Life’s Good for Nas. He’s back with the new album, got the confessional hit-in-making going with Bye Baby about ex Kelis. Notable, in the end he says he would do it again, only next time it will be better because he will choose better. Also, notable, it’s not bash the ex into the ground music. There’s some sadness to it, reminiscing on the good times that just…ended. Nice.
I’ve often said, “Don’t talk to me about race – unless you plan to speak the truth,” and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Fear of a Black President does exactly that. Coates illustrates vividly what I and so many others have said about President Obama: His color is holding him back. It is literally creating problems – and illustrating others … Continue reading Fear of a Black President
I much prefer editing others. Of course, as a writer, this is a poor attitude to take, but this morning I was suddenly oppressed by this inevitable truth – so I figured, f*$! it, deal. Now that’s off my chest, I feel it imperative to inflict, er, establish a few rules to ensure that my … Continue reading I Don’t Like Being Edited
Had a conversation last week about what black celebs should or should not be doing for others. My stance is charity begins at home. But Beyonce proves that one doesn’t need to stray far from one’s inherent gifts to contribute to the global conversation on activism.
This was the topic of conversation in a live debate I watched on Huffington Post, and the short answer is yes. But the bigger responsibility must come from the everyday man and woman. Charity begins at home. Until our communities collectively and consistently promote education, exposure, freedom of thought, self-esteem, and all of the other foundational tools … Continue reading Do Powerful Minorities Have a Duty to Give Back?
Despite the fact that I’m a magazine editor and a long time fashion bible fan, it was my sister who turned me on to Helen Gurley Brown less than 10 years ago. I subsequently went out and found a perfectly preserved copy of her best seller Sex and the Single Girl, with get this, her autograph inside. I … Continue reading R I P Helen Gurley Brown
Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago yesterday, and her legacy may be as vibrant today as it was while she was alive.