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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Fresh off the heels of touring with platinum-selling R&B crooners Brian McKnight, Joe, and 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard, hip-hop soul singer Sunshine Anderson was welcomed with open arms during her enthralling performance last night at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.
And the Charlotte native, who roared onto the R&B scene in 2001 with her hit single 'Heard it All Before,' welcomed the love back as she performed selections from her recent album 'Sunshine At Midnight' in the McDonald's Superlounge at the Louisiana Superdome.
To many a festivalgoers surprise, Anderson was carrying more than notes when she hit the stage -- she's preggers.
Backstage, the well-spoken southern girl, who used to work for the United States Pentagon, talked candidly about being a part of the 'Essence' fesitivites, her new music and her new family life.
She's expecting a girl in November, which she will name Alexia Sky.
Anderson revealed that she's planning to get married to Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Christopher Alexander Terry later this month, and talked about her trepidation of telling record label brass about her new condition.
"It just is what it is,you know I mean," she quipped. "I feel blessed, I'm not going to make any apologoies ... I am just on a high."
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