Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Florida Memorial University Has All Black Male Baccalaureate Service

MIAMI GARDENS, FL [May 12, 2011] – According to the Schott Foundation, only half of black male students graduate from high school. In an effort to reverse this crisis, Florida Memorial University (FMU) President Henry Lewis III, along with other university officials will launch the first 2011 High School Black Male Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm. The event strives to honor extraordinary Black male students who will graduate from high school. It will take place at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts on FMU’s campus.

Morehouse Men Pay Tribute to Oprah


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Monday, May 23, 2011

The peculiar candidacy of Mr. Herman Cain. How it could reshape black America

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Supreme Court Tells California Prisons to Release Nearly 1/3 of It’s Inmates

This landmark Supreme Court Ruling can change the face of American justice.

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Police Slam and Bloody a Man in a Wheelchair (Video)

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Dr. Boyce, Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry Faceoff on the Radio


Dr. Boyce Watkins and Melissa Harris-Perry faceoff today at 1:15 pm EST regarding Watkins’ concern about Harris-Perry’s attacks on Professor Cornel West.

The Lost Jailhouse Interview with Tupac Shakur


In this video, Tupac lets it all hang out – talking about life, love, and being a black man in America.


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Al Sharpton Featured on 60 Minutes – Video

The CBS show, 60 Minutes, had a lot to say about Rev. Al Sharpton.  It’s an interesting segment about his life, his politics, and how he has changed over the years.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Dr. Boyce Watkins: Those Ugly, Ugly Black Women


Dr. Boyce Watkins analyzes the recent conclusion by a London scholar that black women are less attractive than other races

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Survey: 3/4 of African Americans have a relative who has served time in Prison


Startling statistics as reported by Dr. Boyce Watkins, who is leading an initiative to fight against mass incarceration.

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Hearing it from the Man Who Knew Osama bin Laden

Dr. Wilmer Leon speaks with the journalist who knew Osama bin Laden well.

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Kids Denied Breakfast for Wearing the Wrong Shoes

School Breakfast Shoes

How long do you think it took the child’s mother to go postal on the school administrators?

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Why Would Osama bin Laden Try to Recruit Black People?

Dr. Wilmer Leon and Dr. Boyce Watkins discuss the allegation that Osama bin Laden once tried to recruit disgruntled blacks to be part of his revolution.

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LeBron James Should Apologize for “Retarded” Comment

LeBron James is in hot water after remarks me made to a reporter.

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Who Do We Blame for the Black Unemployment Crisis: The White House or Congress?

A lot of politicians do a whole lot of talking, but who should be held accountable on the black unemployment crisis?

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Is the White House Telling the Truth about bin Laden?



Dr. Boyce: Why I Think the Government is Probably Lying to Me.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

What Your Probably Don’t Know about bin Laden, Pakistan and US Foreign Policy

With the killing of Osama bin Laden, Americans remain woefully ignorant of what our government does overseas in the name of the United States. 

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Dr. Boyce: Oprah Fires her CEO, So What’s Next?

Oprah Winfrey has fired the CEO of her network.  Is this a sign of desperation? 

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Dr. Boyce: Why I Love Being a Failure

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Friday, May 6, 2011

It’s Been Confirmed by Al-Qaeda: Osama bin Laden is Dead

Yes, it’s finally been confirmed:  Osama bin Laden is dead.  Al-Qaeda has released a statement stating that its leader is now deceased.  Click to read more.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The White House’s Progress on Civil Rights: Laying Out Some Facts


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.comScholarship in Action 

Below is a direct cut and paste of the White House’s most recent work on Civil Rights.  I obtained the information from this link:  I was inspired to visit the page after receiving an email from Michael Blake, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement (he was on the panel with myself, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous at the Measuring the Movement forum this year in New York City).  They are working hard to get African Americans enthusiastic about the 2012 elections and Blake is the man on the job.

Study: Minorities Still Locked Out of Most Institutions

   Taking command: President Obama talks with members of the national security team in the White House situtation room following the conclusion of the mission

by Dr. Boyce Watkins,, Scholarship in Action 

I took a look at an ABC News picture of President Barack Obama sitting in a Situation Room with lead advisers watching the assassination of Obama bin Laden.  Everyone had a tense look on their face, as 10 years of hard work suddenly came down to the wire.  I couldn’t help but notice, as I scanned all the faces across the room, that there were only two women present (Hillary Clinton and another woman in the back), and one bi-racial black man (President Obama).  Every other person in the room was a white male. 

What startles me the most is that millions of other Americans can look at this picture and see absolutely nothing wrong with it.  The “white guy’s club” has always been the status quo in leadership positions.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Justice Department May Investigate the NCAA for Anti-Trust Violations

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

A letter was sent this week by the United States Department of Justice to the NCAA, stating that it has received several requests for an anti-trust investigation into the league’s current Bowl Championship Series (BCS) structure.  The system is being criticized for making it difficult for teams in some conferences to qualify for the major bowls, costing them millions of dollars in revenue.

"Serious questions continue to arise suggesting that the current BCS system may not be conducted consistent with the competition principles expressed in federal antitrust laws," Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said to NCAA President Mark Emmert.

50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders: Thank You For All You’ve Done


Dead NFL Player Dave Duerson would Not Have Qualified for Full Disability Benefits

By ALAN SCHWARZ  Published: May 4, 2011

BOSTON — As the football world absorbs Monday’s news that Dave Duerson had the football-related brain damage he suspected before fatally shooting himself in February, an overlooked detail has emerged: had Duerson reached out for help via the N.F.L.’s disability plan, which he helped administer, his neurological injuries would not have qualified for a high level of benefit, if any at all.

Five Things College Students Do to Ruin their Lives

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University, 

As a college professor for the past 16 years, I’ve noticed two things about college: It can be a place to make your dreams come true, and it can also be a breeding ground for your worst nightmares. So, I thought I would compile a list of things that I’ve seen college students do to ruin their lives over the years. Hopefully, you and your child can learn from what I am about to share.

1) Sex, drugs, alcohol and gambling
College is a great place to pick up a lot of really bad habits. The worst part is that people tell you that these things are ok. It’s not that all of these are bad things to do, but at the very least, they should be done in moderation. It doesn’t matter if you are in college: If you have sex with too many people, you are going to catch a disease or get pregnant. If you use drugs, you are going to become a drug addict. If you drink too much, you will become an alcoholic. Gambling can also ruin your life as much as drugs or alcohol. I have several dozen friends with really messed up lives to this day, all of whom started their downward spiral on a college campus. You should not think that because you are in college, you are immune to these problems. If something doesn’t feel right, then you shouldn’t do it. Be mature enough to make smart decisions.

2) Falling for the credit card scams and ruining your credit
There are no serious credit card scams in college, only the little people who stand out in front of the bookstore trying to get you to take their "free money". Credit cards are very tempting when you are in school, especially since you are broke. If you decide to take one, make sure that you are very careful with how much you buy with the card, and that you have a careful plan to pay it all back. Putting yourself in over your head can easily destroy your credit. That is not a good cycle to get into. Not taking care of your student loan obligations can ruin your credit as well. You should manage your debt as best you can, because if you don’t, it can take decades to fix the problems that are created.

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President Obama’s Approval Rating Jumps 11 Percent


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action 

Life is good in the White House this week, as a recent CBS/New York Times poll shows that President Obama’s approval rating jumped a startling 11 points this month. As of this week, 57 percent of Americans say they approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, a stark increase from the 46 percent number just one month ago.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Yet another Fox Announcement that Obama is Dead

obama bin laden 

After seeing this "mistake" committed over and over again, one might wonder if there could be a pattern here.

Glenn Beck says “Let’s kill Obama, I mean Bin Laden,” and an MSNBC reporter accidentally tweets that Obama was killed.  What’s going on?

Has anyone ever heard of the phrase “spell check”?


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NFL Player Gets in Trouble for Remarks about Bin Laden and Slavery

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.comScholarship in Action 

Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been taking heat lately for making comments that many believe are in support of Osama Bin Laden.  But rather than being supportive of Bin Laden, Mendenhall is simply stating that Americans are celebrating death just a little too much for his comfort:

"What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side..." Mendenhall said on his Twitter account.

Glenn Beck Says “Let’s kill Obama, I mean Bin Laden”

Dr.  Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

In yet another interesting Fox News public gaffe, Glenn Beck recently made a comment about killing President Obama, by mistakenly making reference to the president when discussing Osama Bin Laden.

During one of his monologues, Beck was arguing that President Obama came off as arrogant in his speech about the death of Bin Laden, and that he doesn’t deserve as much credit as the troops who’ve been looking for Bin Laden since 2001.

MSNBC Reporter Accidentally Tweets “Obama Killed”


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

Yes class.  This is why we double check and proofread our work.  MSNBC reporter Norah O’Donnell, in an effort to get the news out ahead of the competition, sent this message out on Twitter, citing NBC Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski as her source.  You can imagine that she probably got more than a couple of tweet backs as a result.  The killing of Osama Bin Laden was the big news of the day, but some would speculate that the killing of President Obama would make for a more shocking headline.

The saddest part of O’Donnell’s error is that death threats are very real for the Obama family.  President Obama has received far more death threats than any president in American history. The Secret Service has reported that President Obama receives more than 30 death threats per day, leading to a 400 percent increase over the Bush Administration.  Fortunately, none of these threats have come to fruition. 

The fact that the president remains safe in spite of his status as a hero in the African American community runs in stark contrast to the more volatile political environment in the 1960s, which led to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and John F. Kennedy.  Even Abraham Lincoln, a man with whom President Obama regularly compares himself, died by way of an assassin’s bullet.

Perhaps Ms. O’Donnell might want to be a bit more careful in the future.  She probably handed out a few heart attacks on Twitter.


Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.