It's hard not to think of JELL-O without remembering Bill Cosby as the iconic brand's most famous face since 1974. Now, after a 10 year hiatus, Cosby is back with Kraft Foods and JELL-O, but this time he's behind the cameras...
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige are outraged. On Friday, the Texas Board of Education will decide whether to rewrite the state's social studies curriculum, which puts a conservative slant on American events. The new standards, if passed, will guide how history and social studies are taught to more than 4.8 million public school students over the next 10 years. "They are trying to change the 'Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade' and call it 'Triangular Trade...'" Here's what you had to say: Beautiful Curare commented: "Unless parents and the community take responsibility, our children will be completely without knowledge." De. wrote: "African-Americans are bigger than having a history about slavery. In fact, they should trace black history before the slave trade, that would be revolutionary."
Tea Party supporters across the country are celebrating the victory of Rand Paul, who won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate on Tuesday. The win signals momentum for the Tea Party movement. Here are 10 things you should know about them.
President Obama made an unannounced stop today at Duff's Famous Wings before an event in Buffalo, New York, where he received an unusual compliment. "You're a hottie with a smokin' little body," said Luann Haley, a Department of Education contractor. The President gave the woman a big hug but cautioned her that First Lady Michelle Obama would be watching. "That's alright," the 45-year-old said. Adding, "Hi, Michelle. Eat your heart out." Here's what you had to say: TK commented: "No, Mrs. O understands it was all in good clean fun. I thought it was cute. We have a good-natured pres. All is well, and she does have good taste!" Anonymous wrote: "Very inappropriate! If President Obama said to her what she said to him the news media would hang him out to dry. There's a time to talk and a time to simply shut up.
Forget sending your resumes out the old fashion way and praying that someone will take notice. Chantay Jordan, 22, is taking a different route. The recent college graduate is standing outside the offices of potential employers, holding a sign proclaiming: "I Need a Job! Your company needs Chantay Jordan! Don't Ignore." Which is how we found her outside of the ESSENCE offices. As busy New Yorkers walk pass, some applaud and others yell out, "Chantay, baby you are going to get you a job. Keep your head up." A wide smile grows on Jordan's face, "I don't even know her..."
Federal prosecutors say NFL legend Lawrence Taylor has admitted to paying $300 for sex at a hotel where police say he raped a 16-year-old runaway on May 6. Rasheed Davis, the man accused of setting up the encounter in Suffern, New York, was charged with sex trafficking a child and forcing her to have sex against her will. According to court papers, Davis told Taylor the girl was 19. Taylor is now facing charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. Arthur Aidala, LT's lawyer denies the charges.
Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor is charged with third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute, according to USA Today. Authorities in Ramapo, New York, said a 16-year-old girl was beaten by a Bronx pimp, then sent to Taylor's hotel room at a nearby Holiday Inn at 3:55 am Thursday morning. The Pro Football Hall of Famer allegedly paid the girl $300 for sex, police say. She later sent a text message to her uncle, who immediately contacted the New York Police Department.... Here's what you had to say: Just saying commented: "If evidence finds he did do it, then lock him up!" Anonymous wrote: "Two words: Disgusting and jail!."
New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is honoring his mother Malesa Plater's commitment to education this Mother's Day by awarding 11 students from the Cleveland Municipal School District $10,000 to go towards their college education. "I wanted to really do this with my mom because she always stressed to me how important education was growing up," he said. The students are part of Advance 100, a program dedicated to addressing the educational needs of under-served youth in Cleveland.
In Nashville, Tennessee, the floods have left thousands of residents without shelter. State officials are advising people to conserve their water, students have gone days without attending school, and now many people without flood insurance are faced with colossal financial burdens. "We did not see this coming," says a frustrated Laini Brown in a telephone interview with ESSENCE.com. "We need help..."
Peggy Colas needed to sell her car. The 19-year-old college student decided to put an ad on Craigslist to find a buyer. She eventually sold it for $1,300, which was paid in cash, all in $100 bills... Here's what you had to say: CiCi commented: "Don't worry about any old terrorist, girl. Fear no one." Ashley wrote: "OMG what luck! That is a shame."
Evelyn Cunningham, a pioneering Civil Rights-era journalist died on Wednesday in New York City. She was 94. The talented scribe was a reporter and editor for the Pittsburgh Courier, an influential Black newspaper in the 1940s and 1950s. She honed her reporting skills by covering lynchings in the South and the Civil Rights movement...
We take a look at Dr. Dorothy Height's life in pictures, from the photo of her standing alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he delivered his monumental "I Have a Dream" speech, to her standing hand-in-hand with Jesse Jackson, singing "We Shall Overcome..."
Coretta Scott King was one of the most iconic women in the Civil Rights movement. Today, she would have turned 82 years old. Born in Marion, Alabama, she graduated at the top of her high school class. Later the aspiring singer received a B.A. in Music and Education from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and then moved to Boston, where she earned a degree in Voice and Violin at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music. She met Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Boston, who at the time was studying for his doctorate in Systematic Theology at Boston University... Related stories: 40 Women Who Have Influenced The World 40 Boundary Breaking Black Women
There are two Washington DC's--the Capitol that is reflected in the media, and the other that is never talked about--the city with a ballooning HIV/AIDS rate, which is the highest in the United States. On April 26, in a packed room at the Ninth Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, hundreds were glued to the screen, as the raw, tear-jerking documentary "The Other City" highlighted testimonies of people living with HIV/AIDS. Lawmakers, community activists, journalists, and public health officials were also featured expressing their concerns over the pandemic, such as the importance of the government allowing the exchange of used needles for clean ones to help lower the risk of spreading the virus....
Civil rights icon Dorothy Height died this morning at Howard University Hospital. No reports on the cause of her death have been released. She was 98. The passionate activist was on the podium when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream," speech at the March on Washington in 1963. Height was the president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) in 1957 until 1997... Here's what you had to say: Kells commented: "She was the ideal Delta! We love you for all that you have done." Blessed said: "What an amazing women. She has left us with such an incredible legacy of strength, courage and wisdom."
Early Saturday morning, hundreds of eager New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors stood in a line wrapped around First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, to attend Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) leadership forum. "Measuring the Movement," a featured program of the four-day conference, was geared toward a 12-month action plan for Black leadership. Authorities from social, political, and economic fields tackled topics as diverse as the need for lighting in a local park to the high drop-out rate among Black teens. View the photo gallery to read some of top goals proposed this weekend. Related stories: Commentary: National Urban League On UnemploymentAl Sharpton Responds to Black Critics of Obama
On May 16, Katie Washington, a Biology major with a minor in Catholic Social Teaching, will make history at the University of Notre Dame as the institution's first Black valedictorian delivering the school's commencement speech. The 21-year-old Gary, Indiana, native, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her college years. She has been accepted to five schools, but plans to pursue a joint Master's Degree and Ph.D., at Johns Hopkins University... Here's what you had to say: Joy commented: "This is amazing!!! Congratulations! I hope you use your skills and knowledge to educate and mentor other young African American women!" Related stories: Celebrating Black History Now: 40 Firsts In 40 Years40 Women Who Have Influenced The World