Closing the achievement gap for minority students is always the topic of discussion and it seems to me that we have at least a partial solution right in front of us. Implementing year-round schooling will lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics.
Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.
Investment types often trot out the cautionary phrase, "past performance does not necessarily predict future results." And for good reason. Clients must understand that their financial tomorrow is no guarantee. Yet when it comes to the question of whether we are doing enough to ensure that we won't outlive our resources in retirement, we can learn a lot from history.
The cumulative and convergent toll of subtle, but discouraging, adult actions in schools and other child-serving systems they come into contact with too often impedes the success of children of color, especially those who are poor, and burdens them with an emotional toll they don't deserve.
While music and art are entertaining, this is not entertainment. This is the residue of what I feel to be a spiritual and physical quest for a freedom that we can all share.
While this was a controversy over a comic book character, it really played to a larger discussion on race-relations that continues to take place throughout most, if not all, of America. Why shouldn't a talented actor be considered to play a fictional character regardless of race?
It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.
I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.
"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.
Breastfeeding is our symbol to the world that I will make my best effort to commit to giving my baby the best first food possible, despite my circumstances. And if for some reason if I am unable to, then it was not for lack of trying.
If you're young, black and female, your identity might be a liability. Recent studies have proven that online dating can be tainted by racism.
Honestly, it seems like there is maybe one week of summer we can actually enjoy. I don't care if there is pumpkin spice lattes to be had and school supplies to be bought. Summer doesn't end for weeks. Let's stop rushing through the season.
The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.
The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.
Only by participating in the political process, building trust and cooperation with people unlike us, and using our smartphone cameras to expose official misconduct can we make America -- to borrow Dr. King's words -- be true to what we said on paper.
As a lawyer in that system, I know that the American criminal justice system is institutionally racist, even though the vast majority of people that work within it are people of good will. We can change the system, but that requires us to recognize the problem and commit to making the necessary changes.
The words "college life" and "savings" are typically not used in the same sentence today. However, for college students preparing to move onto campus this fall, finding ways to save money may very well be as important as their academic major.
Since making a splash ten years ago in the hit Showtime series 'Soul Food,' Boris Kodjoe has made a conscious effort to shake his sex symbol status and be taken seriously as an actor.
Though the 37 year-old German-born hunk still has his fair share of magazine covers, including this month's issues of Essence and Men's Fitness, respectively, with his new star role on NBC's new 'Undercovers' he's hoping that people are finally recognizing his talent as an actor.
"It's flattering, but its nothing I can take credit for," he explained to BlackVoices.com during a break in shooting this week.
"Over the past few years, it's been more of a hindrance in that I had to really work ten times as hard to establish myself and prove to people that I'm more than that," he continued. "Sometimes, I think the sex symbol thing is overshadowing the fact that I've worked my butt off. I can't worry about how people perceive me."
Kodjoe said being on Broadway in the Debbie Allen-directed 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' boosted his credibility, adding that it was "an important stepping stone in that direction."
His new role as Steven Bloom, a former spy who comes out of retirement to solve a case, has been the perfect challenge for the former fashion model.
In addition to performing all of his own stunts, he gets to try out action, comedy, drama and a bit of romance -- something he said "keeps it exciting every day."
"Steven Bloom is probably closer to me as a person than a lot of the other characters I've played. He's a very worldly person, an athlete, he wasn't as far-fetched as other characters I played," Kodjoe said.
The father of two, who is married to his 'Soul Food' co-star Nicole Ari Parker, also revealed that 'Lost' creator J. J. Abrams did not seek out a black couple to play the shows leads.
"It was cast colorblind, it just happened to work out that way."
"J.J. just told me I was the guy for the part and that was really refreshing and traditionally that's not the case in TV and film," he added. "The world is multicultural and diverse but it hasn't been [shown that way on TV and film] in the past but it definitely is an important show because it shows that's what the world looks like."
And, although there's been speculation about whether 'Undercovers' can make it through the fall television season without finding itself on the chopping block, like the recently cancelled ABC show 'My Generation' and FOX's 'Lone Star,' Kodjoe isn't worried.
"I can't consume myself with the ratings because I'm not in control of it," he said. "We have a great show and we have to build our audience with a show that doesn't have an instant following like a 'CSI' sequel or' Law & Order' sequel."
"The network loves the show so hopefully they are going to give us a shot," he shared. "Our [debut] numbers at 9 million viewers [were] absolutely something to be proud of."
When he's not trapping the bad guy on the small screen, he's busy promoting his custom-made, yet reasonably priced clothing line, Alfa. And, he's very into being a father and husband.
"My wife and my kids are the most important thing for me in life," he beamed. "As long as I'm true to my family that is where my happiness and joy lies in life. Everything else will fall into place automatically," he shared.
'Undercovers' airs Wednesdays at 8 pm. on NBC.