Tyler Perry may be a succesful film mogul, but he is admitting that he had to endure many failures as a gospel playwright before reaping his harvest of success.
Perry, 45, wrote an email obtained by Black Enterprise, where he admitted that his success did not come easily.
"Do you know how many times I tried to be successful at doing plays before it finally worked? From 1992 until 1998, every show I put on flopped," Perry wrote. "No one showed up, and I lost all my money. I wanted to give up." more >>
Pharrell Williams, the 41-year-old record producer and artist, believes that 18-year-old Michael Brown showcased bullyish behavior before being shot to death by Ferguson, Miss police officer Darren Wilson last August.
While protests have been sparked in cities across the country after a grand jury announced that Wilson would face no charges for shooting Brown dead, many celebrities have spoken out against what they believe to be an unfair ruling. Countless celebrities have spoken out against a black unarmed teenager being killed by a white police officer, but Williams offered a different perspective.
After a video surfaced of Brown stealing cigars in a strong arm robbery from a local convenience store just minutes before his untimely death, Williams questioned the dead teenager's behavior. more >>
Darren Wilson is ready to resign from the Ferguson police force following the decision not to indict him on any charges for the death of Michael Brown in August. The grand jury decision not to indict the officer sparked renewed protests in Ferguson as well as major cities across the country.
Neil Bruntrager, Wilson's lawyer, spoke to CNN Wednesday about Wilson's plans to leave the police force after six years as a cop.
"It's not a question of if, it's a question of when. He's on paid leave, and there are discussions that are going on right now to separate from the department in an amicable fashion," the attorney told CNN. "Realistically, he can't go back to being a police officer...There's no illusion about any of this. But it's the way in which he leaves ... that's important to him on different levels." more >>
Chris Brown is identifying with slain teenager Michael Brown, who was fatally shot in an altercation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August.
After a grand jury ruled that they would not indict Wilson on any charges for the fatal shooting of the 18-year-old this week, the United States has been filled with protests in multiple cities and states. While many celebrities have spoken out on the issue, the 25-year-old singer indicated that he related to the events that have taken place.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Wilson said Michael Brown became violent towards him. more >>
A historic number of America's youth – 2.5 million children – are homeless according to a report recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness. These children, the report shows, are victims of a number of variables that contribute to homelessness including single motherhood, racial disparities and low household incomes.
The report, based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau, reveals that many of the nation's homeless children are on the verge of losing their housing, don't have a fixed residence, are living in places not designated for human beings, or are living in some kind of temporary housing. Many homeless children's circumstances are tied to problems plaguing their families.
According to the report, "Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are Black or Hispanic." more >>
Depression affects nearly 14.8 million people in the United States. Karl Benzio, founder of the addiction and mental health counseling helpline the Lighthouse Network, said depression and loneliness can be heightened during the holiday season.
"It's a lot easier for us to remember and connect those past traumas to significant events like holidays or a birthday or anniversary," said the Christian psychiatrist. Those traumatic connections are especially common during the winter season, Benzio said, because "since there are a bunch of holidays that occur in a row, it's very easy to attach those traumatic experience to holiday experiences, giving us a heightened alert system or defense system as those holiday come around the corner."
Benzio believes those prone to loneliness, isolation, depression or anger during this time of year can benefit from a range of therapies from talk therapy to medication. His non-profit Lighthouse Network links individuals struggling with addictions or psychological and emotional problems to counseling, rehabilitation centers, and psychiatric care facilities. However he also believes in the power of God's word and the impact Christian principles such as forgiveness can have on the hurting. more >>