HB 306: Opt Out Bill in Illinois

May 30, 2015

More than a Score Chicago

This session the IL General Assembly is considering an opt out bill, HB 306. The bill is intended to clarify parental rights around opting children out of state-mandated standardized testing.  Parents would be able to notify schools in writing that their child was opting out of any state-mandated standardized testing. The child would be provided with an alternative educational activity during test.  There would be no negative consequences for students, families, teachers, administrators, schools or districts.

The Illinois State Board of Education does not recognize a parent’s right to make this decision for the child. Children, even those who are not capable of verbally refusing, are expected to refuse testing in Illinois.

Read more about the bill and why we need it to become law here.

Please make sure your state senator and state representative know that you want them to support this bill. (If they are…

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#BlackTeachersMatter. U.S. Judge Milton Shadur calls CPS response to teachers discrimination lawsuit, “totally irresponsible.”

May 25, 2015

Fred Klonsky


Judge Milton Shadur.

In 2011 the Chicago school board carried out large-scale layoffs of teachers and paraprofessionals.

African American board employees bore the brunt of the layoffs just as the board’s closing of neighborhood public schools two years ago mainly impacted African American communities.

As a result of the layoffs in 2011 the Chicago Teachers Union and three impacted teachers filed suit.

As I understand it, a law suit like this has three components.  First, the plaintiffs must show that they represent a class of people by a preponderance of the evidence. They were not just individual victims. It was not a coincidence that they were mostly African American. The judge is asked to certify that it is a class action before the case can move on to trial and a ruling of damages.

On Friday, Senior U.S. Judge Milton Shadur ruled in favor of the CTU and the three teachers.

However Judge…

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This is Why We “Step” | A History of Stepping in Black Greek-Lettered Life + Culture

May 22, 2015



Greetings to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Greetings to the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Greetings to the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.
Greetings to the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Greetings to the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Greetings to the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Greetings to the men of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated.

Greetings to the “Sons of Blood and Thunder,” the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

And my warmest greetings to my Sorors,
the Dynamic Divas who wear the Delta symbol, the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

It is my pleasure to offer you an introduction to the nine Black Greek-Lettered Organizations (BGLO), dubbed the “Divine Nine.” These black fraternal groups first emerged shortly after the…

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CPS scandal. Solomon, Byrd-Bennett, Swanson, Brizard, Vitale, Emanuel, Zopp, Vallas. Mums the word.

May 22, 2015

Fred Klonsky


“I don’t know nothin’ about that.”

There is more on the CPS SUPES scandal in today’s Trib.

There is more connecting the dots.

And the dots take the scandal closer to the fifth floor.

But nobody is talking.

Asked whether Solomon had connections to Swanson, the mayor said, “I’m not going to talk about it, given that there are questions.”


The mayor’s office and CPS have to date not fulfilled the Tribune’s requests for emails to or from the Emanuel administration that are related to the controversy.


Brizard said he doesn’t recall being involved in a no-bid contract at CPS.


Since those initial statements, however, Vitale has declined to comment further.


Byrd-Bennett also has declined to answer Tribune questions.


“I’d really rather not talk about it,” said Andrea Zopp, a school board member and former prosecutor who last week announced her bid for the…

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Facebook story: Racist myths.

May 16, 2015

I miss being in love… ♥

May 15, 2015

I miss being in love… ♥.


May 12, 2015



May 5, 2015

First you Survive/ Then you Thrive

bey metgala

the uproar of policing over Beyonce’s half naked MetGala gown is cracking me up and making my butt itch

bey metgala 3
She is a grown ass married women and professional entertainer.

and even if she wasnt.. –

if she just really likes how her body looks and likes to wear sexy feeling and looking clothes…

bey talk to handSO WHAT

why do we feel the need to

police and shame other women.beyonce no  non finger

what code are we enforcing… who created this code and

who benefits from its enforcement.beyonce sun glasses peep

My favorite absurd and asinine comment had to do with her having to

wear that dress on judgement day

religious mythology aside. God made those titties… She knows what they look like all the time.

She aint scared.bye bye frim bey

what is so scary about a woman who loves her body

OUTSIDE of the solitary male gaze.

who shows off her body for her pleasure…bey metgala 4

has sole agency of her…

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about the young man beaten in Baltimore by his mother

May 1, 2015

First you Survive/ Then you Thrive

about the young man beaten in Baltimore by his mother

I went because in the past, a lot of my friends been beaten, killed, abandoned, hurt by the police—so I went down there just to fight for what I stand for...” – Michael  Singleton

the struggle is real

He wasn’t looting,

he was protesting.

My only issue is that at 16 yo, if I tell you to stay in the house…

you better stay in the house and work on changing my mind.

I am the adult and love you and am responsible for you

heart hand
and if you do disobey me


there will be consequences, serious fucking consequences,

but you are no man’s slave/property, not even mine!

amazed black man

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