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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Terrence Howard and Regina Hall have been added to the cast of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'
Already cast in the spin-off are Skeet Ulrich, Alfred Molina, Corey Stoll and Wanda De Jesus.
Howard will play Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker on the show, splitting episodes with Alfred Molina, similar to the way 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' operated for several seasons with Vincent D'Onofrio and Chris Noth. Molina's character name is Deputy District Attorney Peter Morales.
Series creator Dick Wolf said Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the combination of Howard and Molina makes him feel like the manager of the 1961 Yankees. Wolf said he now had his "Mantle and Maris."
"They're the Jack McCoys. The prosecutors. They're the ones who are going to be leading the cases," said the series' executive producers.
De Jesus will play Lt. Arleen Gonzales, the captain of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division, while Hall will play Assistant District Attorney Eva Price.
Ulrich and Stoll play Senior Det. John Winters and Junior Det. Tomas "TJ" Jaruszalski, respectively.
Wolf also confirmed that 'Law & Order,' which was canceled at the end of its most recent season, is officially dead.
Howard and Hall both starred in Malcolm D. Lee's 1999's romantic drama 'The Best Man.'
Howard was nominated for an Oscar for best actor for his work in 'Hustle & Flow.' He's currently wrapping up filming 'Winnie,' opposite Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, in which he plays a young Nelson Mandela.
Hall was last seen opposite Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock in the comedy 'Death at a Funeral,' which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Aug. 10.
'Law & Order: Los Angeles' premieres Sept. 29. The drama will air every Wednesday at 10 p.m. (EST) on NBC, following 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.'