Students (young and older) respond to instruction in the way that is expected of them. If taught as if they are slow, students will conform to that perception. Imagine what would happen if we treated all students, from the earliest years through their post-secondary studies, as if there were geniuses inside, simply waiting for recognition.
The ugly truth is white on white crime does exist. It is a growing pandemic in the white community, and if we don't call attention to this problem soon, there will be no more white people left to run the world.
Fitz is an extremely aggressive individual, and I often get scared watching his interactions with both Mellie and Olivia, but somehow the show still paints him as the victim, the "good guy," and I really don't think it is okay.
Fifty years after the bloody Selma march shocked Johnson and the nation into taking fast track action to right a glaring historic wrong, namely the denial of the right to vote to millions in America, that right is still under intense assault. This is why we still need a Selma today.
There is only one person who can determine how far you can go in life -- you. Always remember that what you tell yourself and believe about yourself will be the truth.
Locks are an unapologetically black hairstyle, from their origins to the growing process. And while natural black hair has been put down for hundreds of years in the United States, Zendaya Coleman was showcasing pride.
As we get ready to commemorate Dr. King and so many others who marched to Selma, I would argue that George W. Bush has forfeited the right to march. He does not get to partake in such a solemn and sacred time in our history that moved us forward as a nation when all he did was set us back.
This past Black History Month, millions of students were told the story of how America abolished slavery 150 years ago with ratification of the 13th Amendment. The story draws an upward trajectory of racial equality in America. The problem is the story isn't true. We never actually abolished slavery.
By loving, cherishing, and supporting mathematics education for African American women and girls, we improve our society and empower future generations.
All loans are not created equal, and in recent years the personal loan has become a great option for people to use. However, you might be wondering just what makes a personal loan different from a traditional loan from your bank.
While overall rates of disconnection from society are likely to trend down as the nation recovers from the Great Recession, history suggests that disconnected young men of color are in danger of being permanently left behind, and this has implications for future generations.
Honoring the foot soldiers of Selma is a great step forward on the march toward justice for those who sacrificed for us. However, the momentum must continue. There must be just as strong a showing of bipartisan support to fix the legislation for which they sacrificed, starting with congressional hearings and votes to move the bill forward.
I truly hope Obama ignores the noise and pushes the EPA to set a strong standard that will adequately protect public health based on the science, which is what the Clean Air Act requires.
Not only should we seek to achieve energy equity for all consumers, we also need to support diversity and inclusion efforts, and ensure that this is a priority for today's emerging, clean energy sector.
In the theatre world, there are ordinary roles, and then there are roles of a lifetime. Harriet Tubman is among the latter.
Much like the great Sammy Davis, Jr., the unicycle ensemble from the South Bronx beat the naysayers and racists, as well as the pitfalls of their neighborhood with their talent. They achieved this while breaking down barriers and leaving a smooth trail of unicycle tracks for others, like myself, to follow.
Too many of us have not been good to our HBCUs, but time and dwindling resources are moving faster than our own individual maturity. And for the HBCUs which need the support, the time for harvest is now; even from unyielding crops like me.
Watching Common and John Legend make history in what was an emotionally moving performance of "Glory," and win the Academy Award for Best Original Song was more than I could have dreamed. Everything else paled in comparison, and it wasn't long before we called it a night.
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.