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.
The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States.
Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.
Facing the horror of slavery is a tough nut to crack not simply because it entails facing an inconvenient truth about past racial dehumanization, but because it entails facing the real truth that slavery still corrodes in big and little ways American life.
Imprinted within our psyches is the notion that success is something that should be visible. Until recently, it has had a rather distinct look to it.
Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.
The most diverse place on campus is a shiny, happy spot that exists in two dimensions: the brochures, viewbooks and annual reports that colleges and universities produce for public consumption.
Unfortunately, for increasing numbers of teenage African American and Latino males, prison is becoming a rite of passage and their presence in juvenile detention facilities has become more and more profitable.
"My advice to anyone just starting out in this business, and to people who haven't gotten their start yet, is not to give up and not to be discouraged by disappointment. It's a long journey."
No longer can we ignore the reality that our children are dying. No longer can we close our eyes to the immense pain and suffering of these grieving parents, siblings and loved ones. No longer can we act as if this doesn't impact us.
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.
I started to think of the underrepresentation of other minorities in the fashion industry and the limited diversity in many other art culture subsets. As a result, I decided to look around and to give more recognition to these six creators who are following their passions.
With a scorching Leontyne Mbele-Mbong in the title role and compelling direction by Dawn Monique Williams, this fresh Medea bridges the centuries in its visual style, language and impact.
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.