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National Honor Society Student Falsely Incarcerated, then Murdered in Cold Blood

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Scholarship in Action

David Clarke was in prison for four years for a murder he did not commit.  Clarke spent years trying to plead for his innocence and no one was listening.  He was a National Honor Society student on his way to college, where he was a sure thing to receive a scholarship.

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Former FBI Director Calls for a Stay on the Execution of Troy Davis

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Tavis Smiley Says He’s Not an Obama Critic: Hmmmmmm

tavis smiley says he's not a critic of barack obama

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What Beyonce’s Pregnancy Says about Single and Married Black Women

what beyonce's pregnancy says about black single mothers

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

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A 24-Year High on Black Unemployment Means that It’s Time to Wake Up

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Dr. Boyce: Why I Won’t Be Seeing “The Help”

The new film, “The Help,” starring  Emma StoneViola Davis and Octavia Spencer has gotten a bit of buzz recently.   The film is based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett about two black maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the late 1960s.  I was curious about the film, since my first impression is that it is a female version of “Driving Miss Daisy.”  I can’t say, however, that I am curious enough to want to watch it – for I’ve seen films like this one before.

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THE INSTITUTE OF THE BLACK WORLD PRESENTS THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PRESIDENTIAL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION

                                                                                                FRIDAY JUNE 18, 2010

Black America: The Economic State of Emergency

Rayburn House Office Building ROOM 2237

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Opening Ceremony

Welcome-Rick Adams* , Chair of the IBW Board of Directors and Convener for the Commission
Overview and Introduction of the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission Members Dr. Ron Daniels*, President of IBW
Opening remarks-Dr. Elsie Scott* President Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

                               Greetings- Hon. John Conyers*, Member of Congress

                               Greetings-Hon Barbara Lee*, Member of Congress
                               Citation in Memory of Shirley Chisholm-

1- 2:30 PM Public Panel One: The Human Face of the Economic Crisis

Moderator- Attorney Nkechi Taifa*-Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundation, Washington, DC

                                    Mr. Walter Fields* -Executive Editor, North Star News, Newark, New Jersey

Dedrick Muhammad*- Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC

Ms. Faye Moore*- President, Social Services Employees Union Local 371, New York, New York


2:30- 4 PM Public Panel Two: Legislative and Policy Solutions to the Economic Crisis

Moderator- Dr. Duchess Harris*- Associate Professor, American Studies, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Dr Ron Walters*- Pre-eminent political scientist, author, distinguished leadership scholar, College Park, MD
Dr. Julianne Malveaux*- President, Bennett College for Women, economist, author, commentator, Founder & Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc, Bennett College, Greensboro, NC
Erica L. Williams*- Deputy Director for Progress 2050, Center for American Progress, Washington DC

4 PM Closing Remarks

(The people with a (*) by their name are confirmed.)

Rick Adams, Chair Institute of the Black World (IBW)

                                  Convener, Chisholm Presidential Commission  Contact: 412-580-8084

Dr. Ron Daniels, Founder, Institute of the Black World (IBW)

President of IBW., Contact 718-533-1624

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Is Barack Obama at Risk of Being Labeled an "Angry Black Man?"

 

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Black News: Killer of Three Black College Students Gets 30-years to Life

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, The Institute for Black Public Policy

Nearly three years ago, two black college students and a friend were murdered in a schoolyard in Newark, NJ. Monday, a jury returned guilty verdicts for three of the murders and one attempted murder after deliberating for less than a day.
Rodolfo Godinez, a 26-year old gang member and native of Nicaragua, was convicted of all charges against him, including multiple counts of robbery, weapons possession and conspiracy. He can get up to 30 years to life for each murder count, and the sentences can be given out consecutively.
"This man will never see the light of day," said Robert D. Laurino, the acting Essex County prosecutor.
Sentencing for Godinez is set for July 8. His lawyer, Roy Greenman, said,"Obviously, there will be an appeal on a number of grounds," but he declined to state the grounds on which he’d be filing.
The prosecution did not assert that Godinez was the one who hacked at the victims with a machete or shot each of them execution-style, in the back of the head. He was argued, however, to be the one who summoned the other gang members to the schoolyard on the night when the murders took place. The murders were particularly chilling because all four of the victims were "good kids" with no criminal history and educational plans for the future.

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Should Black Women Be Offended by Kagan’s Nomination?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

To the disappointment of the Black Women’s Roundtable, Elena Kagan was the latest white American to leapfrog in front of black women for a chance to serve on the Supreme Court. The second-class citizenship of African American women has been consistently enforced by our nation, going back 221 years to the date that the Supreme Court was founded. This nomination was especially disheartening for those who felt that the year of Dorothy Height’s death would be the perfect time for the nation’s first black President to do what should have been done long ago and nominate a black woman for the highest court in the land.

"Needless to say, we are disconcerted by the perceived lack of real consideration of any of the extremely qualified African American women as potential nominees," reads the statement released by the Black Women’s Roundtable.
After this is over, President Barack Obama will have serious trouble re-inspiring the millions of African American women who left the Hillary Clinton camp to back his "Hope and change" campaign. There was no logical reason for him to pass over a black woman for consideration for this post, only political reasons. Kagan was the nominee that could shore up the white female vote for mid-term elections and help the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party stop the bleeding set to occur in November. Roland Martin does a wonderful job of breaking down the losses within the black female demographic that are set to occur as a result of the Kagan snub on the Supreme Court.

 

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Dr. Boyce Video on AOL Black Voices – 4/28/10

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Dr. Boyce Video: Latino Studies Professor on What You Need to Know About Immigration

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Dr. Boyce Video — Michael Bivins of Bel Biv DeVoe & Alfred Edmond of Black Enterprise on African American Music & Business

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Dr. Boyce Video — Talking Black Finance With Expert Ryan Mack

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Dr. Boyce on ABC News: Financial Questions You Should Ask Your Partner

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Finance Professor – Syracuse University

As a Finance Professor, I find it incredibly ironic that many people get married without talking about money. They talk about every kind of compatibility from emotional, to spiritual, sexual, and professional, but they seldom take the time necessary to ensure that they can tolerate the idea of sharing their financial life with a person who may not be on the same page. This problem is compounded in black relationships, where many women describe economic hurdles as one of the reasons that black women have trouble finding the right mate.

 

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Black Leadership Forum Held in New York City on April 17

APRIL 14-17 SHERATON NEW YORK HOTEL & TOWERS, NYC

New York, New York – Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will host its annual national conference from April 14th – 17th at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City. This four-day event will convene hundreds of delegates and prominent leaders in civil rights, business, politics, labor, entertainment and the religious community from around the country to address key issues impacting people of color. Among some of the confirmed notable participants are United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Housing Shawn Donovan, Michael Steele, Chairman of The Republican National Party, Dr. Bill Cosby, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean, Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, Tom Joyner, Roland Martin, Michael Eric Dyson, and many other high profile attendees.

Among the highlights will include the annual Keepers of the Dream Awards on Wednesday, April 15th honoring those who are committed to furthering the ideals and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be hosted by Tamron Hall, MSNBC and honorees include Wyclef Jean, humanitarian and world-renown musical artist, Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC Universal, Mariah Carey, Award-Winning Actress and internationally acclaimed Singer, Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President of Morehouse College, Kimberly Davis, President of JPMorgan Chase Foundation and more. There will be a special keynote address by Dr. Bill Cosby.

The National Action Network convention will include discussions about health care policy in the wake of the historic passage of the President’s Health Care Reform Bill, Media and whether the press is covering issues fairly that involve people of color, education as a civil rights issue and combating the racial achievement gap, labor and employment, the state of the Black Church and assessment of the public response to African-American achievement, issues crucial to young professionals, and much more.

A major convention highlight will be leadership forum entitled: Measuring the Movement: Black Leadership’s 12-Month Action Plan featuring Black leaders of constituencies across the country who will assess where we are and what they and their respective organizations will pledge to do over a 12-month time-frame to further critical issues impacting people of color including, but not limited to, education reform, unemployment, health care and more. The event will air on TV One, MSNBC, C-Span and other forums, and the collective will discuss the real problems and how we will not only hold the President and Administration of the United States accountable, but how we will hold ourselves accountable and tangibly measure our movement over a 12-month period to enact change. The event will be hosted by Tom Joyner and Roland Martin and will be co- hosted by Boyce Watkins, Assistant Professor of Finance, Syracuse University and Warren Ballentine from "The Warren Ballentine Show." Among the featured panelists will be Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network, Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, Congressman James Clyburn, Dr. Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School professor, Dr. Elsie Scott, President and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Jeff Johnson, BET Personality, Ben Jealous, President & CEO, NAACP, Michael Eric Dyson, recording artist Chuck D, Angela Sailor, Coalitions Director for the Republican National Committee, and others.

A complete schedule of NAN’s annual national convention is below and updates will be posted regularly on NAN’s website www.Nationalactionnetwork.net. For press credentials please contact Rachel Noerdlinger, President of Noerdlinger Media (646) 981-5903 or rachel@noerdlingermedia.com.

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Support the Democracy Restoration Act: Felons Should Be Allowed to Vote

Here is a form letter you can use to write your Congressman about the Democracy Restoration Act, an act sponsored by Russ Feingold and John Conyers.  The act would restore voting rights to ex-convicts in federal elections.  In case you are unaware, slavery in the United States was never fully abolished.  Actually, it was only abolished for those who were not convicted of a crime.  Therefore, many hundreds of thousands of African Americans are still victims of slavery and involuntary servitude.  This has got to stop now.  To read more on this issue, please click here.

 

Here is the sample letter you can cut and paste to send to your representative.

 

To whom it may concern,

I am a member of the Your Black World Coalition, as well as a concerned American.  I would like to write to express my support for HR3335 – The Democracy Restoration Act, sponsored by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

I strongly believe that when felons have paid their debt to society, they deserve an opportunity and incentive to become a part of that society again.  Voting and participating in federal elections is an important part of being an American, and would serve to reduce recidivism, which hurts us all.  Additionally, it would ensure that these men and women receive the representation they deserve from elected officials, since most of us would agree that taxation without representation is fundamentally unfair and unAmerican.

We will continue to campaign on this matter, and hold our officials accountable.  Please do the right thing and vote "yes" on the Democracy Restoration Act.

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Dr. Boyce Watkins and others gather for Sharpton’s Black Leadership Forum in NYC

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

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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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African American Social Commentary from TheGrio – 3/15/10


  • Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    Democrats’ crack-cocaine compromise is still ‘racist’

    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…

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  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Journalist, author and broadcaster.

    California police stop proves racial profiling is alive and well

    8:37 AM on 03/15/2010

    OPINION – In an address to a joint session of Congress in 2001, then President Bush blasted racial profiling, "It’s wrong and we will end it in America." It hasn’t…

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  • Talia Whyte

    Talia Whyte

    Journalist & Activist

    Is the average single black woman really worth just $5?

    9:02 AM on 03/12/2010

    OPINION – If this disturbing new study doesn’t prove once and for all that America isn’t ‘post-racial’ I don’t know what does…

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  • Christopher Chambers

    Christopher Chambers

    Professor of Journalism at Georgetown University

    Prison shouldn’t be a publicity stunt for Lil Wayne

    8:22 AM on 03/12/2010

    OPINION – If Lil Wayne regards his cell as an extension of his studio or his label’s offices, he will suffer…

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  • Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    ‘March Madness’ isn’t amateur, it’s big league exploitation

    8:17 AM on 03/12/2010

    OPINION – The amount of money made during March Madness exceeds that which is earned in the playoffs for the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball…

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  • Dr. Janet Taylor

    Dr. Janet Taylor

    Psychiatrist

    Too many Tigers, not enough Trojans

    7:05 AM on 03/12/2010

    OPINION – What’s notable is reportedly not only did Woods not wear a condom, but his partner’s didn’t insist upon it…

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  • Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    Why African-Americans are more optimistic despite fewer jobs

    11:10 AM on 03/11/2010

    OPINION – A new study shows that blacks are more economically optimistic than whites, with 36 percent stating that we expect our financial future to improve…

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  • Dr. Janet Taylor

    Dr. Janet Taylor

    Psychiatrist

    How black women can combat genital herpes crisis

    10:42 AM on 03/11/2010

    OPINION – According the Center for Disease Control nearly half of all African-American women are infected with the HSV-2 virus…

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  • Marcus Vanderberg

    Marcus Vanderberg

    Sports and social commentator

    Torii Hunter is right about blacks in baseball

    8:57 AM on 03/11/2010

    OPINION – By associating Dominican players with blacks, it disguises the fact that MLB has a long way to go in competing with the NFL and NBA in urban communities…

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    Jay – Z Gets PushBack on His New Stadium

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    I curiously watched the press conference held last week to celebrate the New Jersey Nets (well, not quite New Jersey anymore) stadium set to be built in Brooklyn. A group of investors, led by Bruce Ratner, were joined by many prominent New York public figures to celebrate the ground-breaking of one of the highest impact economic endeavors in the history of Brooklyn. Jay-Z is part of the group of investors who bought the Nets, so of course he attended the ceremony.

    The excitement of bringing a professional sports team to a city is overwhelming. Teams can bring out a sense of community spirit and unity which ultimately helps provide a little meaning in a complex world. Cities compete to bring teams to their town because the fans want them. Cities give teams extensive tax subsidies and even offer to use eminent domain to take property away from residents who are not willing to sell their homes in order to have the stadium built. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Well, sometimes it can be.

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    Precious Little Stereotypes

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    I went to see the film "Precious" with a tremendous amount of anxiety. I’d heard the film received rave reviews from reviewers, award panelists and others in the media who love to see a good movie about dysfunctional black people. I knew the film was being analyzed by the same individuals more likely to notice Denzel Washington playing a sick, crooked cop in "Training Day" than to see him play a strong, intelligent black man in the film about the life of Malcolm X.

    While reviewers might consider "Akeelah and the Bee" to be unrealistic, "Precious," or "Hustle and Flow" seem to be stunningly accurate reflections of their perception of life in Black America. Yes, we certainly have our share of pimps, prostitutes, and child molesters in the black community. But would hardly expect that we’re any more problematically programmed than other ethnic groups.

    I thought the performances in the film "Precious" were very good. I admit, however, that I found the film depressing. Not that the movie was entirely unrealistic. Rather, it seemed to feed itself off of one emotionally-draining scene after another. The star of the film was illiterate, poor, morbidly obese, physically abused, sexually abused, HIV positive, inclined to steal and suffering from low self-esteem. It was almost as if the directors said, "What else can we do to make people feel sorry for her? Oh yea! Let’s let her mother be a welfare queen who beats her child and molests her when her sexually abusive father isn’t home!" Yes, there are kids like this in the black community, but this film is not a representation of the prevailing experience for most black youth in America.

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    The FAMU Sex Tape May be a Big Ol Lie

    DR. BOYCE: The FAMU Sex Tape May Be A Big Ol’ Lie

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