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An Open Letter to Rachel Jeantel

Dear Rachel, This is an open letter to you and all the young people in this country who, through no fault of your own, find…

Guns Turn Cowards into Brave Men

When rapper Lil Wayne used offensive lyrics that included the name of Emmett Till, it sparked a conversation about whether or not much of this…

Mess-piration? Keep Reading

When I was growing up, there was sort of an unwritten law to keep your dirty laundry inside your own house. When I became a…

A Different World

It’s commencement time for many HBCUs. Last week I spoke at Fisk University and Saturday I address the graduates at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.…

Terrorism: The Not-So-New Normal

This isn’t new to us anymore.  Oklahoma City, New York, Boston and maybe West, Texas and Mobile, Alabama are all places where terrorists have struck…

Too Far, Tyrese

Around here, we call it a “Pull Up Pal.” It’s your “boy,” your “girl,” your “bestie, BFF, roomie,” anybody who cares enough about you to…

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