Category: Americans

Essence and Scandal's Shonda Rhimes Launch Film Competition

Essence and Scandal's Shonda Rhimes Launch Film Competition
Essence magazine is “looking to welcome new voices to the Black Women in Hollywood family,” and challenges you to “write and direct an original short film, no longer than 20 minutes long, that presents an image of a Black woman in a unique, refreshing way.” The magazine has launched a short film contest to seek... Read more »

A Woman's Worth in Dollars and Sense

By Dawniel Winningham This weekend I was blessed to speak at the Start Wherever You are Tour as it kicked off in Austin, TX (15 more cities to go (www.startwhereveryouare.com). Normally as a speaker, I am more concerned with keeping the contents of my OWN speech in my head, but as I prepared to go... Read more »

Black Women and Beauty: Oprah Screens Dark Girls Documentary

By Zondra Hughes Colorism, the dirty little secret embedded in Black society’s beauty standard, never seems to die.  Colorism, in a nutshell, is preferential treatment for skin tones and features that mimic the European standards of beauty. The saying goes: If you’re White you’re alright. If you’re yellow, you’re mellow. If you’re brown, stick around. But... Read more »
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Choosing Not to Forget: 2013 Chicago Run To Remember

Choosing Not to Forget: 2013 Chicago Run To Remember
I recently attended the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation 2013 Run to Remember that honors the lives of fallen and severely injured Police officers. I recall participating in my very first 5k a few years ago and it was in the Run to Remember race. I ran that year because my husband, James Sangster, a Chicago Police officer... Read more »

The 5 Power Smiles: Do it now!

The 5 Power Smiles: Do it now!
By Dr. Dawj Smiles matter. When I was a girl, I enjoyed playtime with my sister, who was a special needs child. Many didn’t–and still don’t–understand what it takes to really embrace and live with someone with special needs. We often had to deal with people making fun of us because she had special needs... Read more »

Let's Stand Together: Prayers for Boston

Let's Stand Together: Prayers for Boston
By Tania Brown The events of this past week in Boston remind us that terrorism both foreign and domestic is still a threat in post 9/11 America.  As late as this morning, the story is unfolding and we are now learning who is allegedly responsible for this terrible act. This story has gripped the nation... Read more »
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