Monday, February 28, 2011

Why Carol Moseley Braun Could Not Become the Mayor of Chicago

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

One of the most interesting political events in America was the race to become mayor of Chicago. After yet another seemingly endless regime under the Daley family, black Chicago had a chance to elect one of their own. Carol Moseley Braun, the seasoned politician and history-making former Senator, positioned herself to be the great black hope for the city of Chicago.

Unfortunately, the Moseley-Braun candidacy was simply not meant to be. After a series of missteps, Rahm Emanuel used the power of President Obama's backing to convince the vast majority of Chicago citizens, white and black, to give him their support. Apparently, unspoken endorsements from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton goes a long way, even if you can't readily prove that you've done very much for the African American community.

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Dr. Watkins Interview on Why College Athletes Should Get Paid

With March Madness approaching, Dr. Boyce Watkins did a recent interview regarding the details on how and why college athletes should be paid.  The interview is below:

1.  If college athletes are to be paid for their performance, how do you decide who is paid and who is not?

The market can decide who gets paid.  That's how coaches find out who earns $2 million per year vs. those who earn just $500k.  Better performers typically get paid more money on a job, so why should it be any different for athletes?

2. How do you decide how much to pay them? Is it enough to provide for their families and some for extra activities, or is it solely based on something like jersey sales, winning record, etc.?

I don't think any of us should decide how much to pay someone - no one "decides" that Rick Pitino is worth $2 million per year.  He negotiates and the highest bidder gets his services.  I am a believer that athletes should have access to the same fair market that their coaches receive.  To argue differently is to imply that coaches are more important than athletes or that they deserve better treatment.  This is a classist and racist thing to believe.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dr. Boyce Video: The Value of Education and Being a Black Achiever


Click here to listen to Dr. Boyce Watkins talk about what it means to be a black achiever and the value of education.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

From Dr. Wilmer Leon: Free Rodney Stanberry


To read Dr. Boyce Watkins’ take on the case of Rodney K. Stanberry, please click here. 


A note from Dr. Wilmer Leon:

Greetings All,
Here is the clarion call!  As you know, I've been working with a very dear
friend of mine Dr. Artemesia Stanberry as she works to get her cousin Rodney
Stanberry out of prison. 
Go to for additional information as well.
Please go to my web site http://www.wilmerleon click on Listen Now and go to
two interviews on this issue. During the latest interview we were able to talk
with Rodney directly. Your calls and emails have actually had an impact.
There's a new DA Ashley Rich who has put a new investigator, Mike Morgan (251)
574-6681  on the case.  New eyes, fresh perspective; hopefully more progress. 


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Monday, February 21, 2011

Suicide of Former NFL Star Causes Talk of Long-Term Brain Injuries

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

This weekend, I was driving through the middle of "Nowhere's Ville," Indiana, on my way to Chicago. Right as I was approaching South Bend, the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, I ironically received an email from former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz. Holtz and I had recently debated whether college athletes should be paid (we disagreed on the topic), but the coach was gracious enough to email me twice since the interview to say that he now considers us friends. I have a tremendous amount of respect for both Holtz and his noble gesture.

Adding to the irony of the trip was the fact that I also received a text message from a friend informing me that former Notre Dame/Chicago Bears football Star Dave Duerson had just been found dead in his condo. So, on a trip past Notre Dame on my way to Chicago, I receive both an email from Lou Holtz and a text message about a former Notre Dame/Chicago Bears star dying that day. Perhaps this was a signal from a higher power that I needed to dig further into the issue.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Urban Prep in Chicago Sends 100% of It’s Black Males to College….Again

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Well, they've done it again. Urban Prep Academy of Chicago, an all-male charter school with kids from the "worst" parts of Chicago, is sending 100% of its graduating seniors off to college. The school, founded in 2006, has stated that its continuous objective is to see to it that all of its students go to college. They are succeeding with flying colors.
The school started with kids whose futures had been left for dead by their public schools: Only four percent of the school's incoming freshmen were reading at grade level when they arrived on campus. But by sending all of their graduating seniors to college, they've not only gotten these kids up to speed, they've allowed them to zip past every other public school in the entire United States.
"No other public [school] in the country has done this," said Tim King, the founder of Urban Prep.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Watkins/Sharpton rally in Ohio for Kelley Williams-Bolar and Educational Equality in America


On Thursday, February 17 at 6 pm, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Rev. Al Sharpton will rally in Akron Ohio on behalf of the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, the single black mother who was jailed for sending her kids to the wrong school district.  The information for the rally is below:


Mountain of the Lord Church
Rev. Eugene Norris
1477 Copley Road
Akron, OH 44320
(330) 873-9793

The National Black Graduate Association Executive Council

Vice Presidents Dhymsy Owens (Virginia State University), Ivory M. Berry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Dominique C. Hill (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Amber Wilburn (Oregon State University); Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian, Brian W. Kellum (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Aysha Foster (Virginia State University), and Lecia Gresham (Jackson State University), respectively; and Regional Representatives Dalton Crayton (University of Minnesota at Mankato), Deborah Strahorn (Wright State University), Percy Isaac (Morgan State University), Brittany D. Whaley (George Mason University), Alexander Washington (Mississippi State University), Lauren Williams (Clark Atlanta University), Stephen Ndzeidze (Oregon State University), and MeCherri Tarver (University of Oregon).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

White Coach Uses the N-word toward His Players

Coach may be fired for using inappropriate language toward players. ;

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dr. Boyce Spotlight: Prof. Njoki McElroy Lives and Speaks Black History

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

During Black History Month, it only makes sense that we connect with those who can help us to get in touch with our history. Professor Njoki McElroy is a story-teller and truth-teller when it comes to the struggles of our people and how we've created the reality that surrounds us. Her work is well-respected, and she has written a book describing one of the most significant periods in the history of black people in America. It is for that reason that Professor Njoki McElroy is today's Dr. Boyce Watkins Spotlight on AOL Black Voices.

What is your name and what do you do?
Njoki McElroy, PhD. I am a storyteller, professor, playwright, performer and author. My new book is entitled 1012 Natchez: A Memoir of Grace, Hardship and Love (Brown Books)


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Grandma with 20 inch nails - Is this normal?

Who told this woman that 20 inch nails is a good fashion statement? ;

Dr. Jennifer Caudle Talks about the Dangers of Bullying

Dr. Jennifer Caudle on the dangers of bullying. ;

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Omega Psi Phi Issues a Statement in Response to the Shooting at Youngstown State University

Statement from Dr. Andrew A. Ray,
Grand Basileus - Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The collective thoughts and prayers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. are with the family of Brother Jamail Earl Johnson. We pray for their comfort and peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts also are with the 11 victims of the senseless act of violence occurring in Youngstown, Ohio on February 6, 2011.

We wish to thank Youngstown State University President Dr. Cynthia E. Anderson and her staff for the sensitivity afforded to the Johnson family during this ordeal. The Fraternity would like to acknowledge the work of the Youngstown Police Department in the ongoing investigation.  Our International Chaplain will be available to assist the family.

Brother Johnson became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on March 21, 2009, through Zeta Gamma Chapter at Youngstown State University. He was a Business Management major and was scheduled to graduate with several other members of his chapter this spring. Brother Johnson served the Fraternity as the chapter's recording secretary.
The death of Brother Johnson is a tragedy of immeasurable proportion to the Fraternity. The community will never benefit from his full potential and promise. He was a native of Youngstown, active in various student organizations and, was working to pay his way through college.

On the evening of the tragedy, Brother Johnson and his fellow chapter members were entertaining guests at their residence, when intruders sprayed the residence with gunfire. This senseless act of violence has stunned the Fraternity, the collegiate community and, all who respect civility in our nation.

Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the incident occurred at an Omega Fraternity house and that the gathering was a Fraternity sponsored event. The Fraternity does not own any Fraternity housing in the State of Ohio and the gathering was not a Fraternity sponsored event. The Fraternity brothers in their residence did nothing wrong and were the victims of this criminal act.
Individuals, who engage in intellectual thought and the pursuit of academic attainment, significantly add to the quality of life in the community. Students and the broader community are entitled to a safe environment in which citizens can work, learn and grow. Senseless violence cannot be allowed to abridge the entitlements of the community.

The weight of this tragedy strengthens our resolve to uplift humanity at every station in life as we carry the hope and promise of our Brother, Jamail Johnson. The men of Omega join the citizens of Youngstown as we collectively seek to heal from this catastrophic event.

Note:  Any inquiries pertaining to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in relation to these events should be directed to Christopher M. Cooper, Esq.  Telephone: (614) 447-0225 or Electronic mail:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Pepsi Max Super Bowl Ad with the “Angry Black Woman” – Take a Look

Are we overreacting to the Pepsi Max portrayal of the “Angry Black Woman?”

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Prof. Khalil Muhammad from the Schomburg Center

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

One of the men for whom I have a great deal of respect is Dr. Khalil Muhammad, the new Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Professor Muhammad is currently a scholar of African-American history at Indiana University.
Professor Muhammad's selection for the post was not without controversy. Some thought he was too young and unknown to be granted such a serious and prestigious post. I don't agree with the criticism, but only time will prove us all correct. From my meetings with Professor Muhammad, I found him to be sharp, insightful and down-to-earth. He is a scholar who fully understands, respects and appreciates the gravity of his appointment and the importance of The Schomburg.


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