We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
Last Monday I was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, along with dozens of other clergy, seminarians, and people of many faith traditions. As a white, middle-aged, married, mother of three and a rule-abiding Presbyterian, this was a new experience for me.
Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.
Even though there are a few ways you can try and accelerate the process, it takes time to build credit. Credit cards can be one of the best ways to do so, and if you commit to using them properly, it can be worth the time you spend strategizing.
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also true that a small percentage lived as free citizens. And some were even able to prosper.
Bleak numbers surround the national high school dropout rate. Many of society's other problems -- like unemployment, poverty and overcrowded prisons -- can all be linked back to the individual decision to quit high school.
The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.
Being black or brown isn't the problem. Neither is my childhood dream of having a house full of black and brown babies. The problem is white supremacy. I don't mean the still-dangerous KKK or Aryan Brotherhood. The white supremacy I'm talking about is much quieter.
The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.
Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.
So exactly how does one go from being a back-up singer for Mary J. Blige and Diddy to presiding over the hit TV judge show Paternity Court? If you're Lauren Lake, it starts with your upbringing.
As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.
It is my hope that all black students make it a priority to address these type of issues on our campuses. Do not compromise your beliefs or your black experience for the pretense of neutrality.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Tyson Beckford is ready for his close-up -- again.
The BV Newswire has learned that the chisel-chest hottie -- also known as "the first black male supermodel" will be the host of Bravo's upcoming reality show 'Make Me A Supermodel.'
Along with fellow former supermodel Niki Taylor, Beckford will be the ringleader of the show, which is based on the successful UK series where beautiful and talented men and women are selected and will compete for a chance to launch their modeling career and win $100,000.
According to a network spokesperson, 'Supermodel' is scheduled to premiere in the first quarter of 2008.
Viewers will vote each week to determine who stays to walk the "Supermodel" catwalk again and who goes home.
Over a 12-week period, these hopefuls will live together in a New York City apartment and explore life while undergoing a series of creative challenges designed to test their professional modeling potential.
Beckford, who guest stars on Tyra Banks' wildly popular 'America's Next Top Model' this week, is one of the most respected and well-known male supermodels in the world.
Discovered and nurtured by fashion powerhouse Bethann Hardison, his modeling career exploded when he appeared in the Fall 1994 Polo Sport campaign. He soon landed an exclusive multi-year contract with Ralph Lauren and served as the spokesmodel, shilling everything from underwear, clothing and fragrances.
In June 2005, Beckford was injured in a car accident near his West New York, New Jersey home. His vehicle caught fire, but he was able to pull himself out before it became fully engulfed in flames.
On the comeback trail, he recently appeared in music videos including 50 Cent's chart topping '21 Questions,' and the Grammy Award-winning song 'Toxic' by Britney Spears.
He recently hosted the car show, Fine Tuned and will appear in the upcoming films 'Hotel California' and 'Kings of the Evening.'
AOL VIDEO: 50 Cent -- '21 Questions'