Certainly, the lack of variety in Hollywood is not the biggest problem in the world today, yet it is a serious issue and one that we can do something about. In the true U.S. tradition of protest we can boycott movies and shows that are discriminatory as a tactic to force change.
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. At age 47, he is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us.
There is a commonly held belief among some that there is one black experience and one black community. Not only is this completely untrue, it's harmful. I am proof of this.
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan to invest $20 million to support programs for Washington, D.C.'s men of color. This includes opening an all-boys college preparatory high school in 2017 under the "Empowering Males of Color" initiative.
Stewart, who wrote the screen adaptation and directed the film, says the movie is about more than their friendships. It's about women waiting for the next big thing in their lives to happen in order to be happy.
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For two decades, the Screen Actors Guild has been highlighting its members' best performances. The annual gala isn't as white as the 2015 Oscar nominees, but it's pretty close. Some say the lack of meaningful roles or developed character arcs -- especially for Asians, Latinos and African Americans -- contributed to their perpetual absence in the winners' circle. Others point to audiences' intolerance for non-white central characters. At the 2015 SAG awards, Viola Davis became the third actor of colour to ever take home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Drama.
I have been traveling away from Palo Alto to L.A., Florida, and New York City. During this time there have been certain events in the news and others from my personal experience that have challenged my customary comfort zone of perception and cognition.
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.
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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.