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A Chance to Surrender. – A Chance to Live.

Are We There Yet?

Jonathan CrawfordTamir Rice PhotoIs there any reason why young black men aren’t even given the opportunity to surrender when dealing with Law Enforcement Officers?

1) Why is Jonathan Crawford dead? Not given the opportunity to surrender.

2) Why is Tamir Rice dead? Not given the opportunity to surrender.

3) Why is Michael Brown dead? Because of racial fear by a Police Officer, so he is not given the opportunity to surrender?

4) Why is Eric Gardner dead? Because of racial fear of a Big Black Man.

5) Why is  Akai Gurley dead? Because of fear while Police were doing a routine top to bottom  check of a residential building. Weapon out of holster in hand finger on the trigger patrolling or a residential property.

6) Why is Jonathan Ferrell dead? Because he was seeking medical help after experiencing an auto accident, and fearful Police Officers who responded to his location, didn’t allow him…

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Nutrition Makeover Part 1

Add this one thing to your diet this week. Start your journey to a more healthier you.
Repost from Dr. Weil
Want to start eating for your health in 2014? Begin by slowly introducing new, unfamiliar-but-healthy foods to your diet. It may take a little effort in the beginning, but you will reap endless benefits. Find out one of the most important foods Dr. Weil suggests for your health!Make your healthy nutrition resolutions last in 2014 with our weekly “Nutrition Makeover” suggestions! Each Saturday in February, we will introduce foods that Dr. Weil recommends as basic and essential for vibrant health. Once you add them to your diet, keep with it! Soon, preparing and eating them will become second nature – you’ll feel the difference, head to toe. 

This week add two servings of salmon or other sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s appear to help lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and more. Look for fresh or frozen wild Alaskan salmon or canned sockeye, sardines packed in water or olive oil, herring, and black cod (also known as sablefish and butterfish). You can also supplement with high-quality fish oil – the Weil Vitamin Advisor can provide more information. And while non-fish sources of these essential fatty acids are significantly less potent, don’t let that keep you from including omega-3-fortified eggs, flaxseeds (freshly ground) and walnuts in your diet.

Educators Seek Out More Minorities To Study Abroad

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (February 21, 2011) When Sade Adeyina’s college roommate started bugging her about studying abroad together, she never thought she could afford a semester in Italy.

Yet the friendly peer pressure – combined with financial aid and timely academic advising – led Adeyina to say “Arrivederci!” to Temple University in Philadelphia and head overseas for the first time.

Educators want more minority students to follow the lead of Adeyina, an African-American graphic design major. Foreign study is seen as crucial to student development and even as a key to national security, yet minority participation badly lags their overall presence on college campuses.

“It’s really a matter of persuading young students of color that this is possible for them and this is necessary for them,” said Peggy Blumenthal, executive vice president of the Institute of International Education. “You come back changed, more self-confident.”

About 81 percent of study-abroad students are white, although whites represent 63 percent of enrollment in higher education, according to 2008-09 data released in November by the New York-based institute.

Blacks comprise 4.2 percent of study-abroad students but are 13.5 percent of the college population. Latinos are 6 percent of study-abroad participants but nearly 12 percent of higher ed students. Asian-Americans, representing 6.8 percent of college students, are slightly overrepresented in study abroad at 7.3 percent.

Barriers often include lack of funds, fear of racism, worries about delayed graduation, and few role models – either family or faculty – who have traveled abroad.

But better marketing might help. Instead of touting foreign study as an essential cultural experience, universities could stress it as a path toward self-reliance, independent thinking and valuable job skills, said Augustana College researcher Mark Salisbury.

“Minority students don’t need to seek out cross-cultural experiences by traveling to another country because in most cases – especially as students at majority white postsecondary institutions – they already interact across cultural differences every day,” Salisbury and two co-authors wrote in a study to be published in March by Research in Higher Education.

Congress began to address the disparity with the federally funded Gilman scholarship, which has provided study-abroad funds for low-income Pell Grant recipients since 2001. About 55 percent of last year’s Gilman scholars were minorities, according to the Institute of International Education, which administers the program.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wants to expand foreign learning opportunities overall with a bill to create the $80 million Sen. Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation, a public-private entity that would award grants to students and institutions.

Simon, the late Illinois lawmaker, had pushed for increased funding for international study after 9/11. Only about 1 percent of U.S. undergraduates study abroad.

“Expanding study abroad should be a national priority,” Durbin said in 2009 while re-introducing the legislation, which has yet to win full congressional approval. “The future of the country depends on globally literate citizens who are at ease in the world.”

In January, North Carolina A&T State University began working with the American Council on Education to promote international learning at historically black institutions, a project partly funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Minnie Battle Mayes, director of A&T’s international programs office, said it can be hard to get students who are from small towns, and without any worldly frame of reference, to look beyond the campus.

“Many times our students are North Carolinians, and coming to Greensboro is coming to the big city,” Mayes said. “In this 21st century, you’ve got to be global.”

Among the efforts at A&T is a new annual $10 student fee to create an international education fund that offsets study abroad expenses. Mayes hopes it will help alleviate financial anxieties – sometimes unfounded – that can deter students from applying.

At Temple, about 9 percent of students in the study-abroad program are black, more than double the national average. About 11 percent are Asian, also above average, while the 5 percent Hispanic involvement is slightly below the norm.

Though the university has a diverse student body to begin with – about one-third minority – Temple also starts “sending the message very, very early” that foreign study is essential, said Denise Connerty, assistant vice president for international affairs.

“There’s some perception still that study abroad is a luxury, not integral to the academic experience,” said Connerty. “It’s not an extra. It shouldn’t be.”

Promotion is ubiquitous, from open houses for prospective students through freshman orientation and beyond. University President Ann Weaver Hart pays the processing fees for students getting their first passports.

For Adeyina, a 21-year-old from Burlington, N.J., the key was early academic advising that showed she could graduate on time if she went abroad as a sophomore. If she went junior year, she’d miss too many required classes in her graphic design major.

Now a vocal advocate for study abroad, Adeyina described her time in Rome as a challenge she met and embraced. She already feels it influencing in her art.

“The experience of a lifetime, definitely,” Adeyina said.