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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.
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.
It's often been said that you can't buy magic in a bottle, especially when it comes to hair growth.
Or can you?
Search across the web for 'thin hair' or 'hair loss' and you will undoubtedly come across an ad or two or three for hair pills. Everyone wants hair. Blacks, whites, men, women. It's a difficult and often stressful dilemma over which you have very little control. You can weave it all you want but at the end of day don't we all want our own hair? Unless you're my best friend who contends she will be buried in her weave.
When I removed my own weave almost four years ago you should have seen my hair. It was limp, brittle and broken. It reached my shoulders – barely – but it wasn't anything to be proud. In fact, I was often self-conscious standing in line at the grocery store because I was sure the person behind me was thinking, 'just cut it off girl.' Either that, or wondering if they bought everything on their grocery list.
Anyhow, that's when I decided to take action.
In addition to bunning up my hair I purchased a bottle of Ultra NourishHair pills from the health store GNC. It contains over a thousand micrograms of Biotin. It seemed enough to do the trick. I followed the instructions and took two tablets daily. This was never fun. It was like these things were made for horses, they were so big. I remained patient and loyal for three months (I try to give every product three months before I rule it out). Friends began complimenting me on my growth campaign around month two so I was encouraged to keep taking them. I had to sacrifice my morning coffee and evening dessert after reading online that sugar and caffeine counteract the ingredients in hair pills. Needless to say, I was quite irritable during this whole experiment.
I'm no doctor so who's to say it wasn't my improved diet that accelerated my hair growth? I imagine everyone's experience is different. I can only share with you my story. Now I'm curious to hear yours. Let me know if you've ever taken hair pills, which brand you used and share your results in the Comments section.
My Hairstyle Today: Sporting a wash 'n go