I have sometimes imagined that because of my time in prison I can understand what it is like to be black in the United States. I lived for nearly 25 years under conditions of control, viewed with suspicion and presumed dangerous.
LOS ANGELES — This fall, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students will have the opportunity to meet and work alongside actors, producers, writers and other influential figures in the entertainment industry outside of the classroom.
LAUSD is partnering up with The Creative Coalition, a non-profit organization based out of New York, to launch the Show Biz Gives Back program.
The program will provide LAUSD students with the opportunity to learn from the stars, who will have the chance to support the students by offering them guidance and encouraging them to continue developing their academic skills and career goals.
My peers and I did not get any sex education with one exception. A hygiene class. It was such a foreign experience, that decades later I still remember the details of the day.
As the school year gets under way, migrant kids who speak little English and who have endured epic journeys to the United States are settling into communities and entering school. For teachers and youth workers, the important issue is not whether to assist newcomer kids, but how to do it.