This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
The Violence Prevention Program is determined to reduce the
frequency & the severity of recidivism for violent injury and
criminal activity among persons living in and around Baltimore City.
Committed to Dr. King’s vision of ‘The Beloved Community,’ our services
focus on the enhancement of personal strengths, conflict resolution
& the development of community relationships.
The VPP includes the Violence Intervention Project (VIP), the PHAT
Project, an After-school initiative and donor-specific research
In 2002, there were 1.2 million black-owned firms in the U.S., employing nearly 754 thousand persons and generating nearly $89 billion in business revenues. These black-owned firms accounted for 5.2 percent of all nonfarm businesses in the U.S., 0.7 percent of their employment, and 0.4 percent of their receipts.
The 2002 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) defines black-owned businesses as firms in which African Americans own 51 percent or more of the stock or equity of the business. The data in this report were collected as part of the 2002 Economic Census from a large sample of all nonfarm businesses filing 2002 tax forms as individual proprietorships, partnerships, or any type of corporation, and with receipts of $1,000 or more.
In 2002, nearly 4-in-10 black-owned firms operated in health care and social assistance, and other services, such as personal services, and repair and maintenance, where they owned 9.7 percent of all such businesses in the U.S.
Retail trade, and health care and social assistance accounted for 28.7 percent of all black-owned business revenue. Fifty-four percent of the retail trade revenue was concentrated in motor vehicle and parts dealers. Table A (xls 18 kb) shows the industries accounting for the largest receipts for black-owned firms.
If someone brought a house for $600K, on a total household income of $80K, how can that loan be restructured to allow them to continue living in the house that probably costs about $5K a month in mortgage?
It's a good thing that in the past 2 or 3 weeks, public commentators have been starting to say that even if Obama is elected, he's not a miracle worker.
If Obama doesn't have about a 15% lead over McCain, he's going to lose; a 6% lead (in the polls) won't do it.
Clinton supporters were right, Obama can't handle the rough and tumble of politics at this level. Dude needs to stop whining.
Gas has dropped $0.30 in the past 2 weeks in my area.
Based on conversations at a family cookout this past Saturday, I decided to watch CNN's "Black In America." Too bad I didn't ignore it like I said I was going to do. WTF happened to balance?
Michael Eric Dyson has the gift of gab. Dyson is the only person I've seen capable of shutting down Ann Coulter without being rude, just using eloquence of the English language. Even though Dyson can make some damn good points, I find most of what he says is just wrong or ideas I can't support.
Obama is to be commended for lecturing black men about their role as
real fathers, not just sperm donors. But he is not the first to give
that lecture. Rev. Jesse Jackson and comedian Bill Cosby have also
given it. Yet, the targeted behavior has not changed. America's primary
problems are not economic and political; they are moral and spiritual
and there government cannot go, with or without "faith-based
I don't recall people saying this when Bush got into office.
BlackFatherhood.com is an interactive web resource featuring, news, information, and links for Black Fathers and their families.
goal is to help Black Fathers embrace all aspects of parenting and to
promote viable solutions in areas of concern for fathers today;
marriage, divorce, family court, healthy communication and
relationships for families.
Become a part of the BlackFatherhood.com community today!
The Fifth Ward
Enrichment Program Incorporated (FWEP) is a youth leadership
and development program for at-risk males, ages 12 - 19,
located in one of Houston 's most economically depressed neighborhoods.
Founded in 1984, FWEP offers to 250 inner-city African American
and Latino youth more than 20 support services that deter chemical
dependency, teen pregnancy, school delinquency and dropouts, while
promoting self-discipline, personal accountability, and self-esteem.
These services are provided year-round through the School-based
Projects, and the Teen Enterprise Center (TEC).
The School-based Project
is the core program and truly defines the holistic approach to
youth development that FWEP embraces. This project is housed
in five schools in the Houston Independent School District 's
(HISD) Northeast District and provides site coordinators who monitor
school activities, interact with teachers and administrators,
and coordinate daily, after-school activities. The site coordinators
are responsible for the delivery of the life skills curriculum,
home visits, and individual and group counseling sessions. The
site coordinator is recognized by the school's youth as their
mentor "on campus".
In 2002 Future Black Men of America, Inc. (FBMA) was born in the mind of its founder Antoine Medley.
"The young black boys of today need the help of black men in society. It is up to us and no one else."
The organization was formally organized and incorporated as a non-profit organization
in February of 2004 in the state of North Carolina. The organization
also received its 501(c)3 Tax Exemption Status from the IRS in
FBMA, truly believes that young black boys need to be exposed to positive African American male role models,
and positive experiences. The organization believes that black boys need to know
that with hard work, sacrifice, and faith they can achieve anything.
FBMA provides a variety of
programs to positively alter the futures of our African American boys. Currently there are
many organizations that provide similar programs but no one organization can reach all of the
young males in need and for this reason FBMA was born.
The National Organization organizes and provides college tours, community
activities, and mentoring for our young black men. The current education gap between young
African American boys and other
races is quickly widening therefore all of the FBMA programs are all geared towards closing
that gap. The National Organization is currently accepting applications for the creation of new chapters
around the United States. Currently there are chapters pending in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA.
The organization is only as strong as its members. Members are needed to provide and plan our
programs. African American men are needed.
"We are inevitably our brothers' keepers because we are our brothers' brother. Whatever affects
one directly affects all indirectly." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Award-winning broadcast journalist, Ed Gordon created Daddy’s
Promise, an initiative designed to focus the attention of the
African-American community on the positive relationship that can and
should exist between fathers and daughters.
Through a national campaign and a series of community engagements,
including a father and daughter dance that will take place during
Father's Day weekend 2009, the initiative will encourage fathers to be
actively involved in their daughter's lives. The movement gives this
relationship a voice and creates a nationwide conversation with
African-American families, ultimately celebrating fathers and father
When I sold a home 8 years ago, I sold it at X. Today, homes in that area have an asking price for about 120% more than what I sold it for in 2000. Last year, if I sold my current home, I would have received twice what I paid for it, or, 100% more than I paid for it.
If my former home sold for 10-20% less than the asking price, for simplicity, it would still sell at 100% more than I sold it. If I sell my current house at the price houses have sold in my area, it would be at 90% of the price that I paid for my home. In other words, the current housing market has made my home more affordable.
With this Fannie and Freddie bailout, there is a possibility that my home value will not fall any more, nor will other homes fall any more, not much more. That means, if homes are unaffordable now, they won't be affordable later, thanks to the government bailout. So all of the people screaming about "saving the housing market," have just screwed young people trying to buy a new home. Your complaints and the congress listening, have caused homes to STAY unaffordable.
John [ Edgar Hoover ] didn't like one Negro in particular: Martin Luther King Jr. John sent his agents to infiltrate and spy on communists, socialists, peace activists and those Negroes silly enough to think that the Constitution applied to them. John had his minions form the Counterintelligence Program - COINTELPRO for short - to infiltrate various groups.
For some of the black groups, John ordered his agents not only to infiltrate but to disrupt and neutralize. In addition to King, John's favorite target was the Black Panther Party. John's myrmidons used agents provocateurs and informants to create dissension within Panther ranks. Soon there were two Panther factions at war with one another. One eventually became the Black Liberation Army, an organization dedicated to killing cops.
If there's one moral to the little tale told above, one lesson to be learned, it's this: The FBI practically created the Black Liberation Army.
The idea behind No Child Left Behind is good, but like many people said, school systems will find a way to scam the intent because not all schools are equal. Maryland scammed the intent:
State education officials acknowledged yesterday for the first time that they had changed the Maryland School Assessment this year in a way that experts say contributed to an unusually large rise in student test scores.
According to experts, the test was shorter though not easier, which might have meant that students taking it were less tired. The tests have been given in grades three through eight in reading and math for the past five years."There was a psychological advantage," said Ronald A. Peiffer, Maryland deputy state school superintendent. "They weren't as tired this year. ... It doesn't mean it wasn't as difficult."
In addition, some test questions were more directly aligned with the state's curriculum than before. That change occurred because Maryland substituted locally written questions for a small number that had come from a national standardized test in previous years.
Such large increases had not been seen before during the five years that the test has been administered and were a red flag to a standing panel of education testing experts - known as psycometricians - hired by the Maryland State Department of Education to advise them on the validity of test scores.
It's easier to scam the results than deal with and correct the results.
Fox has a tape of Jesse Jackson, Sr. saying some foul ish. Or better yet, O'Reilly has the tape and he planned on using a portion of it. The other portion "wasn't news worthy" but Jackson, Sr. came out and apologized before the tape was released.
Now, all of a sudden, "someone" releases the transcript and the tape but O'Reilly says he has nothing to do with it.
OK, I just heard a sound bite of Fed Chair Bernake (I'll fix spelling and stuff later) where he said he is less concerned about the soundness of institutions than with the credit availability that is needed to keep the economy going.
I have to hunt this down, because this can't be correct and if it is, I need context. That quote can be taken a number of ways, and frankly, all of them are bad IMO and is a prime reason the financial mess is occurring.
So, again I have to ask, what is the difference between commenting "in private" vs commenting "in public"?
Blacks question attitudes of some Blacks in the barbershop, beauty shop, cook out, Black talk radio, and Black media. But that doesn't count as public? Why not? It's not like these conversations aren't known about among Black people. So why is saying it in public so much better especially when things were trying to be done when it was in private?
Jackson, too, has called for
parental responsibility. I was part of the national media that gave
glowing coverage to his PUSH for Excellence drive in the 1970s. Across
the country he preached to black youths that: "You are not a man
because you can make a baby. You're only a man if you can raise a baby,
protect a baby and provide for a baby."
First (not really but let's start there) there was the [non]response by FEMA, state, and local officials during Katrina. Then, there was FEMA knowing about dangerous environment in the trailers they provided, now we have the government bailing out the quasi-public/private Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac companies.
LOS ANGELES -- A proposal to define a fertilized human egg as a person will land on Colorado's ballot this November, marking the first time that the question of when life begins will go before voters anywhere in the nation.
The Human Life Amendment, also known as the personhood amendment, says the words "person" or "persons" in the state constitution should "include any human being from the moment of fertilization." If voters agreed, legal experts say, it would give fertilized eggs the same legal rights and protections to which people are entitled.
Let me say something about this. While the pro-life people are backing this and the pro-abortion people are up in arms, those who should be concerned the most are people who use different fertility treatment methods to conceive. When eggs are harvested and fertilized in a dish, some are implanted while some are frozen. What happens to the embryos frozen but not implanted? If they are destroyed, then what? Will criminal charges be filed then? And if so, what does THAT mean to fertility treatment methods in general?
"Being a president is tough 'cause you're not just running the country. You got to run your family too," Mac said. "Having a black first lady is different. You're still going to have to do the dishes and the laundry and all that … 'You got to pick up the kids. You didn't pick up the kids?'"
Bernie Mac tells an off colored joke and people get upset? Haven't they SEEN a Bernie Mac comedy routine?
The same might be said about the so-called African American perspective on other such disparate issues as faith-based initiatives, Obama's word choices, wife Michelle Obama, hip-hop, shoe and hair styles, what's beautiful, what's ugly, abortion, gun control, watermelon, California wildfires, chitlins, pit bulls, personal responsibility, societal responsibility, the Baptist Church, the Catholic Church, Jeremiah Wright, the Nation of Islam, missile defense, the estate tax and half-smokes.
I worry even more that Watson confessed to me that "we shouldn't expect
that [ethnically] different persons have equal intelligence, because we
don't know that. And people say that these should be the same [that is,
all ethnic groups] . . . I think the answer is we don't know." Later,
he remarked that "we're not all the same," by which he meant
genetically, across ethnic groups. Soon, some scientist somewhere will
claim to have proved this, and that claim could be deeply problematic
for the future of black people in this society, even if my rights to
equal treatment under the law are not predicated upon the hypothesis
that all human groups have the same genetic endowments. Watson's
tendency to theorize about groups -- a very human tendency --
undermines his declared belief that humans should be judged as
Afterward, I realized what fear my conversation with Watson had
confirmed: that the idea of innate group inferiority is still on the
table, despite all the progress blacks have made in this society, and
that the last great battle over racism will not be fought over access
to a lunch counter, or the right to vote, or even the right to occupy
the White House;
it will be fought in a laboratory, under a microscope, on the
battleground of our DNA. That is where we, as a society, will resolve
the contentious claim that groups are, by nature, differently
advantaged in the most important way: over the degree of reason or
intelligence that they ostensibly possess.
People in my family faced this directly, and after the Civil Rights Act, and time to allow government to punish people and companies, it is "amazing" the progress many people in my family made. I don't understand why Henry Lewis Gates didn't understand this from the start.
I don't think Jesse Jackson, Sr's comments were staged as some people are wondering. I think he was caught a** out. Remember, I said this was an "old guard" vs. "new school" Black political fight. If the language were more temperate, then I would consider it to staged. So, cut (hah!) the Sistah Souljah reference on that one.
His divisive and demeaning comments about the presumptive Democratic
nominee—and, I believe, the next president of the United
States—contradict his inspiring and courageous career," he said in a
"Rev. Jackson is my dad and I'll always love him," the congressman
continued. "I thoroughly reject and repudiate his ugly rhetoric. He
should keep hope alive and any personal attacks and insults to himself."
I think this is more than just Obama "talking down to" Black folks as Jesse Jackson, Sr. claimed. I think this is "old guard" vs. "new school".
Bill Clinton pimp smacked Jesse Jackson, Sr years ago when he commented on a rapper few people had heard of, Sistah Souljah. So, when that happened, I remember seeing video footage and still shots of Jesse Jackson, Sr. sitting at the podium, seething over what was being said. But, I don't recall Jesse Jackson, Sr. saying anything about that moment, in "hushed tones," to a brother, sister, or any other newscaster/talking head over an open mic.
What media savvy person DOESN'T assume all mics are open?
Mrs. D.S. was shocked that Jesse Jackson, Sr. said what he did. "It's one thing to criticize someone. That would have been fair game, but for a REVEREND to say something vulgar like that makes you wonder what else he has said.
My response was, "I haven't used reverend as a part of his title since news came out about the child he fathered outside of his marriage if not before then."