National Black HIV/AIDS Day 2014


Many know about AIDS Awareness Day celebrated on the first of December each year, but few are aware of what today is.

For 16 years, Feb. 7 has been recognized as the official day for black AIDS awareness, testing, education, treatment and involvement.

Former inmate-turned-mentor challenges gang members to turn their lives around


January is National Mentoring Month and while many with offer just a few hours a week to making a difference, one man has dedicated his entire life to mentoring black youth heading down the wrong path.

Abrigal Forrester was 21 when he started a 10-year prison sentence. He credits older inmates, mentors, for getting him to question the path he was going down. Now at 43, he is challenging young men to do the same thing. 

Young activists speak out against racial injustice in America with new project

The George Zimmerman verdict shook the black population, striking a massive blow to our hope. It also sparked activism in our communities in protest of the ruling.

Ciara Allen and Anique Hameed are the masterminds behind “The Mountaintop,” a project that seeks to empower young black men and women to speak out against America’s biased justice system.

The Return

Whether you’re from Chicago or a city in Thailand, it’s been pretty hard to miss the growing buzz around #TheReturn of Chicago native Derrick Rose. I have been fascinated by the responses from Derrick Rose fans throughout the world. It seems that many of them are rushing him to come back, for the sake of a possible championship. 

STUDY: African Americans Feel LESS Empowered Today Than A Few Years Ago

A new study conducted by James L. Gibson, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, finds that blacks feel less empowered under Obama today than they had previously:

From 2005 to 2011, only 45 percent of blacks said they believed the government would allow them to make a public speech, while 67 percent of whites believed they could, the study found.

The study found that while the election of Obama initially boosted feelings of political empowerment among black Americans, those sentiments significantly faded in the years that followed—especially among conservative and religious blacks.

Olympian Kellie Wells Shares Story To Empower Sex Abuse Victims

Olympic hurdler Kellie Wells has once again opened up about the sexual abuse she experienced as an adolescent, hoping that her story will inspire and empower other young people facing similar obstacles.

Wells was repeatedly abused, and eventually raped, by her stepfather as a youngster. Needing an escape, she left home and threw herself into athletics in high school, eventually leading to Olympic glory.

Post Thanksgiving Thoughts on Black Feminism: "My Great Aunt Made Me Go There"

So, yesterday was Thanksgiving and all I can say is that my great aunt pushed the ultimate button and questioned why I consider myself a feminist. I tried to ignore her comments about feminists being lesbians. I tried to take the higher ground when she said, “Our men need for women to help them, cook for them . . . be their neck and that’s the only way the black community will survive.” I tried . . . but then she said feminists have not done anything for the black community, but to divide it. And, then I said, “If it was not for black feminism I could not tolerate let alone love your alcoholic abusive nephew (i.e. my father).” Yes, I said exactly that and the whole house became quiet. And, of course, she was very offended and left. But, all this got me to thinking about why I am a black feminist.

Is It Ever OK For White People To Say NIGGER?

In an article released last week for Time Magazine, writer Touré asserts that it’s not OK for white people to use the word nigger (or its crazy cousin, nigga).

Well…he does list some exceptions.

According to Touré, white people can say nigger if they are:

1. Reporting on, commenting on, or writing some kind of think piece involving the word nigger.


 2. Using the word as part of a play, film, song, piece of visual art or stand-up comedy routine.

Is that alright with you?