Jasmine Lynn, a Spelman sophomore, was killed by a stray bullet as she walked on the campus of Clark Atlanta University on Sept. 2 just after midnight. She was chatting with friends not far from the place where six shots were fired during a fight at Clark Atlanta.
The video of the brutal murder of Derrion Albert, a teenage honor student in Chicago, by other teenagers sent shock waves across the nation. How is it that a group of young people could batter and stomp one of their peers to death in the midst of a throng of teenagers? In the past several years, Chicago has emerged as the capital of student murders. But, Chicago is not the only city in Black America plagued by student murders, youth violence and fratricide. As I pen this article, young Kevin Miller was just shot in the face and killed in Cambria Heights, Queens, New York, an innocent bystander of an after school brawl that erupted among students. Chicago may lead the nation in student murders, but the phenomenon of youth fratricide is a problem in virtually every locale and region of the country. It is an epidemic that has been afflicting Black communities for years (which is periodically highlighted by the widely publicized murders of young people like Derrion Albert).
Columbia, SC – On August 30, 2009, a typical Sunday morning that should have been devoted to worshipping, relaxing and studying, students at Allen University instead spent the day grieving the loss of two classmates who died in a car crash earlier that morning.
Nationally known scientist and researcher, Dr. Rick Kittles, widely known for his work with African DNA genealogy research will be the keynote speaker for the SCCAAS annual conference in February.
As a child, Barbie was the fantasy version of how I envisioned my grown-up, glamorous life: closets full of gorgeous dresses and sparkling jewels, my choice of high-powered careers, and without question, fabulous hair. My dolls shared the names of soap opera characters, such as "Dominique" for Diahann Carrollâ€™s iconic Dynasty diva. I used real shampoo and conditioner on their hair. When Barbie needed pampering, she visited the "spa." (Unfortunately, I was only able to stage a single Spa Day due to a misguided decision to use the microwave for the sauna. Long story.)
Itâ€™s the second time around for the grid jocks of South Carolina State and those at South Carolina.
ORANGEBURG – Following a brief hiatus from competitive action, on Sept. 19, South Carolina Stateâ€™s return to interscholastic play Sat., (9/26) opposite Winston-Salem State (WSSU) showcased a Bulldog team that, for most of the non-conference outing, wasnâ€™t in A-game form.