We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Last Monday I was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, along with dozens of other clergy, seminarians, and people of many faith traditions. As a white, middle-aged, married, mother of three and a rule-abiding Presbyterian, this was a new experience for me.
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.
Now before the liberal left and cynical political observers fall off their chairs laughing, consider this isn't just wishful thinking from Rand Paul. If there's anybody in the 2016 Republican field with even a puncher's chance of pulling this off, it's Paul.
The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.
With continued officer-involved shootings, attempts at voter suppression, and ongoing racial and economic disparities, it is easy to push voting to the side. But it is precisely because of tragedies like the deaths of young Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, and because of an unequal educational and employment system, that we need to show up at the polls.
While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also true that a small percentage lived as free citizens. And some were even able to prosper.
The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.
Bleak numbers surround the national high school dropout rate. Many of society's other problems -- like unemployment, poverty and overcrowded prisons -- can all be linked back to the individual decision to quit high school.
It is my hope that all black students make it a priority to address these type of issues on our campuses. Do not compromise your beliefs or your black experience for the pretense of neutrality.
As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.
So exactly how does one go from being a back-up singer for Mary J. Blige and Diddy to presiding over the hit TV judge show Paternity Court? If you're Lauren Lake, it starts with your upbringing.
Being black or brown isn't the problem. Neither is my childhood dream of having a house full of black and brown babies. The problem is white supremacy. I don't mean the still-dangerous KKK or Aryan Brotherhood. The white supremacy I'm talking about is much quieter.
Just last week, shock jock Howard Stern had choice words for the staff of Jamie Foxx's radio show 'The Foxxhole.' Stern spared Foxx from his rant, but now, he's not only making it clear that they aren't friends, but also throwing out allegations that the Oscar winner is a "Down Low Brother."
The Sirius Satellite radio personality and the 'Ray' actor both made headlines recently for making fun of 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe's obesity. Earlier this month, the 'Private Parts' author said that the 26 year-old was "enormous" and added that she "needs help."
Stern was also criticized by ABC News for his comments, but he didn't care, adding, "everybody is rooting for Sidibe, but they are going overboard rooting for her because she's this big woman. We're the only ones that care about her."
Then, Foxx's staff at 'The Foxxhole' joined ABC News and other traditional media sources who were upset with Stern's comments about SIdibe. After their comments on Stern, Foxx took to his Sirius XM radio show 'The Foxxhole,' echoing Stern and compared Sidibe to late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. He joked "I hear they're doing the remake [to 'Precious'], it's called 'The Notorious Precious,' where Gabby does Biggie Smalls with Precious..."
The back-and-forth continued with Stern playing the audio of Foxx's crew, and calling them "f**king losers." But, he made sure to say that he wasn't mad at the 'Blame It' singer because he wasn't in the room when the group went off.
Well, Foxx recently took to his radio program again and had a few sly comments for Stern. And,Stern is trying to end the feud, but not before letting Foxx have it.
"When you start up with me, I'm going to comment," Stern took to the radio saying. "The show is not a popular show, Jamie has never done regular radio and gotten ratings."
Stern made sure to say that the 'Booty Call' actor was talented, but also clarified that he was not a friend, as the actor previously stated.
And, to bring it all home, Stern added, "I think he is playing for a way different team. That's what I think."
"If he's got something in his ass, that's his business," Stern said.
"He's got an ass and he's got a mouth and I don't know what he does with them."
This beef will surely not end there.
Listen to the drama below.