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  • "Schools do not concentrate on phonetics enough 'and so they pick up sounds from their mother tongue. We teach them to get rid of mother-tongue influence.' Trainees repeat slippery sentences such as 'Sachin's sixes are superb' and practice proper pronunciation ('Ahfrica not 'Afreeka'). They read aloud from Hollywood scripts such as Saving Private Ryan, they dissect diphthongs and coo consonants, they rid themselves of Indianisms such as 'will do the needful' and, of course, they learn to roll their r's and soften their t's. The complete programme, Desai says, takes three to four weeks to take hold in places such as Bombay and Pune, but can last up to two to three months in the south."
  • "Another recent case involving the school system in the state of Ohio is that of Kelley Williams-Bolar, the woman who was sent to jail for sending her kids to the "wrong" school district. This case relates to the racial issues at Richmond Heights in part because the same school districts that will keep Kelley Williams-Bolar's kids out are the ones that will gladly ship a black boy out of the inner city so he can serve them on the basketball court. So, in other words, black people are rewarded for being athletic and in many cases punished for being intelligent."
  • "Frustrated by the lack of brown voices in the sustainable-energy struggle, he launched a series of eco-festivals, called Life Is Living, in urban parks around the U.S. The recipient of the Rockefeller Fellowship, recognizing the country's 50 'greatest living artists,' Bamuthi was also recently named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences by Smithsonian magazine."

    "Days after the brutal attack, Taylor's story traveled through word of mouth, catching the attention of a Montgomery NAACP activist named Rosa Parks. A seasoned anti-rape crusader, who focused on the sexual assaults of black women that were commonplace in the segregated South, Parks would eventually help bring the case international notice. Despite her efforts, however, in Jim Crow-era Alabama, Taylor's assailants were never punished.

    "It's curious, to say the least, that Taylor's name is not mentioned in history books. While most analyses of circumstances that inspired the civil rights movement focus on black men — being lynched or railroaded into jail, or facing down segregationists — the stories of countless black women like Recy Taylor, who were raped by white men during the same era, have gone understated, if not overlooked entirely."

  • "Johnson, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said he's not bothered by Civil War commemorative license plates generally. But he said Mississippi shouldn't honor Forrest, who was an early leader of what he calls 'a terrorist group.'

    "'He should be viewed in the same light that we view Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden,' Johnson said of Forrest. 'The state of Mississippi should deny any vanity tags which would highlight racial hatred in this state.'"

  • "Magic Johnson and Ron Burkle have invested in Vibe Holdings, the parent of Vibe magazine and the Soul Train TV show. As part of the eight figure deal, Johnson will now be chairman of Vibe Holdings.

    By investing in Vibe, Johnson and Burkle are putting a lot of money and power behind the brand, which is sure to attract the attention of competitors Ebony and Jet. It’s also interesting to note that Johnson had previously tried to acquire those magazines, only to have talks break down when he couldn’t settle on a price with their publishing house."

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