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.
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.
Six digits of debt are intimidating, especially when you're a single homeowner. But at 29 years old and just 15 months after buying my house, I've already paid $100,000 off my mortgage.. and I plan to pay the other $155,000 off before I turn 31.
Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.
"My advice to anyone just starting out in this business, and to people who haven't gotten their start yet, is not to give up and not to be discouraged by disappointment. It's a long journey."
Unfortunately, for increasing numbers of teenage African American and Latino males, prison is becoming a rite of passage and their presence in juvenile detention facilities has become more and more profitable.
Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.
The most diverse place on campus is a shiny, happy spot that exists in two dimensions: the brochures, viewbooks and annual reports that colleges and universities produce for public consumption.
No longer can we ignore the reality that our children are dying. No longer can we close our eyes to the immense pain and suffering of these grieving parents, siblings and loved ones. No longer can we act as if this doesn't impact us.
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.
With a scorching Leontyne Mbele-Mbong in the title role and compelling direction by Dawn Monique Williams, this fresh Medea bridges the centuries in its visual style, language and impact.
I was not there chanting, "Save our schools!," at the top of my lungs because I care about my own job security. I was there, because to me, access to quality education is the civil rights issue of our time and something I take incredibly personally.
I started to think of the underrepresentation of other minorities in the fashion industry and the limited diversity in many other art culture subsets. As a result, I decided to look around and to give more recognition to these six creators who are following their passions.
Since launching her hit ABC dramas 'Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off 'Private Practice,' series creator Shonda Rhimes has decided to take her time with developing her next project.
But, now she's looking forward to uncovering a new type of television series inspired by the career of legendary public relations consultant Judy Smith, which is set to show the people who help popular figures get through scandals in the media unscathed.
Through her firm, Impact Strategies, Smith has aided big-name politicians like Bill Clinton, former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, and New York Governor David Paterson and also worked with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick in the midst of his dog fighting case.
But, the Washington-based PR guru, who was a former George W. Bush White House deputy press secretary, made headlines by allegedly leaking Caroline Kennedy's nanny and marital problems from inside Gov. Patterson's office. This ultimately led to Kennedy withdrawing her bid for Hillary Clinton's New York Senate seat, and inadvertently derailed Paterson's political career.
Still, Smith remains the first black woman to hold the deputy press secretary position at the White House.
Smith is set to be a producer for the project, which is slated for the 2011-2012 television season, with Rhimes writing the script for the pilot and executive producing through her Shondaland production company.
According to New York magazine, the as-yet-untitled series will revolve around the lives of one professional public relations figure and her dysfunctional staff. It has been rumored that the new show might be called 'In Crisis.'
Rhimes's third ABC show, a new medical drama, called 'Off the Map' will premiere in January. She is also developing and executive producing a comedic drama, 'Life After Marriage,' which centers on divorce and starting over.