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.
I am disheartened by the decision made by Senator John Cornyn, the incoming Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, to remove "Civil Rights" and "Human Rights" from the name of the Subcommittee.
I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine?
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.
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.
As we reflect on Black History month, we must truly be proud of the contributions of the African Americans in every aspect of our society. African Americans, despite their history of oppression and exclusion, remain committed to America.
We often think that issues are irrelevant because they do not directly affect us, but we forget that we can easily be the ones in an unfortunate situation at any moment.
It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.
The 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery is clearly worthy of celebration. Yet abolition did not have to take so long, do so little, or at such an awful cost.
For change to happen, we must focus our resources on mechanisms of support. There is another way forward that does not involve punishment or jail. It's time to stop criminalizing victims and provide help instead.
"I don't have celebrities in my phone or on my speed dial. When I finish The Wendy Williams Show I head back home to New Jersey. I like to be home with my family."
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.
This is about more than awards deferred; it is about dreams deferred. It is about the lack of racial and gender diversity we find both behind the screen and in front of it. It is about the inevitable way the Academy's membership roll directly influences who gets nominated and who wins.
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.
We need to tell new stories. We need to see new actors who look, sound and act like the real America. Racism is not just a concept. It is as staring down at us from the big and small screens.
More than 86 percent of students in Maryland are earning diplomas within four years, a record-high graduation rate for the state, according to data released Tuesday. Maryland state officials celebrated the achievement, noting that the rate has risen more than four percentage points since 2010.
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.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Sunshine Anderson is hitting the road this spring.
The hip-hop soul diva has landed the gig as the opening act on the upcoming Brian McKnight tour, kicking off 10 dates beginning April 27 at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Additional tour dates below.
R&B crooner Joe is also on the bill, for what should be an great R&B jaunt.
Anderson's new album, 'Sunshine At Midnight,' was released in late January, nabbing a Top 5 spot on the Indie Albums chart. The lead single, 'Something I Wanna Give You' claimed the #1 spot on Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and spent over 3 months in the Top 15 at Urban AC radio.
Anderson, who seems to have been welcomed back from her 5 year hiatus with open arms by both the industry and the fans, has enjoyed a flurry of promotional activities in recent weeks including a performance at the CIAA Tournament Finals in her hometown of Charlotte, NC.
"We're very excited about the success of Sunshine's project," said Max Gousse, the Executive Vice President of her label, Music World Music. "We've had great support at radio, retail and video and the addition of the Brian McKnight tour is another key element of our comprehensive marketing plan. For Sunshine, being in front of the fans is what it's all about."
Confirmed tour dates
April 27 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre (with McKnight & Joe)
April 29 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Theater (with McKnight & Joe)
May 4 Detroit, MI Fox Theater (with McKnight & Joe)
May 5 Chicago, IL Star Plaza (with McKnight & Joe)
May 11 Westbury, NY Westbury Music Fair (with McKnight & Joe)
May 12 Washington, DC Constitution Hall (with McKnight & Joe)
May 13 New York, NY Beacon Theater (with McKnight & Joe)
May 18 Miami, FL Knights Center (with McKnight & Joe)
May 19 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park (with McKnight & Joe)
May 20 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater (with McKnight & Joe)