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Bring It On! – December 16, 2013

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Bev Smith and Cornelius Wright joined Dr. Roderick Paige.

PART ONE
On January 21, 2001, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Roderick Paige as the 7th U.S. Secretary of Education. For Dr. Paige, the son of a principal and a librarian in public schools, that day was the crowning achievement of a long career in education. Born in 1933 in segregated Monticello, Mississippi, Dr.  Paige’s accomplishments speak of his commitment to education. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University in his home state. He then earned both a master’s and a doctoral degree from Indiana University.

Dr. Paige began working with students early in his career as a teacher and a coach. He then served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University (TSU). In this position, Dr. Paige worked to ensure that future educators would receive the training and expertise necessary to succeed in the classroom. He also established the university’s Center for Excellence in Urban Education, a research facility that concentrates on issues related to instruction and management in urban school systems.

In 1994, Dr. Paige left TSU to become superintendent of HISD, the nation’s seventh largest school district. Inside Houston Magazine named Dr. Paige one of “Houston’s 25 most powerful people” in guiding the city’s growth and prosperity. In 2001, he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.

During his tenure as Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education from 2001 to 2005, Dr. Paige was a fierce and innovative champion of education reform who led the way in setting new standards of achievement for all students in our education system. He spearheaded the implementation of the historic No Child Left Behind Act, with its goal of reinvigorating America’s education system. Dr. Paige Cornelius and Bev by phone this evening to shed some light on his illustrious career.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – December 9, 2013

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Clarence Boone and Cornelius Wright joined Frank Motley of the IU Maurer School of Law and BIO contributor Liz Mitchell

PART ONE
Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013. Though not a total surprise, the world was nevertheless saddened to learn of the recent passing of this legendary and iconic South African anti-apartheid leader and former President.

To commemorate his life, Bring It On welcomes contributor Liz Mitchell and Frank Motley from the IU Maurer School of Law to share their thoughts on Mandela’s recent passing.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – November 25, 2013

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Bev Smith, William Hosea, Eric Love, Beverly Calender-Anderson, and Clarence Boone discuss what they are thankful for in a special Thanksgiving Episode.

PART ONE
It’s Thanksgiving week, and before we get too captivated with all the Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day sales, football games, and before we stuff ourselves with turkey and all the trimmings, Bring It On! wanted to take a few moments to share with listeners what they were thankful for during this season.

We  assembled a number of our Bring It On contributors to share for a few moments, those things meaningful moments that they have experienced that are worthy of taking a pause for the cause of giving thanks. Joining Bev and William are contributors Beverly Calender-Anderson, Eric Love, and Clarence Boone.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith, Clarence Boone, and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – November 18, 2013

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Dellsie Boddie, executive director of Cry of the Children Incorporated.

PART ONE
Cry of the Children Incorporated was founded in 1995 in Bloomington. It was created to empower children and teens on their journey of being participants in positive activities and to be positively accepted in their school environment.

In collaboration with local community organizations, schools and parents, Cry of the Children seeks to help youth develop the skill sets they need to build and maintain relationships with parents, teachers and the larger community of Bloomington.

Their direct services include but are not limited to providing Thanksgiving meals, literacy and tutorial services, choir and dance performances, single parenting mentoring, and a performing step team. Joining Bev and William tonight is the Executive Director of Cry of the Children, Dellsie Boddie.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – November 11, 2013

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Clarence Boone and Cornelius Wright welcome Morgan Newman, her mother Sharlene and Bethel AME Church Pastor Dennis Laffoon

PART ONE
When Morgan Newman saw a preview of the CNN Freedom Project, a series of documentaries on modern-day slavery, one part of the story stood out. The documentary featured Free the Girls, a non-profit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking, collecting gently used bras and donating them to the women as starting inventory for their own business. The documentary and the charity stuck with Newman.

What also struck Newman was the simplicity of the project, and though a busy extracurricular schedule forced her to put it off for a while, this summer she decided to finally move forward, bringing the project to Bloomington. She and a few friends came together and set a goal: they would try to collect 300 bras to give to Free the Girls for resale. The girls collected five times their goal, totaling about 1,500 bras by the time they were ready to ship to Free the Girls.

Joining Clarence and Cornelius in the studio to talk about her community-wide effort to empower women is Morgan Newman, her mother Sharlene and Bethel AME Church Pastor, Dennis Laffoon, who successfully nominated her for a Bloomington Everyday Hero Award.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – October 28, 2013

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Patrick Smith, executive director of the Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development and Kim Morris-Newson, associate director of the Office of Community and School Partnerships.

PART ONE
A middle and high school student empowerment symposium will be hosted on Friday, November 8th at Indiana University.  This is in partnership with IU’s Offices of Community and School Partnerships; and Mentoring Services and Leadership Development; and the Monroe County Community School Corporation. This takes place at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center’s Grand Hall. The theme for the conference is “Developing Self-Reliance.” The Symposium /Workshop presenter is Mr. Shawn Woods.

On that same day, the collegiate crowd will enjoy the 2013 Diversity Leadership Conference, co-sponsored by the Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development and the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program. This event represents the combining of two separate conferences under one banner to recognize their common goals of scholarship and student development in the areas of leadership and self-efficacy. The conference consists of workshops, seminars, and engaging speakers.

Joining Bev and William to elaborate more are conference planners, Patrick Smith, executive director of the Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development and Kim Morris-Newson, associate director of the Office of Community and School Partnerships.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – October 21, 2013

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Bev Smith and Cornelius Wright welcome Vincent Isom, director of the Atkins LLC; and students Shanika Daniels, Christina Slaughter and Marlon Williams.

PART ONE
A group of Indiana University students, with the Thomas I. Atkins Living Learning Center, have been studying African-American’s buried in Southern Indiana cemeteries. The bulk of their research has centered upon the black settlers who lived in Owen County, Indiana in the 1800’s.

They recently presented their progress-to-date and future plans for the project at the Owen County Historical and Genealogical Association in Spencer, IN.  Joining us to talk about this and more are Vincent Isom, director of the Atkins LLC; and students Shanika Daniels, Christina Slaughter and Marlon Williams.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – October 14, 2013

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William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Vernon Williams, senior vice president for Communications with Indiana Black Expo and Charla Booth from Word of Mouth Productions.

PART ONE
This past weekend, Indianapolis hosted yet another successful Circle City Classic Weekend. One of the key organizers is Vernon Williams, senior vice president for Communications with Indiana Black Expo. Vernon stops by to provide a wrap-up on the Circle City Classic and he brought along with him Charla Booth from Charla Booth from Word of Mouth Productions, who joins us to talk about an upcoming theatrical production scheduled for this weekend in Bloomington that coincides with the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club Reunion. They both join Clarence and William to discuss their respective topics.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Clarence Boone
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – October 7, 2013

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On a special Fall Pledge Drive episode, William Hosea and Bev Smith replay our February interview with Ms. Nancy Streets-Lyons

PART ONE
The Indiana University Neal-Marshall Alumni Club will be hosting a reunion on the weekend of October 18 through the 20th. One of the keynote speakers during the weekend is Nancy Streets-Lyons, the first women of color who was crowned Miss IU. She accomplished this back in 1959. On a special Fall Pledge Drive episode of Bring It On!, we replay her interview from February when the Miss IU organization paid tribute to her during their 2013 pageant.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Bev Smith
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bring It On! – September 30, 2013

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William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome William Vance and Lou Robinson of the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP

PART ONE
The Monroe County Branch of the NAACP will host its 35th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 19 be at Terry’s Banquet Center and Catering in Bloomington, IN. This year’s theme is “We Shall Not be Moved” which focuses on current events to roll back the progress from the 1960s civil rights movement and on our efforts to challenge these events. This year our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Valeri Haughton, Circuit Court Judge, Division VIII.

Here to provide an overview of the banquet and to discuss local initiatives of the NAACP are the president of the Monroe County Branch, William Vance, and Lou Robinson, treasurer of the Monroe County Branch.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Bev Smith
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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