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Brown v Board of Education’s uncertain legacy on teacher diversity

troublingnumbers 600There's a growing racial gap between students and their teachers. On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision on May 18, the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association released data from the National Center of Education Statistics, which found that 82 percent of the teachers are white, while 48 percent of the students are non-white.

The racial gap among teachers will grow according to experts. Woodrow Wilson reports that if current trends hold, the percentage of teachers of color will fall to an all-time low of 5 percent of the total teacher workforce by 2020. At the same time the percentage of students of color will likely exceed 50 percent in the fall of 2014.

Most people look at these numbers and singularly point to a teacher pipeline issue. We assume that people of color need to be recruited into the profession. But, let's not fall in the trap of blaming people of color for these numbers. Ask, "Why aren't people of color being hired as teachers?"

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'Diddy' wows crowd in emotional commencement speech at Howard University graduation

drcombs 600Chants roared from the crowd as attendees of Howard University's 146th commencement waited to hear from one of the entertainment industry's most notable figures, Sean "Diddy" Combs.

After weeks of controversy surrounding the university's decision to award Diddy with an honorary doctorate of humanities, the media mogul took the stage to address more than a thousand graduates, even those who disagreed with Howard choosing him as the commencement speaker.

"There were some graduates who thought him receiving an honorary degree when they earned theirs is contradictory to what they went through," said Cameron Terry, a junior business management major. "But if you had the same opportunity you would do the same thing."


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Emory’s business school wins competition for implementing Common Core

commoncorecheck 600(PRNewswire-USNewswire) – The MBA team from Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta delivered the best case for promoting the implementation of Common Core State Standards during The Executive Leadership Foundation's (ELF's) 2014 Business Case Competition.

Goizueta was one of three finalist teams competing for $70,000 in scholarships. Sponsored for the fifth year by Exxon Mobil Corporation, ELF's annual competition invited MBA/MA teams from 70 business schools to analyze a compelling business issue that challenged their critical thinking, analytical, and communications skills. The 2014 winners were selected by a panel of judges including leaders from corporations and non-profits such as BAE Systems, Comcast Corporation, DuPont, UNCF, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and JEA.

"This has been such a rewarding experience and has helped me know, with confidence, that there are great things that I can aspire to achieve in my career," said Onix Ramirez, a member of the same Goizueta team that competed in 2012. "This second time, we said, 'We've been here before,' so we decided to use our experience to try again. We have grown, and now, we're so happy to have taken first place just days before graduating."

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'The Daily Show’s' Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert

LarryWilmore 600Larry Wilmore, known for his role as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," is scheduled to replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's hit show, "The Colbert Report," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Wilmore will become Comedy Central's first African-American late night host in January as host of "The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore." The show will take a comedic look at politics and current events weeknights at 11:30 p.m. for a half-hour beginning in January, the report says. It will be produced by Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions. Colbert leaves at the end of the year to replace David Letterman as host of "Late Show."

For years, Wilmore, 52, has played a major role in Hollywood, serving as an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for shows, including "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "In Living Color" and "The Jamie Foxx Show," the report says. He also co-created the animated series "The PJs" and "The Bernie Mac Show."


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‘Dutchman’: Black men and white women, controversial onstage – and, still, in real life?

Dutchman 600When Amiri Baraka's best-known play, "Dutchman," opened in 1964, it was critically acclaimed and quite controversial. At the height of the civil rights movement, while black Americans were struggling for the right to vote and attend the same schools as white Americans, here was a play depicting a sexually aggressive white woman attempting to seduce and ruin a black man.

With lynching and other forms of race-related violence in America often inspired by an obsessive fear of black men exploiting white women sexually, it was as though "Dutchman" tossed a grenade right at the very ideology that has long fueled American racism.

In honor of the play's 50th anniversary, the National Black Theatre and Classical Theatre of Harlem co-produced a revival that opened last week. Its star, TV veteran Sharif Atkins, talked to The Root about the play's significance and why the subject of a black man and white woman sexually entangled is still a turbulent topic.

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