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Out of Foster Care — and Into What? (Gotham Gazette)
Anthony Boyd, 22, Armstrong Pelzer, 26, and Joseph Branca, 22, all attend college, have part-time jobs and live at Schafer Hall, a supportive housing facility for former foster children in East Harlem.

Morehouse College Glee Club celebrates 100 Years at Lincoln Center (Frost Illustrated)
The Maroon & White Fund, a 501 support organization, is scheduled host a national tribute to the Morehouse College Glee Club’s “100 Years in Song” with a weekend celebration to include the launch of the “Power of Ten” scholarship fundraising initiative, The Maroon & White Gala “A Salute to Excellence in Education at Morehouse College” at The New … (more)

In Wake of Hurricane Irene, Mayor Bloomberg Calls On New Yorkers to Donate Blood (Patch)
The trains and buses are back up and running, but many New Yorkers remain in need in the aftermath of the weekend of Hurricane Irene’s tropical storm destruction.


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Buyer surfaces for Moo & Oink (The Southtown Star)
Moo & Oink, the 150-year-old iconic meat retailer in the African-American community, has attracted a potential buyer.

The Racist History of The Republican Party
The Racist History of The Republican Party (Free Republic)
Before you start swearing and spitting nails, the title is a misnomer. It’s a play on the revisionist history the liberal Dems have been selling for over half a century.
Obama: US economy had a ‘heart attack’ (The Straits Times)
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that the US economy had suffered a ‘heart attack’ and survived but is not recuperating quickly enough, as he geared up to unveil a major jobs plan.

Marian Anderson’s Long Overdue Operatic Moment (National Public Radio)
Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 when she starred in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera .

Has Washington D.C.'s Black Middle Class Given Up On Neighborhood Schools?
Has Washington D.C.’s Black Middle Class Given Up On Neighborhood Schools? (Booker Rising)
If U.S. President Barack Obama doesn’t even send his own daughters to a neighborhood school just steps from the White House because of sub-par standards, then it’s unrealistic to expect Mr.
Differences In Cell Response Could Explain Higher Rates Of Hypertension In African Americans (Medical News Today)
A key difference in the way that cells from African-Americans respond to inflammation could be an answer to why this group is disproportionately affected by hypertension , something that has eluded scientists for many years.

Rev. Al Sharpton on starting his new MSNBC anchor job tonight: “I don’t think it was that big a leap” (Home Page tampabay)
Given that I suggested MSNBC may have made a mistake in employing him, I was prepared for newly-hired anchor Al Sharpton to try tearing me a new one when we finally talked about his latest gig.



Metro-North Resumes Full Service on 2 Lines
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority resumed full rail service on its New Haven and Hudson lines, and was running Harlem trains as far north as White Plains as it recovers from Hurricane Irene. The biggest US transit agency said it was operating
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Motown legend Nick Ashford honored by crowd of family and friends at Harlem
New York Daily News
BY Michael J. Feeney Woman holds up programs for singer Nick Ashford’s funeral outside Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Family and friends packed one of Harlem’s most prominent churches last night to say farewell to beloved singer and songwriter
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New York Daily News
Irene: New Haven, Hudson, Lower Harlem lines back; upper Harlem, Rockland
The Journal News | LoHud.com
The lower portions of the Harlem and Hudson lines had begun running earlier in the afternoon. They are all running on Sunday schedules, which are lighter than weekday schedules. The upper Harlem Line north of the North White Plains station and
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Harlem: Will Booze Ban Boost Barbers?
CityLimits.org (blog)
Her hands skillfully snipping a customer’s locks, hairdresser Annieres Perez nodded as two clients waiting for their turn discussed the state’s new law to curb the sale of a homemade alcoholic beverage called the Nutcracker. Signed into law by New York
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Harlem Wizards dazzle crowds with dunks, passing and other tricks at New York
By Alaina Potrikus / The Post-Standard But the 7-year-old from Clay bested the 6’7 Harlem Wizards player in a passing game at the Youth Sports Activity Center in front of the Coliseum Tuesday afternoon. The basketball troupe showcases its
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West Harlem Art Fund at Governors Island
New York Press
25) is West Harlem Art Fund’s Loosely Coupled, in historic Nolan Park. The 13-year-old West Harlem Art Fund has been having a stellar year this year, with exhibitions in Time Square during Armory week and now on Governors Island.
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New York Press
RealEstateRama (press release)
By Amy Nizwantowski NEW YORK, NY – August 30, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) Halstead Property Development Marketing and West 147th Associates LLC, the developers of PS90, today announced a new tuition incentive of $1000 per unit for buyers who sign new
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Gospel For Teens Keeps Harlem Youth Off The Streets
Vy Higginsen, writer and producer, started a singing school called Gospel For Teens in Harlem. Originally, Gospel For Teens was created to save gospel music, and to introduce it to a generation who was raised on hip-hop. Now, it’s a haven for teens
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Nick Ashford Goes Home at Abyssinian Baptist Church In Harlem
By Harlem World
On August 29, 2011, the line for the Nick Ashford goes home at Abyssinian Baptist Church on 147th Street in Harlem, NY started around 4pm for the 6 PM service. Susan Taylor, Earl The Pearl Monroe Freddie Jackson, Michael Douglas,



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Racist Ads? Stop Being Silly.
Racist Ads? Stop Being Silly. (About)
Ah, the politically correct horde have stomped over another advertising campaign, this time with claims of racism.
Martin Luther King’s made-in-China memorial (National Post)
Fifteen years after Congress authorized a memorial, the 30-foot-tall statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

Army veteran says he was ‘singled out’ after objecting to email… (Alabama Live)
Kerin Kelly, a helicopter mechanic returned from Baghdad, thought he’d found a home in Huntsville, surrounded by ex-military, spending days in an office in Research Park and using his experience to work on designs for Army helicopters.

The fight for freedom
The fight for freedom (The Piqua Daily Call)
While Piqua and the rest of the nation remained segregated for many years after the Civil War, black and white soldiers were buried side-by-side in the Civil War veterans section of Forest Hill Cemetery.
Noble Hill extends invitation to picnic (Daily Tribune News)
Marian Coleman, curator for Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center, shows Danny Wheeler Jr.

What happened to King’s dream of economic justice? (Daily World)
As the nation honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. With a stirring new memorial on the National Mall, let’s not obscure one of his most important messages in a fog of sentiment.



Irene: Metro-North resumes service on lower Harlem, Hudson lines; the rest
The Journal News | LoHud.com
( Seth Harrison / The Journal News ) / TJN Metro-North is restarting service about 2 PM, but only on the lower Harlem and Hudson lines. The upper reaches of those lines, and the entire New Haven Line remain out of service as the railroad recovers from
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How “Gospel for Teens” is saving the music
CBS News
Lesley Stahl spends a year following the inspirational leader of a gospel music program for teenagers in Harlem. Students learn to sing the original American art form and gain the confidence and character it inspires. There’s a street in Harlem that
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Teachers Get Little Say in a Book About Them
New York Times
At Harlem Success Academy 1, which produces top scores on state tests, Mr. Brill describes how teachers working around the clock continually burn out. Like kitchen appliances, they last a few years and then need to be replaced.
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Metro-North, New Jersey Transit Trains Shut After Irene
San Francisco Chronicle
The MTA said it was resuming operation on a Sunday schedule at 2 PM today on the lower Harlem and lower Hudson lines. The New Haven, upper Hudson, upper Harlem, New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury lines remained suspended, the MTA said in an e-mailed
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Rossmoor’s Backyard YouTube Stars
By Kelsey Duckett If the Harlem Globetrotters played basketball in a swimming pool instead of on a court, the results might look like PoolSide TrickShots, the brainchild of seven Los Alamitos High School juniors. This summer, instead of skateboarding
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Written by SOHH for Smoke DZA
[With the new release of his Rolling Stoned album set to hit store shelves tomorrow, Harlem’s Smoke DZA breaks down his Top 5 reasons to cop the long-awaited solo effort.] One reason why you should get Rolling Stoned is because if you’re a stoner,
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Subway Service Fully Restored After Irene Forced Unprecedented Shutdown
NBC New York
Commuters seeking transportation to or from New Jersey will be able to take the PATH train, which resumed service at 4 am Metro-North will resume service at 2 PM, operating on a Sunday schedule for only the Lower Hudson and Lower Harlem lines.
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Irene’s Impact on Monday’s Commute
Fox News
The Metro North railroad service said in a statement that it cannot with regular service Monday on any of its three lines, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven, citing significant damage to many portions of the system. The Metro-North work crews will continue
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Marc Hannibal dies at 80
By Variety Staff Actor, singer and former Harlem Globetrotter Marc Hannibal died in Salem, Ore., of natural causes on July 23. He was 80. Hannibal made his TV acting debut in 1963 on “CBS Repertoire Workshop,” narrating the story of the historical Dred
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Dangerous White Stereotypes

August 28, 2011

Dangerous White Stereotypes


Davis, Calif.

ONE of the most noteworthy movies of the summer is “The Help.” Set in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, it focuses on the relationships between white upper-middle-class women and the black domestics who took care of them and their children. Although many reviews of the film were quite positive, numerous critics, including some African-American commentators, have lashed out against it, arguing that the film does not deserve the accolades it has received.

To some extent, they have been angry that the movie is based on a novel by a white woman, Kathryn Stockett, and they question whether she is capable of telling that particular story. Some have also complained that the movie reinforces stereotypes about black Southern households. The black heroines speak with a dialect that disturbs some viewers; the audience never sees an intact black household, and a black man’s abuse of his wife is all the more chilling because we never see him, only the pots he hurls and the scars he leaves.

One maid’s close bond with the white toddler she cares for has been decried as a re-enactment of the misconception that maids nurtured their white charges while denigrating their own black offspring.

Not all blacks are unmoved by “The Help.” Indeed, among my friends, relatives and colleagues a wide range of views have been shared, including comments that some of us might want to establish a support group for strong black women who liked “The Help.”

It is unfair to the filmmakers and cast to expect a work of fiction to adhere to the standards of authenticity we would want for a documentary. But we also recognize that precious few works of art tackle the Civil Rights era, and what people coming of age in the 21st century learn about this era often stems from fictive rather than nonfictive sources.

Forty-eight years after Martin Luther King Jr. was accompanied by tens of thousands of black domestic workers to the National Mall in Washington to demand economic justice, it is not all that difficult to render black fictional characters with appealing attributes and praiseworthy talents. What is more difficult to accomplish is a verisimilar rendering of the white characters.

This movie deploys the standard formula. With one possible exception, the white women are remarkably unlikable, and not just because of their racism. Like the housewives portrayed in reality television shows, the housewives of Jackson treat each other, their parents and their husbands with total callousness. In short, they are bad people, therefore they are racists.

There’s a problem, though, with that message. To suggest that bad people were racist implies that good people were not.

Jim Crow segregation survived long into the 20th century because it was kept alive by white Southerners with value systems and personalities we would applaud. It’s the fallacy of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a movie that never fails to move me but that advances a troubling falsehood: the notion that well-educated Christian whites were somehow victimized by white trash and forced to live within a social system that exploited and denigrated its black citizens, and that the privileged white upper class was somehow held hostage to these struggling individuals.

But that wasn’t the case. The White Citizens Councils, the thinking man’s Ku Klux Klan, were made up of white middle-class people, people whose company you would enjoy. An analogue can be seen in the way popular culture treats Germans up to and during World War II. Good people were never anti-Semites; only detestable people participated in Hitler’s cause.

Cultures function and persist by consensus. In Jackson and other bastions of the Jim Crow South, the pervasive notion, among poor whites and rich, that blacks were unworthy of full citizenship was as unquestioned as the sanctity of church on Sunday. “The Help” tells a compelling and gripping story, but it fails to tell that one.

I have dim recollections of watching Dr. King in 1963, with the black maid who raised me — my mother. If my father wasn’t in the room, he was working to make sure there would be opportunities in my future. I have benefited enormously from their hard work and from the shift that American culture has undergone as the scaffolding of discrimination was dismantled.

My parents, and the countless other black Americans who not only endured but thrived within the limited occupational sphere granted them, would have been proud of what has been accomplished since 1963, but they would not have wanted us to whitewash that earlier world.

Patricia A. Turner is a professor of African American studies and the vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis. Her most recent book is “Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters.”


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The power of the gospel: Can black churches survive turbulent times?
The power of the gospel: Can black churches survive turbulent times? (Deseret News)
The ladies in their fancy, wide-brimmed hats and the men in their shiny shoes have taken their seats in the red-carpeted chapel of Calvary Baptist Church.
Friendly Fire: The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (LA Daily News)
In the news photo was President Obama, Daisy Bates and a group of White House staffers gazing at the world-famous Norman Rockwell portrait prominently positioned on a West Wing wall.

Many African-Americans Show Supporta (Essence Magazine)
Although polls reflect a decline in support for President Obama since he won the 2008 elections, many African-Americans say they still stand by their president, the Huffington Post reports.

Hiring Of Sharpton By MSNBC Follows Larger Trend (KQED)
This past week, the cable news network MSNBC chose civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton as their new host.

'Boro student traces roots of MLK 'Dream'
‘Boro student traces roots of MLK ‘Dream’ (The Daily News Journal)
Local resident William Murphy was struggling to find a topic for a paper when he stumbled across what is becoming a widely acclaimed discovery: the roots of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.


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Stamp Martin Luther King memorial a Made in Chinaa (UnionLeader)
God and the weather willing, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial soon will be dedicated amid moving speeches, joyous hoopla and inevitable controversy.

Fulani develop strength in unity
Fulani develop strength in unity (Cincinnati)
Aissata Diallo, recites a paper to her elder, Oumar Dia, during a Saturday study session in Lockland.
Roswell Park to study cancer rates among African-American women (Buffalo News)
Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded a multimillion dollar grant to find out why young African- American women are more likely to get an aggressive form of breast cancer than young white women.

Protein In The Urine Spells Kidney Failure For African Americans (MediLexicon)
African Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure than whites.

Today in the news: Hurricane Irene prompts first-ever evacuation in… (PeoriaTimes-Observer)
Hurricane Irene will be offshore the East Coast tonight, and tomorrow it’s expected to make landfall in North Carolina.

Expense May Be Causing Fewer Young Blacks to Smoke (IVillage)
Rising cigarette prices and other economic and social factors led to the sharp drop in smoking that occurred among black youth between the 1970s and 1990s, U.S. Researchers say.