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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,.
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...
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.
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.
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.