I. Write: race. faith. culture. hair. I mix it up with arts & entertainment and education articles. Contributor @ The Root, LA Weekly. Bylines: Wash Post, Huff Post, TV Guide, L.A. Times, PBS SoCal
Most women have a dramatic story about why they chopped off their hair: it broke off after a bad hair dyeing experience; a romantic break up warranted a change; or a milestone birthday or event prompted a rebirth. My decision to cut my hair was anti-climatic. No break-up, no drama, no one star Yelp review for the hair stylist who did me dirty.
One evening while sitting on my bed, I simply decided to go natural. That was a little more than three years ago, and my hair hasn’t felt the scorching...
On January 6, 2019, the rapper Kanye West did what no superstar rapper before him has—he launched his own Sunday Service with a dynamic eighty-person gospel choir. West was the draw, but the gospel choir was the intended centerpiece. It is the highlight of his subsequent Jesus Is King and Jesus Is Born albums. While West’s highly acclaimed 2004 single “Jesus Walks” utilized a choir and rapped the protective power of Jesus, the Sunday Service made the choir the star, highlighting its unique ab...
In 2010, Chastity Jones eagerly accepted a job offer from Catastrophe Management Solutions as a customer service representative. The offer, however, came with one caveat—she had to cut off her locs. Jones refused, and the company rescinded its job offer.
On the first day of this new year, LeVar “Kunta Kinte” Burton told all of Twitter that he wouldn’t tolerate any racial gaslighting in the new decade. The acclaimed actor, author and advocate released the first installment of This is My Story, a video series where he shares individual stories that capture some of the racist experiences most Black people in the U.S. “have in common.”
These seven black directors are charting courses for themselves and others as they tell the sometimes sorrowful, sometimes comical stories about life in its varied forms.
Here’s a look at a group of black women who are changing and challenging cultural narratives through their art.
Imagine being unjustly tried and sentenced to death for a murder you didn’t commit. Now, imagine the legal system that falsely accused and convicted you deny any wrongdoing. “Just Mercy,” the feature film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, recounts how civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) tirelessly worked to retry and release inmates sitting on Alabama’s death row after erroneous trials.
The holiday is a collective that is bigger than any one of us. Let’s continue the tradition.
Beginning Jan. 27, students in seventh through 12th grades in Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia will be excused one absence every school year to participate in “civic engagement activities,” says school system spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.
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:
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
California is known for many things: Hollywood. Compton. Knowing how to party. In 2020, California may become known as a sanctuary state for women because a new group of laws, set to take effect Jan. 1, offers strong legal protections for all workers, but especially women.
It’s 2019, and talking about race is still a social taboo in the U.S. inside and outside of many churches. Despite this, Latasha Morrison isn’t afraid to “tell the truth and shame the devil.” Morrison is the founder and president of Be the Bridge to Racial Unity, an organization that seeks to move people and culture to racial healing, equity, and reconciliation. It’s a gargantuan undertaking that she pursues willingly and prayerfully. In this interview with Faithfully Magazine, Morrison discu...
When designers Carl Jones and T.J. Walker launched the Cross Colours clothing line in Los Angeles in 1989, the pair had no idea it would infiltrate television and hip hop, revolutionize the fashion industry, and impact African American street culture. Now, thirty years later, the California African American Museum (CAAM) is hosting an exhibit to canonize the fashion brand, titled Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century.