I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not. I've reinvented myself. This is my first transformation.
Escalating racial tensions, and the puzzled response from white America, reminds us that many in suburbia still have no clue about American's complicated history with race. Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" may be bubblegum fun, but it does not deserve a ghetto pass (regardless of her playful "I'm such a dork!" tone).
The message is clear, Africa is not rising, as the popularized term often indicates a consolidated unified upward movement from the continent, rather each African nation is grabbing life jackets to remain above water.
Despite good grades, accomplishments, pleasant manners and common sense, many of our sons are seen as aggressive or prone to violence. When they transgress, as kids will always do, they are judged on a double standard.
Since a number of the discussions I've recently had about the events in Ferguson, MO seem to devolve into accusations that I'm either a racist, a liar or an idiot allow me to immediately address some facts that are not in dispute
f I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America.
For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics
If you want to emerge from college with your finances intact, you need to get smart about how you spend your money. It's time for a crash course in savings. Got your notepad ready?
Congratulations! You're one of the lucky, financially diligent few who have your basic financial security numbers -- that is, retirement, credit card debt and emergency savings -- under control, and you deserve a big pat on the back. But the big question remains: Now what?
In the 30 years, hip hop music has gone from a small genre of music that got no radio play to a cultural phenomenon that you can find traces of on every part of our planet.
We are still working toward democracy and equality for every woman -- without restrictions based on race, class, age or experience. And we have some distance to travel.
Many moms are not able to easily find other employment and they have to suffer through several work hours without pumping. Moms shouldn't have to deal with lactation mastitis because they are working to care for their child.
Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here was one more old scab to pick at -- immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities.
Whether it's 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, or 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, racial prejudice still informs access to adequate education, employment opportunities and advancement, well beyond the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
In ordering his review of the military weapons programs, Obama said "there is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don't want to blur those lines." School officials that have armed their police with assault-style weapons have done more than blur that line.
We need to do more than remember headlines, lest names change but headlines be merely repeated.
The results are in: Cutting unemployment benefits does not boost employment. This may seem contradictory to the recent series of events. Ending jobless benefits does not push workers to take jobs. It increases hardship. In fact, this hardship comes more quickly and with greater probability depending on where you live and who you are.
With the share of white students falling and Latino students rising, school suspension and expulsion figures in the United States risk hitting new highs, unless more districts tackle their discipline policies head on.
Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg will be bringing the hit film 'Sister Act' to Broadway in the spring of 2011.
Goldberg, who starred as lounge singer Deloris van Cartier in the 1992 blockbuster and its sequel, 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,' will be producing the musical along with Stage Entertainment UK. The show originally opened in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006 (starring 'A Different World' actress Dawnn Lewis), before starting productions in Atlanta and London.
The New York native is set to play the role of Mother Superior in the West End production -- which currently stars Patina Miller as Dolores van Cartier -- for a limited engagement, Aug. 10-31.
According to Broadwayworld.com, the record-breaking production has been seen by more than a million people and was recently nominated in seven categories at this year's Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Awards and for four Olivier Awards.
The show's original cast recording is also a big favorite with fans, recently reaching No. 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart.
A German production will open in Hamburg in December, followed by productions in Australia, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France and Spain soon after.
While the Broadway cast has yet to be announced, the behind-the-scenes talent come with several pedigrees: the New York production will be directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, while the music is scored by Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composers Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The book is written by Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, and choreography will be led by Anthony Van Laast.
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found -- a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.
Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover.
Soon it's nun-on-the-run time, but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.