Our need for the first annual observation of No Shame Day on Monday, July 2 could be traced to any number of get-right-quick antidotes. Despite the growing number of mental illness diagnoses in the black community, many are loath to accept their legitimacy.
The cloud of chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- the concussion-related brain disease that had led to mental illness and Alzheimer's-like symptoms -- hangs over the apparent suicide of Junior Seau, one of the N.F.L.'s great linebackers. The news was the final straw for Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, who wrote that he could no longer find enjoyment in watching football with the increasingly grim prospects for its long-term practitioners, and so he was giving it up.
As you might have heard by now, President Barack Obama has expressed his belief that gay people should be able to get married. I want to take a moment to talk about the terms of the discussion. My concerns can fit broadly under what I'll call The Equality Problem.
This is about more than a t-shirt. This is about how to participate mindfully and self-critically in struggles against domination
Here's Marvin Gaye, who would have been 73 today, performing "I Want You" while lounging on the couch in a Belgian hotel room. Epic.
It's about time that we got a Shirley-centric episode. Yvette Nicole Brown, aside from her ping-pong rivalry with Jeff, has been pretty quiet this season.
Let's not think of it as a defense of Brown. Let's consider it a plea for worthier troubled souls.
To posit that a woman's behavior can be a means for stopping rape is a slap in the face to all the women who "followed all the rules" and still got raped.
I arrived late to the new meme "Shit Girls Say," but my family members were quick to fill me in over the holidays. I laughed -- but only with half my heart.
Vesta Williams's unexpected and untimely death was just one in a long string of mysteries surrounding her life. What happened? Where had she been? Why hadn't she hit it bigger?
Gene Banks's widely derided "If I Was A Poor Black Kid" column oversimplifies a lot -- including how hard it is to get into Philly's best schools.