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“Wisdom from Hollywood”
Billy “Hollywood” Groves
This Black History month African Americans have President Barack Obama to celebrate as the first African American to be elected President of the United States of America.
President Obama’s victory represents a new era of American history where African Americans have evolved from slavery to the Whitehouse.
Obama’s journey to the presidency was paved by a lot of brave African Americans who came before him.
One of those brave people was the late New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who in 1972 became the first African American and the first woman to seek a major party’s nomination for the presidency.
Chisholm lost the democratic nomination, but her efforts inspired Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, African American leaders to run for president decades later.
Chisholm, Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton bids for the Whitehouse made it possible for Barack Obama to be our president on Black History month 2009.
- T.C. the Great of Dallas, is a businessman, rapper, promoter, entertainer and artist developer. T.C., whose real name is Tallie Cooper is on a personal mission to put Dallas on the top of the rap world.
I’ve had the pleasure of listening to tow of his songs “40 Thousand” and “Champion” and they are bonafied hit rap songs. T.C. describes his must and business as “history in the making”.
He went on to say that this is the year President Obama made history and he wants to make history as well.
“Re-tallie-ate” is the name of his latest CD on Millenium Star Records in Dallas. T.C. can be contacted at (214) 586-8438 or 214 / 697-5669 and the internet at myspace.com/millenniumstarrecords.
Young Muhammad, Lil Boosie, Erica Badu, Tum Tum, UGK, C Pone, Dirty Fox, Big Chief, Lil Ross, Lil Flip, Gator Main, Bun B, Dirty Red, Twisted Black, Phynix, Gutta Boi, Big Tuck, Fat “B”, Slim and Rabitt, Lil Shine and Gangsta Rick are some of the rappers T.C. has worked with.
I was introduced to T.C. by my good friend Rob T. Turner of Houston who managed hit rapper “Lil Flip” to the top of the rap music world a few years ago.
- Melvis “Shooting” Wooten of Crockett, Texas, a former Crockett High School All American basketball player told me he was extremely proud of his son Cartier Martin.
Wooten said Cartier recently signed with the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA and hit two long three pointers in his NBA debut against the Denver Nuggets.
Cartier played high school basketball at Houston’s Nimitz High, college basketball at Kansas State University and played pro basketball in the country of Turkey last year. Cartier was playing for the Iowa Energy of the NBA developmental league before he was called up to the Charlotte Bobcats.
This column is sponsored by Customers Choice in Crockett, Chris and Lynn Martinez managers.
- East Texas thanks go out to Dr. Ruth Watson, Dr. Ianthia Fisher, President Obama, Dr. Helen King and George King, The Dead End Barbershop, Darwin “D.C.” Campbell, Dr. Brenda Atchison, Victoria Essien, Thomas, Sis. Earlie Groves, The Obama family, Rev. Harry Fred Scott, Nathan Gardner, Doll Carter, Bud Johnson, Roy Douglass Molonson, Beverly Taylor, Courtney Taylor, Johnny Taylor, Clyde Black and Lynn Markham.
SPEAK OUT WITH EDDIE GRIFFIN
Trimble Tech & Polytechnic High School
Abstract One: Polytechnic High School has been rated “unacceptable” for four years in a row. This year, if Poly fails again, the school will be shut down by the state, and reopened under another name with plan for improvement at the approval of Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott.
Abstract Two: Trimble Tech High School was twice rated “exemplary”, the only inner city high school in Fort Worth to be so rated. Admission to Trimble Tech is by student application only, and some school board members believe the practice is exclusionary.
What do both these high school dilemmas have in common? Both are high schools with technological and vocational curricula. In 1995, parents petitioned the FWISD to bring Trimble Tech up to parity with other schools with specialized trades.
But putting technology into the classroom was not the total solution to Trimble Tech’s problem. Parents met with resistance from teachers who refused to learn to use the new computers we proposed. Even today, some teachers have been allowed to keep teaching without upgrading their skills. Some teachers still do not know how to use computers and make no plans on learning.
But we usually see teachers with 30- and 40-year span of classroom experience as being the best teachers, because their survival skills. Continuous improvement, especially in technical skills, should be mandatory for all classrooms teachers, lest we become as stagnate as we are to date, in academic achievement.
As part of the site-based management team for Tremble Tech in the 1995-1996 school year, and serving as PTA president, I helped designed the Tremble Tech Improvement Plan. Before the plan could be installed, however, we realized that it was best to “clean house” and start from scratch, making everybody reapply to the school- administrators, teachers, and students. Our motive was to weed out some of the teachers who refused to learn computers, and an assistant principal overwhelmed by his job, in an increasingly changing world of technology.
This period in school history coincided the WINDOWS 95 generation. After so many stagnate years, we are only now beginning a major capital improvement program in the district, with technology as its centerpiece.
Although Trimble Tech High School has been on a slow academic decline, it is still one of the few inner city schools that maintains an “acceptable” academic rating. However, now some post-1995 school board members are looking at undoing the application policy for enterance into Trimble Tech.
The TT kids at the school say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I agree.
Polytechnic High School, on the other hand, needs a dose of what Trimble Tech received in the 1990s. The school needs a turnaround plan. But having failed to meet the No Child Left Behind Act standards for four years in a row, the school would be subject to punitive sanctions, including the loss of its historic name would would date back to the 1850s, when Fort Worth was still a fort town on the prairie.
Poly declined during the 1960, with depreciating educational and technical assets, coinciding a changing housing demographics.
What is going on inside Polytechnic High School? This is the question now on the table, and the focus of our investigation and advocacy.