by Denene Millner
Chatter about exactly what Affirmative Action does.
Chatter about whom it’s helped and who it’s affected.
And especially the chatter about how awful and ineffective it is.
I readily raise my hand to say that those who argue against it are either clueless, blind or straight lying about how Affirmative Action affects mainstream America (read: white folks), and certainly how it changes classrooms, our workforce and lives.
This Affirmative Action baby’s story? My parents were by no means rich or educated: we lived a middle class existence financed by my parents’ factory jobs, and by the looks of it, we were living the American dream: Mom and Dad had a nice house with a yard and two decent cars to get them to work and church and bowling on Saturdays. But they were only a few paychecks off of having to ask for help, and, on a few occasions when my dad couldn’t find work, they did get that help. There were no fancy family vacations. New clothes came on special occasions—the start of the school year, Easter and Christmas. And extracurricular activities we take for granted today—eating out, taking in a movie or a concert, throwing a fancy birthday party—were rare because money and time were at a premium. Basically, money was tight. Read more…
The 2013 American Black Film Festival and the City of Miami will host “Films Over Miami,” a free community screening showcasing emerging local filmmakers on Sunday June 23rd at the Colony Theater in Miami.
Featured in the showcase is director, Rachelle Salnave’s short film, “The Haitian Guantánamo Bay Experience: The Legal Journey,” which is a memoir told through the voice of Ira Kurzban, the leading attorney for the Haitian Refugee Guantanamo Bay, Cuba scandal.
This film is part of a larger exploration of memoirs exhibiting the history and the current state of Guantánamo Bay sponsored by The Guantánamo Public Memory Project partnering with the University of Miami’s Cinema and Interactive Media.
“The Haitian Guantánamo Bay: The Legal Journey” will be screening at 12:30pm on Sunday June 23rd, 2013 at the Colony Theater. The event begins at 10:30am. All films are Free to the public.
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The SCREAM Tour, SCREAM Underground Network and Ncredible Entertainment Presents: SCREAM, Skate & Dance
The SCREAM Tour, SCREAM Underground Network and Ncredible Entertainment Presents: SCREAM, Skate & Dance
The SCREAM Tour and SCREAM Underground Network in association with Ncredible Entertainment are pleased to announce the premiere launch of SCREAM, Skate & Dance. A family and community oriented summer event series of non-stop music, a live concert, skating, dancing and plenty of SCREAMS. Scream, Skate & Dance is produced by Michael Mauldin; Chairman of Scream Star Entertainment and Managing Director of Mauldin Brand Atlanta and is Co-Hosted by Nick Cannon, the founder of Ncredible Entertainment and Host of America’s Got Talent. The series features some of the hottest new young artists, dancers and skaters from all over the country. The tour will kick off in Atlanta on Saturday, June 8th at 7PM at Cascade Family Skating (3335 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331) and Sunday, June 9th at 3PM at Golden Glide Skating (2750 Wesley Chapel Rd. Decatur, GA 30034). It will continue throughout the summer by visiting sixteen (16) cities and various skating rinks all across the continental United States.With a schedule designed to celebrate the Summer; SCREAM, Skate & Dance promises to deliver teen screaming excitement with live entertainment, marquee performances by the next generation of young stars: 4 Count; signed to Ncredible Entertainment hails from California, Lil Trill from Atlanta, GA, Tre Buggs from Houston, TX, Star Mic from Queens, NY, and more. Three of the four (4) artists listed are currently attending the Michael Mauldin Artist Development Institute. Read more…
by Denene Millner
Well yes, there will be barbecues galore and lots of beer passed about and some kick-ass sales at the mall and everyone will enjoy their long holiday weekend. That’s what happens on Memorial Day. But on this day, in the din of mindless eating and drinking and shopping, perhaps we should take a moment—a solemn beat—to remember exactly what Memorial Day is supposed to be: a solemn, sacred day of observance for those who fell in war.
This, after all, is what freed slaves intended when they gathered in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1, 1865, to commemorate the death of Union soldiers, the end of the American Civil War, their own emancipation and the many slaves and new freedmen who died during and after the war. Some 10,000 mostly black people—3,000 of them children who were students in then-newly-created freedmen’s schools, plus black preachers, mutual aid societies, Union troops and white northern missionaries—marched down Charleston’s main street to remember and thank the fallen and take their place as newly recognized citizens of the United States of America. Read more…
Happy Memorial Day! (Always Remember/Never Forget) –
Daily Word May 27, 2013
TO HEAR THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE DAILY WORD ** Read more…
AFRICAN REGGAE LEGEND
ALPHA BLONDY GEARS UP FOR U.S. SUMMER TOUR AND
THE RELEASE OF HIS LATEST STUDIO ALBUM MYSTIC POWER
AVAILABLE JULY 30 ON VP RECORDS
With over 15 albums under his belt, West-African reggae vocalist Alpha Blondy returns this summer with a North American tour and his latest studio effort Mystic Power (available July 30 on VP Records).
On Mystic Power, Alpha Blondy stays true to his signature contemporary world sound. His unmistakable vocals (which are a mix of English, French and his native language Dioula) are filled with socially-charged messages that effortlessly ride over Afro-reggae beats and jazzy funk-fused rhythms. He inspires change on opening track “Hope,” which features Jamaican dancehall king Beenie Man, and offers a powerful rendition of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” on “J’ai Tue Le Commissaire.” Blondy then goes on to explain the true meaning behind “mystic power” on “Woman,” a heart-felt tribute recognizing the strength and endurance of the entire gender.
“We’ve done a great job, my band Solar System and I. I wanted to innovate, amplify the whole rock aspect of our sound. You always hear roots rock reggae from us, but in fact it’s more like roots reggae. I wanted to break free from the whole ethnic, tribal thing. I want to expand the reggae territory and reach out to all the fans. On this album, some of the songs are quite atmospheric, others are more guitar-based,” Alpha explains.
In support of the new album, Alpha Blondy hits the road at the end of June in the United States. He will perform at major stage shows (including the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival in California) and headline more intimate venues in Park City, Denver, Aspen, Washington D.C. and New York City. Additional tour dates in Canada will be announced shortly. Read more…
HIP-HOP DUO NEBULA868
UNLEASES NEW ALBUM, DaBiznis
Album Available Worldwide on May 28, 2013 from Precision Digital
May 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Trinidadian hip-hop duo Nebula868unleashes their unique take on the genre to the masses with their new album DaBiznis, set for a worldwide release on May 28, 2013 from Precision Digital. Nebula868 was birthed in 2006 and comprises of two members, Sean “Sean Nebula” Padmore and Clayton “Wong Nebula” Wong, both born and raised on the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. DaBiznis is the first 100% hip-hop studio effort from the group, who first made a name for themselves as the hometown hip-hop favorites. Now with this provocative, compelling collection of hits, they undertake the ambitious goal of seeking fame and acclaim in the U.S. hip-hop industry and globally. Read more…
THE 2013 SESAC POP MUSIC AWARDS HONORS TOP SONGWRITERS AND PUBLISHERS AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 2013 SESAC Pop Music Awards honored the top songwriters and publishers of 2012 with special awards presented to the Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Publisher of the Year and many more. The invitation-only, red carpet event is one of the most popular music gatherings in the industry. With special guest appearances and performances from some of the year’s biggest hit-makers, the SESAC Pop Music Awards is a must-see. Read more…
WI’s bold re-definition of the traditional agency model has recently included the overall creation and production of NAACP Image Award nominee, “Verses and Flow” for Lexus and TV One; entertainer Kevin Hart’s award-winning Verizon holiday-themed digital and social-media campaign; the breakthrough “A Whole New Blue” General Market advertising campaign for the Los Angeles Dodgers; and music superstar Kelly Rowland’s interactive “Courvoisiology” club tour. -
(BLACK PR WIRE) – LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walton Isaacson (waltonisaacson.com) has been named “2013 Advertising Agency of the Year” by Black Enterprise magazine. The award will be officially presented on May 17, 2013, at the B.E. 100s Awards Dinner Gala during the 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Walton Isaacson (WI) leapt from eighth to second place in B.E.’s most recent ranking of the most successful Black-owned advertising agencies in the United States.
By Torrance Stephens
Ask any Black person, and they will say the economy is growing. They will also say that it is all because of the policies of President Barack Obama. Ask the same folk how the dollar is doing in the world and the present US economic picture for employment prospects, and they will say he is doing his best and that it will take time, or that he is not just the President for Black Americans. But you never hear such pronouncements with respect to Jewish people, Gay or Lesbians or even Hollywood. They get mentioned and African Americans are conveniently left out of the conversation.
Legendary Gospel Brunch Launches Spectacular and Savory New Show
Mother’s Day, May 12th – Tickets On Sale Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m.
Los Angeles, CA — Grammy-Award winning star and Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin is joining forces with House of Blues and its venues across the United States to create a new Gospel Brunch experience as part of its year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration.
House of Blues Gospel Brunch has been a staple of Sunday morning family entertainment around the country for over two decades. Now House of Blues has reinvented the renowned dining entertaining experience with even more spectacular interactive energy and excitement. Read more…
By BIG CED
The recent ‘discovery’ of corruption in New York politics should come as to no surprise. Well, at least to a skeptic like me. Politics have stopped being about ‘the people’ years ago and yet, people are still fooled by the politicians who will do anything to make a buck or take monies to further others’ causes based on the amount of the checks. Why do you think lobbyists make so much money?
The lobbyists are just legal corruption providers, operating, on surface, to appeal to whatever politicians they can get in their pockets, for whatever causes that will line their pockets further. They are just a mere step below the corrupt players who do it in the back alleys. Only difference is that the politicians allow them to bid for their corruption, er, services legally, as I am quite positive that there are more ‘perks’ included under the table that greatly influences the hands that are being greased. Read more…
by Denene Millner
Round of applause for Michigan radio station 103.7 The Beat, which took a bold stand against irresponsible, misogynistic, foul, rape culture rap lyrics by banning two of Hip Hop’s biggest offenders from its airwaves: Lil’ Wayne and Rick Ross.
Citing Lil’ Wayne’s lyrics in the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop,” in which the rapper equates violent sex with the brutal beating of Emmett Till, and Ross’s ode to rape in rapper Rocko’s “You Don’t Even Know It,” the station said playing their music only makes them “part of the problem.” So they’re taking the two out of rotation. In a press release, the station writes:
The questions have been asked, Is Hip Hop Music Destroying America, Is Hip Hop A Threat To Our Children or Should Rappers Be Accountable For Their Lyrics? You be the judge. Earlier this year the song “Karate Chop” leaked online featuring rapper Lil’ Wayne. He raps, “’Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till.” A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was release called “You Don’t Even Know It.” Rick Ross raps, “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far? Read more…
CLASSIFIED SIGNS WITH ATLANTIC RECORDS; AWARD-WINNING CANADIAN HIP-HOP ARTIST SET TO UNLEASH ACCLAIMED #1 ALBUM; “INNER NINJA (FEAT. DAVID MYLES)” TO IMPACT MULTI-FORMAT RADIO OUTLETS NATIONWIDE; SINGLE ALREADY A TOP 10 CANADIAN SMASH, EARNING 2X PLATINUM CERTIFICATION; “CLASSIFIED” ARRIVES IN THE U.S. THIS SUMMER
Atlantic Records has announced its worldwide signing (except Canada) of the acclaimed MC, Classified. The Nova Scotia-based rapper/producer will release his self-titled new album via Atlantic / Halflife Records later this year. Read more…
Reggae icon Maxi Priest and soca powerhouse KES The Band unite on stage for the aptly titled Timeless concert, a musical celebration this Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Presented by New York City’s haute nightlife tastemakers Big & Strong and The Tryst Group, this extraordinary concert takes centerstage at the ultrachic performance venue Stage 48 in the heart of Manhattan, and guarantees a timeless experience for all.
“Timeless is the ultimate musical experience that transcends the bounds of musical genres and eras,” state promoters Big & Strong and Tryst. “The combination of artistry, matching the excitement and the energy of KES The Band with the ageless and illimitable Maxi Priest, represent the finest in Caribbean musicality.”
The Grammy Award-winning Maxi Priest and his incomparable repertoire of enduring hits, including international blockbusters “Wild World” and “Close To You,” remain as relevant today as when they were first unleashed onto the musical landscape. His distinct musical styling spans temporal and spatial boundaries and capture the very essence of timelessness. “Timeless is the height of a musical journey for me,” reveals Maxi Priest. “I am looking forward to taking my fans through the best of Maxi Priest and making them fall in love all over again.” Read more…
1. What led you down the path of educating people with financial education and advising them of how to make their money work for them?
I’ve been in banking and finance for the past 14 years, and when I look at the different clients that I’ve helped to manage their finances, I realize that the difference between the Rich and the Poor is merely knowledge! The Rich understand how money works, and they know that you cannot solely rely on your physical labor in order to build wealth. Growing up in a low-income environment, I understand why many of us who are poor or are living paycheck to paycheck never get out of our situations. We have the wrong idea about wealth building and don’t prioritize, so my goal is to equip as many people as possible with the knowledge needed to begin to build generational wealth.
2. You’ve written 2 books, ‘Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom’ and ‘Taylor’s Way: Life Lessons Through The Eyes of a Three-Year Old.’ What inspired you to write the books and what was the process like when you wrote both books, as far as how you structured it? Read more…
by Denene Millner
I was in the car headed to the Atlanta OneMillionRising rally with Mari and three of her female classmates, singing Prince’s “Adore” loud and off-key, when girlpie commandeered the radio dial in search of—what else?—hip hop. “I can’t believe you turned off Prince,” I sniffed. “Since your little friends are in the car, I’ll give you that, but please be aware: I’m not feeling Lil’ Wayne in general and, because of his nasty lyrics about Emmett Till, today I particularly don’t like his behind, so he will not be on my radio, please and thank you.”
“Wait, huh?” the girls asked, practically in unison. “What did he say?”
Typical. The girls had no clue that one of their generation’s most revered rappers was being called out by the Civil Rights icon’s family for comparing sex with the brutal, merciless beating that killed the then-14-year-old Till. For kids, that kind of news never appeals; they nod to the beat, Tweet about what Kim Kardashian did on her latest reality show, obsess over Mindless Behavior Instagram posts and ignore that which gets the adults all riled up. Never mind that, though: I was pissed and I wanted them to understand why they should be, too. “I mean, besides constantly making it seem like the only good sex is violent sex, this fool callously used the brutal murder of Emmett Till to describe what he’d like to do to a woman’s body. You should be infuriated.” Read more…
By NICK CHILES
It’s been a year since Trayvon Martin pierced our consciousness.
It has been a year that may even bring about some changes in the way the nation views and treats gun violence. Maybe. It still remains to be seen whether our lawmakers will have the courage to actually change the laws that govern how easily Americans can blow each other away.
Of course, the Trayvon story is still in the media, as we follow all the pre-trial dramas of George Zimmerman. When he actually goes on trial for the murder of Trayvon, shining a very public spotlight on the irrationality of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the case will jump onto the front pages again.
As others have noted, MyBrownBaby was one of the first media sources in the country to note the larger implications of Trayvon’s murder. We helped to put the story on the front pages. When my wife Denene showed me a wire service report out of Florida on a press conference held by Trayvon’s parents, who were trying to bring attention to the fact that Zimmerman still hadn’t been arrested two weeks after he shot their son to death, I immediately thought about my own son. He is a young black male who had been pulled over by police in our subdivision several times by police; we had gotten nervous emails from neighbors in the subdivision reporting that there had been a couple of burglaries. Those were all the steps that could lead to something tragic. I knew I had to pen something meaningful, quickly. After I did, sites like The Root soon followed suit. Read more…
Who: Red Barton is a world traveler and the Founder and Host of Carnival Live, LLC -www.carnivallive.tv
What: Carnival Live also known as Carnival Live TV (CLTV) is an interactive global portal for EVERYTHING Carnival! We bring various international and regional Carnival festivities to web viewers, and highlight the beauty, energy, and importance of culture and tradition through annual Carnival celebrations around the world. We also provide our audience an opportunity to share their Carnival experiences and lifestyles.
Through live video, pictures, other media and testimonials, we capture Carnivals in their purest form. We showcase the music, food, and get to know the locals of every place we visit! Tourism is also a major aspect of our business, so we highlight the best of everything – including hotels, restaurants, activities, shops, events, and more. Viewers get the full experience of Carnival and Carnival Live TV provides the ideal tourist experience for each country that we visit. You will also find interesting photos, the latest music, trivia challenges, relevant news, customized recommendations, the latest Carnival information, and more. Read more…
2013 AT THE WELL PRINCETON MINORITY YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOCUSES ON ACHIEVEMENT; APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED
New York, NY(BlackNews.com) — For the third straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy (ATW) will be held at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. ATW is one of the only Ivy League summer institutes for minority teen girls in the country. The Academy is geared towards improving SAT test scores and leadership skills for minority girls in underserved communities entering the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of high school. The 2013 program will be held on July 28-August 9, 2013 at The Friend Center. Each year, the Academy offer dynamic speakers, SAT preparatory courses, intense math and essay writing classes, tutoring, interactive studies, group activities, and field trips all on the beautiful campus of Princeton University. Read more…
by Denene Millner
My mother had beautiful hands—lovely, long and fresh, just like her. She kept her fingernails dipped in maroons and dark browns—subtle, but still noticeable. Strong. As she got older, though, Mommy’s hands became gnarled with the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis, almost at the same time that a workplace accident took out a disc in her spine. She spent an enormous amount of time posted up in hospital beds and doctors’ offices—enough so that when minor things caught hold of her, like coughs or stomachaches or any other general malaise, she paid it no mind. Soldiered on.
Doing this cost my mother her life.
My mother, you see, died at age 62 of a heart attack, five days into a family reunion trip to her childhood home. She got on the plane experiencing flu-like symptoms—shortness of breath, weakness, unusual fatigue, dizziness, back pain, but thought nothing of her malaise—that is was nothing serious. And even though everyone around her could tell something was seriously, progressively wrong, Mommy refused to go to the hospital—refused to let someone take a look at her. To care for her. She preferred to soldier on. Read more…
by Denene Millner
Oh baby! The numbers of African American mothers breastfeeding is on the rise and more black mothers are forgoing formula for the breast for longer periods—a push that is narrowing gaps in breastfeeding rates between black women and other ethnicities.
A report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control says the proportion of black mothers who started breastfeeding jumped from 47.7 percent in 2000 to 58.9 in 2008. Similarly, the proportion of black moms who were still breastfeeding after six months rose almost 15 percent—up to 30.1 percent in 2008 from 16.9 percent in 2000.
And though black breastfeeding rates continue to lag behind white and Hispanic moms—they reported breastfeeding their infants 75 percent and 80 percent respectively—the gap in breastfeeding rates between black women and white women narrowed from 24 percentage points in 2000 to 16 percentage points in 2008. Read more…
COMCAST’S XFINITY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTION AND ONLINE DESTINATION
by Denene Millner
African American and Hispanic children have seen a jump in their diagnosis rates for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder—a trend that comes as more psychiatrists are prescribing antipsychotic drugs some researchers argue haven’t been proven to accurately treat ADHD.
A recent study by Kaiser Permanente found that the overall rate of ADHD diagnoses for children increased 24 percent, from 2.5 precent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010. But when broken down by race and ethnicity, black children saw a 70 percent increase in ADHD diagnosis over that nine-year period, while Hispanic children saw a 60 percent increase.
Darios Gatahun, a researcher and author of the study, says diagnosis rates could have increased because parents and physicians are more aware of the disorder and have increased access to preventative health screenings and treatment. Some experts argue that this is a step in the right direction because it means more children with the neurobehavioral disorder are likely to be treated, reducing their chances for missing school, becoming injured or having difficulty learning. Read more…
by Denene Millner
Her name was Hadiya Pendleton, and she was only 15 years old. The dimples in her cheeks, the sparkle in her eyes—each of these tell the story. She was an honor student, a volley ball player and a majorette, nice enough with her studies and her drill team routines that she got the chance to perform with her school’s marching band during President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington, just days ago. Her pictures belie all that her friends remember of her: Hadiya was smart. Kind. Sweet. Full of light. With a potential that was limitless.
But now, Hadiya is gone from here. On Tuesday afternoon, she became the 42nd person to be killed in Chicago this month, the deadliest January in that city in more than a decade. This was not a case of Hadiya being in the wrong place at the wrong time; this child, having been released early from King College Prep High School after taking final exams, was with her friends in a park near her school, taking shelter from the rain under a canopy of trees when some coward with a gun hopped a fence and shot into the crowd of teens. Hadiya was shot in the back; she collapsed a few blocks away in front of a row of upscale condos, not too far from President Obama’s family home, and died an hour later. Another boy, too, was shot and is in serious condition at an area hospital. Read more…
Tongues of Fire Choir Featuring Amiri Baraka, Abiodun Oyewole (Last Poets) Black Thought (The Roots), Rakim Presented as Part of “Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited”
“Breakin’ Convention” Hip-Hop Dance Theater Festival Makes Its American Debut
Apollo Club Harlem, a New Apollo Production,
Featuring Maurice Hines and Dee Dee Bridgewater
“Ask Your Mama,” a Collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music and Soprano Jessye Norman
Education Program Launches Live Wire Series and Continues Career Development Master Classes and Events with Nona Hendryx and
Mark Anthony Neal
Africa Now, a Collaboration with World Music Institute presents a festival featuring Blitz the Ambassador, Nneka, Freshly Ground and Lokua Kanza
The Apollo celebrates Broadway with Leslie Uggams in her critically acclaimed one-woman musical “Uptown Downtown”
Amateur Night, Salon Series, and Apollo Music Café Return as Signature Series
By NICK CHILES
As families across America know all too well, the last decade has been brutal on our pocketbooks.
But while much of the analysis has focused on the effects of the Great Recession, a new study by the Foundation for Child Development reveals that the rapid decline in the well-being of American families and children began all the way back in 2001, at least six years before the Great Recession officially began.
The findings by this venerable nonprofit are significant because they show that the pain families and children have been experiencing recently is caused by structural problems in the American economy that go much deeper than some wild, irresponsible speculating with mortgage securities by some rogue traders in London. No, these are problems much more fundamental and long-lasting, and if they aren’t addressed the American future is going to be bleaker than many of us realize. Read more…
By NICK CHILES
It was a glorious sight to behold: a room full of black girls, ranging in age from 10 to 17, learning how to write the code to create their own mobile apps—and excited as hell about all the tech wizardry that was being crammed into their young brains.
That’s the magic of Black Girls Code, a brilliant nonprofit that was started last year by Kimberly Bryant, a black girl who codes in San Francisco and decided to do something about the serious dearth of other black girls who code. Through events, workshops, afterschool programs and other forums, Black Girls Code is already making its presence felt, reaching into young minds and planting seeds that will surely bear fruit soon as these young black girls realize there are exciting careers awaiting them in science and technology.
Both of my daughters, ages 13 and 10, and several of their friends, made their way to Georgia Tech in Atlanta on a recent Saturday morning, wide-eyed, unsure of what this “code” stuff was all about. When we went back to pick them up five hours later, they had not only gained valuable insight into this previously unknown world where people actually create the cool stuff that they play with on their phones, but some of them had actually made their own apps. We knew those hours at Georgia Tech had flipped a switch in our 10-year-old Lila when she woke up the next morning and asked to borrow one of our phones. Read more…
By Torrence Stephens
The Florida State Board of Education recently passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading; however it is based upon their race. The revised strategic plan passed by the board states that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, and 74percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, and blacks at 74 percent.