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.
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.
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.
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.
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 last few years have been fruitful ones for Gordon, who, with powerhouse filmmaker and playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair, has set up the critically acclaimed Team Angelica Press, a publishing firm in London dedicated to outsider artists and writers, especially LGBT voices 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.
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.
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.
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.
The ways in which we spend have changed. We have different attitudes about debt, and even though the job market has improved, millions continue to struggle as wages have not caught up.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
Senator Barack Obama's campaign unveiled recently a new committee featuring top African-American religious leaders supporting the presidential contender's bid for the Democratic nomination.
The African American Leadership Committee is composed of denominational heads, civil rights leaders, as well as prominent female faith leaders who believe that Obama is living out his faith and values in his public life. The committee members, both at the national and statewide levels, meet on regular conference calls to support the Illinois senator.
"This is an unprecedented group for an unprecedented candidate," said National African American Religious Committee Co-chair the Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., a civil rights legend and former chairman of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. "As a lifelong advocate for the less fortunate and the forgotten, Senator Obama lives his faith everyday. He continues to talk about a faith that works to unite and not divide people."
Besides Moss, the national leadership committee is made up of presidents of two of the largest national Baptist conventions, the most senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and prominent leaders of the Civil Rights movement such as the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery and Dr. C.T. Vivian, among others.
The campaign made significant gains in South Carolina, where its state leadership committee includes nearly 130 senior pastors from some of the largest and most prominent churches in the state.
Obama strongly campaigned in the early voting state, reaching out to religious voters with frequent church visits, speeches on his faith, and a high-profile Gospel concert.
The campaign has so far recruited more than 200 Faith Community Contacts - grassroots church leaders who are identifying and educating voters in advance of the primary election -- in 27 counties.
South Carolina ministers who are part of the Obama state committee include the Rev. Ralph Canty of Savannah Grove Baptist in Effingham, the Rev. Dr. Charles Heyward of St. James Presbyterian on James Island, the Revs. Alanza Washington of Wallingford Presbyterian in Charleston, and Julius McDowell of Big Wesley United Methodist in Hollywood.
According to the religious website Beliefnet.com, Obama is currently ranked as the Democratic candidate that speaks the most about religion by the "God-o-Meter." The "God-o-Meter" measures "God talk" in the presidential campaign.
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