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How Teaching Emotional Intelligence Can Help Educate Future Black Leaders

A powerful tool for success that should be taught in classrooms today is emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is defined as, “The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically”  is seen as the key to both personal and professional success. Why is emotional intelligence such an important…...

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Michaela DePrince: From “Devil’s Child” to Star Ballerina (Video)

Michaela DePrince, born Mabinty Bangura, grew up as an orphan during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Her father was killed by militant rebels, her mother died of starvation, and she was deemed a “devil’s child” at the orphanage because of her vitiligo. Deemed to never be adopted, she was known as Orphan Number 27,…

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From the Library: Monster

In [easyazon_link identifier=”0064407314″ locale=”US” tag=”youblawornet-20″]Monster[/easyazon_link], an award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, 16-year-old Steve Harmon is facing murder charges. The young boy is being accused of being an accomplice to the suspected shooter. In this controversial set of events, the readers are treated to the thrilling journey as the protagonist strives for  justice. Is the young…...

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From the Library: Bang!

In the introduction of Sharon Flake’s [easyazon_link identifier=”078684955X” locale=”US” tag=”youblawornet-20″]Bang![/easyazon_link], she states that children appear funny in caskets. Her reasoning is that they do not belong there. Her novel revolves around Mann, a 13-year-old African American boy who has seen the worst that life can offer. His young brother is shot while playing on their front…...

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From the Library: The Skin I’m In

[easyazon_link identifier=”1423103858″ locale=”US” tag=”youblawornet-20″]The Skin I’m In[/easyazon_link] is one of Sharon G. Flake’s most influential pieces. She writes about Maleeka Madison, an African American in 7th grade attending an inner-city school. Although her school is predominantly Black, the young lady undergoes intense trauma because the other African American students look down on her. The book evokes…...

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How to Help Our Troubled Teens

Every parent understands that being a teenager is not easy at all. As adolescents transition from childhood into adulthood during the teenage years, this time can be very unpredictable. The likelihood that they will start abusing substances, acting violently, struggling with their mental health, and even falling into depression are at an all-time high. In light of the…...

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Wendell Pierce: There’s No Such Thing As “Can’t”

By Liku Zelleke Wendell Pierce is probably best known for his success on the big and small screens. We all remember him in Selma and catch up with him every week on The Wire. But apart from acting, Pierce is also set to create a new followership through a different medium: his book “The Wind in the…

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From the Library: Bucking the Sarge

Christopher Paul Curtis wrote an amazing book for black readers, [easyazon_link identifier=”0440413311″ locale=”US” tag=”youblawornet-20″]Bucking the Sarge[/easyazon_link]. The novel is about Luther T. Farrell, a fifteen-year-old boy who lives in Flint, Michigan. The central theme of the book is perseverance and focusing on goals. The readers will be moved and inspired by the young boy’s courage…...

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Why Black Girls Don’t Matter

By Victor Ochieng Racism is a scourge that’s devastating the lives of many Americans. African-Americans, in particular, have faced the worst cramps of racism, starting right from the days of slavery. While progress has been made in curbing the vice, it’s still at large on our streets and institutions. Several studies have been conducted and…

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