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.
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.
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.
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.
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,.
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.
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
The young woman who was allegedly shot by hip-hop vixen Remy Ma has broken her silence.
Makeda Barnes-Joseph, a galpal of the former Terror Squad rapstress who was shot in her midsection on July 14, isn't mincing any words about her displeasure with the whole ordeal.
"I sit here and I try to think every day, 'Why is she doing that?' How can she deny that?'" the 23-year-old realty office administrative assistant told the New York Daily News. "I'm basically confined to the bed now. It's really hard. It really hurts."
Barnes-Joseph felt the wrath of true diva rage on that near fatal summer night during an altercation at a hotspot in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking District.
Cops say that Remy Ma (legally known as Reminisce Smith) got into Barnes-Joseph's Nissan Maxima on W. 14th St. after they left the party about 3:40 a.m. and blasted her twice.
The award-winning rapstress then rifled through her purse after shooting her and then took off.
The dispute was reportedly over $3,000 which Barnes-Joseph was accused of stealing.
"Makeda would never steal money," Barnes-Jospeh's mother Christina Barnes previously told the daily tabloid. "She doesn't need it and I didn't raise her like that."
Remy Ma, who is due in court Nov. 29, pled not guilty to attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons charges stemming. Released on $250,000 bail, she has maintained her innocence, once hollering at reporters, "I didn't shoot my friend ... I didn't shoot nobody!"
Meanwhile Barnes-Joseph -- in her bedridden state -- has had time to catch up on all of the antics of another prison-ready femme fatale, Foxy Brown (legally known as Inga Marchand).
"It's ridiculous, the stupid things she's doing," she said of the ex-Def Jam superstar who was thrown in jail last week for violating probation.
"They feel that hey can do whatever they want and get away with it," Barnes-Joseph fumed. "They think that because they're rappers that they need to make a name for themselves."
If Remy Ma did shoot her, homegirl is talking from first-hand experience.