September 15, 2012 |
Ever notice how nearly everything we read about African American males isn't about how they're portrayed as people but what they represent as data? Almost always cited as the highest dropout, unemployment, homicide, incarceration, baby-daddy, insert-negative-stereotype-here statistic. Hardly ever depicted as someone who feels or loves, who is respected as a son, pupil, spouse, or simply a kid with a dream. Well, this week, newly minted authors Amir Isley, Cameron Pollard, Hasan Saunders-Prioleau, Tyhee Robinson, Vaughn Hines, Christian Hankerson, Isaiah Lee and Kyheim Little - middle schoolers at Gesu School in North Philly - blew those bleak images out of the water with the words of their new book, Listen to Our Voices , produced with longtime educator Christine S. Beck, the recently retired CEO and president at Gesu.
February 22, 2012 |
ASK THE average person to describe the typical young drug addict or alcoholic, and odds are he will describe a poor, inner-city high-school dropout from a single-parent household, usually a racial minority. Not so fast. A new study identifies a link between high IQ in childhood and illegal drug use at ages 16 and 30. Writing in the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , researchers James White and G. David Batty used data from a study that tracked over 30 years 8,000 Britons born in 1970.
January 18, 2012
PATCO rail commuters will soon have their own "quiet car. " Following the lead of Amtrak, SEPTA and other transit agencies that have prohibited cellphone use or loud conversation in one train car, PATCO will designate the last car in each of its train as a quiet car on weekdays, starting March 1. The quiet-car experiment will last three months, and if it is well received, the designation will be made permanent, PATCO general manager John...
November 4, 2011
THE SUPREME Court of Pennsylvania costs us $1 million for each of our Supreme Court justices, including staffers with $650 monthly car allowances, as reported by the Pennsylvania Independent . The Supreme Court of the United States functions from one location for all 50 states. Why does the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania require three separate and expensive locations? Can you imagine what we are going to pay for pensions, in light of the fact that very few are ever not "retained"?
August 22, 2011
CERTAINLY the violent flash-mob issue merits both serious investigation and stern punishment. But as I was listening to the news on the radio about the mayor touting a successful flash-mob-free weekend, filled with additional activities for youth, and promises of even more from private industry, I have to ask why this wasn't done before the incident rather than after. What message does this send? Len Trower Philadelphia I want to first say to all the good decent responsible teens who are black: This letter wants to separate you from the rest.
July 20, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My best friend, "Brianna," often invites me to big parties at her older friends' homes. At first I was thrilled because I'm only 15. At the parties I saw some people doing bad things - but I didn't, at first. Soon, Brianna pressured me into doing some things that I didn't feel comfortable doing. My parents are very strict about these things, and I knew it was wrong. I have tried to get out of going to the parties, but Brianna says bad things to me. I have even had to lie to my parents about where I'm going.
June 1, 2011 |
LeSean McCoy didn't mince words yesterday, when asked if his conditioning is where it normally would be, as May turns to June. "Nah," McCoy said after joining the Eagles' impromptu player-organized workouts in Burlington County, McCoy's first appearance. "I'm a couple pounds heavier than I want to be. It's one of those things where you work out every day, but it's not the same. [Normally you would have] teammates pushing you, guys you got to war with out on the field, day in and day out, for practices and camp, and games.
April 5, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 21-year-old male who feels lost and unfulfilled, and it's because I don't know what I want or deserve. I am one of three adopted children. I was the child who always needed the family support system the most. I come from a not-so-happy family, one with all its priorities centered around money. (Or, more accurately, lack of money.) I never felt the love a child should feel from his family. My problem these days is my alcohol intake. I can't stay away from beer. I drink to forget my family problems and the fact that I can't seem to get anything right.
October 5, 2010
ACTRESS Tasha Smith has made a name for herself by playing loudmouth, neck-rolling black women with too much attitude. Best known for playing the role of the argumentative - but perfectly coifed - diva in Tyler Perry 's "Why Did I Get Married?" and the skanky-but-ghetto-fabulous mother in "Daddy's Little Girls," the Camden native has overcome great odds to achieve her Hollywood dreams. This weekend she's coming back to South Jersey to show her fiance her old stomping grounds and also to share her story in hopes of inspiring other women.
July 22, 2010
"Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. " - Actor Steven Grayhm NEARLY EVERY day of his adult life, most people who meet him ask Larry Charleston IV if he's a basketball player. Sure the 6-foot-6-inch, athletic, classically black and beautiful 32-year-old could have taken that path. However, Larry, a very eligible bachelor, answers that most frequently asked question with a confident and knowing smile and a simple, "No, actually I am a doctor, a neurologist.