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.
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.
There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,.
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.
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...
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.
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*