I've greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as I did when I stepped into it.
The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States.
Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.
Facing the horror of slavery is a tough nut to crack not simply because it entails facing an inconvenient truth about past racial dehumanization, but because it entails facing the real truth that slavery still corrodes in big and little ways American life.
"My advice to anyone just starting out in this business, and to people who haven't gotten their start yet, is not to give up and not to be discouraged by disappointment. It's a long journey."
Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.
The most diverse place on campus is a shiny, happy spot that exists in two dimensions: the brochures, viewbooks and annual reports that colleges and universities produce for public consumption.
Imprinted within our psyches is the notion that success is something that should be visible. Until recently, it has had a rather distinct look to it.
Unfortunately, for increasing numbers of teenage African American and Latino males, prison is becoming a rite of passage and their presence in juvenile detention facilities has become more and more profitable.
No longer can we ignore the reality that our children are dying. No longer can we close our eyes to the immense pain and suffering of these grieving parents, siblings and loved ones. No longer can we act as if this doesn't impact us.
With a scorching Leontyne Mbele-Mbong in the title role and compelling direction by Dawn Monique Williams, this fresh Medea bridges the centuries in its visual style, language and impact.
I started to think of the underrepresentation of other minorities in the fashion industry and the limited diversity in many other art culture subsets. As a result, I decided to look around and to give more recognition to these six creators who are following their passions.
Six digits of debt are intimidating, especially when you're a single homeowner. But at 29 years old and just 15 months after buying my house, I've already paid $100,000 off my mortgage.. and I plan to pay the other $155,000 off before I turn 31.
While it may appear that VH1 is now the go-to cable network for reality series, the off-shoot of MTV is putting its focus back on to music later this year. Starting in September, music will make up 40 percent of the total programming.
Earlier this week, VH1 announced new shows, spin-offs and returning series at its upfront presentations for advertisers. Among the television programs announced were a few notable specials featuring some of today's celebrated music artists.
New episodes of the Emmy-nominated series 'Behind the Music' will begin airing in June. Usher, Jennifer Hudson, DMX, Eve and Jennifer Lopez are a few of the note-worthy artists who will be profiled on the show, which gives fans an inside look into the lives of these superstar performers.
'Get Rich or Die Tryin'' rapper 50 Cent will get his own 'Rock Doc,' called '50's Roots,' in which the music mogul will travel to the deep South in search of his family's slave lineage. 50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, will reunite with living family members and connect the dots on his ancestral heritage.
In December, 'VH1 Divas' will return and salute troops in a multiplatinum-artist tribute being produced with the USO. The female singers will perform songs from military bases around the world, in addition to becoming soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen for a day.
Christina Aguilera will kick off the new season of the intimate concert performance series 'VH1 Storytellers.' And the network's 2010 concert series, 'Friday Night Alright,' will resume with performances from Lady Gaga and Usher, to name a few.
Reality shows remain a big part of the network's identity.
As previously announced, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco will star in his own dating show. The 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant, like Flavor Flav and Ray J, will try his luck at finding a mate who can handle his superstar lifestyle. That series will premiere on July 11, the same day as the second season of 'The T.O. Show,' which follows Buffalo Bills football star Terrell Owens.
Additionally, in the spirit of VH1's new hit series 'Basketball Wives,' comes 'Football Wives,' a reality show following the women behind the men on the field. Another docuseries, 'Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend,' will share the stories of four women who have been associated with celebrity rappers. The eight-part series is being produced by Violator Management's Mona Scott.