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Iconic A. Philip Randolph Milestone Celebration

Published in ADVENTURES


Iconic A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum partnering with UAW to observe milestone

Chicago, Illinois -January 2015 - The year 2015 marks a milestone in the life of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter (APRPP) Museum because it celebrates two decades as the premiere guardian of the black union movement and keeper of A. Philip Randolph's legacy. To commemorate this occasion, the APRPP Museum, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 551 - Union Solidarity Committee & Human and the Civil Rights Committee - will host a gala celebration at the historic Parkway Ballroom in Chicago, at 4455 S. King Drive on Saturday, February 28 from 5 to 9:30 PM.

The dual purpose of the event is to congratulate the Museum on its milestone and to present the 2015 A. Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Awards. This coveted honor is presented to deserving Americans who “push gently, yet forcefully, against the boundaries of conventionality with a warrior spirit, in much the same manner as A. Philip Randolph did throughout his career.”  The presentation represents the climactic high point of the evening.

Dr. Lyn Hughes

Dr. Lyn Hughes, Founder

The Museum is located at 10406 S. Maryland in Chicago's Pullman Community and was founded in 1995 by historian/visionary/author Dr. Lyn Hughes.  Its history is rooted in Dr. Hughes' resolve to make the cultural institution the foremost chronicler of the black union movement -- with emphasis on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters -- and to provide an enduring tribute to A. Philip Randolph.  While the Museum is small in size, it is large in stature because of its unique niche within the pantheon of Museums worldwide. Within its walls are artifacts, memorabilia, interactive displays, exhibits and rare documents. Among the offerings are original porters' items donated by descendants of the labor pioneers.

Over one million people have visited the Museum since its founding.  This includes researchers, students, union members, history buffs, the curious and those wishing to become acquainted with this era. All have been exposed to the Museum by visiting the site, by coming to one of its many traveling exhibits or by attending one of the many programs the Museum sponsors.


Considered a “crown jewel” among cultural institutions, the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is also one of the centerpieces of the National Park Service's quest to designate the Pullman community as a National Park Service site.

Founder Hughes swells with pride as she reflects on the 20-year journey and this year's gala.  She is particularly proud to be partnering with the United Auto Workers in hosting this anniversary event.    “It is fitting for the Museum and the UAW Local 551 Union Solidarity Committee & Human and Civil Rights Committee to collaborate on this event because of our shared vision. That is to promote the union movement and to keep the life and legacy of A. Philip Randolph alive and vibrant. Proceeds from the celebration will allow the Museum to continue and strengthen this mission,” said Hughes.

Principals from the UAW, founder Hughes and Museum President David Peterson invite the public to support the event. “Those interested in preserving the rich history of the Black labor movement should join us on February 28 for this special anniversary. This celebration will shine a light on the black union movement and will remind us of the power of the movement, the sacrifices made and the ultimate victory by a committed group of men,” declared Peterson.

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Finding Supermom: Coping with Crying

Published in BABY



Why Babies Cry?

  1. Hunger
  2. Too hot or too cold
  3. Diaper needs changing
  4. Discomfort/pain,fever/illness
  5. Teething
  6. Colic
  7. Boredom/ over-stimulation
  8. Fear- of loud noises or a stranger

Understanding you Baby


Taking care of your baby is the most amazing time of your life! But, when your baby won't stop crying, it can be very upsetting for you and caregivers. Yet, it is normal for your baby to cry. In fact, a baby may cry for two to three hours a day- sometimes more!

Nonstop crying is difficult got all parents to cope with. Here are some tips on when to spot and stop crying:

  1. Crying happens most often in the evenings
  2. Crying may start or stop and you don't know why
  3. Crying may not stop no matter what you do
  4. Your baby's crying will not harm him or her

Ways to calm your baby


It may seem like your baby cries more than others, but ALL babies cry. You can do the following things to try to sooth your baby.

  1. Check the reasons your baby may be crying such as basic needs (see above)
  2. Offer your baby a pacifier
  3. Hold your baby against your chest
  4. Massage, rock, or walk with your baby
  5. Sing, hum, or talk to the baby
  6. Take the baby for a ride in the carseat or stroller
  7. If your baby is not in distress, place the baby in a safe place (such as a crib) and let him cry; check on him every 5-10 minutes to make sure he or she is alright

In the end, check with your baby's doctor if you think your baby is crying too much. Remember, you may be a Supermom, but it's always okay to ask for help!


Tips on handling Frustration or Mommy Fatigue

  1. Think about about you love your baby
  2. Relax, take a bath, shower, exercise, or play music
  3. Call a trusted friend, relative, or neighbor and ask them to watch the baby and to give you a needed break
  4. Sit down, close your eyes, and take 20 deep breaths
  5. Talk to someone. Call one of the crisis hotlines- 911 (Don't take your frustration out on your baby. NEVER shake a baby!)



Access to Quality Child Care

Published in Parent


“In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have -- it’s a must-have. So it’s time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or as a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.”
– President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

Helping working Americans meet the needs of their jobs and their families is a key part of the President’s plan to bolster and expand the middle class. Access to high-quality child care and early education not only promotes a child’s development, but it also helps support parents who are struggling to balance work and family obligations. A safe, nurturing environment that enriches children’s development is critical to working families and is one of the best investments we can make in our economy. Yet today, a year of child care costs higher than a year of in-state tuition at most colleges – putting a significant strain on parents.


Ensuring that children have access to high quality and affordable early childhood programs can help children prepare for school and succeed in later life while strengthening parents’ ability to go to work, advance their career, and increase their earning potential. Research shows that money spent on young children is an effective investment, yielding benefits immediately to parents and for many decades to come for the children. For example, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors’ report on the Economics of Early Childhood indicate that investments in high-quality early education generate economic returns of over  $8 for every $1 spent.

Today, President Obama outlined his plan to make affordable, quality child care available to every working and middle-class family with young children. His plan includes:

  • Making a landmark investment in the Child Care and Development Fund that helps every eligible family with young children afford high-quality child care.
  • Tripling the maximum child care tax credit to $3,000 per young child.
  • Creating a new innovation fund to help states design programs that better serve families that face unique challenges in finding quality care, such as those in rural areas or working non-traditional hours.

Two years ago, the President called for a continuum of high-quality early learning for America’s children – including support for children and their parents beginning prenatally with evidence-based home visitation for young children and new and expecting parents and continuing through high-quality preschool for America’s 4-year olds. Over the past two years, the federal government, states, philanthropists, and business leaders have invested nearly $3 billion in high-quality preschool and early education. Today’s announcement builds on these continuing efforts to make high-quality early education and child care available for all. These investments to expand and strengthen child care and early education programs complement the Administration’s other efforts to help working families, including offering workers the opportunity to earn paid sick and family leave, a higher minimum wage, and equal pay for women.



Parents who work in low-wage jobs can face real difficulties affording quality child care – in 2013, the average cost of full-time care for an infant at a child care center was about $10,000 per year – higher than the average cost of in-state tuition at a public 4-year college -  and much higher in some locations. Without help, many families can face the untenable choice of not working or leaving their children in unsafe, unstable, or poor quality child care arrangements. Affordable, quality childcare can help parents so they can go to work to support their family.

Learning begins at birth, and the earliest years of a child’s life are those most critical for building foundational cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, and patterns of engagement in school and learning. Studies show that children who attend high-quality early learning programs – including high-quality child care – are more likely to do well in school, find good jobs, have fewer interactions with the justice system, and have greater earnings as adults than those who don’t.  Increasing the supply of high-quality, affordable child care can help parents balance work and family responsibilities while also investing in young children.

That’s why this year the President proposes unprecedented investments in making quality child care affordable and available for working families by:

  • Expanding access to child care assistance for all eligible families with children under four years of age, within ten years. The federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) helps low- and moderate-income families with the cost of child care and increases the availability and quality of that care. States contribute matching resources for a portion of the CCDF funding they receive. But currently, federal and state funding for child care assistance falls well short of the need, and only a small share of young children receive federally-funded child care subsidies. The President’s proposal will ensure that all low- and moderate-income families (those with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line, or approximately $40,000 for a family of three) with children age three and under have access to a subsidy to pay for quality child care so they can work or attend school or job training. By 2025, this investment will expand access to high-quality care to more than 1 million additional young children, reaching a total of more than 2.6 million children served monthly through the child care subsidy system. To qualify for this funding, states will be required to develop sound plans for how they will build the supply of quality care for infants and toddlers and ensure that the subsidies they provide (when combined with reasonable copayments families can afford) will  cover the cost of quality care.
  • Cutting taxes for families paying child care with a credit of up to $3,000 per child. The President’s tax proposal would streamline child care tax benefits and triple the maximum child care tax credit for middle class families with young children, increasing it to $3,000 per child. The President’s child care tax proposals would benefit 5.1 million families, helping them cover child care costs for  6.7 million children (including 3.5 million children under five), through the following reforms:
    • Triple the maximum Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) for families with children under five, increasing it to $3,000 per child. Families with young children face the highest child care costs. Under the President’s proposal, they could claim a 50 percent credit for up to $6,000 of expenses per child under five.
    • Make the full credit available to most middle-class families. Under current law, almost no families qualify for the maximum CDCTC. The President’s proposal would make the maximum credit – for young children, older children, and elderly or disabled dependents – available to families with incomes up to $120,000, meaning that most middle-class families could easily determine how much help they can get.
    • Eliminate complex child care flexible spending accounts and reinvest the savings in the improved CDCTC. The President’s proposal would replace the current system of complex and duplicative incentives with one generous and simple child care tax benefit.
  •  Improving the quality of child care. Last year Congress acted on a bipartisan basis to pass child care legislation that includes much-needed reforms to improve the quality and safety in child care settings, including  requiring training for providers to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, instituting annual inspections of child care facilities, and comprehensive background checks of all providers. This proposal would provide the resources to help states implement those important reforms and support the expansion of access to quality child care programs staffed by early educators that can provide developmentally appropriate services that promote the healthy development and school readiness of young children
  •  Promoting Innovation in the Child Care Subsidy System.  The President will also invest $100 million in new competitive grants to states, territories, tribes and communities to develop, implement and evaluate models of providing child care to address the unmet needs for families who face unique challenges to securing child care. These pilots could be used to develop promising practices for families in rural communities or have children with disabilities, parents who work non-traditional hours, and other families who struggle to find and use high-quality child care.



In addition to the historic investment in helping every low-income and middle-class family afford child care, the President’s FY16 budget will make critical investments to expand access to high-quality early education, including:

  •  Providing Preschool for All:  In his 2013 State of the Union, the Obama Administration announced a proposal to provide high-quality preschool to every American child and the FY 2016 Budget will continue to support this historic public investment in early education and in the future of America’s children.  This $75 billion partnership with states would extend federal funds to expand high-quality preschool to reach all low- and moderate-income four-year-olds from families at or below 200% of poverty.  The proposal, financed through an increase in tobacco taxes which will discourage youth smoking and save lives, also encourages states to broaden participation to reach additional middle-income families and to expand the availability of full-day kindergarten. In December 2014, the President and Vice President hosted the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education, highlighting over $1 billion in investments dedicated to early childhood education and development, including new efforts to expand preschool across 18 states and in over 200 high-need communities, reaching an additional 33,000 children.
  •  Supporting Infants and Toddlers  through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: This Administration has more than doubled the number of infants and toddlers in Early Head Start and, in 2014, created the new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships program – an effort to  provide quality care to tens of thousands of additional infants and toddlers through a partnership between Early Head Start and child care providers that meet the highest standards of quality to serve children from birth through age three.  The Obama Administration has invested $500 million to support communities and proposes additional funding as they improve and expand comprehensive early care and education through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships program, reaching over 30,000 infants and toddlers this year.
  • Increasing the duration of Head Start to a full school day and year. Head Start is a key element of the Administration’s efforts to help all children meet their full potential. The Obama Administration has already taken dramatic steps to raise the bar on Head Start quality, including requiring low-performing programs to compete for continued funding, and is revising performance standards to reflect the best available science on early learning and development. The President’s Budget includes a new proposal to further increase the impact of Head Start – while also helping the working parents of Head Start children – by providing enough resources to make sure all children in Head Start benefit from a full school day and full school year (at least six hours a day, 170 days a year), which research shows leads to better outcomes for young children.
  • Investing in Voluntary, Evidence-Based Home Visiting: Established in 2010, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program builds on research showing that home visits by a nurse, social worker, or other professional during pregnancy and in the earliest years of life has benefits to parents and to children. These programs have been shown to significantly improve maternal and child health, development, and learning.  These effects have proven to be long-lasting, with one study showing improved language and math abilities at age 12.  Additionally, these programs have led to increases in parental employment and reductions in child maltreatment. To date it has supported more than 1.4 million visits in over 700 communities. The President’s Budget would ensure the program does not end when funding is scheduled to expire in March 2015 and expand the program to reach additional families and communities. This proposal is also supported by the increased tobacco tax.



Ferguson After the Trauma

Published in Parent



FAMU Psychologist Returns from Ferguson, Missouri After Offering Trauma Support to Community

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) psychology professor Jackie Collins Robinson, Ph.D. traveled to Ferguson, Mo. earlier this month to volunteer to assist local children and community members in dealing with the aftermath and subsequent trauma surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown.


Dr. Robinson, who is a licensed psychologist and licensed school psychologist in Florida, spent four days in Ferguson. Her visit was inspired by an invitation from the president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists to help the organization meet the emotional needs of impacted adults and children in the Ferguson area through conducting wellness workshops.

“The St. Louis Chapter is one organization responding to the people of Ferguson’s demand for trauma related interventions,” Robinson said. “I was happy to lend my skills to this effort.”

Robinson’s time in Ferguson was focused on providing intermediation for impending social and emotional distress within the local schools and community.

“The shooting of Michael Brown, and the related protests and marches – some of which have contained violence – could potentially lead to an increase in trauma related behavioral and emotional problems among adults and children in that community,” Robinson said. “I met with different people and offered my support to help them through what they are experiencing in that community.”

She added, “My hope is that through the support of community members and professionals, the children there will not suffer increased behavioral problems and decreased school performance in the aftermath of the violence.”

According to Robinson, she hopes the time she spent in Ferguson will serve two purposes: to contribute to the healing process for those traumatized by the tragedy and to demonstrate to FAMU students what it truly means to be committed to the community public service.

“While I was there I met and observed children who have to pass by the site of Michael’s death every day. That consistent reminder can impact them in ways that could affect them mentally and even in their day-to-day behavior, such as not trusting those in authority or being afraid to go to sleep with the lights off. I felt it was my duty to use my experience in psychology to reach some of the people who may be forever changed by what happened in Ferguson.”

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. expressed her support of Robinson’s efforts and affirmed the University’s commitment to fostering an academic environment that encourages students to explore careers in the social sciences.

“Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is proud of the guidance and insight Dr. Robinson offered to a community that has experienced very unfortunate events in the past weeks,” said President Mangum. “The events surrounding the death of Michael Brown underscores the need for institutions like FAMU to continue to provide training for future social scientists, in order to ensure our communities have the support needed to be healthy and productive.”

Robinson currently serves as the director of the Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application (CEPRA), and is a nationally certified mental health first aid instructor.


Bino and Fino, A Cartoon Celebrating Children's Diversity

Published in Uncategorized

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The face of children’s entertainment is changing with Bino and Fino, a ground-breaking cartoon which is now in its second season. By celebrating diversity, African parents and those of Caribbean and African descent are finally seeing the diverse cultural representation that they have been looking for with Bino and Fino.

Created by Adamu Waziri, a Nigerian animator, and produced by his Nigerian based animation company EVCL, Bino and Fino is an African educational cartoon about a brother and sister who live in a city in sub- Saharan Africa. In each episode Bino and Fino, with the help of their friend Zeena, the Magic Butterfly and their family, discover and learn things about the world. Aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, the series shows aspects of African history, culture and languages and educates children from all backgrounds.  According to Adamu there is a hunger for such programmes in an ever-growing multi-cultural society and parents feel let down by major international broadcasters.
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Adamu and his team have set about helping to change the status quo and with Bino and Fino, the first of its kind to come from Nigeria, and they are succeeding. The pilot episode of Bino and Fino was released in 2010 and has been well received internationally, with profiles on CNN and The Huffington Post.  A 24 minute TV feature of the show which is available on DVD has been broadcast on Television in the UK and South Africa, on YouTube and at festivals to a growing fan base of kids and parents from around the world.

The full second season is currently under production in Nigeria by EVCL and is set to be released at the end of 2014.


Parent testimonials:
A mother had this to say. “Wow, you guys have made my Sunday. I am loving Bino and Fino, and Mr Adamu Waziri. I was just talking to my hubby and his sisters, and my cousins about the lack of black/African cartoons and positive educational stuff for the kids. Not to mention the lack of black characters on Disney. We need to put positive educational dolls, movies, shows for our kids because many do watch a lot of TV with mom and dad working.”

Another mother had this to say. “I am soo happy I found this. My daughter is such an outgoing young lady who loves to explore and missed the opportunity go visit Africa. Now she can get connected and find fun ways to connect. She, at 22, still dresses herself in garments and patterns that represent your fine heritage. God bless your efforts. I will enlist this as part of my classroom soon. Thanks”
A father had this to say. ‘Our daughter, 19 months old, just counted to 10 in Yoruba while watching Bino and Fino! ’


How to be a Champion?

Published in TEENS

Are you a champion for your family? Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Parenting Advice From Kids

Published in Family

Just for laughs... Jimmy's wife is having a baby soon. He has two older kids so it's been a long time since he took care of a baby. To brush up and get some advice on how to raise a child, he went right to the source and asked a child to help him figure some things out.

Conscious Parenting

Published in LIFESTYLE

Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York. She is the author of the multi-award-winning, The Conscious Parent. Heralded as a game-changer in the parenting genre, this book turns the traditional parenting paradigms on its head and revolutionizes how we raise our families. She has been exposed to Eastern mindfulness at an early age and integrates its teachings with Western psychology. This blend of East and West allows her to reach a global audience. Her ability to appeal to both a psychologically astute and consciousness-driven audience establishes her as one of a kind in the parenting field. She lectures extensively on mindful living and conscious parenting around the world and is in private practice. She resides with her husband and daughter in New York.

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