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Tag Archives: racial inequality

What Has The Obama Administration Done For Women of Color?

Not enough, says a group of concerned women and girls, who have signed a letter to the president, calling for inclusion in his private-public initiative, "My Brother's Keeper."    The initiative, which the Obama Administration announced in February, brings together foundations, nonprofits, and businesses to address the social, economic, and judicial challenges facing young men of color. Inequalities within schools and the criminal justice system are its urgent focus, alongside increasing mentoring and strengthening families in minority communities.  But for the 1,200 women who signed the letter—including activists Angela Davis, Rosie Perez, Alice Walker, and Janet Mock—this approach leaves young women of color "waiting for the next train."  Some 200 black men signed a... Read More →

New Film, “American Promise,” Follows One Young Boy Through 13 Years Of School

The Brewster family is one of the subjects behind the new film, "American Promise." In at least one way, Joe Brewster sounds like most fathers. "I want my son to have the best education possible," he says in the opening scene of this clip from "American Promise," a short film that he and his wife Michelle Stephenson created to detail their son’s experiences at an elite Manhattan prep school. Idris Brewster, a 5-year-old African-American boy from Brooklyn, would be one of few minority students at the Dalton School, where 2013 tuition is more than $40,000 per year. His parents switched on the camera once he was admitted. The impulse grew into an attempt to capture his entire K-12 educational career on film. "We were embarking on this journey and having the camera around became a tool... Read More →
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