“We have to consider how, generally, blackness is devalued."
"'Runaways' is about how even a single act of kindness can change the world. It can be as simple as sharing a smile with
Runaways was presented July 6-9, 2016 at New York City Center, West 55th Street, Manhattan. Running time: 80 minutes with
In the days after the story broke, I had more support than I've ever had in my life. People I didn't know wrote to thank me and to share their own stories of assault and abuse. But the world moves on to other stories and we're left to deal with the fallout alone. That's when the real battle begins. Rape is the gift that keeps on taking.
Not sold on Swados as much as I am on predecessors MacDermot-Rado-Ragni, there is one song I would like to get to know better
Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made and the problems still faced by young people caught up in the justice system.
Summer has long faded into fall as we head into the Holiday season, a time when hairstyles typically shift toward darker colors. We're certainly seeing those deep, rich browns and some reds but the lighter shades, including baby blondes, are still holding strong on the trend meter.
Teenage runaways fall into two categories: chronic and episodic. Chronic running away is a routine power ploy that could involve substance abuse, while episodic running away involves isolated incidents in which a humiliating event, such as a pregnancy or fear of parental disapproval, triggers a teenager to flee home.
There is no perfect mother, just the mother we wish we'd had, the one we wish we'd been, the one we can never be. However perfectly we may be attuned in infancy -- theirs and ours -- separation is inevitable, because without it growth is impossible.
What happened to all my dreams, I wondered? What was wrong with me? Meanwhile Darlene and I weren't getting along. She was jealous and always trying to score points. Before I knew it, I was playing along. Left to our devices we could turn our 'bad childhoods' into some quid pro quo.
We call 911 when danger is imminent. Sometimes we don't know how dangerous that danger might be. Identifying at-risk teens had never been on my radar as a situation in which I might call 911. It is, however, a situation which I now know 911 does respond to and wants to know about.
Being a passive bystander is not a "crime." If we have any hope at all of putting an end to incidents like these, we need to stop doubting the accusers and start holding rapists, abusers and bullies accountable. What we don't need to do is point fingers at those who weren't to blame for their actions.
"I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn't start now."
What ensues is a tragic and powerful tale of love and hate, tragedy and rebirth. Zilelian's prose is lyrical at times, but for the most part she crafts a purposely flat realism that perfectly complements her subject matter.