Several people like Meghan McCain are criticizing Gwen Berry for turning away during the National Anthem — but it’s her right as an American.
I’ve seen hateful comments spouting the same racist rhetoric starting with the classic: “If you hate this country…”
Protest and criticism doesn’t always come from a place of hate. Athletes like Gwen worked hard to represent this country but that doesn’t mean she can’t also see flaws or work to improve them.
If my fellow Americans are outraged and embarrassed by Black athletes’ quiet protests on international stages — maybe you should put that energy…
I am peaceful, but I’m not a passivist — never have been — never will be…I never started a fight, but I ended plenty and stay prepared. My Grandfather taught me how to defend myself, because he said, “the world isn’t safe [for women and girls]”. I was an only child raised by my beloved Grandparents. I have a special place in my heart for grandparents because of their wisdom and their fighting spirit. Yet, they weren’t bitter and showed me a life filled with faith, forgiveness and compassion for others.
I don’t know how NOT to fight, but I…
Let me preface this piece by saying I have and will always stand with the Asian community — especially following the racist murder of 6 Asian women in Georgia and increased attacks across the country. Sadly, as we call for unity between Black and Asian communities, another controversy unfolds. TheGrio.com published screenshots of an Asian staffer using the N-word following Alexi McCammond’s resignation from Teen Vogue. This latest development is the inspiration for this article.
To all my Asian brothers and sisters in the United States, abroad or in your respective 49–52 countries:
PLEASE STOP USING THE N-WORD! I do…
*Quick update: We’ve since confirmed that the lady in the video is Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Marcia Fudge. Consequently, revisions were made to give proper respect to Secretary Fudge.
Black Twitter is a blowing up with the video of this beautiful, older sister addressing the White House press corps and expecting some basic respect. It’s customary in Black, some brown communities to greet everyone when we enter the room. The elder followed that long standing custom and social norm and no one responded. As per the tradition, she gave a nonverbal signal for them to course correct…
Let me preface this story by saying this is not about all white people or the faithful and loving few who honor, respect Black and brown people. This story is not about white people who are proudly and happily married to Black and brown people like: Ellen Pompeo, Alexis Ohanian, Paul Wall, and many others. This is about your troubling brethren — like Chet Hanks, Meghan Markle’s dad, Whoppi Goldberg and Halle Berry’s exes who seem to date or pursue Black and brown women by default, convenience, selfish or nefarious reasons.
This is about white men (and some women) who…
“Football season is starting”, my new boyfriend announced. Dang, I thought — welp I guess I gotta prepare not to see him on Sundays and any weekday there’s a game, but this is what I gleefully agreed to when I jumped into a relationship with an ex-football player.
In his defense, before our first date, he told me tons of stories from his football days. The moment we met, I knew this handsome man was a die-hard fan and season ticket holder. On our 2nd date, he even wore a football jersey and told me if we got “serious” that…
Did you see Jeremy’s outfit and backdrop? It was amazing and so needed. Here’s his statement:
First and foremost, thank you Jeremy Pope for making this brave, bold fashion statement that brought America’s history of forced, unpaid labor of enslaved Africans into clear view through visual arts and fashion design.
Prior to the invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney (whose race is debated), enslaved Africans were forced to hand-pick cotton all day in the hot sun until their fingers bled from the rough, prickly plants.
That story is funny - I've learned the hard way that the shower cap rarely works unless we lay it down with a scarf or ponytail and scarf it and then we have "the dent".
The straight hair struggle is real - I have an ethnic hair crisis almost every month. lol
Well, your hair looks fabulous in your pic and as long as you're styling your hair for you - that's all that matters.
I'm still going to get my quarterly blowout - unapologetically but it's going to be for me and not a potential partner.
Thank you so much for reading and sharing your story.
I just watched the first few episodes of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix. I was ok until I saw this privileged couple complaining about their spacious suburban home. Watching the beautiful, brilliant Mrs. Kondo, trying to teach and bring peace to an ungrateful wife, her angry husband and their 2 out-of-control children was unsettling.
The wife asked Marie, also a mother of two small children — did her toddlers run around, screaming demands and she politely said, “no.”
What was infuriating to both myself and the husband is that his wife already had hired “help” to do their laundry…