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Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Happy Birthday, Bobby McFerrin!

Robert “Bobby” McFerrin, Jr. is a virtuoso American vocalist and conductor. He is best known for his 1988 hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. He is a ten-time Grammy Award winner, well known for his unique vocal techniques and singing styles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_McFerrin Listen to Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Some blacks insist: ‘I’m not African-American’

The labels used to describe Americans of African descent mark the movement of a people from the slave house to the White House. https://www.thegrio.com/news/some-blacks-insist-im-not-african-american.php

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

On This Date in History: Integrated School Established in New Hampshire, But…

In March of 1835, twenty-eight whites and fourteen blacks commenced classes at newly established Noyes Academy. The school, which had several abolitionists on its board of trustees, admitted all qualified applicants, regardless of race or color. The mixing of black and white youths set off a series of rumors through the town. Blacks would overrun…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Study: Heart Drug Propranolol Makes People Less Racist

Researchers in Britain have found that a common drug called propranolol does in fact change the hearts of those who take it. The findings, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, offer new evidence about the processes in the brain that shape implicit racial bias, said Sylvia Terbeck, experimental psychologist and lead author of the study, London’s…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Southern Poverty Law Center Report: As Election Season Heats Up, Extremist Groups at Record Levels

The American radical right grew explosively in 2011, a third consecutive year of extraordinary growth that has swelled the ranks of extremist groups to record levels, according to a report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The rise was led by a stunning expansion of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. “The dramatic expansion…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

In Honor of International Women’s Day, We Celebrate a Rising Young Scholar

In a bold comparative analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today’s education system is a modern-day version of slavery. https://www.good.is/post/a-13-year-old-s-slavery-analogy-raises-some-uncomfortable-truths-in-school/ See Jada read her essay and receive the Fredrick Douglass Foundation’s Spirit…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

In Honor of International Women’s Day, We Remember Madame CJ Walker

Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867, this first free child of former slaves became America’s first self-made, female millionaire. She was also a great philanthropist until her death in 1919. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madam_CJ_Walker

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Are Public Schools Safe for Black Children?

On Tuesday the U.S. Department of Education released the Civil Rights Data Collection sample, which found that public school educators unfairly punish minority students. The survey of 7,000 school districts and 72,000 schools was conducted during the 2009-2010 school year. It also found that African-American children were less likely to be exposed to high-level curriculums…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Obama Calls for Youth Jobs, and Tech Firms Listen

Gilt Groupe and others join the White House to offer opportunities to 250,000 low-income job seekers 16-24 years old. https://www.theroot.com/views/obama-calls-youth-jobs-tech-firms-listen?wpisrc=root_more_news

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller “The New Jim Crow”

The lifelong exclusion many offenders face includes  job discrimination, elimination from juries and voter rolls, and even disqualification from food stamps, public housing and student loans. “It’s easy to be completely unaware that this vast new system of racial and social control has emerged,” she said. “Unlike in Jim Crow days, there were no ‘Whites…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

At the Movies with “Reel Soul”

Hosted by filmmaker Vaun Monroe and culture critic Lee Bey, the purpose of the web-based show is twofold: 1.  To bring to your attention Black film and television that is worthy of your time and 2.  To identify excellent Black film and television and make a case for its excellence. We will examine Black film…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Minnesota School District Agrees to Protect Students from Anti-Gay Bullying in Settlement with SPLC

Minnesota’s largest school district has agreed to adopt a wide-ranging plan to protect LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students from bullying and harassment, in a settlement that will resolve an SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) lawsuit. Read more about it and watch poignant video testimony from a 15 year old student. https://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/minnesota-school-district-agrees-to-protect-students-from-lgbt-bullying-in-settlem

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

History Now: Sharpton Recreates Selma To Montgomery March

The recreation of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest new voter suppression laws began yesterday. https://newsone.com/nation/black-history-month/kirstensavali/al-sharpton-selma-montgomery-march/

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Black Students Face More Harsh Discipline, Data Show

Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/education/black-students-face-more-harsh-discipline-data-shows.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120306

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

On the date in 1857, the Supreme Court decided landmark Dred Scott case

The Court ruled that Blacks “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution… On the contrary, they were at that time (1787) considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings…so far inferior, that they had no rights, which the White man, was bound to respect.”…

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Senator, Proposes Law That Declares Single Parenthood Child Abuse

Read the article: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/glenn-grothman-wisconsin-law-single-parenthood-child-abuse_n_1316834.html

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Black Filmmaker Wins Big With ‘Undefeated’

The Root talks to T.J. Martin, the first African American to win an Oscar for a full-length documentary. https://www.theroot.com/views/tj-martin-interview?page=0,1

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

On This Date In History: Runaway slave is first to die in American Revolution

Read the article: https://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/british-massacre-demonstrators-boston

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Henry ‘Box’ Brown (Virginia Slave Who Escaped To Freedom In A Box) Film Biopic Currently In The Works

Read the article: https://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/henry-box-brown-virginia-slave-who-escaped-to-freedom-in-a-box-film-biopic-currently-in-the-works

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

Enslaved Africans’ sculptures brings slave history to life in Yonkers

Read the article: https://www.thegrio.com/specials/life-and-style/-janet-langsam-the-ceo.php

Bobby McFerrin Aug 2011

City of Chicago’s 175th Birthday

Today marks the 175th Birthday of the city of Chicago, first settled by Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a black man. A good day to check out Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baptiste_Point_du_Sable https://www.dusablemuseum.org/events/details/dusable-day