Invoking Lennie as its benchmark, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced rules that fail to protect persons with intellectual disability from execution. Because of these unscientific and fictional standards, Robert Ladd, a man who has an IQ of 67, faces the death chamber this Thursday.
As the minority-majority population becomes more of a reality, Hollywood has to go through a metamorphosis. I would guess that most smart executives know this and are looking for the kinds of partnerships that will keep them relevant. We must seize this opportunity and break down the tough walls of segregation in Hollywood.
Certainly, the lack of variety in Hollywood is not the biggest problem in the world today, yet it is a serious issue and one that we can do something about. In the true U.S. tradition of protest we can boycott movies and shows that are discriminatory as a tactic to force change.
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. At age 47, he is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us.
There is a commonly held belief among some that there is one black experience and one black community. Not only is this completely untrue, it's harmful. I am proof of this.
Even for students who have overcome statistics, escaped the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline," and ascended into the most elite educational settings, the most basic messaging of this system for enforcing identity still resonates, if only through brief, but highly symbolic encounters.
The songbirds whose drama reaches as high as the notes they hit are back for a third season of TV One's hit series, R&B Divas: LA.
Do you know your AGI from your ARM from your PMI? Or does the mere mention of those acronyms make you go, "Huh?" If you don't speak personal finance, don't worry -- we're here to help.
Ruth's designs have graced the silver screen for over 28 years. Recently, she had the pleasure of working on the 2014 Oscar-nominated film Selma that was directed by the incredible Ava DuVernay.
Only a very perceptive filmmaker could tackle the topic of race relations and be remotely successful. It would require a writer/director to be smart, balanced, sensitive and able to see both sides of the issue.
Stewart, who wrote the screen adaptation and directed the film, says the movie is about more than their friendships. It's about women waiting for the next big thing in their lives to happen in order to be happy.
Gun violence destroys lives, tears families apart, and traumatizes entire communities. Too many elected officials have ignored this ongoing crisis, as well as the unacceptable fact that black Americans are more likely to die from homicide than Americans of all other races.
This is not just an educational but an economic issue and as such, every segment of society should support the president's efforts to find ways to expand early childhood education access for all children.
I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.
It's crucial for everyone in our community to know that leaving opportunities for health coverage on the table and trying to get along without health care only exacerbates the various health issues that already disproportionately impact LGBT people
A gulf remains today in our nation between the "haves" and "have-nots," and there are few examples as glaring as the disparities that exist in our public schools.
I have been traveling away from Palo Alto to L.A., Florida, and New York City. During this time there have been certain events in the news and others from my personal experience that have challenged my customary comfort zone of perception and cognition.
The national sense of urgency over the reckless violence that two years ago yesterday took the life of an honor roll student like Hadiya Pendleton -- who just a week earlier had performed at President Obama's inauguration -- has vanished. Yet there are signs of change here in Chicago, however gradual.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
March 18 marks the 25th anniversary since legendary R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass suffered a near fatal car accident, which changed his life dramatically.
Yesterday, the beloved Philadelphia native announced that his recently formed Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA) -- a non profit organization which helps people with spinal chord industries build their lives -- will present a star-studded extravaganza to raise funds to further their philanthropic efforts.
"The first question I had after the accident was, 'How am I gonna support my family?" Pendergrass explained to The BV Newswire last night. "From personal experience, I discovered that resources weren't available which offered avenues for me to sustain myself independently."
"People with SCI are people, not conditions or diseases," he continued. "We all have challenges and The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance was created to offer resources for people to continue their lives independently after a spinal cord injury."
Hosted by supersized superstar Mo'Nique, the gala will be titled 'Teddy 25 -- A Celebration of Life, Hope and Possibilities' and will be held June 10 at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center.
Patti La Belle, Ruben Studdard and Stephanie Mills are among the performers confirmed along with Pendergrass, himself, who will premiere a new song, written specifically for the black tie gala.
Whitney Houston, who collaborated with Pendergrass early in her career, will have a special honor paid to her.
"[We] are honoring everyone who has been involved in significant ways since my accident in 1982," he explained. "Whitney's first record was a duet we did together called 'Hold Me In Your Arms,' recorded in 1983 and released in 1984."
Arsenio Hall, Regis Philbin, Ashford & Simpson, media maven Cathy Hughes, radio titan Mark P. May, real estate magnate and reality television personality Donald Trump, music industry executives Daniel Markus, Shep Gordon, Bob Krasnow and veteran music publicist Lisa Barbaris -- all friends of Pendergrass whom he wants to thank for their friendship and assistance through the years -- will also be honored.
Invited celebrity guests include Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Eddie LeVert, Kindred, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jill Scott, Musiq, Vivian Green, Jaheim, and Usher, confirmed a publicist for the festivities.
For years, Pendergrass has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of SCI, dedicating his time and talent, showing by example that there is life for people disabled by spinal cord injuries. "Fortunately I am blessed to be able to continue to work and be productive as a performer," he explained.
After 19 years away from the stage, he returned in May of 2001 to a sold-out tour.
"I was on top of the world and felt utterly invincible, until one tragic evening in March 1982; an automobile accident caused my life to change drastically. I became one of over 250,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury (SCI)," he shared. "From personal experience I recognize a strong need for a coordinated outreach to individuals with SCI that will encourage them to reach their maximum potential and that's the mission of The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance. It is important that those of us with SCI continue to LIVE and are given the right to LIVE as individuals in the way that we choose and that society recognizes that people with SCI are people, not conditions or diseases. We all have challenges; a disability does not mean inability," he concluded.