David Oyelowo wants to show the world a “different kind of African story.”
For his forthcoming role in “A United Kingdom,” Oyelowo portrays former Botswana president, Seretse Khama, whose interracial marriage to Englishwoman, Ruth Williams drew political and international criticism in 1948.
Oyelowo attributed his own interracial marriage as one of the reasons why he decided to pursue the historic biopic, which is currently in post-production.
“There’s no question that my own very happy marriage is part of the inspiration of why I want to see a story like ‘A United Kingdom’ told,” Oyelowo said during a recent interview with U.K. news outlet Metro. “I’m Nigerian — I’m from Africa, my parents are from Nigeria — and I just don’t feel like there are enough stories out of Africa that are transcendent that aren’t about dictators, or degradation, or poverty or to be perfectly frank ‘a white savior’ at the center of the story.”
Last year, during a panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the “Selma” star spoke out on the film industry’s lack of creating films which feature black characters as leaders and kings.
“We have been slaves, we have been domestic servants, we have been criminals,” he said. “We have been all of those things, but we’ve been leaders, we’ve been kings, we’ve been those who changed the world. And those films, where that is the case, is so hard to get made.”
Tony Tagliavia, MPS Media Manager
MILWAUKEE – Four MPS high schools will launch the pilot of a new two-year culinary program this fall that helps students get a head start in the hospitality industry, a field expected to experience higher than average wages in careers ranging from restaurant management to food service.
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver, The Bartolotta Restaurants, Hospitality Democracy, SURG Restaurant Group and other prominent local restaurant groups along with the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation will come together for an announcement of the ProStart® program at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at MPS’ Washington High School of Information Technology, 2525 N. Sherman Boulevard, Milwaukee 53210. Media are invited and welcome to attend.
ProStart is a curriculum created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation specifically designed for high school students. The ProStart program in Wisconsin is managed by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation. It features real-world culinary arts and food service management opportunities, helping students learn skills that can last a lifetime. Whether students dream of being world-class chefs or managing restaurants, ProStart gives students a great start.
The local hospitality industry is an important partner in the pilot launch and operation of the ProStart program in these four MPS schools. The hospitality industry has committed to being a major funding partner and staff from Milwaukee’s finest restaurants and the hospitality industry will participate with the schools as mentors.
A culinary and food service management program is a natural fit for Milwaukee. Restaurants are a driving force in Wisconsin’s economy with thousands of restaurants, hotels and other food service operations offering employment opportunities throughout the state – especially in the Milwaukee region. In fact, restaurants account for 1 in 10 jobs in Wisconsin according to the National Restaurant Association.
A fundraising campaign is expected to be launched in the spring to help fund the cost of launching and operating the ProStart program in these four schools.
ProStart will build on the unique strengths of each participating school:
- Bay View High School, which launched a partnership with Arts @ Large and local restaurant Honeypie to connect students to culinary arts
- James Madison Academic Campus, which offers a NAF Academy of Finance that can help students better understand the business aspects of fields such as culinary arts
- Harold S. Vincent High School, which offers an agriculture program including connections to the food and beverage industry
- And Washington High School of Information Technology, which offers a NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
Mountain View, CA — HBCUConnect.com, in partnership with Symantec’s Black Employee Resource Group, is hosting a networking event for HBCU Alumni and other African American professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event will give them the opportunity to meet with representatives from Symantec to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one on one discussions that could lead to future employment.
HBCUConnect.com, a professional social media platform for students and alumni of Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), has facilitated similar events in the past on the east coast where African American professionals enjoyed networking and took advantage of career opportunities that resulted in many hires at some of the best companies in the country.
This particular event, however, is especially for HBCU Alumni as well as African American professionals specifically living or working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Symantec is excited about the opportunity to host the event and network with talent in the area, introducing them to the amazing staff at Symantec and also some of the cool things about working there.
This is an excellent opportunity for African Americans living or working on the West Coast to make new connections, expand their network, and explore new career opportunities.
How to Attend:
The event will be held on February 18th from 5pm to 7pm and will be RSVP only. Once attendance is confirmed, the exact location will be shared as well as details on parking and the agenda for the evening.
To RSVP and/or for more information, visit:
About HBCU Connect
Founded in 1999, HBCU Connect (www.HBCUConnect.com) is the first and largest media outlet targeted towards the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. Boasting over 1.5 million registered members and encompassing a complete web portal, magazine, recruiting engine, social networking site, forums, blogs, news feeds and shopping, HBCUConnect.com serves the needs of HBCU aspirants, students, alumni, faculty and staff by providing a single destination and launching point for the entire diaspora.
Symantec, founded in 1982 by visionary computer scientists, has evolved to become one of the world’s largest software companies with more than 18,500 employees in more than 50 countries. They provide security, storage and systems management solutions to help their customers – from consumers and small businesses to the largest global organizations – secure and manage their information-driven world against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently than any other company.
Nationwide — Heritage Box provides families a tool that will keep children engaged YEAR ROUND, not just in February during Black History Month. Each box is designed to build self-pride and enhance children’s understanding of their heritage.
The monthly boxes are specially curated for your child to ensure they receive age appropriate books and activities. Each month is an exciting cultural adventure that your child will love!
The starter box comes with:
* An authentic Masaai Box made in Kenya to store future African souvenirs
* A world map
* A journal to record their thoughts
* A postcard album to store postcards from the different countries/places families will visit together virtually
* A book with an overview of African American history a bookmark
* For the second month, they will receive a “Travel” package. This box will focus on one country in Africa and provide a souvenir, games, a book and other fun surprises!
* The third month will feature a theme/ person in Black history.
* After the third month, they will alternate the box contents with Black History content and African geography content. Each box will come with a relevant book!
For more details and/or to purchase a subscription for your child, visit www.heritage-box.com
About Heritage Box
Heritage Box was founded by parents of young children who are passionate about teaching their children their history and about Africa. It proved challenging to do this consistently, and they realized a lot of other parents had the same challenges. Even parents who adopt children of African heritage also face this challenge, and are in need of such a tool. Heritage Box was designed to aid families in raising self-aware and confident children!
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus Garvey
On November 13, 2015, ISIS members coordinated a bombing attack throughout France that brutally massacred 130 innocent souls from Paris to Saint-Denis. The world sat in disbelief at the audacity of the attacks and prayers everywhere went out to France.
On January 31, 2016, just earlier this week, the Nigerian-terrorist faction Boko Haram savagely killed 86 people in Dalori Village by firebombing huts and burning innocent children alive. Just 5 kms outside of northeast Nigeria’s largest city, a survivor called hearing unimaginable screams as their flesh was burnt away from their bodies.
Yet, days later, the executions of these same innocent victims of extremism have not garnered the world’s attention. While the mainstream media response about this tragedy has been underwhelming, the added calamity lies in how the Obama administration has seemingly neglected to treat Boko Haram and the victims of their maniacal violence with the same resources and attention that has been provided to ISIS and victims throughout Europe.
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Actress Meagan Good and her filmmaker husband, DeVon Franklin, met while filming 2011’s Jumping the Broom, and the two are now opening up about the vow of celibacy they took prior to marriage in a new book The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding Love of Your Life and the Life You Love.
Good said that she felt that she hit “rock bottom” spiritually and emotionally around the time she was filming Jumping the Broom, and the renewed vow of celibacy, she said, helped to recharge her.
“It was in that prayer time that I came to the conclusion that I needed to be celibate, I needed to do something different than what I had been doing all the years before,” Good said. “I decided this is what I need to do for me, because I need to heal and I need to focus on myself and I need to advance myself in every area of my life without the distraction of feeling… that I need this man.”
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What is most important in life? King Solomon the wisest man to live provides the answer. He denied himself nothing, wealth, women, houses, etc. However, he concluded that the best thing man can do is to “fear God and keep his commands”. Ecclesiastes 12:13
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH, PRESS OFFICE
400 MARYLAND AVE., S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20202
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today new guidance to help states identify and eliminate low-quality, redundant or unhelpful testing.
“High-quality assessments give parents, educators and students useful information about whether students are developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills they need to succeed in life,” said King.
“But there has to be a balance, and despite good intentions, there are too many places around the country where the balance still isn’t quite right. We hope this guidance will help restore that balance and give back some of the critical learning time that students need to be successful.”
The guidance outlines how federal dollars may be used to help reduce testing in schools, while still ensuring that educators and parents have the information they need on students’ progress to improve learning. The
guidance shines a light on innovative work already happening across the country and provides examples of how states and districts can use their federal funding to explore new strategies for ensuring the use of high-quality, useful and well-constructed assessments, and the elimination of redundant and burdensome assessments.
King talks more about the guidance in a vide released today.
The document builds on an October 2015 announcement by President Obama and a set of principles  the Department released, outlining that assessments must be worth taking and of high quality; enhance teaching
and learning; and give a well-rounded picture of how students and schools are doing.
Last fall, the Council of the Great City Schools released the results of a comprehensive, two-year study  on the scope of testing in schools, a report that has helped deepen the nation’s understanding of assessments. Some states and districts continue to look for creative ways to decrease testing burden on students and teachers while ensuring
that new assessments measure vital skills like writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The Department is highlighting some of that work on its Progress blo with posts on strategies being used in Tennessee and in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
While this guidance addresses use of federal money under No Child Left Behind during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, the Department will provide further clarification in coming months on how dollars under the newly adopted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can be used to support the reduction of unnecessary testing. The new law takes
additional steps to support smart, effective assessments and to reduce over-testing, including efforts to encourage states to limit classroom time spent on statewide standardized testing and to strive for continued improvement and innovation in assessments. ESSA encourages a smarter approach to testing by allowing the use of multiple measures of student learning and progress, along with other indicators of student success, to make school accountability decisions. It also includes support for state efforts to audit and streamline their current assessment systems.
“As a teacher, you know that information on your students’ progress is crucial to tailoring instruction to their specific needs and to understanding whether a lesson has worked. As a school leader, you need tools to ensure that every student is learning and to support the growth of your staff,” King said. “And yet, in both roles, you’re also always
seeking more opportunities for quality instructional time for your students. Good assessments can actually be part of great learning experiences, but simplistic, poorly constructed, or redundant tests just take away from critical learning time, without providing useful information.”
In his FY16 budget proposal, President Obama called on Congress to provide support to continue and grow this work. The President’s budget included $403 million for state assessments to provide additional resources to states to support the effective implementation of assessments that are aligned to college- and career-ready standards that
will help ensure that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and the workplace. In his FY17 budget proposal, President Obama will once again prioritize these goals.
In addition to this guidance, the Department has also:
· Established “office hours” for any state or district that wishes to consult on how it can best reduce testing while still meeting policy objectives and requirements under the law;
· Highlighted the work of states and districts on the Progressblog;
· Awarded resources through the Enhanced Assessment Grants competition to support the development of better, less burdensome assessments;
· Provided expertise to states directly through proactive outreach to states and other technical assistance.