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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Usher's former publicist Simone Smalls isn't the only media relations expert who's coming to the forefront; Beyonce's beloved spokesperson will do the same.
On June 16, Yvette Noel-Schure, the Senior Vice President of Media for Columbia Records will be the start subject when The African-American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC) presents 'A Conversation with Yvette Noel-Schure: How Music Publicists Help Artists Sizzle!."
Moderated by influential 'Associated Press' music reporter Nekesa Mumbi Moody, the public discussion will be held at the New York City headquarters of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The mission for the event will to talk about the components and challenges of successful publicity campaigns, promotional and concert tours and album launches for today's top recording artists.
And since being an industry publicist has been the glamour job for the past decade -- with the profession gaining increased popularity thanks to shows such as 'Sex & The City' and 'Entourage' and the antics of reps for tabloid-ready celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan and Diddy -- this panel is just what the doctor ordered.
And Noel-Schure is a perfect representation of someone who has traversed today's publicity landscape -- being the image-maker for the iconic Beyonce and all.
A former editor for 'Black Beat' magazine, she has worked at the Sony record label for close to 15 years. From forgotten artists such as Puff Johnson and Kenny Lattimore to superstars like Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin, the Grenada native help engineer effective media strategies throughout the years. Her piece de resistance, though, was building a media profile for a then-unknown Destiny's Child -- the young, burgeoning quartet from Houston and helping them become international superstars.
Since then, Noel-Schure's tailor-made stamp is evident on proven artists such as John Legend and Kelly Rowland.
"I am excited and thoroughly honored to be a part of the AAPRC panel," she shared with The BV Newswire. "Gwendolyn Quinn has done such a tremendous job in making sure the community of public relation executives stay informed and stay connected. The Global Communicator has become a valuable information tool for us. When I was invited there was no saying no."
Quinn, a former executive for Mercury, Island, Capitol and Arista Records, respectively, is the founder of AAPRC, a national and international network of more than 1,000 communications professionals. Looking to fill the gap in the networking potential among black public relations and media specialists -- Quinn and fellow media specialist Marlynn Snyder discussed the idea of forming a listserv of African-Americans working in the communications field to fulfill that particular need.
"Since its inception in 2001, we have shared key and vital information regarding the public relations and communications industries, job leads and much more," she said. "We have become the resource and "go to" network in the public relations field."
The panel series is an extension of those efforts. "We are now branding the AAPRC with a series of mixers, panels and eventually the first annual AAPRC National Conference and Business Retreat," she added.
On May 19, she will officially kick off the series with a panel entitled "The Write Stuff: Public Relations for Book Publishing," featuring notable marketing professionals in the literary industry. The even will be held at he NARAS New York City headquarters.
"They are exemplary leaders in the communications industries and they personify brilliance and excellence," she said of the panelists, which will include Hilton Publishing's Tara Brown, Harper Collins' Gilda N. Squire, multicultural publicity expert Linda Duggins, and best-selling authoress Candace Sandy.