When most of us think of the word, “Diet,” we cringe. It congers up thoughts of hunger and deprivation, and it suggests that we need to make some often unpleasant changes. Yet, millions of people go on diets every day. The diet industry is a multibillion-dollar one, and it continues to grow. What is it that keeps us so tied to diets? There are many benefits to dieting, some of which are obvious. But there are a few “hidden” benefits of dieting that might explain why we love diets … and why we keep going on them.
Rose Royce exploded on the music scene in the summer of 1976 thanks to “Car Wash,” a No. 1 song from the movie soundtrack of the same name starring the iconic Richard Pryor. Considered by many to be one of the most underrated groups to hail from the 1970s soul music era, Rose Royce is back.
Lil Wayne isn’t just the founder of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, he’s the rap squad’s captain, too. And on “Rise of an Empire,” Weezy plays his role well, anchoring a winning compilation from the camp, and making up for last year’s lackluster “I Am Not a Human Being II.”
For years Cathi Herrod and her Center for Arizona Policy have flexed their political muscles and pushed through legislation that represented what she calls “fundamental principles,” often those espoused in the Bible.
There’s something very powerful, profound, and cathartic about the 40 days of Lent. Even at times in my life when I felt alienated from the body of Christ, wanted nothing to do with “organized” religion, or pushed faithful living to the edges of my being, Lent has always been important in my life. On Ash Wednesday (March 5 this year), the church calls us all to the observance of a holy Lent. It’s a strange and compelling invitation.
It’s not often that I can say First Lady Michelle Obama and I run in the same circles, but this is OUR year! You may have noticed that recently, the First Lady celebrated her 50th birthday; she is a fellow 1964 birthday. Yes, I am admitting it, this year I will also be celebrating my 50th birthday — although a few months away yet.
The “Big D.” Over half of all marriages end in it. Surprisingly, even half of church-going people end up in divorce court. When I was growing up the “Big D” meant the Denver Broncos. I was a huge John Elway fan and enjoyed their great run of Super Bowl appearances and victories.
African American male rappers have long endorsed products in commercials. Google “A Brief History of Rappers in Soda Commercials” and “20 Best Rap Commercials of All Time.” There’s nothing inherently problematic aesthetically, creatively, or politically about non-black rapping. I am curious about the television ads and viral YouTube videos that use hip-hop solely to entertain primarily through a comedic end. Such creations beg critical exploration.
After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last June, I was forced to cut back on reviewing movies every week. In between chemo treatments and sleeping for days on end, I’ve made an effort to see as many new releases as possible. Now at the start of a promising new year, I am happy to announce that I am virtually cancer free. Even better, I have a lot of truly great films from yesteryear to talk about.
Back in 1994 — long before Oprah announced her desire for brown angels and her fans then flooded her with brown angels — I wrote a piece, “Angels of Color: Divinely Inspired or Socially Constructed?” that appeared in Diversity: A Journal of Multicultural Issues.
When a dog is shaved down for the summer, can he be embarrassed? When a dog misbehaves toward the newly adopted pet, is he being jealous? When a cat urinates on the bed pillow while her family is on vacation is she being spiteful? When a dog’s litter mate passes after 10 years together, will the surviving dog grieve?
I have a Bible verse propped up on my desk as a great reminder throughout the day. It reads, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Of course the answer to that is a resounding NO! I would like to share a few encouraging stories that illustrate how nothing is impossible for God.