Beyond Black & White » Education http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:14:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 History Made: Michelle Howard Become Navy’s First Female Admiral http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/history-made-michelle-howard-become-navys-first-female-admiral/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/history-made-michelle-howard-become-navys-first-female-admiral/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:43:41 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31411 Monday was event for celebration as the United States Navy appointed Michelle Howard to the ranks of Admiral making her the first woman in US history to do so. Her also being a woman of color makes this even more of a cause to take note. Along with her new rank and four star shoulder […]

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Monday was event for celebration as the United States Navy appointed Michelle Howard to the ranks of Admiral making her the first woman in US history to do so. Her also being a woman of color makes this even more of a cause to take note.

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Along with her new rank and four star shoulder bars, Howard will also take on the post of Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the second highest position in the Navy.

Howard, no stranger to making history, was the first black woman to command a Navy ship.

Howard was promoted to her new rank during a ceremony held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Michelle Howard’s promotion to the rank of admiral is the result of a brilliant naval career, one I fully expect to continue when she assumes her new role as vice chief of naval operations,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “But also, it is an historic first, an event to be celebrated as she becomes the first female to achieve this position.

Howard was raised in Colorado, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, and has been breaking down barriers and busting through glass ceilings ever since.

Her earliest tours were aboard the USS Hunley and the USS Lexington. During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, she served as chief engineer aboard the USS Mount Hood. Howard served as executive officer of the USS Tortuga when the ship supported peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia. She made history as the first African-American woman to command a ship in 1999 (the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore) before going on to command Amphibious Squadron 7 and later Expeditionary Strike Group 2. [Source]

Congratulations to her and kudos to her example that dedication and hard work can remove barriers, just because a Black woman hasn’t done it before doesn’t mean it can’t be done when certain Black women ignore social limitations.

 

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This Brown Baby is Oxford Bound! 8 Year Old Makes University History http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/brown-baby-oxford-bound-8-year-old-makes-university-history/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/brown-baby-oxford-bound-8-year-old-makes-university-history/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:20:21 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31282 His name is Joshua Beckford and he’s ‘just a normal 8 year old’, according to his proud father. He asks a lot of curious questions and he can be difficult at times. He seems like any other little boy but for the fact that he’s been reading since age two, and speaks fluent Japanese. Oh, yeah, […]

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His name is Joshua Beckford and he’s ‘just a normal 8 year old’, according to his proud father. He asks a lot of curious questions and he can be difficult at times. He seems like any other little boy but for the fact that he’s been reading since age two, and speaks fluent Japanese.

Oh, yeah, Joshua  is also the youngest person to ever attend Oxford University.

Joshua learned to read fluently by the time he was two and a half and taught himself to touch-type on a computer before he could write using a pencil.

He can speak Japanese, practices medical surgery on a computer simulator and has completed more than 1,000 maths problems.

In 2011 Mr Daniel wanted to challenge Joshua so he wrote to the university to see if it would let him participate in a philosophy course for bright children between the age of eight and 13.

Joshua plans to go into neurosurgery though I am sure anything he does will lead to amazing things. His family recently learned of his being autistic (a side effect which contributes to his extremely high intelligence) and are in the process of obtaining the proper emotional and social reinforcement that young Joshua needs.

With his unique intellect and bright future I’m glad to see a family unit doing all that can be done to support their child’s development without losing sight of the needs of the child.

Congratulations to young future Dr. Beckford and clan.

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Are You Going to the NYC Loving Day Celebration or Nah? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/going-nyc-loving-day-celebration-nah/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/going-nyc-loving-day-celebration-nah/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:10:30 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31062 I’ll be attending the 11th annual Loving Day celebration in New York City this coming Saturday. I hope to see some our regular readers there since this would be the perfect opportunity to hang out in a place that you know, for sure, is supportive of interracial dating. In the event that you need someone […]

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I’ll be attending the 11th annual Loving Day celebration in New York City this coming Saturday. I hope to see some our regular readers there since this would be the perfect opportunity to hang out in a place that you know, for sure, is supportive of interracial dating.

In the event that you need someone to hold your hand, or whisper encouraging words in your ear, I’ll be around to lend a hand.

I’ve invited some folks along to hang out with me, and this is the second post on this site regarding the celebration. I gather those who are serious, and available will make their best effort to come out and be seen.

I’m still trying to determine what I’m wearing this weekend but keep an eye out for the girl with the huge kinky afro. You can also keep up with me via Foursquare or online via Twitter. Remember to RSVP by visiting FlavorPill and dress for the warm weather, it’s been raining here all week but so far it seems that Saturday will be a dry warm day.

Wondering what happened last year during the Annual Loving Day Celebration? Me, Chris and several of the beautiful ladies found ourselves in Manhattan with a video camera and here’s what had happened.

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Lavern Cox Graces the Cover of TIME Magazine: Speaks on Race, Gender and Violence http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/lavern-cox-snags-cover-time-magazine/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/lavern-cox-snags-cover-time-magazine/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:41:55 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=30795 There is no question that Lavern Cox is setting the world on fire. This African American beauty is one of the break away stars of Orange is the New Black and a staunch advocate of transgender issues and bullying. Some people may not think her message of acceptance and individuality does not apply to Black […]

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There is no question that Lavern Cox is setting the world on fire. This African American beauty is one of the break away stars of Orange is the New Black and a staunch advocate of transgender issues and bullying.

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Some people may not think her message of acceptance and individuality does not apply to Black women, but I challenge you to listen to her speak about what needs to be done to address the violence experienced by individuals based on class, culture and gender.

 

You can read more about her childhood, her perception of violence and her attempt at suicide caused by the shame she felt from her family and society due to her being different. She gives up an intelligent and insightful interview discussing body policing, violence against women of color, and what motivates people to fear diversity.

If you think a Black man is incapable of understanding the plights of Black women then you need to think again.

See more of Lavern Cox on Orange is the New Black Season 2 on Netflix starting June 6. Watch the trailer here.

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Dr. Phillygirl Pens a Book to Help Get You To “Doctor” http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/dr-phillygirl-now-author/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/dr-phillygirl-now-author/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 04:46:56 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=30688 Beyond Black and White would like to throw some shine on one or our own, Phillgirl, who not only recently successfully challenged her PhD dissertation but has also published a book to help others do the same. Karlin Burks is a perpetual student and is fully committed to the idea of life-long learning. She has […]

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Beyond Black and White would like to throw some shine on one or our own, Phillgirl, who not only recently successfully challenged her PhD dissertation but has also published a book to help others do the same.

Karlin Burks is a perpetual student and is fully committed to the idea of life-long learning. She has always dreamed of becoming a published author and has finally made that dream a reality. After successfully writing her dissertation, Dr. Burks used those same skills of being disciplined, passionate, and fearless to write her first book.

Karlin’s book, The Procrastinator’s Guide to Successfully Completing Your Dissertation: 10 SUCCESS Tips to get you to Doctor, is written for graduate students attempting to conquer the dissertation process. She truly believes in the notion of people striving for their ultimate dreams and is dedicated to writing books that uplift and inspire. Her life’s motto is “DREAM BIG” and she is doing so by fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a published author.

Dr. Karlin Burks

Her book is available on Amazon.

And check out her blog here
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“Belle” Opens Strong…Tells a True Story of a Beloved Mixed Race Aristocrat http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/belle-opens-strong-tells-true-story-beloved-mixed-race-aristocrat/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/belle-opens-strong-tells-true-story-beloved-mixed-race-aristocrat/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 04:00:52 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=30223 Sometimes when I watch old movies set in centuries past, I often wish I could have witnessed what it was like to live as an aristocrat, wearing fine clothes, sewing and drinking tea all day and going to fancy balls. But there’s always a snag–because there’s no way that I, as a black woman, would have been […]

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Sometimes when I watch old movies set in centuries past, I often wish I could have witnessed what it was like to live as an aristocrat, wearing fine clothes, sewing and drinking tea all day and going to fancy balls. But there’s always a snag–because there’s no way that I, as a black woman, would have been able to do all of those things. Perhaps being present to tend to the ladies that did, but never a participant.

That’s why the movie, Belle, is so intriguing to me. It tells a story of a half African, half European girl who wasn’t treated as a slave or something to scrap off the bottom of your shoe. She was loved and cherished by her family. A very uncommon occurrence indeed.

Belle is based on a true story, according to a story published in USA Today:

An elegantly rendered costume drama that opened Friday, Belle tells a true story only lately becoming better known in Britain and remarkable in its details: An illegitimate biracial child, Dido Elizabeth Belle, born to a British admiral and a former slave he loved, is brought up as an orphaned, beloved member of her father’s aristocratic family in 1770s Jane Austen-era England. She is so beloved she is painted as an equal with her white sister/cousin, in marked contrast to the usual subservient poses of black people in paintings of the era.

The movie shows how Dido’s close relationship with the great-uncle who raised her, William Murray, first Earl of Mansfield and the Lord Chief Justice of Britain, influences his rulings that later led to the end of slavery in the British Empire.

I find that last sentence quite moving. It displays how, when you HUMANIZE people, and those people live within your sphere, it becomes harder and harder to deny their personhood.

Indeed, Belle is the evidence of rules broken for love.

Beautiful.

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