Black Male Icons Join Docu. Film To Motivate Black Youth

Black Male Icons Join Docu. Film To Motivate Black Youth
News One | October 21, 2010

To generate a national conversation on the plight of Black men and boys, the Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) has partnered with actor–director Mario Van Peebles and producer Karen Williams to create BRING YOUR A GAME — a groundbreaking documentary film that, in Van Peebles’ words, “sheds light on the resilience and influence of Black males.”

BRING YOUR A GAME is a film that will use screenings accompanied by community discussions as a catalyst to transform the lives of urban youth. Using a cinematic style influenced by popular culture and employing innovative technologies, the film details strategies that have improved the lives of Black men and boys. It underscores how essential educational achievement and high school graduation are to survival and success in today’s world.  (Read more)

I Don't Love Her, I Love You


The black teenage male’s love life is conflicted with the fear of nothingness and a damaged sense of reaction. We will love you with the energy of Flava Flav and at the same time share your spot in the bed with someone else. Love is not a joke in this scenario, in fact, it is the purest situation of love; just happening with unfortunate immaturity. Some brothers will never understand that love breathes from faith and letting go of all possessions.

Is "black love" a burden?

The other day, I stumbled upon a Facebook conversation about the television show, Private Practice. The women, mostly black, were talking about how they didn’t like Addison (the primary white character) and Taye Diggs (the only black man on the show) dating. They made no mention of race. Suddenly in the middle of the exchange a black man added his words, “why ya’ll hatin’ cause the brother fell for the white chick? He was already with a black woman and it didn’t work. and you guys wonder why brotha’s treat ya’ll like shit.” Needless to say, I was offended. In part because no one directly mentioned race as the reason they were against the relationship but mainly because he felt their anger was an invitation to be disrespectful. No sir.

Anyway, an argument between he and I ensued. Unfortunately, none of the women felt heated enough to join me (the only lesbian) to tackle the issue of straight interracial relationships. In the end, he and I agreed that the characters’ close proximity as workers, their history as friends, and a host of other factors made it likely they would become a couple. If one could look beyond race (yes, I said it) it even seemed likely they were more compatible than he and his ex-wife (a black woman). But mostly, he was upset that he felt pressured to date black women when he felt like the only thing they had in common was color. He was also tired of black women threatening to “go white.”

D.R.O.P. Squad

In the 1994 movie DROP Squad, an underground militant organization spots Black Americans who have sold out, exploited or otherwise turned their backs on their race and then puts them through a rigorous D.R.O.P. (Deprogramming and Restoration of Pride). Every time I watch Bruford Jamison Jr. get dropped, I wonder who among us deserves to be plucked away and reprogrammed.


You see, Bruford got his because he worked for an ad agency that seemed to specialize in racist ads like the one above, selling chicken and liquor. While the DROP Squad tended more toward abuse than education, the idea is in the right place. If you could D.R.O.P. anyone, who would it be and why? I have a short list of people I’d like to see deprogrammed.

Please Ask, Do Tell

“I don’t want no feminine person defending me in the army”

I try not to be desensitized by comments like this. I try to be as offended as I was the first time I encountered ignorance. But in reality, once you hear something for so long, it can never strike you in the same way as the first time you encountered it. Fortunately, when I heard a high school student say this comment yesterday it was not based out of hate, but simply not knowing, which I can accept as long as the person is open to dissenting thoughts.

Discipline rate of black students in Del., elsewhere is probed

Discipline rate of black students in Del., elsewhere is probed
Nichole Dobo, USA Today | October 17, 2010

WILMINGTON, Del. — The U.S. Department of Education‘s office of civil rights is investigating whether black male students are punished disproportionately in theChristina School District in Wilmington andNewark, one of five districts nationwide under scrutiny for its discipline record.

Federal investigators are in the process of visiting all of Christina’s schools and have requested detailed discipline data for at least the last two academic years.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan first mentioned districts were being investigated at a conference in late September hosted by the Department of Education’s civil rights office and the Department of Justice’s civil rights division. Besides Delaware, the school districts under review are in New YorkNorth CarolinaUtah and Minnesota.

One of the other districts, the San Juan School District in rural Utah, is being investigated for alleged gender disparities without respect to race or ethnicity, according to a school official.

Christina district officials acknowledged that a disparity exists in the discipline rates for black male students that they are working to correct, according to district spokeswoman Wendy Lapham. She added that the district has been cooperating with the federal investigation.

Statewide, black students made up about 32% of the public school population last year, but they accounted for about 55% of students who were suspended or expelled, according to an analysis by The News Journal published in June that compared discipline statistics provided by the state to school enrollments.  (Read the full article)

Is That A Whale Or A Congressional District?

As a youngster I always ate more than my share- literally. Growing up in a traditional Southern Black household, my diet would have probably brought Michelle Obama to tears. Collard greens, macaroni and cheese, turkey wings, neckbones, black eyed peas, and peach cobbler were frequently on my dinner table (I should probably stop listing foods before I start salivating). One of the few times I ever shut up was when my mother put her world famous stuffing in front me. I usually ate all my food before my parents even finished. Then I would usually take the rest of the portion on their plates. Finally at the tender age of ten my mom had seen enough. She told me that I couldn’t just go around and take other people’s food. If I wanted to ever have friends I needed to learn that I couldn’t have my cake and eat it too. Although this has served as a great life lesson for me, I feel like I’m struggling with the same dilemma today, the only difference is that it is political now. The representation of Black interests in Congress has always been about descriptive representation vs. substantive representation. But can Black America have it’s cake and eat it too?