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Baylor Lady Bears & Rutgers’ Women Invited To The Big Dance

Here are the first round matchups on the NCAA women’s basketball bracket 2010

Dayton Region

1 Connecticut vs 16 Southern
8 Temple vs 9 James Madison
5 Virginia vs 12 Green Bay
4 Iowa State vs 13 Lehigh
6 St. John’s vs 11 Princeton
3 Florida State vs 14 Louisiana Tech
7 Mississippi State vs 10 Middle Tennessee State
2 Ohio State vs St. Francis (PA)

Memphis Region

1 Tennessee vs 16 Austin Peay
8 Dayton vs 9 TCU
5 Georgetown vs 12 Marist
4 Baylor vs 13 Fresno State
6 Texas vs 11 San Diego State
3 West Virginia vs 14 Lamar
7 LSU vs 10 Hartford
2 Duke vs 15 Hampton

Sacramento Region

1 Stanford vs 16 UC Riverside
8 Iowa vs 9 Rutgers
5 Georgia vs 12 Tulane
4 Oklahoma State vs 13 Chattanooga
6 Vanderbilt vs 11 DePaul
3 Xavier vs 14 East Tennessee State
7 Gonzaga vs 10 North Carolina
2 Texas A&M vs 15 Portland State

Kansas City Region

1 Nebraska vs 16 Northern Iowa
8 UCLA vs 9 N.C. State
5 Michigan State vs 12 Bowling Green
4 Kentucky vs 13 Liberty
6 Georgia Tech vs 11 Arkansas-Little Rock
3 Oklahoma vs 14 South Dakota State
7 Wisconsin vs 10 Vermont
2 Notre Dame vs 15 Cleveland State

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    Blacks & Hispanics Targeted For Subprime Loans

    Harvard law professor and Congressional Oversight Panel member, Elizabeth Warren stated during an interview on Roland Martin’s Washington Watch that sub-prime loans has created a potential social upheaval in communities of color.

    The high-cost loans by Big Bank Lenders such as Bank of America, Citibank, Indymac/OneWest, JP Morgan Chase, US Bank, and Wells Fargo, and their affiliates concentrated in neighborhoods of color. These lenders made 70% of all of their high-cost loans in neighborhoods predominantly of color. They forced the highcost loans on unsuspecting people who qualified for prime loans.

    The high cost sub-prime loans, set conditions that allowed for a high concentration of foreclosures in communities of color.

    Because people of color accumulate wealth through home ownership, 50% of wealth in these neighborhoods have been taken away.

    Further, when it came time for the recovery that was supposed to take place, communities of color got shut out again because banks refused to cooperate to modify loans or restructure mortgages to help families stay in their homes.

    Take a look at the clip above to see the interview.

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      People Get Ready For Michael Baisden’s One Million Mentors Tour


      Inspired by the senseless beating death of Derrion Albert in hometown of Chicago’s south side, radio personality Michael Baisden has embarked on a 70 cities tour entitled the 1 Million Mentors.

      In each city the charismatic radio host of the syndicated Michael Baisden radio show hopes to encouraged people especially African American males to get involved locally in a mentoring program by either becoming a mentor or donating money to local mentoring organizations. Through his foundation he is donating $5,000 to a program located in each city he visits.

      Mr Baisden who is also a best selling author rose to fame with his unshakable leadership and national support of the Jena 6

      Febone1960.net was invited to observe the tour which is sponsored by the 2010 U.S. Censors.

      The statistics cited by Big Brothers Big Sisters one of the partners with Baisden’s mentoring initiative was shocking. The following statistics are for one city only. Serving over 2100 kids last year (56% African American, 15% Hispanics), the Hillsborough County, Florida organization has a waiting list of over 800 kids. Seventy percent of that 800 consist of males (42% African American; 24% African American females; 8% Hispanic boys and 4% Hispanic girls). Only five percent of Big Brothers in that locale are African Americans. Although its a little better, African American women in Hillsborough county are not stepping up to the plate either. Only fifteen percent of Big Sisters are African Americans.

      On the Hispanic side, the numbers for Hispanic Big Brothers and Sisters are 4% and 6% respectively.

      100 of these kids avoided involvement with juvenile justice, 91% improved their school behavior, 96% improved their school attendance, and 98% were promoted to the next grade level.

      Because it cost $1000 per year per match, the matching process is a long one which make the kids safety a top priority. Each mentor must undergo a serious background check which includes exploring whether a criminal background exist with the potential big brother or big sister. Consistency is also a major factor in the selection and matching process.

      At this particular meeting, a High School teen spoke of scoring high on her SAT as she looked forward to attending College. A year ago, she did not see much promise in her life and attempted to end. She spoke to how a mentor at the Academy Of Hope helped her realize that she was somebody special and her life was worth living.

      Too bad and so sad that Nadia Brianne Matthews a softball superstar was not come to the same conclusion. Matthews who as sophomore already had a full college scholarship to attend sports power house Arizona took her own life after an uneventful softball practice.

      Unlike the Academy of Hope teen, Matthews lived in a middle class neighborhood with two caring and attentive parents.

      Both of these young ladies reminds me of the Febone1960.net Conversations With Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, Malcolm X, oldest daughter. During that conversation, Ms Shabazz indicated that all kids are at risk.

      Not only is a mind a terrible thing to waste, but a life loss to suicide is also a terrible thing to waste.

      Our children are at risk and we need to step up to the plate to save them by supporting Baisden’s mentoring initiative.

      Take a look at the clip above for highlights of the Baisden tour which includes donations made to the mentoring cause.

      For more information about 1 Million Mentors Tour or how you can get involved please go to MichaelBaisden.com

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        Mo’Nique Black and Proud

        Much has been said about Mo’Nique and her so called attitude during awards season. The woman who swept awards season appears to be targeted for the no apparent reason. I especially don’t understand the fascination with the fact that she does not shave her legs. Lots of black women don’t shave their legs, and like Sidney Hicks, lots of brothers who are not in the peterphil (men who seem to want their mates to have a body resembling children) look find it sexy.

        In her interview with Barbara Walters, Mo’Nique provides a very sensible explanation to the hair shaving bit. She also puts into context her definition of an open marriage.

        Academy award winner Mo’Nique has returned to her gig as the Queen of Night Talk Show at BET. I salute this sister for not only returning to BET but also giving exclusive Oscar weekend exposure to Ebony/Jet instead of People Magazine.

        Mo’Nique sets an example to us all that we are not second class citizens and we should stop treating ourselves and other Blacks like second class citizens. So give yourself a big hug take the shackles off by learning your history, and be black and proud.

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          5 Minutes of Grace: Burnt Biscuits




          My very good friend Ed Smith, Artistic Director of the Jubilee Theater in Fort Worth, Texas sent this to me in an email. It had been forwarded to him. I consider myself very special for having received it. Hope you will too.

          BURNT BISCUITS Author Unknown

          When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for supper every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
          All my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.

          I don’t remember what I told him but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

          When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.

          I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work and she’s really tired and besides, a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!”

          You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences – is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

          And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal breaker!

          We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

          “Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket, keep it in your own.” So Please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine.!.!.!

          Until next time, this is Edna Jane Lorey.

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            Posted 4 years, 7 months ago at 9:59 am. Add a comment