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We know that black people are great, but how great are we choosing to be?  The panelists for New Paradigm New York explain that our greatness goes as far as we choose to take it.  Wealth, Education, Family and Community: A New Paradigm for Black America, is an initiative created by Syracuse University professor Dr. Boyce Watkins to reshape the trajectory of African American progress by providing 21st century solutions to 21st century problems.

Dr. Watkins has worked with a wide variety of black leaders, both old and new, to ensure that leading minds in the African American community are put to the forefront of solving problems that continue to challenge the progress of the black community.  Dr. Watkins worked with Russell Simmons to get 175 celebrities, scholars and activists (Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Jesse Jackson, Michelle Alexander, etc.) to convince the White House to end The War on Drugs, leading to the most significant drug policy announcement in the last 10 years.  He also played a critical role in convincing Mountain Dew to end their endorsement deal with the rap artist Lil Wayne after he refused to apologize for lyrics that were disrespectful to the late Emmett Till.

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The first stop of the New Paradigm tour was Chicago with Minister Louis Farrakhan (you can purchase a copy of the Farrakhan/Dr Boyce Watkins New Paradigm DVD here).  The second stop was New York city.  The next stop is Washington DC with Dr. Steve Perry, former NBA player and author Etan Thomas, Dr. Wilmer Leon, Dr. Towanna Freeman and filmmaker Janks Morton.

You can learn more about the New Paradigm DC forum at this link. 

Click Here to purchase A New Paradigm for Black America Brooklyn

James

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  1. @ Shawn MC, we have had this conversation in the past. For me, any Brother or Sister, defending white people and their BS, I'm going in like that. Get use to it. People like you, from the 60's (not that YOU were there) with all that boot licking, no matter how wrong white people are, your kind, will say some dumb shit like "stay out of jail". Why don't you mr. Educated men, study from the late 1800's, about jail, and the Black Man – how ez it was for Him to get there. Or read "The New Jim Crow" by an EDUCATED, Black Women, Lawyer, and maybe you'll stop the BS. Until than, as I said, get use to me getting in that ass. Stayup, because it's crowned at the bottom. Peace

  2. Allblk ForReal I didn't know when someone says "stay out of jail" that's considered bootlicking. maybe I should of said stay out the legal system and you would of understood a little better.
    I agree that there are men in the prisons that are innocent and DNA have proven that but when you have men there with jail records 2 and 3 pages long its hard to believe they were the victim of the man.
    your not changing the legal system and your not getting the best representation with out adequate funds so all this computer threats to white folks makes you look like a victim preaching on a soapbox with no power at all.

  3. Allblk ForReal that book is a great read but once again it will change NOTHING. you the type of guy that bangs his head against the wall trying to go through when all you have to do is go around.
    by the way I'm a supporter of stand your ground, I like that it got criminals scared to walk around with a gun and lowered crime in the city, if you don't want to get stopped don't dress like a thug and start dressing like a man.

  4. @ Shawn MC. We all know what a criminal is, and most will attack me, or anyone they can make a Victim. Not talking about them. And being on line "complaining" about white people, and their BS, doesn't make me a "victim (boo who, feel bad for me)". I, as well as a lot of Brothers, and Sisters, across America, are letting white folks know the days of silly Black People are done. And the Sister that wrote that book, glad she didn't have your mindset, that it's not going to change anything. "Stand your Ground? " hasn't been used against a criminal yet. Do some research before you take stands on something. WE do.

  5. Allblk ForReal the book is good to rile folks up but when have black ever been at a loss for material to rile folks up, not much change.

    you don't need to let white folks know about the days of silly blacks you need to let the black youth know because by looking at these websites and language from the music that ignorance will be way more detrimental and felt in future generations.

  6. @ Shawn MC, rile black folks up? Her being a lawyer, seeing it from the inside, she's just trying to rile Black Folks up? You once even spoke against the "youth" on a college campus for standing up for more Black Studies. So with you, as I've said before. You are an Expert on Black People. Where they need to go. What they should be doing with their Lives. Forget about anything White people have done to the Black(you know "get over ourselves") and move on. Well Shawn, whatever site I see you on any Black site, with this boot licking BS, I'm going in. Get use to it.

  7. Gerald Johnson people like you sat around and did nothing, got nothing and became nothing under bush and was contented.

  8. Allblk ForReal I look forward to your comments because they are so ridiculous and dated.
    black studies is good to have in any curriculum but its not the end all to employment opportunities if you graduate.
    that issue down because the over all responses they were getting after the facts came out about what they wanted they did not expect, they wanted petty things.

  9. Allblk ForReal I'm no expert on all things black but I know for damn sure screaming on a soapbox about the white man while Asians, east Indians and other nationalities continue to prosper in this nation will do nothing for our progression.
    life is like chess where you must think over 2 move against your competition. you are still thinking like checkers

  10. @ Shawn MC. All that you said, sounded nice. You know Higher Education, is suppose to help one do research, study FACTS. But those places, are nothing more than a Institution. Which Has rules. And what's the Institutions end Product going to be. Marriage is a Institution. With rules. Somebody has been breaking Rules for a long time. Our CHILDREN, that are doing the right thing, are being subjected to the crap of the old, because criminals are in the "Hood"? Wherever I see boot licking BS comments, I'm going in! Don't care who is! The New Racism, Is To Deny Racism Exists. Truth, Is The New Hate Speech. Stayup, because it's crowned at the bottom.

  11. Allblk ForReal Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  12. @ Shawn MC. Been fighting Monsters along time. Haven't got me yet. You should go into future telling.

  13. Dam 4 real?

  14. White Supremacy is an ideology postulated as true and supported by the system that thrives on it.

  15. instead of true independance …you want more status and sucess on the plantation???you worthless house niggers need to go down on the plantation…in flames…

  16. Pastori Balele Which year was this exactly? Did it ever get sorted out? Did you get justice I mean?

  17. Criticizing President Obama is almost pointless now because he is virtually a lame duck. But the truth is that he has never been the problem, although he has never really tried to be the solution either. Perhaps, because the problem is too large, I don't know. Anyway, the loyalty that blacks show for President Obama has less to do with him than it does for the profound distaste that blacks have for the white power structure. And so as a people we go forward with new young folks saying smart things and people applauding like this was the first time these things or things like them have ever been said. By the way, Dr. West's calls for somebody to lay down their life for what so many have already laid down their lives for is so last century. Let's try to a genuinely new paradigm for black America!

    • While it might be true Obama is virtually a lame-duck, remember racists and bigots are still hurting a Black person is the Commander-In Chief. All time bigots thought the White House would be occupied by a White person for-ever. This is where Power of this Country is. Please watch FoxNews and you will be surprised to hear how bigots are still attacking Black people and President Obama. They still believe Blacks are intellectually inferior to Whites. This is how they were raised to believe. So seeing a Black person as their Leader and President gets them really bad and every day. They are attacking Obamacare and lying to their friends that Obamacare is bad for the Country. Do you know the reason? Obamacare enables Blacks to be treated at clinics and hospitals formerly reserved for richest White people. I personally cannot believe the minds of bigots and why they cannot change. They are like Talibans who don’t believe Christians are people. Talibans believe the best Christian is one dead. This is the same way bigots think about Blacks. Thank God- we have Civil Rights laws.

  18. While it might be true Obama is virtually a lame-duck, remember racists and bigots are still hurting a Black person is the Commander-In Chief. All time bigots thought the White House would be occupied by a White person for-ever. This is where Power of this Country is. Please watch FoxNews and you will be surprised to hear how bigots are still attacking Black people and President Obama. They still believe Blacks are intellectually inferior to Whites. This is how they were raised to believe. So seeing a Black person as their Leader and President gets them really bad and every day. They are attacking Obamacare and lying to their friends that Obamacare is bad for the Country. Do you know the reason? Obamacare enables Blacks to be treated at clinics and hospitals formerly reserved for richest White people. I personally cannot believe the minds of bigots and why they cannot change. They are like Talibans who don’t believe Christians are people. Talibans believe the best Christian is one dead. This is the same way bigots think about Blacks. Thank God- we have Civil Rights laws.

  19. being black is crime

  20. As an officer of the court, elected official, judge, other public servant………

    …….. (far too many Black lawyers, elected officials, etc., etc., definitely lack competency, integrity, and have contempt for the Constitution/Oath of Office)

    ……..it is mandatory to conduct myself at all times with dignity, courtesy, and integrity

    ********************************
    RE: “Black Scholars Explain that Black People Should Stop Telling the Lie of White Supremacy” by James, BlackLikeMoi, November 24, 2013

    Selected comment:

    “We can always leave this country and take our talent and resources else where. Be certain that the our black family in other countries would love it if we came to help them build.”- Dennis Spurling

    I’m not about leave the U.S. to relocate to Africa or any other nation where I know I have no chance of ever becoming a citizen.

    CNN-iReport: “Former Panthers Found the “Back to Africa Experience” Minus the Option of Escape to be a Nightmare!” by TheTruth53

    Here you have U.S. born Black descendants of slavery condemning the U.S., while illegal aliens from around the world take all kinds of life threatening chances for just one opportunity to reach U.S. soil and/or with the hope of becoming a U.S. citizen in spite of illegally entering the U.S., all with the blessing of President Barack Obama, the Obama Administration, multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, AKA, the Congressional Black Clueless, and/or the Black community itself.

    It is not the U.S. that has failed the Black community, but rather our own elected Black leadership, so called civil lawyers, other university educated Blacks fail/refuse to respect and uphold the Constitution to truly serve U.S. born descendants of slavery.

  21. Don't commit crimes? So while white Americans and any other wealthy individuals commit crimes to keep themselves enriched is that ok? Is it okay to continue to humble yourself while "Massa" is continually whipping your back cause you're not doing enough to keep him enriched? Blacks committing crimes for "Massa" always won't to tell other Blacks: if you want to stay out the system, stop committing crimes. How many people can actually stop committing crimes, when crime is glorified and justified by the wealthy, as a means to an end? Or how about when you're not teaching our kids how to create jobs for themselves and to be self-sufficent? Most conscience individual aren't just blaming our situation on Whites, we know and understand that in order to get a cure you have to get to the root of the problem. I'm in no way justifying criminal activity but if that's the only way I know how to survive cause I wasn't given the avenue to do anything else, then what else do you want me to do? When my own people who look like me want to co-sign, invest in and with, support, live, and be accepted and look like whites, it makes it hard for a Blackman and woman to achieve a thing

  22. It's Great that Educated Blacks are getting together. They would do better to use the common Mainstream Media Practice to keep All Statements in Short Sound Bites. Yet Refrain from this format of the Commercial Bait and Switch to get people to purchase something (especially a book…). If THEY Truly intend and would like to Have Meaningfully Help lift us up (Like Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and MLK, Jr.), Ensuring that the average Low and Lower Income Blacks can access, comprehend and rise from their message is vital. (Also, instead of selling books – a poor income generator – do something courageous like legally building Tiny Houses for Homeless and Low Income Blacks (AND BLACKS, ONLY, without letting others take over and dilute the effort, until ALL or most Blacks have received the assistance – Assimilating is great, only in the way described by Malcolm X). Amen.

  23. Carter, his mouth chanting Nianlejiju low inaudible spell, hula heard, golden reel direction toward Jinpao woman windward side and open an exhibition.

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