Category Archives: Education

4 Out Of 5 Black Women Are Obese & Overweight: How to Get Over the Extra Weight for Good! (Watch)

Northern California fitness and health “transformationist” Gloria Kamil
Northern California fitness and health “transformationist” Gloria Kamil

 

*It’s enough to mess up your day. 

A statistic from a BU Today report on fighting obesity claims: “No population in the United States has a higher obesity rate than African American women.

There’s more. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no population in the United States has a higher obesity rate than African American women, four out of five of whom are overweight or obese, according to a 2012 study.

In the general adult population, 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese. The causes of this alarming obesity rate are various and complex and range from genes and diet to socioeconomic status and the environment, according to Julie Palmer, a senior epidemiologist at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center who has coordinated the Black Women’s Health.

Northern California fitness and health “transformationist” Gloria Kamil wants these statistics to change. She knows it’s possible for all Black women to easily release excess weight; get to our own particular optimal weights, and feel better than we’ve ever felt in our entire lives because we are strong and were built to win!  She insists that if you listen to her council, being overweight will be a part of your past. Continue reading

Anna Deavere Smith Sparks Thought in Never Givin’ Up at The Broad Stage (Watch)

Anna Deavere Smith in "NEVER GIVIN' UP' at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica through April 26th.
Anna Deavere Smith in “NEVER GIVIN’ UP’ at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica through April 26th.

*Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, playwright and professor who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is best known for crafting one-woman multi-character works that bring America’s social issues to the fore and crafts them in a way that causes audiences to think beyond what their eyes see and their ears hear.

She is what actors refer to as ‘an actors actor.’

Someone who goes deep in crafting the many characters she portrays so that even the slightest nuance or characteristic, no matter how intrinsic, is delivered with an authenticity that touches an audience on the deepest level.

No bullshit.

In her two week engagement at Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage, she brings NEVER GIVIN’ UP, a powerful theatrical exploration of civil rights that includes a seminal reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s landmark document, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

And accompanying her on this night, in addition to the passionate work of violinist Robert McDuffie and pianist Anne Epperson, was a pair of crutches which she cautioned the audience not to misinterpret as acquiring “for the sake of her art.” Smith was the unfortunate victim of a broken something or other in her leg, only days before the performance. Continue reading

Would Black Students Benefit More Being Taught By Black Teachers – Recent Study Says ‘Yes’

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*While we would like to think that race doesn’t matter when it comes to being a person put in the position to teach, thinking this would not only be inaccurate, it would be naive.

Numerous factors have pointed to the difference in academic performance of minority students versus non-minority students; and these factors are largely due to the baggage that a teacher of a different race may bring with them. It’s not new news that minority students deal with racism and stereotyping by teachers. And with more than 80% of public school teachers being white – a new study says that hiring more minority teachers will have an amazing impact on the academia of minority students. Continue reading

Should This Teacher Be Fired Because Students Sent ‘Get Well’ Letters to Mumia Abu-Jamal? (Hashtag Campaign)

Mumia
Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

*No one is born racist. No one is born mean and unkind. No one is born without the capability to show compassion. These are all learned characteristics and behaviors. So who better, in addition to a parent, to teach our children how to be colorblind, kind and compassionate people than an elementary school teacher?

Someone who is in the classroom each day guiding them, teaching them, about the world around them. But its unfortunate, when teachers are punished for thinking on their feet. Teachers who are passionate about teaching and encourage their students to participate in life. This is probably what a New Jersey elementary school teacher thought she was doing when she had her third grade class write letters to incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

But this teacher is getting no commendation, instead she may be fired.

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‘Over Here, Over Here!’ Seven Ivy League Schools Want This African American Student

Nik Bostrom
Nik Bostrom

*Oh what a great problem to have. What to do? What to do? This is the dilemma for one extremely fortunate teen who has to decide which of the seven…count ‘em…seven, Ivy League  schools that want him, he should actually choose to attend.

Meet Nik Bostrom, the student whose family must be over the moon with pride and excitement.

Bostrom said he was surprised when he received acceptance letters from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. He didn’t even get to apply to the eighth and final Ivy League school on his list, Dartmouth. And may not, now that he has the difficult choice of choosing from those who have already responded. Continue reading

HBCU Being Sued for Discrimination By White, Gay Faculty Members (And I Believe ‘Em)

ASU

*Two faculty members at the historically black Alabama State University (ASU) have filed a lawsuit against the school alleging they are victims of racial discrimination.

Confused? If you are its probably because your first thought might be the assumption that they are African American. They’re not.

They are Caucasian, and gay.

Drs. Steven B. Chesbro and John Garland brought the suit against the university and alleges bias in the school’s hiring and admission practices.

Making matters even more complicated, the two ASU faculty members also happen to be in a relationship. Continue reading

Steve Harvey ‘Joke’ Pisses Off Mom With Special Needs Son

Steve Harvey and Woman, Special Needs

*Wow, I didn’t know other black women had a problem with Steve Harvey, too? And even my problem with him has diminished now; because he seems happier since he remarried. But alas, this is not about me. This is about a woman who says, unlike many of her sister-friends that have a ‘huge’ problem with the comedian, she does not.

Uh…did not. At least not before he had the nerve to make fun of a special needs woman. And she didn’t find his ‘joke’ funny.

The woman said she’s used to women in her circle or “circles like” hers who find the comedian hard to take. Now, of course she admits to finding his relationship advice “a bit trite” and describes some of his  observations as “dismissive and offensive – but she gave him a pass because, well, most of the time she finds him funny. She is also touched by the mentoring he offers  young men at Disney every year. And feels the good outweighs the bad.

While she says Harvey is just a reminder of a lot of black men his age, she doesn’t subscribe to the plan that expects her to keep her mouth shut when somebody is outright wrong. Continue reading

10 Things White Folk Never Worry About – But Black Folk Do on a Daily Basis

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*Even beyond racial profiling. African Americans are subjected to countless microaggressions on a daily basis . This article, or excerpts thereof, originally appeared on AlterNet, and they are the latest in a new series of articles on the site called Fear in America that launched this March.

They are excellent displays of real life while black and living in America. Whether its acknowledged or not these issues are always at bay. And the potential for them to rear their ugly head always lurks – no matter a black person’s  economical status or level of education. And as for those of a higher social influence, it may be harder to see sometimes, but its there. Yes, Caucasian people, its uncomfortable to hear about. You may be downright sick of hearing about it. As a matter of fact, it seems you are hearing about it every damn day now.

And guess what, you’re right. The only thing more challenging would be.

Living it…every day.

Here are a few examples of things we have to be afraid of that white people don’t (or not nearly as much). Continue reading