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Career And Education


Prophetic Genius of Gil Scott Heron

Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. on Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:37.

enews-image-Gil-Scott-HeronGil Scott Heron (1949-2011) was more than a legendary entertainer.  He was a social and political visionary that helped to inspire generations of young gifted and talent poets, spoken word artists, rappers, and a global cadre of musical and cultural satirists that have contributed to the irreversible, progressive transformations of the mindsets of hundreds of millions of young people from Harlem, New York to Soweto, South Africa; and from the Delta in Mississippi and the bayous of Louisiana to Trench Town in Jamaica to the barrios of Brazil and deep into the crucible neighborhoods of  the South Bronx and South Central LA as well as throughout what is culturally referred today as the "Dirty South."

Your Take: Threat to Blacks in the Public Sector

Written by Lee Saunders on Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:34.

Radical conservative politicians want to slash city, county and state jobs -- and undercut the economic security of African-American families, says this union official. When I was growing up in Cleveland, some of the most respected people in my neighborhood were the folks who worked for the city, county or state. My father was a city bus driver who took great pride in getting people safely to and from their jobs every day. My mother was a community college teacher who loved preparing her students for success.

Flawed Exam Cost Blacks More Than Jobs

Written by Wendell Hutson, Special Chicago Crusader on Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:29.

Had Arthur Lewis Jr. been hired after taking a 1995 entrance exam to be a Chicago firefighter he could have been promoted three times by now.  "I could have been a battalion chief.  Who knows what my rank would be had I been given a fair chance to compete for what I consider is the greatest job in the world," Lewis told the Crusader. 

Researchers Explore How Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy Can Give Street Youth New Lease on Life

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 05 May 2011 20:39.

TORONTO, May 4, 2011 --- Life as a teenager or young adult isn’t easy. But for youth who live on the street, it can be even more difficult: they often experience significant mental health issues, with suicide being the leading cause of death. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which has been found to be effective in helping people manage their emotions, is one approach that may help street youth navigate a successful transition to adulthood, said Elizabeth McCay, Research Chair in Urban Health in the Ryerson University Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.


Is There a 'Tiger Mother' Effect?

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 05 May 2011 20:37.

It’s officially the “Year of the Rabbit” on the Chinese calendar. But 2011 might be better known as the “Year of the Tiger Mother.” In early January, Yale law professor Amy Chua published a critique of coddling Western-style parenting in The Wall Street Journal, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” The essay, summarizing her book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – in which she details, among other things, how she raised her daughters in the “traditional Chinese” way, with strict discipline and an emphasis on academic success and music lessons above all else, prohibiting TV, computer games, play dates and sleepovers – set off a media maelstrom.


Empowered Workers Are Better, More Productive Workers

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:53.

A new study from the University of Iowa confirms that workers who feel empowered by their employers have higher morale and are more productive, regardless of their industry, job or even culture. "Empowerment is an effective approach for improving employee attitudes and work behaviors in a broad range of industries, occupations and geographic regions," said lead researcher Scott Seibert, professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business.


Financial Literacy Month: Helps teach young Americans about save, budget, invest

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 April 2011 17:31.

WASHINGTON – As part of an ongoing effort to mark national Financial Literacy Month, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of the Treasury today recognized the 1,438 North Carolina students and 67 North Carolina educators who participated in the National Financial Capability Challenge for the 2010-11 school year. The Challenge, which includes a voluntary online exam for high school students, helps teach young Americans about saving, budgeting, investing, and other important skills critical to building a secure financial future.

UNCW Conference to Explore Lasting Impact of Rosenwald Schools on African American Education

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 April 2011 17:30.

Wilmington, N.C. - While Rosenwald Schools left a legacy of reading, writing and arithmetic for African-American children, their impact can perhaps best be measured by the numbers: 4,977 schools, 217 homes for teachers, and 163 shop buildings constructed in 15 states, all used to educate more than 650,000 students. Add to that a lifetime of hard work and dedication from countless teachers and other supporters and you have a sense of how the Rosenwald initiative improved the education of African American schoolchildren in the Southeastern U.S.

Digital Divide: Civil Rights Groups Set Benchmarks to Correct "Vast Disparities in Access" to Broadband

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 April 2011 17:29.

Cite Internet Access as Imperative to Reducing Unemployment in Minority Communities: Washington, D.C. – A coalition of national civil rights and labor organizations has responded to the Federal Communications Commission's request for commentary on how to improve access to broadband for low-income, minority, and other unserved and underserved communities.