Reality Check: When $650 is Spent on Sneakers Instead of an Education

This story originally found at CBS Chicago Getting dressed for school can be a chore. It’s something that I know when I was younger, and on the heavier side, I despised. I didn’t fit into the “cool” clothes, or have the right look. Furthermore, being of mixed race with black hair and a white grandmother…

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Some HBCUs See Increase In Enrollment Following Racial Turmoil in the U.S.

By Giovanni Zaburoni With the frequent release of cellphone videos showing police killing members of the black community, it feels like race relations across the country are deteriorating quickly. Every time a new hashtag hits the internet, frustrations over injustice grows. People of color, specifically black people, are starting to embrace solidarity in the face…

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The Vital Role of the School Counselor

By Felicia Williams The emphasis on College and Career Readiness, and with several U.S. states struggling with the implement of the Common Core Standards, many students have become educationally distressed. While education reform uses fancy terms, new initiatives, and constantly swirls around “buzz words,” one thing still holds true: young people need to be prepared…

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Is Race a Factor in Determining Who is Gifted and Who is Not?

This article originally found at http://www.blackenterprise.com/education/children-of-color-are-gifted-too/ I don’t know why the idea ever came to mind that children of one race are more gifted than another. As a student, I remember being in the gifted and accelerated classes with multiple ethnicities. No one race was represented more than another. And, if I recall correctly, we…

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TED-Ed: The Atlantic Slave Trade: What Too Few Textbooks Told You

Slavery has occurred throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade stands out for its global scale, its lasting legacy and its vestigial implications. Anthony Hazard discusses the historical, economic, and personal impact of this massive historical injustice which still affects millions of African Americans today. “The Atlantic slave trade also contributed to the development…

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Racism Pushing more African American Students into Homeschooling

This article originally found at Michigan Radio I can’t complain about homeschooling for any reason. I plan on homeschooling my son who is almost two right now. Once he is old enough, schooling will begin (although children are never too young to learn). My neighbor homeschools his son, and once his daughter is old enough,…

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Books to Inspire Preschool and Kindergarten-Aged Boys

I cannot emphasize the value of reading. There is even a greater value and personal impact when we see reflections of ourselves in what we read. Just imagine how your son will feel when he reads the books below. One of these may become a favorite of yours or your child. Windflyers by Angela Johnson The…

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TED Talk: Chris Abani “Telling Stories from Africa”

In this talk, Nigerian novelist and poet Chris Abani explains that much of what we know about who we think we are comes from stories. “The question is, how do I balance narratives that are wonderful with narratives of wounds and self-loathing? And this is the difficulty that I face. I am trying to move beyond…

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TED-Ed: How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, explains how art examines and redefines culture. The “post-black” artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture. “Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be…

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