Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ben Jealous, Marc Morial, Al Sharpton, Boyce Watkins and other Gathers to discuss black leadership

The event is set to take place in New York at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers from April 14 - 17.  The list of panelists is as follows:

Host: Tom Joyner- Host, "Tom Joyner Morning Show"
Moderator: Roland Martin, CNN/TV One analyst
Rev. Al Sharpton- President, National Action Network
Marc Morial- CEO, National Urban League
Ben Jealous- President & CEO, NAACP
Dr. Elsie Scott- President and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) in Washington, D.C.
Angela Sailor- Coalitions Director, Republican National Committee
Lezli Baskerville- - President & CEO, NAFEO- America's Black Colleges and Universities
Warren Ballentine- Host, "The Warren Ballentine Show"
Dr. Boyce Watkins- Assistant Professor, Finance- Syracuse University
Dr. Charles Ogletree- Professor, Harvard Law School
Jeff Johnson- BET Personality
Judge Greg Mathis - Television Show host
Chuck D - Recording artist




Monday, March 22, 2010

Your Black News - 3/22/10




List of Democrats Who Voted Against the Health Care Reform Bill

Democrats who voted against the health care bill included the following Congressmen and Congresswomen:

Rep. John Adler (N.J.)
Rep. Jason Altmire (Pa.)
Rep. Michael Arcuri (N.Y.)
Rep. John Barrow (Ga.)
Rep. Marion Berry (Ark.)
Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.)
Rep. Rick Boucher (Va.)
Rep. Bobby Bright (Ala.)
Rep. Ben Chandler (Ky.)
Rep. Travis Childers (Miss.)
Rep. Artur Davis (Ala.)
Rep. Lincoln Davis (Tenn.)
Rep. Chet Edwards (Texas)
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.)
Rep. Tim Holden (Pa.)
Rep. Larry Kissell (N.C.)
Rep. Frank Kratovil (Md.)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (Mass.)
Rep. Jim Marshall (Ga.)
Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah)
Rep. Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
Rep. Mike McMahon (N.Y.)
Rep. Charlie Melancon (La.)
Rep. Walt Minnick (Idaho)
Rep. Glenn Nye (Va.)
Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.)
Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.)
Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.)
Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.)
Rep. Zack Space (Ohio)
Rep. John Tanner (Tenn.)
Rep. Gene Taylor (Miss.)
Rep. Harry Teague (N.M.)




Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Attacks Of Marcelas Owens

Marcelas Owens and his Grandmother Gina about the Criticism the boy is receiving from some members of the Media.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dr. Boyce Watkins: Tavis Smiley Can't Win with Anti-Obama Rhetoric

Tavis Smiley can't win with anti-Obama talk

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

Tavis Smiley has a problem. The problem is one that is rooted in egregious miscalculation, poor target selection and mild delusions of self-righteous grandeur. As Tavis plans his symposium this week to define the black agenda in America, most of us are wondering if it's Smiley's agenda that will be highest on the priority list. While Smiley presents himself as a consistent political figure who has held all politicians equally accountable, many view his gathering this weekend in Chicago as a Barack Obama bashing festival.

 

Let's be clear: It's not easy to objectively criticize President Obama when his approval ratings in the black community remain above 90 percent. At least half of my articles about Obama have been critical, and I always have to make sure that I am not haunted by the ghostly spirit of Obama-mania, which is just as bad as Obama-haterology. Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Rev. Jesse Jackson have done a very good job of holding Obama accountable in a way that does not appear to be driven by personal motivations or latent hostility. Tavis Smiley, however, can't shake the perception that he has a personal vendetta against the president, for it is quite rare to see a prominent public figure so obsessed with the career of another person.

 

The Your Black World Coalition monitors the political mood of our supporters when it comes to issues that matter to African-Americans. With 60,000 African-American members nation-wide, we have the ability to put our fingers on the collective pulse of black America through various forms of statistical sampling. In our analysis, a few things remain abundantly clear: Most of our followers love Barack Obama (probably more than they should), and a large percentage of them, to be quite frank, can't stand Tavis Smiley. What makes matters worse for Smiley is that many of those who refuse to buy his books were once loyal fans - meaning that he has engineered the double loss of turning many of his friends into enemies. This is enough to make any publishing house or corporate sponsor run in the other direction, undermining the power of the Tavis Smiley brand. With such a terrible approval rating, Smiley wouldn't even be invited to sell predatory loans for Wells Fargo.

 

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Friday, March 19, 2010

The Attacks Of Marcelas Owens

Marcelas Owens and his Grandmother Gina about the Criticism the boy is receiving from some members of the Media.

Black Scholar News: Dr. Boyce on TheGrio.com - 3/19/10


  • 11-year-old caught in the middle of health reform mudslinging

    11-year-old caught in the middle of health reform mudslinging

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins

    3:00 PM on 03/19/2010

    OPINION - Marcelas Owens' story can bring realism and relevance to a debate that has been about posturing, bickering and mid-term elections...

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  • Presidential disrespect goes prime-time in Obama's Fox interview

    Presidential disrespect goes prime-time in Obama's Fox interview

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins

    11:22 AM on 03/18/2010

    OPINION - Republicans should realize that when they disrespect the presidency, they are disrespecting themselves...

    > READ MORE

  • Clarence Thomas' wife's Tea Party ties are supremely disturbing

    Clarence Thomas' wife's Tea Party ties are supremely disturbing

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins

    9:20 AM on 03/16/2010

    OPINION - When you sleep next to someone who openly states they want to undermine the president's "hard left agenda" you can hardly call yourself impartial...

    > READ MORE

  • Democrats' crack-cocaine compromise is still 'racist'

    Democrats' crack-cocaine compromise is still 'racist'

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins

    9:00 AM on 03/15/2010

    OPINION - While some might call this political pragmatism, others might describe this outcome as the modern-day version of the Three-Fifths Compromise...

    > READ MORE




  • Your Black Social Commentary from TheGrio - 3/19/10


  • Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    11-year-old caught in the middle of health reform mudslinging

    3:00 PM on 03/19/2010

    OPINION - Marcelas Owens' story can bring realism and relevance to a debate that has been about posturing, bickering and mid-term elections...

    > MORE

  • Rani G Whitfield

    Rani G Whitfield

    The Hip Hop Doctor

    Colorectal cancer doesn't discriminate

    8:14 AM on 03/19/2010

    OPINION - African-Americans are less likely to receive CRC screenings, especially if they are uninsured...

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  • Suzanne Rust

    Suzanne Rust

    Book critic

    An 'Immortal Life': How one woman's cells helped cure a generation

    11:31 AM on 03/18/2010

    REVIEW - The cells of a poor black woman from Clover, Virginia, a descendant of free slaves, led to major breakthroughs in everything from polio to Parkinson's...

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  • Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    Presidential disrespect goes prime-time in Obama's Fox interview

    11:22 AM on 03/18/2010

    OPINION - Republicans should realize that when they disrespect the presidency, they are disrespecting themselves...

    > MORE

  • Marcus Vanderberg

    Marcus Vanderberg

    Sports and social commentator

    Baller-in-chief: Obama's 'March Madness' bracket scores well

    8:16 AM on 03/18/2010

    OPINION - As much as I would have loved to see the president go out on a limb and pick the Baylor Bears to win it all, it's hard to argue against the Jayhawks...

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  • Karen Finney

    Karen Finney

    Political analyst

    Conservatives use abortion issue to court African-Americans

    8:09 AM on 03/18/2010

    OPINION - Conservative shock and awe tactics from anti-choice groups are a desperate attempt to win over voters and obscure the harsh realities that black women face...

    > MORE

  • Rashod D. Ollison

    Rashod D. Ollison

    Cultural Critic

    Will Michael Jackson's new music be a thriller for fans?

    9:00 AM on 03/17/2010

    OPINION - Would he have done something different? Did he mean for that note to be there? Would he have approved this final mix?...

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  • Thursday, March 18, 2010

    President obama fights with Fox News

    President Obama sits down with Fox News' Bret Baier to discuss his healthcare reform bill. Obama describes their conversation as "a little frustrating."

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Dr. Boyce: Crack Disparity Law Should Have Been Changed More Effectively

    Democrats' crack-cocaine compromise is still 'racist'

    Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

     

    When I was a teenager, a police officer explained to me how the "War on Drugs" took place in his hometown. The officer candidly described how every policeman in the city knew what boats contained drugs and when those boats would arrive in the city's major port. But he also knew that officers were not expected to show up on these boats to make arrests, and that they were not to deter the progress of the product when it hit the port. Instead, they were instructed to allow the drugs to get to the inner city, where they were given authorization to make as many arrests as necessary. In other words, his job was to arrest the small fish, not the big ones.


    The misleading, ill-conceived and terribly racist set of drug policies which defined the Reagan era has been absolutely devastating for the African-American community. The existence of gang warfare in South Central Los Angeles has left hundreds of thousands of youth with post-traumatic stress disorder, as the CIA was oblivious to the fact that drugs and guns were being openly delivered to a community that no one cares about. The Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1986 was the product of America's broad-stroke reaction to increased drug use of the 1980s. The law gave a sentence 100 times greater for possession of crack cocaine (more likely to be possessed by blacks) than the one given for powder cocaine (possessed in greater proportion by whites), creating a black incarceration rate of holocaust proportions.


    After sitting on the books for decades, the law was finally modified this year. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Jeff Sessions did black people the "favor" of agreeing to reduce the sentencing disparity from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1. So, instead of getting a prison sentence that is 100 times longer for the same crime, we only get one that is 18 times longer. Gee thanks. I'm supposed to be happy about that one, huh? So, we're not good enough to demand true equality, and are instead forced to accept dysfunctional compromises with Republicans from Alabama? While some might call this political pragmatism, others might describe this outcome as the modern-day version of the Three-Fifths Compromise.

     

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    Sunday, March 14, 2010

    Your Black News from TheGrio.com - 3/14/10




    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    African American Bloggers on Newsone.com - 3/11/10

    Rev. Al Sharpton

    Rev. Al Sharpton

    Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), Rev Sharpton is one of most-renowned civil rights leaders in the country. Pres Obama called him “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden."

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    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    The Bottom Line

    Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, "Black American Money." For more information, please visit www.YourBlackWorld.com.

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    RK Byers

    RK Byers

    Rich's Rant

    Novelist, screenwriter and edtor RK Byers has spent a career speaking his mind on all topics from sports to news. His work has appeared in consumer publications including The Source and GIANT.

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    Elon James White

    Elon James White

    This Week In Blackness

    "This Week in Blackness" is a satirical look at race, politics and pop-culture in a so-called “post-racial” America.

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    Warren Ballentine

    Warren Ballentine

    Radio host Warren Ballentine, "The People's Attorney," will provide you with all the legal and financial advice you need to keep up in today’s fast-paced world. Visit his website at www.thetruthfighters.com.




    Dr. Boyce Watkins: Black People Economically Optimistic

    Why African-Americans are more optimistic despite fewer jobs

    According to a recent survey by Experian, African-American consumption grew by over 50 percent from the year 2000 to 2008 ($590 billion to $913 billion), and it is expected to grow to over $1.2 trillion dollars by the year 2013. The study also shows that blacks are more economically optimistic than whites, with 36 percent of us stating that we expect our financial future to improve, as opposed to 31 percent for all adults.

    The Experian study says a couple of things: First, it says that black people love to consume and that we are getting better at it. In fact, black people have historically been very good at buying things and working hard to get them, but we are not very good at production, investment and saving our money. We grab our tax refunds and run to the mall. We become highly paid corporate lawyers in order to purchase the house and car we really can't afford. We are chubby kids in the economic candy store, accelerating our collective addiction to the monetary engines controlled by corporate greed.

     

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    Your Black News: Kansas City To Close Half Its Schools

    Cash strapped Kansas City to close nearly half of its schools

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Facing potential bankruptcy, the board that governs the once flush-with-cash Kansas City school district is taking the unusual and contentious step of shuttering almost half its schools.

    Administrators say the closures are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case. The Kansas City school board narrowly approved the plan to close 29 out of 61 schools Wednesday night at a meeting packed with angry parents. The schools will close at the end of the school year.

    Although other districts nationwide are considering closures as the recession ravages their budgets, Kansas City's plan is striking. In rapidly shrinking Detroit, 29 schools closed before classes began this fall, but that still left the district with 172 schools. Most other districts are closing just one or two schools.

    Emotional board member Duane Kelly told the crowd of more than 200 people Wednesday night, "This is the most painful vote I have ever cast" in 10 years on the board. Some chanted for the removal of the superintendent, while one woman asked the crowd, "Is anyone else ready to homeschool their children?"

     

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    Saturday, March 6, 2010

    Cotton Ball Arrests at U. Missouri

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    by Dr Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University


    One of my friends, Dr. Tommy Whittler, is a very talented and prominent Psychologist.  Dr. Whittler once told me that when he was training rats in the lab, he would sometimes become frustrated with the fact that the rats would not do what he believed he’d trained them to do.  His mentor would always correct him with a reminder that when the rats do things that deviate from his intended outcome, it was likely due to the fact that he may not have done his job properly.  His mentor would say to him, “There is no such thing as a dumb rat.  There are only dumb trainers.”  Dr. Whittler went on to become an outstanding scholar because he learned how to properly critique his own behavior.

    While human beings are certainly not lab rats, a similar analogy can be applied to college professors working with their students.  Sometimes, college students do things that disappoint us:  Some choose to drink till they puke every weekend and become lifelong alcoholics.  They might commit violent acts against each other, sometimes as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.  Some choose to engage in irresponsible sexual choices and end up with venereal diseases and unplanned pregnancies.  Also, they sometimes say or do things that are terribly ignorant, racist and insensitive.

    Read more by clicking the link below

    http://newsone.com/nation/boycewatkins/dr-boyce-some-u-missouri-students-want-us-picking-cotton/

     

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    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    African American News from TheGrio – 3/4/10




    Your Black Politics: OJ Chosen for Black History Month Celebration

    Three teachers at a South Los Angeles elementary school have been suspended for allegedly encouraging students to celebrate O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul during Black History Month, officials said Wednesday.

    Children at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School were carrying pictures of the men at a parade Friday on the school playground, said Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry.

     

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    Why Athletes Still Don’t get paid

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    by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

    I was invited this week to speak to the Stanford University NAACP about whether or not college athletes should be paid.  When I am asked whether I think college athletes should be compensated for their labor, I simply respond to the question with another question:  “Why shouldn’t they get paid?  Did they not earn the money?  Is someone else earning money from their labor? Is the labor of the athlete essential to the revenue-generating process?”  Answers to these questions help us to understand how insane it is that athletes earn billions of dollars for coaches, but aren’t entitled to any of that money for themselves.  I’ve seen race horses get better deals than that.

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    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Dr. Boyce Asks Stanford University: Should College Athletes Be Paid?

     

    Dr. Boyce Watkins, faculty affiliate at The College Sport Research Institute, is going to speak to the Stanford NAACP on Wednesday, March 3.  The topic of the conversation will be “Does the NCAA Represent an Opportunity or Exploitation?”

    Dr. Watkins is one of the leading authorities on the NCAA and Black Male Athletes.  He has advocated for college athletes to be paid, and founded the group ALARM: The Athlete Liberation and Academic Reform Movement.  He is also the founder of the Your Black World Coalition, with 60,000 members nation-wide and a regular contributor to MSNBC, CNN and other networks.  Finally, he is the resident Scholar for AOL Black Voices, the largest black news website in the country.

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    Dr. Boyce Watkins and Rev. Al Sharpton Talk Black America

    Dr. Boyce Watkins and Rev. Al Sharpton Talk Black America on the Syndication One News-Talk radio Network