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.
There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.
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.
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.
During her acceptance speech, Lupita Nyong'o eloquently remarked: "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." We should continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform that can provide every talented person the opportunity to succeed in the greatest nation on Earth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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,.
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.
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.
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.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
When Hillary Rodham Clinton's husband was on the path to the White House, she created a frenzy for standing by the future President William Jefferson Clinton -- after allegations of infidelity nearly rocked the campaign trail.
While many women are known to roll with the punches when it comes to their spouse's sexual history and/or extra-marital affairs, many men don't.
All-Star athlete Gary Sheffield is one who stands by his woman.
"While we were still living in Atlanta, people began calling DeLeon, talking about a videotape with her and R. Kelly," the 39-year-old Tampa native writes in the tome, written with Marvin Gaye/Tavis Smiley biographer David Ritz. "They were demanding millions in hush money. DeLeon was pregnant with Jaden and emotionally at the most vulnerable point in her life."
Sheffield revealed that another blackmailer had joined in on the action -- this time a preacher wanting Richards to join his ministry, and the couple to employ him as their spiritual counselor in exchange for his silence.
"Both D and I understood the implications of what we were doing: The minute this jack-leg preacher was caught, news of D's former relationship with R. Kelly would hit the papers."
The former New York Yankees Right Fielder, who has experienced his fair share of media scuttlebutt over his near 20 year career, remained undaunted by the threats. "I just want to bury this jerk who thinks he can hold us up," he consoled his wife after she expressed concern.
"Other women, wanting to protect their reputation at any cost, might have suggested paying a blackmailer. Not DeLeon. She said 'My faith is in God. I'm walking through this with my head held high."
"I'm not saying that the false news reports didn't give us restless nights and bad days," he clarified. "We struggled with our anger and resentment."
He said the Holy Word provided the most solace for the couple, who were just getting settled into their New Jersey digs.
"We were comforted by the absolute knowledge that God's love for us and His Blessing of our marriage were indestructible. The Calmness pointed to the Proverbs where it says, ' Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.' Morning came. Joy arrived. Faith saw us through."
Sheffield who is the father of six children --two with Richards -- is the only player in Major League history to make the All Star team with five clubs. The former Milwaukee Brewer, San Diego Padre, Florida Marlin, Los Angeles Dodger, and Atlanta Brave is now donning his seventh jersey as a proud new Detroit Tiger this season.
Richards, a gospel singer currently selling a new album available online, recently was interviewed by AOL Black Voices Producer Angela Bronner and revealed that she still doesn't know if a sex tape with Kelly exists. "But I was young, I was in a situation that's no different than anybody else out there that could've made the same mistake," she rationalized. "And so for that, I've asked God to forgive me and having [sex] outside of being married." (Read story here.)