Bessie's first qualification for placement on my favorites list, therefore, was that unlike other adults she wasn't scary. Next, it was because she made the kind of sour things that I love, Kosher-style dill pickles that are hard to find unless they're homemade.
If the closest you've come to a dude ranch is watching The Pioneer Woman on Food Network, then consider this your summer to experience one of the most American vacations imaginable.
In America, more than the act of changing lanes without signaling, being black, female and living and speaking unapologetically has always been seen as a punishable transgression
Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.
In a society that loves to blame the victim I have no choice but to err on the side of my safety. I'm not saying all bored cops are bad cops but why would I take the chance?
Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.
As we debate the boundaries of law enforcement's authority, I am reminded of my own recent run-in with a traffic cop in New Zealand.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry's quest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination hasn't been the most impressive campaign thus far. He's found himself near the bottom of the very large pack seeking the Republican nomination for the past several months and he hasn't found a signature issue or message to differentiate himself from the other candidates in the race. Until now.
Meet The Vanity, a band that recently broke into Austin's competitive music scene and is tearing it up with their raw talent.
The last thing we expected to see on the lonely two lane black top in the heart of SW Texas was a Prada store. Upon close inspection, we realized we were looking at an art installation, the first sign of the quirky avant garde art community in the nearby town of Marfa.
Across America, cities and states remain cash strapped. At the same time, they have tremendous needs to modernize infrastructure projects and build new ones in order to grow out of crisis.
Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman who had recently moved to Texas from Chicago, Illinois was pulled over for a routine traffic stop this month. Subsequently after being pulled over she was arrested and charged with assaulting a public servant.
Texas is an immensely popular state. Texas is also a deeply troubled state. When you look past the veneer of towering skyscrapers and rolling plains, you discover a great tragedy: Texas' terrifying legacy of racism.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Winston-Salem this week calling attention to the voter suppression law that is on trial, and reminding us all how precious our vote is, especially in an era of Big Money.
The only things that really matter in Republican politics today are name recognition, a degree of celebrity, and the ability to make outrageous statements that appeal to a minority of voters.
Singer. Songwriter. Musician. Performer. Wife. Mother. Worker. Shelly Bhushan lists these labels -- she doesn't think she has left any out -- and adds juggler. That's the one word that defines her life.