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“Proof of Consciousness” (P.O.C) the Host of REVIVE!!! 6/28/2017

Today’s REVIVE show topic is entitled:


#Debt #Budgeting



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This episode on REVIVE is entitled “MONEY TALKS” we will be discussing  banking basics, the importance of budgeting, financial literacy, investing, and more! Join us as we discuss this different hot topic it would be amazing to hear your perspective.


James Harris: James Harris is a Philadelphia native who studied accounting at the University of Phoenix, plus various certifications related to tax accounting and insurance. He has been self-employed for over 35 years as small business owner, launching his first business at 12 years old. Mr. Harris, provides personal insurance products, tax accounting, small business accounting services, coaching and consulting to small business owners and start-ups. His current projects include launching an educational-based non-profit to serve Pre-K children and their families. Consulting with start up Non-profits to navigate business formation and qualify for 501(c)3 status with the Internal Revenue Service along with Consulting with health professionals.

Tabitha Russell: Also known as Tab Money hailing from Glenarden, Maryland serves the youth and the earth, day in and day out! She holds a Undergraduate degree from Salisbury University and a Graduate degree from Towson University, and she serves as the Co-CEO of CollegeBound Entertainment! She engages the youth at every chance and continues to press the issues that plague the generations before her. Inspired by the likes of Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, and Dame Dash, the 26-year-old quadruple threat has a love for all people but loves her people and culture the most!

Khadija Bingham: Khadija Bingham is a young millennial, living in New York City, using her experiences to fulfill her passion of helping others. Khadija is the founder of Money Honey Co, a brand whose mission is to cultivate conversations around personal finance, career development and the path to becoming your best self. Currently, Khadija works for a Wall St. firm in an accounting function and holds degrees in both finance and accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.


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“Proof of Consciousness” (P.O.C) the Host of REVIVE!!! 6/22/2017

Today’s REVIVE show topic is entitled:


#StudentLoans #Debt


#College #Education

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Today’s show is entitled “STUDENTS versus LOANS: I’VE BEEN ACCEPTED!” We will be discussing ways to get money for higher education, scholarships and grants, and everything you need to know about student loans. We’re also highlighting recent graduates and students who’ve just been accepted into post graduate institutions!


Lenise Lockley: Lenise Lockley is a former loan counselor for Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

Joe McLeod: Joe McLeod is a young professional currently employed in the student loan industry. He has extensive experience in federal student loan management options as well as a working knowledge of private loans and other financial aid options. He has given several presentations on financial aid and student loan management throughout the Philadelphia area. Within the scope of his employment, he has assisted tens of thousands of individuals maintain successful repayment. He has recently begun to provide free consultation on federal student loan management options.


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African Americans Have Lost Untold Acres of Land Over the Last Century

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Along Allen Road, though, an older version of Hilton Head is preserved. The short street bisects a 38-acre plot and travels past some 23 trailers that house members of the Allen family. Tall oak and pine trees block the sun from flowering shrubs in the sandy soil. The noise from passing cars is drowned out by bird chatter and an occasional shout from one family member to another.

Matthew Allen, now in his 70s, grew up visiting this family land where his father and grandfather grew up. “When [my father] was coming up,” he recalls, “they used to…go down to the water to fish. They used to hunt. [They] used to farm the land, used to grow okra, corn, sweet potatoes. They took full advantage of the land.”

It was Dennis Allen, Matthew’s great-grandfather, who purchased the land on Hilton Head. The son of slaves, Dennis Allen bought his first parcel of nearly 20 acres in 1897, at a time when African Americans were purchasing land across the country. Today, the Allen family owns the largest undeveloped lot on Hilton Head.

But as the land enters its 120th year in the family, the Allens are struggling to hold on to it. Because of ambiguities surrounding the land’s title, there is no primary owner of the property; all of the heirs of the original owners—and there are more than 100 known heirs—are legally co-owners. As such, the land is classified as “heirs’ property,” a designation that makes it vulnerable to being sold without the family’s full consent. As the Allens attempt to overcome a stacked legal system—exacerbated by corrupt lawyers and predatory developers—they are at the center of a decades-long fight to retain black-owned land across the South.

In the 45 years following the Civil War, freed
 slaves and their descendants accumulated roughly 15 million acres of land across the United States, most of it in the South. Land ownership meant stability and opportunity for black families, a shot at upward mobility and economic security for future generations. The hard-won property was generally used for farming, the primary occupation of most Southern blacks in the early 20th century. By 1920, there were 925,000 black-owned farms, representing about 14 percent of all farms in the United States.

Over the course of the 20th century, however, that number dropped precipitously. Millions of farmers of all races were pushed off their land in the early part of the century, including around 600,000 black farmers. By 1975, just 45,000 black-owned farms remained. “It was almost as if the earth was opening up and swallowing black farmers,” writes scholarPete Daniel in his book Dispossession: Discrimination Against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights. Implicit in the decline of black farming was the loss of the land those farmers once tilled. Today, African Americans compose less than 2 percent of the nation’s farmers and 1 percent of its 
rural landowners.

Many factors contributed to the loss of black-owned land during the 20th century, including systemic discrimination in lending by the US Department of Agriculture, the industrialization that lured workers into factories, and the Great Migration. But the lesser-known issue of heirs’ property also played a role, allowing untold thousands of acres to be forcibly bought out from under black rural families—often second-, third-, or fourth-generation landowners whose ancestors were 
enslaved—by real-estate developers and speculators.

By one estimate, 81 percent of these early black landowners didn’t make wills, largely due to a lack of access to legal resources. Their descendants then inherited the land without a clear title, and it thereby became designated as heirs’ property. Although heirs’ property exists in many regions of the country, it’s most prevalent in low-income communities. In the South, according to one estimate, more than 50 percent of heirs’-property owners are African-American, many of them the descendants of slaves and sharecroppers. The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, based in Charleston County, South Carolina, estimates that there are 105,000 acres of heirs’ property in its 15-county service area alone.

Without a clear title, heirs’-property owners are limited in what they can do with their land. They can’t get mortgages or do extensive repairs on their homes; as a consequence, some live in trailers. They aren’t eligible to apply for state or federal housing aid (such as funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency) or for nearly any of the programs administered by the Department of Agriculture, including the crucial loans and conservation funding that keep many rural landowners afloat. “So [they’re] already hampered because [they] have heirs’ property,” explains Jennie L. Stephens, the executive director of the center, “but now [they’re] sitting here with these hundreds of acres, and [they] can’t do anything with it.”

As with the Allen family, heirs’ property is often jointly owned by many descendants, some of whom are scattered across the country and may never have met one another. Each has a claim to the land, but this type of joint ownership makes them vulnerable to a peculiar legal challenge: Any one of these co-owners has the legal right to sell their share of the property—or even to bring the whole parcel of land to court-ordered auction—without the consent of the others.

These “partition sales” are one cause of the dispossession crisis,according to the Heirs’ Property Retention Coalition. Property developers entice faraway relatives who may never have visited their family’s land to sell their share for a fraction of its market value. Once they buy a share, these developers can then sell all of the land at auction for a large profit. A 2001 report from the US Agricultural Census estimated that about 80 percent of black-owned farmland had disappeared in the South since 1969. Approximately half of that land was lost through partition sales.

Thomas W. Mitchell, an expert in heirs’ property at the Texas A&M University School of Law, says families will often try to fend off partition sales by arguing that their land is historically significant, or of cultural importance to the African-American 
community. But until recently, the courts weren’t legally required to take into account the historical or cultural value of the land, and so they generally don’t.

Mitchell attributes the persistent and ongoing issue of partition sales in the African-American community to a question of power, at least in part. “If the Kennedys, the Bushes, or the Clintons had their property sold under these circumstances,” he says, “the law would have been reformed” by now.

Living History: Alex Brown stands before a re-creation of an original Gullah house. (Richard Ellis)

Hilton Head, on the southeastern coast 
of South Carolina, is one of more than 100 coastal islands that form the Sea Islands. Though it is now primarily known as a golfing and resort destination, Hilton Head was once almost entirely inhabited by the Gullah people. The Gullah are descendants of enslaved West Africans who, like Dennis Allen, moved to the Sea Island region at the end of the Civil War, or who had previously been enslaved on area plantations. Gullah communities thrived for decades on the isolated islands, largely free of the restrictions of the Jim Crow South. For generations, they maintained an agricultural, barter-based economy.

Then, in the mid-1950s, development came to Hilton Head. Wealthy industrialists bought up hundreds of acres for recreational sites as highway and bridge construction made it easier for mainland residents to reach the islands. By the 1990s, the waterfront properties on Hilton Head had become highly desirable among wealthy whites seeking a vacation home.

The development displaced many Gullah people. Some families lost their land to rising property taxes, which they could no longer afford to pay, but others lost their land in partition sales, their property brought to auction by developers in forced sales or by partial owners convinced to sell it for a fraction of its value. In areas where the Gullah once made up 90 percent or more of the population, they account for as little as 10 percent today, according to Willie Heyward, managing attorney at the Heirs’ Property Law Firm. Somewhere between 200 and 700 acres of the land on Hilton Head—no one knows the exact number—
remain in Gullah hands.

“The property that we owned was prime property,” says Alex Brown, a Gullah native and chair of the island’s planning commission. “Over time, it’s been sold and traded and stolen.” And because of the Gullah’s unique history of agricultural production, the loss of land amounts to a loss of culture.

“If we don’t have our land, we don’t have our family,” says Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. “This is the battle we’re in now.”

Beyond Hilton Head, all of South Carolina has experienced enormous demographic shifts in the past 50 years. African Americans comprised nearly half of the state’s farmers in 1950, but by 2012 represented just 7 percent. In Beaufort County, which includes Hilton Head and other coastal islands, the population is now 
77 percent white, compared with 57 percent black in 1950. This shift has created tension between “native islanders” and the newcomers, many of them white retirees from the North. And it was facilitated by the forced sale of thousands of acres of black-owned land. To this day, Mitchell says, South Carolina is the “ground zero” of African-American partition sales.

Many members of the Allen family say they 
never wanted to get involved with Horace Jones Jr. Some say a distant relative had begun conversations with the lawyer about clearing the title to the Allen family land—that is, removing Dennis Allen’s name from the title and replacing it with the names of living heirs, thus eliminating any legal ambiguities around their ownership of the land—but they add that the family never hired him. Another member of the family told The Island Packet, the local paper serving Beaufort County, that the family had retained Jones to help track its genealogy and build a family tree to help clear the title to the land. But many agree that Jones didn’t have anyone’s consent to start a lawsuit—allegedly on behalf of several family members—to partition and sell the 38-acre plot in 2009.

Jones had worked as an attorney in York County, South Carolina, on heirs’-property and other estate cases for more than two decades. According to an article in the Rock Hill Herald, former clients described him as “a stand-up guy.” The Allens disagree. Members of the family listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit that Jones initiated insisted to me, as well as in affidavits submitted to the court, that they didn’t want to sell the land, and that Jones forged their signatures. The family has filed an unsuccessful motion to dismiss the partition case. Yet because the Allen family tree is still unfinished and the title has yet to be cleared, the judge could rule at any time simply to auction off the land.

Since Jones filed the initial sale documents, the Allens have been approached by several developers hoping to buy their land, or to convince family members to sell their stake in it. One real-estate developer, the Melrose Holding Company, offered $4.5 million for the property.

There have been many opinions in the Allen family about selling their land—and, indeed, one branch of the extended family, composed of about six people, has retained another lawyer, Terry Finger, to represent their interests in court. But much of the family doesn’t want to sell. “We have worked hard to save this piece of land,” says Ethel Simmons, Matthew Allen’s cousin, who lives on the property with her mother. “If we lose the land, it’s going to hurt a lot of us.”

In August 2016, many members of the family submitted affidavits to the Beaufort County Court to say they weren’t notified of the land’s partitioning and were “stunned” that the sale was initiated without the family’s consent. They expressed particular concern over the fate of elderly relatives still living on the property should the auction proceed. “We are not wild [beasts roaming] on the property, we are law-abiding citizens,” wrote Queen Mary Allen-Davis, a member of the family, in an affidavit. “We are not animals. We are people.”

As the Allens struggled to free themselves from Jones’s lawsuit, the lawyer’s reputation was sullied by felony charges alleging that he had stolen about $750,000 from clients. On October 12, 2015—the date Jones was scheduled to appear at his trial—he shot himself in a wooded area about 200 miles from the courthouse. The allegations against him included an account from a woman who had hired Jones to assist in clearing the titles to five parcels of heirs’ property. Jones allegedly sold the land without her consent, collecting the profits for himself.

The Braddock’s Point Cemetery, an historic Gullah burial ground now surrounded by Hilton Head’s Sea Pines resort. (Richard Ellis.)

On September 22, 2016, Nikki Haley, then 
governor of South Carolina, signed the Clementa C. Pinckney Uniform Partition of Heirs’ Property Act. The law, named for the revered state senator and pastor who was killed in the 2015 massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, provides several protections for heirs’-
property owners. If one co-tenant initiates a sale, for instance, the other co-tenants must be given an opportunity to buy that tenant’s share before the land can be sold. The act also requires judges to consider things like the sentimental, cultural, or historical significance of the land as well as its market value (previously the only consideration in most cases) before ruling to sell it. And if the land is sold, it must be sold on the open market instead of at auction, so that families receive a fair price. Josh Walden, the supervising attorney at the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, calls the act a “great tool” with the potential to preserve the land of many heirs’-property owners. Queen Quet calls it “a blessing.”

The law has its origins in model legislation that was written in 2010 by the Uniform Law Commission, which drafts bills for states to consider. Thomas W. Mitchell was its lead author—only the second African American in the history of the commission to serve as the lead author of a uniform law. He calls the act the “most significant reform to property law in the history of this country.” It has already been passed by 10 states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas, and was introduced in the District of Columbia earlier this year.

Beyond South Carolina, there is some evidence that black land ownership is on the rise. One 1999 study found that there were roughly 68,000 black agricultural landowners in the United States who owned more than 7.7 million acres, mostly in the South. The 2012 Census of Agriculture showed that the number of farms with black principal operators had risen 9 percent since 2007.

For some heirs’-property owners on the Sea Islands, the new law may prove seminal in protecting what land remains in the Gullah’s hands. For others, it comes too late. For the Allens, the law’s effect remains to be seen. While the family is cautiously optimistic, they would still need to bring a new lawsuit under the act, since it doesn’t apply retroactively to their existing case.

Margarite Washington, Matthew Allen’s cousin, has lived on Allen Road her whole life. Behind her home is a small memorial, a two-foot cross with a few flowers planted around it. Nearly five years ago, her 8-year-old nephew was killed by a stray bullet on that spot. “If they take the land, we’ll lose all of this,” she says, motioning to the memorial. “We would be devastated. Where are we going to go?”

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Listen To Why The World Has Been Brainwashed Into Thinking That Black People Don’t Deserve Reparations

An interview snippet from the documentary “Wilmington on Fire” of Sandy Darity (Professor of Public Policy, African & African-American Studies and Economics at Duke University) as he talks about why are people so against African-American’s getting Reparations.

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“Proof of Consciousness” (P.O.C) the Host of REVIVE!!! 6/11/2017

Today’s REVIVE show topic is entitled:

“The Sunday Edition”

#Festival #AfricanAmerican #Vendors

#OdundeFestival #Culture

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This episode on REVIVE is entitled “The Sunday Edition” we will be focusing on current events, trending topics, and discussing the Odunde Festival which is taking place in Philadelphia, P.A! Be sure to tune in and spread the word!


Suzann Christine: Suzann Christine is classy, creativity, and raw talent. She was the 2012 Philly Hip Hop Award winner for “Best Female R&B Artist“. She offers her fans and followers fun yet relatable R&B/Soul/Pop music. This singer/songwriter has won the hearts and ears of thousands within her hometown of Philadelphia and throughout the country. Suzann Christine prides herself on having an “outside of the box” mentality when it comes to music and creativity, but still focusing on positivity and giving back to the community.

Howie El: Howie El is a Philadelphia native who is the founder of “HD Artz” handmade accessories. HD Artz was established in 2011, where the mission is to teach a positive message; do what you love, love what you do!

Maimouna Dia: Maimouna Dia is a youth leader with the Philadelphia Community of Leaders. Maimouna is also the project manager for the apparel company “What’s Up African” which is famous for their “Hella Black Hella Proud “ Tees.


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Why do we need data to tell us what black people have been saying for years?

A mural of Alton Sterling is seen as people gather during a vigil at the Triple S Food Mart after the US Justice Department announced they will not charge two police officers in the 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 2, 2017.

 Much to my chagrin, my mother loves telling the story, when I was about 4, of when my exasperated Aunt Annie Mae asked me why I talked so much. Apparently, without missing a beat, I shot right back, “Cause I got a lot to say!”
Much to my mother’s chagrin, I was a pretty precocious kid, always asking questions. Hard to believe, right? Good training, I guess.

One day I violated my mother’s direction to “stay out of grown folk’s business,” and inquired, “Why do they need a study for THAT?”

I can vividly remember one of the adults saying to me, “Son, white folk need data.”

I guess I sort of understood what he was saying to me at that tender age, but every time I see another study highlighting the drama that black folk have to navigate almost daily, I remember his words: White folk need data.

Well, in case you still didn’t know, after all the random stops and officer-involved deaths of black men, women and children caught on tape, police officers are significantly less respectful and consistently ruder toward black motorists than they are toward white drivers.

I could tell you I know this because I’ve been black my whole life and I’ve had my share of run-ins with cops, or I could tell you I know this because my black family and friends have also been black their entire lives, and many of them have had similar experiences.

But, alas, the research has finally been completed by scientists at Stanford University to confirm what we have known for years and have a preponderance of evidence to prove.

But … white folk need data.

Well, here it is. What now?

The Stanford study, “Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect,” is hardly earth-shattering.

Does it really matter that utterances spoken to white fellow citizens are consistently more respectful? Does it really matter that black folk are often told to keep their hands on the steering wheel and white drivers are greeted with, “Sorry to stop you…”?

Does it really matter that this data comes from officers wearing body cameras —so, they know they’re being filmed and they still do it? Does it really matter that black folk have been sharing these stories for years? Does it really matter to all the black citizens who ended up catching a case and having a police record over an altercation with a cop that escalated from disrespectful or inhumane treatment during a routine traffic stop? Does it really matter to the ones who are no longer here to tell their side of the story?

I’m not naive, but I do look forward to the day when the data won’t be so sacrosanct, as if black truthtelling cannot be trusted. I look forward to the day when the decency, dignity and humanity of black lives will be given the same high regard as that of white lives in America. And not just by police officers, but by all fellow citizens to all fellow citizens.

What is breaking news to some, is heartbreaking news to others. Research is pivotal, but respect is paramount.

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Body cams reveal U.S. police use less respectful language with black drivers

A police officer records a traffic stop with a body camera.

Viral videos of U.S. police officers beating and shooting black citizens have sparked a national conversation on how they interact with racial minorities. Such videos have also inspired law enforcement agencies to embrace body cameras to document those interactions. Now, a new study of body cam footage from Oakland, California, suggests that officers of all races consistently use less respectful language with blacks than with whites during traffic stops. The results—taken from more than 36,000 language snippets at nearly 1000 stops—could transform officer training, social scientists say.

Most data on how police communicate with citizens come from eyewitness accounts—from drivers, outside observers, and officers themselves. The new work sought to get around that subjectivity by using audio recordings. “It’s taking it from the realm of what any two of us might discuss over drinks at a bar to using the tools of modern science to get a more precise picture,” says John Rickford, a linguist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who was not involved in the work.

Stanford researchers started with body cam footage from every encounter Oakland police had with black and white drivers in April 2014. They transcribed what officers said at 981 traffic stops to come up with 36,738 usable “utterances,” or conversational turns. Next, they had college students read and rate about 400 utterances for how much respect they showed, taking into account what drivers said just before officers spoke. The students, who had no knowledge of the driver’s race, rated speech toward black drivers as less respectful than speech toward white drivers overall.

“The differences are subtle,” says Jennifer Eberhardt, a social psychologist at Stanford and an author of the study. The language officers used with blacks was not “really disrespectful,” she says. It was just less respectful. One example on the low end: “All right, my man. Do me a favor. Just keep your hands on the steering wheel real quick.” On the high end: “There you go, ma’am. Drive safe, please.”

Eberhardt and her team then used software to rate the full set of 36,738 utterances. Even after controlling for driver age and gender; officer race; the crime rate and business density of the neighborhood; whether the stop resulted in a search, warning, citation, or arrest; and the severity of the offense (if there was one), more respectful language was used with white drivers than with black drivers, they report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Further, the analysis revealed that a white driver is about 60% more likely than a black driver to hear something from the top 10% most respectful utterances, whereas a black driver is about 60% more likely to hear something from the bottom 10%.

Those discrepancies can’t be fully blamed on a small number of officers, as they were seen in the majority of officers. Nor could they be attributed to the behavior of the drivers, as ratings showed discrepancies even accounting for what the driver had just said, and discrepancies appeared even in the first moments of an interaction. What’s more, given an equal number of utterances toward black and white drivers, researchers could train a computer to detect the race of the recipient with 68% accuracy.

Perhaps surprisingly, even black officers were seen as less respectful toward black drivers. “I think once they put on that uniform, there’s this pressure to be a cop and follow the norms,” Rickford says. But even if none of the results comes as a surprise, “what makes it such a phenomenal study is the methodology,” says James Pennebaker, a social psychologist at the University of Texas in Austin, who reviewed the paper. He says that some people could come to similar conclusions based on the history of police violence—blacks shot and killed by officers are more likely to be unarmed than whites shot and killed by officers—but this study starts “at the beginning of the interaction.”

Pennebaker and others say the study could improve officer training. In a few years, for example, officers might receive an automated score after each stop, along with pointers on different language they could consider using. A body cam that nags about politeness might not be well received, but given that respect is often reciprocated, such a device could be a life saver.


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“Proof of Consciousness” (P.O.C) the Host of REVIVE!!! 5/31/2017

Today’s REVIVE show topic is entitled:


#Create #Share #Connect  #Culture

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This episode on REVIVE is entitled “BLOG WITH REVIVE” we will be discussing the evolution of blogs, how to brand blogs, and ways to generate income from your blog. We also will discuss the influence that words and pictures have on our communities. Be a part of the conversation as we converse with many different leaders, highlighting their reasons for pursuing this career, the importance of representation, and the adversity that is faced at times in the field.


Lisa Tejada: Lisa Tejada is the founder of The Wonder of Ivy blog and podcast. Her blog and podcast is about her life and experiences, and she also covers different topics like personal relationships and professionalism. Lisa has a passion for creating and sharing stories.

Shao Linda: Shao Linda has a passion for expression and creativity. She thrives on debating hot topics, consisting of everything from race relations to the state of hip-hop and the direction of the world itself. Her blog allows her to speak on subjects that she is passionate about without necessarily needing a physical person to listen.

Ms.HurdeItAll: Ms.HurdeItAll  is a media correspondent, blogger and the founder of iHurdeTV.

Shavahn Dedrick: Shavahn Dedrick started this online journey entitled The Girlfriend Lounge. Aiming to be a motivational source for women, when life is getting rough or when it’s good. The Girlfriend Lounge will give you knowledge, from past experiences, and learned life lessons. Shavahn uses an unbiased point of view to motivate, and encourage her readers and followers.


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What happened when a city full of teachers, most of them black, was fired

Research shows that half of the 4,300 New Orleans teachers fired after Hurricane Katrina never taught in Louisiana again

Pre-Katrina New Orleans schools were a bit of an anomaly. In 2003, just 15 percent of teachers in large urban districts across the country were black but in New Orleans, teaching was largely a job done by black women: 71 percent of teachers were black and 78 percent were women. The demographics of the city’s teacher workforce have changed drastically since: in 2014, black teachers comprised a little less than half of the city’s teacher corps.

In the years following Katrina, New Orleans became a mecca for new teachers. Before Katrina, the city’s teachers had an average of 15 years of classroom experience. Now the majority of teachers have less than five years of experience. Jane Arnold Lincove, a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the study’s lead author, says that the study suggests that the prospects for those veteran teachers fired after Katrina only got worse over the years, as more schools went charter and those schools embraced younger teachers recruited through programs like Teach for America.

The study highlights two years of employment records to show how pre-Katrina teachers fared as the reforms took hold. In 2007, the second full school year after Katrina, those teachers made up a large share of the city’s educators, but they subsequently started to leave the city’s schools in large numbers.

In the fall of 2007, about a third of the 4,300 teachers fired after Katrina were working in New Orleans public schools again. Another 18 percent were working elsewhere in the state. But by the fall of 2013, just 22 percent of those educators were still working in New Orleans. That’s a much larger drop than seen elsewhere in the state where 15 percent of the Katrina cohort was still employed by schools in other parishes. Some of the turnover can be explained by natural attrition. Nearly a third of the teachers fired in 2006 were already eligible for full retirement benefits. But when comparing pre-Katrina New Orleans teachers to similar educators in other parishes devastated by 2005 hurricanes, the researchers estimate that the attrition rate was at least 16 percentage points higher for the city’s teachers.

While the black community was hit harder by the firings because so many teachers were African American, the researchers did not find a racial disparity in who was rehired after the storm. In fact they found that black teachers were slightly more likely to return to New Orleans schools than their white peers. But the researchers found that white teachers fired after Katrina were more likely to be hired by charter schools than black teachers were. Returning black teachers were more likely to be hired by the few schools still run by the Orleans Parish School Board. Lincove says it’s unclear if this trend emerged due to hiring practices at charter schools or because teaching in the city just became less attractive to black teachers. One important difference Lincove points out between OPSB schools and charters is that the district still offers teachers a pension.

“A lot of people have been talking about the effects of these reforms on the black middle class,” said Lincove. “While we saw more rehiring than we expected, I think we need to look at the long term of effects of falling out of the pension system. Teachers now have to accept a job without a pension, so we are going to see a different type of teacher.”

Lincove added that charter leaders worried about teachers not viewing it as a long term career should “think systematically about what kinds of long term retirement benefits and long-term job security might need to be offered to avoid this.”

Brian Beabout, a professor at the University of New Orleans, says that it’s going to take more than changing benefits to make New Orleans a town for career teachers again.

“I think we want to fight this fight on two fronts,” said Beabout. “We want to make career teaching is a viable pathway. That’s good for our students, particularly for getting some consistency for students that have gone through a lot of trauma. But the pressure of accountability makes teaching a very different practice than it was, before.”

The use of standardized tests to evaluate schools and individual teachers has been harder for veterans to adapt to, Beabout argues. “ There’s a lot of pressure on teachers that wasn’t there before,” he said. “Charter leaders have to recognize they are not going to get 25 years from everyone, so the question is how do we get from four years to staying eight or 10 years.”

There is currently a concerted effort by several charter leaders to recruit teachers with local roots, particularly black educators, in large part because those teachers are more likely to stick around for the long haul. This local initiative is part of a larger national push that is responding to bevy of research showing that black kids benefit from having black teachers. Black students tend to be disciplined less, graduate at higher rates and get referred to advanced classes more when they have black teachers.

There are several limitations to the study. Researchers utilized Louisiana Department of Education employment records, so the study can only speak to whether or not fired teachers ever worked in a Louisiana public school again. Some of these teachers could now be working in private schools or in other states. The data also only runs through 2013, largely before the local hiring push, so it remains unclear of teachers fired after Katrina have benefited from that nascant emphasis.

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