Teacher medically evaluated, placed on leave for writing science fiction novels about school killings

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A Massachusetts school teacher was placed on administrative leave after authorities discovered he’d authored two books that described school killings.

Earlier this month, the Dorchester County Board of Education was alerted that eighth grade language arts teacher Patrick McLaw had several aliases, which he published the books under.

A list of empowering books for little black girls

It’s difficult for girls of color to build a healthy self esteem in this world. With images telling them that how they look isn’t quite good enough, it’s very important for little girls to have a great sense of self worth and empowerment about not just their looks, but who they are as a whole.

We can’t rely on outside forces to teach our girls to love themselves. It must start at an early age and in the home. For Harriet  put together a nice list of empowering books for little black girls. 

Raising $80,000 for the Negro In History | CALL TO ACTION

Eunique Jones has created a photographic sensation with her “Because of Them, We Can-Black History and Beyond” campaign and has taken the movement to KICKSTARTER.

The plan is to raise $80,000 by June 19th, to produce a high quality book contained with all 365 images of kids turned icons.

The KICKSTARTER project will cover design and layout, copyediting, printing and delivering expenses for the book.

CHECK OUT EUNIQUE’S KICKSTARTER PAGE AND SEE HOW YOU CAN EARN FREEBIES FROM THE COLLECTION

While the National conversation about the lack of Black history in education persists, Eunique has found her niche to continuously impact the world and creatively educate Black chidlren about the power of their people.

Uninspired Nihilism

Lately, I’ve found it exceedingly difficult to blog.  To be sure, it’s not because I lack the desire to write and make you privy to my mental awesomeness each Monday morning, but rather because I’ve essentially checked out of the blogging world.  I wish I could blame it on my dissertation.  (It’s coming along.  Not swimmingly, but it’s coming along nonetheless.)  I could blame my blogging inactivity on the melanin storm of comments I got over at the Crunk Feminist Collective for talking smack about light-skinned people.  (That blog could not pass the brown paper bag test, and folks were not happy.)  It’s also likely that my hasty preparation for my fantasy football drafts have slowed my consumption of all things pop culture and news.  (Gargamel’s Revenge goes into Monday Night Football with a 32-point lead over its week 1 opponent, while The Flux Capacitors cling to an 18-point lead over A Love Bizarre.)  Yet, there are only so many fantasy football podcasts one can listen to until the (presumably) straight, white, obnoxiously nerdy and sport-obsessed male quota has been met and surpassed.  All of these statements are true, but inadequately explain my blogging ennui.

Plantations, Power and Professional Athletes

There is so much wrong with this entire LeBron James fiasco it would take a year to flesh it all out, by which time LeBron may have his first ring (courtesy of Dwyane Wade and the backup dancers down in South Beach). Reactions have been varied, as expected. This decision will affect the NBA game and business. The most interesting conversation to come from this ordeal surrounds Jesse Jackson’s comments which allude to the Plantation Model in sports. All I can say to this is amen.

Rhythm and Blackness

“She dances like a Black girl.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z5HYNqx3n8

What?

Is there something distinct about the way in which we move or speak that is noticeably…Black? Before, I would have denied this. There’s no way you can identify movement or speech as distinctly Black. Right?

Maybe.