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Meet the New Elite - Ivy-League educated blacks step up
N'Cobra comes to Chicago
Upcoming Events at the DuSable Museum
African Festival of the Arts preps for 20th Annual Celebration
NUL seeks donations of clothing for needy professionals
Making Sense about Money for young people
Youth Summit in Bronzeville
Oak Park Film Fest seeks entries
Pew Study says Black users lead in Mobile Technology
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1. From: Raynard Hall
Subject: Meet the New Elite, Not Like the Old - Affirmative Action and America’s Leaders
WASHINGTON — They are the children of 1969 — the year that America’s most prestigious universities
began aggressively recruiting blacks and Latinos to their nearly all-white campuses.
Source: New York Times.com
No longer would Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia be the domain of the privileged. Instead,
in response to the national soul-searching prompted by the civil rights movement, America’s premier
colleges would try to become more representative of the population as a whole.
Forty years later, America is being led, to a striking extent, by a new elite, a cohort of the best and
the brightest whose advancement was formed, at least in part, by affirmative action policies. From
Barack and Michelle Obama (Columbia, Princeton, Harvard) to Eric Holder (Columbia) to Sonia Sotomayor
(Princeton, Yale) to Valerie Jarrett (Michigan, Stanford), the country is now seeing, in full flower, the
fruition of this wooing of minorities to institutions that for much of the nation’s history have groomed
And yet the consequences of that change remain unresolved, as became clear on Friday, when
Mr. Obama grappled a second time with the arrest of the Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
in his own home.
The incident, the president said, offered the potential to soothe longstanding distrust between minorities
and police officers. But it also laid bare another reality, that the children of 1969, even those who now
occupy niches at the top of society, regard their status as complicated, ambiguous and vulnerable.
Read the entire report; click here>>>
2. From: Raynard
Subject: Reparations Advocates come to Chicago
Group advocates reparations for African Americans
A group that supports reparations for African Americans made a stop in Chicago
Monday on its nationwide tour.
The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America held a news conference
outside DuSable Museum.
In June, the U.S. House and Senate passed resolutions apologizing for slavery
and racial segregation of African Americans.
The group expressed the measures should be viewed as a means to open dialog
about the reparations issue, but more needs to be done.
"Due to the fact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, a group of people have been
dismembered, and reparations will remember that group of people," Pat Hill,
of the African American Police League said.
The demonstrators say five areas of injuries should be compensated for, education,
economics, health, human rights and criminalization.
The coalition explains that reparations are what it calls a crossroad solution
to the human capital development of African Americans.
Read Online and leave a comment: click here>>>
3. From: DuSable Museum Events
Subject: Upcoming Events
DuSable Museum Events
You make history every day! Help us
celebrate by becoming a member today!
Call (773) 947-0600 x 238 for more information.
Celebrate Black History Month
At the DuSable Museum of African American History
Children’s Penny Cinema
Looking for something fun and educational for your children?
Plan a trip to the DuSable Museum of African American History's
"Children's Penny Cinema." Each Wednesday and Thursday
at 10:30 AM, during July and August, see a family friendly film
which presents the rich historical experiences of people of African
descent to a younger audience. Best of all, admission is only
ONE PENNY (does not include Museum admission).
ALL ADULTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILD!
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2009
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (110 minutes)---Set in 1933, Mississippi,
this story focuses on the Logan's, a closely knit, fiercely independent
THURSDAY, July 30, 2009
Veggie Tales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's (50 minutes)---Meet Darby,
the son of a Kansas floss farmer who just wants to have fun! When he
learns about the "wonderful land of Ha's," where you do whatever you want,
Darby is determined to go...even against his father's wishes. But when
Darby reaches Ha's will he find all he's searching for....and at what price?
The DuSable Museum of African American History presents
The Soul of Bronzeville, The Regal, Club DeLisa and The Blues
An exhibit by The Chicago Blues Museum
Through December 15, 2009
Focusing on American music traditions, the DuSable Museum is pleased
to present The Chicago Blues Museum exhibition The Soul of Bronzeville.
This exhibition salutes Chicago as the home of many legendary blues
and R&B musicians including: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy,
Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Mavis Staples, The Chi-Lites, The Dells
and many, many others. Through instruments, original photographs,
personal memorabilia, concert collectibles, music and moving footage,
The Soul of Bronzeville chronicles the musical contributions of
Bronzeville and the artistic legacy of the blues.
DuSable Museum Events
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
4. From: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: 20th Annual African Festival of the Arts
20th ANNUAL AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS ROCKS
WASHINGTON PARK LABOR DAY WEEKEND
One of the largest events focusing on African culture will return to Chicago
as the must-attend event of the summer. Africa International House (AIH)
will present the 20th Annual Chrysler Financial African Festival of the Arts
Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – 7, 2009, in Washington Park, located at
51st and Cottage Grove. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The African Festival of the arts celebrates 20 years of Africa and Africans
throughout the Diaspora and especially in Chicago. Washington Park, located
a stone’s throw from President Obama’s Hyde Park neighborhood, will be
transformed into an African village filled with artists and artisans, music,
dance, drumming, the exotic aroma of African cuisine and more than
250,000 festival-goers seeking to experience the continent and culture
This year’s theme is “History, Traditions and Legends,” which, according
to Festival Producer and Africa International House President Patrick Woodtor,
is indicative of the cultural influence of Africa from ancient times through
present day and beyond.
“This year’s Festival represents 20 years of our mission to educate our
audiences about Africa, the cradle of all civilization, while celebrating her
significance and impact on mankind,” Woodtor said.
As always, the Festival offers something for everyone. At the heart of the
Festival is the African Marketplace featuring more than 300 artists and
vendors with a variety of African and Afrocentric wares including fine art,
artifacts, crafts, fashions, jewelry, masks, collectibles, baskets, beads, fabrics,
textiles, museum quality African art, furniture, household goods
and gift items.
Additionally, the fine arts, film and quilting pavilions will have a diverse array
of offerings. The Children’s Pavilion will be filled with activity to entertain
and educate young festival-goers. The Wellness Village will focus on health
and fitness. The Spiritually Pavilion will explore ancient belief systems and
the roots of religion.
Festival favorites such as the Drumming Village and the Bank of the Nile Food
Court will keep festival-goers in Washington Park all weekend long.
The entertainment line-up will include performances by world-renowned
jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, South African songstress Lorraine Klaasen, vocalist
Julia Huff, musician Booker T. Jones, Congolese touring ensemble Soukous Stars,
the first US tour of the Cuban group Los 3 de la Habana, Spirit dance troupe,
The 20th Annual African Festival of the Arts presenting sponsor Chrysler Financial
is joined by sponsors including State Farm Insurance, BlueCross BlueShield
of Illinois, Target, Illinois Department of Human Services, National Endowment
for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Black McDonalds Owner/Operators Association,
US Bank, UIC Sickle Cell Center, Cricket, Chicago Park District, Wine Cellars
Distribution, Chicago South Loop Hotel and United Africa Organization.
Media sponsors include NBC5, Citizen Newspapers, The Africa Channel,
Power 92.3 FM, Soul 106.3, WYCA Rejoice 102.3, Bronzecomm.com,
Soleil’s To-Dos and Click Around Chicago.com.
Festival tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For tickets, sponsorship
opportunities and more information, call (773) 955-ARTS (2787)
or visit www.africanfestivalchicago.org.
The mission of Africa International House is to serve as a center that exposes
and educates all people to the individual works and collective contributions
of African cultures.
For more information contact:
Phyllis D. Banks
P. Banks Communications
5. From: Raynard
Subject: NUL collects clothes for needy at Convention
Great Gifts along the Path
Dress for Success national Community Service Project
MAKING A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO CHICAGO'S UNEMPLOYED AND NEEDY.
This year, the annual conference community service project will give those in need business attire
and professional clothes that can be worn to job interviews, career fairs and that first day on the job!
THIS PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP TO BE A SUCCESS.
Donate your gently worn or new professional attire (men's and women's business suits, shoes, pants,
shirts, ties, blouses, skirts, and sweaters, etc.) at the 2009 NUL Conference in Chicago. Drop off
your donations at registration at McCormick Place Convention Center, on Wednesday
and Thursday, July 29 & 30. from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
The Chicago Urban League will distribute to area churches and non-profits. Backpacks for students
returning to school will be distributed (limited quantity).
Your donation of clothing and shoes will directly help those who are hardest hit by today's dire economy.
Help someone to land their next job and get on The Path to Power.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
*receipts will be issued for clothing
6. From: Kine Corder
Subject: Teaching young people about money
Kids can learn about money at all ages
It’s never too early to begin teaching kids about money. Teaching your children to be financially responsible at a young age can help them achieve financial security from childhood to retirement.
Children learn more about how to handle financial responsibility from their parents than from any other source, including schools. The best time to start discussing this topic is when children begin asking for new things.
Before children can learn about money, they must practice making choices. Children as young as 18 months can be taught they don’t always get what they want. Teach your child to make decisions at a young age. The decision-making skills they learn will be applied to financial decisions later in life.
R26; Start young children with simple choices, such as “Would you like to use the green or the yellow crayon?”
• Move on quickly to three or four choices so that children learn to handle more than two. Most children four years of age can handle up to six choices.
Kindergarten to Second Grade
From kindergarten through second grade, children learn how to count and perform simple mathematical equations. This is a perfect age to start giving them a small amount of allowance and teach them financial responsibility.
• Choose an amount you feel comfortable with and pay it regularly.
• Let children see the results of their decisions. If your daughter spends all her money on candy the second day of the week, don’t give her more money when she wants a new toy on the fourth day.
• Encourage children to divide their allowance into three equal categories. Make envelopes for immediate spending, charity and long-term savings. Only let them spend the long-term savings when it reaches a certain amount, such as $10 or $25.
Third to Fifth Grade
Since this age group may want more expensive toys, like in-line skates and video games, consider increasing the amount of their allowance.
• Teach this age group how to save for a goal. For example, if your son wants an expensive computer game encourage him to save for the game.
• Match their savings. If your child wants a new bike, tell him you will give him the same amount he saves. This encourages him to reach his goal and teaches him how to wait for what he wants.
Middle School Children
Your son or daughter might be starting to make extra money by babysitting, mowing lawns or shoveling snow.
• Open a savings account with your child so they can watch their money grow.
• Consider giving them a larger allowance. But if you do, also consider giving them the responsibility of buying their own clothes. This teaches them the value of money and they will learn to look for bargains.
• Explain how buying on credit works and ways you get the most from the family’s money. Ask your children to evaluate television and radio commercials and newspaper ads when the family is buying a higher ticket items such as new television or computer.
As a family
Each family member can learn about money when planning a trip. Give each child some responsibility by delegating tasks. Older children can help mom and dad plan a budget and decide on the vacation location. Middle school children can research hotel rates and airfares. Younger children can clip coupons for small things the family will need on the trip, like sunscreen, film and snacks.
No matter where they’re starting from, you can teach your children how to achieve financial security that will last a lifetime.
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Subject: Be the Change Youth Summit
8. From: MARKETSTOR@aol.com
Subject: Youth Use of Internet growing
Kids Jumping Online Once kids couldn't wait to run outside to play. Now they log on. The number of child Internet users in the US is growing faster than total Internet users--as well as faster than the number of US children. The "NetView" report from Nielsen Online pegs the population of online children ages 2-11 at nearly 16 million, almost evenly split by gender. Nielsen cites US Census Bureau data which predicts a 1% decline in the number of kids under 14 between 2004 and 2010. But since 2004, the online child population has increased 18%, compared with 10% growth in Internet users as a whole. The amount of time children spent on a PC also increased, by 63% in the past five years. Boys surfed somewhat longer than girls, but girls viewed more Web pages. According to Nielsen, kids spent an average of more than 11 hours per month online in May. With so much time online, kids are eating up online video. Nielsen reported Pokemon and Barbie were the top Web brands for video viewing among boys and girls, respectively. The digital lifestyle may start at a young age, but kids still know how to be kids.
9. From: eefortomorrow
Subject: See History Made on CBS News,Tuesday, July 28th!
Middle Class Family Lives Off Black Business and Inspires a Movement...
If you cannot see this image, please click here:
To learn more, get involved, or join The Empowerment Experiment, please visit: www.EEforTomorrow.com.
10. From: S WEST
Subject: Oak Park International Film Festival - CALL FOR ENTRIES
CALL FOR ENTRIES
**Please note that the deadline for film entries has been extended to August 7 for the Oak Park International Film Festival.
The Oak Park International Film Festival, scheduled for Saturday September 19
and Sunday September 20, 2009 at the Oak Park Public Library, is a free event
by local filmmakers featuring local subjects.
The festival is seeking entries.
There must be a local connection (cast, crew, subject, location, etc).
This year’s theme is “Fact and Faith.”
The extended deadline is August 7.
Please send DVDs, bios, film descriptions, contact information, and
publicity materials to:
Oak Park International Film Festival,
PO Box 1294,
Oak Park, IL 60304.
11. From: Sylvia Fedrick
Subject: Open Casting Call For Christian Film on Tuesday July 28, 2009
There will be a casting call for the film I'm appearing in "You Better Watch Your Tongue"
scheduled to premiered Fall 2009.
Please see details below:
Open Casting Call for Upcoming Film
Overflow Gospel Productions is having an open casting call for their upcoming movie
on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 from 6pm to 7:30pm located at Home of Life,
4650 W. Madison St. in Chicago. We are looking for committed, seasoned people
who desire to work in this upcoming production scheduled for the Fall 2009.
If you would like to be a part of this film project please contact (708) 466-1343
or (773) 879-1267. Only serious inquiries only please.
Please feel free to pass this email along to your friends & family. There could be someone close
to you that has experience in acting, work as an extra or has the desire to be a part of
a great production!
If you plan to attend, please send me an email at email@example.com.
12. From: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: America Unwired & African Americans Most Active Users of Mobile Web
PEW INTERNET & AMERICAN LIFE PROJECT
by John Horrigan, Associate Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project
Accessing the internet is for many Americans now a multiplatform affair. Just a few years ago, desktop or laptop computers were typical onramps to the internet for the tech-oriented crowd.. The digerati, already accustomed to lugging their laptops around in search of ports for their Ethernet cables, rushed to equip their computers with wireless cards so they could take advantage of WiFi links to the net.
Today, the wireless router at home is the center of an untethered online access experience for many Americans that revolves around a range of devices that connect to the internet. The laptop, gaming console or handheld device may all be connected and in use at once. And that's only the tip of the iceberg for wireless access. Wherever Americans can find a wireless network, whether it is WiFi or one provided by a cell phone carrier, many are apt to take advantage of it for a tweet, text or information nugget.
This report examines how Americans are accessing the internet by wireless means using a range of devices -- such as the laptop computer, the handheld device, the gaming console or e-book reader. It will also update Pew Research data from a December 2007 survey on mobile access to data and information on a cell or Smartphone.
An April 2009 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project asked respondents whether they had used a variety of devices -- laptops, cell phones, game consoles and more -- to go online using a wireless network. Altogether, 56% of Americans said they have at some point used wireless means for online access.
39% of all Americans have used a laptop computer to go online wirelessly, making this the most prevalent means of wireless access.
32% of all Americans have gotten online with a mobile device -- meaning they have used a cell phone or other handheld device to check email, access the internet for information or send instant messages.
Together, laptop and mobile wireless access account for the vast majority of wireless access, as 51% of Americans have gotten online using either of these two methods. Some people (19% of Americans) opt for both means of wireless access -- portable laptops on fast WiFi networks or handheld access on slower networks from cell carriers.
Use of the internet on mobile devices has grown sharply from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2009.
In December 2007, 24% of Americans said they had at some point used the internet on their mobile device.
By April 2009, 32% of Americans said they had at some point used the internet on their mobile device.
In December 2007, 11% of Americans said they had yesterday accessed the internet on their mobile.
By April 2009, 19% of Americans said they had yesterday accessed the internet on their mobile.
African Americans are the most active users of the mobile internet -- and their use of it is also growing the fastest. This means the digital divide between African Americans and white Americans diminishes when mobile use is taken into account.
48% of Africans Americans have at one time used their mobile device to access the internet for information, emailing, or instant messaging, 50% higher than the national average of 32%.
29% of African Americans use the internet on their handheld on an average day, also about half again the national average of 19%.
Compared with 2007, when 12% of African Americans used the internet on their mobile on the average day, use of the mobile internet is up by 141%.
The high level of activity among African Americans on mobile devices helps offset lower levels of access tools that have been traditional onramps to the internet, namely desktop computers, laptops and home-broadband connections.
By a 59%-to-45% margin, white Americans are more likely to go online using a computer on a typical day than African Americans.
When mobile devices are included in the mix, the gap is cut in half; 61% of whites go online on the average day when mobile access is included, while 54% of African Americans do.
Looking across a range of digital activities -- some done online typically using a computer and others being non-voice data activities on a mobile device -- African American and white Americans, on average, do the same number of activities.
Broader measures of use of mobile digital resources also show fast growth from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2009. In 2007 and 2009, respondents were asked about 10 different non-voice data activities they might do on their cell phones: sending or receiving text messages, taking a picture, playing a game, checking email, accessing the internet, recording video, instant messaging, playing music, getting maps or directions or watching video. Although several activities involve using the internet on a mobile device, many (such as taking a picture) do not.
In 2009, 69% of all adult Americans said they had ever done at least one of the 10 activities versus 58% who did this in late 2007.
In 2009, 44% of all adult Americans said they had done at least one of the non-voice data activities on a typical day, up from 32% in 2007.
Other access devices -- iPods, game consoles or e-books -- for now play a small role in people's wireless online habits.
45% of adults have an iPod or MP3 player, but only 5% of adults have used such a device to go online.
41% of adults have game consoles and 9% of adults have used it to go online.
14% of adults say they have a personal digital assistant and 7% of adults have used a PDA to go online.
2% of adults say they own an e-book reader - for example, a Kindle or a Sony reader -- and just 1% of all adults have used it to access the internet.
This comes to 17% of Americans who have used one these four devices for wireless internet access, but the pool of users on these devices adds just 5 percentage points to the pool of wireless users. In other words, absent users of these devices for wireless access, 51% of Americans would be wireless internet users, not 56%.
When mobile users are away from home or the office, they like mobile access to stay in touch with others, but also to access information on the go. When mobile users were asked to think about how they get information or communicate with others while away from home or work:
50% say it is very important to them to have mobile access in order to stay in touch with other people.
46% say mobile access is very important for getting online information on the go.
17% say mobile access is very important to them so they can share or post content online while away from home or work.
The April 2009 survey interviewed 2,253 adult Americans, including 561 who were interviewed on their cell phone. The margin of error in the survey is plus or minus two percentage points for results based on the entire sample. The survey contained 1,687 internet users and the margin of error for results based on internet users is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The survey contained 1,818 respondents who are cell phone users, and the margin of error for results based on questions directed at cell phone users is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The data points above for December 2007, used in comparisons with the April 2009 survey, come from a survey with cell phone numbers included in the sample.
Read the full report at pewinternet.org
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