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Creating a space for Black Youth online

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2009 at 10:24 am

According to a recent article by the Christian Monitor, a significant number of black youths in the United States believe they are treated worse than immigrants.   The Black Youth Project, created out of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, aims to become a one-stop shop for young African-Americans (the target age group is  15-17) and those who share their concerns.

Weekly blogs cover topics such as the portrayal of blacks in the media, gender, violence, and the current healthcare debate.

“Frustrated black youths take to the internet”- [Christian Science Monitor]
The Black Youth Project – [Black Youth Project]

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The Decade Part 1: People to Know {pop culture}

In People and Pop Culture on December 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Quadruplets Kenny, Martina, Ray and Carol Crouch were the first quadruplets admitted to Yale.

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Lou Jing, a young contestant on China’s version of American Idol, sparks debate within the country (and around the world), on race and identity.

Genevieve Jones (accessories designer), Shala Monroque (editor-in-chief of Pop Magazine), and Desiree Rogers (former President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, current Social Secretary) were introduced to the world as “Socialites 2.0”.  While these women party in style, they have the brains and business sense to back up their beauty.

Why Didn’t We Report This? Marie Ndaye- Génie littéraire… Femme Noire

In Global on December 10, 2009 at 12:00 am

In better late than never reporting for Le Monde Noir,  Marie Ndaye, a Senegalese-French woman, was the first black woman to win France’s Prix Goncourt, the country’s top literary prize in November.  She is also the first woman to win the prize since 1998.  She won for her novel Trois femmes puissantes (Three Powerful Women). Ms. Ndaye has also been a vocal critic of Sarkozy’s France as it has been reported that she moved to Berlin in 2007 because she found the city to be “freer” than France.

Interestingly, Ms. Ndaye distanced her win’s significance as a first for a person of black heritage.  She states, “I don’t represent anything or anyone. I have met many French people raised in Africa who are more African than I am.”

Black Woman Wins Prix Goncourt for the First Time – [Guardian]
New Literary Star Marie Ndiaye takes on France’s old guard- [CS Monitor]

Defending Desiree

In government on December 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm

The Black Socialite has an excellent op-ed piece about the recent brouhaha concerning Desiree Rogers and the media’s attempt to “put her in her place”.  For the most part, I found that the article was wonderfully written.  It seems quite evident that the media (including, unfortunately, some blacks in the media) cannot seem to handle the fact that Ms. Rogers is talented, smart, rich, and beautiful.  Now, considering the economic climate Ms. Rogers must be careful to balance her love of fashion with the need to be sensitive to the current financial pressures that many Americans are facing.  However, the current crisis with the White House Party crashers was a security issue, first and foremost, that has nothing to do with Ms. Rogers as a person, only with her understanding of proper White House party-planning protocol.

My only critique of the article is The Black Socialite’s statement that ” So, if you truly support this Administration… criticize in private and praise publicly.”  Ladies and gentleman, we cannot be equal in some ways and not be equal in others.   Petty gossip and unwarranted negativity whose purpose is to tarnish the image of a kind of African-Americans we rarely see in this country is one thing.  Questions concerning protocol, policy, and propriety are another.  We should hold this administration to the same standards we would any other. However, I understand Black Socialite’s call to not stand for those in the media who continue to try to tear down members of our community who we should above all continue to be proud of and promote.

Le Monde Noir TV: Esperanza Spalding at the White House

In Entertainment on December 9, 2009 at 11:21 pm