Friday, December 4, 2015

HBCUX | Entertainment - Holiday Movies Perfect For the Family

Thursday, November 19, 2015

HBCUX | Sports | Showdown in the DMV: BSU vs. UDC

Bowie State defeated University of District Of Columbia in a rivalry game between Division II foes from the DMV.

Watch the highlights and recap from Mark Grey The SportsGroove

Sunday, November 15, 2015

HBCUX | Careers - Writing a Standout Resume

As 2016 approaches, it's time to start getting ready for your job search because you are going to need a standout resume to help you find a job. Depending on your work experience, education level, and/or time away from the workforce, your resume is an opportunity to highlight the positives about you, even if you have experienced some setbacks.

Here are some important tips to help you get your resume ready for your next job opportunity.

TIP #1 - Format Your Resume Properly
  • Regardless of whether you are applying in-person (rare these days) or online, your resume will be a part of your application. Before you begin your search, make sure your resume is prepared and saved in a format that can be easily opened and shared like a word document or a pdf. This will make it easy for you to edit, apply for positions and/or send your resume to people in your network. Now, let's start writing your standout resume!

TIP #2 – Highlight Your Education
  • Employers will always want to know your educational experiences. If you have a college degree, postgraduate degree, or specialized course of study certificate, it is important to highlight when and where you attended school. Always note any types of special curriculum (e.g. a major of study) or achievements that will make you uniquely suited to a position
  • You don’t need to include undergraduate education on your resume unless you graduated, are in the process of graduating or achieved a certification. If an employer asks for education information, you should be very clear about your level of educational achievement. Many people without formal education are able to succeed in the workplace.
  • If you did not complete high school, but have your GED, rather than listing this under Education, list it in Skills.

TIP #3 – Highlight Your Experience
  • A lot of people who are new to the workforce face that challenge of having little to no work experience and being overlooked because of that. If you have no work experience, title this section “Qualifications” instead.
  • If you prepare a “Qualifications” section, focus on past volunteer work, or work you’ve done for friends or family over the years. As a simple example, if you are trying to get a job as a managerial position, your training may have included leading a team or working with a group or holding a leadership position in your school or fraternity. That experience will relate directly to the job.
  • If you’ve had at least one job, label the section “Experience” so you can include your jobs and internships.
  • Action words are very important in all of your descriptions. Be brief and to the point, using phrases like “managed”, “led”, “organized” and “participated in.”

TIP #4 – Show Your Skills
  • List any skills that highlight your unique value. These skills could include speaking multiple languages, computer or leadership skills, or public speaking ability.
  • Physical Skills that would help to qualify you for manual labor positions work well in this category. Even if your education isn’t your strongest quality, your ability to perform certain physical tasks may make you the right fit for a job.

TIP #5 – Get Good References
  • You can either note “references available upon request” on your resume or you can list your references. If you choose to list them, you should list three references who are not your relatives.
  • While using business references (past managers, business owners you’ve helped, managers of volunteer projects you’ve worked on) is ideal, you can also use personal references, such as teachers, youth group leaders, mentors, or community members who know you well. Be sure that these people know that they are listed as your references, and that you provide up-to-date contact information for them.

TIP #6 – Don’t Fall Victim to Poor Spelling, Grammar or Formatting
  • Most computers use spell checkers, but sometimes you’ll make mistakes that aren’t related to spelling, like typing “and” when you meant to type “an.” Read your resume twice for this sort of mistake. Reading out loud or backwards are great ways to catch typographical errors you might otherwise miss.
  • The way your resume looks makes a difference. Most people suggest that your resume be only one page long, and that you leave white space. Look at resumes online and copy a format you like.
  • Fonts matter. Some fonts on computers are really pretty, or look interesting, but they aren’t professional. Use a standard font like Garamond or Arial.
  • Paper choices should be clean. You may not be able to afford a premium linen paper to print your resume, but never opt for frilly papers or stationary with graphics printed on them.
  • Unless the position specifically calls for it, don’t include a photo on your resume. It can be a turn off for some recruiters, so it’s best to play it safe on this one.

TIP #7 – Never Ever Misrepresent or Lie
  • You should know that you have value. No matter what challenges you are facing, you are quite capable. By focusing on your strengths, you can create a great resume. While it may be tempting to exaggerate or inflate your experience, doing so will always come back to haunt you. Form example, never say you “led a team” if you had no direct reports and did not manage projects that required you to delegate work to multiple people.

    Next, we’ll talk about managing your social media profiles and when someone googles your name, what will they find? Ways to clean up your digital footprint.

To learn more tips about interviewing, networking and how to find your next job, visit today!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Senator joins bill to save NC's

Senator joins bill to save NC's Historically Black Colleges and Universities

By Dedrick Russell


A North Carolina senator from Mecklenburg County has signed on to a new bill that hopes to generate money to keep Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) alive in the state.

"Many of these Universities, they have been our mainstay," Senator Joyce Waddell said. "They have educated African Americans who are in prominent places, doing great things throughout these United States. So we must be proactive when it comes to this."

North Carolina has ten HBCUs.

Waddell says three of them have been discussed as possible for shutting down: Elizabeth City State University, Winston Salem State University, and Fayetteville State University. The schools reportedly do not have enough money to keep them open and dwindling enrollment numbers.

If approved, Senate Bill 706 would create an endowment that would go to the universities to help increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.

The money would come from a special registration plates for cars. It would be called the HBCU Innovation special registration plates. They would cost $20 each.

WEB EXTRA: Click here to read the bill

At least 300 applications must be received first before the program can be developed.

"You have to start somewhere," Waddell said. "And anything is better than zero."

Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is an HBCU located in Charlotte.

Students say they have seen tuition increase at the university and enrollment decrease. Some students told WBTV they have friends who have dropped out or forced to transfer.

"They just couldn't afford it," JCSU Senior Kelechi Chieke said. "They needed to go back home to handle some family financial problems until they can get back on their feet."

Chieke is pleased lawmakers are trying to do something to help HBCUs.

"State politicians should interfere, because it's an issue," Chieke said. "We are the future. We need to enroll in school more."

JCSU has reinvented itself to stay relevant and survive. It is now focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics subjects instead of tradition majors like Education - to keep up with the 21st century.

"We have to make them strong," Waddell said. "And we have to have funds for them to operate, and we have to speak up and keep this in the forefront."

Senate Bill 706 was introduced to the Senate two weeks ago and passed the first reading last Monday. It is currently in the Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate. No word when it will come out of committee and onto the floor.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Recent firings sound alarms for black college basketball coaches

By Shannon Ryan
Chicago Tribune

When Tracy Dildy was growing up, watching men like Nolan Richardson roam the sideline at Arkansas and John Thompson win an NCAA tournament championship at Georgetown inspired his career choice.

Now the former DePaul assistant and current Chicago State head coach wonders about the future of his profession.

"Is the African-American coach becoming extinct?" he asked. "I'm wondering is anyone paying attention?"

It's a valid question considering how the college basketball postseason began.

The names of fired coaches came in a flurry as they do every season. But this season, almost half were black.

Eleven of 25 coaches who left their positions are African-American, eliminating many positions from an already small fraternity. Two of the coaches were from Chicago teams: DePaul's Oliver Purnell, who resigned, and UIC's Howard Moore, who was fired.

Their departures highlight what some describe as a disturbing trend.

Who are some of the top black assistant coaches in the Big Ten?
Who are some of the top black assistant coaches in the Big Ten?
An annual report from Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport noted that head coaching opportunities for people of color "declined significantly" in 2013-14. Just 22 percent of men's Division I basketball coaches were African-American, down from 23 percent the year prior.

The all-time high for black head coaches came in 2005-06 when 25.2 percent were African-American. The lowest rates came in 2011-12 when only 18.6 percentwere African-American.

The inequity is striking given that 58 percent of college basketball players are African-American and nearly every bench includes at least one black assistant.

"We can talk about rules and one-and-dones, but this is the elephant in the room," said Richard Lapchick, the institute's director. "We're silent on issues of race and gender."

Of the eight African-American coaches who have been replaced, seven have been with white coaches. Of the 25 openings in college basketball, two black coaches have been hired, Dave Leitao at DePaul and Shaka Smart reportedly at Texas.

"It's particularly striking this year," said Jim Haney, the National Association of Basketball Coaches executive director. "We'll be watching very closely over the next month or so."

The numbers are even more dire for African-Americans coaching women's teams. That number dropped from 20.6 percent in 2012-13 to just 14.3 percent the following year.

These issues are quite obviously on display during college basketball's marquee event. In the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 last week, there were no black coaches in the men's field.

DePaul's hiring of Dave Leitao comes as a surprise — even to Leitao
DePaul's hiring of Dave Leitao comes as a surprise — even to Leitao
"I don't think any one particular race or any group has cornered the market on basketball knowledge," former Notre Dame assistant and ex-Toledo head coach Gene Cross said. "You can't just throw out a blanket statement and say (black coaches) are hired and fired because of race. It goes a lot deeper than that. But it is a factor and it should be part of the conversation."

"It's hard to say, 'Oh, it just worked out that way,'" Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier said. "Our business is built on outcome. You have to get those things right. But I am alarmed by the numbers. It looks nefarious."

The reasons are as complex as any issue in our nation that involve race relations.

Many coaches point to the increased influence of big-money donors and the common use of search firms to identify candidates rather than old-fashioned networking by athletic directors.

"It's like picking apples from the same tree," said one former coach who asked not to be identified

Merritt Norvell was one of a handful of black athletic directors when he worked at Michigan State before becoming an executive vice president at the search firm DHR International. He said his firm is committed to presenting the most diversified pool of coaching candidates.

"There is some truth that the search firms can influence the selection," he said. "But for the most part, we present what the institution is looking for. But we should also present a diversified group. There's enough qualified candidates to do that."

Frazier said university presidents and athletic directors need to "work harder."

"It takes majority males to be part of the solution too," said Frazier, who's conducting doctoral research on racial and gender barriers in sports administration. "How do we start working together? A donor or someone with a private agenda may give you (a recommendation) with all but two of your checks on your (must-have) list. It's hard work to look down and say you need to get all of those checks (including diverse candidates), but we should do it."

 Dave Leitao on returning to DePaul
New DePaul coach Dave Leitao on returning to the school where he coached 10 years prior.
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips said he worked to make the hiring process as inclusive as possible when he hired Chris Collins, who is white, two seasons ago.

He directed Parker Executive Search to present a diverse pool of candidates. He said four of nine coaches interviewed for the opening were African-American and he included African-American administrators in the selection process. Phillips also reached out to the Black Coaches Association and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

"In the end it really is about being fair and being inclusive in the process," Phillips said.

When it comes to moving out of the assistant chair, several coaches told the Tribune they face the same issues.

As Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie said at last year's Final Four, "We don't want to look at ourselves as African-American coaches, we want to look at ourselves as a coach. Hopefully our coaching ability (isn't judged by) the color of our skin."

But too often, many said, they're pegged as recruiters instead of coaches who can run a program.

"This is something we've been trying to fight," Cross said, noting more coaches are being given associate labels to fight this stigma. "The African-American coach or the minority coach is the one who would be out on the road more and it takes you away from practice and being involved in coaching."

Breaking into top-level jobs apparently is also more difficult.

Of Power Five conference jobs, only 20 percent (13 of 65 coaches) were held this season by African-Americans, and two of those have been fired. The Big Ten has the fewest with only one African-American coach (Eddie Jordan at Rutgers), and it includes four programs — Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue — that have never hired a black head basketball coach.

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas and the president's office declined interviews citing scheduling conflicts.

Lapchick suggests college athletics implement what he calls the "Eddie Robinson Rule," akin to the NFL's Rooney Rule to increase minority hiring through a more diverse interview process.

Black coaches also have banded together again after the once-powerful Black Coaches Association faded away.

Norvell is helping organize the newly formed National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, which includes a who's who of successful African-American coaches, including Tubby Smith, Shaka Smart, Johnny Dawkins and Paul Hewitt.

"The coaches have said, 'We've lost our voice,'" Norvell said. "We want to change that."

Next season, it's likely that fewer African-American coaches will be head coaches.

"It's got to be discouraging," said Dildy, a coach for more than two decades. "You're not seeing a lot of people who look like you in those positions. It kills your dream. If we ignore it, people are going to start looking to do other things. It's looking like a can't-win situation."

Monday, March 30, 2015

HBCU vs. PWI (Predominantly White Institutions)

HBCU vs. PWI debate misses the real point of higher education

When Olivia Sedwick made the financially-conscious choice to attend a historically black college over Baylor, Marquette, Xavier and Purdue, her decision surprised some she knew.

Olivia Sedwick speaks at the Chancellor's Champagne Brunch at 
Olivia Sedwick speaks at the Chancellor’s Champagne Brunch at Winston-Salem University.
But when Sedwick crept into her first class at Winston-Salem State University to find a black male professor helicoptering over students and spitting wisdom as fast as rapper DMX, she knew she had made the right decision.

“I fell in love with the school,” she says. “We talked about things that I had never had the chance to before coming from a predominantly white high school.”

For Olivia, attending a historically black college meant that she was finally able to explore her identity as a black woman and the sense of double consciousness that comes with it.

The experience has been life-changing.

So, when Black Twitter erupted into a caustic debate about predominantly white institutions (PWI) — schools of higher learning in which whites account for at least 50% enrollment — and historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) — post-secondary schools that were established and accredited before 1964 and whose principal mission was and is the education of African-Americans — Sedwick was unnerved.

She says the perceived academic inferiority of HBCUs in comparison to PWIs bothered her most.

Devin Sangster, a senior at Tennessee State University, agrees.

“I feel that my hard work and dedication to my academics is discredited by the assumption that my education is inferior to those that attend a PWI. It bothers me that this debate happens within our own community at all, because we fail to see the bigger picture,” Sangster says.

The bigger picture, he says, is the overall advancement of African-Americans.

I think people only discredit HBCUs because of how people view blackness. So, when you speak of black institutions, people kind of turn their nose up. People automatically elevate PWIs because they’re white colleges and there’s this idea that a majority-white school is quality

While HBCUs constitute just 3% of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20% of black students who earn undergraduate degrees. And more than 50% of African American professionals and public school teachers matriculate from HBCUs.

In addition, approximately 20% of black students earn science and engineering bachelor’s degrees at HBCUs according to the National Science Foundation.

The report also highlights HBCUs as “important baccalaureate-origin institutions of future black science and engineering doctorate recipients, especially outside the social sciences.”

Still, the stigma that HBCUs are less rigorous and garner fewer post-graduate job opportunities persists. But why?

Nakia Williams, a senior at Indiana University-Bloomington, says that the recalibration of whiteness as the standard for success plays a profound role.

Nakia Williams, Ebony Holmes, Shayla Hill 
Nakia Williams, Ebony Holmes, Shayla Hill at Indiana University Bloomington.
“I think people only discredit HBCUs because of how people view blackness. So, when you speak of black institutions, people kind of turn their nose up. People automatically elevate PWIs because they’re white colleges and there’s this idea that a majority-white school is quality,” Williams says.

Williams, however, argues that institutions should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

In response to the question of why African-American students decide not to attend a HBCU, some PWI students point to name recognition — as well as the deficit of resources at such schools.

“I feel like you can pretty much go to every HBCU campus and you can say ‘UNC Chapel Hill,’ ‘Duke’ or ‘Yale’ and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about,” says Joey Blake, a senior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

“However — and I’ve definitely ran across this at UNC — talk to white students about different HBCUs and they won’t have any idea what you’re talking about. I feel like being on a PWI campus, as a black student, you kind of have that mindset ingrained to some degree. I think it does affect your perception of HBCUs from then on,” he says.

“If the endowments of all 105 HBCUs were added up, they’d still amount to less than 10% of Harvard University’s endowment, which at upward of $30 billion is the wealthiest of any college in the world.”

Beyond branding, UNC senior Matthew Taylor thinks additional hardships faced by HBCUs, including institutionalized racism, which manifests in things such as discriminatory public funding and a dearth of white benefactors, come into play.

“These systemic barriers have hindered HBCUs. General wealth is something that they just haven’t had,” Taylor says.

In an unsettling illustration of Taylor’s point, Essence published an article citing the gross imbalance in endowments between HBCUs and PWIs:

“If the endowments of all 105 HBCUs were added up, they’d still amount to less than 10% of Harvard University’s endowment, which at upward of $30 billion is the wealthiest of any college in the world.”

What HBCUs lack in economic resources, however, they often make up for in strong faculty support.

Theophilus Woodley, Dustin Pickett, David Butler at 
Theophilus Woodley, Dustin Pickett, David Butler at Winston-Salem University graduation.
Dustin Pickett, a Winston-Salem State University alumnus and first-year graduate student at Duke University, said that the administrative culture was definitely more supportive at his HBCU than his PWI.

“At Duke, there’s this presumption that, if you’re there, then you should be able to figure things out on your own. Whereas, at Winston — I mean, most people came from the same high schools as these kids, I myself came from an IB school — but I was still given that care, I was still given that special attention that I needed, there was still that family culture.”

Khyran Shank, a senior who transferred from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, agrees that it’s easier to make connections with professors on HBCU campuses.

“It’s definitely a more loving environment. At an HBCU, you get a great connection with your professors,” Shank says.

Shank and Pickett also agreed that there is a general sense of affinity between black students at HBCUs that is not necessarily as prominent on PWI campuses.

So, what made these men both go on to PWIs?

They say they wanted to be well-rounded.

Both institutions offer something different for students. In the same way that attending a PWI does not negate a students’ blackness, attending an HBCU does not negate his or her future potential.

“Whether you go to an HBCU or whether you go to a PWI, as long as you’re making it, as long as you’re going out and making an impact in your community, I don’t think it really matters,” Pickett says.

“I think we need to get to a point where we can move past the conversation of which is better and know that we’re all just trying to better ourselves.”

Jaleesa Jones is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Your typical underachiever, Jaleesa is working towards a degree in communication studies with a concentration in media studies and production as well as minors in journalism and screenwriting. She is the current President and Campus Correspondent for Her Campus UNC, a branch of, the number one online community for college women. She is also an arts reporter for the Daily Tar Heel and a member of the Carolina Association of Future Magazine Editors. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to spoken word poetry, binge-watching Law & Order: SVU and debating everything from respectability politics to celebrity news. You can follow her random outbursts on Twitter @newLEESonlife.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

HBCU enrollment discouraged at Charter School

Mitchell: Mom says charter school discouraged son's choice of historically black college

Posted: 03/25/2015, 07:36pm | Mary Mitchell

Recently, historically black colleges and universities got a much-needed lift from an unlikely source.

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson revealed in a magazine interview that she decided to send her 20-year-old son to Howard University after police at the University of Southern California racially profiled him.


In response to the allegations, the chief of security for USC issued a statement saying “he was deeply disturbed” that Henson’s son felt “profiled because of his race,” the Associated Press reported.

After several violent incidents involving white police officers and young black males, it isn’t surprising that the racial tension has made its way to college campuses.

Last week, Virginia Department of Alcohol Control officers slammed Chicagoan Martese Johnson, a black University of Virginia honor student, face down on the pavement after he was turned away from a bar.

Such incidents are likely to cause some students to give HBCU a second look.

That’s why Maiesha Rose, the mother of a senior at Chicago Bulls College Prep, is appalled by the way her son was treated after he decided he wanted to attend an HBCU.

“I am a graduate of an HBCU, and my son was told that he could not apply to an HBCU until he applied to other schools,” said Rose, a City of Chicago employee.

“When I asked why, the initial response was HBCUs don’t give enough money,” she said.

Chicago Bulls College Prep, a Noble Network Charter School, opened on the West Side in 2009.

Constance Brewer, chief external affairs officer for Noble, said staff members do not make judgments based on whether a college is an HBCU, private, public or religious institution.

“We use data to help parents make choices, but it is up to the parents in consultation with their child to choose which path is right for them,” she said.

Brewer claims that out of 572 African-American seniors attending Noble schools, 40 percent have applied to at least one HBCU.

Students are expected to apply at “match” schools — schools that match the student’s GPA and ACT scores; a “safety” school — one that the student will definitely get in; and a “reach” school — a school that is just above the student’s stats.

Rose said no HBCU was listed in any category, and she had a difficult time getting an official transcript so her son could apply to an HBCU on his own.

“They kept giving me the runaround. I had to go up there and almost threaten them to get a transcript,” she said.

According to Rose, her son was repeatedly told an HBCU would not be a “good fit.”

After Rose made arrangements for her son to attend Langston University in Oklahoma, her alma mater, he was accepted at Morehouse in Atlanta.

“I think it is a bad policy. The students should have the freedom to apply wherever they want to apply if the parents and students make a choice to attend a certain school,” Rose said.

In recent years, the 105 historically black colleges have actively recruited non-black students because of a drop in enrollment.

The shift means more HBCUs are serving a diverse student population, something that could bring greater resources to these cash-strapped schools.

If Chicago Bulls College Prep officials aren’t including HBCUs as real options, they’re short-changing these students.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Butterfly Effect & Coaching

 “March Madness Musing”
March 19, 2015
By Brian S. Yeldell

               On a recent Sunday morning, I happened to be watching Sportscenter, not an unusual activity for me on any morning. Remember, I generally watch news and sports, news and sports. One of the stories that grabbed my attention was when I saw that Tommy Amaker had coached his team to their fourth Ivy League championship and were going to be playing in the NCAA tournament. Then I saw that Bobby Hurley's Buffalo team was going to the NCAA tournament, as well. They, along with several others, Johnny Dawkins (Stanford) and Chris Collins (Northwestern) and Quinn Snyder (formerly of Missouri and currently of the Milwaukee Bucks) are graduates of the Duke University basketball program coached by Mike Krzysewski, better known as Coach K. The day before I had seen a video about a concept called "The Butterfly Effect" which states that all actions that are committed have an effect on other things, both distant and up close. While a bit different, it reminded of the theory of motion, which states that an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Well, in thinking about Coach K, I thought about the guys that he was able to have an effect on under his tutelage, thus the concept of The Butterfly Effect and Coaching.

               On the particular day that I was shown a video of the Butterfly Effect, my head was in another place. It's a good thing that I am curious and a seeker of knowledge. This is relevant because I was not always that way. I wasted SO MUCH time as a younger person as a not so serious student that, as I have gotten older, it has given me an incredible thirst for good stuff - data, facts, tidbits of information and knowledge - wherever I can find it. Watching the video about the butterfly effect went a long way in satisfying that thirst. To give a synopsis, even though I have enclosed the video, the gentleman, Andy Andrews said, technically, that The Butterfly Effect is The Law Of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions. Less technically, he said that a butterfly can flap his wings and a hurricane can be started thousands of miles away by that same butterfly flapping his wings. His video was also a great history lesson about how George Washington Carver developed his interest in farming and may have contributed to a scientific and agricultural discovery that saved, literally, billions of people.

               While he gave a great example and I got the concept, my curiosity caused me to do a bit more digging about this Butterfly Effect and how it relates to various things. And, as mentioned, when I thought about how an inordinate amount of coaches, administrators and basketball people got their start from attending Duke and playing in their program, I saw a connection. As the video spells out, you never know where something started and while I attribute the careers of Johnny Dawkins, Tommy Amaker, and Bobby Hurley and even Mike Brey of Notre Dame, who coached under Coach K, it might have been Bobby Knight who gave Krzysewski his start or was it the guy who gave Knight his start? Or, was it Mike Krzysewski’s high school coach who started it all. We never know, but we can look at the tree and go back and try to see exactly who flapped their wings first.

               Many people who are sports lovers like me have seen the situation where there are many coaches that have learned their craft from one of the greats. For instance, Bill Belichick has turned out to be one of the best coaches of all-time. However, he learned much of his craft from Bill Parcels. But, Parcels learned from Ray Perkins. There is another great example of coaches flapping their wings or in the parlance of coaching, “the coaching trees.” Bill Walsh has been able to create an UNBELIEVABLE coaching tree. As a result of his wings, you have the aforementioned Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton and Tony Sparano, three of whom have won SuperBowls. Right here is DC, there are innumerable people who learned basketball from Morgan Wootten’s basketball camp and have spent a lifetime in basketball, coaching and doing all kinds of other things in the sport. Derek Whittenburg, Sidney Lowe, Adrian Branch, Ronnie Everhart, Carlton Valentine and even his son, Joe Wootten all come to mind, involving themselves in the game of basketball one way or the other. Since we’re talking about longs lines and lineages that are closely related to flapping one’s wings, you have to think about Coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling who sent scores of young men into the NFL and life better prepared for success. This is often done in business, teaching, and definitely politics. All one has to do is look at the Kennedys and know that Joe Kennedy had long and powerful wings, enough to be the driving force for an entire family to go into politics and public service.

               Yet another of the key points and principles that this laid out for me was that all things matter. It matters how you talk to people. It matters who you associate with. It matters that you do good and put goodness out to the world. It matters how we treat our fellow man. It matters the kinds of things that you teach your children, the kinds of lessons you give to all young people or old people, as well. And, as the subject of this essay suggests, it matters how you coach a team and build those teams, because if the lessons are given properly and well enough, you have an opportunity to spawn a long list of folks who want to do what you do and have some of the same kind of success. In short, everybody matters - whether in the barber shop or the pool hall or the halls of Congress or some other high falutin’ place to the coat check person or the shoe shine guy or gal to you. The Butterfly Effect is ALWAYS present.

               Personally, I think I have lived the butterfly effect for much of my life. Somewhere, somehow, it was planted in me to help others. Maybe, it was seeing my mother help countless people. Maybe, it was seeing my uncle serve the city he was born in, even after forgoing a lucrative career as a marketing representative at a growing IBM. Maybe, it was hearing Martin Luther King say, what I have come to know as biblical, "he who is greatest amongst you, will be your servant." As a result, I am not sure why I feel the need to help and serve others, but somewhere deep down inside, maybe it was the butterfly effect and feeling that something that I can do can have the effect on lives, perhaps, being changed for the better. All I have to do, as we all must do is flap our wings for the good of this world and let’s see what we can effect.

               Below you will find several examples of someone either flapping their wings or providing an example of inspiration for someone to be someone or build something or improve upon something. All represent variations of “The Butterfly Effect”:

·           The Internet and Twitter
·           The Palm Pilot and Smart Phones
·           All In The Family and The Jeffersons
·           The Phonograph and The CD
·           The Model T and the Porsche
·           The Peach Basket and The Steel Rim & Nets
·           The Chuck Taylor and The Air Jordan
·           The Log Cabin and The Empire State Building
·           Charlie Chaplin and Kevin Hart
·           Two Cups on a string and the cell phone
·           Picasso and Street Graffiti
·           Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis

               The most important thing, TO ME, is that we ALL matter and our actions matter. From the guy that runs a company like Marriott to Walmart to General Motors hiring tens of thousands of people to the guy that runs one convenience store who hires 7 to 10 or the newsstand who works by himself, but is the provider of information or the man/drunk on the street corner, we all matter. Given my increased level of spirituality, I have to mention something like giving a hug to someone. We ALL need human touch. And, at my church, my pastor and his brother, the assistant pastor, remind us that somebody may not have had a hug all week. So, the butterfly effect is real and when you do good, it has an effect. It may be immediate and it may not be felt right away, but it can have everlasting consequences. So, as we look at these upcoming games with Harvard and Buffalo and those who didn't make it like Stanford and Northwestern, think about ol' Coach K flapping his wings and the butterfly effect and coaching!

While seemingly schizophrenic, “Wahoowa!,” “Fear The Turtle!,” AND “Let’s Go Hoyas!”

HBCU Alum Stephen A. Smith says...

I Hope Every Black Person Would Do This...

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said Tuesday that he hopes every black person in America votes for a Republican in “just one” election.

The comments came toward the end of a talk at the Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and were captured on audio by a conservative website.

“Before we get on out of here … I’m about to say something that people might take, put out there or whatever the case might be. Buckle up and get ready,” he said.

“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith continued. “Want me to tell you why I feel that way?”

“From what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate; he is completely against the civil rights movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it — civil rights legislation,” Smith explained.

“What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a Senate, a Republican Senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against civil rights legislation — the southern Dixiecrats. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.”

Smith didn’t stop there.

“Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party, ‘You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest,” he said.

“We don’t do that with politics,” he added. “And then blame white America for our disenfranchisement. It is us.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Crossing State Lines...

March 17, 2015

Ry Rivard

California’s 112-campus community college system is making it easier for graduates to attend historically black colleges and universities across the country.

The system is launching a new program that guarantees students admission to nine HBCUs if they graduate with an associate degree. The deal allows a student with 60 community college credits to enter the historically black colleges as a junior.

The deal serves twin goals. It helps two-year students from California find a place to get a four-year degree if they want to leave the state. It also helps historically black colleges find students as some struggle with enrollment declines. Late last year, the for-profit University of Phoenix’s attempt to partner with historically black colleges prompted skepticism.

There are no HBCUs in California, and the deal may be a precedent-setting agreement between a state system and a series of public and private colleges in other states. The California agreement builds on some existing transfer agreements between individual community colleges and nine individual HBCUs, all but one of which is private. The deal also mirrors an internal transfer process the community college system has with the California State University System: Community college graduates who earn one of 35 different associate degrees designed to transfer are guaranteed admission into Cal State universities. Last year, about 12,000 students graduated with one of those associate transfer degrees.

“It just seems natural and the timing seemed right to say, let’s take a shot at applying that pathway to the HBCUs,” said Bob Quinn, who handles transfer policy for the community college chancellor’s office. "Because we’ve been hearing for years how well our students do after they transfer there.”
The deal limits the number of lower-division general education courses that the historically black colleges can make transferring students take after they transfer: incoming students with a California associate degree may be asked to take only nine general education units by a historically black college. The deal also creates a simple path for students who have only taken 30 credits -- rather than 60 -- to enter an HBCU.

The California system signed agreements with Bennett College, Dillard University, Fisk University, Lincoln University in Missouri, Philander Smith College, Stillman College, Talladega, Tuskegee University and Wiley College.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HAMPTON U to the NCAA Tourney!

Maybe (Some) HBCUs Belong In The First Four

After winning the MEAC championship, Hampton will be among eight other teams playing the NCAA Tournament First Four this week.

The Pirates (16-17) will face Manhattan in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday.

And considering that several power conference teams posted better records and wins against better competition, that’s the way it should be.

Some black college basketball fans may ask, why are historically black college and university programs like Hampton even in this position at all after earning what is believed to be an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament?

Maybe not being able to consistently stay competitive against Top 25 teams in the regular season is a factor.

This season, the SWAC and MEAC went 88-242 in non-conference play.

Hampton, for example, started the season 4-6 with losses to Iowa, Syracuse, American and North Dakota State.

Maybe suffering far too many blowouts in the NCAA Tournament at the hands of No. 1 and No. 2 seeds has something to do with it. The SWAC and MEAC are a combined 10 and 67 all-time come March.

Maybe participating in leagues that rank at the bottom of the RPI and strength of schedule rankings in Division I basketball has something to do with it. That 254 RPI does not look good on the resume come selection Sunday.

While Norfolk State did beat Missouri, Southern nearly became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed when the Jaguars took Gonzaga to the brink of an upset and Texas Southern beat Michigan State,   who are we really kidding here? Those are outliers.

Hampton did not post a single win against a Top 50 opponent this season. Not a Top 100 foe either. The Pirates did, however, have a winning (12-7) record against schools in the Top 200. So they beat up bottom feeders like them.

Some have suggested maybe at-large or bubble teams should only have to make the untimely trip to Dayton each season instead of a conference champion from a mid-major.

But is Hampton really better than New Mexico State, SMU, UAB, and Georgia State?

Hampton did not even win the MEAC regular season title. That was captured by North Carolina Central who finished the season with a 16-0 conference record.

The Eagles were clearly the best team in the MEAC all season. And should probably be in the NCAA Tournament if the MEAC wasn’t a poor one-bid league, according to NCCU head coach LeVelle Moton.

I am under the belief that if HBCU teams could steal a few wins here and there against elite opponents and make consistent runs come March, the tournament committee might be willing to think more favorably of an HBCU unit down the road and keep them out of the First Four.

Until then, HBCU basketball fans have no recourse other than to complain about a school from the MEAC or SWAC than shouldn’t be in the First Four even though it is unlikely those schools will not come close to winning the national championship.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Obama’s visit to Benedict College

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is kicking off a weekend commemoration 50 years since the pivotal Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches in Alabama with a town hall meeting at a historically black college in South Carolina.
Obama’s visit to Benedict College in Columbia comes in his first trip to South Carolina as president. The White House says Obama plans to speak about efforts young people made throughout history to expand opportunity.
The South Carolina trip comes on the eve of Obama’s plans to visit Selma. He plans to speak from the Edmund Pettus Bridge, 50 years to the day after white police officers beat civil rights protesters in 1965.
Obama has just two other states to reach his goal of traveling to all 50 as president — South Dakota and Utah.

Apple is Investing $50M

Apple is Investing $50M in Future HBCU Talent

Apple announced a $50 million multi-year commitment to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund on Tuesday to inspire and develop talent from the nation's community of Historically Black Colleges & Universities. This is the largest corporate investment ever dedicated exclusively for students and faculty of four-year HBCUs.

The multi-year commitment will go toward creating a talent database, coordinating internships for promising students, exposure to Apple's campus and funding faculty innovation grants focused on figuring out effective ways to encourage HBCU students into STEM environments.

What's especially exciting about this new partnership is that select students interested in developing their own businesses with the use of technology will have the opportunity to attend Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference. There, they'll be able to rub elbows with some of the brightest industry leaders from across the globe.

"Our partnership with Apple is going to be a real game changer for HBCU students and faculty. Working with the most innovative company on the planet, we're going to expose more African American students to the possibilities of a career in technology and inspire them to become future tech innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders," said TMCF President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. in a statement. "Apple shares our vision of a diverse workforce and working together we can ensure our students will not only have equal opportunities to pursue the jobs of their dreams, but also empower them to lead others to accomplish the same."

Denise Young Smith, Apple's vice president of worldwide human resources, also spoke to the opportunities this $50 million investment will provide for HBCUs and Apple alike.

"Education is in Apple's DNA and by partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund we have a unique opportunity to help inspire the next generation of diverse talent to love technology as much as we do," she said. "Knowledge is the great equalizer and we want to invest in the best and brightest students in our HBCU schools to encourage them to pursue a career in technology or join the hundreds of thousands of app developers changing the way we all use our devices. Together, we can change the workforce for the better because inclusion really does inspire innovation."


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