For The Root Tuesday I touched on my history of loving, then hating actor Terrence Howard. While I've always enjoyed Howard as an actor, with all his woman-hating comments and accusations of domestic violence, it's gotten harder and harder to separate the man from the performance. I saw him in "The Best Man Holiday" last weekend and was reminded of how much I originally loved him and of how he's become a running, misogynist gag. Check out the story here.
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Featured on The Root this Wednesday is an interview I had with former U.S. Ambassador Charles R. Stith and we spoke extensively about the National Security Agency's spying program, why he thinks Edward Snowden isn't a hero, international terrorism and economic development in Africa. Check out the full story here.
In my latest piece for The Root I discuss my personal feelings about the post-Civil Rights generation I'm part and wondering if I've done enough to take advantage of the rights others fought for.
For The Root Monday, after finding out 40 percent of white people don't have any non-white friends I decided to take a trip down memory lane of my past life as a token and going through the drama of bridging the racial divide.
Friday for The Root I wrote about the president's pledge to help at-risk and black youth last week during a meeting with House Democrats. He said he was willing to do what's in his power to help these kids without involving Congress. But it's the executive branch's job to execute the laws. He's very limited in what he can and cannot do. And with the problems young black boys and men face, can their big problems be solved with small solutions?
For your reading pleasure, I've amassed some observations on The Washington Post sale courtesy of people who understand it better than me. Because even I go "huh" sometimes. And I was on some major "WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?" yesterday as I called, IMed and texted everyone I knew. Here's what I found out.
Wrote a story for The Root today. Like to here it? Here it goes? In light of the Zimmerman verdict an old study from 2012 is getting new attention. That survey shows that black people who claim self-defense have a negative chance of winning the case -- no matter who gets killed. But white people, well ... let's just say it's more of fair shot, especially if that shot is at a black person, where the killings are 354 percent more likely to be ruled as justified in states with "Stand Your Ground" laws. The study said it couldn't account for bias, but ... ahem ... that sure looks like some amazing white privilege to me. Where can I get some of that? Can you buy it at the store? No? Disappointing ...
Point #1: I like how Ms. found one of the most conservative photos ever of King Bey. It's like a photo from the time she got bored and decided to enter and win the Miss America beauty pageant.
Point #2: That headline is missing a question mark as in the interview with author Janell Hobson we were debating if Beyonce's actions and lyrics could be considered feminist. VERDICT IS STILL OUT!
Check the magazine out on newsstands this spring and summer.
I'm also quoted this week in an article about black people and mental illness on The Root, written by mi amiga Keli Goff. Check that out as well here.