If you type "Michelle Obama style" into Google, 209,000,000 results come up. If you type in "Michelle Obama education," 183,000,000 results come up. This says a lot about our cultural obsession with fashion and celebrity.
Americans intuitively know that it will take a collection of small steps to put the nation and their lives on a better path. There is no quick fix. And yet so many people lack the belief that the nation is even capable of coming together to take those steps.
I have to admit I felt more emotion than I expected during President Barack Obama's Second Inauguration. The congruence of so much history moved me.
How many times have you, have I, have we all collectively said, felt, or muttered under our breath, maybe at dinner, maybe sitting next to conservative or hyper-Christian family members over the holidays -- oh dear God, can you imagine if McCain were president right now?
I am encouraged that some legislators have proposed pay for results via a "no budget, no pay" provision as the modus operandi for the next three months. Why not make this the norm going forward?
A top first 100 days recommendation is for President Obama to sign an executive order to prohibit companies that receive contracts from the federal government to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has revealed a passion within me for journalism and reporting that reached its highest peak this past weekend in Washington, D.C.
Is Mr. Obama -- in his inner core -- a transformational philosopher or a partisan politician? Did he change his mind over the past four years? Did he figure out the realities of D-versus-R on Capitol Hill? Does this mean all-out war with the Republicans?
Those subjects were not part of my high school curriculum in the 1990s. With the exception of black history, women's history and especially gay history remained virtually absent from my graduate training at Columbia in the 2000s.
As much as the constant of death remains the same, how we think about it, how talk about it and what we do after it continues to change.
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The 2012 elections showed just how broken our elections are, with millions discouraged from voting due to antiquated registration laws, voter intimidation and misinformation, and the manipulation of voting laws for political gain.
The march where Dr. King gave his immortal speech was called the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." We have a lot more freedom today but we don't have the jobs or any equality in the education that leads to jobs.
Justice for me requires action, however imperfect and partial. Justice demands that we accomplish real goals for real people. Such on-the-ground actions rarely get noticed, often get waylaid, and are almost never completely successful.
Dance we did to pop chart behemoths like "Your Love Is My Drug" -- a sensible dedication to President Obama, as we were all riding a high on giddiness fueled, in large part, by our personal admiration for our Commander-in-Chief.
It's another moment for me of realizing the urgency of political action. Guns have long been a problem in this country. But the recent spate of horrific shootings have awaked the nation and President Obama to the need to rise up.