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.
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.
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.
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.
Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
It's no secret that Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter is at the top of his game. Earlier this week, the 'Forever Young' rapper announced that he'd be launching a line of headphones, a la Lady Gaga, later this year. Now, comes news that Beyonce's hubby is chummy with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The two men, along with developer Bruce Ratner and New Jersey Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov, visited Gracie Mansion on May 19 to discuss their basketball team, which is headed to Jay's hometown of Brooklyn. Prokhorov, the first foreigner to own an NBA team, said he's hiring a new coach and new players in an effort to get the team to the playoffs next season and to win a championship in five years. The Brooklyn arena is going to be called the Barkley Center and is currently under construction and set to open for the 2012 season. [Rap Radar]
The boys of Pretty Ricky are continuously fighting rumors of homosexuality. Group member Spectacular was accused of being gay after he put up a striptease video on YouTube. Now one of the group's quieter members, Slickem, has a picture on the Web of him with another boy's head in his lap (while on a couch with no shirt or clothes on). The photo leaves a lot to the imagination for his fans. Slickem has yet to justify what the pic is all about. [Bossip]
HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP
Guess Terrence Howard was tired of his playboy lifestyle. It's hard to keep Hollywood weddings under wraps, but Howard was able to tie the knot in a small ceremony with commercial production worker Michelle Ghent-Howard this past January. Howard, who previously split from his ex-wife, Lori McComma in 2005, is busy promoting his new movie 'Winnie' in which he plays Nelson Mandela, opposite Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Howard told CNN's Anderson Cooper during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday that he was a married man again. "To come here and be with my wife, it's the best feeling in the world," he said while promoting 'Winnie' in Cannes. His wife is of Asian descent and 33 years old. Howard has three children from his previous marriage to McComma. [US Magazine]
NOSE JOB GONE WRONG
'Real Housewives of Atlanta's' NeNe Leakes is rumored to have had a little cosmetic surgery recently. The Bravo reality television star arrived at her co-star Sheree Whitfield's 'Dance With the Stars' event sporting what looks like a new nose. The new nose is much slimmer than her first one, but already the Internet is up in arms that it isn't a good nose job. There's also talk that she's gotten some other work done. Either way, NeNe's new haircut is bangin'. That's something she can still say "BAM" about. [YBF]
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