For The Root Tuesday I touched on my history of loving, then hating actor Terrence Howard. While I've always enjoyed Howard as an actor, with all his woman-hating comments and accusations of domestic violence, it's gotten harder and harder to separate the man from the performance. I saw him in "The Best Man Holiday" last weekend and was reminded of how much I originally loved him and of how he's become a running, misogynist gag. Check out the story here.
Featured on The Root this Wednesday is an interview I had with former U.S. Ambassador Charles R. Stith and we spoke extensively about the National Security Agency's spying program, why he thinks Edward Snowden isn't a hero, international terrorism and economic development in Africa. Check out the full story here.
After taking a month-long hiatus (punctuated by me speaking at Duke University for a Race In Space conference, going on NPR and HLN and some occasional writing for Clutch), I'm back! Monday for Clutch Magazine Online, I wrote about how people are making a mistake if they think Saturday Night Live needs a more diverse cast for diversity's sake. SNL needs one to simply stay ahead in the game. They're in the topical comedy business and love it or hate it -- black people are pretty darn topical from Michelle Obama to Oprah to Beyonce and the fact that those three people all know each other. To continue to operate as if the paragons of popular culture and politics are all white males is so very 1984.
I returned to the Beauty Shop segment of NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin today where we chatted about ex-San Deigo Mayor Bob Filner after he pled guilty to a series of lesser charges related to his sexual harassment case AND we talked about former mistress of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty, who wrote about her role in "A Real Life Scandal" for Essence Magazine's November issue.
Take a listen after the jump.
I was in Jane Velez-Mitchell's the Lion's Den last night on HLN as our government hurled towards a shutdown. Thanks to my good friend, Dr. Jason Johnson, there's actual video capture of it. So if anyone missed the shoutfest the first go-round, here you go!
Check out the videos after the jump!
Saturday I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter's Annual Torchbearer's Breakfast. I wanted to post video of the speech but for some reason the audio goes wobbly after about 5 minutes into my 18 minute speech. So, at the request of quite a few women at the event, I'm posting a transcript of my original speech here. Unfortunately, I did quite a bit of ad-libbing, so not all the parts of my speech from that day will be in this text, but you will get the gist of it. The speech was half original material and half a post I wrote a year ago for Clutch Magazine Online entitled "Black Woman: It's All Your Fault (Not That You Care)"
Check it out.
Because nothing can happen in Washington, D.C. without it turning into a mess of dysfunctional macho posturing -- on the same day you can start signing up for the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Affordable Healthcare Act -- there will likely be a government shutdown. It's all part of the Republicans quixotic attempt to stop "Obamacare" before it starts and people end up accidentally liking it.
Tuesday for Clutch Magazine I wrote the ultimate guide for staying single so it's just you and your cats until you shuffle off the mortal coil. Mostly it was about not bathing, being a jerk and generally removing yourself from the dating game altogether. Here's a taste: "I find that nothing gets people to ignore the crap out of you like not bathing for several days. It works for the homeless. Look at how people just step over them in the street. It’s that powerful. Also, let yourself go. You don't want to 'accidentally' attract someone by still 'being cute.'"