Friday, April 30, 2010

Dr. Boyce and Ben Jealous Share Points of View on the Deal with Accused Predatory Lender Wells Fargo


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dr. Boyce Talks With Latino Studies Professor Alan Aja on What You Need to Know About Immigration

Dr. Boyce Talks With Latino Studies Professor Alan Aja on What You Need to Know About Immigration

Dr. Boyce Video on AOL Black Voices - 4/28/10

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Dr. Boyce Video: Latino Studies Professor on What You Need to Know About Immigration

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Dr. Boyce Video -- Michael Bivins of Bel Biv DeVoe & Alfred Edmond of Black Enterprise on African American Music & Business

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Dr. Boyce Video -- Talking Black Finance With Expert Ryan Mack

Monday, April 26, 2010

Arizona's Racist Immigration Law: Racial Profiling?

Dr. Boyce Watkins and Lola Adesioye from The Huffington Post discuss Arizona's controversial new immigration law and openly ask - is it racist?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dr. Boyce Watkins Talks About "Getting Financially Naked" on ABC

Dr. Boyce Watkins Talks About "Getting Financially Naked" on ABC.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Madam Prezident: I Hate You

"The dopest poet in America," Madam Prezident, gives us a poem about love.

National Action Network's Measuring the Movement Forum

Dr. Boyce Watkins Participates in National Action Network's Measuring the Movement Forum

Successful Black Women Can't Find a Good Man?

Why do most of us believe that successful black women can't find a good man?

Are the Birthers Racist Against Obama?

Dr. Boyce Watkins and Lola Adesioye ask whether the birthers are racist against President Obama

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dr. Boyce Watkins Discusses "Measuring the Movement" Forum with Al Sharpton on Keeping It Real

Dr. Boyce Watkins Discusses "Measuring the Movement" Forum and other current events with Al Sharpton on Keeping It Real

Dorothy Height Dies: Where are Women in Black Leadership?

Is there going to be another Dorothy Height, and why are women generally excluded from black leadership in America?

Should a White Supremacist Have Freedom of Speech?

Obama has had his life threatened by white supremacists - Should they be able to say whatever they want, even if it leads others to violence?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Black Agenda Part 1: What does it really mean?

Should black America have a black agenda to present to President Barack Obama?

Al Sharpton, NAACP and The Black Agenda: What Does it All Means?

In this second part on our series about The Black Agenda, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Lola Adesioye talk about what black leadership really means and how individuals can be empowered to lead their own communities.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Boyce Watkins Discusses Open Supreme Court Seat with Rev. Al Sharpton

Boyce Watkins Discusses Open Supreme Court Seat with Rev. Al Sharpton

Nushawn Williams: Infected Women with HIV - Set to be Released from Prison

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

You may not know the name Nushawn Williams, but it's probably a name you need to know. You would especially want your daughter to know his name, as well as anyone else in the community who has reason to fear a more disturbing style of sexual predator for the new millenium.

Williams is in prison right now for knowingly infecting women with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. His victims were as young as 13 years old, and authorities believe he may have infected as many as 50 women prior to going to state prison in 1998. Police are working to keep Williams behind bars because they fear what might happen if he is released to the American public.
"He is prone to further sexual contact with underage individuals because of deficits in his emotional capacity to understand why this is wrong and attitudes that support these types of exploitive encounters. His emotional callousness, lack of remorse and impulsivity undermine important internal mechanisms for managing his sexual behavior," said examiner Jacob E. Hadden from the New York State Office of Mental Health. Authorities have determined that Williams suffers from a mental health abnormality that makes him incapable of understanding why his actions are wrong or harmful.

The possible release of Williams reminds us of the urgency of managing the public health alarm called HIV infection. African Americans are taking the lead in HIV infection rates, and what is also true is that the experience in our community is nothing less than a precursor to what is eventually going to happen all throughout America. What is most frightening about the case of Nushawn Williams is that he is probably not the only person deliberately spreading the disease: there are likely women and other men doing the same thing. To make matters worse, there are many in our community (and others) who are being incredibly irresponsible with their sexual behavior and infecting scores of people in the process.

As I felt empathy for celebrities like Magic Johnson and Eazy-E for their battles with HIV/AIDS, I wondered how many of us thought about the long list of partners they infected before finally getting their own positive test results. Did you ever think about the fact that many of those people are out in the community right now, quite a few of whom may have taken years to become aware of their HIV positive status? This is scary indeed, so the truth is that to protect yourself from the silent community killer, a general strategy of protection must be put into play.


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tiger Woods Cusses Out Himself

Tiger Woods Get Cussed Out By Tiger Woods

Friday, April 9, 2010

Doing The Tiger-Tiki: Cheating Black Athletes Who Got Caught

Doing The Tiger-Tiki: Cheating Black Athletes Who Got Caught

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Why Black Men Aren't Graduating from College


Last week, the American Council on Education issued a report on the state of black males in the higher education system.  The report reveals some interesting and disturbing trends.  It turns out that black men are graduating from college at a rate which lags significantly behind other ethnic groups. When determining graduation probabilities over a six-year period, black males were found to have a graduation rate of 35 percent.   This compares with rates of 59 percent, 46 percent and 45 percent for white males, hispanic males and black women, respectively.  In other words, black men are a little more than half as likely to finish college when compared to their white male counterparts.

I have been a black man for my entire life now, and I’ve taught at the college level for the past 17 years.  So, perhaps I can shed some light on the nature of these problems and how we might work to solve them.  Some of the factors are institutional and some are cultural, so prepare to be offended by at least one of the things I have to say:

RELATED: Why Aren’t Minorities Graduating From College?

1) Most American universities refuse to hire or retain African American professors, including many HBCUs: If your professors look like you, you are more likely to relate to that individual and enjoy the class.  When I went to The University of Kentucky, Indiana University and The Ohio State University (where I earned my PhD), I didn’t see one single professor who looked like me (and I took A LOT of classes).  This made for an incredibly awkward and damn near traumatic educational experience.  When I first noticed institutions like Morehouse College presenting images of black males in the front of the classroom, I was envious after realizing what I’d been missing.  Rather than finding excuses for firing or not hiring black professors, most universities would be well-advised to stop lying to themselves and become serious about diversity.  Yes, black professors are out there to hire if you are looking for them, but many academic departments find a reason to believe that they are not qualified.  Just look at the experiences of myself, Cornell West and Michael Eric Dyson as cases in point.  Each of us has received significant resistance in our careers because our work is connected to the black community. Our stories are just the tip of the iceberg, since there are thousands of black professors who’ve gone through the exact same experience when dealing with the entrenched racism of academia.  Many HBCUs are not immune to this trend, as most of them don’t have very many African American professors (Don’t believe me?  Go to the Computer Science Department or Business School at any random HBCU and count the number of African American professors).


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tiger Woods Press Conference Before the 2010 Masters

Tiger Woods Press Conference Before the 2010 Masters

Monday, April 5, 2010

Dr. Boyce Watkins Discusses "Public Housing" on HLN's Jane Valez Mitchell

Dr. Boyce Watkins Discusses "Public Housing" on HLN's Jane Valez Mitchell

Al Sharpton, Boyce Watkins, Tom Joyner Meet with Obama Administration in NYC on 4/17


New York, New York – Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will host its annual national conference from April 14th - 17th at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City. This four-day event will convene hundreds of delegates and prominent leaders in civil rights, business, politics, labor, entertainment and the religious community from around the country to address key issues impacting people of color. Among some of the confirmed notable participants are United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Housing Shawn Donovan, Michael Steele, Chairman of The Republican National Party, Dr. Bill Cosby, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean, Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, Tom Joyner, Roland Martin, Michael Eric Dyson, and many other high profile attendees.

Among the highlights will include the annual Keepers of the Dream Awards on Wednesday, April 15th honoring those who are committed to furthering the ideals and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be hosted by Tamron Hall, MSNBC and honorees include Wyclef Jean, humanitarian and world-renown musical artist, Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC Universal, Mariah Carey, Award-Winning Actress and internationally acclaimed Singer, Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President of Morehouse College, Kimberly Davis, President of JPMorgan Chase Foundation and more. There will be a special keynote address by Dr. Bill Cosby.

The National Action Network convention will include discussions about health care policy in the wake of the historic passage of the President’s Health Care Reform Bill, Media and whether the press is covering issues fairly that involve people of color, education as a civil rights issue and combating the racial achievement gap, labor and employment, the state of the Black Church and assessment of the public response to African-American achievement, issues crucial to young professionals, and much more.

A major convention highlight will be leadership forum entitled: Measuring the Movement: Black Leadership’s 12-Month Action Plan featuring Black leaders of constituencies across the country who will assess where we are and what they and their respective organizations will pledge to do over a 12-month time-frame to further critical issues impacting people of color including, but not limited to, education reform, unemployment, health care and more. The event will air on TV One, MSNBC, C-Span and other forums, and the collective will discuss the real problems and how we will not only hold the President and Administration of the United States accountable, but how we will hold ourselves accountable and tangibly measure our movement over a 12-month period to enact change. The event will be hosted by Tom Joyner and Roland Martin and will be co- hosted by Boyce Watkins, Assistant Professor of Finance, Syracuse University and Warren Ballentine from "The Warren Ballentine Show." Among the featured panelists will be Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network, Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, Congressman James Clyburn, Dr. Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School professor, Dr. Elsie Scott, President and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Jeff Johnson, BET Personality, Ben Jealous, President & CEO, NAACP, Michael Eric Dyson, recording artist Chuck D, Angela Sailor, Coalitions Director for the Republican National Committee, and others.

A complete schedule of NAN’s annual national convention is below and updates will be posted regularly on NAN’s website For press credentials please contact Rachel Noerdlinger, President of Noerdlinger Media (646) 981-5903 or

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