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Should P. Diddy be the Commencement Speaker at Howard U?

P. Diddy went to Howard University, but he dropped out. Despite that he has become a successful businessman. He has been asked to deliver the commencement address at Howard University, but some are having a problem with it. Read the linked article and share your thoughts.

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=862497

Nene Leakes is a star, but she is Nobody’s Friend

Nene Leakes is the star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. What she says goes and if you challenge her supremacy you will find yourself watching the show versus being on the show. Nene was tight with Kim and when they broke up Kim was soon history. She fought with Sheree, and then Sheree was a goner. She handpicked Marlo, but when Marlo crossed her she dismissed her, but last night Nene took it to a new level. Cynthia her good and faithful servant became the latest to be a member of the former friend list. Cynthia Bailey has been there for Nene. She has been her ride or die chick even when the viewers questioned Cynthia’s sanity. A couple of week’s ago on the show Nene called Cynthia’s husband Peter a “bitch.” It’s hard to come back from that kind of insult, but Cynthia seemingly accepted Nene’s non-apology apology. Last night during an interview with Andy Cohen, Nene unleashed her wrath on Cynthia, and she also through some shade on former castmate, Sheree. Last night Nene had a platform provided by the network and she suggested that Cynthia should be dismissed from the show. It is hard to break it off with Nene. If you are on the show you do so at your own peril. A few weeks ago my son was home from school and he sat down with us and watched some of the show. He said that Nene was a “beast”, and I have to agree with him. She devours her enemies. Nene has gone from being a fun loving down to earth woman on Season 1 who made us laugh to being a “star”. She has improved her looks, her clothing and her stature, but along the way she shed the persona that made us root for her. The fact is Nene is a star, but last night she proved she is nobody’s friend.

Learn the Address


We learned this in 4th grade. Did you learn this in school? This speech still resonates.

How would you like to live in a world with no rules?

This morning I was watching the Today Show. They featured a story about a great little girl basketball player. She was great and she played on an all boys team but the state rules committee would not let her team participate in the tournament because the rules stated that a girl could not play on the boys team. The team decided not to participate if ahe was not allowed to play. The anchors of the Today Show said they hope that the team would challenge the rule and the ultimate goal was to overturn the rule. So why do we have rules? Do we only want to obey rules we agree with? On the evening news I saw a rancher who refuses to pay the tax the IRS has determined he owes on the land that he lets his cows graze on. he has not paid taxes in 20 years and has a tax bill of 1 million dollars. he refuses to pay and people from throughout the country have come out to support him. So he refuses to pay his taxes but we have to pay our taxes. Is he right? What rules do we wish to obey? So what do we do? Eliminate some rules, all rules? Share your thoughts.

For Brown Girls founder Karyn Washington dead at 22

Read linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.blackmediascoop.com/for-brown-girls-founder-karyn-washington-dead-at-22/

Restroom Controversy…is this a civil rights issue?

A friend of mine told me her granddaughter works at a major retailer. There is an employee who was hired as a male, but now he identifies as a female. He has started using the ladies room and when her granddaughter complained she was told by HR that she was discriminating against the employee. So now she no longer uses the ladies room at the store. Are her rights being ignored? Share your thoughts.

Deion Sanders and Boomer Esiason: two men talking crazy talk

Last week we heard alot of stupidity spewed over the radion. Boomer Esiason questioned a New Met’s decision to be with his wife at the birth of their first child. He subscribed to the team comes first philosopy. He went as far as to say his wife should have had a scheduled C-section prior to Opening Day. Sadly he must not have know that a C-section is major surgery, but at least he has apologized for his loose talk. Deion Sanders whiled appearing on the Tom Joyner Morning Show said that a future NFL prospect had “ghetto tendencies”. He went on to say that he meant the player was showing swagger and bravado, but when Twitter went wild on Sanders he denied saying it, but the transcript of the show proved he made the statment. He is just another loose talker, but let’s say a white former NFL great like Brett Favre made the “ghetto tendencies” remark. MSNBC would blow a gasket. they would be calling for his head. Sanders has nothing to worry about he is a black man making an offensive statement but he gets a pass and that’s the problem.

David Ortiz’ Presidential Selfie was simply wrong


Everybody has a phone with a camera these days, but Samsung has catapulted the selfie into another level. When Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz asked the president to take a selfie with him the president obliged his request, but he did not know he was consenting to a covert ad scheme. On its face it seemed like an innocent request but the rich get richer by using their resources and that sadly is what Ortiz did.

Amani Terrell is promoting self esteem…is it working?


Share your thoughts.

Ebony Magazine Survey on Black family concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EBONY Magazine Partners with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

To Release the State of the Black Family Survey

Survey Reveals Black Family Concerns Regarding Race, Money,

Education and the Economy

CHICAGO (April 1, 2014) — In the May issue of EBONY magazine, the publication partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to release the State of the Black Family Survey. In the study, a national sample of 1,005 African-American respondents identified job loss and financial insecurity as the number one issue confronting Black families. The survey polled African-Americans on their views on the economy, education, relationships, race relations, health care, employment, finances and media trends.

The findings from the study revealed the following:

· 84% of respondents says racial discrimination still pervades American society

· 74% think society isn’t doing enough to support young men and boys of color.

· Almost two-thirds of respondents say they are better off financially than they were five years ago, but 82% are concerned that Whites still make more than Blacks for doing the same jobs.

· 52% see the media portrayal of African-Americans as generally negative.

· 60% of respondents agree we are making progress in providing access to health care.

· 50%, however, feel that we are losing ground in reducing the gap between rich and poor.

· Almost 1/3 are concerned that their children are not getting a quality education.

· 44% of survey respondents said they know someone that has been killed or committed suicide

· 30% said “improving the creating more jobs/good paying jobs” as a top issue of concern.

La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, noted that poll respondents expressed concerns about the impact of racial bias and the income inequality gap that is prevalent within the African American community, as well as other demographics in American society. “We have a lot of work to do in creating jobs and making sure that people of color receive the training and education needed to obtain those jobs,” she said. “We believe the lack of employment is really critical and impacts a child’s well-being and limits opportunities.”
She added that a recent study, ”The Business Case for Racial Equity,” by the Altarum Institute with funding from WKKF underscores the potential benefits to business, government and the economy if racial inequities are addressed. “Discriminatory policies and disparities in housing, education, health and crime and justice are outlined and we estimate substantial economic benefits of racial equality, including an increase of almost $2 trillion in minority purchasing power and millions of job opportunities for college graduates.” Montgomery Tabron said that President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative is bringing government, the private sector and non-profits together to address the obstacles faced by boys and young men of color. She said the initiative exemplifies the type of public-private partnerships needed to improve life outcomes for communities of color. “By directly engaging the business sector to promote racial equity,” she said, “we will create a healthier, better educated and more diverse workforce, help close the minority earnings gap, and provide an overall boost to the economy.”
Amy Barnett, the editor-in-chief of EBONY magazine, said, “For more than 70 years, EBONY magazine has been at the forefront of delivering important news that impacts the African-American community, and we are proud to have had the opportunity to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to release these results.” She continued to say, “As the curator of the African-American experience – past, present and future, it is important to shed light on these topics in order to address them properly.
Readers can read the remaining results in the May issue of EBONY magazine, on newsstands now. Part two of the survey is scheduled for release in the June issue of the magazine.

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ABOUT The W.K. Kellogg Foundation:
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to help break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers based on race or income that hold back children, so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

About EBONY:
EBONY is the No. 1 source for an authoritative perspective on the African-American community. The monthly magazine, now in its 68th year, reaches nearly 11 million readers. EBONY features the best thinkers, trendsetters, hottest celebrities and next-generation leaders of African-Americans. EBONY ignites conversation, promotes empowerment and celebrates aspiration. Available nationwide on newsstands and the iPad, EBONY is the heart, the soul and the pulse of African-Americans.

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