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December 30, 2011

Revisionism Is Safe: Court Rules Tuscon Ethnic Studies Program Violates State Law

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      By: Kirsten West Savali, Your Black World The Tucson’s Unified School District has been battling to protect their ethnic studies curriculum which offers specialized courses in Mexican-American, African-American and Native-American studies. With former Republican State Schools Chief Tom Horne claim that the program promotes “ethnic chauvinism” and teaches Latino students that they are “oppressed” by white people obviously influencing the decision, Judge Lewis Kowal ruled Tuesday that…

Dr. Boyce: 5 Questions (Black) People are Asking about the Michael Jordan Engagement

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins After NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan was engaged to long-time girlfriend Yvette Prieto this week, a lot of folks in the black community looked at their computer screens with a crooked neck.  Not that anyone is particularly interested in the personal life of Jordan, but some were trying to make sense out of why this 48-year old super-bachelor from a messy divorce that led to one…

Shoe Company Calls Boot Color ‘Kentucky Negro’

Shoe Company Calls Boot Color ‘Kentucky Negro’

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    Naming products is a tricky business, but it’s fairly easy to come up with something that doesn’t seem horribly racist. Or so we thought. This afternoon Styleite was tipped off to Melissa Pierce‘s Twitter feed, which made note of some offensive footwear. Pierce was shopping on Amazon when she came across a boot made by Coclico. The style? Miller. The color? Kentucky Negro. Um, WHAT?! From a brief perusal of Amazon’s Coclico offerings, we…

African-American Students Suspended and Expelled More Than Whites in DC

African-American Students Suspended and Expelled More Than Whites in DC

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    The Washington Post is reporting that black students in the D.C. area are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students. And the bias reportedly can be seen in Maryland and Virginia suburbs and in inner-city Washington. The Washington Post reports: An analysis by The Washington Post shows the phenomenon both in the suburbs and in the city, from the far reaches of Southern…

Football Player Loses Wife to Cancer One Month After Saying ‘I Do’

Football Player Loses Wife to Cancer One Month After Saying ‘I Do’

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    Using a wheelchair to meet her groom at the end of the aisle, Keasha Rutledge Draft married the love of her life, 35-year-old football player Chris Draft, in a ceremony Nov. 27 in Atlanta. Sadly, just one month later to the date, Keasha lost her battle to cancer and passed away Dec. 27.Video of the couple’s ceremony and reception shows what an emotional and loving celebration their wedding…

NFL Player: ‘You don’t want to be labeled as a concussion guy’

NFL Player: ‘You don’t want to be labeled as a concussion guy’

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Failing Kansas City Public Schools in Jeopardy of Being Taken Over by the State

Failing Kansas City Public Schools in Jeopardy of Being Taken Over by the State

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    PARENT BELIEVES KANSAS CITY SCHOOL BOARD HAS FAILED STUDENTS. By Wayne Hodges KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As the January 1 loss of accreditation deadline approaches, parents are making their case for either a mayoral or state takeover of the beleaguered Kansas City Missouri School District. “The board as a whole has failed,” said parent Dana Cutler, who believes the school board has made decisions based on political agendas…