Black women constantly complain about the dearth of "eligible" black men to date and marry. Noted sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued that "the increasing levels of non-marriage and female-headed households is a manifestation of the high levels of economic dislocation experienced by lower-class black men in recent decades."
He further argued that, "When joblessness is combined with high rates of incarceration and premature mortality among black men; it becomes clearer that there are fewer marriageable black men relative to black women who are able to provide the economic support needed to sustain a family."
Then you add in the unfortunate increase in homosexuality within the black community and you have a recipe for disaster.
"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today," Malcolm X stated during the Organization of Afro-American Unity's founding forum at Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom on June 28, 1964.
A caravan of grassroots activists trekked to the gravesites of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y., on the morning of May 19th to commemorate his 89th physical day anniversary. There they were met by other admirers, some of whom had traveled from all over the country.
"This is a sacred ceremony paying respect to a martyr that died in the revolution," said moderator James Small at the beginning of the commemorative event, which was begun by Malcolm's sister Ella Collins in 1965. "He gave his life on behalf of those of us who now live. One of the reasons for coming is to say thank you and show respect to that spirit."
When Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III of Dallas learned that the NAACP Board of Directors had chosen Cornell William Brooks over him, attorney Barbara R. Arnwine and several other better-known candidates to succeed outgoing president Benjamin Todd Jealous, his response was "Who?"
And he wasn't the only one responding that way.
In an interview from Florida, where trustees had just made their selection, a board member who asked not to be identified by name said, "We turned the whole nation into a collection of owls," he said. "When they learned of our decision, everyone in the country was saying, "Who? Who? Who?"
Eight-year-old Martin Cobb and his 12-year-old sister had a special bond. They were by all accounts inseparable as siblings, best friends and playmates.
"They were never apart," said the Rev. Theodore L. Hughey, the pastor at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, the family's church in Richmond, Va. They would ride bikes and big wheelers together, play side by side with children in their South Side neighborhood and brag about their mother's fine down-home cooking, he told the Richmond Free Press.
Marty had a special affinity for keys of any type, the pastor added. In a tragic event that has captured the nation's heart, Marty now is being fondly remembered as a courageous hero. Local and national media are telling the heart-rending story of how Marty died May 1, while bravely trying to protect his beloved sister from a sexual predator as they played around noon near railroad tracks behind the family's home in the 200 block of Brandon Road.
Writer/director Amma Asante talks about her new film, "Belle," a fact-based, historical drama starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw about the daughter of an African slave and a British ship captain who was raised in England as an aristocrat.
Kam Williams: Hi Amma. I'm honored to have this opportunity.
Amma Asante: Thank you very much, Kam. It's my pleasure.
KW: I told my readers I'd be speaking with you, so I'll be mixing in their questions with some of my own.
AA: OK, cool.
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