Boy Bands and Brotherhood

StreetCred. That rite of passage every young man seeks.  Some find it in membership in fraternities (All the NUPES say YO!). Others find it in sports, gangs and other affiliations. However, let’s think back to the 80’s and 90’s when the Boy Bands were significant for many young men.  You remember them- New Kids On The […]

Hail to the HBCU

I had the privilege of attending two HBCU graduation services over the weekend. One at Alabama A&M University, where my friend received a Ph.D. in physics. The other at my alma mater, Oakwood University, where two nieces and two nephews (one of whom is headed to Harvard School of Dental Medicine) received their bachelor’s degrees. […]

Black Men, Let’s Talk About Rape

This week, my undergraduate alma mater, Morehouse College, made news not for its prestigious history of producing leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee or current Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, or for adding to its lead among HBCU’s in producing Rhodes Scholars. No, the news featured yet another allegation of […]

National Minority Health Awareness Month: It’s Time To Be About It

As a young woman navigating my way through college, I hung out with some folks who today are practicing as expert medical and health professionals. As I observed them, it was pretty clear that I too wanted to help people improve their health  and address health disparity, but not as a clinician.   Professors like Ruth […]

Phyt For Your Life: HBCU Alumni Educated and Healthy, No Excuses!

I spent this past weekend with some of my favorite people in the world at the Oakwood University Homecoming. We celebrated 120 years of Oakwood University investing in the lives of Black people and my 35th college reunion. I was thrilled to walk down memory lane as we were reminded of our humble beginning, and […]

Bernie Sanders is Better for Black Colleges

Earlier this week, Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders continued his “Feel the Bern” campaign tour of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Morehouse, which is in the midst of its Founder’s Week, has been an incubator of Black political thought since 1867 and has produced such notable leaders as Nobel […]

Justice Antonin Scalia Was a Bigoted Racist, Nothing More

Over the weekend, United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Antonin Scalia died at the age of 79. While the encomiums heralding his life have flowed from political friends and foes alike over the past 48 hours—including President Barack Obama—I would be remiss if I did not strongly state what the President and presidential contenders cannot; […]