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There are so many amazing women and girls who are doing great things. So each month, I’m giving props to ladies who are making it happen. This month our queen is Dr. Beverlee Bruce, an Anthropologist and human rights activist.   Read about her work helping women and children refugees…dr. bruce 10-23

Dr. Beverlee Bruce received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. She received her BA in English from California State University-Los Angeles and an AA in Drama from Los Angeles City College.

Dr. Beverlee Bruce was a social anthropologist, development specialist and educator. She had served as the Program Director at the Social Science Research Council with the Mellon Minority Fellowship Program where I worked for her over four years as a consultant evaluator of the program’s summer conference.    She always had the coolest books in her office and had read each one.  She was always thirsty for knowledge; particularly when it came to appreciation of other cultures.

Over her career, Dr. Bruce was the U.S. Peace Corps Director and Chief Technical Advisor for the United Nations Self-Help Village Development Project in Liberia.  Dr.  Beverlee Bruce also mentored and trained students at the Universities she taught including, Columbia, the City University of New York, Temple, Harvard, Northeastern and Howard Universities, as well as at the Universities of Massachusetts/Boston, California/Los Angeles, the University of Liberia/Monrovia and at Marymount Manhattan and Wellesley Colleges.

She lived and traveled to many countries including visits multiple times a year to her ‘second’ home in Liberia.   Dr. Bruce was an activist, fighting for the voices of women and children who were victims of war and conflict.    Dr. Bruce was on the board of the Women’s Refugee Commission in 1991 and was chair from 1995 to 1999. She participated in many organizational delegations to assess the needs of refugee and displaced women and children and led the Women’s Commission delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995.


Dr.  Bruce provided mentorship and a matter of fact approach to problem solving that I will always be grateful for.  Her favorite term, ‘what to do’ is a mantra I try now to live by.  Her advice to girls and young women would be that there is so much in life we have no control over so there is no point in doing anything except letting go.   Thank you Dr. Bruce for your love, activism and dedication.


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I’m writing this poem about hip hop because I’m planning a conference for next week about the role of hip hop in promoting positive outcomes among urban youth.   It’s really got me thinking…

betta recognize by sage

lil’ Hop thinks he’s so

Hip to the rules

there’s no need to be schooled

that he’s got to do something more

than wish on a star and bling

that player’s gotta get more game cause

he’d rather take a time-out

than struggle

a nigga who prefers to shuffle

than fight

off the darkness of doubt

masking the true nature of his heart

she’d rather be that chick or trick

than pull dreams out of her own hat

won’t cover her ass

to remove the nightmare of sleepwalking through life

 fame ain’t served on a platter engraved in gold chains that hold you back from

keepin it real


facing the fact


you don’t know jack…

If you’re inspired come check out the conference and spread the word…

St. John’s University presents
Empowering Communities through Hip hOp Summitecho logo
Come and join our discussion w/
Celebrity DJ and founder of Black Girls Rock Inc., DJ Beverly Bond,
Rapper & Grammy Award Writer of ‘Jesus Walks’ Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith,
Author & BET Copy Editor Thembisa Mshaka, Ralph McDaniels aka Uncle Ralph from Video Music Box
Hip Hop Association founder Martha Diaz, and others…
St. John’s University Manhattan Campus Auditorium
101 Murray Street, New York, NY
Thursday October 22nd, 2009
Please RSVP at  
Lunch will be provided
Afternoon workshop sessions with youth educators and psychologists
CE credits available to psychologists
Event sponsored by:
T-Mobile and Sprite Green

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i used to love watching the musical oliver as a child. the pull yourself up from your bootstraps story seemed just magical. but in reality there’s nothing fairytale about being poor. so there i sat in the theatre last night completely speechless. anyone that knows me and is reading this is in disbelief because i’m known for having full blown outbursts at the tv screen. i couldn’t find words for what i saw.

watching the latest documentary by michael moore was almost an out capitalism 10-09of  body experience. capitalism: a love story is masterful, funny and heart wrenching. you already know most of what he is telling. sadly because most of us are living it and that truth is hard to swallow. my stomach is still turning thinking about the ‘dead peasant’ clause. if you don’t know what i’m talking about you need to see the movie. the message is clear.

we can keep on focusing on the bottom line, $, and fame at the expense of people, common values, and love & we end up like rome. or we become change agents and do something different. my plea is that we as women step up to the plate and exercise our power. we have a unique perspective and energy. we have been blessed with the gift of knowing how to care for others. that’s what the Country and World needs right now. let’s get out there, lead and create a ‘love story’ of our own…

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swine flu picture 10-4-09I’ve been out of commission this past week. I had the sniffles.   Yukkie coughing and sneezing!  I washed my hands a thousand times and drank lots of orange juice.  I made sure to use plenty of tissues and when I needed to cough or sneeze  I did so into the crease of my arm (not hands) so the chances of infecting others were lower…

I have to admit I was worried it might be swine flu.  I really didn’t know what it was. Do you?  Get the facts. Check out…

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