Archive | January 2013

Bring Your A Game Documentary Highlights Crisis of Black Men and Boys

This week someone shared with me this documentary called Bring Your A Game highlighting the plight of Black men and boys.  You can click on the link above to view the entire documentary or click below to see the first two minutes of it.

The documentary features such Black male icons as Richard “Dick” Parsons, Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Dr. Cornel West, Ice Cube, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles, Lou Gossett Jr., Lupe Fiasco, Hill Harper, Damon Dash, Kevin Powell, Melvin Van Peebles, Geoffrey Canada, Bruce Gordon and former NBA star Alan Houston, among others.

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Need for Teachers of Color not isolated to urban areas, suburban areas have need too

In a follow up to my two previous posts, Why Teachers of Color are Important…it may surprise you! and Why We Need Black Male Teachers in the Classroom, check out this recent Boston Globe article titled, Education’s Changing Face, indicating that suburban Boston school districts are struggling to diversify their teaching forces.

One statistic that stands out from the article is that the percentage of nonwhite students in the state is 33 percent while the share of teachers of color is only 7 percent.

The article reaffirms previous research I cited in Why Teachers of Color are Important…it may surprise you! that teachers of color can help students of color perform better academically.

Packers Wide Receiver Greg Jennings reshapes male role expectations as “Mr. Mom”

Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Greg Jennings shares in this article about how as a father of girls that he’s had to learn to parent differently.  Jennings even has tea parties with his daughters!  Click on the article for the touching video of Jennings dancing with his daughters.