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Lee Daniels’ kids have read Anne Frank 100 times, but don’t want to read Roots

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In case you don’t know the story of Anne Frank, it’s an intriguing diary written by a young Jewish woman during World War II.  The Jewish community takes great pride in the book, and they make sure that many of their children read it at some point in their lives as a point of cultural heritage. Lee Daniels, creator of the show “Empire,” and the films “Precious” and “Monster’s Ball,”…

Dr. Umar Johnson on why three chapters were removed from Malcolm’s autobiography

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Dr. Umar Johnson is a 37-year old Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Certified K-12 School Principal, activist, orator and political scientist. He practices psychology privately in Pennsylvania and also serves as a special education evaluator. He specializes in working with children who are suicidal, depressed and/or violent. Johnson also trains educators and mental health technicians in a variety of psycho-educational topics that include Attention Deficit Disorder and…

Why Are 1 In 4 HBCU Students Not Black?

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The number of non-Black students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) continues to climb.  Statistics show that the student body’s of these traditionally Black schools is changing, with an average of 1 in 4 students not being Black.  The statistics were compiled through research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.  There are multiple reasons this is happening, and here are some of them: 1….

For Profit College Preys On Vulnerable, Turns American Dream Into Financial Nightmare

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The Huffington Post is reporting that the giant Corinthian Colleges has had a lawsuit filed against them by the Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB).  Many may not recognize the name Corinthian, but most people who watch television have seen commercials for the infamous Everest College.  Corinthian also runs Heald College and WyoTech schools.  The lawsuit stems from the for-profit college swindling students into taking on huge student loan debts by…

Boy takes his own life after bullying becomes too much

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Tragedies like this one are just too much to bear.  You rarely know that your children are having serious problems coping with their struggles and sometimes we find out too late.  This story should tell us the importance of protecting our kids from bullies and also teaching them that taking their own lives is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Dr. Sinclair Grey III has the story: No parent…

5 Life Skills All Black Boys Must Learn

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April V. Taylor While a myriad of studies clearly show that education is one of the most useful tools in eliminating racialized social and economic disparities, the marginalization and mistreatment experienced by black men is not capable of being completely eliminated by educational achievement.  Michael Brown was a college bound recent high school graduate, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a Harvard University professor, and Eric Holder is the U.S. Attorney…

Are White Teachers To Blame For the Racial Educational Achievement Gap?

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Could black teachers teaching black students be the answer to closing the racial educational achievement gap?  A recent article by the Root explores the fact that black students still fall behind white students on every maker of school quality and academic criterion.  Black students are also more likely to be suspended, expelled and arrested.  While school funding, testing and parental involvement are the factors most discussed when it comes to…

Dillard University President explains why he had a bone to pick with Dr Dre

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Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough is not a punk.  He’s a man of integrity and one who is willing to engage the world.  He spoke last year in public when hip-hop star Dr. Dre made a massive donation of $70 million dollars to USC.  The gift is a nice one and would go toward sustaining the school’s music program. But Kimbrough asked Dre something that a lot of people might…

Dr Boyce Watkins: What every black man must know in order to survive

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  This is an excerpt of the popular lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment,” by Dr Boyce Watkins.  Dr Watkins is a leading advocate for African Americans and speaks truth with the kind of raw form that is rare among public scholars today.  Though he struggled in high school, Dr. Watkins was the only African American in the world to earn a PhD in Finance during the…

Porsha Stewart Explains Why She Thought The Underground Railroad was a Real Train

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by Angela Copel Porsha Stewart recently embarrassed herself, her family and the entire public school system when she admitted that she thought that the Underground Railroad was an actual train.  During a classic episode of Real Housewives, Porsha did a tour of a black history museum and asked a series of questions that made the other cast members realize that she actually thought that the Underground Railroad and it’s “conductors”…

Achievement Gap Narrows for African American Students in South Carolina Schools

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By Lillian Armstead – Narrowing the achievement gap for African American students is of great concern for school district officials in South Carolina, according to Dr. Nancy McGinley, District Superintendent for Charleston County.  Student achievement has increased as demonstrated by higher graduation rates and higher literacy scores. Statistics point to a 10% increase in the number of African American graduates over a five year time frame, states Corey Davis. In…

Black UCLA Student Addresses The Lack Of Diversity At His Institution In Spoken Word Piece That Goes Viral

Black UCLA Student Addresses The Lack Of Diversity At His Institution In Spoken Word Piece That Goes Viral

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By: Britt L In the wake of the affirmative action debates in California and other states, a group of minority males who attend the University of California, Los Angeles created a spoken word piece, addressing the lack of diversity at their elite institution. In the video, UCLA student Sy Stokes speaks candidly and features sobering statistics about the dent in diversity at the four-year university. Stokes,  a Junior who identifies…

Kamara Taylor: Black Women & The Fight Against Cancer

Kamara Taylor: Black Women & The Fight Against Cancer

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By: Kamara Taylor With crime being ever so rampant in minority communities, we tend to overlook the biggest threat and killer that continues to destroy homes and the family dynamic.  This terrible menace is CANCER. As Angelina Jolie has become the face of the BRCA 1 gene by removing both breasts to prevent the likelihood of cancer occurring, most African American women are the largest carriers of the triple negative…

Chef Mike Valli: Atlanta’s Youngest & Flyest Celebrity Chef

Chef Mike Valli: Atlanta’s Youngest & Flyest Celebrity Chef

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(L) Chef Mike Valli (R) Madam Prezident By: Madam Prezident Most young men Chef Mike Valli’s age are finishing college, looking for a job that will lead to a long time career. I guess it’s safe to say that Chef Mike Valli isn’t most men. While his peers are trying to figure out life, he’s already developed a passion for “flyness” and food.  Amongst young people, One of the hardest…

Kamara Taylor: Black America and “Good Hair”

Kamara Taylor: Black America and “Good Hair”

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  By: Kamara Taylor It’s amazing to me how individuals are perceived and judged on different criteria.  As African Americans are still working diligently to assimilate into a country that we were unwillingly brought into, our skin tone is no longer a good enough factor to expand our possibilities of growth academically and in the workforce. When compared to my peers and colleagues, my hair is considered a “better” grade…