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Affirmative Action: The Mask of a Nation’s Neglect

The Supreme Court of the United States of America is currently hearing arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. It is a case that has affirmative action in the hot-seat and could potentially result in the policy’s dissolution. But why shouldn’t this 51-year-old policy be removed from practice? To remove affirmative action and see […]

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Field Notes: 5 Quick Thoughts On Urban Education

What’s up, folks? For those who don’t know me personally, I go by yemioLo on the internets.  I majored in Sociology and Af-Am studies back in my college days and this year I’m working as a middle-school tutor at a charter school. Throughout the school year I’ll be bringing you quotes and observations from The […]

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SOS Gettin’ To College Series: Start of the Year Preparation

Welcome to the Spirit of Sankofa Getting’ To College Series. For those of you students interested in the University of California system of schools (UCLA, Berkeley, Davis, etc) and you early decision applicants, game-time is right around the corner. This year, for Fall 2013 entrance, the UC application opens on October 1st and the deadline […]

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For the High School Senior: The Spirit of Sankofa Gettin’ To College Series

First off, congrats on making it to senior year. Thinking back to when my classmates and I entered our last year, I remember I had some questions that many of you may have now. You might be walking around the school halls on top of the world, feeling like a bag ‘a money, but in […]

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The Day Obama and His Educational Initiative Shut Me Up

I am proud to announce that it has been done! Obama has shut me the hell up (for now) and I couldn’t feel any better! I am going to cut to the chase and tell you that President Barack Obama has signed an executive order known as The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for […]

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Guilty As Charged: Portrait of an American Mother

My peeps out in the various Fields n such. I wanted to quickly shed some light on a case from Ohio last year. Meet Kelley Williams-Bolar, a single mother who last year was put in jail for wanting the best for her children. After their house was broken into in 2006, Bolar realized the plight […]

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Debunking the Debunking of the Myth: Blacks, Prisons, Colleges

I recently saw a picture going around on Facebook addressing the age-old myth in The Field that there are more Black men in prison than there are in college. According to the picture (seen above), there are 824,340 Black men in prison or Jail while there are 1,444,979 Black men in college. While these numbers […]

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From Desk To Cell: One Youth’s Green-Brick Road to Prison

 Here’s the (hypothetical) story : Emmett Till was just born in a hospital somewhere in The Field. His mother passed away during birth and he is being raised by a single father. His father did not graduate high school because he had to drop out to support his new family. He is now employed in […]

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Congrats To The Sankofa Scholarship Applicants

Congrats to the entire King/Drew graduating class of 2012, who received over $5 million in Scholarships. Located not far from the historic Watts Towers, King/Drew is truly a diamond in the rough and seeing all the students at the Senior Awards Night tonight was amazing and refreshing. Special congrats to the applicants and winners of the Spirit […]

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Dr. Shaquille O’Neal, Ed.D. in Inspiration:

If you didn’t know, Shaquille O’Neal, The 19-year NBA superstar, received his Ed.D. in Leadership and Education with a specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida on Saturday, May 5, 2012.* A Newark New Jersey native,  Shaq was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA […]

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