repatriation---2014On Mar. 10, behind closed doors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 15 CARICOM leaders reportedly adopted a 10-point plan prepared by a British law firm that calls for reparations for slavery inflicted by former European colonizers.

According to Martyn Day, of the Leigh Day law firm, Caribbean leaders at the 25th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM signed off on a plan calling for a formal apology for slavery, debt cancellation from former colonizers such as Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands, and reparation payments to repair the persisting “psychological trauma.”

Owens-LornaEvery 90 seconds a woman dies as a result of complications of pregnancy. Every year over a million babies die in their first day of life. We have an international crisis, but the world does not care.

Two and half years ago I saw a CNN piece called “War on Women, Rape as a Weapon of War”. It told the story of the over two million women who have been raped in the D.R. Congo. The numerous and the viciousness of the rapes have earned the Congo the name the “rape capital of the world” or “the worst place on earth to be a woman”.

CARTOON-APRIL-2014I’m sure you’ve seen old friends and marveled at how good they still look. And I know that you’ve also seen other old friends and can’t believe how “mashup” they look.

It’s relative though, as beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder. But we all have our objects of beauty. For me, it’s a beautiful woman and for some women it’s a handsome man.

obama23If President Obama’s new initiatives for boys and young men of color are to succeed, educators must find ways to help underperforming students thrive under Common Core, the new and more rigorous academic standards that schools in 45 states are beginning to implement.

That’s the assessment of Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and chair of a new commission working on behalf of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The commission and the initiative’s managers will launch their efforts at an education summit in Atlanta on March 28-29.