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If You Haven't Seen Alvin Ailey, You Haven't Seen Dance

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is the most exciting dance company in the world. If you’ve never seen them perform, you have no idea what the human body can do, in terms of sheer grace, control, elegance, strength, and athleticism. Show More Summary

Lessons Learned From LA’s 1992 Civil Unrest

“A riot is the language of the unheard,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. On April 29, 1992, the unheard were unleashed, leading to one of the most disturbing chapters in the history of Los Angeles. When the civil unrest over the...Show More Summary

Down Goes Frazier And Down Goes SheaMoisture

When it comes to black women, there are two rules that will always stand the test of time. First, don’t put your finger in our face (it never ends well). Second, don’t mess with our hair; like ever. Specifically, do not get it wet without...Show More Summary

What Higher Education Can Learn From The NFL's Lack Of White Cornerbacks

Cornerback is generally regarded as the position in the National Football League (NFL) where some of the fastest and most athletic players are placed. The position requires tremendous forward, backward, and lateral speed and quickness. Show More Summary

Hands Off Our Monuments In The National Park System, President Trump!

On Earth Day, I watched our 22-year-old grandson lean into the coffin of his 82-year-old great-grandmother to help get it into her crypt. I felt a pang thinking “What will the Earth be like for his great-grandchildren at the rate weShow More Summary

The Worst Presidential 100 Days Ever

Trump, number 45, got one thing right about the media-hyped, first-hundred-days presidential measuring stick. It’s a silly measure. In fact, presidents from John F. Kennedy to Obama have derided the hundred-day fetish and correctly noted...Show More Summary

News Roundup for April 26

Lots of news today. Just like every other day. 1. A Federal Judge has blocked Trump’s attempts to punish sanctuary cities. Is it just us, or is Trump (thankfully) not very effective? More here. 2. Michael Flynn probably broke the law. Show More Summary

From The LA Uprising To The People’s Climate March: Building Power When You Are Under Threat

By Gloria Walton As a native of Mississippi, I often think of the famous words of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Twenty-five years ago, a predominantly white jury acquitted the California Highway...Show More Summary

We Cannot Afford Another 100 Days of Trump Without An Action Plan

As we approach President Trump’s 100th day in office, many pundits and commentators are reviewing what he has not accomplished – and rightfully so. Whether it was his promise to build the wall and have Mexico pay for it, tax reform,Show More Summary

Bill O'Reilly's Sexism Got Him Booted, But His Racism Got Him Paid. Why?

The ousted and disgraced Bill O’Reilly’s blatant anti-black cracks, digs, slurs, and putdowns didn’t start last year, two years ago, or even a decade ago. They started almost from the day that he took the helm of the “Factor” last century. Show More Summary

New Orleans Charter School Problems Exposed At NAACP Hearing

New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools. Show More Summary

Feeling Draped In An Overcast Of 'Diversity'

Diversity—a word swirling around me like the wind that blows around me on windy days. And like the wind, I feel entwined in it and sometimes overshadowed by it. When I decided to go into the environmental field, it was admittedly toShow More Summary

Adoption Is A Feminist Issue, But Not For The Reasons You Think

This piece by Liz Latty originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. In their efforts to cure what they see as a moral crisis infecting our nation, the anti-choice movement has historically...Show More Summary

Hallmark Doesn't Make The Birthday Card That I Need

I turn 47 years old in a short couple of weeks and Hallmark doesn’t make the birthday card that I need. I will likely celebrate my birthday the same way I have for most of my life, particularly in recent years. I will wake up — God willing. I...Show More Summary

Will We Abandon Women’s Rights In The Name Of Progressive Politics?

By Rebecca Traister The most disturbing thing to emerge from last week’s badly bungled Democratic “Unity Tour” staged by Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and new DNC head Tom Perez was the fact that the only thing on which the two men seemed to easily agree was that reproductive rights are not necessarily fundamental to progressive politics. Show More Summary

Meeting My Abuser In The Mirror

This piece by Dawn Clancy originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. Content Warning: descriptions of child abuse. My mother had a thing for serrated steak knives. When she wasShow More Summary

25 Years Later, Los Angeles Hasn't Fully Recovered From The Rodney King Riots. Why?

It has become a ritual with me. On the 10th, 20th, and now 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots, I do a press tour of several of the same burned out empty lots in South L.A. I preface the tour with a finger point at the empty lots, and...Show More Summary

25 Years After Rodney King, We Can't Even Agree Whether It Was a 'Riot' or an 'Uprising'

A quarter century after the Rodney King verdict sent Los Angeles up in flames, fully sorting out that tragedy remains a job above the pay grade of mortals. It’s also above the pay grade of TV producers, though several new anniversary...Show More Summary

Trump And The Myth Of The Invincible White Males

Most businesspeople have heard of Laurence J. Peter, who developed a management model that shows managers will always be promoted until they reach a point in job responsibilities that are beyond their abilities to execute. In other words, a person will rise to their level of incompetence. Show More Summary

Trump’s Budget Priorities Are Toxic To American Families

It’s that time of year again... tax time! A good opportunity to reflect on all the things our taxes provide, from clean air and water, to roads and bridges, schools and teachers. National security whether it’s through defense or through...Show More Summary

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