Healthy Communities

The dream of Ujima Enterprises is to have students who are centered in their own historical experiences. Such students, given the objectives of the Ujima project, will be capable of creating healthy communities by transforming themselves into viable citizens. Nothing is so correct for these students as the attachment to cultural truths that produce in the children the kind of values that are necessary for advancement.

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante

Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History Set to Honor President Obama


The Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to create an exhibit featuring artifacts from President Barack Obamas first and second terms.One section will feature a large display about the first black president. Curators have been working since 2008 to gather objects, documents and images that capture his place in history. They are looking add more to the collection, starting with gathering materials from this weeks inauguration ceremony.

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3 Ways to Turn Your Idea into an Income Stream in 2013

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With my brand coaching clients, I have noticed a pattern of thinking that most would-be consultants generally fall into.  They don’t believe that they can do it, they don’t know how to package their services, and they don’t know how to charge.

If this sounds like you, this year I want you to step into the marketplace with a fresh frame of mind. If you have always wanted to offer your expertise to people, or you always find yourself giving away great advice for free, resolve to put these three tips into action this year.

Embrace your Expertise. Chances are, you are an expert at something. That something is the thing that people most frequently ask your opinion on or most frequently thank you for. Accept that this is true, and that what you do/have/give is good enough to charge for. Don’t worry about whether or not people pay.  People will always pay for something they want and something that they perceive will add value. That is the first step.

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Quvenzhane Wallis Becomes Youngest Actress Ever Nominated for a Best Actress Oscar


One of the biggest news stories to come out of today’s announcement was the nomination of 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. Wallis, who wowed audiences and critics in the independent film Beast of the Southern Wild, became the youngest person ever nominated for Best Actress.

When she heard the news, the Louisiana native said she yelled with excitement.

“It’s exciting, this is special,” she said,  telling the USA Today she is going to celebrate with “pizza, chicken and waffles and good stuff.”

Wallis, who shot the film when she was just six, is the only black actress in the category,

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Adds Six New Original Series


2012 was a great year for the Oprah Winfrey Network. OWN, which once suffered from low ratings and management shake-ups, reached double-digit gains and soared with 11 months of consecutive ratings growth.

The 2013 season looks just as bright for OWN. Over the weekend, the network revealed six new original series to its lineup.

The shows include Raising Whitley, a reality series centered around the life of actress and comedienne Kym Whitley; Blackboard Wars, a docu-series about the transformation of New Orleans’ John McDonogh High School; Dogfellas, a show following dog groomer James “Head” Guiliani and Golden Sisters, a reality show starring real-life golden girls Mary, Josie & Teresa.

The lineup also includes two scripted series from OWN’s joint venture with Tyler Perry. The Have and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor are both scheduled to air on May 29th.

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African American Physicists to Receive Presidential Awards

The newly named recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony next year.

“They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this nation great — and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment,” said President Obama.

Gates is an American theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory .  He is currently John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park and serves on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and was formerly President of the National Society of Black Physicists.

Dr. Carruthers was the principal scientist responsible for the development of the ultra-violet camera that made the trip to the moon aboard Apollo 16 in 1972.

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40 Acres and a Mule Promise to Slaves: The Real Story

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We have been taught in school that the source of the policy of “40 acres and a mule” was Union General William T. Shermans Special Field Order No. 15, issued on Jan. 16, 1865. That account is half-right: Sherman prescribed the 40 acres in that Order, but not the mule. The mule would come later. But what many accounts leave out is that this idea for massive land redistribution actually was the result of a discussion that Sherman and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton held four days before Sherman issued the Order, with 20 leaders of the black community in Savannah, Ga., where Sherman was headquartered following his famous March to the Sea. The meeting was unprecedented in American history.

Today, we commonly use the phrase “40 acres and a mule,” but few of us have read the Order itself. Three of its parts are relevant here. Section one bears repeating in full: “The islands from Charleston, south, the abandoned rice fields along the rivers for thirty miles back from the sea, and the country bordering the St. Johns river, Florida, are reserved and set apart for the settlement of the negroes [sic] now made free by the acts of war and the proclamation of the President of the United States.”

Section two specifies that these new communities, moreover, would be governed entirely by black people themselves: ” … on the islands, and in the settlements hereafter to be established, no white person whatever, unless military officers and soldiers detailed for duty, will be permitted to reside; and the sole and exclusive management of affairs will be left to the freed people themselves … By the laws of war, and orders of the President of the United States, the negro [sic] is free and must be dealt with as such.”

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New Study: Black Students Who Are Taught Racial Pride Do Better In School

Remember how good you felt when Black History Month rolled around and you finally got to learn and talk about significant African American historical figures in school? Well, according to new research published in the Journal of Child Development, affirming a black child’s desire to learn about their race does more than just give them a personal boost, it helps them academically as well.

The study, conducted by Ming-Te Wang and James P. Huguley of the University of Pittsburg and Harvard University respectively, found that “racial socialization”—teaching kids about their culture and involving them in activities that promote racial pride and connection—helps to offset the discrimination and racial prejudices children face by the outside world.

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Catching up with Elise Neal: Actress talks life, hair and controversial new film that examines black church


She is a native of Tennessee, born in the jazz rich city of Memphis, and hails from humble roots. Her mom was a nurse, her dad a blue-collar construction worker. She attended the historic University of the Arts College in Philadelphia for two years prior to moving to New York City where she began her acting career. Neal climbed her way up steadily and carefully, landing her first role on the soap opera Loving. She then moved to into prime time on SeaQuest2032 on which she played Lt. JJ Fredricks. In 1997, Elise made her major motion picture debut in John Singleton’s controversial film Rosewood starring as Scrappy.

Fast forward to 2012. Neal has a new TV One sitcom Belles, and is unveiling a new hair weave line in conjunction with California Lace Wigs & Weaves. She also has a starring role in the award-winning, forthcoming film The Undershepard starring Isaiah Washington and Malinda Williams.

We had a chance to speak with her about the controversial film, which was produced by radio personality Russ Parr, and her role in it as a church “bad girl” — a switch for her because she always plays the good one.

Here is a candid look into the mind and heart of one of Hollywood’s brightest shinning sister stars:

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13-year-old pens middle school success guide

Students can sometimes find the transition into middle school stressful and challenging, so one eighth grader used his experience to create a road map for success.

Madu Eneli, of Harker Heights, Texas, published a book titled, “Am I Ready for Middle School?” Its chapters are dedicated to topics like handling a heavier workload, reaching out for academic help, and navigating the social aspects of lunch and recess.

“I started thinking about writing the book last year after I started seventh grade,” Eneli told Harker Heights Herald. “I don’t think there’s another book like this that speaks to middle school kids.”

“Now is the time to dream big, work hard, have fun, and make new friends,” the back cover of the book reads.

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5 Olympic traits we can apply to achieve success

This Olympics has been filled with many great stories like that of Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and Serena Williams. While very inspiring, there is still so much more that we can learn from these great athletes. Olympians are the best in the world at their respective sports, something that did not happen by accident. Here are five traits many Olympians share that can teach us how to improve our daily lives.

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