The best is in Wisconsin

May 7, 2015

  The world had to take notice of Wisconsin for a day. Well not the entire state, just a small portion called Kenosha. The 2015 NFL Draft concluded on May 2nd. The exciting part of any sports draft is the first round. It is the first round where many superstars are drafted. Names such as… [Read More]

When work disappears

May 7, 2015

  To most of us “baby boomers” (1946-1964), this is nothing new: community uprisings, civic unrest, looting, riots, burnings, marching, shootings, injustice, militarization of law enforcement, poor housing, lack of quality health care and unsafe neighborhoods. But to a new generation in the 21st century, this is a wakeup call as they try to push… [Read More]

April 30, 2015

Built to last Every urban city can be identified as and called “a tale of two cities.” On one side is a tale of a city where residents are doing well, businesses are thriving; Main Street is looking good, there are healthy neighborhoods, safe streets, great restaurants and plenty of entertainment. However, on the other… [Read More]

A remedy to inner city violence

April 23, 2015

Violence still holds sway in Milwaukee. Children have been shot. Ghetto jus- tice has been passed out. A peace vigil was held. The populations of certain neigh- borhoods continue to live in fear for their children. Mil- waukee has a disease that is killing the life of the city. Strangely enough there is a cure… [Read More]

Secure the children

April 23, 2015

I don’t know if you are aware or not, but there are a lot of people who are in the business of providing, educating, treating or dealing with children in one form or another. Many should not be in any business at all, es- pecially with children. It is not the children and positive outcomes… [Read More]

The Black male – A target group (part 1)

October 30, 2014

Rahim Islam is a National Speaker and Writer, Convener of Philadelphia Community of Leaders, and President/ CEO of Universal Companies, a community development and education management company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Follow Rahim Islam on FaceBook(Rahim Islam) & Twitter (@RahimIslamUC). I have written many times that the instability of the Black community is tied to… [Read More]

Think you know the dropout rates for Black males? You’re probably wrong (part 3 of 3)

October 3, 2014

The often stated notion that more than half of black males drop out, or do not graduate, is not true. Cohort graduation-rate calculations miss students who graduate late, graduate early, obtain a GED or transfer to schools outside their district. None of this information should be construed to minimize the importance of collective action to… [Read More]

Life isn’t fair unless we make it fair (Part 3)

October 1, 2014

In the first two parts of “Life isn’t Fair Unless we Make it Fair,” my main objective for writing this article was to call our attention to the following: • The horrific experience of the American institution of slavery orchestrated against our ancestors for nearly 350 years – why isn’t this front and center in everything that we do; why aren’t we paying honor to our ancestors that… [Read More]

Spare the rod

October 1, 2014

What is society coming to when a person can’t discipline their child? The answer is the United States of America in 2014. The firestorm that has raged around Adrian Peterson has become an inferno that can’t be quenched. The problem goes beyond Adrian Peterson. The problem has been one that has been debated since the 1960’s. What is a proper form of discipline for parents to administer to their… [Read More]

Looking for a solution

October 1, 2014

I have attended a lot of meetings, summits, updates, briefings, causes, award ceremonies and the like over the past two years. Most of them in their own right are wonderful events to attend, well organized and serve a unique purpose in our modern society. For those who are fortunate to be a part of these activities, to be in the loop or run in those circles, these kinds… [Read More]