When’s the first time you had lemonade? Not the artificial kind-but fresh squeezed, down home, hand-crafted, made with love lemonade? Wasn’t it refreshing? Wasn’t it like nothing you’ve ever tasted before? Didn’t you wonder how that person had managed to add just the right amount of sugar, the perfect amount of lemon juice? Didn’t it make you happy? And isn’t it strange how something so sweet and invigorating could be the product of something so pungent and bitter? Isn’t it crazy how things come together so beautifully when we let them?
Leading up to Black History Month, Black folk started to get a little restless. We knew our month was just there on the horizon, and our ancestors were starting to call on us to bring our Blackness to the forefront. It didn’t take us long to straighten up, and fly right, of course. At the Golden Globes just last month, Denzel Washington received the Cecille B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to Hollywood, accepting his award in the Blackest, most down home way possible. Then there was Jamie Foxx, who chastised director Quentin Taratino for his use of the word “ghetto” in his acceptance speech.
Only a few days later, our dear President-Barack Hussein Obama, who delivered my favorite State of the Union address to date, kindly reminded everyone from sea to shining sea to, “Ask Osama bin Laden about me.”
Oh yea, we were just getting warmed up. It wasn’t even February 1st, yet.
Oh how I love Jesse Williams. Let me count the ways…
This actor/activist/former teacher just never fails to make me swoon. It’s rare that a man can be so damn fine, yet so damn conscious, intelligent, and selfless. It’s really delightful, and I’m hoping he has a twin brother that isn’t quite so famous, equally brilliant, and willing to date a regular ol’ girl like me. Here are 8 Quotes that prove exactly why Jesse Williams is BAE.
This week, Janelle Monae and newcomer Jidenna led a march protesting police brutality in Philly. Now, Monáe and her Wondaland Records crew have released “Hell You Talmbout”, a powerful protest song, featuring the entire Wondaland roster (Monáe, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and George 2.0).
If you don’t know Deray, you may not be following the news close enough. He basically lives on CNN. The young activist, a former school administrator, quit his job and set out to stand up against injustice at the hands of the state nationwide. Named one of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders”, Deray McKesson has made an indelible mark on history and continues to do so through his tireless work. But today, when I opened my eyes and logged on to Twitter, I was surprised to find that Montel Williams, of all people was up in the middle of the night, sending nasty tweets to Deray for no damn reason.
Over the weekend, video footage of a ridiculously abusive police officer surfaced online. Officer Eric Casebolt arrived on the scene of a pool party in McKinney, Texas on Friday evening, and acted like a complete jackass. After pinning a young girl to the ground and pulling her by her hair, the officer then pulled his gun on unarmed teens who were in the vicinity.
I was going to stay silent on this issue, because frankly, it is going to drain me to write this. But after I heard that three of the shooters involved in the deadly Twin Peaks Shooting were “accidentally” released from jail, I just had to give my three cents.
Remember George Zimmerman…the guy that shot an unarmed teenager, and essentially got away with murder? Yea, him. Well it appears that he’s been shot in the face. Zimmerman was shot in Lake Mary when he got into an altercation with a man by the name of Matthew Apperson. According to wesh.com, the shooting was the result of an ongoing incident between the two men.
John Legend has gained much respect over the years for his artistry. The award winning singer/song writer never disappoints when it comes to his music. Recently, Legend has used his platform to speak out against police brutality, and has been very vocal about racial tensions in America. Now, stepping in to an Executive Producer role, Johnny boy is taking things a step further with a new film that will be airing on HBO on May 18th.