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A Young Man Died…

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was killed, actually… At the end of the day, let’s not lose that within the legal manuevering.

This morning, a Harvard law professor had this to say of the Zimmerman trial.

If nothing else, this trial is certain to reveal society’s ills.

To say the least…

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Civil Rights, Family, History, Politics, Race, Youth

 

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Ipotty

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Sometimes the old-fashioned way is best.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Family, Health, Single Parenting, women, Youth

 

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The Luck of The Draw

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…Wanting to be an astronaut seemed as far away as the moon.

These are the words of an emotional African American male teacher reflecting on his school experiences as a child, in the 2010 documentary, The Lottery. Feelings overwhelmed him as he witnessed parents protesting charter schools in NYC. I remember when this film and Waiting for Superman were released and wondered if they would make a difference…still wondering…

At issue was the public charter school option in Harlem, a debate that continues to play out across the nation. In Harlem, attendance to charter schools is determined by lottery, literally the luck of the draw. If there are many under-performing schools, acceptance into a charter can (and has) become competitive. Harlem Success Academy’s lottery is held publicly to raise public awareness; 475 slots for 3000 applicants. My city, DC, determines selection to PreK by lottery but other levels remain on a first come first serve basis. I am hopeful that demand does not catch up with supply anytime soon…

Specifically in this film, the potential second site of Harlem Success Academy wanted to move into the building of a failing school which was slated to close; it did not due to political pressure.

I was taken aback by the venomous and disrespectful response of parents and council members (African American, Latina and Caucasian) to the founder of Harlem Success Academies, Eva Moskowitz. I hate to say it, but know definitively that they would not have this response if she were not white.

On the surface, I get it. I have seen do-gooders coming into an underserved neighborhood, ignorant of the issues impacting that community and claiming to know what is best. I can understand how some may perceive the outspoken founder of this school. But it is evident to me that the parents have not done their homework (and have been intentionally misinformed) and elected officials are playing politics. Moskowitz Is a graduate of that school district and was a parent in the same district and founded a school model with a proven track record that is shattering stereotypes and rhetoric- she has earned the right to speak and be OUTRAGED. So many times I wanted to shout, how is that school performing? Is it successfully preparing your child for the world?!?

Check it out if you get the chance. It personalizes and highlights the issues that dominate the nation’s public education debate.

 

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Penile Misfire

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A Delaware jury did not find a doctor negligent in a case where a penile implant caused an eight-month erection.

Because the implant recipient failed to immediately seek treatment when the mishap first ocurred, he probably became culpable. Men simply will not go to the doctor!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Health

 

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MickeyDs OD

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I shudder to think that people go to McDonalds so often that they must heed these signs!

I’m trying not to judge…especially parents…

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Family, Health, Youth

 

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The Purge

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Highly disturbing! (My daughter’s pick, not mine…)

Today, we had some infrequent, yet cherished mother/daughter time. It was a re-schedule from this weekend when she asked that I take her to the MAC counter to buy lipstick…yeah… I suggested Monday that way we could peruse the shades at her leisure and perhaps take in a matinee. And that’s was her choice.

It is a original premise, although there was a hint of Hunger Games and an undercurrent of Helter Skelter.

The United States suffered an overall societal decline: high crime and violence, high poverty, weak economy, etc. Sound familiar?The year is 2022.  At some point, The Founding Fathers (some new group) established The Annual Purge, a day when society could “release the beast.” Current day boasted an unemployment rate of 1 percent, extremely low crime and a strong economy. The movie begins with black and white video feeds from last years’ Purge “events” from across the country.

Rules: for a 12-hour period, individuals could commit crimes without punishment including murder, sanctioned by the government, using weaponry that is Class 4 or below. Police, EMS and fire response personnel were off-duty until this period ends. The Purge is credited for the state of this union and everyone from psychologists to political analysts applaud the practice. One did not have to participate in the mayhem but to do so is deemed American.

I knew the premise going in and was not looking forward to the film. However, it was a clever perspective utilized to examine people’s humanity and depravity. At points in the movie, voiceovers of news anchors discuss the merits of the event: allowed individuals to purge themselves of natural, violent urges; kept crime low; stabilized the country. Points of some detractors: made the poor vulnerable because they could not afford the top, home security systems and weapons; the weak and sickly were targets for violence because they could not defend themselves.

I don’t want to give away the plot but the characters in the movie have a vital choice to make involving another individual and nobody is swayed by the dog tags that hang from his neck…

As I stated before, it was disturbing. My daughter and I discussed it after the movie and I will revisit it with her later.

 

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The Monument Has Braces

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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Fun, History

 

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