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Making Progress; Moving Forward!
Stress from Homework Can Make Kids Ill
Why We Should Invest in Jada Bolar
Bring Back Our Girls!!!
Don't Ask Police to Protect You from Your Children
Take A Young Black Man to Worship
Saturday University
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Stress From Homework
Can Make Kids Ill

By Nigel Boys


Although studying while in school is necessary for children to be successful in later life, pushing them too hard or studying too much can be detrimental to their health. This information comes from a new study by the Stanford Graduate School of Education.


The study compiled of over 4,300 students from the most successful private and public schools in California, found that if students study more than three hours per night, they may be at greater risk to develop serious health problems to achieve their goals.


According to Denise Pope, co-author of the study, students who study too hard, tend to suffer more from ailments such as exhaustion, digestive problems - including loss of weight and ulcers, headaches and migraines, and problems with sleeping patterns.


The study also showed that students who feel pressured to succeed can put in about 5 hours of homework per night, a figure two hours above the average for students of these types of schools.


Pope went on to say that there is nothing wrong with a parent's desire for their child do well in school, but they must also make sure that they obtain the amount of rest they need by limiting the amount of time spent on homework to around two hours per night for high school level.


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Tune in to listen to

Jada Bolar

Daughter of Kelley Williams-Bolar

and one of the brightest high school

students in Ohio


  • Her Mom's Ordeal Fighting the Education System
  • Her Mom's Ordeal Fighting the Criminal Justice System
  • Her Grandfather Taking A Heroic Stand for His Family
  • Her School District Kicking Her Out After An Outstanding Academic Year
  • Why America Should Invest in Jada's Future
Saturday, May 17, 2014
6:00 pm central time
On WVON -1690 AM
Join us at 7:00 pm Eastern; 6:00 pm Central; 5:00 pm Mountain;4:00 pm Pacific; 3:00 pm Alaskan; 2:00 pm Hawaiian.

Call-In number at 773-591-1690


Listen to The Black Star Project's

Internationally Acclaimed Radio Program

The Parent Revolution

Every Saturday onWVON1690AM


Click Hereto Tune In.


The Black Star Project thanks the Board of Directors of The Field Foundation of Illinois, the Board of Directors of Woods Fund of Chicago, Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins, Illinois State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, Chicago Alderman Will Burns and Melody Spann Cooper of WVON for their generous support for our parenting programs.


Please call 773.285.9600 for more information, to sponsor Ms. Williams-Bolar or to RSVP to hear Kelley Williams-Bolar speak about her ordeal on May 10, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

Bring Back Our Girls
300 Nigerian Girls Kidnapped!
Join the international effort to save them?
Click Here to Ask the U.S. Secretary of State
to Help "Bring Back Our Girls"!!!

Dear Phillip,


As Secretary Kerry said, we will continue to provide counterterrorism assistance to help Nigerian authorities, during this terrible tragedy, to develop a comprehensive approach to combating Boko Haram. We continue to stand firmly with the people of Nigeria in their efforts to bring the terrorist violence perpetrated by Boko Haram to an end while ensuring civilian protection and respect for human rights.


Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of State.


Bureau of Public Affairs

Office of Public Liaison

'Bring Back Our Girls'

Nicholas Kristof,Op-Ed Columnist

May 3, 2014


DOZENS of heavily armed terrorists rolled into the sleepy little town one night in a convoy of trucks, buses and vans. They made their way to the girls' boarding school.


The high school girls, asleep in their dormitory, awoke to gunfire. The attackers stormed the school, set it on fire, and, residents said, then herded several hundred terrified girls into the vehicles - and drove off and vanished.


These girls, ages 15 to 18 and Christians and Muslims alike, knew the risks of seeking an education, and schools in the area had closed in March for fear of terror attacks. But this school had reopened so that the girls - the stars of their families and villages - could take their final exams. They were expected to move on to become teachers, doctors, lawyers.


Instead, they reportedly are being auctioned off for $12 each to become "wives" of militants. About 50 girls escaped, but the police say that276 are still missing- and the Nigerian government has done next to nothing to recover the girls.


The attack in Nigeria is part of a global backlash against girls' education by extremists. The Pakistani Talibanshot Malala Yousafzai in the head at age 15because she advocated for girls' education. Extremists threw acid in the faces of girls walking to school in Afghanistan. And in Nigeria, militants

destroyed50 schools last year alone.


"These abducted schoolgirls are my sisters," Malala told me in an email from Britain, where she is recovering from the Taliban attack, "and I call on the international community and the government of Nigeria to take action and save my sisters."


Malala's right. More than 200 teenage girls have just been enslaved because they had the brains and guts to seek to become teachers or doctors. They deserve a serious international effort to rescue them.


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41st Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference
May 19, 2014
8:15 am to 4:00 pm
Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois

The conference serves three purposes:

  • It connects leaders and supporters of volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring and education-to-career programs with each other
  • It builds visibility so that more volunteers and donors will choose to support tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region.
  • Helps T/MC maintainChicago Area Programs Listof tutor/mentor programs
'Because help has not come'
Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of The Black Star Project, stands in front of upside-down flags representing the 105 youth killed in Chicago that year.Upside-down flags are an official distress symbol of the United States government asking for help when a U.S. citizen is in danger of losing life or property.Help did not come for these children. (Caption by The Black Star Project)
By Chinta Strausberg
May 14, 2014

While both the body bag count and the cost of incarcerating black youth continue to rise, Phillip Jackson, the executive director of the Black Star Project Tuesday said it isn't wise for African Americans to ask the police, the courts and the schools to protect them from their own children.


"While we have been asking for help for many years, it has not come and it is not coming from the White House. Quit asking at this point and don't expect the police to protect us from our children. Some people are asking for the National Guards to protect us from our children and we should stop asking for that.


"It is the president's job to do the right thing for all Americans. I am not asking him to do anything that is not in his job description. Help me to protect and develop our children," said Jackson.


"To keep a juvenile 17-years and under in Illinois jails for one year it cost more than $111,000 and for an adult it cost between $40,000-50,000 a year,"said Jackson. The variance between the adults and juvenile incarceration rest with mandatory guidelines when it comes to housing and providing social services for the youth.While that might sound like a lot of money to jail a youth, Jackson said other states cost more.


"In New York, it is closer to $200,000 to keep a juvenile locked up. It is a waste of money, and it seems as though rather than providing mentoring and proper educational services for our young people, it seems as though we are more willing to lock them up than to invest in and develop these young people," he said.


When the dust settles, Jackson said, "We're going to have to pay for this and it may not be today or tomorrow, but in the next 10-15 years we will see all of this wasted potential...future doctors, future lawyers...engineers that we could have been developing. Instead, they will either be in prison or coming out and that will decimate our communities," warned Jackson.


"Our destiny is in our hands. It's not in the hands of the police, or the court system and it's not in the hands of the schools, but we don't realize it. We keep asking other people to save us from our children. No other race of people does that. Until we decide that we are going to take control of the minds, the learning, the hearts and the spirit of our children, then we should expect worse than what we have now...."


The Black Star Project is located at 3509 South King Drive, Chicago, Illinois. For further information, call Jackson at: 773.285.9600.

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On Father's Day,

Sunday, June 15, 2014,

Across America,

200 Churches Will Celebrate

"Take A Young Black Man

To Worship" Day

With 75% of young Black males16 to 24 years old in New York City not working, with the leading cause of death for young Black men in American being homicide, with 92% of Black males in Chicago not being able to read proficiently, andwith nearly 50% of the 2.3 million prisoners in prisons in America being mostly young Black men, the questions arise, "What would Jesus do in these times?" And the answer is, He would take a young Black man to worship!

Father's Dayis a great time for you and your place of worship to make a commitment to help and support young Black men.Please tell your pastor, iman, rabbi or priest that you want your place of worship to "Take A young Black Man To Worship" on June 15, 2014. Please call Vince at 773.285.9600 receive an organizing guide and to join the list of faith organization across America that will participate in this program.

Black Boys Are Begging Black Men in Chicago to Mentor Them
We Need Black Mento Mentor Black Boys!
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Men should call 773.285.9600 to become a mentor for Black boys.

Saturday University

Ensure that your children excel in their learning at a Saturday University. Saturday University is one of the newestand most effective educational concepts in America for educating students of color. It is family- and community-driven education at its best. As many/most Black children in American schools are failing academically, the only way to successfully educate them is with the support and actions of their parents, families and communities. Register now for Saturday University.

Please Call 773.285.9600 to register.

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