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Month: December 2017

Your Neighborhood School May Not Make the Rankings But That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Right for Your Kid

My youngest daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and a speech delay. She requires a significant amount of support in order to be successful in the traditional class with her non-disabled peers. And my local public school is providing my daughter with an amazing implementation of her rather complex Individual Education Plan (IEP).

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Black Wall Street’s Artist of the Year, Omaley B

When attending an Omaley B. concert, one finds their-self traveling nearly a century backward to an age of absolute resilience, self-determination, Black unity, and brilliance.

Once Omaley takes them their,

Sounds of rhythm and blues permeate the air as his once-in-a-century, unique voice kindles their hearts and ears with the nostalgic phantasms of a formidable and awe-inspiring past-legacy. A real history lesson on the greatness and excellence of Black Wall Street is rendered. 

TPD moves slowly in bridging trust gap with African-American community

225 days have passed since former Tulsa Police Officer (TPD) Betty Shelby got away with murder. And today marks 387 days since G.T. Bynum assumed the role as Mayor of Tulsa.

At the 2017 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, Mayor G.T. Bynum told attendees that most of the 77 recommendations form the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing he created would be implemented by year’s end.

Unfortunately, time is running out on the community policing dashboard. Purportedly, only 51-percent of the 77 recommendations for community policing is implemented, and 49-percent is ambiguously in the works of being implemented.

A brief history of​ how black children internalize racism in the classroom

“I had often observed, that when her mother washed her face it looked very rosy; but when she washed mine it did not look so; I therefore tried oftentimes myself if I could not by washing make my face of the same color as my little play-mate(Mary), but it was all in vain; and I now began to be mortified at the difference in our complexions. (Equiano, 1794, p.64)”

History often​ repeats itself,​ but we must fight for better days

People, who are usually white, often tell me that I am too obsessed with race. In fact, I have even been criticized and compared to a race fanatic. Notwithstanding those allegations, I will always believe that systemic racism is a facet for today’s illiteracy curse plaguing the multitude of Black children some one-hundred-fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation — the epoch, in American history, that lead to the appearance of Black liberation. However, I, now, reckon the more significant problem stems from an aristocratic class of Americans, one-percenters — mostly white — who do not care about people of color nor poor White people. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all of us —Black, Brown, and White — to participate in that extension of democracy granted to the masses by the few decent, human beings among the upper classes. 

Black Intellectual Genocide in Public Education…Stop Placing All the Blame on Black Parents

It is a black holocaust; a modern-day intellectual massacre — a Willy-Lynch reincarnated method playing out in the twenty-first-century on how to control and maintain ‘your’ present-day negro population; and the solution, so they do not become a “problem,” is cognitive docility. [Meaning] Educate them to the bare minimum as to be uncompetitive and miseducate them to the maximum. Continue being the echo chamber of white-supremacist domination telling them that their American journey began as enslaved people — below the oxen and the mule — and mention no prior history.

Stop the Holiday Drop

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools is calling on parents and families to “stop the holiday drop” in student attendance and to make sure that children are in class on time every day. The district is also reminding parents that classes continue through Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, with the winter break beginning on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Classes will resume on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

Majority White Teaching Staff in Majority Black Schools

I have a difficult time hearing that a local charter has a majority white teaching staff while serving a majority African-American student body. It reminds me of an excerpt from Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery.

“These gentlemen seemed to take it for granted that no coloured man suitable for the position could be secured, and they were expecting the General to recommend a white man for the place.” – Booker T. Washington 

Earnest Kellum Finds Success At Langston Hughes Academy

“One of the things we really strive to do is have instructors that look like our children. We feel that it is very important in building the bonding relationships that will last a life time. We have quite a few male teachers and a lot of them are ministers and they a huge impact on the young men as well as the young women.” – Ms. Cherly Henderson is a History Teacher at Langston Huges Academy.

Stop Boxing Black Teachers as Coaches and PE Teachers

Today in schools across the country, public and private,  black males as commodities – the stereotypical PE teacher or athletic coach and the black pupil as the basketball or footballer – is the new norm. The epoch of this commodification draws its roots from slavery. Commoditizing black males as simple-minded we reinforce through popular culture. It’s in our movies, TV shows, and now it’s in our schools.