Unlike many rappers in hip-hop who are obvious industry pinheads just trying to cash into the bank, Kanye West knows more. Yet, that is perhaps the very problem: he knows more and yet does nothing to actually fix the problem.
Growing up in Tulsa, my dream was to play in the NBA. I am fortunate to have been able to achieve my dream, and now helping other kids follow their dreams has proven to be just as impactful on my life as every minute that I played in the NBA.
President Obama impeccably and eloquently made the connection between the role Morehouse has played in shaping today's world and the role it will play in shaping the future.
After my sister died from breast cancer three years ago, I asked, during my mammogram, whether I should get tested for the breast cancer gene. I was warned that doing so, particularly if I tested positive for the gene, could mark me as an individual with a so-called pre-existing condition.
I'm honored Andrea Morehead could share some advice for other busy moms and her thoughts on early education.
Barack Obama visited Morehouse College on Sunday to give a refrain on the responsibility of Morehouse Men and black America to find dignity and progress in self-reliance, a refrain that has simultaneously proven exciting and excruciating for African Americans over the last four years.
I'd believed that I was headed for greatness, but they had revealed in me a thing that was seemingly so dirty, so disgusting that my other talents paled in comparison to the supposed vileness of being a practicing homosexual. And for this they bullied me right out of the church.
I was a 25-year-old documentary filmmaker from New York working on a show for MTV. He was a 21-year-old dancer in East Oakland trying to move on with his life after the murder of his little brother. I spent a year embedded in his life, and got a front row seat to an American epidemic.
Something is clearly wrong with our state when all the death sentences are coming out of one county. We are in a crisis when our state, which is 4.3 percent African-American, has a death row that is 100 percent African American. A broken system has produced flawed results.
I ask you, fans across America and around the world, to root for Memphis -- both the Grizzlies team and the city. Maybe a Grizzlies championship can provide just the "grits" this Southern city needs.
there's the almost ritual expectation by the public that second term presidents will be dogged by some scandal. This was the case with Eisenhower, Nixon, of course, Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush. This shouldn't surprise.
The loneliness of that realization, that my daughter might have to shoulder the consequences of these stigmas, made me heartsick. I'd made myself believe she would only be challenged by her race and gender, not the basic ability to speak her mind.
On this 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Children's Crusade it is a time to remember, honor, and follow the example of the children who were frontline soldiers and transforming catalysts in America's greatest moral movement of the 20th century.
There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farm ownership in this country. But we can do our best to move forward.
The first step to overcoming an addiction is admitting that you have one. In order to rid oneself of addiction, one must declare it. My name is Fire Burgess and I am a diehard fan of misogynistic Rap music.
How do we expect our communities and economies to thrive when our young boys and girls are not receiving the education and training that is needed to enter the workforce?
The bill -- passed by the Florida legislature and now awaiting the signature of Governor Rick Scott -- would expedite the death penalty process in the Sunshine state.
We watch the stories of hoarders on television and feel sorry for them and we feel proud to not be one of them. But perhaps we have more in common than we realize.
Anti-choice activists are exploiting the Gosnell trial to push for laws that close abortion clinics and otherwise limit access to choice. But that is exactly the wrong reaction. The horrific conditions at Gosnell's clinic show just how important it is to have real reproductive choice.
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.