Maxine Waters Talks Shade, Receipts And Serving A Little Tea

The California Congresswoman addresses her growing popularity among millennials and her continued resistance in a Donald Trump presidency.

Bridging The Gap: Black History Month Across Generations

Former Black Panther Sekou Odinga and Black Lives Matter activist Larry Fellows may come from different Black liberation movements, but both understand that to truly celebrate Black History Month, we must dig deeper.

In the midst of a movement sparked by continued state violence in Black communities — from police brutality to inadequate housing and lack of fresh water — the question of Black History Month's legitimacy isn’t a question at all.

The week-turned-month-long celebration founded by Carter G. Woodson has roots in celebrating the achievements of Black people, but that sweeping definition often limits or blankets the full potential of what those four weeks could be — a time to acknowledge our elders and what they contributed, while celebrating modern-day Black history.

Bridging The Gap: Does Social Media Invite Infiltration Into The Movement?

Black Lives Matter activist Arielle Newton and former Black Panther Rosemari Mealy discuss the pros and cons of social media.

It’s hard to deny the lasting effect social media has had on the largest Black liberation movement in recent history.

It’s where the Black Lives Matter movement was born, out of response to Trayvon Martin’s death at the hands of a neighborhood watchman, and where thousands of Ferguson, Mo. residents spread information following the death of Michael Brown Jr. The use of social media as a tool to inform and organize eventually sparked national protests to beat back the systemic killing of Black and Brown people.

Bridging The Gap – Revolution Music Then & Now

Music can be considered the soul of protest.

Black liberation movements have long relied on music to inspire, to heal, to motivate, and to challenge the status quo while adding to the richness of Black culture. Artists have historically used their gifts as vehicles for change — from Nina Simone who famously declared it was an artist’s duty to reflect the times, to Kendrick Lamar's revolutionary love story "Alright."

 

How Kalief Browder's Legacy Is Propelling Criminal Justice Reform Forward

On the second anniversary of Kalief's death, Akeem Browder speaks with ESSENCE about how his brother's story is transforming the criminal justice system.

Two years after Kalief Browder's death, the broken criminal justice system that imprisoned and tortured him at just 16 years old is making strides to undergo reform.

That transformation would be a slower process had Browder's haunting story not come to light. Jailed at Rikers Island for three years after he was accused of stealing a backpack, Browder's short life can serve as a highlight reel for the injustices of the system; the abuse from correctional officers, overcrowding at the mismanaged prison complex, solitary confinement and the fight to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York state.