100 Percent Of Seniors At Chicago School Admitted To College For 7th Year In A Row
These young men at Urban Prep Charter Academy are what black excellence looks like
Black Voices Associate Editor, The Huffington Post
For the seventh consecutive year, Urban Prep Charter Academy is keeping it one hundred.
Every senior at the predominantly black, all-boys charter school in Chicago
has committed to a four-year college or university.
At the school’s three campuses combined,
the class of 2016 has been admitted to more than 220 schools.
“It’s a great day,” Rudolph Long, who’s attending Hampton University,
told CBS Chicago on Urban Prep’s college signing day on Tuesday.
“I feel great. We all made it.
We all come from good environments so to see us all going to college is nice.”
Overall, the senior class has received more than 1,500 college admissions
and has been offered more than $15 million in scholarships and grants,
according to CBS Chicago. Founder and CEO of Urban Prep Tim King said
the students have been admitted to schools all over the country,
including Georgetown University, Yale University, Morehouse College,
among other schools. King tweeted a photo of some of the seniors at signing day.
Since 2010, every senior class has had 100 percent of their students admitted to college,
the school’s website says. The school’s motto is “We Believe,” which serves as a reminder
“that Urban Prep students will not fall into the trap of negative stereotypes and low expectations,”
the school’s website says.
“Every year, I’m just wowed by these young men, by what they are doing,” King told CBS Chicago.
“We started Urban Prep with the goal of moving the needle when it comes to black male achievement
and these guys proved to me, the city and the world every year,
that we did the right thing when we founded Urban Prep ten years ago.”
Bravo to these young men!
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- Thread: How to be a better Top?
The single-most common article I see when perusing LGBT sites, although few cater to the BLACK perspective exclusively, are articles that claim to instruct bottoms on how they can be better partners in life and the bedroom.
With headlines claiming that inside said article is all you need to know about being a bottom and you must read it in order to keep your man satisfied and various other heteronormative BS ideals we tend to internalize all too often as same gender loving folk yada yada yada.
What I notice is that much like with women the onus is always put on the bottom to perform right or lose. Fuck when we want, cook when we want what we want, spend their money on us, be like a homie but also be our bitch, don't be too masculine but don't be too feminine either. With constraints like those no wonder bottoms are confused about our needs as tops and often internalize a lower self value because they feel they can never measure up, a fact I believe we enjoy the benefits of as tops.
As long as we are in demand many of us feel that bottoms are replaceable even for the simplest of perceived flaws. Many often hop from one to another because the options are plenty and if you don't do exactly as we demand someone else will. It's a bit of a power trip in conjunction with something we all can be accused of at some point in our journeys, believing that the grass is greener on the other side.
With all that being said I've decided I'll start putting together articles addressing my brothers in "toptivity" in hopes that we can point the lens inward and start to do our part, work out some of our insecurities, and be better life and bedroom partners to the men we cherish.
I'd like this post to serve as a thread where tops and bottoms can post their ideals, how they view themselves at this moment and what they believe they can do to improve not only the kind of man they are but the kind of partner as well.
Don't worry verse bros you aren't left out! In fact I believe you all have a unique perspective to add to this conversation because of your duality. Please feel free to share as well!
Burn In Hell: A Black Mom examines this from a logical POV
I wish my mom's was like this after I thought I was gonna burn in hell for being an abomination.
I know @alton @Nick Delmacy @Cyrus-Brooks will appreciate this.
- Thread: Sexy Eye Candy
- Thread: Where White People Meet
Thanks for the 'Welcome' Nick Delmacy. I am sure I will learn to use the site comfortably before long. I an a VietNam era veteran, retired educator, Grandpa and I believe a good human being, I enjoy R & B and POP music the most but get something from all types of music. I'm not a vegetarian but like veggies more than meat. Enjoy sports watching especially B-ball and Football but not a die-hard fan of a particular team. I am quite political and and a die-hard Liberal Democrat. I am recently out of a relationship with a younger man that I thought was the real thing again. I was separated from my first partner in 2005 by i death We had 31 good years. Took me 10 years to re-emerge . Looking forward to chatting and sharing with the members here. Again, thanks for the welcome.
- Thread: Man Krush Everyday...
- Thread: OFFICIAL: IG Thirst Traps Thread
I've been with this family since the Discreet City days and it helped me figure out so many things about who I was at that time and ultimately the man I wanted to become. I don't always agree with Ocky or Nick but I always appreciate their ability to stand by their feelings even if they aren't the most PC. I'm proud to see what DC/CA has transformed into over the last couple of years and I'm elated to still be rocking with the best as things are only going to get better.
Location: Chicago (by way of the greatest place on earth and my hometown New Orleans, Louisiana)
Education: Xavier University (A.S. in Psychology), UCLA (B.S. in Finance & Account Management.) and Booth (Masters of Business Administration.)
A Bisexual Triacial Dude w/ Some Opinionated Nigga Tendencies.
Pro-Black - Anti-Bullshit
- Thread: Dating within the Squad
Im a lil surprised abt the fact that ur mentor was so dismissive of him. U been talkin to this dude for like, 2 weeks. Dont be 'gay' n treat that like 2 months! Just keep getting to know the guy if u like what youve seen so far.
As for the virginity, Ima join the choir n say that I dont think its a big deal in 2016. I rly dont think most grown men are running around pressed to bed a virgin. Point tho, is that ur virginity matters to u, so it is what it is.
Like I always tell u tho, dont sit around waiting for everything to be 'perfect' before u get out n live life.
- Thread: Older Dudes
- Thread: Relationship Goals
Im sorry, but I call BS on all this..."you get what you put out" shit. If that was the case then more than half the nikkaz on this site alone would be in phenomenal relationships, because this site is FULL of good looking, intelligent, level headed dudes that Im sure are well aware of what it is they want in another person. We say this "oh...you have to put that energy out there and it'll come to you Huney" (I dont know why I did that in a gay voice LOL) nonsense because it sounds good and it's reassuring, but the reality is the better majority of muh'fukaz str8 and gay (and women too) ain't shit. The culture promotes "Ain't Shit-ness". Any genuinely good dude with half a common sense that can spot bullshit from a mile away will most likely be single because out of 10 dudes (or chicks), 7 ain't shit, 1 is in a relationship, and one is over the bullshit and don't bother anymore. That just leaves the needle in the haystack. LOL.
And @SB3 You an't shit fo keep putting me in basket weaving activities. Ain't been on here in fi'ty 'leven years and now you wanna jump back in and "shade" me. Chyle, Cheese LMAO
I'm weird because I NEVER had any interest in dating and all that until I got older....True I got horny, but that was about it...I was totally focused on my career goals after high school through my 20s.
It wasn't until I hit about 28 that I had the "missing out" feelings that most of you are describing....mostly from the perspective of not even having a gay friend at the time, 100% of my friends were straight and didn't know about me (or knew/suspected but didn't say anything).
So I jumped on the sites like Adam 4 Adam to find both platonic friends and dates. That's how I met Ocky, as friends only. The dates, I was more successful meeting them in person and on chat lines (which were slowly fading away by 2009 but still had some dope guys on there).
Anyway, like so many others, the dating shit that teenagers and college kids went through is what I started to deal with for the first time at almost 30 years old. I naively thought that grown gay men would not have time or interest in playing games and wasting time, boy was I wrong.
But one thing I realized when meeting and dating dudes who started dating in their teens and early 20s is that, years later, their asses were just as single as me...On top of that, they had been through countless short-term relationships that either damaged them or made them cynical about dating altogether.
So coming out and dating in high school and college like so many straight friends is not always the fantasy romance life that we envision.
- Thread: Dating within the Squad
As much as I hear people complain about not finding a good man, I would think that no squad member would want to shut the door on a potential great man that they may meet here. Besides that, it could be me, but I kinda thought this site attracted a caliber of individuals that wouldn't denigrate themselves or others in a public forum. Nevertheless, we are human, so I can't put evil past anyone. Lol. But I'd rather date guys here than Jack'd or any of those other sites.
- Thread: CA Coming Out Party!
Coming out be hard in Jamaica dude, well for masculine dudes at least. That context coupled with my particular situation makes coming out still that much harder. I am out to some people and not to others. I came out "ish" last year when my girlfriend at the time found some "questionable" texts between me and a gym buddy. This is after she suspected me and my best friend of being in a side relationship... that's another story, some Frank Ocean shit. After that and many a confrontation later I told her I am "bi" the relationship continued after that for a bit, but it didn't last, we are still cool today though. After that my best friend started to look my ex girl behind my back and even went as far as telling her some of my business ... but that's another story.
As for the complication, You have to understand that Jamaica has a harsh relationship with gay people, as It hinges on deep christian values. Although most young people dont practice what they preach, when push comes to shove they jump on the bandwagon. and I have heard though not seen many mob beatings and killings that have occurred, in fact my friend at one time had to fight off a mob and run to a police station to avoid being well ........ In this context my "Family" Exist as a popular figure. My Aunt is the head of the Legal profession , My uncle is the head of the churches of Jamaica and my Dad is a famous lawyer and represents the churches of Jamaica in their bid to keep the Buggery law legal in the island. The buggery law, criminalizes any form of anal intercourse. Though to be fair my dad is pretty liberal, he is cool with a number of things, for one he believes the personal lives of his children, me and my 4 other sisters, are our personal business. and though we have different mothers, except two, we were grown as a super close family.
That being said the break up with my girl friend of 4 years and finding out that I had 2 extra brothers, one 16 and the other 1yr, that were basically hidden from us (fucked up my medz) . So push came to shove and I had to tell someone, too much shit going onn , eventually I told my other good friend, who for the most part, having harsh views against gay people, stood by me, for the he has changed, through me I guess (similar to that cypher post about the short movie about homophobes) . He helped me come out to the rest of my bredrin (friends) who all didnt really give a fuck. I told my mom 6 months latr, who after a mini freak out just avoids the topic. I still havent told my dad for obvious reasons. Although he found out that my sis has a girlfriend, a son who is gay is a whole different animal down here.
This was pretty long, but its the condensed version of what happened. sorry for any grammatical errors, English and I have a troubled relationship.
- Thread: What's Your Type (Post a Pic)
I'm sorry but he is starting to sound like a jilted lover who can't get over the fact that someone, who once cared for him, doesn't want to be with him anymore. As a professional, it's never a good luck to engage a blogger/journalist regarding their review of your work. At least to the extent that Lamont is engaging Cypher Avenue. Like a jilted lover, he took the breakup with Cypher Avenue personally when he didn't have to.
Last, despite his attempts to minimize the influence of Cypher Avenue in the LGBT blogosphere, he is demonstrating the vast impact and reach of the articles and reviews written on the site. Based on his overreaction to the reviews(seeking legal counsel), it is clear to me that the reviews had an adverse impact on his business or bottom line. He likes to think his supporters aren't checking for Cypher Avenue but it looks as if many of them read the reviews and believed them, thus overshadowing the public relations spin he put out for his own work. It hit dog does holler and Lamont is demonstrating that he has taken a few serious blows to his ego and his professional reputation.
I may not agree with every article or review written on Cypher Avenue, but i'm proud of the founders for pushing back on these attempts to regulate free thought and opinion on the internet. And if Lamont wants to encourage his supporters to donate to Cypher Avenue instead of donating to his own professional endeavors, then that shows his lack of intelligence. I'm sure he can use the money.
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