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Yale & Mizzou: Covert Racism


From Ronda-isms. Yale University’s pristine ivy is in a bunch. All is not well in the hallowed halls of this academic haven. Controversy struck when an email was sent to students regarding Halloween costumes reminding that “poor decisions can be made including wearing feathered headdresses, turbans, wearing ‘war paint’ or modifying skin tone or wearing […]

Police Violence in High Schools


From Ronda-isms. The amount of force used against the Spring Valley High School girl is unconscionable and unjustified. We need to stop victim blaming! Whatever happened to homeroom or Saturday detention. Blaming the girl is exactly why this cop got away with it before. Society blames the victim. No one deserves to be on the receiving […]

Harlem Educational Resources Expo

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I am pleased to be a panelist for the Harlem Educational Resources Expo on Saturday, May 16th sponsored by the Harlem Business Alliance. I will give tips on high school and college readiness based on curriculum used for Matrix Navigation. FREE admission. Hope to see you there!

Financial Planning for College & Beyond – Budget Worksheet


Estimated Income Yearly Amount Monthly Amount Estimated Expenses Yearly Amount Monthly Amount SALARY /ADJUSTMENTS 40,000 HOUSING Net Salary = gross salary minus FICA/medicare, taxes (assume 28%) Use PaycheckCity.comSalary Calculator Mortgage/Rent Homeowners/Condo Assessment NON-TAXABLE INCOME AFDC UTILITIES Veterans Benefits Gas Social Security Electric Other Water Telephone (land line) Cell Phone OTHER INCOME TRANSPORTATION Interest Income Bus/Train […]

Surviving Freshman Year


From   The summer of 1989, I packed for a year of independence – my freshman year in college. As a first generation college student, I expected it to be a mixture of Cosby’s “A Different World” and Spike Lee’s “School Daze.” The article contains tips for surviving freshman year.

High School Drop Rate Report


New findings about the real reasons high school students drop out. They are similar to the reasons why first generation college students drop out after freshman year. For more information on the report, read more.. America’s Promise Alliance Report on High School Drop Outs

Five Life Lessons Learned


From   I have lived through a lot these decades on earth. I witnessed the fall of the Iron Curtain,  an apartheid free South Africa, an African-American president, a recession unlike any other, and the return of 1980s fashion. I have lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and traveled abroad. I bought my […]

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