This committee of black students have banned together to request a better environment for minorities attending the university
*Blink twice if you’re not surprised that a university named after the commander of the confederate army in the state of Virginia is not necessarily bending over backwards to welcome black students.
Nevertheless, a group of these students attending Washington and Lee University is urging administrators to change up their Confederate heritage and the “dishonorable conduct” of namesake Robert E. Lee to reflect a better environment for minority students.
Washington and Lee University is located in Lexington, Va., and black students make up about 3.5 percent of the total student population.
According to The Washington Post, third-year law student Dominik Taylor, a descendent of slaves on his father’s side, said he felt betrayed by admissions representatives who touted the school’s diversity.
“They assured me it was a welcoming environment where everyone sticks together as a community,” Taylor said. “Then I came here and felt ostracized and alienated.” Continue reading
Dr. Boyce Watkins
*As a political analyst and social commentator, Dr. Boyce Watkins must know that he hasn’t made a lot of friends.
Controversial figures rarely do.
But it is his seemingly constant flux of uncomplimentary jabs at president Barack Obama that now has one writer questioning the scholar’s intellect and blatantly accusing him of being ignorant, having unrealistic expectations and fostering an agenda that “promotes a culture of whining, begging, and complaining.”
Dr. Watkins, you have been warned.
(Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, too!) Continue reading
*If your mind automatically goes south, when you think of where the worst state in America to raise a black child is, it would be understandable; after all, the long history of racial disparity there would make it a good guess, but it may surprise you that it wouldn’t be conclusive.
According to a national report, Wisconsin has been ranked the worst state in the country when it comes to racial disparities for children.
Wisconsin scored a 238 on its ability to prepare black children for educational and financial success, the lowest of all states (the average score was 345). Interestingly, Wisconsin was ranked 10th overall in its preparation for white children. Continue reading
Gil Voight says student ‘misquoted him.’
*Raise your hand if you ever get the feeling some people need to keep their damn mouth shut! Keep ‘em up if you agree they should be fired when they don’t!
This may be your advice to a teacher who was fired after allegations that he told a black student who voiced his desire to become president that the nation didn’t need another Barack Obama, whether he’s black or white. In essence, we don’t need another black president.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 Thursday to fire Gil Voigt.
The teacher, and please note that I use that term loosely, did not immediately return a call for comment on Friday but now says the student misquoted him.
A likely story, yes? Continue reading
Journalist Ed Gordon
*Billed as an “African American and Latino Family Crisis,” award- winning journalist Ed Gordon (President of Ed Gordon Media) will host a thought-provoking town hall discussion about the dynamics of fatherless households in America; particularly within African-American and Latino urban communities. Continue reading
Kwasi Enin (Photo: William Floyd School District)
*How refreshing it is to be able to acknowledge universities rising to meet the demand of accepting deserving students of color in their institutions. It is with much anticipation that one day, such recognition will no longer be necessary, because diversity in these colleges will be a given, and African American students especially, will be but one group amongst many who are accepted in the colleges of their choice based on the fact that they have done the work just like any other student and deserves to be there.
Recently, our article on students Avery Coffey a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., who applied to and was accepted at five Ivy League universities including Harvard, and Chad Thomas who was accepted at 150 universities, offered encouraging reports of African-American students getting accepted to most or all of the Ivy League schools they applied to. Now comes new data suggesting that Harvard University may be leading the way on diversity.
According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the highly ranked institution’s class of 2018 will be 12 percent black, the largest representation of that group in the university’s history. Continue reading
Akintunde Ahmad is just an ordinary guy. Well, this according to him at least.
But one thing that makes this supposedly ordinary guy stand out is his extraordinary brain; a real stunner to everyone that knows about his 5.0 GPA and 2100 SAT score.
As you can imagine, he’ll have no problem getting into just about any prestigious university he wants.
And yes, they have let him know that. Continue reading
“Positively Perfect Dolls” collection by Dr. Lisa Williams (Photo courtesy of Williams)
“Mommy, she looks just like me!” That is what makes Dr. Lisa Williams most proud of her “Positively Perfect” dolls.
Where at one time blonde-haired, blue-eyed Barbie dolls dominated toy store aisles, now those same aisles are gradually adding diversity with the inclusion of dolls that reflect deeper-skin tones and ethnic hair.
Dr. Williams has put a lot of effort into creating dolls that celebrate the diversity in multicultural children.
As the founder and creator of Positively Perfect Dolls — a unique line of baby dolls that represent and reflect the beautiful features found in young African-American girls, she has developed dolls in a variety of skin tones that include vanilla, caramel, pecan and mocha. The skin tones are even custom-blended to perfect the right shade, glow and undertone that ultimately resemble realistic results. Continue reading