Thursday, March 26, 2015

Teaching Black Students in Minnesota and Wisconsin; Lady's Man - ACritical Conversation for Young Black Men; Educational Success at aPre-Dominantly Black School - Coles School of Excellence; Daddys andDiamonds Dance in Omaha

Teraching Black Students in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Lady's Man - Conversation with Young Black Men
Coles School of Excellence
Daddys and Diamonds Dance
Young Black Men of Honor with Elders
PTA Meeting
Minnesota and Wisconsin, Good Lord!

Michael Holzman
March 23, 2015
Michael Holzman
The U.S. Department of Education is celebrating improvementsin United States high school graduation rates overall and its finding that the graduation rates of Latino and Black students are improving faster than the national average.
Minnesota's traditional public schools work very well for White children, with 85 percent of them graduating in four years according to the federal government's adjusted cohort graduation rate. But they don't work so well for other children. The graduation rate for Minnesota's black students is 28 percent lower than that for Whites, while the graduation rates for Latino and American Indian students are, respectively, 26 and 36 percentage points below that of Whites.
Wisconsin's public schools are also highly successful for White children, graduating more than 92 percent of the adjusted cohort of White children in four years. But the schools are also not very nice for poor and minority children. Black students graduate at levels 26 percent lower than White students. The graduation rates for Latino and Native students are also in the pits.
How bad are the gaps in graduation rates between White and Black students in both states? Their gaps are, respectively, 15 and 13 percent greater than that for Mississippi, and 18 and 16 percent greater than that for Alabama.
But this isn't a surprise. Minnesota and Wisconsin also have astronomical incarceration rates for Black men, as well as astronomical disparities between incarceration rates for Black and White men.
As I wrote in 2013 about Milwaukee and Wisconsin, a Black family would be better off in Mississippi than in the Dairy State, and this also holds true when it comes to the Land of 1,000 Lakes.
The education officials in Wisconsin and Minnesota have, no doubt, read the press releases from the U.S. Department of Education containing this latest batch of data telling of their shame. And now they could, if they wish, improve the prospects of the Black children in their care. Or they might, as they have been doing, simply encourage their colleagues to build more prisons.
Click Here to read full article in Dropout Nation
Lady's Man
by Dr. Obari Cartman
Critical Conversations About Relationships and Manhood for Young Black Men - (A Book Release and Birthday Celebration)
Village Leadership Academy
Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:30 pm
1001 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois

Panel featuring Diallo Kenyatta - Amara Enyia - Kamm Howard - Sis. Africa Porter - Dr. Stan Howard - Cassiopeia - Dr. Carmen Palmer
Performances by K Love - Phenom - Kemet

Suggested Donation $5.00 - Books on Sale for $15.00

Click Here to Purchase Book
Click Here to See and Hear K Love
Praise for Lady's Man
The book is a critical thinking guide for young men about relationships and manhood. It addresses historical trauma, hip hop, emotional intelligence, intimacy, communication, power, purpose and a variety of other topics. It has been received with great critical acclaim: ".Cornel West referred to Dr. Cartman as .one of the wise and visionary writers of his generation". The book is called "...penetrating, poignant and personal..." by Na'im Akbar, and an "instant classic" by Jessica Care Moore. Jawanza Kunjufu says it does a "brilliant job in empowering Black males to reach their full potential".
Coles School of Excellence - Educational Success at a
Pre-Dominantly Black School
Tune in on Saturday, March 28, 2015
WVON 1690AM to hear
two top administrators
share their formula for success for
educating Black children
Learn about:
  • Getting Black Men Involved in the Education of Black Students
  • Managing Data to Produce Educational Excellence
  • Creating Environments and Culture that Produce Academic Success
  • Earning the Faith and Belief of the Community and Parents
  • Creating Effective Parent/Teacher/Student Educational Teams
On Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST, 6:00 pm CST; 5:00 pm MST and 4:00 pm PST , we are happy to welcome Principal Jeff Dase (left above), Vice Principal El-Roy Estes (right above), and Coles Parent Dietra G. Luckett to discuss the Coles Model for Excellence Language Academy (Chicago, IL).
Mr. Dase and Mr. Estes are both products of the Chicago Public School system in which they work. Coles School is a neighborhood school, K-8 with 521 students, that has become a Level 1 School in Good Standing under the leadership of Mr. Dase and Mr. Estes.
You also may hear and see Mr. Dase and Mr. Estes at the National Council for Educating Black Children Convention in Indianapolis between April 15 and April 17, 2015. They will share the initiatives and strategies which have provided them with a proven track record of success.
Click Here to Listen Live on WVON
Click Here for more information about the National Council for Educating Black Children Convention.
2nd Annual
Daddys and Diamonds Dance
Kumani Center
4200 North 30th Street
Omaha, Nebraska
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 25, 2018
Please call 402.208.8077 for more information
The Black Star Project's
Young Black Men Of Honor
Mentor Program Seeks Knowledge, History and Wisdom from the Elders of CHA's
Lincoln Perry Senior Citizens' Complex

Please call 773.285.9600 for more information about joining our program to mentor young Black men.
The Family and Community that Educates Together,
Elevates Together
Parents, Educators and Community Members Should Attend the
The Black Star Community PTA Meeting
As we organize for the future
Saturday, March 28, 2015,
9:30 am to 11:00 am
at The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information.
Attend the
2015 Black Star Project
College Fair
Saturday, April 25, 2015
The Chicago Lake Shore Hotel
4900 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
60 colleges and universities will exhibit including:
  1. Alabama A&M University - HBCU
  2. Carthage College
  3. Central Michigan University
  4. City College of Chicago
  5. DePaul University
  6. Dominican University
  7. East West University
  8. Eastern Illinois University
  9. Fisk University HBCU
  10. Governors State University
  11. Illinois Institute of Technology
  12. Indiana State University
  13. Indiana University Northwest
  14. Kentucky State University - HBCU
  15. Lane College - HBCU
  16. Lawrence University
  17. Lincoln University - HBCU
  18. Marquette University
  19. Mississippi Valley State University - HBCU
  20. Morgan State University - HBCU
  21. National Louis University
  22. New Mexico State University
  23. Northeastern Illinois University
  24. Northwestern University
  25. Ripon College
  26. Robert Morris University
  27. Rust College - HBCU
  28. University of Chicago
  29. University of Illinois Chicago
  30. University of Illinois Springfield
  31. University of Southern Alabama
  32. University of Southern Indiana
  33. University of Wyoming
  34. U.S. Coast Guard
  35. U.S. Naval Academy
  36. Valparaiso University
  37. Wilberforce University - HBCU
  38. Xavier (LA) - HBCU
The 2013 College Fair attracts more than 1,000 participants.
Great universities like DePaul University was there!
Students, parents and educators from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing - Michigan; Gary, Michigan City, Bloomington, Evansville, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, East Chicago and Hammond - Indiana; Davenport, Iowa City, Clinton, DesMoines, Cedar Rapids and Bettendorf - Iowa; Milwaukee, Racine, Madison, Kenosha and Green Bay - Wisconsin; St. Louis and Columbia - Missouri; and Rockford, Peoria, Aurora, Springfield, East St. Louis, Joliet, Carbondale, Decatur, Danville, Kankakee; Bloomington, Quincy, Champaign, Waukegan and Chicago - Illinois are encouraged to attend this college fair. Please call 773.285.9600 for more information. Click Here to see and hear the last Black Star Project's College Fair.
There is no reason for your child to be left behind in school or in life. You must take control of your child's education. Those who control the education of the children control the future of that race.
The Black Star Project
is recruiting:
1) 10 male or female high school students interested in learning to build websites and in understanding code in our Youthtech program
2) 10 young men and young women in 6th to 12th grade who want to accelerate in math for our Math Bootcamp
3) 10 boys in 1st to 4th grade whose parents want them to become serious and effective readers for our Black Male Reading Academy
4) 10 young women and young men in 5th to 8th grade for our Saturday University focusing on reading, writing and math.
Coaches Seated - Ivan Lee, Ava Myles and George Solorio
All classes are at The Black Star Project, 3509 South King Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Please call 773.285.9600 to register for any of the above classes or for more information about these free programs. Parents must have a high level of support and engagement with our academic programs. Enrollment is limited.

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