Kim Coles Actress And Comedian Was Off The Chain At The 10th Annual College Round Up In Tarboro NC

If you missed the 10th Annual College Round Up this morning you missed a treat. Kim Coles actress and comedian was off the chain.

Coles’ message was right on!! She said she came to play with the students and to encourage them to go to college. She said she was going to tell the students to do as she say do and not as she did.

Coles stressed the purpose of why college is a necessity these days and not a choice. She talked about how she was a college dropout. She attended one college for 3 months and then on to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) for 4 months. She said she didn’t stay in school because she didn’t know what she wanted to do. She asked the standing room only crowd what did they want to be and she fielded answers from a couple of students. After they told her what they wanted to be, she said she was jealous of them because they were still in school and already knew what they wanted to be.

Coles said she began her career as a comedian and after 4 years she became an actress for “In Living Single.” She said because she does not have a college degree she find herself unemployed more than she is employed. She said she feels the need to go back to school and will probably do so by taking some night classes. She said right now she wants to do some of everything.

Coles said she stared out in the sitcom business but there is no more Sitcom shows for black folks. She said for example look at what have replaced Sitcoms such “The Game.” She said look at how many black folks showed up at the Grammys, maybe 3.

Coles said said she is working on starting a show on a popular TV station but she could not talk about it at the moment.

Coles is a great speaker. I truly enjoyed her and would pay to hear her again since the event was open and fee to the public.

I am very much familiar with Cole’s father whom I have been knowing for many, many years. He did the invocation.

Coles talked about how her father and mother met in the registration line during their college days. I learned today that her mom is actually from Raleigh and was a school teacher however her dad is from Brooklyn, New York. She stressed to the students that even some good things can come out of just registering for college.

Coles told the students to wait on having babies, do little to no partying and the other and put their education first.

Confirmation: Dr. Lana VanderLinden Assoc. Superintendent and Diane LeFiles Director of Community Relations Are In Dr. Talley Superintendent’s Plan To Eliminate Their Jobs

A couple of days ago Wednesday March 9, 2011 I posted the following post: Show Time At The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Meeting Monday Night March 14th. If This Was A Black Principal Would He Be On This Long Paid Suspension?

On the Opinion page of The Daily Southerner W. Terry Smith in his article “Dr. Talley has a plan” confirmed what sources had reported to The DCN. I did not mention the names but Diane LeFiles and Dr. Lana Vanderlinden’s names were the two names I was talking about.

Smith said, “In a survey before Dr. Talley was hired last August, VanderLinden was the popular choice.” Well Smith yes she had much support however there are many in the county who did not support her either. Smith I am one so I am going to speak for me countless others who have allowed me to speak for them over the years so don’t get it twisted. But you already know because you have tried to discredit me over the years especially when I held a Press Conference at the Central Office several years ago.

Dr. VanderLinden has some issues that I have some concerns with and I have made them known over the years. I met with a business person and some others whom called me in to discuss her and I made it clear that I didn’t want her. It is no secret that I have shared my reasons orally and in writing why I have not supported her to be superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools. Obviously a majority of the board members must agree that she was not the one because she has been turned down several times over the years. So Smith go figure. Oh I forgot you meet and talk with some of her supporters so I guess you feel that validate why ya’ll want to see her as superintendent. Not!!

Diane LeFiles director of community relations is on the list also. Smith said, “But both women are highly respected among their professional peers and in the community.” Smith I assume when you say professional peers you are talking about those within the system that likes them. I know many in the system that do not as well. I know many in the community that do not also and we definitely don’t feel that neither had really been all that professional especially when it comes to dealing with some students, parents and business community over the years. I say this without a shatter of a doubt because I have served on the PTO and School Improvement Team at both Carver Elementary and South Edgecombe Middle Schools. However I have served on the Edgecombe County Board of Education Advisory Committee over the years as well.

I speak to and hold conversations with these two however I feel it is time that they move on.

Smith you say you hope Dr. Talley changes his mind about his plan before presenting it to the board on Monday night. Well I stop by to tell you that I support him 100% because this is what many of us have been waiting for over the years.

Smith I too have some concerns with the Dr. Talley having a mentor but after reading your article, I now have a difference in my opinion. Since you say board chair Evelyn Wilson stated Dr. Talley is not strong in technology I support him having a mentor/consultant. I know Dr. Steve Mazingo is technology savvy so I support this move 100% as it relates to the technology piece.

I am not going to speak to the issue of Dr. Lana VanderLinden applying for the superintendent’s position in the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools System.

I have not attended a school board meeting since the new board members were sworn in nor since Dr. Talley has been here. I decided to take a break away from it all for a while but one reason was because I was working long hours and videoing middle school and high school ballgames. I had planned to begin attending the meetings in January but was unable to attend because I had to video a middle school ballgame. I was unable to attend in February as well. If it is the Lord’s will I will be there on Monday night to support Dr. Talley’s plan.

So who am I? I am a strong advocate for justice and is very vocal in the community and especially in the school system. In 1993 I was involved in helping the students at SouthWest Edgecombe High School resolve a walkout that they performed. I have received certificates of graduation for participating in the yearly (PESP) Parent Education Studies Program through the NC Justice and Community Development Center Education Leadership Institute at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill NC on June 14, 2002 and again on May 30, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Rocky Mount NC. However I have attended other meetings/workshops over the years and most recent workshop this past Saturday with the Rural Education Working Group in Wilson NC. I am always working parents about school issues.

For more about me click here.

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Dr. Wayne Talley Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools

Goldman’s child sent to out-of-zone school – Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — Using a rarely-exercised Wake County schools policy, Debra Goldman, school board vice chairwoman, received a midyear transfer for her middle-school-age daughter to an out-of-zone school, complete with door-to-door bus transportation. (Read more)

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Forum addresses poultry plant’s potential impacts – Source: The Wilson Times

A geologist, an environmental attorney and a Johns Hopkins University professor will speak during a Sanderson Farms Impact Forum Tuesday in the Fike High School auditorium. (Paid Content)

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NAACP’s Response to Developments to the Wake County Title VI Complaint


For Immediate Release

March 11, 2011

For More Information: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700



The Wake County Title VI complaint is an ongoing investigation requiring a full vetting. After consultation with our attorneys the North Carolina NAACP has taken the following positions regarding recent developments with the Wake County School case.

The NC NAACP believes the USDA’s position regarding the use of Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data in school assignment is a misinterpretation of the law and of how data is being used as it pertains to the socioeconomic diversity criteria in Wake County’s former student assignment policy. Wake County uses FRL data in an aggregate form to assess the overall percentage of economically disadvantaged students in student assignment nodes. No student is individually identifiable by this aggregated data; therefore, our attorneys believe that this use does not violate the privacy rights of any student. USDA’s limited interpretation of how FRL data can be used impacts over 70 districts across the country that incorporate this information in assignment plans to promote socioeconomic diversity in schools. We will continue to investigate all available options to engage the USDA on this matter.

Wake County school officials have claimed they do not have records indicating how many students were moved under the socioeconomic diversity student assignment plan. We are currently analyzing the reassignment data provided by the school district and have a number of questions regarding how it is collected, collated, and presented, particularly as it relates to racial, socioeconomic, and performance demographics within nodes and at individual schools.

The opening of Walnut Creek Elementary School this fall epitomizes the direction in which Wake County Schools are moving as they drop the student assignment plan based on socioeconomic diversity. This new school is expected to open with 81% of its students eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch, 53% of students performing below grade level, and nearly 100% minority students. Our positions on education are rooted in constitutional law which still says segregation and discrimination are illegal; the lessons of history that tell us segregation and resegregation are wrong; and the findings of sound research conclusively and overwhelmingly say high poverty, racially identifiable, resegregated schools are the antithesis of student achievement and deny children a high quality, constitutional, diverse, well-funded public education.

Representatives from OCR will be visiting Wake County next week on Wednesday to continue their investigation into the Title VI complaint. The NAACP looks forward to engaging with OCR investigators at that time on these and other issues that pertain to the Title VI complaint.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization whose mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. For more information, call the StateOffice at 866-626-2227 or e-mail us at  # # #

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