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All-Star Panel of black scholars speak up for black America

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The New Paradigm Tour was a huge success.  It wasn’t corporate sponsored.  We didn’t get political funding from either the Democrats or the Republicans.  We used our own money to go to several cities, gathering a collection of leading black intellectuals who care enough about the black community to give specific steps and information to help people build a better day for themselves and their families. Dr. Cornel West joined…

Cornel West, Dr Boyce Watkins, black scholars speak out against racism

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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…

Dr. Boyce: Five Things Black People Learned from Don Cornelius

Dr. Boyce: Five Things Black People Learned from Don Cornelius

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    Like the rest of America, I was distraught over the death of the great Don Cornelius, creator of the legendary show, “Soul Train.”  There will never be another one like him, for he truly changed the black entertainment landscape for all eternity.   I thought about Cornelius for a bit this morning and wanted to share five things that black people can learn from the master of soul:…

Dr. Boyce: 5 Things that Must Happen in the Year 2012

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World Every year around this time, I start to reflect on life, sometimes my own. I think about the past, the present and the future. I think about things that could have happened, things that shouldn’t have happened, things that probably will happen and also the stuff that definitely won’t happen. I think about the fact that there are 8,760 hours in a year…

Dr. Boyce: What I’d Like to Get Black People for Christmas

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Black Like Moi I’m not big on giving gifts at Christmas, Kwanzaa or anything else.  The holiday season has become so distorted that our children now think that Jesus was born at Wal-Mart.  I believe in giving gifts of love and upliftment (which kinda makes my kids hate me sometimes).  So, in this holiday season, I thought I’d give a gift of love to you.  Forgive…

Dr. Boyce: How Black America Has Changed Because of the Obama Presidency | The Boyce Blog

Dr. Boyce: How Black America Has Changed Because of the Obama Presidency | The Boyce Blog

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World Someone forwarded me an email the other day about President Barack Obama. Viral emails about the Obama family have become an industry within themselves, with millions of black folks hanging on every word, event or insult being thrust at the Black American royal family. Will and Jada were once the best we had, and now they have to ride in the…

Be Careful: There is an STD Explosion in the Black Community

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Most of you read about the story of William Brawner, the former Howard University student who admitted to having unprotected sex in college while knowing that he is HIV positive.  The story sent shockwaves throughout the African American community, as well as among Howard University alumni.  But the case is probably not isolated and stands as a call to arms for those who are concerned about the recent spike in…

Al Duncan: Should Michael Eric Dyson Be Teaching a Class on Jay-Z?

Al Duncan: Should Michael Eric Dyson Be Teaching a Class on Jay-Z?

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    An article on USAToday.com—Jay-Z provides the blueprint for college course—has rekindled the polarizing topic of whether or not author, radio host, and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson’s course on the hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur is a good idea or bad idea. One thing is for sure: It’s brilliant marketing and publicity. The class has been mentioned in the news plenty of times. Critics and supporters have been quoted in…

Professor Christopher Emdin: Why Are So Many Kids Being Arrested in Public School?

Professor Christopher Emdin: Why Are So Many Kids Being Arrested in Public School?

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    by Professor Christopher Emdin, Columbia University A few days ago, the New York State Civil Liberties Union released a report that raised attention to the racial disparities of NYC school arrests. In the first report of its kind, focusing on summer school months, the report mentions that the NYPD arrested and gave summonses to more than one student a day in the public school system. Over 90 percent…

Julianne Malveaux: The Painful Consequences of Bullying Among Children

Julianne Malveaux: The Painful Consequences of Bullying Among Children

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    by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President – Bennett College for Women I hope you watched Extreme Home Makeover on December 2, as I did.  For me it was an opportunity of pride, as Bennett student Dominique Walker was featured, with her family, for a trip to Los Angeles, and a home upgrade.  Why?  Because her family remained in pain because their 11 year old brother killed himself after vicious…

It’s Time for Black People to Own Our Own Stuff

It’s Time for Black People to Own Our Own Stuff

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    Quick Note from Dr. Boyce Watkins – Your Black World Recent unemployment data shows that black unemployment went up in every demographic while white unemployment declined across the board.  Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X had dreams, one of which involved the pursuit of economic independence for our community.  Since their deaths, we’ve forgotten about this part of their dream, but it’s time that we come together…

Your Black Politics: In November, White Unemployment Drops, While Black Unemployment Rises in Every Category

Your Black Politics: In November, White Unemployment Drops, While Black Unemployment Rises in Every Category

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Your Black World When it comes to the November unemployment numbers issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was a tale of two ethnicities.  White Americans saw their unemployment rate decline in every demographic (women, men and teens), while African Americans saw their rate rise in every single category. The overall national unemployment rate dropped from 9% to 8.6%, which has been…

Dr. Boyce: Herman Cain, Eddie Long and Powerful Black Men in the Pulpit

Dr. Boyce: Herman Cain, Eddie Long and Powerful Black Men in the Pulpit

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World     Bishop Eddie Long and Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain were once considered to be pillars of their community. Long was the lead pastor at one of the largest churches in the south(the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where he remarkably maintained power), and Cain was on his way to becoming the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Read More…

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Dr. Boyce: Why I’m So Happy for Cornel West

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In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins talks about the decision of Cornel West to leave Princeton University, among other issues.

Martin Luther King Memorial fails to mention the word "black"

Intentional? MLK Memorial Does Not Mention the Words “Racism” or “Black”

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World Not meaning to be picky or to challenge those who worked with corporations to fund the Memorial built in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but I had to mention this.  Someone sent me a message today stating that he’d been told during a meeting with the heads of the committee to build the memorial that race and racial inequality had been…