Invoking Lennie as its benchmark, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced rules that fail to protect persons with intellectual disability from execution. Because of these unscientific and fictional standards, Robert Ladd, a man who has an IQ of 67, faces the death chamber this Thursday.
As the minority-majority population becomes more of a reality, Hollywood has to go through a metamorphosis. I would guess that most smart executives know this and are looking for the kinds of partnerships that will keep them relevant. We must seize this opportunity and break down the tough walls of segregation in Hollywood.
Certainly, the lack of variety in Hollywood is not the biggest problem in the world today, yet it is a serious issue and one that we can do something about. In the true U.S. tradition of protest we can boycott movies and shows that are discriminatory as a tactic to force change.
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. At age 47, he is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us.
There is a commonly held belief among some that there is one black experience and one black community. Not only is this completely untrue, it's harmful. I am proof of this.
Even for students who have overcome statistics, escaped the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline," and ascended into the most elite educational settings, the most basic messaging of this system for enforcing identity still resonates, if only through brief, but highly symbolic encounters.
The songbirds whose drama reaches as high as the notes they hit are back for a third season of TV One's hit series, R&B Divas: LA.
Do you know your AGI from your ARM from your PMI? Or does the mere mention of those acronyms make you go, "Huh?" If you don't speak personal finance, don't worry -- we're here to help.
Only a very perceptive filmmaker could tackle the topic of race relations and be remotely successful. It would require a writer/director to be smart, balanced, sensitive and able to see both sides of the issue.
Stewart, who wrote the screen adaptation and directed the film, says the movie is about more than their friendships. It's about women waiting for the next big thing in their lives to happen in order to be happy.
Gun violence destroys lives, tears families apart, and traumatizes entire communities. Too many elected officials have ignored this ongoing crisis, as well as the unacceptable fact that black Americans are more likely to die from homicide than Americans of all other races.
This is not just an educational but an economic issue and as such, every segment of society should support the president's efforts to find ways to expand early childhood education access for all children.
I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.
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I have been traveling away from Palo Alto to L.A., Florida, and New York City. During this time there have been certain events in the news and others from my personal experience that have challenged my customary comfort zone of perception and cognition.
There aren't any justifiable reasons that the alarming school-to-prison pipeline trends should continue. These systemic issues don't just take a village to address; it takes a nation and a world to resolve any ongoing and preventable injustices.
The national sense of urgency over the reckless violence that two years ago yesterday took the life of an honor roll student like Hadiya Pendleton -- who just a week earlier had performed at President Obama's inauguration -- has vanished. Yet there are signs of change here in Chicago, however gradual.
Actress Regina Hall has appeared in an impressive line-up of comedies, including 'The Best Man,' 'Scary Movie' and Chris Rock's 'Death at a Funeral.'
Lately, though, the New York native has been turning to more dramatic roles, starring alongside Jamie Foxx in 'Law Abiding Citizen' and more recently, landing a choice gig on NBC's 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'
Hall plays attorney Evelyn Price, who works with Deputy District Attorney Morales (played by Alfred Molina) to serve up justice.
BlackVoices caught up with the brown-skinned beauty, who talked about returning to TV after years of working in film. Excerpts of the interview are below:
BlackVoices.com: You went from TV to films and now your back on TV. Do you like the change of scenery?
Regina Hall: More than that, it's kind of a different place doing a show to a movie. The turn-around and shooting schedule is a lot different from a film, but doing both is wonderful.
BV: What made you decide to do TV again?
RH: I did 'Ally McBeal' a few years back. I also did a pilot for a show with Cedric the Entertainer, but it didn't get picked up. I had been looking into the television and heard about this show. It was exciting because I had been a fan of the show for so long. This was a no-brainer, and the show had a strong cast of people who had done films as well. Guys like Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard have extensive work in their resumes, so it wasn't a hard choice to make at all.
BV: How would you describe your character?
RH: She's very smart and strong and a bit black-and-white in terms of right and wrong. She's always in the pursuit of justice.
BV: Unlike the other 'Law and Order' shows, your character comes in on every other episode.
RH: Yes, sometimes we tape one episode a week, or we will tape two episodes back to back. It's actually great. I feel that I have the best of both worlds. I can't complain. It's great.
BV: Has playing a district attorney required you to do a lot of research?
RH: I did do some research. I went to court and sat in on some cases, because I wanted to be familiar with the role. I also wanted to create something with the character so that it's not a one-dimensional performance. I had fun. I loved sitting in on court cases. I loved news programming, and my friends tell me how they love it because they know how much I love this stuff.
BV: Isn't it funny that you left New York for the West Coast to be on 'Law and Order?'
RH: I know. I did an episode on 'New York Undercover' years ago but never got a chance to be on any of the 'Law and Order' shows shot in New York. It took me going to L.A. to finally be on.
BV: How's working in Los Angeles?
RH: It's great. One of the good things about shooting 'Law and Order' in Los Angeles is the weather, especially when working outside.
BV: Although, you and Terrence Howard haven't shot any scenes together, what's it like working together again after appearing in Malcolm Lee's 'Best Man' more than 10 years ago?
RH: That was my first movie. That's where I met Terrence. He was very sweet and supportive back then. It was my first job, and we caught up on this show. We did research together and went to the D.A.'s office. Hopefully, they will do a crossover episode where I can work with him. It would be nice.
BV: Do you feel that you are hitting your stride right now as an actress?
RH: I have always been so blessed and grateful that I've been able to work steadily. With every opportunity, I'm just humbled by and grateful to go from Candy in 'Best Man' to Brenda in the 'Scary' movies to Evelyn in 'Law and Order' and to be able to transition in different sorts of roles. To put it mildly, I have a lot of gratitude.