Black Thought Discusses GrassROOTS Initiative for Girls

BY: - 19 Oct '12 | Home

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During a recent interview with Black Enterprise, The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter discussed his  GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), an organization creating solutions to health challenges faced by women and girls.

The idea for GCF was sparked by Trotter’s friend, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, who is co-founder of the organization and a current Sociology professor at John Jay College. Her work in women’s health inspired Trotter to join in the effort and give back to the community. Without community based programs such as this, “I would not be here today,” Trotter stated.

“I was moved by her vision especially since the communities that she was talking about were communities that I had lived in, communities where I still had family. But I must say what really made me say yes was the fact that she kept talking about girls; and I have a daughter now; and the week before, my wife Michelle and I were just talking about how important it was for us to give back.”

On October 6, a charity concert for the organization took place in Newark, New Jersey where three of their programs include H.E.A.L. (Health, Education, and Literacy), S.H.A.P.E. (Strong, Healthy, and Powerful Everyday) and Super Camp. Trotter says that they are targeting the ten cities in the U.S. where women and girls experience the highest incidences of obesity, breast cancer, suicide and HIV/AIDS.

When asked how he felt about the current healthcare system, Trotter said that he feels more health programs are needed and that GCF is developing affordable means for people go gain access to health services. While the foundation focused mainly on girls and families last year, they plan to expand to include the community as a whole and will begin a full year of health programming at the Early Middle College at Bennett College this fall as Greensboro, NC is one of the ten cities they are targeting.

“I urge folks to join us in this effort to create a world where all girls can grow up to be healthy women,” Trotter said. “Given how much we depend on women to hold our communities together it is the very least we can do.”

Find out more about the foundation on their website and read the complete interview on Black Enterprise.

BMWK– Are there any organizations like this in your area? Why do you feel it’s so important to focus on women’s health?  

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Discrimination Case Against ABC’s “The Bachelor” Dismissed

BY: - 19 Oct '12 | Entertainment

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In Nashville, Tennessee, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, two African American men, claimed that they were not selected to appear on the television show “The Bachelorette” because of discrimination on the part of the producers. They sued the ABC network back in April for discriminating against nonwhite participants. They charged that it was the show’s policy not to put Black, Asian, or Hispanics in the leading role on those shows.  With this lawsuit, Claybrooks and Johnson wanted to encourage more social acceptance of interracial relationships and wanted the networks to stop perpetuating “outdated racial  stereotypes.”

The court ruled that the network’s casting decisions and the messages that they want to communicate are protected by the First Amendment. U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger wrote:

“Ultimately, whatever messages `The Bachelor’ and `The Bachelorette’ communicate or are intended to communicate ““ whether explicitly, implicitly, intentionally, or otherwise ““ the First Amendment protects the right of the producers of these shows to craft and control those messages, based on whatever considerations the producers wish to take into account,”

BMWK – So we would like to hear from you.  Do you think that ABC is discriminating by not selecting non-white leads for those shows?  Personally, I think the network is going to do what they think will bring the most views and money to the network.  If BET or TV One were to start a dating show like that right now (they might have one), should they be forced to have White or Asian bachelors? Should we focus on making our own images and then supporting others that produce shows with those images?

 

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