61 Schools Will Close in Chicago

BY: - 25 Mar '13 | Parenting

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“When you take away access to simple necessities such as education and jobs, you end up with a city that lives and breathes violence.”

The above quote is from Yesha Callahn, of Clutch Magazine. Her piece focuses on the state of Public Education in Chicago. The town of Chicago has come to be known for violence as its streets have been plagued by homicide. And now, at a time during which so many of the community’s members are fighting to simply survive they face another loss.

61 schools in the city are set to close. According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, this is necessary due to many schools being “half empty.”

Where most schools in major cities suffer from overcrowding and a high student to teacher ratio, it seems that Chicago refuses to make the best out of a lack of crowding, in a way that could benefit their students.

With this change comes concern that such restrictions will put our children in harms way given the issue of gang violence.

The constant closures of schools are disheartening and perhaps lead one to believe how little we value our future. After all, investing in our children and their education is an investment in our future. How do we show them they are of value when we take away what might have been the one constant for so many of our children? How do we help change the atmosphere of a city that experiences such loss on all levels? For more on this story visit Clutch Magazine.

BMWK — Do you believe lack of jobs and the state of public education has something to do with the current state of Chicago?

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How Do You Help Your Children Learn Love Their Brown Skin?

BY: - 27 Mar '13 | On the Web

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Recently Brandy revealed that she struggled to love her brown skin. Her thoughts echoed those of Kelly Rowland who also struggled to do the same. There are countless stories told by women who were once little girls struggling to love themselves. Despite being told that they were beautiful, most often by their parents, they struggled to see their beauty.

Despite her insecurities, Brandy says she was finally able to accept her body through the tried-and-true cliché method: loving yourself from the inside out.

For some women; however, the journey to self-love and acceptance takes even longer and the insecurities felt can be passed on to the next generation. As we work to teach our daughters to love and value themselves it is important that we help them to see that they are beautiful. While our hope is that they will be beautiful on the inside, it is important that they realize that the person staring back at them in the mirror is beautiful no matter what the shade of brown her skin. For more on this story visit Ebony.

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