Thursday, October 22, 2009

Louisiana is Lagging Behind in the Pre Jim Crow Era

“I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”

...Just another reminder of how folk will never bury their prejudice.
artice via AFRO

Friday, October 2, 2009

People Just Don't know How to Act... DAMN!!!

Just when I thought Ohio couldn't get more obnoxious... they have convinced me even more to never visit the state. I don't care if they do have one of the dopest amusement parks!

So check it: Kings Island has this annual Halloween display but the 2009 edition, well lets just say folk are doing acrobatics in their caskets. Who would have thought that a tasteless and might I say half ass display of recently deceased celebrities such a Steve McNair, Farah Fawcett, MJ, Billy Mays, etc wouldn't lead to it being classified as controversial, canceling the display all together. The insensitivity, disrespect, and so on never ceases to amaze me!!!

I mean seriously what the hell is this?! These masterminds won't be satisfied until the ghosts of these celebrities go "thriller" on them...


Read this mess here

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mel O. Mind Recommends

So my homie Legs suggested that I check out this documentary entitled "The Providence Effect". She's fully aware of my passion for stellar urban education where the youth (mainly our minorities), reap all the benefits on a long term basis. I took her word that I would love it and checked it out.

Legs was right, I definitely enjoyed this film. What I most admired was that the president of Providence St. Mel located in Chicago's Westside, Paul J. Adams III, argued that all schools should have these similar ideologies. Instilling into students' minds during elementary school the importance of attending college and not only during 11th and 12th grade as well as teaching rigorous yet beneficial academics should not be seen as innovative, it needs to be mandatory! These students by the completion of high school are all accepted into college, and many go on to attend Ivy League and/or First Tier institutions. How impressive is that?!

The school's history since 1971 was very interesting. From its struggle to remain open to creating a branch of charter schools throughout Chicago, this school's academic and disciplinary ideologies has gotten many with a eye for education's attention.

The film was great, however I wish during the segments in which we saw the teachers in action, they featured a Language Arts course since that is my field. Also since 100% of the students are being accepted into college, I wanted hear from the guidance counselor and college advisor on their involvement and process. Other than that, I was impressed with what I saw and I recommend seeing it.

PS--- What is going on in the CHI right now?!!?!??!?!