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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Wake County Public Schools

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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Sanderson Farms

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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Wake County Public Schools

What is redistricting and why does it matter? – Source: Democracy NC




What is redistricting and why does it matter? 


Our elected local, state, and federal representatives adopt the laws that affect every aspect of society. They have a big impact on our income, safety, education, roads, housing, the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the many services we use.


Most of these representatives are elected from districts – from school board districts to Congressional districts – and the way that people are grouped into districts has a big influence on who can get elected and what values they promote. For example, a district with mostly farmers will likely elect a representative who will fight for farmers’ interests, while a representative from a big city will likely have different priorities. The same is true for districts with large populations of the same race or the same political party.


Regrouping people and redrawing these district lines is called redistricting. Under the constitution, redistricting happens after each decade’s Census to adjust the districts and make them roughly equal in population size. The way the lines of a particular district are redrawn to include or exclude certain kinds of people will directly affect who can win the next election. And the way many districts are redrawn can affect who controls a school board, city council, state legislature or even Congress. That’s why redistricting is so important – it directly affects who wins elections and who adopts the policies that govern our lives.


There are many factors that can go into redrawing the lines – and the whole redistricting process should be open and allow people in the districts to participate in what’s going on. In North Carolina, the representatives themselves are authorized to redraw the lines for their own governmental body. But the map they draw can be challenged in court as not properly taking into consideration key factors, such as making the district relatively compact, not dividing up communities with closely similar interests, and not violating the Voting Rights Act’s protection of minority voters in districts with a history of discrimination. Individuals and community groups can also learn how to use these various factors to draw their own map with district lines, and that map could eventually be viewed by a court or the US Justice Department as more fair than the one drawn by the political representatives and their experts.


A group of people who want to shape the political future of their community can have a powerful influence on the redistricting process. Here are some preliminary research steps for learning about redistricting in your county, while working with a Democracy North Carolina staff person.


Who Are the  Local Elected Officials – They Vote on the Plans:


Who are the elected officials for your city council, county commission and school board? Develop a list of each of your board members (city council, county commission, school board) with their names, addresses, phone and contact information and additional information below:

Which elected officials were elected from districts and which were elected at large?

What is their political affiliation, race, gender and how long have they served? Were they in office when the last redistricting process happened?


Who to Ask For Information about the Redistricting Process:


For the county commission, talk with the county manager and the county attorney. The county commission members will likely rely on them for guidance in redrawing the district plan.

For the school board, talk with the superintendent of school system and the attorney for the school board.

For the city council, talk with the city manager and city attorney.


What to Ask:


What will be the procedures and process for redrawing the district lines, and are they written? Please provide a copy.

If the process hasn’t been decided, who will decide, and when, and how?

Who are the staff people who will be involved in analyzing Census data to assist with redrawing lines?

Were any of them involved in redrawing the lines following the 2000 Census? Who?

Who are other resource people or experts (at state/local/national level) who will be called on for assistance?

What is the time line for moving forward through the redistricting process? What is the target date for having a plan finished?

What are the chief factors that will be used in redrawing the lines?

When will the public be invited to provide comment about the plan or the process, and how will that public participation take place?

Where is the data that was used to inform drawing the lines after the 2000 Census? We’d like to know how to see that data. Were there alternative maps considered last time – where are they, and what written material was used to explain one choice over another choice?  [The information from the last Census can help show (1) what priority was given to different factors, such as continuity or compactness, (2) what data supported the decisions to put certain sizes of racial groups in one district or another, (3) what were the population characteristics in 2000 which helps evaluate all the ways the district has changed, and (4) possible alternative maps that may be helpful in drawing new maps or showing the thinking behind the line drawing.]

Was the last districting plan challenged in court or elsewhere? By whom, what happened, and where are the materials involved in that case?

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) To Visit Pitt County


The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children will host a team from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on March 16, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Center Chapel, located on the corner of w.5th Street and Tyson Street, in Greenville.  The OCR visit is part of their investigation of a civil rights complaint filed by the Coalition on behalf of students that were excluded from participation in classroom instruction, were suspended from school for dress code violations, were excluded from extra curricular activities due to dress code violations, or were denied college scholarships due to dress code violations.  


Parents that have children that have been affected by Pitt County School Dress Code are urged to attend this meeting and share thier experiences.  OCR will interview affected individuals and hear testimonies about how the dress code has impacted parents and students. 


The Coalition found evidence that Pitt County School’s dress code policy disparately impacted African American students and was used by the District to:


·         Exclude African American students from college scholarships.

·         Exclude African American students from extra curricular activities such as honor clubs.

·         Exclude African American students from classroom instruction thus increasing the achievement gap.

·         Increase financial contributions to Pitt County Schools from clothing manufacturers and clothing retailers at the expense of African American families.


This is a District wide issue impacting African American students across the county in all high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.  Please plan to attend and spread the word to others who have children that are affected.  If you are to end this discrimination we must stand up and be counted.


Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President

Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

Post Office Box 1699

Winterville, NC   28590

Public Hearing on Tuesday for Voter Suppression Act – Photo ID



You are hereby notified that the Committee on Elections will meet as follows:

DAY & DATE: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TIME:      2:00 – 6:00 PM


The House Elections Committee is holding a committee meeting to garner public input regarding requiring photo ID to vote. Comments will be considered prior to the introduction of a bill.

There are limited numbers of speaker slots and comments will be subjected to a three minute time limit.   Public comments will be taken from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  To sign up to speak please visit:

If you are unable to attend and want to submit comments please visit:

Audio of the meeting will be broadcast live. Please visit the Audio webpage at  and click on Room 643 to listen to the committee meeting.


Representative Lewis, Chair

Stomping The Yard Step Show 1st Annual College Round Up Event Videos

If you missed the step show you missed a treat. Get your video today. See me at the College Round Up in the morning or you may inbox me or message me on Facebook or call me at 252.314.5484. However text me between 9:00 am – 11:00 while I am at the College Round Up.