She was admired for her talent and activism and considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. Praise for Lena Horne extends to the strength of her convictions, as she changed the image of African American women in Hollywood by refusing to be cast in stereotypical roles as a maid. The 92-year-old singer, [...]
Apparently, you can boycott an entire state if it passes a law that really makes you angry. The target? Arizona. The controversy? A new Arizona law that makes the failure to carry immigration documents illegal and gives police authority to question and detain individuals suspected of being in the United States illegally. Critics have been [...]
Tavis pays a moving tribute to the two longtime civil rights activists.
This is an excerpt from a post first published at AnythingUrban. I recall living in a predominately white neighborhood for a short time as a youngster. On the surface, social life was fine for me and my two younger sisters; we played with a large number of children that lived in the area — most [...]
As we celebrate Black History Month, this guest post by legal scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, continues to help frame the narrative.
When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you probably think of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But what do you think about his “Beyond Vietnam” speech? What’s that? You’ve never heard of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech? Well, you’re not alone. On Wednesday, March 31, the second installment of Tavis Smiley [...]
Now that we are a few days into Black History Month, there has been some discussion (see here and here) about the relevance or irrelevance of the month-long celebration. What do you think? Is it still necessary to designate an entire month to celebrate Black History? Does the election of Barack Obama as president somehow [...]
The passage of Proposition 8 in California led to a dramatically increased awareness of homophobia around the country as well as the launch of a new generation of activists. What I didn’t realize until recently, though, is that Prop. 8 was also a unique catalyst in battling racism and faith-phobia. Following the LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer) community’s [...]
This excerpt is from a post first published at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Powell is blogging while in South Africa. GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Here in South Africa, the downfall of apartheid, the first multi-racial election in 1993 and the victory at the ballot box of the formerly outlawed African National Congress remains [...]
A day after the California Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to uphold the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages (a.k.a. Proposition 8), the case is going federal. The attorneys on opposite ends of the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential court battle (how weird is that?) have asked a federal judge in San Francisco to block California from [...]