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  • Comments Off on Sage’s Rage: Not quite SATC part II

even though we have had a sex and the city movie or two, most women i know are really missing the fab four! so imagine how excited i was to hear about the new vh1 series ‘single ladies’…

the show follows three female friends in atlanta, georgia and their dating/marriage dramas. i knew that it couldn’t possibly be another SATC chapter in history but i was hoping for the best.

last night i watched the two hour movie which is a preview of the season.   there were twists and turns, but just too many for a girl to follow in one sitting!  i’m not sure why they chose to put so much into one show and i don’t want to imagine a season filled with that much craziness.  tv these days is mostly a hit and miss situation but i really hoped they would do a little better. 

yes, some spice is nice but does it have to get that hot?  there were sex scenes every 30 seconds i could barely keep up with the story line.   all the ladies were dressed in tightly clad clothes, dressed to the 9s and drippin in jewels.   i understand the lead player is a fashion mogul but this was over the top.   very little good judgement was used by the women and there wasn’t much dept to their characters at all. it was just flat and mostly trash…

i’m yearning for a show that will portray stories that connect

i’m waiting for a show that reflect the lives of real women

i’m beggin for a show that displays the challenges that we face not just in our sex lives but with our families, work, and the growing pains of life.  

maybe next week ‘single ladies’ will get better, but i’m not holding my breath…

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  • Comments Off on Hot off the Press:Pre-Engineering Summer Program for High School Students at John’s Hopkins

This is a great opportunity for young scientists.

Please direct questions to Cecelia Wright Brown. D.Eng., or 410-837-5004.

The Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation Program, for high school students, will take place at the Univ. of Baltimore campus from July 5-July 29, 2011, 9am-3pm. This is a commuter program (lodging and transportation are not provided).

The Program is an all expense paid program for students who can establish financial need. The students will engage in hands on activities in engineering and science.

Applicants should have taken the PSAT and/or Algebra II.

Additional information is provided at website:

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Last week I was standing in awe of the crowd while serving as a facilitator of a meeting of national thought leaders at the Ford Foundation. Many powerhouses in the room where big dogs in government, research and the foundation world.  Part of me was wondering now did ‘I’ get invited to this? But after shaking off the negative thoughts, I accepted that it was meant for me…

We were all there to talk about one thing and one thing only and that was gender. By the end of the meeting it became clear we had a problem.  Many of us couldn’t speak clearly about what we meant.

Gender is such a loaded term sometimes more rousing than the word race. Many people think about gender and envision the feminist movement or LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) with a heavy emphasis on T (transgendered). But what we mean is to keep it simple. We were talking about plain ol’ G;  as in male and female.

Whether we like to admit it or not everyone of us has a definition of what it means to be a boy or girl. Even in the US where we applaud ourselves for equal rights. Boys still have to ‘man up’; show strength and power to get respect. We still tell our baby girls how beautiful they are as a sign of our love. Its just what we do…

But decades of research, including many years of my own work, has shown this gender thing matters. It makes a difference in how people feel about themselves, how much they strive to achieve in school, how often they get teased\bullied and it has a huge impact in how we relate to one another.

My work with girls and young women has taught me just how much youth need our guidance in this area. They don’t know what and who to believe about what it means to be a woman. Should they follow what they see on TV and the internet (pls NO)? Do they model after their moms (perhaps)? Who do they turn to about how they feel inside about being ‘girlie’? 

What I learned at the meeting is that many adults are just straight confused. Since there’s so much at stake for our kids its time we grown ups started working on figuring it out. I challenge you to be a part of the solution. Spend more time with your daughters, nieces and grandchildren, share conversations with your girlfriends and best buddies, have honest talks with the men in your lives.  Begin to recognize that gender is an important and amazing part of who we are as women (and men) and there’s no need to keep in silence about it…

celebrate being a girl!

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  • Comments Off on Sage’s Rage: Fierce and Female

This past thursday I experienced an emotional roller coaster while watching a preview of the documentary film, Freedom Riders.  Organized by African American Women in Cinema, the event included a screening, Q & A with the producer, Laurens Grant, and delicious reception.

Freedom Riders follows hundreds of brave souls who traveled through the South in the Spring of 1961 to protest segregation practices on interstate buses.   The goal was to have an inter-racial group of people sit in ‘whites only’ areas of bus stations. It all seems so unimaginable given the ease with which we travel today.  However, none of it would be possible for African Americans without the freedom riders.

I learned so much listening to the producer talk about how challenging it was to get footage for the film because the rides were in the early part of the civil rights movement before we knew how impactful those events would be.  Therefore many US networks trashed interviews, photos and shots they had of the rides. She ended up traveling all over the world to places like Japan and France to get whatever images she could find.  She even petitioned the FBI for their film to help bring to life this amazing story. Now that’s fierce!

I had no idea the magnitude of hatred, pain, and trepidation the riders had to go through. I was also struck by the bravery of the women involved; many of whom held major leadership roles in the rider movement.  Women like, Diane Nash, who served as the head coordinator of the rides. Raised in in Chicago, Ms. Nash attended Howard University before transferring to  Fisk University in the fall of 1959. She was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was elected coordinator of the Nashville rides. Ms. Nash had to juggle all those bus itineraries making sure every person was on time and accounted for while dealing with bomb threats, pressure from the FBI and many naysayers.  And remember this was done without the comforts of cell phones, txt or skype to get the word out to her team. Double fierce!
As we now know after a long and tough fight, the freedom riders prevailed and for that all of America won! But what you may have missed is the personal and human part of both sides of the story which Freedom Riders captures so vividly. See what you never knew about this monumental moment in American history by watching Freedom Riders starting Monday May 16th 9est\8c on PBS.
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  • Comments Off on Hot off the Press: Education Job Opportunity with Posse Foundation

I was forwarded this job annoncement and thought it would be  great opportunity for my blog followers.  The Posse Foundation, a national education leadership non-profit, is opening an office in New Orleans. Four positions are open – Director, Program Director, Trainer and Program Coordinator. Deadline for submission is May 24th. Basic information can be found below.  The Posse Foundation does amazing work for high school and college students.  Please respond to the contact listed below since I am not affiliated with the program.

The Posse Foundation is a nationally recognized youth leadership development and college access program that identifies, recruits, and trains diverse teams – posses – of public high school students and sends them to top colleges and universities. To date, a total of 3,638 Posse Scholars have been accepted into top-tier institutions of higher education throughout the country. These young people have received $402 million in full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s college and university partners and have been agents of positive change on their campuses. Posse’s unique and carefully structured, three-month selection process identifies candidates using criteria beyond academic achievement, including leadership talent, desire to succeed and ability to work constructively with people from diverse backgrounds. Posse’s high school through college programming makes it one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation. Most recently The Posse Foundation was identified by President Obama as one of 10 national non-profit organizations to receive a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize grant. The foundation is poised to double in size over the next ten years and dramatically increase its national impact.
Posse’s 2011 budget of $12.8 million supports programs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C. Posse has a staff of 110 nationally. There is a national board of directors, as well as advisory boards in each city.

The primary responsibilities of the Director are to represent the youth focused mission of the program, raise the annual site budget, manage the financial operations of the site, maintain strong university partner relationships, work closely with a local advisory board, and to recruit and manage a team that ensures the coordination of all program operations. Posse New Orleans is a start-up site. The Director must be ready to oversee an expanding program – which will grow to accommodate a growing staff, more students and up to six university partners. The Director must be highly motivated, organized, enthusiastic, willing to travel, a great communicator, hard working, and a strong role model. The Director reports to a Regional Vice President.

Program Director
The primary responsibilities of the Program Director in New Orleans are to oversee and manage the Posse program for up to six (6) university partners; manage a staff of up to four (4) trainers and one program coordinator; oversee and coordinate all program operations for his/her team. These include: maintaining a network of school and community based organizations; overseeing the pre-collegiate training program; overseeing the on-campus program; communicating and working closely with the career program; organizing and attending summer and on-campus retreats; scheduling program activities; and maintaining relationships with university partner administrators and staff. The Program Director will also oversee student academic performance and retention and provide regular reports about program outcomes. S/he will also insure trainer development and effectiveness. The Program Director will work closely with the Director of the site to insure that his/her program is operating in the most effective way possible. The Program Director will support the Director of the site in maintaining university relations with his/her assigned university partners through campus visits and regular communication. The Program Director must be detail-oriented, highly organized, enthusiastic, a great communicator, hard working, and a strong role model. The Program Director reports directly to Director of the site. (Please visit for a more detailed breakdown of the role.

The role of the Posse trainer is to help recruit, train, support, encourage and maintain contact with Posse Scholars. The Posse trainer works with Scholars beginning in their senior year of high school and continuing to their graduation from the partner college or university. The Posse trainer works with Scholars both on an individual basis and in groups. The Posse Trainer reports to the Program Director of Posse New York and will work in close collaboration with a partner Trainer. Please visit for a more detailed breakdown of the role.
Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator acts as a project organizer. S/he is a main support to the Program Director and supports the entire program team. S/he directly supports the dynamic assessment process/recruitment, pre-collegiate training, and the career and campus programs. S/he maintains the student database and networks, organizes volunteers, plans special events, maintains other critical databases and files, keeps calendars and schedules, makes travel plans, coordinates major mailings, and manages phone calls. The Program Coordinator is responsible for organizing and managing special project logistics including the awards ceremony, pre-collegiate writing program, the summer Posse Olympics, and retreats. S/he reports to the Program Director. Please visit for a more detailed breakdown of the role.

Cover letter:
In your cover letter, please share in detail how Posse’s mission and goals intersect with your previous work experience. In addition, please share your thoughts on the importance of diversity within a higher educational setting.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Please send résumé and cover letter via e-mail to:
No Phone Calls Please.
Deadline for submission of application is May 24, 2011.

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