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D. Pink describes our global economic transformation as advancing from the “Information Age (Knowledge workers)” to the “Conceptual Age (Creators and Empathizers)” (2005, pg. 49), and that we are shifting from a left-brained rule in careers to right-brained. The history of African American innovation, spans across the industries of art, science, technology and entrepreneurship. However, if immediate action isn’t taken to break the dropout cycle and close the racial achievement gap in the public school system, higher education and the workforce, Black youth will continue to vanish from societal sight and instead continue to contribute to crime, lost wages and social destruction (Noguera, 2008; NCCD, 2007). Failure has to be acknowledged and reform must be the new priority for public schools, teachers, administrators and the communities that surround them. The high school dropout rate is indeed an epidemic and is saturating our state and city. Black youth, particularly males, are falling by the waste-side, while white youth, usually from more affluent backgrounds, can purchase a higher quality, arts-infused, college and career preparatory education. Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League states:
Empowering black males to reach their full potential is the most serious economic and civil rights challenge we face today. Ensuring the future of the black male is critical, not just for African Americans, but for the prosperity, health and well being of the entire American family (2007, pp. 9).
The African American teenage drop-out and at-risk secondary student of today absorb (most of the time, blindly) messages from the media, society and within public school systems, designed to deflate potential for positive self-esteem, self-images and racial-identity (Hunt, 2005; Noguera, 2008). These messages also exalt routines of consumption, destructive lifestyles, harmful stereotypes and pipe dream careers. The combination of an outdated, dysfunctional public school educational system and the negative influences of the media, are real life, daily experiences for our youth.
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HOPSCOTCH ELEMENT - A Mixed Media Critical Thinking and Empowerment Series - RISE ABOVE THE NOISE
"Since new developments are the product of a creative mind, we must stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible" -- George Washington Carver
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Media Messages 101: High School DROPOUT PREVENTION; Introducing the Boys of Baraka - A Media Message of Hope
Sunday, September 7, 2008
-74% of Black families have the TV on during family meals, 15% of white families have the TV on during family meals (KFF, 2005)
-Responsible and positive male role models exist but are not emphasized in the media (Boles, 2007)
-Media Literacy develops critical thinkers and critical viewers (Thoman, 2003)
-Arts Ed w/ Multi-Media Technology engages youth to participate in rigorous curricula and also instills peer encouragement, perseverance, self-discipline and focus (Camerilie & Jackson, 2004)
-The skill of media analysis has also been found to increase reading comprehension (Hobbs & Frost)
-Culture-specific intervention inspires resiliency needed to counteract negative racial stereotypes, social oppression, interpersonal aggression (Belgrave, Reed, Plybon, Butler, Allison & Davis, 2004).
-Nationwide an average of 50% dropout of high school (CRP, 2004)
-2/3 grow up in single parent households and without a father figure (Obama, 2007)
-Black youth make up 16% of the nation’s population and 38% percent are in detention and state correctional facilities (NCCD, 2007)
-Life expectancy has been shortened for black males due to gang violence and black-on-black crime (Noguera, 2008)-Sometimes, regarding intervention, diversity isn’t always the right approach because culturally we encounter and experience different forms of oppression and prejudice (Sen, 2003)
Kwanzaa, an African American celebration of culture, utilizes the Swahili language, to guide African Americans in learning traditional cultural practices and principles.
Utilizing the medium of Video, learn basic Swahili here, the native language in Kenya, East Africa w/ Joe Maye.
Once you've completed these lessons, self-direct your learning of the Kenyan culture and many other cultures and richness our homeland, Africa, has to offer you. Please contribute those learnings here.
Shani (Swahili: Precious & Rare)
Anana (Swahili: Soft & Gentle)
Byard (Family Name: Given to us during slavery)
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