Rather than using the Mimi and Nikko sex tape as a teachable moment about privacy, permanence and the longevity of Internet decisions, Harvey can't resist transforming that moment into a diatribe about shame and God's plan for women's bodies.
The baiting and the assault on Obama will get even uglier. But it won't change one hard fact: that when it comes to race baiting, the GOP will always have the market cornered on that -- and millions know it.
We're coming up on one of my favorite times of the year: that time, just after spring breaks out but before summer begins, in which thousands of college graduates are released into the world. And as they go forth we give them lots of advice. The advice varies, sometimes conflicts, but the general idea is: Here is what you need to know in order to succeed in the world. This year my book tour is taking me to a lot of colleges, and my first piece of advice is to start by defining success for yourself -- by being clear about what you want, what you value and what you are about. But to do that, we need to abandon, or at least mitigate, some of the worst practices of the adult world that students are already mired in: burnout, sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety. This is all the more important because this generation is starting out their adult lives burdened with multiple deficits.
There's a tendency among my friends and others who see me in my element to refer to me as a "tranny," one of the words that have recently been banished from the gay lexicon. Personally, I've always regarded being called a "tranny" not as a slur but as a term of endearment.
Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.
Like many military members who survive a sexual assault, the process of reporting the rape and seeking some justice was a long, despairing and ultimately fruitless effort.
It's finally time that we have that long awaited talk about measuring black success. For far too long we have given many a pass when it comes to what they say and how they go about navigating what it means to achieve for the community.
This week I talked with Scott Campbell, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has been identified by Funders for LGBTQ Issues as the largest funder of programs for black LGBTQ individuals.
In the business of higher education, we must educate students for jobs that may not yet exist to solve problems not yet known.
Saving up your hard-earned cash to stash away an emergency fund? Well, it can be a hard sell. Spare cash can be hard to come by, and, after all, taking a vacation is a heck of a lot more fun. Or at least a lot of us seem to think so.
I love Easter! Spring has finally sprung, with sweet smells in the air, and sweet treats for us to savor. Here are my latest favorite things.
These days when Selena Blake thinks about her native land, Jamaica, there are no images of pristine beaches and sunny skies that come to mind. Instead, she sees the ugly face of homophobia and transphobia that continues to stain Jamaica's image.
With the costs of basic necessities rising and wages stagnating, minimizing unnecessary and wasteful spending is more important than ever.
The media just love anniversaries. But I'm wondering how many mass media outlets will pick up on a confluence of two such commemorations this coming week -- a 50th and a 20th -- which mark separate major events in the long life of a recently departed global giant.
If I could speak to the person who killed Angela, I would tell them that I don't have the words to say just how sad I am. I would say, "Look what has happened to us."
How are you planning to count down the last few hours of 2009? Even if you can't make it to Times Square in New York City, you can still have a rousing celebration right in your very own home. The essentials: a few festive decorations (Party City, for example, sells New Year's Eve kits that include items such as party hats, horns, balloons and noisemakers); a signature drink (it could be champagne or sparkling cider); a great guest list; and some good food. Finger food is easy to make and to serve, because everyone can help themselves. Most warehouse chains such as Costco, Sam's Club or BJ's Warehouse sell a variety of ready-made appetizers, which cuts down on your prep time. All you have to do, then, is add a few personal homemade treats of your own. Following are a few easy recipes to keep the party going:
½ cup cranberry juice
1 cup raspberry flavored ginger ale
1 strawberry, top removed, sliced in half
Sprig of mint
1. Combine juice and ginger ale in a small pitcher; pour into champagne glasses.
2. Garnish with strawberry slice and mint sprig.
Makes 20 servings
Crunchy and sweet, these tasty sausage and cheese appetizers make great party food. Pair the fritters with sauces, dips or even salsa for a finger food everyone will love.
Vegetable or other cooking oil
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed, minced
1 cup milk, plus more if needed
1/2 cup canned corn kernels
1/3 cup chorizo sausage, diced small
1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese mixture
1. Preheat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in a large deep skillet.
2. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper (to taste) and sugar; add thyme and blend well.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk and egg until frothy. Pour into dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
4. Add corn, chorizo and cheese; mix well.
5. To make the fritters, drop batter into hot oil by the large spoonful. Cook fritters in batches until browned all over, about 4-5 minutes total. (If batter seems too stiff, add a small amount of milk to thin.)
6. Drain fritters on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve immediately, or keep warm at low heat in oven until ready to serve. Serve fritters with mild salsa, jalapeno-flavored sour cream dip or spicy cheese dip.
Smoked Salmon Spread in Sourdough Bowl
Makes 20 servings
These easy party appetizers are quick to make and low-fat, too. The cream cheese and salmon mixture is presented in a bread bowl for an extra festive look.
2 (8-ounce) packages Neufchatel cream cheese
4 ounce package smoked salmon
1 teaspoon capers, drained
1 round loaf sourdough bread, unsliced
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives
1. Combine cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers in food processor. Process until blended thoroughly and smooth.
2. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut a circular section of crust off the top of the sourdough loaf. Pull insides out, and break it into bites that you will later use to dip into the spread.
3. Fill hole with salmon spread. Top with chopped chives as garnish. Serve with the pulled bread bites and additional bread or crackers. Substitution: Use a pumpernickel loaf for an even more savory treat.