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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,.
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...
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.
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
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.