Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cameron Clarke Earns Perfect 2400 Score on SAT (Video)

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Philadelphia's Cameron Clarke earned a perfect SAT score this year.

We have the distinct pleasure of watching more and more of our children become academic superstars daily.  The latest academic feat will is the most wonderful Christmas present parents could receive from their child.

Cameron Clarke is an African-American high school senior at Philadelphia’s Germantown Academy Upper School that he’s attended since pre-K.  This Christmas he, and his parents, are celebrating the news of a perfect score on his SAT, according to the Root and Fox 29 Philly.

“I woke up and checked my score on my cell phone and I didn’t believe it at first, so I kept refreshing the page and after five to 10 times refreshing I woke my parents up. ‘Mom, dad I got a perfect score!’ ” Cameron Clarke told FOX 29.

But it appears that Clarke is a diligent student and he knew the hard work that is required to pull off such an accomplishment because he is so disciplined and active in other programs in his school.  He admitted to Fox 29 that ”music is what takes up most of my time.”

Clarke is “the principle cellist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and involved at school as the editor on the school newspaper, a writing advisor in the school’s writing center, senator in the student government, is involved in the math club, and in multiple honor societies.”

He is a grand role model for young people everywhere.  His free time must be quite limited and obviously, that isn’t a bad thing.  Rich Schellas, head of Germantown Academy Upper School said:
“When you have the talent and work ethic Cameron has, it’s really kind of indisputable that a perfect day is going to come and he had a good day.”

Check out the report on this stellar student.  Congratulations Clarke family!
-J.C. Brooks


Friday, December 28, 2012

Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph Of Melanin

Hidden Colors 2 is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment of Hidden Colors goes into topics such as: .The global African presence * The science of melanin * The truth about the prison industrial complex * How thriving black economic communities were undermined in America * The hidden truth about Native Americans * And much more

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place

 In his second book for adults, the perennial New York Times bestselling author helps readers discover how to put money in its place and use wealth-building as a tool for joy and fulfillment.

Hill Harper is uniquely poised to guide readers through tough times and offers bestselling advice for reaping the rewards of a truly happy life. With The Wealth Cure, he does more than that: He presents a revolutionary new definition of wealth; motivating readers to not only build financial security but to achieve wealth in every aspect of their lives.

Applying a parable approach, Harper instills practical nuts-and-bolts explanations for laying a sound financial foundation and also focuses on how to recognize the worth of your relationships and increase the value of your interactions with the people in your life.

Drawing on personal recollections and true stories from family and friends, Harper has created an inspiring guide. Readers will begin to see money as energy and a freedom for following their passions. Far from a get-rich-quick primer, The Wealth Cure brims with inspired wisdom for building a lasting bounty from the experiences, loved ones, and achievements that really matter.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith

 In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans Player, Takes Abused Kids On $19,521 Toys 'R' Us Shopping Spree

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans is scoring a lot of points today -- for kids.

The NFL wide receiver brought 12 children chosen by Child Protective Services to a Houston Toys "R" Us for a holiday shopping spree.

He gave them 80 seconds to fill their baskets with anything from Barbie dream houses to digital cameras, and by the end Johnson’s foundation footed a $19,521 bill, he told

An image of Johnson holding three lengthy store receipts in the store surfaced on Reddit and has accumulated more than 1,450 comments as of press time.

"Every day when I wake up, I ask myself, 'Who can I add value to today,' because it's not about me. It's all about helping someone else. And at this time of the year there are many opportunities to help less fortunate children have a great Christmas," Johnson told

The children, ages eight to 16, have been exposed to some form of parental abuse and now live with their extended families, according to Johnson can relate to a difficult home life.

“A lot of these kids get discouraged because of where they grew up and things like that. I grew up in a single-parent home and I was fortunate to achieve my goals,” he told

Afterward the shopping spree Johnson had one more stop to make.

After picking up the five-figure bill, Johnson helped the Houston Police Department surprise 800 Bastian Elementary School students with Christmas toys, reports. The pro-bowler’s foundation partnered with the police department’s Blue Santa program to raise awareness for underprivileged children, according to the news outlet.

Founded in 2003, the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation is dedicated to empowering children from single-parent homes. The foundation hosts several children’s charity events in Houston and Miami throughout the year but the Christmas shopping spree is one of his favorites, he told

“That’s what this season is about. It’s something I look forward to. The kids are happy, they get what they want for Christmas, and that’s all that matters, “ he told the news outlet.

Les Brown - Unwrap Your Infinite Greatness

Tuesday, December 4, 2012