Black Women in the US:
Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Dire
National Attention and Urgent Action
Washington, DC – A report released today by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action. The report was released during a legislative briefing at the historic headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The event kicks off the BWR National Summit taking place over the next three days.
7 SUPER, ABSOLUTELY DO-NOT-FORGET, IMPORTANT DATES FOR BLACK PEOPLE IN MARCH AND APRIL 2014
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Spring time has finally arrived, and the summer months are closer than ever. But don’t start getting lazy yet! Below are the top seven dates that are crucial to African Americans during the months of March and April. They include scholarship deadlines, a business grant deadline, a healthcare deadline and as you already know – a tax deadline.
Here they are:
#1 – MARCH 24TH: Deadline For The Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Scholarship
The Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to attend college and work towards a college degree. Two scholarships will be awarded to the students who write the most compelling essay on a topic pertaining to Negro League baseball. Read more…
If you have any interest in understanding how to raise brilliant and successful African-American children, particularly boys, you have to grab a copy of “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life.”
Written by married couple Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michele Stephenson—the filmmakers behind the masterful documentary “American Promise”—with the considerable assistance of writer Hilary Beard, this book is a profoundly important work presenting the latest research and innovations that can nearly guarantee improvement in the outcomes for Black children.
Thanks to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative—and, unfortunately due to the disturbing murders of Black boys like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis— the challenges surrounding Black boys in America have suddenly found a place on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers and websites. But as you know, it’s an issue that we’ve been writing about for years here at MyBrownBaby.
When I was working on my series for Ebony magazine on the state of Black boys in America, which Ebony called “Saving Our Sons,” one of the first people I turned to was my good friend, writer Hilary Beard. Hilary is a three-time New York Times bestselling author who is a master collaborator, working over the years with such big names as Venus and Serena Williams and Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance to bring their stories to life in books such as Venus and Serena: Serving From the Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning and Friends: A Love Story. In other words, Hilary does the same thing that my wife Denene and I do—helping celebrities and other successful folk tell important stories that advance our understanding of the human condition, particularly that brand of the human condition lived by African Americans. Read more…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO HEADLINE THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9–12, 2014
NAN CONVENTION TO BE LARGEST GATHERING OF ACTIVISTS THIS YEAR
ALSO PRESENTING WILL BE US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, AND NYC MAYOR BILL de BLASIO
New York, NY –Rev. Al Sharpton announces that President Barack Obama will address National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention being held April 9-12, 2014. Also confirmed are US Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama administration cabinet members; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. This will be the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda. On the heels of thousands joining NAN in Tallahassee, FL for a ‘stand your ground’ rally, participants will address additional key policy issues such as jobs, voter ID and immigration; which will be key in this midterm election year. Read more…
If You Do Say So Yourself…. – Daily Word February 24, 2014
7 FREE HELP LINES AVAILABLE TO HELP AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES WITH MONEY TROUBLES
– As a public benefit, CareConnect USA has published several toll-free help lines for families seeking financial assistance. –
Waxhaw, NC (BlackNews.com) – When a household relies on two paychecks, budgets are strained if one job is lost. In cases like this, a family can tread water for a time. But as they struggle to find work, many will fall into troubling debt. Fortunately, more households are finding lifelines for help.
Since 2009, phone calls to financial help lines have risen 10% per year. As a public benefit, CareConnect USA publishes help lines for families seeking financial assistance. According to national director David Moakler, awareness is the key. “Although we are pleased that more people have learned about programs to ease their money troubles, the sad news is that the need for such help continues to grow.” The national rise in calls to the help lines has been especially strong from African-American regions. Read more…
THESE THREE BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL SOON BE HISTORY — IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO APPLY
– All Have Deadlines on February 28, 2014 –
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — There are only 28 days in Black History month, so the month does seem to go fast. As a part of their celebration of African American culture, many companies launched initiatives including special programming on TV, celebratory web sites and even scholarship funds. There are actually just three more major Black History month scholarship programs left, and all of them have a deadline to apply on February 28, 2014.
Here they are: Read more…
FAMED ARTIST AND WRITER ANDRE’ LEROY DAVIS BRINGS US THE LAST WORD: 17: THE REVOLUTION WILL BE VISUALIZED
WANT TO WORK FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA THIS SUMMER?
– African American Interns Wanted For 2014 Summer White House Internship Program; Deadline to Apply is March 15 –
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program provides current undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Until March 15, 2014, the program will be accepting applications for summer interns. Their responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Collecting and compiling research and data on African American education, institutions and communities; Performing data entry and managing the office database; Greeting and escorting visitors to meetings; Participating in strategic planning and staff meetings and other Department policy briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the Initiative; Responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing; and more. Read more…
Who: Dexter Story
What: Life Force Trio Entertainment
Why: Life Force Trio Entertainment is a company dedicated to expanding what’s possible in music composition, recording, film composing and live music. Life Force Trio started as a collaborative recording project between Carlos Niño and Dexter Story and has grown into a full service creative entity. Upcoming projects include a an early 2014 East African soul album release entitled ‘Wondem’ produced by The Life Force Trio on Plug Research Records; a 1960′s protest song tribute concert entitled ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles; and an Ethiopian music-inspired score for ‘Eyes of Amhara,’ a documentary demonstrating the effects and cure of trachoma in East Africa. LFTE is based in Los Angeles.
Where: Based in Los Angeles Read more…
STATEMENT BY REV. AL SHARPTON, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) ON ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATION AND UPKNYC
Oh, if a simple blog post about Black Santa can get Fox News’ Megyn Kelly all riled up, let me hip her to some African American family truth that’ll make her effing head explode: practically every African American family I know sticks not only to Black Santa, but brown people on any and every item that has a face on it.
If we give birthday cards, we’re reaching for the Hallmark Mahogany joints with the Black people on it. If my daughters wear shirts with people’s faces on their chests, you best believe those faces are brown—or the shirt will not get bought. Art that I spend my hard-earned money on? Black artists. Black faces. Same for pillows, wallpaper and magazines I display on the tables throughout my home.
Raise your hand if you went to a church that had a Black Jesus on the big stained-glass window behind the pulpit at your church. Bonus points if his hair mirrored scripture and looked like “lamb’s wool” and his feet were the color of “brass.” Triple that if you’ve ever purchased a card from a drug store that didn’t carry the Mahogany line, and colored in the faces/hands/feet and anything else that looked like skin with brown crayon/marker/anything that can make the characters look like you and the people you love.
What you know about the wrapping paper with the Black Santa on it?
Oh, it’s out there. I got some, please believe it. Read more…
As the mom of a teenage girl and another girlpie well on her way to becoming one, this news feels like the Fourth of July: the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy says Black teen pregnancy rates fell 51 percent between 1990 and 2009.
Campaign CEO Sarah Brown says the massive drop is due to three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; teens are reporting fewer sexual partners, and; teens are using contraception more. “In short, the credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves,” said Brown.
Still, Brown took us adults to task for not giving our kids credit, noting that nearly half of Americans “incorrectly believe the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. has increased over the past two decades.”
This could be because at every turn, social conservatives—from the big-mouthed-but-clueless hypocrites in Congress to the loud-mouths-out-for-ratings TV and radio talking heads to your nutty neighbor next door—shout from the rooftops that American women, women of color specifically, are nothing more than promiscuous harlots sucking the system dry to support kids we can’t afford to raise. Those same mouthpieces are the ones who cheer on cuts to the federal food stamp program, welfare and Medicaid—programs that provide a safety net to our most vulnerable: children—all while spending their every waking moment trying to dismantle sexual health and reproduction programs and obliterate our lawful rights to reproductive choice.
The very face of those attacks is young Black women—teens included. So it makes sense that Americans are deluding themselves into thinking our daughters are promiscuous, fertile hookers just one hot-and-heavy sex session away from making a gang of babies. Read more…
Who: N!ni * Eternal Sol
What: ETERNAL SOL PROMOS
(promotions, parties/events, music, djs, concerts, marketing, news/current events, trivia, inspirational quotes, fashion, books, recipes, photos, history, nightlife + more!)
Why: Eternal Sol Promos is a promotions, events, marketing and entertainment company that Globally Spreads the Word, One Event at a Time. Specializing in, but not limited to House Music parties, nightlife and more from NYC to South Africa; Eternal Sol is your source for music, inspiration and information. Eternal Sol clients include: http://about.me/nini.eternalsol.promos
Where: Based in New York
When: Established October, 2007
Federal Criminal Attorney Jeremy Gordon
Puts a New Face on Legal Defense
with Compassionate Counsel and Resourceful Representation
Attorney Jeremy Gordon’s web portal, non-profit work and inmate scholarship program serves to change the public’s perception of prisoners
Waxahachie, TX – With the broad appeal of the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” the release of celebrated actor/author Hill Harper’s new book, “Letters To An Incarcerated Brother,” and television’s Judge Greg Mathis‘ launch of his own Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect (PEER) Initiative, the public perception of America’s prison system and its prisoners is rapidly evolving. Discriminatory drug laws, the high rate of black incarceration and unjust over-sentencing procedures have become major societal concerns now that the U.S. incarceration population outranks any in the entire world. Even mainstream media’s focus on the prison industrial complex has intensified with daily coverage highlighting the many atrocities.
Reggae Singer Norris Man Takes Us on a ‘Mystical Journey’ with New Album, Available on December 17, 2013
NORRIS MAN TAKES US ON A
MYSTICAL JOURNEY WITH NEW ALBUM, AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 17, 2013
Album is Now Available for Pre-Order from FOX FUSE
December 4, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Veteran Jamaican reggae artist Christopher “Norris Man” Campbell invites us on a Mystical Journey with his 13th full-length studio effort, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on December 17, 2013, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The Rastafarian singer is known for spreading positive vibes and socially-conscious messages through his uplifting, feel-good sounds, and this collection of new works is no different. Read more…
THE DARK SIDE OF MONEY: AMERICAN DREAM MEETS MURDER AS GRITTY NEW NOVEL PEAKS BEHIND THE GLAMOUR OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY’S HIGH LIFE
– Written by d. E. Rogers and uniquely fusing fact with fiction, ‘The Dark Side of Money’ proves that some people would do anything to retain their wealth and the promise of the American Dream – even if it means killing their family. As one of the few books to focus on the successes of African-Americans, the novel is poised to resonate with readers from coast to coast. –
Bookcover and author, d. E. Rogers
San Francisco Bay Area, CA (BlackNews.com) — While thousands of books depict African-American families as struggling to reach the success of wider society, The Dark Side of Money showcases the high-life millions of families enjoy. However, no book of gripping fiction is worth its weight without a heavy dose of action, suspense and murder.
Thankfully, author d. E. Rogers gives readers all three with gusto. The novel’s narrative thrusts readers from the fruits of success to the tumultuous consequences of trying to hold onto the American Dream.
Synopsis: Read more…
Award-winning rapper to visit TigerDirect.com’s Flagler location in Miami for an exclusive meet-and-greet with fans
TigerDirect.com is proud to announce they will host platinum-selling rap artist, philanthropist, and SMS Audio CEO, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson for a meet-and-greet on November 16th at the Flagler St. location in Miami. The event will celebrate SMS Audio™, a premier audio headphone and accessories brand from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, which includes the STREET by 50 ™ and SYNC by 50 ™ models.
Announced via jumbotron during the 2nd Annual TigerDirect Tech Bash, 50 Cent took a break from his new music, philanthropy and businesses to let South Florida know of his upcoming appearance at the tech superstore. Delivering a professional, studio-quality music experience, the SMS Audio™ line includes STREET by 50™ On-Ear, Over-Ear, In-Ear, DJ Pro and Active Noise Control (ANC) wired headphones and SYNC by 50™ On-Ear wireless headphones and portable speaker.
With over 80 awards and 135 nominations under his belt, 50 Cent is no stranger to quality sound, and his line, SMS Audio™, delivers studio-mastered sound wherever you go. Read more…
Who: Asya Shein
Why: Fusicology is the Source for Progressive Music, Events and Culture. Our online calendar lists “what to do” for the Soul Diaspora, the Urban Alternative. We also have exclusive content with free downloads, podcasts, new releases to media such as interviews, photos and videos. We have mobile apps and are developing much for 2014 now that we celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary this past fall.
Where: Based in Los Angeles
When: Established September 12, 2003
DR. CATRISE AUSTIN JOINS THE COLGATE TOTAL® “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” CAMPAIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION®
– Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin Joins Panel of Health and Wellness Experts To Provide Oral Health Education and Tips to the Nearly 26 Million Americans Living with Diabetes –
Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — In support of November’s American Diabetes Month, Colgate Total® has launched “Watch Your Mouth!”, a new campaign to help raise awareness about the often overlooked link between oral health and diabetes. Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin is an oral health expert and American Diabetes Association ambassador who has joined Colgate’s panel of health and wellness experts to educate Americans living with diabetes. Read more…
BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM AND VINYL LP
SOUND THE SYSTEM IN U.S. THIS MONTH
A Vinyl-Only Dub Version of the Album’s Select Songs
Dub The System Out Next Week November 12
Spring 2014 U.S. Tour Dates To Be Announced
The MOBO award-winning Italian reggae artist Alborosie recently released his brand new studio album and vinyl LP Sound The System (October 1, VP/Greensleeves) in the United States.
The multi-talented artist encompasses a mix of live instruments and analogue recording techniques akin to reggae’s golden age. On his latest album, he produced the majority of the tracks and played 90% of the accompanying instrumental parts. Sound The System follows his two previous acclaimed Greensleeves studio albums – Two Times Revolution and Escape From Babylon. Special guests on the album include Ky-Mani Marley on the Bob Marley classic “Zion Train” and Italian star Nina Zilli on ska-flavored track “Goodbye.” The legendary Abyssinians are also featured on a horn-drenched “Give Thanks.” The 16-track selection includes sound-system favorite “Rock The Dancehall” and the hit single “Play Fool (To Catch Wise).” A brand new music video (directed by Ras Kassa) for the latter track is slated to premiere this month.
To accompany this authentic collection fueled by his passion for real reggae music, he will unveil a vinyl-only dub release Dub The System (VP/Greensleeves) on November 12, 2013. The 11-track deconstructed instrumental set features select songs from Sound The System, showcasing the producer’s melodic hooks and impressive use of vintage recording equipment. Each dub selection takes a deeper look into the original song and bridges reggae’s rich cultural history with a contemporary world view.
Alborosie, who has extensively performed and headlined shows in Europe this year, now has a U.S tour planned for Spring 2014 in support of the North American releases. Tour dates will be announced later this fall.
Let me tell you, it’s so good to know I’m not alone in my hatred for what Black radio is serving our kids (and us grown folk!): A new group out of Chicago is going after radio stations and their advertisers for filling the airwaves with misogynistic, violent, sexually-explicit music.
The Clear the Airwaves Project, led by founder Kwabena Rasuli, says the music being played on radio should be for adults only, and inaccessible on free, public radio that our kids can access at any time. But instead of protesting outside Chicago’s Hip Hop stations, Rasuli’s group is getting gully: they’re protesting the advertisers who hawk their products between songs whose lyrical content make hardened criminals and porn stars blush.
For the past two months, The Clear the Airwaves Project has been standing outside black-owned McDonald’s restaurants on Chicago’s South Side, holding placards with warnings about the music being played on the station and its easy access for kids. Their thinking: if radio stations refuse to stop playing music that consistently disrespects Black women, celebrates illicit drug use and refers to its audience as nothing more than a bunch of broke niggers who can’t keep up with their rampant excess, perhaps taking away their money source will make the radio station’s listen.
“We feel that the music being played on the radio is influencing our children and is detrimental and should be for adults only,” Rasuli told the Chicago Sun Times, noting that in about 90 percent of the songs, artists are dropping the “N bomb” and in about 80 percent, “they are calling our sisters the B-word.” “This is music that encourages girls to be strippers and young men to kill each other, to pop mollies or Ecstasy pills, and to be unrealistically materialistic.”
Say that. Read more…