Reflections of an Octogenarian III: My Students, My Loves — A Visual Tribute

We speak of the impact teachers have on their students. This post is how students affect the life of their teachers. Memories of my students have been an ongoing source of comfort, meaning, and inspiration for me during my lifetime. I celebrate them now by sharing their images with you. It seemed especially appropriate during Black History month and a time when we treat students of color as commodities and actively engage in their warehousing in places we call schools. I do so in hope that this gesture might serve as a reminder of their individuality, the unique rhythm of their soul, and the complex poetry in their heart. One brief note: There are certain events in a person's life ...

Advancing the ‘Weird Brown Girl Movement’

Five 20-something Ghanaian women, draped in jewelry, sit around a table at a dimly lit restaurant in downtown Accra. One laments about the housemaid stealing her bras, another brags about scoring a pair of knock-off designer sunglasses. This is the premiere episode of An African City, creator Nicole Amarteifio's web series chronicling the lives of five young Ghanaian women. In the comments on YouTube, someone asks, "Why are they acting like white girls?" Filmmaker, and one of the stars of An African City, Nana Mensah has never known how to answer that question. "It's reconciling the difference between who you ...

Former Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith Details Her ‘Double Life’ As A Beauty Queen...

Former pageant queen Blair Griffith grew up in a nice house in an affluent neighborhood, but it all changed when she lost her father to prostate cancer when she was 15. Her mother, now a single parent, was so stressed that she had a heart attack. Her insurance company decided it was the result of a pre-existing condition, leaving the family to pay more than $500 a week for her medication. Eventually the family couldn't afford rent, and they were evicted. Griffith shared her painful story of how she ended up homeless when she was seemingly on top of the world during an interview with HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Wednesday. "I was in my early 20s, and this actually happened right after I...

Keshia Knight Pulliam: I ‘Chose Not To’ Discuss Rape Allegations In My Interview With...

Back in June, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam kicked off her podcast series "Kandidly Keshia" with an interview ;featuring her former "Cosby Show" co-star, Bill Cosby. While Cosby has been steeped in controversial sexual assault allegations ;over the last year, Pulliam avoided the topic during their time on the air together, a decision she explained to HuffPost Live on Tuesday. "I chose not to [discuss it] because … that was not my experience with him, and I wanted to share with the world the man I knew," Pulliam told ;host Nancy Redd. Instead, she focused on the memories the two shared while filming the show. "We just talked about our experience, what it was like on 'The Cosby Show,' the magic that ...

Dedicated ‘Humans Of New York’ Fans Raise Money To Send Underserved Kids On Harvard...

Humans of New York (HONY) photographer Brandon Stanton is known for capturing incredible stories that move his viewers. And now, his audience is helping to give some of his subjects amazing opportunities. Money from HONY fans is pouring in to send kids from a Brooklyn school to visit Harvard. The donation deluge came in after Stanton posted a photo to his blog earlier this week, featuring a boy who cited his principal as the most influential figure in his life. Their school is in Brownsville, an east Brooklyn neighborhood with one of the highest crime rates in New York City. He...

There Are More Women And Minorities In The New Congress Than Ever

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate. A record 104 women will serve in Congress, and for the first time, African-American members of both genders and representing both parties will be among the ranks on Capitol Hill. The number of female lawmakers is up slightly from 100 at the close of the last Congress, but represents about 20 percent of the total in Congress. It's far less than the nearly 51 percent of the U.S. population. A total of 96 racial ...

St. Louis County Police Were SWAT-Obsessed Long Before Ferguson

WASHINGTON -- The St. Louis County Police Department, which came under heavy criticism ;for what some called a “militarized” response to protests in Ferguson ;last year, is obsessed with its SWAT team and places too much emphasis on tactical skills over community policing, according to an independent outside review. The review by the Police Foundation, conducted on behalf of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, found problems in the recruitment process which hurt diversity in the agency, failures in their training process and a lack of investment in community policing strategies. The 182-page report also finds a “pattern of light discipline in investigations involving ethical failings and untruthfulness” in the St. Louis County Police ...

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