Why #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Teaches A Great Lesson on Black Stereotypes
What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror?
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousands words; but is it really? After Trayvon Martin’s murder in 2012 finally made national news after pressure from the public, depending on the media outlet, you saw two versions of Trayvon: the “typical American teenager” photo that showed a smiling Trayvon being embraced by his […]
Do You Know Your A1C? Actress S. Epatha Merkerson Tells You Why You Should Know
I went to an entrepreneurship conference a few weeks ago and a workshop leader asked each attendee to pick a partner and look at each other in the eye. One person’s role was to talk about their business goals, while the other person listened. Every time the person with the aspirations spoke, the other’s job […]
emPower Hour, 89.3 FM WPFW
For nearly 30 years, S. Epatha Merkerson has charmed audiences with her electric performances on television, film and on stage. Merkerson—best known as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren in Law & Order, a role that she played for played for nearly 17 years—has received a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an […]
How Many Souls Are Attached To Your Purpose?
emPower Hour is a radio show Produced and Hosted by DeShuna Spencer on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC. The weekly program is an interactive, fast-paced social justice program that tackles issues facing her community, highlights individuals in the DC metropolitan area who are impacting their communities, and actively emPower Hour occurs every Thursday at […]
First Person: Chioma Dike’, a #BringBackOurGirls Activist, Uses Non-Profit to Advocate for Girls in Africa
I wish I could say that I thought of the title of this essay myself. I didn’t. It came from a young woman giving an acceptance speech a few weeks prior during the Advancement Project’s awards ceremony honoring the work she and others are doing with the civil rights group, The Dream Defenders. Actually, while […]
Blacks Are Far From Being “Takers,” Actually We’re Most Likely To Give
When Chioma Dike’, founder and executive director for Africa’s Daughters Foundation, first learned that more than 200 girls were kidnapped overnight at a school in her native country, Nigeria, she wanted to do something about it. So Dike’, along with a number of other young professionals of African descent in the Washington, DC area, took […]
What If 230 Girls Were Kidnapped From A School In the U.S.?
When Rancher Cliven Bundy questioned whether or not blacks were better off as slaves “picking cotton” because we’re “basically on government subsid[ies]” aborting our children and shipping our young men to jail, I’m sure he wasn’t aware of the 2012 study that showed that African-Americans are more charitable than any other racial group in America. […]
Watch: Bershan Shaw, OWN Network Star & Two-Time Cancer Survivor, Discusses What It Means To Be A Warrior
What if more than 200 middle school girls were kidnapped from a school in the United States, Canada or even South Korea? What would the reaction be? Massive, I would assume. The coverage would dominate most national news networks much like the missing Malaysian airplane. We would know each girl’s name, her likes and hobbies. […]
What I Did When I Heard My Boss Say Something Racist
Last week, I met a warrior, her name is Bershan Shaw, star of OWN’s new series, Love In The City, and two-time breast cancer survivor. At the age of 33, Shaw was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. After undergoing radiation. She went into remission. Two years later, the cancer returned as Stage 4. Her […]
During the summer going into my junior year in college at Jackson State University, I took a job at a jewelry store in downtown Jackson, Miss. On the day I was hired, I remember the owner’s grandson, who gave me the job, said while smirking: “Grandmother will have a fit when she sees you.” And […]