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Christopher Wallace Jr: Class Of 2014


Faith Evans and Christopher Wallace Jr. @ his high school graduation

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014)

Poet Maya Angelou dies at age 86Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work defied description under a simple label, has died, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.
She died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brann said.

A professor, singer and dancer, Angelou’s work spans several professions. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
She spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, but dropped out at age 14, instead becoming the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
Angelou later returned to high school to finish her diploma and gave birth a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she acquired a passion for music and dance, and toured Europe in
the mid-1950s in the opera production “Porgy and Bess.” In 1957, she recorded her first album, “Calypso Lady.” In 1958, Angelou become a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and also played a queen in “The Blacks,” an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.
Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
“I created myself,” she has said. “I have taught myself so much.”
Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up between St. Louis and the then-racially-segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas.
The famous poet got into writing after a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for years. When she was 7, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him.
“My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years,” she said. From the silence, a louder voice was born.
Her list of friends is as impressive as her illustrious career. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey referred to her as “sister friend.” She counted Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she worked during the Civil Rights movement, among her friends. King was assassinated on her birthday.
Angelou spoke at least six languages, and worked at one time as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. During that period, she wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” launching the first in a series of autobiographical books.
“I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine … before she realizes she’s reading,” Angelou said.
She was also one of the first black women film directors. Her work on Broadway has been nominated for Tony Awards.
Before making it big, the 6-foot-tall wordsmith also worked as a cook and sang with a traveling road show. “Look where we’ve all come from … coming out of darkness, moving toward the light,” she once said. “It is a long journey, but a sweet one, bittersweet.”

Charlayne Hunter Gault:Pioneer Of Education



Charlayne Hunter was born in South Carolina in 1942. Due to her father’s career in the military, her family moved around a lot. However, she and her younger brothers eventually settled in Atlanta, where they were primarily raised by her mother and maternal grandmother. She credits her grandmother for inspiring her early interest in reading and the newspaper.

In 1959, she applied to the University of Georgia, but was denied admittance, so she attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. However, every semester she would submit her application the University of Georgia with the help of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund.

In early 1961, Judge William Bootle ruled that Hunter “qualified for… immediate enrollment at the University of Georgia”. Along with Hamilton Holmes, Hunter was one of the two first African-American students to enroll at the University of Georgia. Hunter was often the object of much hostility and aggression. However in 1963, she graduated and married fellow student Walter Stovall, a white man. They had a daughter, Susan, but divorced nine years later.

She would later go on to become an award-winning broadcast journalist, working in both broadcast and print journalism. Hunter worked for such esteemed journalism outlets as the New Yorker, New York Times, NPR, and CNN. Her work garnered her two Emmy awards as well as two Peabody awards. She currently lives in South Africa with her husband, Robert Gault. She has two children: Susan from her first marriage and Chuma from her second.

(Sources: Wikipedia and New Georgia Encyclopedia)

Penmanship: The Write Way!



1469790_612795465444792_387385091_nMassachusetts is one of several states that wants to keep penmanship lessons in the curriculum.

Brown v Board Of Education:60th Anniversary



One of the most landmark court case decisions in this nation’s history, Brown v Board Of Education, turns 60 today.

Angela Y. Davis:Women, Race, & Class



Women, Race, & Class By Angela A. Davis

Women, Race, & Class By Angela A. Davis

Longtime activist, author and political figure Angela Davis brings us this expose of the women’s movement in the context of the fight for civil rights and working class issues. She uncovers a side of the fight for suffrage many of us have not heard: the intimate tie between the anti-slavery campaign and the struggle for women’s suffrage. She shows how the racist and classist bias of some in the women’s movement have divided its own membership. Davis’ message is clear: If we ever want equality, we’re gonna have to fight for it together.

Dr. Jill Scott:Receiving an honorary doctorate



Congratulations to Dr. Jill Scott who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from Temple University in her hometown of Philadelphia!

LL COOL J: Proud Parent



So lucky to share this day with my daughter…‪#‎proud‬ ‪#‎grateful‬ ‪#‎NU

LL Cool J was presented with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Northeastern University at the same time that his own daughter was graduating.

Urban Prep Academies: Making The Grad


For the 5th year in a row 100% of the graduating class of young men of color at Urban Prep Academies in Chicago is college bound!

Check out and SHARE Don Lemon’s commentary on this great achievement

“King-Abernathy suite”.

Ralph Abernathy testified to the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations that King and his entourage stayed at room 306 at the Lorraine Motel so often it was known as the “King-Abernathy suite”. According to Jesse Jackson, King’s last words on the balcony were spoken to musician Ben Branch, who was scheduled to perform that night at an event King was attending: “Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”
At 6:01 p.m., April 4, 1968, a shot rang out as King stood on the motel’s second-floor balcony. The bullet entered through his right cheek, smashing his jaw, then traveled down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder.  Abernathy heard the shot from inside the motel room and ran to the balcony to find King on the floor.
King’s autopsy revealed that though only 39 years old, he “had the heart of a 60 year old”, which was attributed to the stress of 13 years in the civil rights movement.

UCLA: Young, Gifted, & Black



There are 1,100 students currently enrolled in UCLA’s School of Law. Only 33 of those students are black, representing a dismal 3 percent of the student body.

To express their feelings of isolation and the frustrations that come with the burden of “representing the race,” UCLA’s black law students created a video called “33,” Buzzfeed reports. The intent of the montage is to “raise awareness of the disturbing emotional toll placed upon students of color due to their alarmingly low representation within the student body.”

“I think the fact that I was a black woman really played a lot into why people stopped listening to me,” one student said. “No one can help me,” another student said, reflecting on her classroom experiences. “No one can jump in. No one can at least acknowledge that anything I’m saying has any truth.

Anala Beevers: Baby Genius!


4-year-old Anala Beevers has an IQ of 145.  Anala — who learned the alphabet when she was only 4 months old, her parents say — has an IQ over 145. The New Orleans toddler recently was invited to join Mensa, the high-IQ society for people wh…o score at the 98th percentile or higher on the standardized intelligence test. Anala is in the 99th percentile.

Anala loves geography, knows the location of every U.S. state and the names of their capitals. She even carries a map of America everywhere she goes.

“She needs a reality show,” her father, Landon Beevers, told People magazine. “She keeps us on our toes.” She also knows she’s smart.  “Really smart,” Anala says.

Her mother, Sabrina Beevers, says Anala is constantly correcting the family’s grammar.

“She’s a handful,” Landon Beevers said. “I’ll tell you, she’s a handful.”

Anala is not the youngest Mensa member. In June, Adam Kirby, a 2-year-old from London, became the youngest boy ever to join Mensa, according to the Digital Journal. Emmelyn Roettger, a 2-year-old from Washington, D.C., joined last year, becoming the youngest U.S. member.

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News July 30, 2013See More

BLACK WALL STREET: 16hrs of Terror

During the oil boom of the 1910s, the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma was the wealthiest Black Community in the United States. This area of Tulsa became known as Black Wall Street.
On May 31 – June 1, 1921, Black Wall Street was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious whites.
The 16 hours of the assault, left some 300 African Americans dead and over 600 successful businesses lost. The police arrested and detained more than 6,000 Black residents…. An estimated 10,000 Blacks were left homeless, and 35 city blocks were destroyed by fire.
The official count of the dead by the Oklahoma Department of Vital Statistics was 39, but other estimates of Black fatalities have been up to about 300. A once thriving Black business district is left smoldering – a model community destroyed and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused.
The impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials and many other sympathizers.
It was suspected by many blacks that the entire thing was planned because many white men, women and children stood on the borders of the city and watched as blacks were shot, burned and lynched. In addition, some of the black-owned airplanes were stolen by the white mob and used to throw cocktail bombs & dynamite sticks from the sky.
The events of the riot were long omitted from local and state histories. “The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private. Blacks and whites alike grew into middle age unaware of what had taken place.
With the number of survivors declining, in 1996, the state legislature commissioned a report to establish the historical record of the events, and acknowledge the victims and damages to the black community. Released in 2001, the report included the commission’s recommendations for some compensatory actions, most of which were not implemented by the state and city governments.
The state has passed legislation to establish some scholarships for descendants of survivors, economic development of Greenwood, and a memorial park to the victims in Tulsa. The latter was dedicated in 2010.

Judge Mathis Project

Set your DVR’s now! Don’t miss my new show ‘The Mathis Project’ on @bet tomorrow night at 10pm. Also, you can continue to see me everyday on the ‘Judge Mathis Show’.

Jamie Foxx: Fit & Fine!



The November issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine featuring your boy hit newsstands yesterday! Who already has their copy? Go check it out today. I hope to inspire you. Shout out to Ben Watts for the dope photography work.

Kwame Ture:LoveOurDaughters!


Eboni Boykins: Young, Gifted, And Black!

4fa43a09bf770_preview-620Eboni Boykin tells Melissa Harris-Perry her story of how she made her way from living in a homeless shelter to attending Columbia University.
Eboni is in the midst of her sophomore year at Columbia University in New York City. Her incredible story was featured last September on MSNBC, and host Melissa Harris-Perry followed up with her for an update.
“Literally, every day I ask myself, ‘What am I doing here?’” she told MSNBC in an interview prior to her appearance Sunday in the annual Education Nation Student Town Hall. “It never really ceases to amaze me, where I am — it never really sinks in.”…
Boykin spent her childhood in countless schools in Mississippi and Missouri as her single mother struggled to raise her and her younger siblings–often living in homeless shelters and at times, sleeping in cars. She later became the first of her family to graduate from high school, and earned acceptance to Columbia University.
Columbia has been a “stark change” for her, as she now isn’t worried about where her next meal is coming from.
“When I started here at Columbia, I didn’t feel prepared at all, at least by my high school,” Boykin said. “As time went on, I found friend groups, and activities to get into, and started to get the hang of my work. Now I’m in a more secure place.”
Boykin is also thankful to have her mother independent of the financial burden of college.
“I don’t have to bother my mom with my expenses,” said Boykin, who has a full scholarship. “I’m sort of in a place where I can take care of myself. I’m absolutely determined to finish what I’ve started by coming here. I’ve wanted this for such a long period of time that it wouldn’t make any sense not to finish.”

Sadie Tanner Mossell: Educated Sister!




Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States, the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.






Helen Keller: Happy Birthday!


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