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.
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.
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.
Kandi Burruss, the newest member of Bravo's hit series 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' is finally coming to grips with her starring role on the franchise reality television show.
"Now, I'm glad I'm a part of the show," she confided to BV Newswire. "At first, when I signed on and folks went crazy on the blogs, I was like, 'Wait a minute, hold on, did I do the right thing?' But now I'm cool with it."
The Grammy Award-winning songwriter has been the topic of blog fodder relating to her clashes on camera and off with fellow 'Housewives' star NeNe Leakes. Recently, the two had a lively argument on an Atlanta radio station over whether Leakes told the BV Newswire that Burruss was a "weak-ass woman." During the radio program, Leakes denied the name calling, but Burruss is not convinced that she's telling the truth.
"If it had been in the Enquirer, I wouldn't have believed it, but you all are good sources for information. You all don't put bull out, so I knew she said it," Burruss charged.
"During taping, I pretty much got along with everyone. It wasn't until the end that Nene and I started clashing," she explained. "My thing with NeNe is she portrays herself to be this real chick, but she really is not. She's fake to me, but she is always saying stuff about people, and she tries to take it back or play it down later on."
The season will highlight Burruss as she raises her daughter, Riley, and tries to convince her mother that her fiance, A.J., is a good catch – despite fathering six children with other women. The Atlanta native makes no qualms about the short amount of time the couple has been together; what began as a courtship in July 2008 resulted in an engagement this January, and now Burruss is hoping that the Internet stories will die down soon.
"I feel very bad that he is catching so much heat for just being in a relationship with me, because he didn't sign on to the show I did," she said. "And I feel bad for him and his kids. The kids come over here all the time. A lot of them are older and they are on the Internet and seeing the things being said about their father. I felt horrible, [but] there is nothing I can really do about it."
But as vocal as the 'No Scrubs' songwriter is about some things related to her fiancé, when it comes to other things, she's mum about, including whether or not A.J. previously dabbled in dealing narcotics, as some have speculated.
"He is financially stable and has his own money and he has a lot of businesses that I know of. I see things that he is doing that are legit, so as far as speculating on what went on before me, he has shown me legit stuff. I don't want to go off into all of that, but it is what it is."
A wedding date has yet to be set, she said, because after taping 'Housewives,' "things got to be more stressful between my mother and A.J. and myself."
Though her personal life isn't perfectly in tact, Burruss' career is a different story. She's focusing on recording her own music and is sure that she won't be participating in an Xscape reunion anytime soon – if ever. The platinum-selling R&B quartet, from which Burruss got her musical start, is not a priority for her.
"We didn't make enough money together for me to go back," she pointed out. "We had three platinum records that I'm thankful for, but I made way more money after the group."
"We have been broken up for 12 years...and Tiny [Cottle] and I get along," she confided. "Tosha [Scott] has been pretty quiet, but Tamika Scott just came out the blue with some bull a couple years ago. [And,] it let me know it would be the same drama all over again."
In addition to penning a few songs for Fantasia's upcoming album, the 'Just Kickin' It' singer has recorded a few songs for her own upcoming solo album with Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Rashida and Tiny. Her plan is to find an independent distributor to release the project via her Kandi Koated Entertainment company.
As for those new rumors that the songstress might soon replace Paula Abdul as a judge on 'American Idol,' she quipped: "That was the biggest shock to me than it was to anybody else. I would love to do that, but no one has contacted me, and I hadn't heard it until I saw it on the Internet."
'Real Housewives of Atlanta' airs at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.