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'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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Since her brother, Michael Jackson's untimely death on June 25th, Janet Jackson has been virtually quiet about his passing. In a candid interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, which aired last night, Janet opened up about what she misses most about Michael, who she thinks is responsible for this death, and how she's coping with the loss her big brother.
In a testament to Michael's influence on her as a performer, Janet credited him for helping her to attain sass as a young performer. "He was like a director in a sense. We were very close. He helped me with all of that."
In a poignant moment in the interview, Roberts asked Janet whether Michael was in denial over his drug use, to which she replied, "I wish he could answer this question for you and not me."
When asked who she thinks is responsible for her brother's death, Janet replied that she felt Dr. Conrad Murray was to blame. "I think he is responsible. The truth always prevails."
Murray, Michael's personal physician admitted to administering the potent anesthetic drug Propofol to the music icon, but denied any wrongdoing. He has yet to be charged in Jackson's death and the manslaughter investigation remains ongoing.
On how she's coping with her big brother's death:
"A day doesn't go by that I don't think about him. I feel like my phone's going to ring, and I'm going to hear 'Donk, it's me'."
In addition to talking about Michael's passing, Janet talked growing up as a Jehovah's Witness, life as a performer, her relationships with Jermaine Dupri, Rene Elizondo, and James DeBarge, whom she called "her first love," her battles with weight, and plans for the future.
On her relationship with Jermaine Dupri:
Though she admitted that the two are no longer dating, she stated, "I adore him. We're still very good friends to this day."
On whether she's single:
"I am single. I've just been into my work."
On her struggles with weight:
"There were times when I was teased when I was younger. And it affected me a great deal."
On the future:
"I'd love to have a family. I'm in a different space. There's a lot that's going on. Alot that makes you think."
Check out a clip from Janet's interview with ABC at BV's Daily Drama,