I've greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as I did when I stepped into it.
Google "coming of age movies" and you will find that the stories our culture says define coming of age are those like The Sandlot or Superbad. For boys of color there are far fewer, but some: Cooley High. Boyz in the Hood. School Daze. Try Googling "coming of age movies for girls" and you'll find a lot less.
I've read and heard so many accusations against the LGBT community by the religious right that I've now come to the conclusion that these folks are just sloppy with what they say. Seriously, it's as if they don't care that eventually someone will demonstrate how incoherent their claims are.
When I saw 12 Years a Slave, I found myself squirming in my seat. I was seated between two white men, one my friend and the other a stranger. Now that all the Oscar fanfare is over, I'd like to call attention to Lupita Nyong'o.
So then this new idea came along. Since we can't get rid of it, since we can't let it go -- let's embrace it. Let's reinvent it. Let's endear it. Well folks, we've had our little experiment and let me just tell you, it's failed miserably. Yes miserably.
This week thousands of parents and students marched to save their schools and fight for the right of every child to receive a quality education. The march was in response to the mayor's newly announced charter school co-location policy.
Patty was a wonderful stepmom. Sweet and kind, she treated my sister and me like we were her very own. She worked for the airlines and often had a crazy, upside-down schedule, yet she never failed to be a loving force for good.
On its face, sure, the President's initiative seems small. In fact the $150 million that has already been invested in the program could probably go a long way to improving circumstances for male youth of color in Chicago alone. But it is a step in the right direction.
Seventeen-year-old Theresa Tran is one of this year's winners of the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio's Beat the Odds® scholarships after overcoming tough odds including physical disability, the death of a beloved sibling, and a father who suddenly abandoned the family.
If I were a sculptor, I would create a memorial to all those who have suffered from its poisonous and debilitating affects. I would construct the word out of deeply scarred and rusted steel to symbolize its onerous antiquity and unfortunate endurance. I would make the letters as tall as the average person to suggest that human beings, not animals, were demeaned by this word.
If we're really to humour the idea that only white people can be racist, what about the rest of the world where white people don't figure? Those African countries wiping out their neighbours are doing it just for the power, silly - perish the very idea that genocide or ethnic cleansing has anything to do with racism...
Last week, President Obama unveiled his My Brothers Keeper initiative one day after the anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin and as the nation still grapples with the hung jury on the murder charge in the Michael Dunn case,.
With the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, President Obama is leveraging the power and influence of his presidency to address barriers to success facing boys and young men of color. It is a vital step in the continuous journey to help America heal from the legacy that limited opportunities for centuries.
The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States.
Someone, such as Adegbile, would have thoughtfully and aggressively enforced the nation's civil rights and voting rights which are exactly the very thing that the GOP has done everything possible to undermine. Now we can add a troop of timid and self-serving Democrats to that shameful list.
March marks Women's History Month -- a time for celebrating women's historic gains and achievements. But, equally important, especially in this sluggish economic recovery, is amplifying the contemporary economic challenges women continue to face, including the uphill climb to retirement security.
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.