james_moss_homeless_father (1)A formerly homeless man in Denver is using $54k in donations received via a crowdfunding campaign this month to give back to those currently less fortunate than himself.

James Moss was spotted recently in downtown Denver giving free food to the homeless. The father of one explained why using his good fortune to help others was a source of personal fulfillment. “I was once in this position with my son. It feels good to help. I’ve got a little tingly feeling going on.”

buy-blackIt’s that time of the year again when people flock to stores to buy gifts for their loved ones. Due to all of the hurtful issues that Black people have continued to endure this year, it is important that we band together and #buyblack throughout the holiday season and all year round. We must keep money circulating in our communities and gain financial independence from those who don’t believe that Black Lives Matter. Last year, I put together a list of Black owned businesses to shop from, and this year I have an additional 100 businesses to share. Our economic power is strong, but we must unite in order for it to have any real affect on the powers that be. I have categorized all of these businesses in order to make it easier to find the products you desire. Let’s show all of the White supremacists, big corporations and politicians who don’t value our rights that if we don’t get justice, then they won’t get our coins. #notonedamndime Please enjoy the list below, share with your friends and loved ones, and add any additional businesses in the comments. I will continue to build on this list throughout the year. It’s all about #nationbuilding

chicago-teen-policeWhile the majority of the US is either stuffing their faces with leftover turkey or taking in replays of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the AP (Associated Press) is posting shitty articles about Laquan McDonald. It never ceases to amaze me how these not-so-closet racists in media can add insult to injury after the wrongful death of a black man or woman.

I was scrolling down my Yahoo.com news feed when I came across the following headline:

aprillawson_sexstrike_theblackmedia_2015A black woman in Chicago has organized a sex strike to stop black-on-black violence. April Lawson has called on all black women in the Chicago area to deny their partners sex until violence in the city becomes a thing of the past.

The following is a quote from a celibacy pledge created by Lawson:

“Until an official treaty is signed and an actionable plan is in place by all black men who live in this city, I take a vow of celibacy. I vow to refuse sex to any man I’m dating, engaged to or married to until the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are brought to justice. I vow to keep my affections for men vocal, spirit-filled and non-sexual until all children on the south side are safe to play outside their doors. I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhoods. All men must take responsibility to take back their communities and behave as global citizens who patrol their own streets until every block in every neighborhood can breathe again in ease.”

mental-healthWhile most people were bustling about getting a head start on Holiday shopping, a horrifying thing happened on November 21 behind the closed doors of a Bronx, NY apartment. One young black woman fatally stabbed another young black woman to death, and cut her 8 1/2 month-old baby from her womb. Even after confessing to the murder and being arrested, the young woman who committed the gruesome act insisted that the baby girl, who survived the attack, was hers.

The two women were childhood friends.

The black woman in literature has always been a distinctly positive force; though largely unappreciated by literature lovers of other ethnic backgrounds, her contribution to the expansion of the literature field cannot be ignored. As

Curly hairstyleWalking out of a busy beauty parlor one Saturday afternoon, I saw a gorgeous woman with waist-length, loose, bouncing curls emerge from the hair salon. She was met by a friend who exclaimed upon seeing her, “Wow, your hair looks amazing! Going natural was the best hair decision you ever made.”

The waist-length beauty thanked said friend and went on her way. Shortly after, another, equally gorgeous woman, this time with tightly coiled curls kissing the nape of her neck, made her way to the hair salon. The same woman who had greeted the waist-length beauty before also greeted this woman; notably with the absence of a hair compliment. She was joined by another woman who also stood and watched the woman with the nape-length curls disappear into the salon. Once she was out of earshot, they both hissed viciously to each other about her hair. “Why did she chop off the relaxed hair?  To resort to this? She looks terrible. a total disaster.”

youngblackflyOn one of the rare occasions that I had free time recently, boredom led me to view random YouTube videos. Among those videos were a few episodes of old Nickelodeon and Disney Channel TV shows that I enjoyed as a child. Beneath one video, a YouTube user posted the comment, “These old Disney Channel shows were good, but I always wondered why there weren’t more young African-American girls placed in leading roles in those shows.” In response to that comment, another YouTube user posted a lengthy comment, stating that networks such as Nickelodeon and Disney Channel are reluctant to cast young black girls in their original series and movies, because “there aren’t a lot of grounded, classy young black girls in the industry to go around.”

I don’t know what pissed me off more; the fact that this YouTube user had the audacity to post a comment like that, or the fact that none of the other YouTube users who commented called her out on it. There aren’t a lot of grounded, classy young black girls in the entertainment industry?? Is that so? Before I go any further, let me just say that the black community has nothing to prove to people with ignorant views like this YouTube user’s. However, we do seek to use every excuse to congratulate and celebrate young black girls who continue to excel and spread their magic. You, ignorant YouTube user, have provided me with the perfect opportunity to do so. This post is especially for you and people like you.

Here are 10 young black girls in entertainment who are beautiful, talented, classy and age-appropriate; they’re not trying to seem older than they are, they’re not out there revealing their hearts, souls, livers, kidneys and everything else to score gigs, and they most certainly put persons with nothing positive to say about black girls to shame.

justlatasha6This week has been one of tremendous racial trials and some major Black triumphs when it comes to our lives meaning a damn thing. The events that took place at the University of Missouri from the protests, hunger strike and football boycott all occurred because the former President of the University showed his blatant attitude of, “I don’t give two shits,” when it came to the harassment of Black students on campus. But, oh, did he learn about the power of boycotting. Once his actions affected the money…he had to GO. JustLatasha breaks it down in her weekly vlog as only she can, with humor, facts and PLENTY of reads. Check out her latest vlog below:

erykah-badu-phonedown-slideThe queen is coming back with REAL music, and she leaked this little gem to tease us with. “Phone Down,” has that sultry, smooth and hypnotic feel that I absolutely adore from Erykah Badu. She lets you know that she is the kind of woman who can make you put your phone down and NOT miss it. This track is off of her highly anticipated mixtape, But You Cain’t Use My Phone, that will drop Thanksgiving weekend. Go ahead and enjoy some chill vibes from my mother in my head. You’re welcome!