Rather than using the Mimi and Nikko sex tape as a teachable moment about privacy, permanence and the longevity of Internet decisions, Harvey can't resist transforming that moment into a diatribe about shame and God's plan for women's bodies.
There's a tendency among my friends and others who see me in my element to refer to me as a "tranny," one of the words that have recently been banished from the gay lexicon. Personally, I've always regarded being called a "tranny" not as a slur but as a term of endearment.
Saving up your hard-earned cash to stash away an emergency fund? Well, it can be a hard sell. Spare cash can be hard to come by, and, after all, taking a vacation is a heck of a lot more fun. Or at least a lot of us seem to think so.
We're coming up on one of my favorite times of the year: that time, just after spring breaks out but before summer begins, in which thousands of college graduates are released into the world. And as they go forth we give them lots of advice. The advice varies, sometimes conflicts, but the general idea is: Here is what you need to know in order to succeed in the world. This year my book tour is taking me to a lot of colleges, and my first piece of advice is to start by defining success for yourself -- by being clear about what you want, what you value and what you are about. But to do that, we need to abandon, or at least mitigate, some of the worst practices of the adult world that students are already mired in: burnout, sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety. This is all the more important because this generation is starting out their adult lives burdened with multiple deficits.
Like many military members who survive a sexual assault, the process of reporting the rape and seeking some justice was a long, despairing and ultimately fruitless effort.
I love Easter! Spring has finally sprung, with sweet smells in the air, and sweet treats for us to savor. Here are my latest favorite things.
Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.
In the business of higher education, we must educate students for jobs that may not yet exist to solve problems not yet known.
"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."
These days when Selena Blake thinks about her native land, Jamaica, there are no images of pristine beaches and sunny skies that come to mind. Instead, she sees the ugly face of homophobia and transphobia that continues to stain Jamaica's image.
The baiting and the assault on Obama will get even uglier. But it won't change one hard fact: that when it comes to race baiting, the GOP will always have the market cornered on that -- and millions know it.
This week I talked with Scott Campbell, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has been identified by Funders for LGBTQ Issues as the largest funder of programs for black LGBTQ individuals.
If I could speak to the person who killed Angela, I would tell them that I don't have the words to say just how sad I am. I would say, "Look what has happened to us."
The media just love anniversaries. But I'm wondering how many mass media outlets will pick up on a confluence of two such commemorations this coming week -- a 50th and a 20th -- which mark separate major events in the long life of a recently departed global giant.
With the costs of basic necessities rising and wages stagnating, minimizing unnecessary and wasteful spending is more important than ever.
Controversy continues around celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley's newly released 'Oprah: A Biography," which documents the life of celebrated media maven Oprah Winfrey.
Last week, Bill O'Reilly confronted Kelley on his Fox News talk show, 'The O'Reilly Factor,' saying he never had a phone call with Winfrey, like the tome suggests.
During her press run to promote the unauthorized biography, the 68-year-old author said that Winfrey's cousin, Katherine Carr Esters, whom Oprah calls Aunt Katherine, told her the details of Winfrey's paternity, but Kelley chose not to include the name of Winfrey's biological father in the book. Instead, she vowed to personally share the name with Winfrey herself.
Now, Esters is claiming that she did not reveal details of Winfrey's paternity to Kelley. And the best-selling author is not taking the news sitting down.
Esters told Mississippi newspaper The Clarion Ledger that if she was able to talk to Winfrey, she would say, "Kitty Kelley misquoted me when she said I told her who your father was. How could I know? That's all I'd want to tell her."
Esters, 82, is remorseful that she participated in an interview with Kelley for the controversial tell-all.
"I'm sorry this book, portraying her falsely, was ever written and that I participated in answering questions," she added.
Kelley has said that Esters was one of the most revealing of the 800-plus subjects interviewed for the 525-page book. She stands by her work and took to her blog to defend the validity of the biography.
In addition to saying she is "not surprised, but disappointed" in Esters's claims, Kelley infers that "she may have come under some pressure" to recant their earlier conversations.
"I will have my representatives contact Ms. Esters to formally request that she release me from my promise to her not to reveal the identity of Ms. Winfrey's father, which she shared with me in her home on July 30, 2007," she said.
"Ms. Esters was both forthcoming and candid in sharing with me her conflicted feelings about Oprah and in revealing to me the identity of Oprah's biological father."
Kelley recounted that her conversations with Esters spanned three days, from July 30 until Aug. 1 of 2007, in-person at Esters' Mississippi home and subsequently on the phone, on Aug. 7-Oct.9 , 2007 and Feb.5, 2008.
She posted a picture of the two women from their time together and furthers that they "maintained a written correspondence" and that Esters supplied her with four of the photos she used for the final book.
Kelley added, "If Ms. Esters agrees, I will write a personal letter to Oprah Winfrey and share with her all the information which Ms. Esters gave to me."
Winfrey's spokeswoman, Angela DePaul, said that Winfrey "hasn't spoken with her [Esters]."
On Monday, Winfrey made her first public comments about the book while presenting an award to her best friend, Gayle King, in New York.
"Last week was a rough week for Gayle, when a so-called biography came out," Winfrey said in front of a well-heeled crowd at the the New York Women in Communications' annual Matrix Awards
"Every day she's getting herself more and more worked up about all of my new daddies that are now showing up. New daddies who are saying, 'Hello, daughter, call me, I need a new roof.' Well, this too shall pass."