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We must teach kids it’s OK to seek help…

February 7, 2009 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) It would be hard on any mother, black or white, to be told that her 10-year-old son committed suicide. But for most African-American mothers, accepting such a tragedy is nearly unthinkable. For a long time, many African Americans have assumed that suicide rarely happens in the black community. The “sin of suicide” was […]

We’re all African American this month…

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Tweet (Akiit.com) New Yorkers used to say, ”today, everybody is Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day, recognizing important facts about the journey the Irish made through social barriers and celebrating their culture and achievements. People also say there is a sense in which everybody in New York City is Jewish. The culture has been indelibly marked […]

Frank Jenkins – Law Office, etc…

February 7, 2009 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Can’t believe in a few days I shall be celebrating a birthday… Yeah the BIG 50 that is… I know for a fact family will treat me to a party, so I will just go along for the ride… It’s hard hiding stuff, but this time I will allow them to… Anyway I […]

Will Obama shatter negative stereotypes of black men?

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Tweet (Akiit.com) WASHINGTON — When gang violence in Chicago exploded in 1992, Jawanza Kunjufu, an education consultant and author, found a church on Chicago’s south side and began a mentoring program for troubled black boys. One of the early program volunteers was a tall, lanky community organizer named Barack Obama. “He was very dedicated, easy […]

Holder Seen as a Chance To Right Racial Wrongs…

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Tweet (Akiit.com) For decades, the face of the criminal justice system in this country has been black and male: hundreds of thousands locked behind bars, arrested in disproportionate numbers and facing execution at rates far greater than those for the general population. Last week, Eric H. Holder Jr.’s swearing-in as the nation’s first black attorney […]

Etta’s Pique at Obama Comes With the Turf…

February 7, 2009 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Soul singing icon Etta James has never been one to bite her tongue over a real or perceived insult. But Etta outdid herself this go round with her name call at a part of the president’s anatomy (his ears), and then cavalierly blew him off with the he’s not my president line. The […]

Mental Illness Alone No Trigger for Violence…

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Tweet (Akiit.com) CHICAGO, IL – A new large study challenges the idea that mental illness alone is a leading cause of violence. Researchers instead blame a combination of factors, specifically substance abuse and a history of violent acts, that drives up the danger when combined with mental illness in what they call an “intricate link.” […]

Time to end Black History Month?

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Tweet (Akiit.com) Should Black History Month itself fade into history? Many have long argued that African-American history should be incorporated into year-round education. Now, claims that Black History Month is outdated are gaining a new potency, as schools diversify their curricula and President Barack Obama’s election opens a new chapter in the nation’s racial journey. […]

Doomed by your name?

February 7, 2009 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) If you read “Freakonomics,” the popular 2005 book that applied economic theories to non-economic issues, you probably remember the mention of African American twins named OrangeJello and LemonJello (pronounced a-RON-zhello and le-MON-zhello). As it turns out, the pair and their names are pure urban legend, but they still suffice to help explain how […]

If Barack Obama fails, what does that mean for racism?

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Tweet (Akiit.com) With the swearing in of Barack Obama on Jan. 21, 2008-the swearing in on Jan. 20 didn’t count-America has done away with racism and has become a country of only three colors: red, white and blue. That is what some people in the media would have you believe, but in reality, America isn’t […]

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