This is a two-part college basketball question: (1) Before all the action begins, I would like you to pick 2 of the 4 teams that you believe will be in the Final Four this year. Each region of the country has a few strong contenders. (2) I know that I am in the minority on the following, but hey, I will say it anyway; "I think this is March Sadness for African-American college basketball players, because this time of year is the apex of their exploitation!" There I said, but anyway, is this "March Madness, March Sadness or March Badness" time for college basketball? It is okay to disagree with me on either or both of these. I would just like to know your takes on these 2 quick questions. Thanks.
Think about a friend or relative who passed recently or in the last year or two or who just moved far away (or is very ill), did you get a chance to tell that person that you loved him or her? Or did you miss that chance? I hope you did not miss that chance. Please don't miss this or the next chance.
Roanoke is not New York or Los Angeles, two cities that I have also lived, or Chicago, a city I became very familiar with when I was a graduate student in Illinois, but Roanoke still has a certain charm that makes it special. Is it a hick town, a country town or a big city? I give it a thumbs up, which is why I am doing my best to bring the following university to the Valley:
Wishing all our friends and family much continued success now that they have earned their high school and college degrees in 2013. The journey is not over, but it must feel good today!
Ethel (Ellie) Hylton (pictured left) -- Top graduating student at the top university in the world. Ellie graduated from Harvard in May, and won the prize for the graduating Harvard senior with the highest grade point average (GPA). She also graduated summa cum laude, Phi Betta Kappa, and won two important college prizes for her senior thesis. Ellie's parents, Keith N. Hylton and Maria O'Brien Hylton, both law professors at Boston University, are also Harvard graduates. Ellie is also the niece of Soledad O'Brien, a Harvard graduate and CNN news personality.
I am compiling a list of relatives (living and deceased) on both sides of my family (Hilton/Hylton/Helton, Paige, Reynolds, Richardson) with earned doctorates (e.g. PhD, Ed.D., J.D., D.O., M.D., ThD, D.D.S., O.D., D.C., Pharm.D.). There are others, but all are considered terminal degrees; the highest degree a person can earn in his/her disciple -- education, medicine, law, religion, etc. I want our youth to see how high they can rise! I also want them to view us as resources. Please send the name(s) of any “doctor” relatives to our family website's blog page (http://roanokerelatives.weebly.com/qa-blog.html). http://roanokerelatives.weebly.com/qa-blog.html. Also, if you are currently a student pursuing a terminal (doctoral) degree, let us know.
If you would like to see who some of these relatives are, please click here.
Roanoke, Virginia is often called the "Star City". Who are famous African-Americans (past and present) with roots in the Valley? The first ones that come to mind for me (KOH) are Booker T. Washington (from Franklin County - legendary world leader), Oliver Hill (Roanoke - late civil rights attorney), Oscar Micheaux (Harlem Renaissance filmmaker), Charles "Big Dog" Thornhill (Roanoke - '60s college football) and Al Holland (Roanoke - major league baseball), but there must be many others before them and since from all throughout the Valley (including the surrounding counties) - and from all professions. We would like to post this so that the world will see our stars! This will be compiled, updated regularly and listed at: http://roanokerelatives.weebly.com/roanoke.html. This list is of all African-Americans from the Valley, not just relatives.
In 2012 would you personally want to attend a college that has less than 20 African-American freshmen?
In 2012 there are thousands of colleges and universities to choose from, and most of those colleges offer fields of study (majors and minors) that should make you employable. With that said, would you personally want to attend a college or university in 2012 that has less than 20 African-American freshmen (freshpersons)? The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California needs to now demonstrate a better result, but it is not alone unfortunately.
Did you know that African-Americans are perhaps the nation’s largest or second largest ethnic group, surpassing the other six largest ethnic groups; English-Americans, Irish-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Italian-Americans, Cuban-Americans and German-Americans?
Are you a graduate of an HBCU (historically black college or university)? Any immediate family members graduates of an HBCU? Which schools? Which relatives? How was the experience?
Feel free to leave comments (even corrections) on any of these posts (old and current ones) at any time.