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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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...
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,.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Hip-Hop diva Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott joins a short list of the genre's pioneers and legends to be honored during the fourth annual 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors,' premiering Oct. 8.
Hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan, the show -- which celebrates the players who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon -- will be taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 4.
West coast rap icon Snoop Dogg, old-school hip-hop trio Whodini, original hip-hop super-producer Teddy Riley, and hip-hop-soul music mogul Andre Harrell are among this year's honorees. A special 25th Anniversary tribute of the break-dancing film 'Wild Style' will also take place.
Elliott, who has been lavished with many coveted awards over the past decade (including four Grammy Awards), said that this particular event is "more" than a regular honor.
"Hip-hop is my first love and no one can ever tell me dreams don't come true," she told 'The BV Newswire' yesterday. "Although I'm being honored, I am more honored being part of this music that has such realness, rawness and edge and being around so many who have made records that motivated me to be creative and original and follow my own path in music."
"Run DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Slick Rick, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Erick B & Rakim and [Queen] Latifah are just a few who I honor," she said, naming other honorees who have come before her. "I thank God for allowing me to reach the masses with my music. You'll never know how grateful I am. Through all of my struggles you've made me feel loved and again, I am more than grateful for this incredible honor. I love you all and hip-hop!"
Elliott, whose first incarnation in the music business came in the form of being a member of the Devante Swing-created girl group Sista (think = Mary J. Blige meets Jodeci times four), broke through as a hit-making, behind-the-scenes collaborator of Timbaland's in the mid-1990s. Her contribution to hit projects by Aaliyah and 702 galvanized her into the hip-hop soul arena, making way for her auspicious debut opus 'SupaDupaFly' in 1997. Five albums later, Missy (as she is affectionately known) has been one of the more consistent hip-hop artists over the past decade. As a song-writer, producer and guest cameo-maker, the Portsmouth, Virginia native has been called on by the biggest names in the business, including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Blige, Lil' Kim, Madonna, Nelly, Michael Jackson, Diddy, Angie Stone, Beyonce, Monica and Fantasia.
And helping Elliott achieve her success along the way was her manager Mona Scott, who calls her "a musical and visual icon second to none."
Upon hearing that VH1 announced the honor, the Violator Management chief proclaimed, "In a genre generally reserved for testosterone driven braggadocio or slinky haired diva-dom, Missy Elliott has forever carved her niche in pop culture and hip-hip history. She is a creative force tirelessly engaged in a quest to bend our ears and challenge our senses - all while daring us to find a new way to bounce. This honor is well deserved and long overdue and I am so proud of my client and my friend."
Scott, one of the most hands on superstar talent managers, revealed that Elliott's latest disc -- her sixth studio album, tentatively titled 'The Countdown' -- is due out in a few months. A new single should drop at radio next month.
AOL VIDEO: Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott -- 'She's A B**ch'