I am deeply troubled by your sudden quietness in the midst of such powerful youth activism against police brutality and state violence. The killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has awakened a movement, yet you are silent. Other members of the black entertainment industry have contributed in various ways, yet you are ghost.
At the Louisiana State University Law Center, the silence on race is deafening. It is deafening because race is never really off the table. Students discuss race with members of their own racial group, but they rarely have interracial conversations on race. As a result, students never learn about other people's lives or experiences -- they never become culturally competent.
Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.
By 50, you may already feel like you've got it figured out. You make a good salary, you've reached many of your life goals and your kids are on their way to independence. But there are still a lot of money truths left to learn, especially as you're approaching your retirement years.
The money decisions you make today can lead to either a secure or a scary financial future. Don't be tricked into being complacent. Think ahead, plan ahead -- and avoid these 13 money mistakes that could haunt you for years to come.
Illinois is home to a vicious cycle that prevents its black residents from reaching their full potential, and too little attention is being paid to the numbers driving it.
In my 30s, it's no longer a question of when my masterminded plans will pan out -- but whether I actually want the things I penned into my five-year plans, and if so, what I'm willing to give up to get them.
Because we have already called for an end to mass incarceration, but, though there has been progress, our elected local, state and especially federal officials haven't gone far enough.
School officials defend their quick resort to call in the school or city police with the claim that black students do commit more serious offenses than other students. There's nothing to support this.
The research team tested participants at an unconscious level through an implicit association test. They were able to look at the way the participants internally felt about STEM gender biases.
When you hire Bill Murray to star in your comedy, his eccentric curmudgeon persona comes with the deal. First-time screenwriter/director Theodore Melfi knew that and desperately wanted Murray to star in his movie, which is based on a true-life experience.
Our founders opposed using a "standing army" to patrol our streets. In fact, James Madison called this "one of the greatest mischiefs that can possibly happen." Under the "1033" program, however, America's streets are increasingly patrolled by police forces with all the trappings of an army ready for war.
Many people know me for my dry sense of humor, but I'm also a serious legislator who gets results. I work hard to offer meaningful and impactful legislation that helps level the playing field for consumers, working people, the middle class and civil rights for the disenfranchised.
"Nothing in nature is straight. So that's how I design. There's no rhyme or reason. I'm planting for aesthetics. I want to be assaulted by smell, by beauty, by taste."
Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.
For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.
It behooves us all to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very different time, and do what we can to reabsorb its lessons.
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.