Max Bearak, Rael Ombuor of The Washington Post via MSN.com
Malik Obama is exactly the kind of man that Donald Trump says he’d like to keep out of the United States. He’s a Muslim. He comes from Kenya, a country that has been racked by unrest in recent years and has been the target of terrorists from Somalia, who have fashioned themselves as Islamists. He currently has between three and 12 wives — he won’t say exactly how many — and, clearly, doesn’t adhere to traditional American family values, however you might define them.
But Malik Obama is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and he’s the half-brother of the current U.S. president. Most importantly, however, he is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump. At the Trump campaign’s request, Malik Obama will be in the audience of tonight’s presidential debate in Las Vegas, allowing Trump and his faithful to collectively thumb their nose at President Obama and his favored successor, Hillary Clinton.
It wasn’t always this way. Malik Obama was his half-brother’s best man when Barack Obama married Michelle. Barack Obama performed the same role at one of Malik’s weddings.
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Posted Monday October 17, 2016
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00AM EDT, MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016
FACT SHEET: PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE HAS
REACHED NEW HIGH
Today, President Obama will travel to Benjamin Banneker Academic High
School in Washington, D.C. to announce that America’s high school
graduation rate has reached a RECORD NEW HIGH OF 83.2 PERCENT.
The high school graduation rate has risen steadily over President
Obama’s time in office, growing by about four percentage points since
the 2010-2011 school year — the first year all states used a
consistent, four-year adjusted measure of high school completion. This
increase reflects important progress schools across the country are
making to better prepare students for college and careers after
In his speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, President
Obama will highlight investments and resources available for students to
earn a degree beyond high school and all his Administration has
accomplished to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for
America’s learners, from cradle through career. He will also reflect on
the work that continues, as we strive to ensure that every student has
the chance to succeed in a 21st century economy.
PROMISING GAINS FOR ALL STUDENTS
The 2014-2015 graduation rates released today show progress for all
reported groups of students, including students of color, low-income
students, students with disabilities, and English learners. Black,
Hispanic, and Native American students continued to narrow the gap
between their graduation rates and those of their white peers, even as
all groups made progress:
GRADUATION RATES BY SUBGROUP OF STUDENTS
_Change from 2010-2011 to 2014-2015_
American Indian/Alaska Native
Low Income Students
Students with Disabilities
Year-by-Year Data: National Center for Education Statistics
Nearly every state across the country has seen progress since
2010-2011. Between school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, the District of
Columbia made the greatest amount of progress in the Nation, improving
its graduation rates by seven percentage points. In 2010, the District
of Columbia received support through Race to the Top – the Obama
Administration’s signature education reform initiative. These reforms
helped make important strides in implementing college and career-ready
standards, improve teacher and principal effectiveness, and turn around
some of the District’s lowest-performing schools. The District of
Columbia is also a national leader in providing high-quality preschool,
and leads the nation in the share of its youngest learners with access
to free and publicly available early education.
For further details on state-by-state graduation rates, please see
BUILDING ON HISTORIC PROGRESS TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED
In addition to reaching record graduation rates, the country has made
real progress to increase educational opportunity and help students
succeed since President Obama took office.
Key signs of progress include:
· INVESTING IN EARLY EDUCATION: In 2013, President Obama put forth his
bold Preschool for All  proposal to establish a federal-state
partnership that would provide high-quality preschool for all
four-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families. After the
President’s call, many states took action and today, 46 states and the
District of Columbia invest in preschool programs. From 2009 to 2015,
states enrolled 48,000 additional four-year-olds in preschool through
their own investments. The Obama Administration has also invested an
additional $4 billion in Head Start , the largest federal early
childhood initiative, and $1.75 billion in Preschool Development Grants
 and Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge  grants, leading to
hundreds of thousands more children having access to high-quality
preschool across the country.
· REFORMING AND IMPROVING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS: The Obama
Administration’s Race to the Top program spurred systemic reforms,
incentivizing states to adopt college and career-ready standards for
teaching and learning and to undertake meaningful change across their
public education systems. The $4 billion competitive grant program
served 22 million students in 18 states and Washington D.C. — nearly
half of all students in the country. Through the School Improvement
Grants  program, the Administration has also invested over $7 billion
to transform America’s lowest performing schools. These efforts helped
contribute to a decline in dropout rates, and over the last decade,
dropout rates have been cut dramatically for Latino and African American
students, while the number of high schools where fewer than six in ten
students graduate on time has been cut by more than 40 percent.
· CONNECTING AMERICA’S CLASSROOMS: Launched in 2013, the President’s
ConnectED initiative set a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to
high-speed broadband by 2018; issued a call to action on the private
sector and other stakeholders to develop quality, low-cost digital
devices and content for teachers and students; and increased investments
in professional development for teachers and school leaders so they can
lead the transition to digital learning. Today, students and teachers
across the country are realizing the benefits of personalized, digital
learning; thousands of districts have taken steps to make their schools
“Future Ready ,” 20 million more students have gained access to
high-speed broadband in their classrooms, and millions of students in
all 50 states are leveraging new resources that support ConnectED, such
as Open eBooks.
· SPURRING INNOVATION IN EDUCATION: The Obama Administration has
invested in new efforts to develop, test, refine, and scale a new set of
solutions to close achievement gaps in America’s public schools. By
investing more than $1.3 billion in nearly 160 projects, the Investing
in Innovation Fund (i3) has reached more than two million students
across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Projects undergo
rigorous evaluation and expand the knowledge base to enable educators
across the country to use a new set of strategies and solutions that
will help students make even greater progress in the years ahead. Last
year, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act codified the new
Education Innovation and Research program as a successor to i3. The
Obama Administration has also invested almost $350 million in
replicating high quality charter schools, serving predominantly
· REDESIGNING AMERICA’S HIGH SCHOOLS: President Obama recognizes that
we must do more to engage, prepare, and inspire college and career-ready
students, and align high school learning to the experiences and
opportunities that matter in young people’s lives. That is why in the
President’s 2013 State of the Union address, he laid out a new vision
for America’s high schools, proposing funding to scale-up innovative
high school models and partnerships with colleges and employers so that
all students graduate better equipped for the demands of the innovation
economy. To build on this work the White House has hosted two annual
summits on Next Generation High Schools in 2015 and 2016, announcing
$375 million in private and public sector commitments  and
commitments from states and school districts estimated to impact more
than 600,000 students to advance Next Generation High Schools .
· DEVELOPING AND SUPPORTING GREAT TEACHERS AND LEADERS: The Obama
Administration’s investments during the Great Recession saved and
created an estimated 400,000 jobs, mostly directly in education. The
Administration has also invested over $3.5 billion in competitive grant
programs since 2009 to prepare, develop, support and retain outstanding
educators across America’s urban and rural schools — through programs
such as the School Leadership Program , Supporting Effective Educator
Development , Teacher Incentive Fund , Teacher Quality
Partnership  and Transition to Teaching .
· PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN STEM AND COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR ALL: America
is on track to meet President Obama’s goal of preparing 100,000
excellent STEM teachers  by 2021; 100,000 engineers are graduating
yearly from American universities for the first time ; and states
and cities across the country are answering the President’s call to
ensure that all of America’s students have the opportunity to learn
computer science in their schools. 31 states now count computer science
classes toward their high school graduation requirements, and a new
computer science Advanced Placement (AP) course has launched in more
than 2,000 classrooms.
· MAKING HISTORIC INVESTMENTS IN FINANCIAL AID: President Obama has
doubled investments in financial aid, increasing the maximum Pell Grant
by over $1,000 and establishing the American Opportunity Tax Credit to
provide up to $10,000 in tax credits to support higher education over
four years. More than two million additional students have received
college assistance each year through the Pell Grant over the course of
the Obama Administration. A recent report by the President’s Council of
Economic Advisers  suggests that the Obama Administration’s increase
in the average Pell Award between 2008-2009 and 2014-2015 will lead to
an additional $20 billion in aggregate earnings, a nearly 2:1 return on
· MAKING COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE: The Department of Education recently
announced this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
— available October 1 for the first time, three months earlier than
the traditional January 1 date—so that more students can access the
historic investment in financial aid and better information when they
need it. About one million students submitted their FAFSA applications
 within the first ten days since the launch of the application,
outpacing recent years. In addition, income-based repayment  plans
like the President’s “Pay as You Earn ” (PAYE) plan cap monthly
student loan payments at as little as 10 percent of income, so that more
borrowers can successfully manage their student loans. About 5.3 million
Direct Loan borrowers have taken advantage of repayment options like the
President’s PAYE plan, up from 700,000 in 2011.
· PROMOTING COLLEGE SUCCESS: The College Scorecard —which was
announced by the President in 2015—provides the clearest, most
accessible, and most reliable national data on cost, graduation rates,
debt, and post-college earnings. Organizations—like GOOGLE, COLLEGE
BOARD, AND THE COMMON APPLICATION —are building the College Scorecard
tool and data into their products in order to ensure that students and
families have the best information available at critical
decision-making-periods. The College Scorecard data on college costs,
graduation rates, and earnings will be clearly featured in the hundreds
of millions of GOOGLE searches related to colleges and universities
taking place in the U.S. each year. Together with the earlier
availability of the FAFSA, the College Scorecard ensures that students
and families have the best information available to choose a good-value
school. Because students and families can learn about their financial
aid eligibility within a few days of completing the FAFSA, they will
have better information to compare costs and student outcomes available
on the Scorecard when they are searching for and applying to schools.
Next year, the FAFSA will direct students to the College Scorecard ,
so that students will have immediate access to the information they need
to make their most consequential investment to date—by weighing their
personalized financial aid estimates against a school’s student
outcomes, comparing schools, and considering the full scope of their
· MAKING COMMUNITY COLLEGE FREE FOR HARD-WORKING STUDENTS: During his
2015 State of the Union, President Obama unveiled America’s College
Promise,  a plan that creates and strengthens partnerships to make
two years of community college free for responsible students, letting
students earn the first half of a college degree and skills needed in
the workforce at no cost. The President’s proposal would also support
four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities and
Minority-Serving Institutions in providing students with up to two years
of college at zero or significantly reduced tuition. If all states
participate, an estimated nine million students could benefit. A
full-time community college student could save an average of $3,800 in
tuition per year. Since the President announced America’s College
Promise, at least 36 free community college programs have launched in
states, cities and community colleges throughout the country. Together,
these new programs alone have added more than $150 million in new
investments in community colleges to serve 180,000 students. The number
of free community college programs across the country is expected to
grow, with $100 million for America’s Promise Grants , the
tuition-free dual enrollment pilot for 10,000 students , and
resources like the America’s College Promise Playbook .
Nationwide — Aaron Jordan Jr. is the brainchild, creator/CEO of the nationally renowned “Know Your Worth” (KYW) movement. The movement empowers African American women and men, helping them to realize the power that they behold in overcoming life traumatic circumstances in relationships, domestic violence situations, verbal abuse, and tapping into their self-worth.
Aaron, also known as “Mr. Know Your Worth”, is an award-winning author of several books including The Power Within and A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes. He is also a speaker, teacher, ministry leader, and successful entrepreneur.
Supporting charities is another one of his strong suits. He has supported various organizations including: Mending Hearts, Inc, Goodwill Industries, Beauty Behind Bars, (Once in a Wifetime/Once in a Manhood) and more. Aaron feels that it is important for his audiences, clients and the general public to know this because “giving back” is a vital part of who he is and it’s important to the cycle of life.
For the last two years, Aaron, his lovely wife (Ashley Jordan) and his progressive team have made a difference with the annual Know Your Worth Women’s Conferences. The 2016 theme was “Come Walk the Purple Carpet,” in harmony with October being the charted month for domestic violence awareness and purple is the chosen color for the awareness and month.
In 2017, Aaron and the KYW Movement will re-visit and explore some new, productive and exciting things ahead. A couple of them will be the new, infused book and speaker’s circuit tour stops and the KYW Radio Show and television broadcasts. The “Know Your Worth Brand” is all about educating his audience (no matter what size) about their invaluable, self worth.
He comments, “If one doesn’t know their worth, they may have no worth and it shows in their daily walk. So often it’s the first step in allowing others to decrease another person’s value.”
In addition to all of his accomplishments, Aaron is also a proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma. The Fraternity, the Pi Eta Sigma Chapter, and has proudly won the Indie Authors Legacy Award: Author of the Year in Personal Development #IALAWARDS, which stems from Baltimore, MD.
By Dr. Barbara Reynolds
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Hillary Clinton should not endure another debate with Donald Trump. He has already shown himself as bigoted against immigrants, Mexicans, Muslims, Blacks, and prisoners of War, such a U.S. Senator John McCain. He is also a man who calls women “pigs” and gloats over his deftness at grabbing their private parts. This may be a titillating resume for a reality TV star, but certainly not for the president of the most powerful nation on the planet.
Lily Workneh -Huff Post Black Voices
Black female doctors everywhere are demanding visibility online by posting pictures with the hashtag #WhatADoctorLooksLike, which they are using to validate their existence and celebrate their work.
The tweets were in response to a Facebook post that went viral on Thursday after Tamika Cross, a black female OB-GYN in Houston, Texas, documented the discrimination she claimed she faced while on a recent Delta flight. In her post, Cross chronicled how a flight attendant questioned her medical credentials after she offered to help a man who needed medical attention on the plane.
“She said to me, ‘Oh no sweetie, put ur hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.’ I tried to inform her that I was a physician but I was continually cut off by condescending remarks,” Cross wrote. She went on to explain how the attendant allegedly continued to question her by asking, “What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work?”
Cross went on to write that her offer to help was ultimately dismissed after a white male approached and said he could assist. She wrote that the attendant eventually expressed her regrets but Cross said an apology wasn’t enough.
“This is going higher than her… whether this was race, age, gender discrimination, it’s not right. She will not get away with this,” Cross wrote. “I’m sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of color can all understand my frustration when I say I’m sick of being disrespected.”
It appears Cross wasn’t alone in this sentiment, as tons of other women stood together in solidarity with the hashtag. Black female doctors started to speak out by showing the world that black girl magic runs deeps within the medical professional world. Here are some of the responses from black women who want to show everyone #WhatADoctorLooksLike:
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With this year’s presidential election less than a month away, a new program is trying to cut through the misinformation between politics and the black community.
Sharp Insight, which launched in March, is created and led by Duerward “DJ Woody Wood” Beale of Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program. The Philadelphia-based initiative provides local barbers with bipartisan information on the importance of civic engagement and African American voter participation to disseminate to black customers .
For Beale ― who is also a member of ‘90s hip-hop group Three Times Dope ― working with the City of Brotherly Love is in comparison to assisting a family member.
“We are a pillar to the community. We touched a lot of lives, believe it or not and I think this is major,” Beale told HuffPost in the video above. “It’s like an avenue, we’re like a teacher. We’re basically… we’re raising them. In the community, we all know who’s doing what and that person who’s doing it could be my friend. It could be my family. It could be my homey. I need to talk to them and give them a different outlook.”
According to the Urban League of Philadelphia, voter participation among eligible African American voters is comparatively low.
To help combat the statistic, Beale and his team collected data from various black men, including 60 barbers, and found the social effects of mass incarceration to be among the most common fundamental challenges for black men. In addition to the inability of ex-felons to vote, having a prison record also yields itself to limited employment opportunities for former inmates.
To tackle these issues, Beale and his barbers discuss the prevalence and impact of incarceration in black communities.
“There’s a lot of mistrust of systems with black men, particularly when you talk about government, when you talk about systems that impact their families,” Beale added before outlining his future hopes for Sharp Insight.
“We believe over the next six months and leading to the election, that these guys will be more involved with improving themselves, their families and their communities through civic engagement. That’s what Sharp Insight is all about.”
Nationwide — HBCU Connect has hosted several events (in Dallas, Charlotte, and the San Francisco Bay Area) this year to help big tech companies recruit African American talent, and all of the events have been very successful. In fact, many attendees have even been hired on the spot to work for companies like Symantec and Microsoft.
On October 25th, in partnership with Microsoft’s Sales Business division, HBCU Connect is offering Black technical professionals in the D.C. Maryland, and Virginia area, the opportunity to meet with representatives from Microsoft, to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one-on-one discussions with Microsoft team members that could lead to a new career for attendees for high paying tech careers!
Microsoft is looking for African Americans with experience in the following areas to register for the event:
* Public Sector & Enterprise Sales Professionals
* Software Sales & Solutions Engineers
* Windows Operating Systems Experts
* Cloud Solutions Experts
* IT Consultants
* Cyber Security and Mobile Technology Professionals
* WHEN: Tuesday, October 25th, from 5pm to 8pm
* WHERE: Reston, Virginia – Venue Information to Follow with Confirmed Invitation
* REGISTER ONLINE: www.hbcuconnect.com/microsoft/dc.cgi?src=bn
The CEO and founder of HBCU Connect, Will Moss, will also be attending the event with Microsoft’s recruitment team and hiring managers. “We expect to see some really high caliber professionals in attendance that will be looking to land interviews with Microsoft leadership, as well as learn more about what life at Microsoft is like for an African American employee,” said Moss. “What is really exciting about this particular event is that we are reaching out to professionals with a background in sales and technology, which is a first for us and our partnership with Microsoft!”
Those interested in attending should register immediately as there is limited space on the guest list which is already 75% full. Once attendance is confirmed, the exact location of the event will be shared as well as details on parking and an agenda for the evening.
For more information, details, and how to register, please visit:
On Thursday, Michelle Obama didn’t hold anything back as she went after Donald Trump for his abuses of women.
“The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning, I simply will not repeat anything here today,” she told a crowd during an event in Manchester, New Hampshire.
She then continued, “And last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can’t believe that I’m saying that. A candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women and I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this.”
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A black man shot and killed by a North Carolina police officer last month suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen, according to results released Wednesday from an independent autopsy conducted for his family.
Attorneys for the family of Keith Lamont Scott said in a statement that the family “authorized this release of information because, as they have maintained from the very beginning, they are simply seeking transparency.”
Scott was shot to death Sept. 20 by a black Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer. The shooting set off two nights of unrest in Charlotte and a series of marches and protests.
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