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Actions Speak Louder – Support Scholarships for College Bound in DC Metro Area

Hi all,

My friend Jameel, Morehouse c/o 2005, contacted me recently about a fundraising effort that he is involved in via his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and I thought I would help him out by spreading the word. The 501(c)3 organization of his fraternity’s local chapter is is fundraising for its Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund by running in the Marine Corps Marathon on 31 October 2010. Click here to donate.

His original letter is at the end of this post but quickly he is asking for support on three levels:

Crawl: $1.00 per mile  = $26.00
Walk: $2.00 per mile  = $52.00
Run: $3.00   per mile =   $78.00.

I myself donated to the cause today and I encourage you to do the same. Every donation helps! In this recovering economy especially,  many students particularly students of color are passing on college due to the exponential increases in the costs over the last 15-20 years. Unfortunately, the recent mini-depression that the United States is now out of has not ended in the homes of those on “Main Street” especially on the “Main Streets” of blue color workers and people of color. Your support is just one way to assure that someone else has a chance at a college education that will change their life.

Feel free to click on the links above to learn more about the Scholarship Fund as well as the Marathon. Once done with your background research: Click Here to Donate.

All the best!


P.S. – If there is anything that you wish were different or better about society where you are today. Planting the seed of giving to causes like this are just a small action that you can do to make this world a better place than when you left it. Your donation could go to the first Latina US president or the first Black woman US president or even the first Black Female Speaker of the House (my research is on women in politics which is why I used these examples :D)

Jameel’s Letter


You may already know, I am preparing to run in this years marathon.  I never ran a marathon before and am on the one hand excited about this opportunity and on the other wondering can I make 26 miles- lol.  However, I am truly very excited about this years run.  A few of my fraternity brothers and I made a team (which is comprised of Alphas and non-Alphas) and are running and raising money for scholarship for deserving students.  As you already know I am an avid supporter of helping students gain college access and graduate.  By providing students with scholarships, their chances at attending and graduating from college is enhanced.

My fraternity provides scholarships every year to students through our 501(c)3 arm – which goes to high school students entering college.  By supporting this event with a financial contribution, you will be helping a young student actualize their dreams.

To make a donation- please click on the link below and donate.  There are three levels which I recommend that you give (however feel free to give more if you so wish).  I am running 26 miles and all I ask is that you give $1, $2, or only $3 dollars for every mile towards this run. The levels are as follows:

Crawl: $1.00 per mile  = $26.00
Walk: $2.00 per mile  = $52.00
Run: $3.00   per mile =   $78.00

Please note that the race is coming up soon (October 22nd) so we need donations fast.  All you need to do is click on the link below and make your donation with a credit/debt card:

Thanks in advance!



What I Learned From Oscars Tweet Coverage: Actions Speak Louder!

So I am trying to write a paper that I should have started a month ago but I am also checking my Twitter feed periodically.

What I have learned tonight via Twitter is that Precious/Mo’Nique won some Oscars tonight. I also have read a series of complaints about the film winning surrounding these victories perpetuating stereotypes about Black people and or women. I do not disagree with most of these complaints and I did re-tweet some of them. I also acknowledge that when Denzel Washington and Hallie Berry won Oscars a few years back I was VERY irritated for the same reasoning. How Denzel did not win for some of his other performances where he played characters that uplifted Black people i.e. Malcolm X (love him or hate him he did help wake up Black America to action against decades of discrimination and self hate) but won for being a corrupt cop highlights SO much of what is wrong with Hollywood. Additionally, the same can be said of Ms. Berry, she won for playing a strung out, deadbeat mother who was “hoish” in some of her actions and choices (I take full acknowledgment of the controversy of the term “ho” but I do have a paper to get back to so…just know that “ho” helps perpetuate the stereotype that women are to act angelic and not express their sexuality openly and men are free to put it where they can fit it whenever they can fit it. Take a feminism or sexuality course to dig into that!).

So moving from the controversy over films like Precious, Training Day, Monster’s Ball with a splash of all the push back I have read over the last year over Tyler Perry’s films and TV/TBS takeover, this is what I am reminded of this evening – the old adage “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”

Sounds simple and it is easier said than done (no pun intended) but if you did not like what you saw this evening at the Oscars or in previous Oscar years don’t just tweet about it – do something about it. Some suggestions include:

  1. Find out your gift and then work it (related to film or not).
  2. Support independent films (most of the good cinematography that does not perpetuate negative stereotypes about people especially black and brown people will not show up at the megaplex).
  3. Make a film or support an organization that encourages historically marginalized groups to do so (check out Black Girls Rock or Reel Girls)
  4. Get into the industry or support those with such gifts to do so (The Oscars are decided by a committee/The Academy. The more diverse this body becomes the better  the nominations and the higher the probability that films like the ones listed above will not win).
  5. Stop supporting “garbage” however you define it. Now this is where the idea of Catch 22 comes in because on some level some may feel that its best to support something so that something does not turn into nothing. Some “garbage” I no longer support is mainstream hip-hop music, the Big 6 mainstream media (ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC)  and BET or Black Exploitation Television as I like to call it. I like to plug TV One, NOW on PBS, Grit TV and Democracy Now as much as I can as to date these programs do a better job of representing Black America (US) or the news than the programs I now boycott).
  6. Educate someone/share with someone one of the above actions. Now, do so with the spirit of love and openness and not with a spirit of superiority or as a lecture. Dale Carnage said it best, “criticism puts people on the defensive,” so share with a smile. An example of this is share a link to an interesting news story like this one: Hundreds of Thousands Take Part in National Day of Action to Defend Public Education)

The six items above should get the ball rolling. Do you have other suggestions? What is the “garbage” you no longer support?

Finally, my hope is that this wave of dissatisfaction with the status-quo of Hollywood and the films by people of color that get mainstream recognition turns into something more fruitful than a great tweet or a trending topic. Now, back to that paper I’m supposed to be writing…


Why I love my Spelman Sisters

Today I was online looking up LSAT classes and trying to plan for my return to the states in August. Of course I got a bit overwhelmed with all the choices for classes and the cost of these classes, not cheap at all. I have already blown my LSAT budget. Anyway…after about a good 45 min to an hour of searching and reading and having no clue about how worth it is to pay an extra 800 for a Kaplan course or will I be find with a similar and cheaper course, I decided to email some of my Spelman sisters aka my Poli Sci classmates to see what they did to prepare for the LSAT. Well to my surprise within the hour I had two responses and a suggestion on who else to contact. I cannot tell you how happy it made me feel to not only have some answers to my questions but to realize that your Spelman sisters are there when you need them. We are all busy women and these women could have easily waited until tomorrow to answer my email but they didn’t. Besides the reminder of the greatness of Spelman College this experience also made me realize the importance of being respected by and respecting your peers because I also feel that if it wasn’t for the respect that I have given these women over the years, or at least I hope that is what I have given, I don’t think that they would have been so quick to reply.

Either way, much love to all my Spelman sisters and thank you so much. In addition don’t be shy send me an email, hit me up on the Facebook or wherever and whenever if you need me…this Spelman Alumna promises be there to help.

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Posted by on 06 June 2006 in Education, Spelman