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Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

Chavous

It is the great irony of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, that segregation in our schools has gotten even worse, not better.

Back in 1954, 17 states still had segregated schools and with court order from the highest court in the land, they were forced to desegregate. How successful were they? Not very.

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Tyler Perry the ‘dad’ and the mogul stir feedback

TPerry

Tyler Perry is always in the news. Whether it’s the latest box office feature or a brand new television show, the guy is everywhere. The latest news regards him becoming a dad! There has been quite a bit of positive feedback and some that is, well, not so. Of course, the not-so positive is tethered to the point that he is not married.
 
Let’s be realistic, the guy really doesn’t owe us anything when it comes to what we feel is a moral issue. Tyler Perry is an actor, playwright and filmmaker. All we should expect from him is his product. And if we’re not fans, we shouldn’t expect anything.

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Laurence Fishburne: the “Black-ish” interview

Fishburne

Laurence J. Fishburne III has achieved an impressive body of work as an actor, producer and director.

Here, he talks about playing Pops on the new TV sitcom, “Black-ish.”
 

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Are ‘dysfunctional relationships media invention or state of crisis?

Drumar

There are a plethora of books, online sources and more seeking to provide relationship insight and assistance. Pennsylvania certified psychologist, school principal and author Dr. Umar Johnson made an effort to be another resource last week (Sept. 18th).

The University of Memphis chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Student Event Allocation Committee sponsored an event titled “Dysfunctional Relationships: Media Invention or State of Crisis.” Johnson spoke on the topic, “Black Male-Female Relationships: The Clash of Pain Bodies,” discussing such subtopics as reasons for failure.

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From homelessness to leadership: “People’s mayor’ to share her story

Peoples Mayor

Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon will make her first trip to Memphis this week to share her story of persevering through poverty and homelessness to become the mayor of Riverdale, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

She will serve as the keynote speaker at The RISE Foundation’s second annual gala, An Evening of Change, which be held Saturday (Sept. 27th) beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis.

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