REBUILDING COMMUNITIES FROM WITHIN COMMUNITIES: THE UNITED BLACK FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION’S MISSION, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The seed of a bonsai tree has the potential to grow into a full size tree. But, planted in a tiny pot, its growth is stunted. A person deprived of education or opportunity is like a bonsai....             --Muhammad Yunus Without question, the greatest asset within disadvantaged communities is the people themselves. They are the most …

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10 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ENTREPRENEURS & WANTREPRENEURS…

It seems like everyone is calling themselves and entrepreneur these days. Everyone is after that next genius idea hoping to make it big. But while everyone wants that success, only a few can earn it. Those who have been successful know what separates the real entrepreneurs from what Mark Cuban coins as "the wantrepreneurs." Here …

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NAPOLEON HILL’S 17 PRINCIPLES OF PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT…

Napoleon Hill's 17 Principles of Personal Achievement Lesson 1: Definiteness of Purpose Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Without a purpose and a plan people drift aimlessly through life. Lesson 2: Mastermind Alliance The mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the …

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KEEPIN’ UP WITH THE JONESES…

I remember the days when I used to window shop as a kid; hustle for Jordans and Adidas and candy paint. I recall the sense of self-worth and value I placed on having these material items. I remember how ashamed I was to wear those Dollar Store Cons I was clowned for wearing. Having spent …

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DID YOU KNOW… (Part 2)

There's ignorance at all levels of the educational structure. The lower one is--that is, the less informed one is--the easier to exploit. This, however, does not mean that those at the top of the educational structure are not necessarily exploited as well. They are simply rewarded a little better yet exploited all the same. For …

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CHAPTER 9 – EXCERPT: “IMPROVING THEIR REALITY”

EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 9−“IMPROVING THEIR REALITY,” OF IVAN’S NOW PUBLISHED BOOK: DOMESTIC GENOCIDE: THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SOCIETY As this suggests, the problems before our communities will not disappear until we up and take control of our systems of education, economy, law enforcement, and other social and economic factors that contribute to our community development. If …

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CHAPTER 8 – EXCERPT: “THE ZO”

EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 8−“THE ZO,” OF IVAN’S NOW PUBLISHED BOOK: DOMESTIC GENOCIDE: THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SOCIETY Back home, I recall that first county jail bid. It was a learning experience. Though, not the kind one immediately warms up to. My first lesson was to learn to repress that general sense of claustrophobia one experiences when …

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CHAPTER 7 – EXCERPT: “THE WEB OF INJUSTICE”

EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 7−“THE WEB OF INJUSTICE,” OF IVAN’S NOW PUBLISHED BOOK: DOMESTIC GENOCIDE: THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SOCIETY It’s a fact, eighty percent or better of those charged with a crime are indigent and thus represented by a Public Defender. Given the poor quality of this representation, the accused often enter the courtroom with a …

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CHAPTER 5 – EXCERPT: “THE UNORTHODOX TEACHER”

EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 5−“THE UNORTHODOX TEACHER,” OF IVAN’S NOW PUBLISHED BOOK: DOMESTIC GENOCIDE: THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SOCIETY When was about sixteen years of age I had managed to land myself a brief stint in the Tenkiller Youth Program (TYP). It was right outside of the city limits of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. While there the opportunity of …

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