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.
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.
I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine?
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.
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.
It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.
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.
For change to happen, we must focus our resources on mechanisms of support. There is another way forward that does not involve punishment or jail. It's time to stop criminalizing victims and provide help instead.
As we reflect on Black History month, we must truly be proud of the contributions of the African Americans in every aspect of our society. African Americans, despite their history of oppression and exclusion, remain committed to America.
We often think that issues are irrelevant because they do not directly affect us, but we forget that we can easily be the ones in an unfortunate situation at any moment.
The 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery is clearly worthy of celebration. Yet abolition did not have to take so long, do so little, or at such an awful cost.
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.
"I don't have celebrities in my phone or on my speed dial. When I finish The Wendy Williams Show I head back home to New Jersey. I like to be home with my family."
A gulf remains today in our nation between the "haves" and "have-nots," and there are few examples as glaring as the disparities that exist in our public schools.
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.
We need to tell new stories. We need to see new actors who look, sound and act like the real America. Racism is not just a concept. It is as staring down at us from the big and small screens.
More than 86 percent of students in Maryland are earning diplomas within four years, a record-high graduation rate for the state, according to data released Tuesday. Maryland state officials celebrated the achievement, noting that the rate has risen more than four percentage points since 2010.
It's crucial for everyone in our community to know that leaving opportunities for health coverage on the table and trying to get along without health care only exacerbates the various health issues that already disproportionately impact LGBT people
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