Friday, January 31, 2014

Richard Sherman: Blanket Coverage

Official Charity of Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks All-Pro CB. Its goal is to help as many kids as possible have adequate School supplies and clothes.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Magic Johnson Foundation/ Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program

The Magic Johnson Foundation/ Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program (TMSP) offers scholarships to minority high school students who plan to attend a four-year college. Eligible students must be American Indian Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black or Hispanic. They must also be residents of Atlanta, Lansing, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, New York and Los Angeles County.

Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above and must also be active in community service. They must plan to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university. Eligible students need to demonstrate financial need and social-economic challenges that might otherwise prevent them from pursuing a college education. Both U.S.and non-U.S. citizens may apply.

The scholarship is funded by the Magic Johnson Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1991 by Magic Johnson to support educational, health and social needs of minorities in urban communities. The Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program was founded in 1998 and named after the former Chief Operating Officer for Magic Johnson Enterprises.

Since 1998, the Magic Johnson Foundation has enabled 386 students to attend college. The foundation also serves the needs of disadvantaged youth through a network of Community Empowerment Centers (CEC's) that finance programs for youth such as online learning scholarships, technology boot camps, and grants for hardware and software.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $2,000 - $5,000.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

#10 DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father's Dream

This film is the result of 18 years of documenting every aspect of the making of an NFL star, DeSean Jackson, from Pop Warner to the Pro Bowl... and the rocky journey of a family to stay together through it all.

3 Black Women Who Changed the World (Who You Have Probably Never Heard Of)

by Eleanor Goold

Here is a list of 3 black women who have inspired others and made a big difference but who you may have never have heard about.

When we think of famous black women who changed the world we usually turn our attention to well-known celebrities and activists such as Oprah Winfrey and Rosa Parks. However, there have been other famous black women who have stood up and made a difference. Here are just three of them.

1) The Powerful Leader

- Queen Ranavalona I

(1778–August 16, 1861)

Queen who? You may well be asking. This sister was one to be reckoned with; Queen of Madagascar from 1828 to 1861, Ranavalona gained herself a bit of a reputation as a badass.

Known by some as the “Mad Queen of Madagascar,” during her 33 year reign this remarkable and very powerful woman successfully fought off the encroachment of European colonialists such as Great Britain and France while keeping the sovereignty and culture of her country intact.

She banned the practice of Christianity from the island for her own people and used forced labor in lieu of tax payments in money or goods to complete public works. Her excessive force used on both her own sovereign people and foreigners alike gained her the epithet of “Ranavalona the Cruel.”

History has since changed its view of “The Bloody Mary of Madagascar” and recognized that despite her seemingly harsh rule and despotic reputation, she was in fact a much respected and admired Queen who loved her country and would do anything to protect her empire and the country’s sovereignty.

Not long after her death, Madagascar did indeed become a French colony, something which she had fought fiercely against. It is considered that the reason why the island is so rich in traditional crafts today is because it remained free of European rule for much of the 19th century, thanks to Ranavalona.

In her own country Ranavalona is viewed with pride as a great sovereign and symbol of patriotism.

2) The Actor, Dancer, and Activist

- Josephine Baker 

(June 3, 1906–April 12, 1975)

Josephine Baker

Known as the “Black Pearl,” Josephine Baker was an American born French actress, dancer, and singer who during her time received approximately 1,500 proposals.

This babe was talented and hot!

In her heyday she literally took Paris by storm with her exotic beauty, not to mention her seductive dance routines and revealing dresses and costumes, one of which was a skirt made from bananas.
Unfortunately she was not so well received in her home country, the US, who were not open to the idea of a black woman having such celebrity status at the time.

Josephine Baker was more than an entertainer, she was also an activist who even worked for the French Resistance during World War II for which she received a medal.

During her career she continued to travel to the US to fight racism and even adopted children of different ethnic backgrounds and named them the “Rainbow Tribe” to show others how we could all get along together in this world.

She went on to make a performance at the New York Carnegie Hall in the 1970’s and was nervous about how she would be received, however times had changed and she received a standing ovation on stage before her performance even began; which moved her to tears leading her to weep on stage.

This woman was an absolute inspiration who was not only the first African American female to star in a major movie, but one who also paved the way for other black women in the field of entertainment as well as life in general.

3) The Sports Super Star

- Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner 

(December 21, 1959–September 21, 1998).

Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner

Better known as “Flo-Jo,” this American track and field sensation took home 3 gold medals and a silver at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

She is known as the “fastest woman of all time” and still holds the world record in the 100 and 200 meter events.

Despite her success, there were rumors that her coach Bob Kersee encouraged the use of performance enhancing drugs which Flo-Jo always denied.

The claims came about as a result of her increased performance levels between 1984, where she competed in the Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles winning a silver in the 200 meters, and her performance in 1988 where she took home 3 gold’s and a silver.

In fact, Flo-Jo never failed a drug test so there was never any real evidence that she did make use of performance enhancing drugs.

Flo-Jo was famous not just for her incredible athleticism but also her distinctive unique style when running. She would often run in spandex body suits while sporting 6 inch long decorated fingernails.  When she was younger she was once asked to leave a shopping mall for wearing her pet boa constrictor around her neck!

Sadly, Flo-Jo died in her sleep at the age of just 38 following an epileptic seizure.

Her records remain unbeaten to this day and she stands as an inspiration to other hopeful athletes.
Flamboyant, gifted and smart, this was a woman who will remain very hard to beat.
Nowadays women have many more opportunities than they used to have thanks in part to these breed of determined and great women. However, there is still much work to be done.

So let’s take our inspiration from those who have gone before us, continue their legacy and pave our own way to a better future.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

10 Things Other Than Sports, Singing & Dancing Black People Have Been Great At

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Black people were the first to develop mathematics in Africa 37,000 years ago, as it was the first method of counting. Africans in the region known as modern-day Egypt, scripted textbooks about math that included division, multiplication, algebraic equations, fractions and geometric formulas to calculate the area and volume of shapes.
mansa musa
The richest man to ever live was a black man named Mansa Musa. Musa, who was an emperor of the great African empire Mali from 1312 to 1337, was one of the most influential leaders the world has ever known.
Mastering commerce and trade, Musa accumulated an estimated $400 billion during his reign, according to a new inflation-adjusted list by, making him the richest man in the history of the world.
Source: Huffington Post
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Blacks built the first universities in the world. In particular,  the University of Tombouctou, also called  Timbuktu, which is in Mali, was considered the oldest thriving university in the world. Students came from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and all over the world to study at Timbuktu.
Several ancient African cultures made discoveries in astronomy. Egyptians unfathomed the movement of the sun and constellations and the cycles of the moon long before any other region of the world. The Egyptians inspired the modern calendar. There are evidence that shows they divided the year into 12 parts and developed a yearlong calendar system containing 365 ¼ days.

The ancient Egyptians, a primarily black civilization, started writing in about 3500 B.C. or 5,500 years ago. The Sumerian of Mesopotamians and ancient Egyptians were the first known in history to establish communication through writing. Other Asian and European cultures began writing thousands of years later.
Metallurgy and Tools
The first advances in metallurgy and tool-making were made by black people all across ancient Africa. They made metal chisels, saws, copper and iron tools, weapons, nails, glue, and carbon steel and bronze weapons.
Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda made advances between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago, which surpassed those of the Europeans at that time. Ancient Tanzanian furnaces could reach 1,800 degrees Celsius — 200 to 400 degrees warmer than those of the Romans.

egypt with the pyramid
Architecture and engineering
Black people were the first to use the sciences of architecture and engineering, building some of the greatest and longest-standing structures ever seen. The Egyptians baffled the world by building more than 80 pyramids, with the largest, the Great Pyramid of Giza, covering 13 acres and made of 2.25 million blocks of stone. The Giza pyramid was built around 2580 B.C. and is still standing strong today.
Before the European invasion of Africa, black people had developed a medical system based on plants and herbs to cure illnesses. Egypt,  Southern Africa, West Africa and parts of East Africa were more advanced in medicine than Europe at the time. They used plants with salicylic acid for pain, kaolin for diarrhea, and other extracts to kill bacteria.
The achievements by doctors in ancient Egypt were incredible. Findings obtained by archaeologists have produced evidence that in 3000 B.C., the Egyptians performed successful brain surgeries.

Black people were the first to navigate the ocean. There is evidence that ancient Africans sailed to South America and Asia hundreds of years before Europeans.
Shipbuilders in the Mali and Songhai empires built boats 100-feet long and 13-feet wide that could carry up to 80 tons of cargo.
It is well established that black people introduced civilization to the world. Egypt is the best known example, but there are many others.  Africans built powerful, wealthy and thriving empires such as Nubia, Kush, Axum, Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.
In Asia, black people were instrumental in building civilizations in Mesopotamia, the Indus Kush Valley, and China. There is also evidence that the Olmecs of Mexico were significantly influenced by West African civilizations.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Top 10 Scholarships For African American Students With Deadlines In January 2014


Nationwide - The new year is here, and it's time for students to get back to work. This year, more than $50 billion dollars will be given away in scholarships, and many of these programs have deadlines that are fast-approaching.
Scholarships are free monetary gifts that can be used to pay for college tuition, books, and boarding. Most scholarship programs require students to excel in academics, sports, or in an essay competition.

Here they are top 10 scholarships with upcoming deadlines in January 2014:

#1 - The Tom Joyner Foundation "Full Ride" Scholarship awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  Learn more at

#2 - The Burger King Scholars program is designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students.  Learn more at

#3 - The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (also known as the Bill Gates Scholarship) awards scholarships each year to African American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program.  Learn more at

#4 - The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities.  Learn more at

#5 - The Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship Program is sponsored by Discover Financial Services. The program recognizes students in their junior year of high school who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their communities.  Learn more at

#6 - The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) provides four scholarships each year to African-American students currently in law school. Each applicant will be required to complete an essay on a topic that is related to the specific scholarship for which they are applying.  Learn more at

#7 - Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships (RMHC) for African American Future Achievers are awarded to eligible high school students with high academic performance and community service as well as financial need.  Learn more at

#8 - The Talbots Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to women who want to go back to school to earn their undergraduate degree after graduating from high school or receiving their GED at least ten years ago. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  Learn more at

#9 - The Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership qualities in support of freedom, American values and constitutional principles.  Learn more at

#10 - The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in the field of aeronautics. It is a renewable scholarship for U.S. citizens and nationals. Learn more at

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

TGIM: S6E6: #YouMatter

In this truly inspiring video, Eric discusses the importance of self worth by letting his audience know "YOUmatter" Please forward this video to any family member or other loved one that may be experiencing hardships. #YOUmatter 

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