Before Instagram, there were picture books with a complement of editorial copy that could be considered the literary version of the popular social networking site of today. One of those books, I consider one of the most enlightening books that I've read on Africans in America is "A Pictorial History of the Negro in America"... Continue Reading →
Just like a diamond sparkles when light hits it, showing its superior cut and clarity– smart people have evidence of their brilliance. Think back to elementary school when a teacher assigned a math problem, you supplied the answer and the teacher marked it wrong. Or maybe your teacher wasn't so harsh and instead gave you... Continue Reading →
In the absence of feeling, I rely on observation. In the absence of observation, I rely on evidence. In the absence of evidence, I rely on experience (mine and others). In the absence of experience, I turn to life's cheat sheet called facts. Relying on facts is the most difficult way to make a decision... Continue Reading →
"Stop! The love you save may be your own! Darling, take it slow Or some day you'll be all alone." Just kidding...
When Chesley* entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010, black women were making history as the most educated group in the United States. The National Center of Education Statistics1 reports for the academic years 1999-2000 through 2009-10, degree-granting institutions conferred more academic degrees to women than men. Black women received the highest percentage... Continue Reading →
...And she could get her start through a scholarship from the prestigious Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of The Joffrey Ballet. Due in part to a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Chicago Public School students can participate in programs such as the Lemonis Bridge Program where they are instructed in classical ballet training.... Continue Reading →