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Country’s oldest black university in trouble

Alumni of the country’s oldest historically black private university are fighting to keep the institution up and running.

Wilberforce University was founded in 1856. So far graduates have committed to raise $2 million in cash donations to keep the southwestern Ohio school going. 

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Materialism: The Black Family’s Inheritance

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I had a conversation with my cousin the other day and she said something that furthered triggered some feelings that I had been having.  We were talking about school shopping for her son and she stated how she now had to start buying clothes for her daughter, due to her father being incarcerated.  I asked if his family helped her and she said that her grandfather typically buys her a summer and winter wardrobe every year.   When she spoke to him, he said that it was too late for summer clothes and was there anything else she wanted him to get.  She told him that she wanted her daughter to have a Bugatti toy car for her birthday, which was over $300+. 

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Georgia makes history: has largest number of black women on single ballot

In November, Georgia will make history. For the first time in the state and the nation, five black women will be on a statewide ballot. 

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Community leaders say no to white cultural studies teacher

In just a few weeks a new California middle school will open.

Rutherford B. Gaston is slated to open in Fresno, and black community and church leaders are calling on the Unified School District to reconsider its hiring of a white African-American, Latino and Southeast Asian studies teacher. 

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We need to stop blaming black parents for underachieving kids

The following post originally appears on The Washington Post under the title, “Stop Blaming Black Parents for Underachieving Kids.” It was written by Andre M. Perry. 

By: Andre M. Perry

Mayors, teachers unions, and news commentators have boiled down the academic achievement gap between white and black students to one root cause: parents. Even black leaders and barbershop chatter target “lazy parents” for academic failure in their communities, dismissing the complex web of obstacles that assault urban students daily.

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We need more black male teachers, but how do we get them?

The following post was written by Dr. Travis Bristol, a former high school English teacher in New York City public schools and teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and his research focuses on the intersection of race and gender in organizations. It originally appeared on The Black Star Journal under the title, “How Do We Get More Male Teachers of Color?”

By: Travis J. Bristol

“It almost feels like I’m in someone else’s house intruding. Like you guys are having this conversation about these things and you’re all like sort of connected and I’m kind of just here because I have to be here to eat my lunch,” suggested Peter Baldwin, 32, a first year elementary teacher in a school with no other Black male teachers.

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Real Thought: Men Are Sluts…No Really, They Are

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One sunny day, as I was commuting through the city, I started to notice one particular thing that happened quite a few times that day: men and their advances towards me. Nothing major right? Well I took into account that this happened 5 times that day. Even as I write this blog, I start to think about things that normally another person would ask me. What was I wearing? Did I initiate eye contact?

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Stephen A. Smith suspended from ESPN for comments about domestic violence

ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for remarks the television host made about domestic violence on Friday.

Smith appears on the network’s show “First Take.” In addition to being suspended from the television show, Smith is also banned from making appearances on ESPN Radio for one week. 

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At just 3-years-old, my son has been suspended five times

The following post originally appears on The Washington Post under the title, “My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times. He’s 3.” It was written by Tunette Powell, a motivational speaker and author. She is co-founder of The Truth Heals, a nonprofit for individuals and families affected by fatherlessness.

By: Tunette Powell

I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension because he had thrown a chair. He did not hit anyone, but he could have, the school officials told me.

JJ was 4 at the time.

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Angry UPS driver gives black man noose made of packing materials

David Mitchell holds the noose he said a UPS driver made for him

The United Parcel Service (UPS) says it’s investigating one of their drivers after a man says he handed him a noose during an office delivery.

Georgia resident David Mitchell says the driver acted strangely when they first encountered each other during work hours. 

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