Friday, October 17, 2014

BOBBEE BEE VS. JASON: Raeding Si Fundermtil


This Friday, Bobbee Bee celebrates (JASON)
J. uly A. ugust S.eptember O.ctober N. ovember by slashing the price of his books. You can get all three books, which include the "classic" In the Mind of Bobee Bee," Larry Longs Legs and A SAD DAY JOSE for only $50

So if your child is having problems reading DON'T CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN with TRICK OR TREAT candy. Put some books in his or her GOODIE bag! Get our 3 book series "In the Mind of Bobbee Bee and improve your child's reading skills and attitude.

JASON can you read the following?

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghitt pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlhoe.
Amzanig huh?

This is why Bobbee Bee's literacy program as well as his series of children's books are so important.

Although most children learn to read, there are a significant number of children who do not read as welll as they must to function in a society that has increasing demands for literacy. Only about 70 percent of students earn their high school diplomas.

Among minority students, only 57.8 percent of Hispanic, 53.4 percent of African American and 49.3 percent of American Indian and Alaska native students in the U.S. graduate with a regular diploma, compared to 76.2 percent of white students and 80.2 percent of Asian Americans.High school students ability to read complex texts is strongly predictive of their performance in college math and science courses. At the nation's four-years colleges, nearly 8 percent of all entering students are required to take at least one remedial reading course. Only about one-third of such students are likely to graduate within eight years.

Poor readers are also more likely to be unemployed or in prison. Fifty-five percent of below-basic readers are unemployed, compared to only 22 percent of proficient readers. Within the prison population, 56 percent of adult prisoners read at or below the basic level, compared to only three percent who read at the proficient level.

To get all the books in the series of In the Mind of Bobbee Bee send money orders $50 money order to PO BOX 172 Magnolia, North Carolina 28453 or e-mail us at lbiass34@yahoo.com


Bobbee Bee Helped Jason Learn to Read in J.uly A. ugust S.eptember O. ctober and N.ovember.
If you have any questions, send them to lbiass34@yahoo.com 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOBBEE BEE: “The Role and Influence of Environmental and Cultural Factors on the Academic Performance of African American Males"

" 76% of black boys in the Baltimore public schools never make it to high school graduation"

By Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University

In many school districts throughout the United States, Black males are more likely than any other group to be
suspended and expelled from school. From 1973 to 1977 there was a steady increase in African-American enrollment in college.

However, since 1977 there has been a sharp and continuous decline, especially among males.

Black males are more likely to be classified as mentally retarded or suffering from a learning disability and placed in special education and more likely to be absent from advanced placement and honors courses.

In contrast to other groups where males commonly perform at
higher levels in math and science related courses, the reverse is true for Black males.

Even class privilege and the material benefits that accompany it fail to inoculate Black males from low academic performance.

When compared to their White peers, middleclass African American males lag significantly behind in both grade point average and on standardized tests. It is not surprising that there is a connection between the educational performance of African American males and the hardships they endure within the larger society.

In fact, it would be more surprising if Black males were doing well academically in spite of the broad array of difficulties that confront them.
Scholars and researchers commonly understand that environmental and cultural factors have a profound influence upon human behavior, including academic performance.

What is less understood is how environmenta
l and cultural forces influence the way in which Black males come to perceive schooling and how those perceptions influence their behavior and performance in school.



There is considerable evidence that the ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds of students have bearing upon how students are perceived and treated by the adults who work with them within schools.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOBBEE BEE LOVES TO READ

Early childhood is the most critical and vulnerable time in any child's development. Research has demonstrated that in the first few years, the ingredients for intellectual, emotional, and moral growth are laid down.

If they are not, it is true that a developing child can still aquire them, but the price rises and the chances of success decrease with each subsequent years. We can't fail our children in these early years.

That's why we developed a series of children's books with the help of our cartoon character "BoBBEE BEE" to improve our children's attitudes at home and in the public school system, because................

"..holding a child in your lap while reading a story is crucial to their learning and emotional development. Reading does not only strengths the relationship between parent and child but literally helps your child brain grow.

Unfortunately, too many children still miss, this early stimulation, because only half of all infants and toddlers in our country are routinely read to by their parents.

I've meet parents who thought that they couldn't read well enough themselves to read to a child.


We must help parents understand that, no matter their educational level or reading ability, they can still stimulate their children's cognitive and emotional development by talking to and reading to them, even if they stumble over a few words here and there" statement by Senator Hilitary Clinton.

 

Thursday, October 09, 2014

BOBBEE BEE: The 10 Point Plan of the Black Panther Party



1. WE WANT FREEDOM. WE WANT POWER TO DETERMINE THE DESTINY OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES.
We believe that Black and oppressed people will not be free until we are able to determine our destinies in our own communities ourselves, by fully controlling all the institutions which exist in our communities.


2. WE WANT FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE.


We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every person employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the American businessmen will not give full employment, then the technology and means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.


3. WE WANT AN END TO THE ROBBERY BY THE CAPITALISTS OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES.

We believe that this racist government has robbed us, and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules were promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of Black people. We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The Germans are now aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people. The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of over fifty million Black people; therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make.






















4. WE WANT DECENT HOUSING, FIT FOR THE SHELTER OF HUMAN BEINGS.

We believe that if the landlords will not give decent housing to our Black and oppressed communities, then housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that the people in our communities, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for the people.

5. WE WANT DECENT EDUCATION FOR OUR PEOPLE THAT EXPOSES THE TRUE NATURE OF THIS DECADENT AMERICAN SOCIETY.

We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of the self. If you do not have knowledge of yourself and your position in the society and in the world, then you will have little chance to know anything else.


6. WE WANT COMPLETELY FREE HEALTH CARE FOR All BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE.

We believe that the government must provide, free of charge, for the people, health facilities which will not only treat our illnesses, most of which have come about as a result of our oppression, but which will also develop preventive medical programs to guarantee our future survival.

We believe that mass health education and research programs must be developed to give all Black and oppressed people access to advanced scientific and medical information, so we may provide our selves with proper medical attention and care.



7. WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER OF BLACK PEOPLE, OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR, All OPPRESSED PEOPLE INSIDE THE UNITED STATES.

We believe that the racist and fascist government of the United States uses its domestic enforcement agencies to carry out its program of oppression against black people, other people of color and poor people inside the united States.

We believe it is our right, therefore, to defend ourselves against such armed forces and that all Black and oppressed people should be armed for self defense of our homes and communities against these fascist police forces.

8. WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO ALL WARS OF AGGRESSION.

We believe that the various conflicts which exist around the world stem directly from the aggressive desire of the United States ruling circle and government to force its domination upon the oppressed people of the world. We believe that if the United States government or its lackeys do not cease these aggressive wars it is the right of the people to defend themselves by any means necessary against their aggressors.


9. WE WANT FREEDOM FOR ALL BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE NOW HELD IN U. S. FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY, CITY AND MILITARY PRISONS AND JAILS. WE WANT TRIALS BY A JURY OF PEERS FOR All PERSONS CHARGED WITH SO-CALLED CRIMES UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY.


We believe that the many Black and poor oppressed people now held in United States prisons and jails have not received fair and impartial trials under a racist and fascist judicial system and should be free from incarceration.

We believe in the ultimate elimination of all wretched, inhuman penal institutions, because the masses of men and women imprisoned inside the United States or by the United States military are the victims of oppressive conditions which are the real cause of their imprisonment.

We believe that when persons are brought to trial they must be guaranteed, by the United States, juries of their peers, attorneys of their choice and freedom from imprisonment while awaiting trial.


10. WE WANT LAND, BREAD, HOUSING, EDUCATION, CLOTHING, JUSTICE, PEACE AND PEOPLE’S COMMUNITY CONTROL OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY.


When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are most disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But, when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Monday, October 06, 2014

BOBBEE BEE: THE VOICE!!!

In this world of Beats & Rhymes,, many music lovers are still trying to figure-out why Eric Graham, the creative mind behind the controversy cartoon character Bobbee Bee "The Hater," is making a rap album slash mix-tape entitled "Pocket Full of Ghetto Poems," especially at this point of his "so-called" career.

But, with the release of his latest single Revolutionary Suicide, people are starting to listen a little closer to what this self-proclaimed Black poetry writer has to say.

"This isn't American Idol." said the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network.

"I am not seeking validation from anyone spinning around in a red chair. Plus, I don't have any blind ambition of obtaining commercial success from some white record executive, who wants to market my music as if I was Justin Bieber. This is real Hip-Hop." he explained.

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"I, however, find it foolish to put an age-limit on Hip-Hop. Plus, I think it is insane for the music industry, what is left of it, to place the entire history of a culture in the hands of a few adolescences, who, unfortunately, are often too young to "fully" understand its importance and significance to the world as a whole."
 
"Why? Because, in the Art of War, this would be equivalent to sending young soldiers straight out of boot camp into battle without the assistance of military intelligence or expertise coming from veteran generals."
 
While many may disagree with Graham's premise as well as his motives for making music, he does make some great points about the ageism in the art form of Hip-Hop, in general.
 
Seriously, who determines when a person can no longer sing, rap, paint, play a musical instrument, write a book, or write some poetry.

If that was the case, we wouldn't have had Ray Charles playing the piano and B.B.King playing the guitar.

Or, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni or Amari Baraka writing mind-bending poetry.

Or, even KRS-ONE rocking the MIC. Or, Kid Capri, cutting and scratching, for that matter.

Yes, this would really be hard to imagine.

But, Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z, made it plain and simple, when he said, "40 is the new 30....."

And the "mature" MC with a African-American History background, admitted that he agreed with Hov's philosophy, as well as, with old-time rocker Tim Petty, who said "Pop music isn't very good, and it's not designed for anybody over 12.'"

Fortunately, for Graham, it is a historical point in the music industry, due to the rise of the Internet, which allows independent artist, like himself, to let his voice be heard, without worrying about trying to fit into the cookie-cutter standard being promoted by record companies.
While Graham is excited about his ability to create music at this moment in his life, he, however, understands the power that the youth possess and their ability to create new trends and styles. But, he still feels Hip-Hop suffers a form of "Arrested Development," especially when it doesn't allow "mature material" to be infused into the conversation as well as on the radio.

With Graham's mix-tape project underway and nearly completed, he confesses he can't wait to hear the finished product.

"I am like a kid at Christmas, ready to unwrap a big gift. Why? Because, I love Hip-Hop!!!...ever since I heard Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock. I was hooked. It's in my DNA.....and Pocket Full of Ghetto Poems will display that."

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

BOBBEE BEE: 10 Revolutionary Women

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We all know male revolutionaries like Che Guevara, but history often tends to gloss over the contributions of female revolutionaries that have sacrificed their time, efforts, and lives to work towards burgeoning systems and ideologies.
Despite misconceptions, there are tons of women that have participated in revolutions throughout history, with many of them playing crucial roles.
They may come from different points on the political spectrum, with some armed with weapons and some armed with nothing but a pen, but all fought hard for something that they believed in.
Let’s take a look at 10 of these female revolutionaries from all over the world that you probably won’t ever see plastered across a college student’s T-shirt.



Nadezhda Krupskaya

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Many people know Nadezhda Krupskaya simply as Vladimir Lenin’s wife, but Nadezhda was a Bolshevik revolutionary and politician in her own right. She was heavily involved in a variety of political activities, including serving as the Soviet Union’s Deputy Minister of Education from 1929 until her death in 1939, and a number of educational pursuits.
Prior to the revolution, she served as secretary of the Iskra group, managing continent-wide correspondence, much of which had to be decoded.
After the revolution, she dedicated her life to improving education opportunities for workers and peasants, for example by striving to make libraries available to everyone.


Constance Markievicz

Constance Markievicz (née Gore-Booth) was an Anglo-Irish Countess, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. She participated in many Irish independence efforts, including the Easter Rising of 1916, in which she had a leadership role. During the Rising, she wounded a British sniper before being forced to retreat and surrender.
 After, she was the only woman out of 70 to be put into solitary confinement. She was sentenced to death, but was pardoned based on her gender. Interestingly, the prosecuting counsel claimed that she begged “I am only a woman, you cannot shoot a woman”, while court records show she said “I do wish your lot had the decency to shoot me”.
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Constance was one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922), and she was also the first woman elected to the British House of Commons (December 1918)—a position which she rejected due to the Sinn Féin abstentionist policy.



Petra Herrera

During the Mexican Revolution, female soldiers known as soldaderas went into combat along with the men although they often faced abuse. One of the most well-known of the soldaderas was Petra Herrera, who disguised her gender and went by the name “Pedro Herrera”.

As Pedro, she established her reputation by demonstrating exemplary leadership (and blowing up bridges) and was able to reveal her gender in time.

She participated in the second battle of Torreón on May 30, 1914 along with about 400 other women, even being named by some as being deserving of full credit for the battle.

Unfortunately, Pancho Villa was likely unwilling to give credit to a woman and did not promote her to General.

In response, Petra left Villa’s forces and formed her own all-woman brigade.
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Nwanyeruwa

Nwanyeruwa, an Igbo woman in Nigeria, sparked a short war that is often called the first major challenge to British authority in West Africa during the colonial period.
On November 18, 1929, an argument between Nwanyeruwa and a census man named Mark Emereuwa broke out after he told her to “count her goats, sheep and people.”
Understanding this to mean she would be taxed (traditionally, women were not charged taxes), she discussed the situation with the other women and protests, deemed the Women’s War, began to occur over the course of two months.
About 25,000 women all over the region were involved, protesting both the looming tax changes and the unrestricted power of the Warrant Chiefs.
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In the end, women’s position were greatly improved, with the British dropping their tax plans, as well as the forced resignation of many Warrant Chiefs.

Lakshmi Sehgal

Lakshmi Sahgal, colloquially known as “Captain Lakshmi”, was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement, an officer of the Indian National Army, and later, the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Azad Hind government.

In the 40s, she commanded the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, an all-women regiment that aimed to overthrow British Raj in colonial India.
 
The regiment was one of the very few all-female combat regiments of WWII on any side, and was named after another renowned female revolutionary in Indian history, Rani Lakshmibai, who was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Sophie Scholl

German revolutionary Sophie Scholl was a founding member of the non-violent Nazi resistance group The White Rose, which advocated for active resistance to Hitler’s regime through an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign.

In February of 1943, she and other members were arrested for handing out leaflets at the University of Munich and sentenced to death by guillotine. Copies of the leaflet, retitled The Manifesto of the Students of Munich, were smuggled out of the country and millions were air-dropped over Germany by Allied forces later that year.


Blanca Canales

Blanca Canales was a Puerto Rican Nationalist who helped organize the Daughters of Freedom, the women’s branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party.

She was one of the few women in history to have led a revolt against the United States, known as the Jayuya Uprising.
In 1948, a severely restricting bill known as the Gag Bill, or Law 53, was introduced that made it a crime to print, publish, sell, or exhibit any material intended to paralyze or destroy the insular government. In response, the Nationalists starting planning armed revolution. On October 30, 1950, Blanca and others took up arms which she had stored in her home and marched into the town of Jayuya, taking over the police station, burning down the post office, cutting the telephone wires, and raising the Puerto Rican flag in defiance of the Gag Law. As a result, the US President declared martial law and ordered Army and Air Force attacks on the town.


The Nationalists held on for awhile, but were arrested and sentenced to life in prison after 3 days. Much of Jayuya was destroyed, and the incident was not fairly covered by US media, with the US President even saying it was “an incident between Puerto Ricans.”


Celia Sanchez

Most people know Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, but fewer people have heard of Celia Sanchez, the woman at the heart of the Cuban Revolution who has even been rumored to be the main decision-maker.
After the March 10, 1952 coup, Celia joined the struggle against the Batista government.

She was a founder of the 26th of July Movement, leader of combat squads throughout the revolution, controlled group resources, and even made the arrangements for the Granma landing, which transported 82 fighters from Mexico to Cuba in order to overthrow Batista.

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After the revolution, Celia remained with Castro until her death.


Kathleen Neal Cleaver

Kathleen Neal Cleaver was a member of the Black Panther Party and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body.
She served as spokesperson and press secretary and organized the national campaign to free the Party’s minister of defense, Huey Newton, who had been jailed.
She and other women, such as Angela Davis, made up around 2/3 of the Party at one point, despite the notion that the BPP was overwhelmingly masculine.
Asmaa Mahfouz

Asmaa Mahfouz is a modern-day revolutionary who is credited with sparking the January 2011 uprising in Egypt through a video blog post encouraging others to join her in protest in Tahrir Square.

She is considered one of the leaders of the Egyptian Revolution and is a prominent member of Egypt’s Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution.
These 10 women are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to female revolutionaries. Let us know who you’d like to see in a list of female revolutionaries.
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