Posts Tagged ‘Syracuse University’

Dr. Boyce: Black Professionals Get Nailed by the “Bait” of Non-Existent Opportunity

March 1, 2012 Leave a comment

I once knew a famous rapper.  We don’t talk much anymore, since all the booty and bling have distracted him.  But that’s beside the point.

A few years ago, the rapper and I were talking about women and relationships.   That was when he introduced me to a concept he called, “the bait.”  According to my friend, he was never going to get married.  He feared losing his money in a nasty divorce, didn’t want anyone judging his behavior and had a general fear of commitment.  But he said that sometimes, his greatest asset was the fact that many of the women he met on the road believed that they could win “the lottery ticket” and convince him to marry them.

So, rather than actually marrying anyone, my rapper friend forced dozens of women to jump through numerous hoops, sexual and otherwise.  Then, he would simply throw them back into the dating pool, like a “catch and release” fisherman, giving them nothing in return for months or even years of loyalty.  All they’d have to show for their efforts were a few good memories and perhaps a nasty venereal disease from all the women he’d slept with. Read more…


Woman Gets 8 Years Prison for Saying Black Men Kidnapped Her

January 30, 2012 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

You may remember Bonnie Sweeten out of Philadelphia from about a year ago.  Sweeten is the woman who made a fake call to police from the trunk of a Cadillac, claiming that she’d been kidnapped along with her daughter.  The truth?  They’d actually taken a trip to Disneyland.

A judge put an end to Sweeten’s antics, at least for a while.  She has been sentenced to 100 months in federal prison, equivalent to eight years, four months.   U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. made things very clear for Sweeten.

“You’ve done great wrong, and you have to pay the price,” Yohn said. Yohn called Sweeten a “master con woman,” and guessed that she’d committed 2,000 acts of fraud over a five year period. Read more…

NFL Player Gives Entire Salary to Send Kids to College

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Remember the 1984 song, “Let’s hear it for the boy”?  Well, we need to hear it for the man, Braylon Edwards, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers.  This year, Edwards is going to make good on a promise to send 100 kids to college with $10,000 scholarships if they maintain a 2.5 GPA or better.  He also told them to do 15  hours of community service.

Out of the 100 kids who were given the offer, 79 of them completed their end of the bargain.  Now, Edwards is going to have to deliver nearly $1 million in scholarship money to the kids, which matches the salary that he is going to earn this year by playing for the 49ers. Read more…

Dr. Boyce: Why All Poor Black Kids are Stupid

December 16, 2011 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action

I was born to a 17-year old single mother in a housing project in Louisville, Ky. I struggled through elementary, middle and high school. In fact, I rarely met a school book that I didn’t hate. I was, in the words of Forbes Magazine columnist Gene Marks, a “poor black kid.”

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Black Friday Needs to be About Black People

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins,  Your Black World – Scholarship in Action

Most of us know all about “Black Friday.” That’s the commercially-conceived holiday when we act a fool in order to get a few discounts on things that we probably don’t even need. I’ve never quite understood the fascination with waking up at 3 am on a cold winter day and fighting with people to break into a building so I could just give away all of my money; it’s kinda like begging someone to rob you.

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Dr. Boyce: It’s Time for Black Scholars to Get Off the Academic Plantation

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Scholarship in Action

When I first thought about getting a PhD in Business, I found out about the PhD Project. This ground-breaking initiative had the simple goal of creating more black professors to sit in the front of the classroom. It was established by the KPMG Foundation, and from what I understand, might have been in response to a series of complaints about racism that the organization had received in the past.


Since that time, the group has produced scores of black scholars in the field of business, an area that is in dire need of meaningful diversity. I was the only African American in the world to earn a PhD in Finance during the year 2002, and my university had never hired a black Finance Professor in its entire 130-year history. Business tends to be a very conservative field, where black people are still locked out at every turn (the Business School here at Syracuse, along with many others around the nation, has several departments that have never given tenure to an African American, which is downright racist and shameful). Read more…

Dr. Boyce: Reality TV and the Toxic Mind of a Young Female Bully

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I find myself consistently fascinated at how angry and ugly women can be on Vh-1 reality shows.  Rather than attempting to understand the inner beauty that makes a human being lovable, too many seem to think that attraction comes down to long hair, a short dress and a shapely backside.

The women on these reality shows actually scare me.  They seem determined to remain consistently angry at someone about something.  There is almost nothing that would make me proud to have them as daughters, sisters or mothers in my own family.  The idea that these women are serving as role models for an entire generation of young women is sad, sick and disturbing. Read more…

Dr. Boyce: Teacher Arrested for Arranging for Teen to be Beaten

October 14, 2011 4 comments

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

A football coach in Chicago has been arrested for arranging the beating of a student.  Cassius Chambers of Fenger High School has turned himself in to police and been charged with simple assault.  The charges were brought forth after Chambers allegedly helped over 20 football players come to the home of 16-year old Darion Jones, where they proceeded to beat him mercilessly right in front of his mother.

Jones had been accused of stealing Nike flip flops, and another assistant coach for the team watched  it all go down without doing anything to intervene.   In the fight, Jones’ prosthetic eye was damaged and his tooth was knocked out.  Fenger High School is also notorious for the beating death of 16-year old Derrion Albert in 2009.

When I read about this beating, my stomach turned.  I’m not sure if Darion stole the flip flops or not, but the idea that this kind of vigilante justice was endorsed by members of the coaching staff is beyond shameful.  The incident speaks to the fact that Fenger, as well as other schools around the country, are unable to provide adequate protection for young black children who are regular targets of this form of bullying.
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Dr. Boyce: Why Herman Cain is the Perfect Racist

October 10, 2011 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins,Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action
This week, I spent some time on the radio in New York debating Karen Hunter from MSNBC about the legitimacy of the Presidential candidacy of Herman Cain. Cain has surged in the polls lately, making some wonder if he actually has a chance to win the Republican nomination for president. Read more…

A 24-Year High on Black Unemployment Means that It’s Time to Wake Up

September 4, 2011 1 comment


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its most recent unemployment data.  We knew that black folks (especially men) would be at the bottom, we just didn’t know how bad.  Well, it turns out that the numbers exceed even the most pessimistic predictions.

Black unemployment shot up like a rocket during the month of August, rising from an abysmal 15.9 percent to an even more shocking 16.7 percent.  Much of the increase was driven by black male unemployment, which rose from 17 to 18 percent.  Black female unemployment remained steady at 13.4 percent, and black teen  unemployment experienced a dramatic increase from 39.2 percent to an astounding 46.5 percent. Read more…

Man Murders His Wife, Says a Black Man Did It

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

man kills wife, says a black man did itby Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World.

Kashif Parvaiz didn’t have a good relationship with his wife, Nazish Noorani.  In fact, the marriage had deteriorated so badly that divorce wasn’t enough.  Instead, he wanted to see his wife dead.

So, Kashif took matters into his own hands, setting up a murder-for-hire situation that left his wife’s dead body in the street.  Reaching for every angle he could find, Kashif first used America’s anti-Muslim sentiment to his advantage, telling police that the assailants had called him a “terrorist” as they killed his spouse.

In addition to the first lie, Parvaiz also used the prototypical media-driven blueprint for the kind of men who might choose to kill an innocent woman for no reason:  He said that they were African American.  While he initially stated that the three assailants were of mixed race, he eventually changed his story, stating that they were all black. Read more…

Dr. Boyce: Why Is R. Kelly the Grand Marshall of a Parade for Children?

August 18, 2011 1 comment

r. kelly is the grand marshall of a parade for children

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

In one of the oddest events we’ve seen in a while, R. Kelley, the man who was accused of molesting a young girl, was asked to be the grand marshall of a children’s back-to-school parade.  The parade was the 82nd annual Bud Billiken Parade,  held in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.   It is the largest and oldest African American parade in the country.

R. Kelly (aka. Robert Sylvester Kelly) was first known to have a penchant for underage women when he married 15-year old singer Aaliyah.  This was right after he wrote the song,  ”Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number.”

There is also the famous sex tape showing R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl (sorry, I meant to say “allegedly”).  He says it’s not him, but millions who have seen the tape would dare to disagree.  I’m sure his fans know what he looks like.

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Can a Woman Raise a Boy to be a Man? Most Men Don’t Think So

July 31, 2011 Leave a comment

By Dr. Boyce Watkins

A new survey at reveals that black men and women have different perceptions on what it takes to turn a boy into a man.  The survey finds that while most black men do not believe that a woman can raise a boy to be a man without male intervention, nearly half of all black women believe that they can. Read more…

Dr. Boyce: Getting Out of Your Own Private Prison

July 21, 2011 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action

I just spoke to my friend Ryan Mack about our “Never Going Back” initiative to attack the problems of mass incarceration and recidivism in America. During the conversation, I had a revelation: Most of us are just a step away from being incarcerated, or have yet to understand what it truly means to be free. Sure, the US incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world, but it might be deeper than you think.

The United States Constitution doesn’t abolish slavery for everyone. Actually, if you’ve been convicted of a felony, the 13th Amendment actually says that it’s OK to force one into slave labor (please go take a look). Given that we are slapping felony convictions on individuals like Kelly Williams-Bolar, the otherwise law-abiding mother in Ohio who was sent to jail for sending her kids to the wrong school district, we can see just how easy it is for that arbitrary label to be applied. Read more…

Dr. Boyce: Why I am Ditching Lil Wayne Completely

June 25, 2011 1 comment

I love hip-hop.  I want to support it.  I try to understand those who are a few years behind me and support their efforts to become empowered and thoughtful individuals.  But after hearing the lyrics from a Lil Wayne song (an artist who’d already pushed me to the edge), I had to take a moment of pause and make a quick comment regarding how he has firmly positioned himself as an enemy of the black community.  In the song, “We Be Steady Mobbin,” Lil Wayne says this: Read more…

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