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General Discussion Forum / Re: I will be at the next Jill Scott concert
« on: November 15, 2018, 08:19:50 AM »
So...this is the thing about sexual inequality between genders. No one has to say that a man is in charge of his sexuality because it is assumed that men are. Women are the ones who are encouraged to be " good girls" and keep that at home, etc.

I don't have an issue with R.Kelly's sexually charged stage shows. It's a show. It's fantasy. What I have issue with R.Kelly about is his predatory ways with young women.

I am sure Jill will talk to her son by the time he needs to understand the video. Again, she BEEN doing this. Check the discography as she said.

General Discussion Forum / Re: I will be at the next Jill Scott concert
« on: November 14, 2018, 07:52:09 AM »
The only folks surprised about Jill's performance are people who haven't listened to "Crown Royal on Ice", "Celibacy Blues", and "All I" before. Jill's music and her poetry are raw and emotional and sexy. So I'm not surprised at all.

Folk need to stop using the word millennial to describe anyone who is young. The folk calling her Auntie are in their 20s or so and Jill is at least 20 years their senior (like an auntie might be). Millennials can range all the way up to 38 years old depending on what date range you're using to describe the generation. And ain't none of the older mellennials or xennials calling her auntie.

Cap...sir...Jill is still super talented. She just also happens to know her audience and is really entertaining. No she didn't do that at the White House because she knew her audience but she was still quite sexy on stage. A woman in charge of her sexuality (whether she has "man problems" or not) is powerful. And it doesn't take away from her talent.

@cap I just started sitting on the 50. It really is a much better vantage point for watching the game. If I'm going strictly for the halftime show I really like to have field access so I can watch from the sideline.

Yes football is the central part of the day but schools like Grambling, FAMU, Bethune Cookman, A&T often have band written into the contract of big non-conference games. Why? Because they attract people! A&T's band is a huge recruitment tool. The J-5 from Jackson State are probably just as popular if not more than the athletes. They literally are world renowned. Take the band from the game and it's real quiet.

Cheer, Band, Dance, Drumline, Greek's all a part of HBCU culture. My confusion is why people get mad about this. Each group has a fan club.

Waaayyyy back when I cheered in undergrad, we had a group of people (male and female) who literally JUST came to games to watch us cheer, shake, stomp, battle the other cheer team. This is not new.

The sport is great and it's great to support the student athlete. But quite honestly, HBCUs have some really impressive artists in the band and dance teams and they have their own following and folk need to support and respect that as well.

Students put in just as much time practicing for band as the athletes practice for the game. They have roughly 7-10 minutes to impress everyone on the field for 40+ hours of rehearsal a week. The "This is America" show A&T just did is an impressive piece of art and should be respected as such.


my thought is why didn't you seek another job elsewhere  :shrug:

It's not always this easy. Coming to the end of my Phd program, the opportunities are far away. Either in New England or the far west where there aren't many black folk. Especially if you want to make a decent salary, it will often require you to move far.

However, my best friend is from Denver. It's plenty of educated black folk 20-30 minutes away from Colorado Springs

People are aware of the long term effects of playing football and they don't want their sons brains to be like scrambled eggs when they are grown. If I had a son I wouldn't want him to play either.

General Discussion Forum / Re: Open caskets and public viewing?
« on: August 29, 2018, 08:43:51 AM »
I don't view bodies. I haven't viewed a body since my maternal grandmother passed in 1990. I passed out at her funeral and I always vowed I'd never look at another body like that. I will attend funerals but I never go up to look at the body. I prefer to remember the person as alive and not with ashy funeral makeup on.

However, I don't necessarily think it's abnormal. I think it is just part of the grieving process.


Private and those semi-private publicly funded charter schools can do this ya'll. Be aware.

The fact is, a lot of students do not adhere to deadlines. They don't pay their deposits on time and they don't notify the school if they are planning to attend. They just pack up and show up if they've been admitted. When they experience road blocks (financial aid late, no housing, etc.) they take to the news or social media stating that it's the school's poor customer service.

For a lot of HBCUs, particularly the private ones you never know who is really going to show up because people will deposit and not show. Or not deposit and show. Hence, housing issues.

General Discussion Forum / Re: All the good women in Atlanta are taken
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:49:56 AM »
If you:

1. Have an extremely narrow concept of what a "good woman" is, you may have ruled out a woman who will be good for you.
2. You must ask yourself if you are a good man who deserves a good woman. If you are not a good man, you are really not deserving of a good woman until you become one.
3. Believe that your physical/geographical environment lacks that which you desire, you need to make preparation to change that.
4. Are always negative, negativity will follow you.


Retention IS enrollment. It matters not if you bring in a million students if they don't stay. In another year, overall enrollment will look different because most of the students are remaining enrolled.

They have a new director of admissions. They will be fine on the new student front. That retention rate is what will cause the school to grow. And at 73% they are doing great. The national average is 75%.

Enrollment is overall Full time equivalency. Not headcount. That 1800 is head count. With an 1800 headcount, they likely have an FTE of 1750 or so. Which isn't bad if they retain 75% of that 1800 that's 1350 meaning to "grow" they only need to enroll 600 new students each fall which is totally feasible. They will be absolutely fine. Again, the metrics speak to what they've been doing and in only 2 years these metrics are impressive.

And in other news water is wet. These tests are about college readiness not real world readiness.

Did anyone actually take a look at the metrics in the article? They have less than 90% of the student body on financial aid. There are only a few HBCUs where that is the case. That means about 20% of their students are full pay. Also they are retaining 73% of the overall student body fall to fall...that's a good number for a school that was about to be closed by the legislature two years ago. They are retaining new students just 4% below the national average. How do these metrics point to a school headed for trouble? It actually points to them doing better than before.

What this story demonstrates is that good grades and test scores don't guarantee tuition dollars. None of the stories talk about Ishmale applying for scholarships. It talks about him wanting a scholarship from the school of his choice. Top performing students who get scholarships spend as much time applying for scholarships as they do applying to school. Grades guarantee nothing. $10 million goes unclaimed every year because students don't apply. He could've likely won something. I didn't have near the grades he did and won enough scholarship money to pay the part of my college attendance that Shaw didn't cover. I used talents and social skills and the fact that I knew other people wouldn't take the time to fill out the application.

I was grown and out of college before I heard about Juneteenth. I was in college before I heard about Kwanzaa.

What we don't realize is how much influence "mainstream" white culture has on how we view ourselves. If you're black and you think you have nothing in common with other black folk because you've grown up mainly dealing with white people, that's an issue. Your self concept has been shaped by majority culture.

HBCUs are representative of every facet of African American life. There are all types of Black folk that attend.

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