“Black Crime” revisited

African Americans have disproportionately been victums of a punitive society and legal system. Did Blacks Really Endorse the 1994 Crime Bill. Here in California I was involved in The initiative called Proposition 47 which was passed to classify “non-serious, nonviolent crimes” as misdemeanors instead of felonies. I also creates a Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund […]

Circles

I have blogged on the lack of face to face communications previously, and in a recent New York Times article the concept of the three circles interested me. Remember the idea of the “six degrees of separation”? It is theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from […]

Pan African Film Festival #4

(Entry 4 from Jeff H, BWMTSC Cochair) On Saturday Feb 13 I saw two very different but fascinating movies. First I met up with Johnny to see “KPIANS The Feast of Souls,” a Nigerian horror film about an ancient curse and efforts to return a lost sister to life. This is a well done scary […]

Pan African Film Festival #5

Sunday Feb 14(from Jeff H. Cochair, BWMTSC)Out of DarknessThe Boda Boda ThievesLUV I planned to bring both of my sons, Dante and Lorenzo, to see “Out of Darkness”, eat dinner, and then see “The Boda Boda Thieves.” Our friend Vicky was going to join us. Dante got sick and couldn’t come, but Lorenzo and Vicky […]

My President ’tis of Thee

So we are into the primary season and I have been able tor resist backing one candidate while blogging on NABWMT. However I will talk about one ex candidate – President Obama. I am an ex-pat Brit and though I have lived here longer than in England, I am still amazed how uncivil the political […]

Racial Justice in Education

As an educator, I have worked with students at the margin and become even more aware of the special plight of young African American males as they are schooled, and the expectations that are set for them. Some facts first. Most teachers are white. according to a new study by the American Association of Colleges […]

PAFF journal #2 

From Jeff H BWMTSC COCHAIR Sunday, Feb 7 My planned viewing last night (Saturday) was altered by my underestimation of the popularity of the festival this year. (ALERT: Buy your tickets as early as possible!) I barely got into “Half of a Yellow Sun” and I had to substitute the American drama “Chapter and Verse: […]

Pan African Film Festival 

From BWMTSC Cochair Jeff Friday, Feb 5 My first viewing at this year’s festival: the LGBTQ shorts program. This was a wonderful experience. There were 5 short films, 2 from Africa and 3 from the US. Afterwards there was Q & A with directors from the 3 American movies, all of them Black women. In […]

Black Lives Timeline

2013, George Zimmerman acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin Alicia Garza, on Facebook, : “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.” Two days later activists used #j4tmla (justice for trayvon martin l.a.)and #blacklivesmatter in tiny letters.  2014 Brittany Packnett, protests Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., appointed to President Obama’s […]

SCOTUS, Deportation, and Jobs

This blog covers two important topics, SCOTUS and Jobs. First, the Supreme Court took up the divisive political issue of immigration agreeing to rule by June on the Obama administration’s stalled plan to defer deportation of more than four million illegal immigrants. The justices also asked the parties to address whether President Barack Obama violated […]