President Obama's Las Vegas Speech Puts a Human Face on Immigration

In an emotionally rousing speech in a Las Vegas high school gymnasium, President Obama called for action on immigration reform. Just a day after the bipartisan Senate "Gang of Eight" surprised the public with its plan to overhaul immigration law, the President was careful to say the Senators plan echoed his own ideas from the campaign trail....more

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Speaks on Immigration Reform

Immigration is top of mind in Washington, with the Senate “Gang of Eight” announcing their plan for immigration reform Monday morning. The bipartisan committee, led by Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) unveiled their plan to overhaul immigration policy by emphasizing legal pathways to employment and citizenship. Notably absent was any discussion about family reunification or deportations....more
Each time we militarize "something" (borders, public transportation or just everything in ...more

Racism, Our Progress and Our Problems

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”                         -Martin Luther King Jr. This is a week to reflect on how much progress we’ve made since the days of segregation and how much farther we have to go to fight racism....more
I agree that social media has made things worse because people feel anonymous enough to say ...more

Obama Pushes Diversity and Unity in His Second Inauguration

Now there’s the President Barack Obama we remember! The President laid out an ambitious tone for his second term in his inauguration speech, inspiring hope for equality and unity in the nation. Obama’s 20-minute speech, while different than his 2009 inauguration speech, echoed many of the sentiments from the 2012 campaign trail, especially his keynote at the Democratic National Convention. ...more
Wonderful post! Truly happy he has 4 more years!!!! Michelle's clothing stunning, she is always ...more

Watching the Inauguration With My Biracial Kids This MLK Day

Four years ago, my three-year-old daughter barely grasped the idea that the United States elected our first African American president. Today, when we watch the inaugural ceremony for his second term, I look forward to explaining the significance of Barack Obama’s presidency to my three-year-old son. Some people might think three years old is too young to talk to a child about race and politics, but not me. ...more
Great post, Kim! I miss the melting pot of DC. So pleased your children will have that melting ...more

Really, Gap? Tone-Deaf MLK Sale Reinforces Stereotypes

I have a dream… that one day dark denim and light denim will be able to sit together on the same shelf. Probably not what Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind when he delivered his famous speech on the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C. nearly 50 years ago. But the ubiquitous Gap clothing chain seems to think that is a perfectly reasonable application of the civil rights leader’s birthday. Emails were sent out to Gap customers beginning Thursday, advertising the retailer’s MLK Event, featuring “up to 40% off select styles”. ...more
Retailers are trying anything to boost sales. I have seen the most rediculous ads "black friday ...more

Being Called the N-Word: Is It the New Normal?

I have been a lot of places-- Germany, Korea, Iraq, Turkey, the Caribbean, and various parts of the United States -- and seen a lot of faces throughout my travels. I may have been thought of as a Nigger, but I was never called one, at least not to my face. Today, I was called one. But I can’t talk about the interesting person who made the comment, without first looking back at the history of the term.Image Credit: neil conway via Flickr ...more
It bothered me tremendously. I respect and admire your courage and positive attitude.more

Oxygen Cancels Shawty Lo's "All My Babies' Mamas"

[Editor's Note 1/16/2013: The Grio reports that Oxygen has cancelled "All My Babies' Mamas". --Grace]...more
I have no idea who "Shawty Lo" is but this show sounds disgraceful. I'm glad that it was canceled.more

When Cell Phones Are Used to Monitor Women in Saudi Arabia

I don't know about you, but I feel naked if I leave the house without my smartphone. But what if your phone was used as a sort of high-tech tracking device... to inform your husband of your whereabouts? That's what women in Saudi Arabia face, as Mama B writes on World Moms Blog. She tells the story of a group of women who went away for a weekend trip, only to find out their husbands had received text messages informing them that their wives had left the country....more
Thank you for sharing this eye opening post. It is hard to imagine living your life that way, ...more

To Fix STEM Crisis, Go Back to the Future

There is a STEM crisis in the United States. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The U.S. ranks 25th in math and 17th in science among the 65 countries participating in PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment. ...more
We waste a lot of ability in this country simply by judging it not present. I saw a great ...more