Archive for the ‘African-American Youth’ Category

Decide for yourself. Last month, Brown pled guilty to a felony assault charge for physically engaging singer Rihanna in February. His sentence includes five years of supervised probation, completion of a domestic violence counseling program, and six months of community service in his home state of Virginia. Speak your peace.


R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday in a Los Angeles court to one count of felony assault involving pop diva Rihanna on February 8. Brown will be formally sentenced on August  5, but his plea deal requires him to perform 6 months of community service and serve five years of supervised probation in his home […]


The preliminary hearing in the case of the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III began yesterday and continues today in Oakland, California. Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle, who has resigned his position, has pleaded not guilty to murder. His defense claims he meant to pull his stun gun, not his service pistol, to restrain […]


American Violet, starring Oscar-nominated actress Alfre’ Woodard, examines the life and struggles of an African-American family trying to win back the freedom of daughter Dee Roberts, a single mother of four wrongly accused of drug dealing. The character of Dee Roberts, played by Nicole Beharie, is based on the real story of Regina Kelly, who […]


R&B singer Chris Brown, 19, who was arrested last month for attacking girlfriend and pop superstar Rihanna, has pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday to charges of “felony assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats.” If convicted, he could serve five years in prison or probation. According to several reports, Brown […]


Although certain historically Black colleges and universities, like Howard and Spelman, boast graduation rates that are higher than the national average for all colleges/universities and female enrollment is up, HBCUs graduate far fewer men than women and overall graduation rates at these institutions are below the national average for Black students at mainstream schools and for all […]


Miss Mississippi 2006 contestant Jasmine Murray was eliminated last night on FOX’s American Idol. We’re proud of her anyway — making it to the final 13 is a big deal. Murray sang “I’ll Be There” a second time hoping to get the Idol judges to “save” her by exercising a new power granted this season, but the […]


Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), announced Monday that Yale-educated activist and early “green” visionary Van Jones (above) starts Monday as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at CEQ. According to Sutley:  Van Jones has been a strong voice for green jobs and we look forward to having him […]


Commenting on the situation, Oprah said, “Love doesn’t hurt…if a man hits you once, he will hit you again.” She also wants to dedicate a show to the “Rihannas of the world.” It doesn’t matter who started the fight. A man should never put his hands on a woman. The rest of us, however, should probably […]


The film, based on the novel, won the biggest prizes at the Sundance Film Festival this year for a domestic drama, The Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, along with a Special Jury Prize for Acting. The cast includes: Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, and Lenny Kravitz. Lee Daniels, who produced Monster’s […]


After three weeks, America’s chocolate sweethearts are reportedly back together or, at least, trying to work it out. Let’s hope these lovely kids get some help. Otherwise, we really shouldn’t judge or spend so much time minding their business. Speak your peace.


In 2000, Joe Hall founded a film school to prepare kids (16 – 21) in the Bronx for careers in film and video. Nine years later, the top-notch program is endorsed by prolific filmmaker Spike Lee and counts CNN, Discovery Networks, Creative Artists Agency, HBO, Paramount, Time Warner, and The Weinstein Company among its corporate supporters. […]


Well, not yet, but in 2011 a memoir about her time in the Bush White House will be published. She’ll follow up the first book with a second about her family in 2012, and a third that translates the second book for a younger audience. Hmmm. The three-book deal with Crown Publishers is reportedly worth $2.5 million. […]


President Obama said today the stimulus package, which he signed into law as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Tuesday, includes the largest investment in public education in U.S. history. Whew! It’s about time somebody paid attention to our children and our hard-working educators. About 15% of all students enrolled in K – 12 […]


Black man serves 24 years for knocking on drug dealer’s door. Read this story of heavy-handed justice from the Chicago Tribune (2/20/09): Charles Green was convicted of first-degree murder in 1986 for taking part in a drug-related murder of four people on Chicago’s West Side. Prosecutors said Green knocked on the door of a drug […]


Unfortunately, it looks like the physical confrontation between these two young celebrities was truly “horrific.” We hope they both get help. However, a man should never put his hands on a woman for any reason. Period.                         See our recent post about this issue at http://speakyourpeace.me/2009/02/10/chris-brown-rihanna-good-kids-gone-bad/ […]


Take a look at this video of African-American high-school students fighting at a recent basketball game in Alabama: Why can’t we and our children get along? We’re not saying that other communities don’t experience similar episodes, but we don’t have time to waste on foolishness. We have so much work to do — like educating […]


HIV/AIDS.

11Feb09

Now’s a good time to refresh our knowledge of HIV/AIDS, especially since Black women are disproportionately affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for Black women 25-34; #3 for Black women 35-44; and #4 for Black women 45-54. Cancer and heart disease are the […]


  Pop singers Chris Brown, 19, and Rihanna, 20, are two lovely Black people with bright futures. Yes, that’s right…bright futures.  Based on the evidence, what he did was wrong, but supposedly both kids endured painful childhoods and…they really had no business riding around town, traveling around the world, like grown people. Just because they’re famous doesn’t mean […]


Oscar Grant’s killer, Johannes Mehserle, was released from jail yesterday. He paid 10% of his $3 million bail. His family raised the money. Although he’s been charged with murder, his defense team will likely try to prove that he “mistakenly pulled out his service pistol instead of stun gun” (NBCBayArea.com) to get him off. Thank goodness for […]