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
Congrats Jen, this ain’t about you girl, just the trend you appear to represent.
*Hey, never let it be said that I, of all persons, have anything against somebody doing what they feel they “gotta do” to market themselves. It’s a tough world, the competition to be recognized for your attributes – no matter what they are – is fierce because, well, it just is.
But here’s the thing, some of the attributes natural to many African American women are only now being recognized as beautiful because white woman consider it so.
Case in point: Big booties, large lips, and dark skin.
Now just looking at that makes you think of African American women right? If you’re being honest with yourself, your answer is yes.
Why then, are these now being recognized as positive reflections of beauty because white women have began to flaunt them?
You might want to read this. Continue reading
Steve Utash with his daughter
*Following an attack on a white man who accidentally ran over a black boy who darted out into traffic, Detroit police are investigating whether it could be a hate crime, despite previously saying they had no evidence to suggest such an offense.
Steve Utash, a 54-year-old tree-trimmer who is said to have driven up and down the same street, going to the same job, for the past 15 or 16 years is a husband, father and grandfather, who was brutally beaten by a gang of young black men in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood after he accidentally ran over 10-year-old David Harris; who ran in front of his truck.
When Utash got out to check on the young boy, a swarm of vigilantes overwhelmed him and left him with injuries so severe it made his brain bleed.
He remains in a medically-induced coma. 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
*Boondocks fans probably know that the fourth (and final) season of the show is on its way. Based on the comic strip of the same name, the Boondocks is a no-nonsense, off-the-cuff, intelligent teen-adult animated episodic; that is the brainchild of creator, Aaron McGruder.
Too bad he won’t be returning with it.
McGruder’s exit, after three seasons, along with the cryptic goodbye on his Facebook page that follows, has caught the attention of one fan in particular.
And while everyone within earshot of the news about his departure may stand in stunned silence, Dr. Boyce Watkins does not.
The man wants details (and so do we!). Continue reading
*A question posed to the “Race Matters” section of The Root by a white female asks for advice on whether she should wear a T-shirt that was given to her by a cycling group. She really likes the shirt, and as she states, the group behind it; but it is what the shirt says on the front that makes her a bit uncomfortable.
Dear Race Manners:
I’m a white female cyclist in Washington, D.C., and like many of the street cyclists in the area, I ride with members of several different cycling groups, including the awesome guys at Chocolate City Cycling. Recently I was given a CCC T-shirt, but I feel weird about wearing it in public, especially outside the context of group cycling. I like the shirt and the people it represents (and I doubt they’d have much of a problem with me wearing it on a ride), but it still feels odd and somehow wrong to wear a shirt that asserts something about a racial identity other than my own. What advice would you have on the matter? —Confused Cyclist
Here is how the author of Race Matters responded. Continue reading
*If ever there was a head-shaker, this is it.
Thanks to the NYC police department, apparently the City of New York has money to throw away based on what looks like sheer audacity from this angle.
Rising rapper Quinshon Shingles claims officers from the NYPD entered his aunt’s apartment without a warrant, handcuffed him, and forced him to rap for his release.
Apparently he did and has since won a $7,500 settlement in the case, according to the New York Daily News.
Shingles, aka “Sauce Da Boss,” alleged in his suit that officers David Grieco and Joseph Patton entered the East New York apartment to question a suspect. Eventually, they cuffed him, and, in a perfect display of drunk on power to the nth degree, requested he craft some “spits and bars.”
They told him if they liked his lyrics, they would release him. Continue reading
*As world travelers can attest to, once you leave the U.S.A. there is little interest in whether you are African American, white or other. As you pass through customs, the question generally asked is: Are you American?
Leave your race at the door. “American” is all they want to know. That’s for starters.
The mindset is different outside of America. People are more open about sexuality; much more free with the display of affection; not as uptight.
Just look at Ina Groll, a well-known porn actress , also known as “Kitty Blair.” She was hired to be the familiar face of a far-right German political party, and they knew what she did for a living and had no problem with it.
Until she engaged in sexual relations with a Black man in her latest adult film.
Then all bets were off.