FIRST MINORITY TEEN ACADEMY FOR GIRLS AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY SEEKS APPLICANTS
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – For the fourth straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy will be held on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. The Academy is one of the only summer institutes for minority teen girls held on an Ivy League campus and the first to be held at Princeton University. The program is geared towards building leadership skills for minority girls entering the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of high school. This year’s program is scheduled for July 27 – August 8, 2014 at The Friend Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544.
The Academy offers dynamic speakers, standardized test-taking strategies, math, critical reading courses, college essay writing classes, tutoring, interactive studies, group activities, and field trips. Each year, special guest speakers provide dynamic presentations. In 2013, actor Jasmine Guy offered an unforgettable address. Ms. Guy notes, “It is very important for us to reach out to these young girls.” Other noted speakers have included Brandi and Karli Harvey along with actor Brian White. Read more…
Editor’s Note: I penned this piece in January 2010, when analysts were exploring the expansion of the federal food stamp program. The running consensus then was that more and more, Americans of all ages, races and backgrounds were increasingly depending on public assistance to feed their families. Now, three years later, that expansion is going away, leaving children vulnerable to hunger here, in one of the richest countries in the world. So I figured I’d dust this story off. It is still relevant, if not more, as rhetoric over the food stamp program reaches fever pitch.
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It’s the cheese I remember—a congealed, yellowy-orange block in non-descript paper, with, I think, blue writing. You needed the might of Solomon to cut through it, it was so thick. All I could manage were chunks—never firm slices. Read more…
Fortune Girls Gain Celebrity Support and Build Momentum for Kickstarter
30-Day Campaign to Empower Tween Girls & Create Future Leaders
(New York, NY) – October 28, 2013, Fortune Girls (FG), Inc., a multi-cultural lifestyle brand dedicated to the empowerment of tween girls age 6-12, launched a 30-day kickstarter campaign on Oct 17th with recent supportive Tweets and Facebook posts from Tennis Icon Venus Williams who also donated autographed tennis racquets for the campaign and support from Legendary TV Host Whoopi Goldberg.
Fortune Girls is more than just pretty pictures! It is a brand that seeks to empower girls and create educated, well-rounded girls in three ways: Read more…
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – Nigerian rapper, DanO, is scheduled to perform during the One Mic One Night Talent Showcase, on October 5th, at 7:00P.M.
Several weeks ago, Mike Muse, New York City’s own purveyor of politics and pop culture, affectionately known as ‘Obama’s Million Dollar Baby’ celebrated his birthday at the lush Preserve 24. It was a welcomed break from his political fundraising trail for New Jersey Senate hopeful, Cory Booker, the New York Mayoral race and media rounds breaking down the meaning behind Jay-z’s “Picasso Baby’ and the influence of hip hop and high society art.
Rocking with DJ MOS were a bevy of wall street executives, restaurateurs and entertainment industry socialites, from Roc Nation and Universal Records including Filmmaker Dominga Martin, People Magazine writer, Carlos Greer, MTV’s Sway Calloway, celebrity publicist Tasha Stoute, entertainment journalist Big Ced, BMI’s Ian Holder, Icon Marketing’s Annette Davidson, Broadway/TV Producer, Randolph Sturrup, Playwright Dominque Morrisseu, TV Personality, Kwame Jackson, political strategist, Tara Dowdell and STEM University CEO, Andrea Peterson. Read more…
by Denene Millner
Yet another “duh”-worthy study on women and pregnancy claims that a majority of new moms wait longer than the six-week doctor-ordered minimum to have sex after giving birth.
Researchers who periodically surveyed 1,507 first-time mothers living in Melbourne, Australia, about their sexual activity within the first year of childbirth found that overall, 41 percent of the moms resumed vaginal sex within six weeks after delivering their baby, 65 percent by eight weeks, 78 percent by 12 weeks and 94 percent by six months. Just over half the women said they engaged in some type of sexual activity by six weeks after childbirth, and those who had Caesarean sections, births assisted by forceps or incisions or tears in the perineum tended to wait longer to have sex, the study found.
Many doctors recommend delaying sex for four to six weeks after childbirth to allow the cervix to close, bleeding to stop and tears to heal, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Researcher Ellie McDonald, of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, said her study provides “useful information for couples to know before their baby is born, and may help reduce feelings of anxiety and guilt about not resuming sexual activity sooner.” 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…
|For Immediate Release: January 3, 2013
RISING EMCEE, H2, TO BRING HIP-HOP BACK TO JERSEY IN 2013 WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS FORTHCOMING MIXTAPE RAP HEALS ALL WOUNDS. Read more…
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BLACK THOUGHT OF THE ROOTS AND THE GrassROOTS FOUNDATION PRESENTS: POWER FORWARD COCKTAIL FUNDRAISER AND CONCERT
Gloria Fisher Articulates “No Justice No Peace”
with Reverend Al Sharpton – National Action Network
|HARLEM NY…Listen to Brandon Jackson’s mother, Gloria Fisher as she shares her ambitious fight for justice. Brandon Jackson has been caught up in a web of prosecutorial misconduct, legal incompetence, cover-ups and blithe indifferences. This family has experienced the type of nightmare one would think had transpired in the deep-south in the sixties.Brandon Jackson is a New Jersey native and is currently incarcerated in Jackson, New Jersey. In March of 2012, a jury consisting of 11 whites and one black female unjustly deemed him “guilty” – he is serving a 12-year consecutive sentence. This is a self-defense case that occurred in October 2006, which unfortunately became racial. Brandon was 21 years old and was attacked by a group of white individuals who yelled “kill the nigger” and other racial comments, in which no other person was charged. Read more…|
COALITION FOR BRANDON C. JACKSON
|In this technologically advanced year of 2012, it is indeed sad that we still have a very long way to go with regard to basic human justice FOR ALL (as our Pledge of Allegiance alludes too). Injustices continue to take place daily in our nation, and for people of color, they are, unfortunately, more frequent and often more blatant.
Brandon Jackson has been caught up in a web of legal incompetence, cover-ups and blithe indifference. A law-abiding young African-American man who had never been in any sort of trouble in his life, he is proof positive that the Land of Oz is not the only place where unbelievable things happen. A New Jersey native, he has experienced the type of nightmare one would think had transpired in the Deep South in the 60′s.
To get to the point of this letter, Brandon Jackson has been incarcerated unjustly, for a 12-year term, after alarmingly lackadaisical legal representation by mainly “go-along to get-along” public defenders and private attorneys in Jackson, New Jersey. A series of other cover-ups regarding his case which, in a nutshell, involves his self-defense in a racial attack upon him in October 2006 (yes, this dragged on for five years), when he was 21 years old, by a group of white individuals who yelled “kill the nigger” and other racial comments, in which no other person was charged. He was convicted, without any evidence, of the aggravated assault of two of his attackers, who testified against him at trial. Although the responding officer classified the incident as a racially-motivated attack/bias crime at trial, which took place during the height of the Zimmerman incident, the judge said such comments were not important in Ocean County, New Jersey, a predominantly white county. So, what do we tell our African-American and Latino sons — that they are an endangered species? Where is the basic American justice for Brandon Jackson and those like him? Read more…
By NICK CHILES
A widely reported study out of the University of Houston, claiming that there is no added academic benefit for black students when they have black teachers, severely misses the point. As any black parent who has had a few years of experience in American schools can tell you, it’s the quality of the teacher, not the teacher’s skin color, that is the critical issue affecting student achievement. We all want GOOD teachers for our kids, not necessarily black teachers.
But there is a further point to be made here. I believe that when a black teacher is really good, which means she has the ability to get your child to see herself differently, to believe in herself, to start looking at the world in a different way, it can have an even deeper impact on a black child than with a white teacher who is equally good. It’s sort of like finding a love partner of a different race—of course a white woman can be just as good a partner to me as a black woman, but all things being equal, I don’t think a white woman will ever be able to understand me and all the cultural, historical, psychological and emotional issues that are lodged deep in my psyche, carried in my blood, the way a black woman would. I think the same is true of good teachers. Read more…
Qadree El-Amin, the man best known as the mastermind behind the career of Grammy Award winning artists Boyz II Men, will launch his long-anticipated star-studded biography, Qadree El-Amin: AMAN. Internationally recognized among trendsetters and tastemakers, El-Aminwill launch his glittering biography on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at events in his home state of New Jersey and in New York City. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. that day, El-Amin will appear at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan at the Book Expo America. Later that day, he will do a book signing in Irvington City Hall’s Rotunda, 1 Civic Square in Irvington, NJ from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
For Teenagers, a “Graduated” Driver’s License Saves Lives—and Saves Parents from a Nervous Breakdown
By NICK CHILES
The state of New Jersey is currently debating a bill that would create “graduated licenses” for teenagers, which add more safeguards and restrictions to the process of acquiring a license for 16-year-old drivers. While there is some opposition in New Jersey, these measures have been passed in many other states around the country, including Georgia, where I live, and let me tell you, they make a huge difference for parents. I am an unequivocal supporter of anything that makes teenagers more cautious and conscientious when they get behind the wheel.
First of all, you can’t argue with the statistics. A story in the New York Times, quoting numbers provided by the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition, says that with teenage drivers, a single passenger raises the risk of a crash by 50 percent and doubles the risk of a driver dying in a crash; three passengers increase the risk of a crash by 200 percent. Most graduated license laws, such as the one we have here in Georgia, prohibit 16-year-olds from driving with another teenager in the car for at least six months. In the second six months after they get the license, teens can’t have more than one other teen in the car. A year after the license, teens still aren’t supposed to have more than three other teens in the car. Read more…
I mean, I recognize that our job is to keep our babies from killing their fool selves as they march toward being grown up human beings and that we have to learn to let go a little, but on that day, as she pecked my cheek and bounced away from my car, it was very, very clear to me that, well, I ain’t ready for all that.
But in my quiet moments, when I really consider the kind of mother I am and especially the kind of mom I want to be to my babies, I recognize that I have to get ready. Especially for my Mari, who, at age 12, is hurtling head first into puberty and teenhood and all the stuff that comes with the two.
It’s the “stuff” that scares me—the stuff being the boys and the peer pressure and the self-consciousness and the sneaking and the rebellion and the false sense of maturity. I was a teenager once. I remember the mean girls. The cute boys and their sweet talk. The friends with the basements and the liquor cabinets and parents who turned a blind eye. How we all slathered on our war paint—our mom’s mascara and lipstick—and ran toward the fire, books and grades and what we learned at church on Sunday morning be damned. Read more…