Today’s posting is the October 1, 2013 NYTimes article by Michael Barbaro:
“She was the seventh-grader too frightened to stand in front of the room because her white classmates would mock her, contorting their mouths to make their lips look big. She was the smoldering teenager who took to writing poems every day to wrestle with her isolation and anger. She was the eldest daughter of one of the only black families in Longmeadow, Mass., who arrived home to see their new house scrawled with racist graffiti.”
As reported by Jenice Armstrong in Philly News:
WE’VE ALL read depressing newspaper stories about underachieving local high school students. This, I’m happy to say, isn’t that kind of column.
No, I’ve set aside this space to give a well-deserved thumbs-up to Cameron Clarke, a senior at Germantown Academy who scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT.
Donnie Smith is a graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Western Massachusetts. After boarding school, he went off to Richmond, Indiana to study at Earlham College. In the fall, he will be beginning work at the Cambridge School of Weston as the Assistant Director of Admissions.Read More
Ms. Patricia J. Williams is a recognized event host, educational/motivational speaker, and vocal talent. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Temple University and a Master of Arts degree in education from University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Williams has been a part-time news reporter and segment producer for Pacifica Radio’s WPFW 89.3FM and is former voice of the midday on WYCB 1340AM, which is owned and operated by Radio One, Inc.Read More
Son of a brilliant “Indian” father (educator) who far surpassed his Jim-Crow-schooling in the South, Campbell was taught at a young age to appreciate the value of education – hence, his attending The Wardlaw-Hartridge School by age seven. However, along with attending this prestigious prep school, Campbell also grew up in an urban, North Jersey [...]Read More
Tony Ducret is a filmmaker and award winning Television Writer/Producer with over a decade of experience in broadcast production and development. His skill set includes producing, writing and editing both short and long broadcast programs, and executing all aspects of production. He is currently the owner of Ducret Media, a production firm that specializes in [...]Read More
Stephen G. Hill is currently the President of Music Programming and Specials of BET Networks. A native of Washington, D.C., Hill attended the Groton School from 10th through 12th grade (form 4 through form 6), graduating in the Class of 1980. Hill received a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics/ Economics from Brown University in 1984.Read More
Ntozake Shange understands what it means to be a prep school negro. Daughter of a surgeon and a psychiatric social worker, Shange attended an all-white school in St. Louis during the mid-1950s, graduated from Barnard College and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in American Studies. But for a long time Shange suffered from her own isolation. The language of survival Shange needed to create led to the 1975 hit Broadway play, “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf”, which has recently been adapted into a film (For Colored Girls by Tyler Perry).
Click link below for an excerpt from this week’s issue (Nov 8, 2010) of The New Yorker magazine.Read More
Imani Perry, author of Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (Duke University Press, 2004) and the forthcoming More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (New York University Press, 2011), takes us back to her first day of kindergarten and some of her defining moments in high school.Read More
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