November 8, 2010 – November 14, 2010

Looking Back: Dunbar High School
Staff Writer, The DCist, November 14, 2010

Black Colleges Look To Increase Online Ed Presence
Staff Writer, The Associated Press, November 14, 2010

WCU Students host Minority Day of Silence;
Carla Giorno, The Quad, November 14, 2010

Events support hospital and youth employment
Jennifer Campbell, The Gazette, November 13, 2010

A Black Achievement Gap, and Wasted Potential
Richard R. Buery Jr, New York Times, November 12, 2010

Lawsuit Cites Cigarette Giveaways to Black Youth
The Atlanta Post, Staff Writer,November 12, 2010

Raising Up Our Youth Mentoring Provides A Network For Youth Development
Jeanie Blue, The Weekly Challenger, November 12, 2010

Leaders say election shows need for youth movement
Lucas Sullivan, Dayton Daily News, November 10, 2010

Israeli village helps at-risk youth sing a new song
Ryan E. Smith, Jewish Journal, November 10, 2010

Students React to Achievement Gap Documentary
Maru Smith, The Uptown, November 9, 2010

Can parents steer their children’s sexual orientation?
Jeneba Ghatt, Washington Times, November 9, 2010

Bullying not being ignored in Fort Bend
Don Maines, Ford Bend Ultimate, November 8, 2010

Are Black Colleges Adding to African-Americans’ Economic Woes?
Shanon D. Murray, The Loop 21, November 8, 2010

Male, female or neither? Gender identity debated at same-sex colleges
Stephanie Chen, CNN, November 8, 2010

Michigan official finally fired for harassing gay student
Alex Pareene, CNN, November 8, 2010

Youth in revolt
Patricia Bailey, CBC News, November 8, 2010

Empowering Ourselves, one kid at a time
Stefanie Lazow, The Dartmouth, November 8, 2010

Kwanzaa celebrates harvest, togetherness
Elizabeth Dickson, The Post, November 8, 2010

Standing room only at film on Black male students
Patrick Gailey, The Notebook, November 8, 2010

The Monday Morning Hodgepodge

Hopped up out the bed, turned my swag on…  And realized that I had a list of things I’ve been meaning to mention here on the blog. Here goes:

Now that I’ve conjured Soulja Boy, I must admit that “Speakers Going Hammer” makes me rock out a little bit.  I might love that song.

Not as much as I love athletes doing The Dougie, though.  It’s as if they don’t realize how “girlie” the dance is and the homosociality it engenders.  Or maybe they do.  Either way, carry on, lads.  Carry on.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pry6Cp0kSO0

Sharpton: Obama, Congress must act on failing education to stop a national crisis of black and white

Sharpton: Obama, Congress must act on failing education to stop a national crisis of black and white
Rev. Al Sharpton, NY Post | November 12, 2010

On the heels of President Obama’s self-professed “shellacking,” a renewed urgency for bipartisanship has emerged in Washington. One week later, a new study proves that the education gap between the races in the United States – specifically, the crisis facing young black men – remains as devastating as ever.

So why not immediately start working across party lines to rectify this, the greatest civil rights issue of our age?

“The nation’s young black males are in a state of crisis” is the opening sentence of the new study released on Tuesday by the Council of the Great City Schools. Emphasizing racial disparities beyond economic factors, the report highlights the catastrophic state of affairs facing an entire segment of the population.

Consider: Black children are twice as likely as whites to live in a home where no parent had full-time or year-round employment, and those aged 17 and younger are nearly 50% more likely to be without health insurance than white children.

Perhaps more striking is the fact that black boys drop out of high school at nearly twice the rate of white boys, and they compromised only 5% of all students in college in 2008 but were 36% of the total prison population.

This is a national calamity – which is arguably creating as large of a divide as institutionalized segregation ever did. Is the demise of the black man in effect a formula for the downfall of the entire race?  (Read more)

Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy": THE REVIEW

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is unquestionably the best album of the year.

It reaches further and demands more from the listener than any Hip Hop or Pop record in recent memory. West shatters stylistic and conceptual boundaries at every turn, painting a fascinatingly complex portrait of rock stardom in all of its glory and dissonance, categorically crushing just about everything else in pop music right now.

It is an epic in the truest sense of the word; mindboggling in its scope, enthralling in its depth, and all-consuming in its grandeur. Like Prince’s Sign o’ the Times, U2’s The Joshua Tree, or Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF) is one of those rare and electrifying moments in popular music when a prodigiously talented artist with an almost blemish-less track record sees the light and finally unleashes their magnum opus.

Kanye has never released a less-than-stellar album, but My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is his masterpiece.

For Colored Girls Who Have Had Enuf of Talking About For Colored Girls

Would it be wrong for me to say that I am so over Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girl’s discussions? I have had at least one discussion of the film each day this week and I am finding myself in burn out mode. Yes, I am tired of talking about, reading about, and writing about the movie. If this makes you want to pull my black feminist card go right ahead because I as the woman in green am sick and tired of saying, “This is a story about black women and I don’t give a middle finger about the three black men who are in the movie because we never say this when we watch movies about men, what about his daughter, what about his wife, or what about the woman who sat at the door he entered to conquer.” Also, I’m tired of saying in quotes, “This is Tyler Perry’s best work to date,” and then having black people take this as either my love for all things Tyler Perry or to take it as my black feminist’s cynicism. Yes, I am over it. I have had enough enuf.

Black August and Hip-Hop

I didn’t see “For Colored Girls” this weekend. I had every intention of doing so. I wanted to have an opinion. I wanted to join in on the inevitable conversation that I knew would occur around the preview. I really, really wanted to. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead, I chose to attend a screening of Black August: a Hip-Hop Benefit Concert a documentary directed by noted journalist and filmmaker Dream Hampton.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joh92fGqANI

A Tribute to Donna Lykes: My Mother, My Friend (RIP).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETkP3R8j8hE

I cry because teardrops weigh too much

to stay dormant for long periods of time,

and because pain and heartaches are

just God’s way of letting us know that love

is the source of life,

and even though life is bordered by capacities of time,

love is eternal, eternally extended in the realms of forever,

because love doesn’t need to cry.

Love already knows the reason for existence;

explanations to “know-nots”,

and why parts of my existence are lost,

because increments of my heart went away with my mothers.