I am a senior MIT, a materials engineer, an honors student, and a woman. I also have been told hundreds of times that I don't deserve to be where I am. The idea that there was some sort of quota for women would be repeated to me over and over in the coming months, and it only got worse when I went to MIT.
Institutionalized racism is so deeply embedded in the fabric of our everyday lives that it can rear its ugly head anywhere from an Economist book review that whitesplains slavery to the front offices of the Atlanta Hawks.
Tavis Smiley used to be the darling of black America. Once upon a time his keen critical commentary, ubiquitous media presence and undeniable charm brought delight to the hearts and minds of many black Americans. But things changed when Obama announced his candidacy for president.
As we head into the Jewish New Year, we take with us the challenges of an eventful summer punctuated by racial unrest. The death of Michael Brown, like that of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin before him, are tragedies that jolt us out of complacency.
Two predictable things happened the instant Django Unchained star, actress Daniele Watts, an African-American, was detained by an LAPD officer in Studio City, California in response to a lewd public behavior call.
Crawford, father to two young children, did have something in his hand, but it wasn't a rifle or a shotgun. Rather, it was a toy BB gun he had picked up from the shelves in the store to buy.
Shonda Rhimes. Her name alone elicits the kind of prestigious, yet thrilling notion that John Gresham or Dick Wolf would have in the mid-nineties. But this time around, she's a powerhouse of inspiration and childhood nostalgia that I could've never imagined looking up to in all of my 19 years of being a straight American male.
So what are the most common financial blunders that newlyweds tend to make? We asked financial pros to pinpoint the eight biggest offenders -- and then offer up some advice for how to help right them early on.
While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.
Ohio Secretary of State candidate Nina Turner has spent her entire career fighting for working families, stronger schools, and elections that allow all people to cast their ballot fairly, conveniently, and securely. We can support Nina and other down ballot candidates that have the ability to win if we would just show up.
While what we at Gamaliel fight on are depressing issues, right now, at least, I'm kind of giddy. It's not often that a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist basically endorses everything we are doing.
Paul and Joan Ostroff went into debt trying to give their son, Andrew, a shot at getting past a learning disability so that he might be able to go to college. By the time they went to Consumer Credit Counseling for help in 2010, they owed $88,000 on about 20 credit cards.
Yes, the IRS does allow penalty-free withdrawals of a limited amount of IRA funds for first-time homebuyers. However, as enticing as it appears, taking that withdrawal comes with certain caveats that you need to carefully consider.
Until now, consumers have been able to use any device and access any content on the Internet on an equal basis. Those protections could all go away, depending on what the FCC decides. What the companies want, it turns out, is no rules at all -- or at least rules so weak and vague that they can't be enforced in any meaningful way.
Since being diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago, Duane Cramer has become a tireless advocate for HIV awareness and education, using his photography and creative skills to bring attention to the disease.
When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?
I was 12 years old during the historic Year of the Woman in 1992. I remember the sense of hopefulness my Mom and her feminist friends had as they talked about the possibilities for discussion, action and policy around women's equality.
Public officials at all levels chatter constantly about employment and job creation. Unfortunately, not enough of them seem concerned about the nonsensical barriers they and their predecessors erect that stand in the way of entrepreneurs seeking to earn an honest living.
8:01: 'Hairspray' actor Elijah Kelley served as ringleader for a circus themed opening act by Lady Gaga. The talked about pop star opened the ceremony clad in a Green bodysuit performing a scaled-down version of her hit song 'Poker Face.' After being thrown in a fire and reappeared on a piano with Elton John clad in matching glasses and face paint to perform 'Speechless' – a song dedicated to her father. She closed it with 'Thank you, I love you Sir Elton John.'
8:10: Stephen Colbert, a nominee this year for Best Comedy Album, made jokes about Susan Boyle, 'Glee.' Katy Perry and The Jonas Brothers, before introducing the winner for Song of the Year from his iPad, asking Jay-Z if he got one in his gift bag. Beyonce took home the trophy for 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),' but could not accept the award because she was preparing for her performance. Instead Tricky Stewart and The Dream accepted --they are the songwriters, along with Beyonce.
8:25: From the audience, Beyonce stormed the stage with a team of soldiers who just stood around. She sang 'If I Were A Boy' remixed with Alanis Morrisette's Grammy Award-winning song 'You Outta Know.' The medley was performed on her tour...so basically, no creativity with her Grammy performance.
8:38: Pink stripped her clothes and hopped on the thing in the club that the girls be on hanging from the ceiling. Then, they threw water on her and she dripped her wet body on the audience, all the while singing some ballad that no one really knows. One guy looked a bit pissed at the water being splashed on his fresh Grammy 'fit.
8:40: Poor Miss Keri Hilson. Baby lost Best New Artist to some band.
8:53: Black Eyed Peas in a space-themed performance of 'I'm A Be.' Fergie looked hot rapping with her silver visor and spacesuit. The moves were real throw-back and Will.I.Am transitioned into their Oprah-endorsed mega-hit 'I Got A Feeling.'
9:11: Kathy Griffin was visibly crushed she lost Best Comedy Album to Stephen Colbert and did an aw shucks motion.
9:18: A made-over Norah Jones presented Record of the Year to Kings of Leon for 'Use Somebody' upsetting both Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. They said 'We're not gonna lie, we're kinda drunk.' Honestly we love. Then they offered to buy shots to their friends who they missed in their acceptance speech.
9:21 Auto-tune and all, Jamie Foxx got the crowd on their feet for 'Blame It.' George Clinton was rocking hard. T-Pain was conducting the orchestra the whole time in a white wig unbeknown to the crowd. Doug E. Fresh popped out for a beat box ending to Foxx's Grammy Award-winning hit. Rock guitarist Slash and Jamie's kid sister got on stage, too. This was clearly one of the show's highlights.
9:45: Taylor Swift and playing guitar. *Kanye Shrug* (you can press fast forward)
9:55: In a heart-felt tribute to Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Usher sang 'What About Us' along with the King of Pop. The lifetime achievement award was given to MJ's children Prince and Paris Jackson, who thanked their grandparents and God, as well as their father's fans. They also discussed their father's message of love and that he was supposed to perform at this year's Grammys.
10:19: Mos Def announced Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West won for 'Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. He took his nephew Juelz up to accept the award. Rih Rih looked a little uncomfortable accepting the award though.
10:26: Wyclef did a Haiti public service announcement.
10:28: Andrea Bocelli was joined by Mary J. Blige for a tribute song, 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters,' but Mary's blue dress was a little prom.
10:48: Beyonce took home Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'Halo' and her hubby looked genuinely happy for her. Cute. She thanked him and said 'I Love You.' The Carters are good at giving props at award shows.
10:57: Maxwell sang his comeback record 'Pretty Wings.' Roberta Flack joined him for 'Where Is the Love.'
11:05: Gaga spotting. She has on some type of lightening headpiece. Always fun spotting her outfit changes.
11:13: Lil' Wayne and Eminem rapped curse-word filled verses, most of which were blocked out with the delay. Funny to see Jaime Foxx with the flip-cam not being slick about recording the performance and Taylor Swift was out of her seat rocking. Travis Barker was on drums, too. Good look.
11:26 Taylor Swift took home the night's biggest honor Album of the Year *blank stare*