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Johnny Kemp dead at 55, found floating on a beach...

Johnny Kemp dead at 55, found floating on a beach near Montego Bay

theGRIO REPORT - Johnny Kemp, known for his 1988 smash hit "Just Got Paid," has died...
Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has quadruple...

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has quadruple coronary bypass surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery...
Lawsuit accuses former basketball coach, father...

Lawsuit accuses former basketball coach, father of discrimination against players

theGRIO REPORT - Two basketball players in St. George, Utah, are suing Dixie State University for discrimination after they said the basketball coach and her father racially discriminated against them and openly questioned their sexual orientation...
‘Basketball Wives’ Jackie Christie: Keep your...

‘Basketball Wives’ Jackie Christie: Keep your man comfortable, be quiet

theGRIO REPORT - 'Basketball Wives' star Jackie Christie has some advice for the love interests of NBA players in the playoffs: Keep them comfortable, then be quiet...
Chris Brown debuts touching photos of his...

Chris Brown debuts touching photos of his daughter: ‘God has blessed me with my twin’

theGRIO REPORT - Chris Brown confirms reports that he is a father by posting an adorable photo of his 10-month-old daughter Royalty...
1-year-old struck in drive-by shooting, family...

1-year-old struck in drive-by shooting, family says infant now brain-dead

theGRIO REPORT - Police are still looking for the men responsible for the drive-by shooting in which a 1-year-old girl was hit. Police said the incident began with road rage, according to a KIRO-TV report...

Black Enterprise

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

But when the educators that stood trial—all of them black—were convicted of racketeering and lesser…
Thousands Of Low Wage Workers Show Up To ‘Fight...

Thousands Of Low Wage Workers Show Up To ‘Fight for $15′

Workers who attended the protests said that the problems fast-food workers face reflect issues in…
Justice League NYC Began their MARCH2JUSTICE

Justice League NYC Began their MARCH2JUSTICE

Activist coalition marches from NYC to Capitol Hill (D.C.) to deliver legislation.
The EU Files Formal Charges Against Google

The EU Files Formal Charges Against Google

Charges against Google claim that the company promotes its own services above those of its…
‘We Will Never Forget You’ : One year Since...

‘We Will Never Forget You’ : One year Since Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted

Yesterday marked one year since Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from a boarding school in the…
Kevin Hart Wins MTV Comedic Genius Award

Kevin Hart Wins MTV Comedic Genius Award

Last night, Kevin Hart won the MTV Comedic Genius Award. The actor brought his children…

The Root

Labor Department Charges Ala. Hyundai Supplier...

Labor Department Charges Ala. Hyundai Supplier With Obstructing Investigation 

A major Hyundai supplier in Selma, Ala., has been hit with a temporary restraining order after allegedly threatening workers who spoke out against health and safety conditions at the plant, resulting in the termination of a whistleblower.

Black Lawyers Launch Independent Investigation of...

Black Lawyers Launch Independent Investigation of North Charleston Police Shooting

A video viewed by millions shows a white policeman fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed black man. But it’s not a slam dunk, warns a black lawyers group. There are legal scenarios in which full justice could elude the victim, Walter Scott, and his family.

US Official: Extradition of Assata Shakur From...

US Official: Extradition of Assata Shakur From Cuba to States Still Up for Discussion

The U.S. is not letting the matter of getting Assata Shakur extradited back to the States go gently into that good night, despite being told numerous times that Cuban officials have said that the topic is off the table.

R&B Singer Johnny Kemp Dead at 55  

R&B Singer Johnny Kemp Dead at 55  

Updated Friday, April 17, 7:25 p.m. EDT: According to the Associated Press, Jamaica police said Kemp was found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning. 

2 Female Texas Teens Rap About Lynching Black Boys

2 Female Texas Teens Rap About Lynching Black Boys

Two white female high school students from Texas emailed letters to classmates and teachers at their school apologizing for a racist song that they recorded, in which they can be heard rapping about lynching “n--gas,” according to Raw Story.

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Apologizes to Eric Harris’...

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Apologizes to Eric Harris’ Family

Addressing the public for the first time on the Today show, the volunteer deputy who killed Eric Harris in Tulsa, Okla., claimed that it was not his intention to kill the unarmed man and that he is in shock, USA Today reports.

Black Voices (Huffington Post)

So You're About To Become A Minority...

So You're About To Become A Minority...

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, white people have another 30 years to enjoy being America's majority race. But come 2045, the white population will make up less than 50 percent of the American population for the first time ever. So what's a privileged white person to do? Luckily for Caucasians everywhere, "The HuffPost Show" put together a helpful guide to ease the white transition into life as a minority.

Watch more from "The HuffPost Show" here.

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Issa Rae Is 'Tired' Of Constantly Being Asked...

Issa Rae Is 'Tired' Of Constantly Being Asked About The Black Experience

Shonda Rhimes made news this week when she declared she was done discussing the idea of racial diversity on TV, and her fellow Essence magazine cover star Issa Rae understands how Rhimes feels, she said on "The HuffPost Show" on Friday.

The The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl author told hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill:

[Rhimes is] absolutely right that this is normal, that's a normal part of American society, so it makes sense that diversity should be represented on television. But I do get tired of being asked to constantly speak about the black experience. If I'm writing an article, it's like, 'Hey, we love your writing, we just want you to talk about being black and why you're mad about it.' And that's frustrating. I'm like, what if I'm not mad today?

Watch more from "The HuffPost Show" here.

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How to Teach Men of Color: Four Critical...

How to Teach Men of Color: Four Critical Conditions

This post is co-authored with Frank Harris III @fharris3 - Associate Professor, Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University; Khalid White @brother_white - Professor, Ethnic Studies and Umoja Program Coordinator at San Jose City College; and Marissa Vasquez-Urias @mvasquez619 - Lecturer, Community College Leadership at San Diego State University


As scholars of the male of color experience in college, we are often asked whether all faculty can effectively teach men of color. Most often, what is really being asked is whether White faculty can teach these men. While increased faculty diversity is a key component of success for all students, we do believe that faculty of all backgrounds can effectively teach men of color. That being said, there are four critical elements that must be in place to effectively educate men of color. We offer these recommendations for all faculty interested in improving their success.

Challenge Them

Writing in the 1960's, Nevitt Sanford argued that students developed and experienced success when two factors were present: challenge and support. Sanford believed that all students must be challenged academically with rigorous coursework. Lectures, assignments, discussions, and out-of-class work should push students to higher academic horizons. Students should be challenged to think critically, creatively, and to learn how to apply difficult concepts to their everyday lives.

Support Them

However, challenge cannot and should not occur in isolation. Sanford noted that challenge must be accompanied with support. We like to think about support as relating to direct assistance that students receive from faculty and support personnel. Faculty can hold office hours, make themselves available to students before and after class, and be responsive to phone calls and emails received from students. Colleges can provide support services such as tutoring, advising, counseling, and library services. Of course, students must be aware of available support, perceive available support as being reliable, and know that it can meet their needs.

Sanford noted that there is an optimal balance between challenge and support. Too much challenge and too little support can create an environment where students' needs aren't met, resulting in frustration and potential departure. In contrast, when there is little challenge and too much support, students can take learning for granted, become disengaged due to a lack of rigor, and develop a disinterest in their education. As a result, high levels of both challenge and support are necessary for the success of students.

Believe in Them

While challenge and support are critical for students' academic and personal growth, they are not enough for men of color. Why? Because these concepts were developed with the assumption that certain preconditions were in place that rarely ever are, particularly for our men of color.

Prior to challenge, high expectations and belief in students' ability to succeed must be evident. In other words, a faculty member can challenge a student all they want, yet if that student doesn't know that the faculty member believes in them, they'll never rise to meet that challenge. Students must know that faculty members believe in their ability to succeed. Believing in students means having high expectations for them, which should be communicated through both verbal and non-verbal actions. Given the stereotypical perceptions of men of color as unintelligent, high expectations are necessary to disrupt prior messages of inferiority and communicate to students that they are capable of success. With high expectations, students will feel empowered to meet the academic challenges set before them in the classroom.

Care about Them

Challenge and high expectations must also be met with support. That being said, support may be available and useful, but if faculty and staff do not communicate an authentic care for students, then the support will go unused. Students must believe that faculty members authentically care about them, personally and academically. Without authenticity, students will be weary of using support services and meeting with faculty, especially if they think that these interactions will highlight certain inabilities. Given the apprehension of many men of color to seek out help from faculty and staff, authentic care can reduce their apprehension to engage support by creating a foundation of trust.

When faculty members' challenge and support of students are met with high expectations and authentic care, the necessary conditions for student success are fostered. Regardless of background, faculty members who embody these four elements in their relationships and teaching practice with men of color will experience greater levels of success. To be clear, faculty who have success in teaching men of color do not possess some magical superpower, they treat them with care and believe in them. As adeptly stated by Asa Hilliard, to be an effective educator "the first thing you do is treat them like human beings and the second thing you do is love them".

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This post is a revised excerpt from Teaching Men of Color in the Community College: A Guidebook

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This New Play Brings Pennsylvania's School...

This New Play Brings Pennsylvania's School Funding Crisis To Life

Playwright Arden Kass doesn't just want you to know the statistics regarding school funding disparities in Pennsylvania -- that the state's poorest schools receive 33 percent less in state and local funding per pupil than the richest schools. She wants you to feel them.

"When you are presented with news reporting and statistics and graphics, it's very easy to distance yourself from the problems in the public schools if you happen to be a Pennsylvania resident who doesn’t have kids exactly in a public school," said Kass, who currently has one child in the Philadelphia public school system and another who recently graduated. “But what theater can do is humanize things and intellectualize things and get to people’s hearts.”

Kass is the co-creator of “School Play,” which showcases a series of monologues from characters who have been hurt by the slashing of school budgets. Their stories are based on interviews with more than 100 individuals, including teachers, students and parents

The production -- which Kass developed with fellow playwright Seth Bauer and director Edward Sobel -- made its debut in a Philadelphia theater in early April. “School Play” ran for only a few nights in Philly, but it is the hope of Kass and her collaborators that people around the country will use the script to promote school funding in their own communities. The goal is 20 performances of the play between now and June.

Scroll down to listen to audio from “School Play.”

The idea for the play grew out of Kass' volunteer work in 2013 with Public Citizens for Children and Youth, an advocacy group that ultimately funded the development of the show. Kass was helping PCCY in its effort to deliver letters from schoolchildren to state lawmakers. The letters contained pleas to increase school funding.

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Jaylene Clark Owens and Bi Jean Ngo perform in "School Play." (Photo courtesy of Anthony Hopkins/PCCY)

“I found the kids' voices so powerful. I really couldn’t stop thinking about them,” said Kass.

When she mentioned her idea for the play, PCCY jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

“We were looking for a way to bring the school funding crisis happening in Pennsylvania and also across the country into the homes and communities in every part of this state,” said Donna Cooper, executive director of PCCY. “We expose problems, but I was looking for a vehicle that would get out of people’s heads and get into their hearts.”

Below are "School Play" monologues recorded by two of the actresses for The Huffington Post. In the first, actress Jaylene Clark Owens speaks as character Marlene Goebich, a drama teacher.

Do I feel appreciated by the kids? Yes. By the larger district? Not at all, no. I'm a cog in the machine. If I fell over, then some other cog would replace me. Like, I can't imagine that the superintendent wakes up at night and worries that I have paper or I have to run off a test. I'm sure he doesn't worry. Or he doesn't worry like, like -- we're in a costume room, I could walk around the costume room, and what I've paid for, most of what is in this room because that's where it comes from. And did we make enough money to reimburse me? Well, if we do, we do, and if we don't, whatever, it's what it is.

I have three jobs. My other job is I'm a waitress/bartender for private party service and -- I'm embarrassed. And the other one is I do taxes in the offseason. And oh, and then my fourth job I guess like -- in the summer it depends, some years I'm, um, a delivery driver for Primo's Hoagies. Sometimes I'm a waitress. Depends.

I have a doctorate in education. Education and with a specialty in creativity and theater. And I have four jobs to support my job. So I'm single. I spend five, six thousand dollars a year, that's like cash for supplies. Yeah. Can you imagine telling a lawyer, "Bring your own paper?"

In the next monologue, actress Bi Jean Ngo plays a school guidance counselor named Melana Sims.

A family came to me last year. They were new to the area. From New York. And when I met with them, as we meet with all the new students, something just told me to ask them what was bringing them here. So I started to ask questions, and they started telling me that basically they came here with nothing. And when some people say we have nothing, it's interpreted like they might not have everything they need. And sometimes it literally means nothing.

So I asked where they were staying, and they were staying in one of our housing projects. And I told them, I said, well, I'll gather some stuff up and I can drop it off, I live five minutes away. And when I got there that night, they were sitting on the linoleum floor in the projects. You know, there are a lot of times people think they have it rough or they think that they're poor, but that, in fact, is poor -- when you're sitting on a bare floor waiting for your counselor to come with a pot so you can cook the food that you just got off your food stamps. So I went into panic mode and gathered up a bunch of stuff from people. At least got them some bedding and pillows and things like that.

It's, it's discouraging sometimes whenever people will criticize or critique how we do on standardized testing versus some of the other districts. But our demographics are very different. But we're making gains, we're always making gains. Sometimes it's just not portrayed in such a way where we're at the level that we need to be, but we are getting there. We're making positive ... We’re taking steps to, to improve upon that, and we do, you know, make gains.

Below, Owens speaks as character Doug Herman, a high school teacher.

There was one student -- he was in 10th grade at the time. He really struggled, like connecting with his peers. He didn’t know how to just be a kid, and it was because of the experiences he was having outside of school. He was living a very rough life. There were some moments when he felt like he was kinda homeless. Other times he just witnessed stuff -- in his real day-to-day life, where people that he cared about got killed, and then he’d come to school and it really wasn’t a safe place. There were a couple of places it was safe. He’d come to my classroom, we’d have lunch.

One day he came to talk to me on a Friday -- we always had a staff meeting on Friday afternoons -- he came to me right at the end of the school day. And I was like, “Hey, man, I gotta go to the meeting.” And then I heard all this chaos out in the hallway -- like stuff like smashing and breaking. And I found him like just losing his mind. I tried to calm him down and he turned on me. Like, he started to attack me. He was just in a blind rage, and I calmed him down, I got him to relax.

But then I recognized that we were about to go into a long weekend. And he was now going to have like three or four days of not having this safe place to go to and not knowing where he was going to sleep and if he was going to have food -- and so he had this like really crazy moment where he just lost his cool completely. And there was something in me that was like, We Need To Put This Kid On The Stage. I saw -- the emotions that I saw coming out of that child in this moment, I was like, if we can channel that and show him how to use that.

We started a drama program. And by the end of the year, he went from that kid who everyone avoided, and he became like the star of the school. He was amazing on stage. He graduated, he went to college, he went into acting. He still looks back with kind eyes. He knew if he didn’t have that after-school program and that summer program, that he envisioned a very different future. He just thought he was going to jail.

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Etch-a-Sketch Artist Recreates Iconic Obama Image...

Etch-a-Sketch Artist Recreates Iconic Obama Image for 4/20 (VIDEO)

April 20th is upon us once again. To celebrate cannabis culture’s “high-holiday” we had Etch-a-Sketch artist Bryan Madden recreate the iconic image of a puffing future President Barack Obama.

While Obama has openly discussed his pot use on several occasions -- “I inhaled frequently, that was the point!" -- the photographer who shot the image during Obama’s freshman year of college claims it is not a joint but rather from a “pack of cigarettes” Obama brought to the shoot.

Yeah, sure, we totally believe you.

Recreating the photo with the classic art toy took Madden three attempts over the course of four hours. A tedious task to be sure, but fortunately Madden often has a little 4/20-appropriate assistance. “[Smoking pot] is helpful because Etch A Sketching is a very tedious operation so anything to make it a little more enjoyable is a benefit” he explains. “Most artists, I think, probably smoke pot. It does, you know, enhance creativity with a lot of people.”

While Madden is pro-legalization of marijuana, his portrait subject has not fully come around on the issue. During a interview with Vice, Obama said that legalization “shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority.” Instead the President encouraged America’s youth to make causes like climate change and jobs their primary concern.

For his part, Madden understands that making big changes to policy is not always easy. His project is about seeing the President from a different perspective, not taking him to task for his stance on pot.

“I feel the photo depicts young Obama as a cool guy and makes him relatable. I'd sooner vote for that guy than an antiquated, Prohibition-era type,” he told The Huffington Post. "Legalization is going to happen, but I don't put it on Obama to make it happen now, regardless of his stance on the issue. He has important things to do and I can't imagine this topic is at the top of his list.”

But should the opportunity ever arise, Madden would be more than happy to take a toke with the Commander In Chief.

“I would happily smoke a joint with any president,” the artist said. “Any president that’s not an evil dictator or runs a suppressive regime.”

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Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Kaylyn Sigman is a high school senior with big plans. A star soccer player from a poor rural Appalachian Ohio community who loves calculus and creative writing, she's college-bound this fall and dreams of becoming a middle school special education teacher. Kaylyn's overcome a lot to arrive where she is today. Her parents' relationship was rocky throughout her childhood, and they finally divorced when she was 10, leaving Kaylyn's mother alone to raise her, her younger sister, and her two younger brothers, who were adopted. Her mother, who suffers from seizures, worked as a labor and delivery nurse but is now on disability. Both brothers have special mental health needs, and Kaylyn, a bright student who skipped second grade and was reading at the ninth-grade level in third grade, has ADHD, all leading to an ongoing pile of medical appointments and bills. After her father left, Kaylyn's family struggled in poverty, moving seven times in four years, trying to find an affordable place to stay. Kaylyn's mother says that when they lost their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) benefits last year, their family never would have survived the toughest times without PB and J Day, held once a week during the summer months at the children's school thanks to the local County Children's Services Agency. They'd come home with enough bread, peanut butter and jelly for each family member to have one sandwich for three meals a day until the next pickup.

Kaylyn is one of five inspiring high school seniors whom the Children's Defense Fund (Ohio) is honoring this month with a Beat the Odds® award and college scholarship. But millions of other children continue to go hungry every day in our wealthy nation. Some aren't even lucky enough to be able to count on peanut butter sandwiches to get them through. What do those hungry families do?

SNAP helps feed 21 million children -- more than one in four children in our nation. SNAP prevents children and families from going hungry, improves overall health, and reduces poverty among families that benefit from it. The extra resources it provides lifted 2.1 million children out of poverty in 2013. It's the second most effective program for rescuing families from poverty, and the most effective program for rescuing families from deep poverty. SNAP doesn't just keep a child from going to school or bed hungry but has long-lasting effects. Research shows that children with access to food stamps are less likely to experience stunted growth, heart disease, and obesity by age 19 and are nearly 20-percent more likely to complete high school. And SNAP's positive effects extend beyond individual children and families to entire communities. During a recession, the impact of SNAP's economic growth is estimated to be from $1.73 to $1.79 for every dollar of benefits provided. In short, SNAP works. It's critical that SNAP be improved and expanded, not cut as proposed under the House and Senate Republican proposed budgets.

Although we know cuts to SNAP would mean millions of children might lose benefits and be more likely to go hungry and suffer the long-term negative impacts of hunger, and despite the fact that every major bipartisan budget commission has said that SNAP should not be cut, that's just what current Republican budget blueprints in the House and Senate are proposing. Worse, the House budget plan would block grant SNAP and cut its funding by $125 billion -- more than a third -- from 2021 to 2025. The Senate budget doesn't provide enough detail to tell exactly how SNAP would fare, but it cuts non-health entitlement programs serving low- and moderate-income people -- which includes SNAP -- by 24 percent.

SNAP benefits now average less than $1.40 a person a meal, and as critical as they are, they're not enough for many low-income families like Kaylyn's. In 2013, 54 percent of families receiving SNAP were still food-insecure, and overall one in nine children in our nation didn't have enough to eat. During the recession Congress recognized that SNAP benefits were too low for many and increased the value of the maximum benefit by 13.6 percent. The impact was powerful: Some 831,000 children were kept out of poverty in 2010 as a result of the change. But Congress ended that increase in November 2013. Further slashing SNAP benefits now will cause even more children to go hungry, push families deeper into poverty, and have negative repercussions for the entire nation.

There are many other choices. The Children's Defense Fund's recent Ending Child Poverty Now report shows that increasing SNAP benefits by 30 percent would decrease hunger for 12.6 million families with children, and that the added resources would lift 1.8 million children out of poverty, reducing child poverty by 16 percent. Families like Kaylyn's need more help, not less -- and it's not too late for our leaders on all sides of the political aisle to do the right thing. In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice. Tell these leaders seeking to make already hungry children hungrier that they should instead cut the $38 billion from the defense budget that the Pentagon did not ask for and restore the $269 billion in lost revenue from the repeal of the estate tax that only helps the wealthiest two tenths of the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. It boggles my mind to try to understand such skewed moral values and lack of understanding that the real security of our nation is in the minds and bodies and education of our children.

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Young Thug and Birdman Stunt Hard in 'Constantly...

Young Thug and Birdman Stunt Hard in 'Constantly Hating'

Thugga fearlessly addresses his haters.
Jamie Foxx Announces New Album, Hollywood

Jamie Foxx Announces New Album, Hollywood

The actor also sang Tinder profiles on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Johnny Kemp Dies at 55

Johnny Kemp Dies at 55

Details behind "Just Got Paid" singer's death are unknown.
Kendrick Lamar Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at...

Kendrick Lamar Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'King Kunta'

K. Dot walks fans through the making of latest visual.
DeJ Loaf Shows Off Her Sexual Side in New Music...

DeJ Loaf Shows Off Her Sexual Side in New Music Video

The rapper releases another single from Sell Sole mixtape.
Jay Z Makes Personal Thank You Calls to Tidal...

Jay Z Makes Personal Thank You Calls to Tidal Users

Jay Z calls Tidal users to thank them for their support.

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H. Hartford Brookins Dies

H. Hartford Brookins Dies

Romney Faces Tough Questions from Black Leaders

Romney Faces Tough Questions from Black Leaders

2010 Census Missed More Than 1.5 Million...

2010 Census Missed More Than 1.5 Million Minorities

Toxins Poison Florida Community

Toxins Poison Florida Community

VIDEO: Man Puts Child in Washer Machine,...

VIDEO: Man Puts Child in Washer Machine, Babysitter Watches

UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit

UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit