In the state of California, we now spend $62,300 per prison inmate per year while only $9,200 to educate a child in a K-12 school. If that statistic doesn't disturb you, consider this: Since 1984, the state has built 22 state prisons while only one new University of California school.
I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. But I'm afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.
In the collections of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum is a large, leather-bound ledger. Old, unassuming, and rare, its now-faded pages document business transactions that took place almost 250 years ago
Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.
The disadvantages that Black boys bring to their schools aren't corrected in K-12 classrooms, they are furthered. As they get older, they are continually marginalized in their schools and societies.
While the NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases is being scrutinized, and folk are calling for Goodell's job, the league's inquiry skills concerning other sensitive matters is also worthy of further review.
The messages we convey to students matter. They are deeply embedded long after they leave our classrooms. As we begin this school year, let's make sure we choose the right message.
Two predictable things happened the instant Django Unchained star, actress Daniele Watts, an African-American, was detained by an LAPD officer in Studio City, California in response to a lewd public behavior call.
The publishing industry can't solve this problem, but the relative lack of children's books by and about people of color nonetheless functions as a kind of "symbolic annihilation."
Ever wondered what it's really like to be a part of New York Fashion Week? Or better yet, to be a model at New York Fashion Week?
Minority students typically do not have the opportunity to study a language much less study abroad. They face financial barriers, to be sure, but also cultural ones. For a young person who has never left his or her zip code, much less flown on a plane, going overseas is a daunting consideration.
Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.
I used to be one of those people who didn't understand the threat of climate change. I wondered, "Why should global warming matter to me?" When I learned what a warmer world would look like -- especially for people of color and low-income communities -- I was terrified.
This school year, don't leave out the pep talk about grades and their futures and blah, blah, blah. But, make sure they understand that your love and pride aren't contingent on anything other than the fact that raising them is the greatest privilege you'll ever have.
Nearly 2 years out from Hurricane Sandy, the most destructive and deadly storm to hit New York City, communities across the five boroughs are still recovering. And in the back of everyone's minds, people are wondering "Could a tragedy like Hurricane Sandy happen again?"
Until now, consumers have been able to use any device and access any content on the Internet on an equal basis. Those protections could all go away, depending on what the FCC decides. What the companies want, it turns out, is no rules at all -- or at least rules so weak and vague that they can't be enforced in any meaningful way.
Institutionalized racism is so deeply embedded in the fabric of our everyday lives that it can rear its ugly head anywhere from an Economist book review that whitesplains slavery to the front offices of the Atlanta Hawks.
Yes, the IRS does allow penalty-free withdrawals of a limited amount of IRA funds for first-time homebuyers. However, as enticing as it appears, taking that withdrawal comes with certain caveats that you need to carefully consider.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
The chart-topping R&B crooner will join the cast of Broadway's long running hit musical revival 'Chicago,' this fall, a spokesperson confirmed to The BV Newswire today.
For a six-week limited engagement (Oct. 8 through Nov. 18), the tall, dark and handsome McKnight will take on the role of slick legal eagle Billy Flynn in the legendary show, which has already seen the likes of Academy Award winner Louis Gosset, Jr,, Grammy Award winner Usher and Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady in the same role.
Prior to making his Broadway debut, McKnight will get his feet wet in the role perform the role during a two-week engagement at Washington D.C.'s Warner Theatre via 'Chicago's' national touring company (Sept. 25 through Oct. 7).
With a string of hit singles under his belt, including 'One Last Cry,' 'Love Is,' 'Anytime,' 'You Should Be Mine,' and 'Back at One,' McKnight is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and multi-talented musician. He has released a total of ten R&B/pop albums in fifteen years, seven of which have gone platinum or multi-platinum.
Throughout his storied career, the Buffalo, New York native has collaborated with a variety of musicians, including Sean Combs, Mary J. Blige, Kenny G., Justin Timberlake, Vanessa Williams, Quincy Jones, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey.
His latest album, '10,' was released via Warner Bros. Records last fall.
VIDEO: Brian McKnight -- "Anytime'