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.
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.
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.
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.
Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,.
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.
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.
Since last fall's tragic death of her fiancé A.J. Jewell, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Kandi Burruss has been taking her time before getting involved with a new significant other.
But, on the season premiere of 'Housewives' viewers get an inside look at the new man in her life.
Willis McGahee is a running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Though the 28 year-old is no longer the NFL team's starting running back, last year he ended the season with his best career statistics, including second most touchdowns in the league with 14.
But, in addition to balancing his hectic professional football career, McGahee is working hard at winning over the 34-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter on the new season of the top-rated Bravo reality series.
In the first episode of the new season of 'Housewives,' Burruss reveals to her cast mate Kim Zolciak that the Miami native flew to Atlanta to meet her. The couple is later seen rock climbing in another scene of the season three premiere.
She admitted that the Pro Bowler and Heisman Trophy finalist was "good looking, a cool guy, and fun," but she expressed her doubt in any serious relationship with McGahee saying "he is in the NFL and athletes are used to girls flocking to them and I'm used to guys flocking to me. Plus, I don't like long distance relationships."
McGahee is slated to earn over $40 million through his seven-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, but with more money comes more problems.
Off the field, the University of Miami graduate has had a lot of drama with several child support cases. He has three children with three different women. And, is rumored to currently have a live-in girlfriend and another newborn child.
In 2005, two school teachers filed paternity suits against him claiming he fathered their boys. Keisha Walls gave birth to a boy, Kai Walls on April 19, 2006 and Chiniqua Smith gave birth to a boy, Willis McGahee IV, on Jan.6, 2006. The third woman, Dorothy Doretha McNeil previously sued McGahee in 2005 saying he fathered her daughter, Bria McGahee, born Jan. 17, 2005.
He was ruled the biological father – and has since paid child support – for McNeil's daughter and Smith's son. But, it is still unclear whether he is the father of Walls' child. Oddly enough she was married when she hooked up with McGahee, who she says she's been seeing on and off since 2003. It has not been publicly confirmed if McGahee is the father in the third case.
Still, McGahee and Burruss seem to be open to the idea of taking things further even though she proclaimed their current relationship is "nothing too serious."
Cameras show the two on their date discussing the idea of having sex. The Atlanta native tells McGahee that she made a bet with a friend that she could be celibate for one year. To which, he asks "Is oral sex eliminated?" and she said, "No." And he replied, "That's cool" with a sly smile.
Burruss vows to taker her time getting to know the next man who she likes before taking it one step further and having sex.