VIDEO: Common Speaks On Youth Violence and His New Role

BY: - 10 Jan '13 | On the Web

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In a recent panel discussion including his upcoming film, Luv, music artist and actor, Common, discussed his views on the structure of black families and its affect on gun violence in America.

Luv, which is set to release on Jan. 18, centers around an 11-year-old boy in Baltimore learning what it means to be a man while longing for his family to be whole again. After his hero, Uncle Vincent (Common), is released from jail with plans to turn his life around, Woody is faced with figuring out the direction of his own life.

The film’s lessons connect with Common’s belief that better parenting and reconstruction of the black family is needed within inner cities. During the panel, he talks about figuring out how elders and young people can better support each other. Disagreeing with the NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, who suggested putting armed police in every school, Common feels that guns are not the answer to reducing violence among youth.

“I think the biggest issue for our young people is to have opportunities to dream, to have guidance, to have love and support,” he said. “More guns are never the solution. Putting more guns in there is not going to solve anything.”

Common recalls that while he was exposed to poverty and “street elements” in his native Chicago, he was fortunate to grow up in a black middle-class neighborhood.  However, he acknowledges that seeing positive and successful black figures outside of entertainment like President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is what black youth needs.

Read the complete article on MSNBC’s website and check out the video below.

 

BMWK– What do you feel is needed to cut down and eventually put an end to violence in youth? How can we as black parents change the future for our own children?

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  1. Dagmara

    I agree that guns are certainly not the answer to reducing violence. In fact, psychology studies show that even images of weapons (let alone weapons themselves) increase aggressive behaviors and violence in humans.

    I think that the solution to issues of violence must begin with education. All animals become violent for a reason.

    In working with inner-city students, I found tremendous disparities between the educational and social opportunities that I had available to me throughout my public school years in the suburbs, and those which were available to my students throughout their years in the inner-city public school system.

    Much research exists on the proper methods of pedagogy, and the important takeaways are targeted and relevant engagement. The current systems of education are not set-up for the age of technology, constant change and instant information. They are based on the factory model and stem from industrialism. When these models were constructed, teenage pregnancies and school shootings did not exist.

    Sir Ken Robinson can elaborate in this video (http://goo.gl/JsYd5).

    My hope for change in this system of education that is failing our nation lies in replicating the successes of Stephen Ritz, a teacher in the South Bronx who has revolutionized the way we look at education, giving his students the ability to grow food for their school and their community, while teaching them information that translates into immediate improvements in their quality of life. Ritz also helps his students earn an income by starting and running businesses that implement their knowledge bases and growing solutions for local businesses, individuals, and other schools.

    Here’s a TED that outlines his program and incredible success statistics (http://goo.gl/dp5h5). I found this simple solution of creating life (in more ways than 1) to be one of the most inspiring stories I’ve heard to date.

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Are Video Games Making Our Kids Sick?

BY: - 10 Jan '13 | On the Web

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Video game-related health problems are more prevalent than we may realize. Unless your child or someone you know has ever been diagnosed, you’ve probably never given it any thought. They can cause repetitive strain injuries and believe it or not even skin disorders! Who would have ever thought that we would see the day when doctors would diagnose their patients with names like, PlayStation thumb, Nintendinitis, acute Wii-itis and X-Boxitis? I’m not joking, these really exist. But, let’s not exclude the adults too that are being diagnosed with things like tech neck and other neck and shoulder straining issues due to overuse of their cell phones, tablets and other handheld devices.

As the names would imply, these injuries are caused by overuse of each of these gaming consoles and the repetitive injuries related to each of them.  Playstation thumb is usually described as numbness in the thumb caused by friction between the thumb and the controller from rapid game play. Acute Wii-itis is simply a term used to indicate an injury of the shoulder or knee after playing Wii. Doctors are seeing a high number of these types of injuries in adults as well as  kids, but if you’ve ever played Wii, especially after getting a new game, I’m sure you can totally relate.

Did you know that there have been several instances of skin disorders in children that have occured as a result of overuse of playing video games using handheld controllers? Dermatologists have called the condition, Palmar hidradenitis.  It’s the development of painful lesions on the palms of the hands. Physicians have said that the condition has been known to clear up after the patient stops paying altogether for about ten days. (This can be an eternity for a true gamer)

Other physical signs, mostly seen in children that have been linked to excessive video game playing, include extreme fatigue, eye strain, black rings under the eyes and muscular stiffness in the shoulders, possibly caused by a tense posture or sleep deprivation. (Hmmm…kinda sounds like being a mom to me, but I digress.) Dr. Jeff Manning, a leading expert on a new technology-related discomfort called ‘tech neck’, says that a rule of thumb for this disorder is: “Don’t type for more than 3 minutes straight. Get up and walk around to stretch your muscles. One simple exercise is to tilt your head to one side (ear to shoulder) then to the other side, back to neutral, turn to look all the way to the right, then left.  Go back to neutral, then lean head back and back to neutral. Do all without raising shoulders. Don’t stretch forward…this only accentuates the poor posture you are trying to avoid. Do it slowly, without straining. Repeat.”

So, if your gamer starts having complaints in any of the above mentioned areas, it may be worth a second look to see if its possibly a video game related injury which can most likely resolve if the person takes a break from game play for an extended amount of time.

BMWK – do you have any gamers in your family that have experienced any of the aforementioned problems?  How have you dealt with this?

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