Invoking Lennie as its benchmark, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced rules that fail to protect persons with intellectual disability from execution. Because of these unscientific and fictional standards, Robert Ladd, a man who has an IQ of 67, faces the death chamber this Thursday.
I am disheartened by the decision made by Senator John Cornyn, the incoming Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, to remove "Civil Rights" and "Human Rights" from the name of the Subcommittee.
I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine?
As the minority-majority population becomes more of a reality, Hollywood has to go through a metamorphosis. I would guess that most smart executives know this and are looking for the kinds of partnerships that will keep them relevant. We must seize this opportunity and break down the tough walls of segregation in Hollywood.
The songbirds whose drama reaches as high as the notes they hit are back for a third season of TV One's hit series, R&B Divas: LA.
As we reflect on Black History month, we must truly be proud of the contributions of the African Americans in every aspect of our society. African Americans, despite their history of oppression and exclusion, remain committed to America.
We often think that issues are irrelevant because they do not directly affect us, but we forget that we can easily be the ones in an unfortunate situation at any moment.
It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.
Do you know your AGI from your ARM from your PMI? Or does the mere mention of those acronyms make you go, "Huh?" If you don't speak personal finance, don't worry -- we're here to help.
The 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery is clearly worthy of celebration. Yet abolition did not have to take so long, do so little, or at such an awful cost.
For change to happen, we must focus our resources on mechanisms of support. There is another way forward that does not involve punishment or jail. It's time to stop criminalizing victims and provide help instead.
"I don't have celebrities in my phone or on my speed dial. When I finish The Wendy Williams Show I head back home to New Jersey. I like to be home with my family."
This is not just an educational but an economic issue and as such, every segment of society should support the president's efforts to find ways to expand early childhood education access for all children.
This is about more than awards deferred; it is about dreams deferred. It is about the lack of racial and gender diversity we find both behind the screen and in front of it. It is about the inevitable way the Academy's membership roll directly influences who gets nominated and who wins.
A gulf remains today in our nation between the "haves" and "have-nots," and there are few examples as glaring as the disparities that exist in our public schools.
We need to tell new stories. We need to see new actors who look, sound and act like the real America. Racism is not just a concept. It is as staring down at us from the big and small screens.
More than 86 percent of students in Maryland are earning diplomas within four years, a record-high graduation rate for the state, according to data released Tuesday. Maryland state officials celebrated the achievement, noting that the rate has risen more than four percentage points since 2010.
I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.
Next month, Bravo's 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' will return for a second season with a new housewife in tow.
In its first season, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' became Bravo's first reality show to hit more 2 million adult viewers in the 18-49 age range. The reunion special pulled in 3 million viewers.
Now, Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes, Lisa Wu Hartwell and Kim Zolciak are back and ready to balance their hectic careers as mothers, girlfriends and social butterflies on the Atlanta scene.
This time around, however, NBA wife Deshawn Snow is out of the mix and new to the pack is Kandi Burruss, the Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter who was a member of the platinum-selling 1990s R&B group Xscape.
Burruss, a friend of original cast member Hartwell, is planning her dream wedding to her live-in fiancé, A.J., raising her 6-year-old daughter, Riley, and working on a solo album. She should be a great addition to the peachy crew, and it should make for good television to see where the other ladies are now in their respective lives.
First, there's Sheree. This aspiring 'She by Sheree' fashion designer and ex-wife of Atlanta Falcons' Bob Whitfield, was forced to sell her Sandy Springs mansion in May. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, her home, which was purchased for $2.4 million in 2000, sold for just over $1 million. In addition, Whitfield is appealing her divorce settlement that left her less than the seven figures she hoped for. Instead, she ended up with a $775,000 lump sum, $113,422 in her ex's retirement funds and $2,142.87 in monthly child support.
Last season, Zolciak, an aspiring country singer, not only broke up with her mysterious "Big Poppa" boyfriend, but she also fell out with both Leakes and Hartwell. She's supposedly still an aspiring country singer on the upcoming season of the show, and according to a show publicist, will launch her own wig line.
Hartwell is also starting her own clothing line, called 'Closet Freak,' and is contemplating having another baby during the the new season.
Then, there's Leakes -- the firecracker of the bunch -- who just penned a tell-all book about how she got out of an abusive relationship. She's a wife and a mother who never holds her tongue when she feels like she's been disrespected.
That is sure to make for more drama this season.
Brace yourselves, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' premieres at 10 p.m. on July 30.