All That War Sh** Is For The Birds: Obama & Libya

In just under 30 minutes President Barack Obama gave what Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry called  “a mix of Just War Theory and classic University of Chicago IR-Realist Theory.” In a standard black suit, with a modified spread collar, and crimson colored tie, the former law school lecturer had the uniform that symbolized blood and war (red seems to be the favored color of pugnacious leaders). Nevertheless, the suit was quite antithetical to the words the flowed from the podium at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. For over two years, political scientists and pundits have been struggling to define what the Obama doctrine is, or if one even exists. In 3,327 words Obama made it abundantly clear that the military mission is narrowly focused on saving lives, but the ultimate goal is creating a Libya that belongs to their people, not a dictator.

"Three Little Girls" Shot Down in Cold Blood


For Woman’s History Month we wanted to shed light on how violent this society is especially towards woman and girls. “Three Little Girls” tells the stories of the senseless murders of Christina Taylor Green (9 yrs old), killed during the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Brisenia Flores (9 yrs old), gunned down by anti-immigrant militia intent on starting a race war, and Aiyana Jones (7 yrs old), shot to death while asleep in her home, by the Detroit Police Department, while they were filming a reality TV show.

I realize these are sad stories, but how can we not be moved to action by the cold-blooded killings of innocent little girls? We have to begin to take an unflinching look at a culture that continues to glorify guns, bombs, and war and sees violence and aggression as the only solutions to its problems.

Written by Jasiri X and featuring 10 year old Hadiyah Yates, “Three Little Girls” was produced by GM3 and directed by Paradise Gray.

March 21, 2011 – March 27, 2011

Association of Black Collegians Hosts Hip Hop Week March 28-April 2
Staff Writer, Layfayette, March 26, 2011

Panel considers ways to combat Broward’s black male dropout rate
Cara Fitzpatrick, Sun Sentinel, March 24, 2011

‘26 Seconds’ Campaign to Engage Youth at Risk of Dropping Out of School
Staff Writer, Hispanically Speaking, March 24, 2011

U.S. Department of Education
Kevin Jennings, Bay Windows, March 23, 2011

South Florida Schools
Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, March 23, 2011

Bill Cosby Mad At The Hypocrisy of Black Role Models – Aren’t We All?
R. Asmerom, The Atlanta Post, March 23, 2011

Problematic Motivation In Black Youth
Joseph Bailey, Black Voice News, March 23, 2011

Students question handling of racial issues
Gregg MacDonald, FairFax Times, March 22, 2011

What’s different about youth violence in California
Rina Palta, Kalw News, March 22, 2011

Youth symposium to focus of grad rates
Jason Schultz, The Palm Beach Post, March 22, 2011

“Getting To Chicago’s Boys Before Gangs Do…”
Harold Pollack, Taking Note, March 22, 2011

Segregated and Satisfied in the Southland?
Gary Orfield, Huffington Post, March 21, 2011

Separate and unequal schools pervasive in the Southland
Alison Hewitt, UCLA Newsroom, March 21, 2011

Separate and Unequal
Bob Herbert, The New York Times, March 21, 2011

Chicago Schools, Police Increase Measures To Curb Youth Violence
Staff Writer, Huffington Post, March 21, 2011

Youth Violence, Public Schools, and Public Health
Whet Moser, Chicago Mag, March 21, 2011

Youth Empowerment Convention
Ashley Kohl, Mass Appeal News, March 21, 2011

On Dirty Laundry

I swear I’ll stop writing about Jalen Rose and The Fab Five after this week.  I promise.  I did, however, want to beat this dead horse one more good time take a moment to make a request of my (s)kinfolk.

What follows is a clip of ESPN’s Chris Broussard discussing the Jalen Rose/Grant Hill issue on First Take.  What I’m mostly concerned with begins around minute 1:55.

Prep course aimed at diversifying elite city schools fails to reach black and Latino students

Prep course aimed at diversifying elite city schools fails to reach black and Latino students
Meredith Kolodner, NY Daily News | March 25, 2011

A city program aimed at diversifying the city’s specialized high schools is not making a lot of progress with black and Latino students, stats show.

Just 19% of black students who went through a city-funded prep course aimed at recruiting lower-income students to elite high schools were accepted, down from 21% last year. About 21% of Latino students were successful, down from 24% last year.

The overall number of black and Latino students accepted after attending the Specialized High School Institute grew – 38 black students compared with 31 last year and 39 Latino students, up from 31 last year.

Still, the pass rates for students who went through the program are better than those who didn’t. Only 5% of black students and 6% of Hispanic students who took the exam were accepted to one of the eight schools.  (Read more)

9 Songs Every PRINCE Fan Should Know

Growing up in the digital age has completely changed our generation’s listening habits.

Instead of buying albums and experiencing a complete artistic statement, we download an artists most well-known tracks from iTunes and call it a day. It’s pathetic. How can you call yourself a Prince fan (for example) if you’ve only got “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple Rain,” and “1999” on your iPod shuffle? It’s just not enough.

The following is a list of what music nerds call “deep cuts,” or songs that either weren’t released as singles, or didn’t get a lot of mainstream attention upon their initial release. Obviously you won’t be a Prince historian after listening to these songs (the man has released over 35 albums); this is seriously the tip of the iceberg. But at least you’ll have gained a deeper insight into the many facets of his artistry; perhaps gaining a clearer picture of his genius.

These are the 9 songs every Prince fan should know.

Women's Herstory Month: Do You Know Any Border-Crossing Black Women?


On the last Friday of Women’s Her-story Month, I want to honor black women who are what I call “border-crossers.” Border crossing is centered in the margins and “what moves people” . . . the fluid transmissions and the mergers. It comes out of womanism and black feminism. It comes out the frustration with borders and boundaries. It comes out of the need to build sustained and people-centered movements.

A History Lesson for Chris Brown

Jay Smooth, Ill Doctrine | March 24, 2011

Two years after brutally beating then-girlfriend, Rihanna, Chris Brown seems to be under the impression that his fans have forgiven him, the public should move on, and the media should be gentler towards him.  Jay Smooth offers the R&B singer a reality check.


Inhumane Gossip With A Camera and Mic: The Struggle of Chris Brown

So…Good Morning America gets their studio trashed and tilts their heads in confusion. Why the awesomeness Robin Roberts? On Tuesday Chris Brown visited the ABC morning show, where he was asked to participate in an interview. And of course after two years of repenting for the incident with Rihanna, Robin Roberts, unlike a true friend, couldn’t help with the process of forgiveness. Completely ignoring the obvious tension of Chris Brown, she proceeded to pick at the touchy subject. In the few moments after the interview, a window backstage was found broken, and Robert later responded: “I was shocked like everybody else because we’ve had a wonderful relationship.” The alleged spazzing-out of Chris Brown reveals the heavy weight of fame; it’s an atmosphere of non-sincerity. Media demands that Chris Brown fit the profile of a “thug,” although its correspondents and anchors act like they want to reconcile his past for the world. Could there be some dehumanizing bs surrounding the media? Hell yeah.

What's Really Behind Black Child-Abuse Stats

What’s Really Behind Black Child-Abuse Stats
Katti Gray, The Root | March 24, 2011

Rates of reported child abuse are disproportionately high for black children, a fact that has long been linked to suspected racial bias by a largely white child-protection workforce. But a recently released study by Washington University researchers debunks that allegation, citing poverty as the main reason black children are twice as likely as white children to suffer abuse.

Published in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics, the study, “Racial Bias in Child Protection? A Comparison of Competing Explanations Using National Data,” does note the importance of policing potential racial bias among teachers, doctors, nurses, law-enforcement officials, child-protective-services workers and other primary reporters of abuse. But the researchers argue that the broader focus should be on mitigating poverty, given that a third of black children are living below the federal government’s poverty line. Economic uplift is likely to curb abuse, concluded the team of six researchers from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the American Humane Association.

“We knew [abuse of] black kids was reported about twice as often as it was for white kids, and we were concerned that that might be due to racism. We also knew black kids, in terms of economics, were facing a lot of problems that most white kids were not facing,” said Washington University social work professor Brett Drake, Ph.D., lead author of the study. Instead of looking at a fractional sample of reported cases of abuse, which was the methodology of prior studies, Drake and his colleagues analyzed the total counts in different categories of abuse.

“We didn’t create any of this data; we just went to national reports, Census Bureau reports and areas such as that,” Drake told The Root. “We tried super, super hard to avoid data that absolutely wasn’t rock solid.”  (Read more)