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Every month a new Inspirational Icon will be featured. These are people who push what are typically considered “boundaries.” In fact, they see no limit to what they can achieve. Some may shy from the spotlight, but without them, our world wouldn’t be the same. Whether it be industry legends or civil rights activists, they’ll eventually show up here, so stay tuned.

May’s Inspirational Icon is The Black Godfather. You’ve probably never heard the name because he’s the most famous person you never knew. All his life he sat behind the curtains and being a playmaker. When you learn of the many people he made successful, you’ll sit back and wonder how you never heard of him. Click below to learn more about the celeberities’ celeberity.

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The Whole Tree Is Rotten

When people use the phrase “a few bad apples,” they mean that most police officers are non-racist, well-rounded people. The statement distances wrongdoing cops from rule-following ones. However, I believe a more appropriate phrase is, “the whole tree is rotten.” At first, I thought all police couldn’t be corrupt. I reasoned with myself. I’ve met cops, and they didn’t attack me, right? And then, I started to doubt my original thoughts. The truth, as I came to find out, is much more complicated than right or wrong. Many officers may be friendly, but what does it mean to be a “bad apple?” Why are there corrupt police officers?” And what does it mean that the whole tree is rotten?

June’s 2020 Inspirational Icon—The Black Godfather

You most definitely heard of famous celebrities, like P. Diddy and Jay Z or Bill Withers and Janet Jackson. You may even think you know their inspirational stories, but there’s one person you most definitely haven’t heard. This man sits behind the curtain and at the deal-making tables, but never shows his face to a crowd. I only personally heard of him after watching his documentary, The Black Godfather. Musical artists, actors, television hosts and hostesses, and even presidents go to this man when they want something done, whether they want a better deal, or more money, he’s the man everyone goes to. Clarence Avant is the celebrities’ celebrity.

We’ve Tried Peaceful Protest, You Didn’t Listen

Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. An unjust and oppressive institution- also known as the United States- murdered each of these young African Americans. The country you call home, the land you claim as property, the money you live off of, — all of it— was built off the backs of African Americans. Ever since the ships reached the Eastern shores, the United States has marginalized and oppressed the black community. King stood to end the oppression — peacefully. Parks sat to end the oppression — peacefully. Kaepernick kneeled to end the oppression— peacefully. We’ve tried peaceful protest, and you didn’t listen.

Here’s How Racism Circulates Private School

I grew up in an upper-middle-class lifestyle, about an hour, or two, north of NYC. Our house lies on the border of two neighboring counties. I lived in one city district, but a different school district. Which meant that I couldn’t go to the school in the city I lived in. And the school district I lived in, had low graduation rates and poor education standards. So, my parents put my brothers and me in a private Catholic school from pre-k to 12th grade. After 12 years in private school, this is what I’ve learned. From the teachers ignoring racism to the students endorsing it, here’s how racism circulates private school.


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