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.
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.
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.
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.
Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.
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.
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.
Facing the horror of slavery is a tough nut to crack not simply because it entails facing an inconvenient truth about past racial dehumanization, but because it entails facing the real truth that slavery still corrodes in big and little ways American life.
Imprinted within our psyches is the notion that success is something that should be visible. Until recently, it has had a rather distinct look to it.
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.
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.
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,.
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.
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)