BSA Presents: 2nd Annual Youth Civic Leadership Summit

BSA Presents: 2nd Annual Youth Civic Leadership Summit

A hallmark of the Black Swan Academy are the unique opportunities youth have to engage in programming designed to not only enhance their PRIDE in themselves and their communities, but to help them discover their PURPOSE and ignite their POWER so that they can be change agents today and in the future. These leading principles…

Remembering Our Own Journey: Post- Election Statement

Remembering Our Own Journey: Post- Election Statement

Family: Yesterday morning, many of us woke up with mixed emotions, a lot of them heavy. Know that your feelings, whatever they may be, are valid. People of color, in particular black people, have felt the brunt of systemic oppression throughout our lives. Yet, the events that have taken place over the course of this…

The Impact Of Voter Suppression & White Uneducated Women

By NewsOne Now As the nation continues to dissect the polling data that led to Donald Trump‘s election, we can’t ignore the impact of voter suppression and the high number of White women voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump. Republican-led voter suppression efforts may have kept just enough voters from casting their ballots…

BSA’s Response to the Murder of Alton & Philando

BSA’s Response to the Murder of Alton & Philando

Response to the Murder of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile Yet again, we are faced with the reality of multiple murders at the hands of those allegedly called to “protect and serve”. As we grapple with the lack of humanity shown to our brothers and sisters, we, as always, consider the youth who witness these…

#LeadFreeDC: Official Testimony

#LeadFreeDC: Official Testimony

Joint Public Oversight Hearing Lead Testing in Public Facilities Testimony of Samantha Davis, The Black Swan Academy 6/22/2016   Good morning Chairperson Grosso and Chairperson Cheh, I am Samantha Davis, Founder and Director of The Black Swan Academy. The Black Swan Academy is a non profit organization creating a pipeline of black youth civic leaders…

No one can go through this alone: DC Youth 2 Flint

No one can go through this alone: DC Youth 2 Flint

I am Talaiha, a 10th grader, attending Anacostia High School and a member of the Black Swan Academy.The last week of April, I we traveled to Flint, Michigan (a city where residents have no access to clean water and have experience high levels of lead exposure for years). This was my experience… On Friday morning…

Dear Serena: We Are You

Dear Serena: We Are You

By Linda Goler Blount Dear Serena: You are us. We are you. We have watched you grow and dominate a sport like few before you. We also wince at the descriptions you are subjected to. As you take center court this weekend at the U.S. Open, in pursuit of your outrageous 22nd grand-slam championship, you…

10-Year-Old Girl Holds Conference on Confidence

10-Year-Old Girl Holds Conference on Confidence

By Monique John Olivia Allen, not yet even a middle schooler, is spreading her #blackgirlmagic all over her neighborhood as a budding philanthropist and role model for her peers. This 10-year-old from Louisville, KY held a free conference late last month called: “I Can Be: Girls Confidence Conference.” In an interview with The Huffington Post,…

When We Don’t #SayHerName, History Doesn’t Listen

When We Don’t #SayHerName, History Doesn’t Listen

By Taryn Finley In the days following the not guilty conviction of the police officer who fatally shot 22-year-old Rekia Boyd in Chicago, no one;said her name. At least that’s according to Porscha Olayiwola — a writer and teacher from Chicago who won the National Poetry Slam in Oakland this year after performing a poem…

100 Lessons: DOJ Releases Final Report On Ferguson Unrest

100 Lessons: DOJ Releases Final Report On Ferguson Unrest

By NewsOne Now The Department of Justice has released its final report on the 17-day period between the shooting death of Michael Brown and his funeral. According to NPR: The report, conducted by the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services office, focused on the 17-day time frame between Brown’s death and his funeral. The assessment…

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