| ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT |
Dontraneil "Don Dada Kwame Tumi" Clayborne is the founder and creator of Afrispora™ and AFRISPORA.com, organizer of a wide range of socio-cultural and politico-economic endeavors, and an Urban Planning doctoral candidate at UCLA (graduation date 2011). Dontraneil also teaches African, World, African-American and U.S. History as a professor at Santa Monica college.
Dontraneil was born in 'South Central' L.A., near 54th Street and Central Avenue. Much of his family has lived in this area dating from 1942 until the present. As a youth, he attended eight elementary schools from South Central L.A. to Watts to Inglewood and elsewhere, then in Orange County and San Diego counties before returning to L.A. During his time in high school, first the Jungle Brothers and De la Soul, then A Tribe Called Quest changed how he looked at music and popular culture in general. He discovered music that allowed him to tap into a cultural network that fit into his world views.
Dontraneil is particularly proud of an essay he wrote in high school about the life and accomplishments of W.E.B. Du Bois. The experience of writing the essay and winning a second place prize, along with an awareness of his family history, sparked Dontraneil's quest for knowledge of self. Du Bois would become one of the main catalysts for his intellectual development as a teenager and throughout his life.
After high school, Dontraneil went on to obtain a double major B.A. in Third World Studies and History at University of California, San Diego. During his junior year, he studied abroad for eight months at the University of Ghana, Legon in West Africa. While in college, Dontraneil listened to a lot of music, ranging from the Artifacts, Boogiemonsters, the Roots, Freestyle Fellowship, Gin Blossoms, Alice and Chains, Porno for Pyros, Craig Mack, Cypress Hill, the Nonce, Anita Baker, and more. Since high school and college, his personal and academic life have been shaped and inspired by the literary likes of Mariama Ba, Oscar Wilde, Albert Camus, W.E.B. Du Bois and musical likes of the KRS-One, Fela Kuti, Souls of Mischief, Incognito, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Omar Lye Fook, J Davey, Dibiase, J. Bizness, N/A, GB, Phonte, Open Mike Eagle and Dr. Who Dat up to today.
Following a summer of service as an AFL-CIO Union activist, Dontraneil moved to Washington, DC to attend graduate school at a Howard University. Once in the nation's capitol, he worked a plethora of odd jobs ranging from a youth hostel to web development and database management. In 1998 he obtained a Masters of Arts degree in History (major field: African history-minor field: Public history). That same year, Dontraneil had developed the basic concepts of what would later become Afrispora™. The vision was to use online tools to make real world cultural events more widely known.
In 1999 Dontraneil began his academic career teaching World history and African history in Baltimore.
In 2000, he came back home to Los Angeles, and in 2002 began attending UCLA to obtain a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. During this time, he also connected with 'good' folks in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles at small gatherings and large parties like Juju. Finally in 2005, the concept of Afrispora™ was formalized and Dontraneil began conceptualizing and re-conceptualizing, designing and re-designing how the concept would be brought into the business format and networking model of the company, Afrispora Worldwide, LLC, parent company of Afrispora.com.
Dontraneil's lifetime enthusiasm for knowledge lead to later academic interest in the lives, ideas and instructions of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kwame Nkrumah, Samora Machel, Steve Biko, Walter Rodney, Albert Camus, Ngugi wa Thoing'o, Arthur Ashe, Kwame Ture, Thomas Sankara, Carter G. Woodson, Angela Davis, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Ali Mazrui, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Basil Davidson, Frantz Fanon, Joseph E. Harris, Jeanne Maddox Toungara, George Orwell, Mahatma Gandhi, Vinit Mukhija, Edward Soja, Lois Takahashi, Aziz Batran, Paul Robeson among many others.
Since 2008, Dontraneil gradually came to be known as Kwame Tumi. This nickname means born on Saturday because Kwame is an Akan ethnic group day name, while Tumi means to be able, capable.
Afrispora continues to evolve and flourish, and this fall Dontraneil will launch Globalspora.com. For more information please visit www.Afrispora.com
or contact Dontraneil at email@example.com
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| UBAA EDITORIAL |
|L.A. Times Article on Prop 209 Missed the Point
|Written by Bobby Grace
The recent op Ed piece entitled "Meritocracy at UC" (July 12) attempts to paint a false picture of how Prop 209 got enacted and its resulting effects.
The aforementioned title presupposes that UC admissions have been based on merit before and after the enactment of Proposition 209. Neither is the case.
The University of California (U.C) was created in 1868 to serve the all California students regardless of economic background or color. Given the customs of the day, that meant no students of color in 1868. The U.C. has proven to be one of the more egalitarian institutions in California boasting students like Ralph Bunche (Nobel Prize winner) in its' early years. Recent admissions figures show a dramatic disparity between African American enrollment at UC (about 4 percent) and the African American population in California (about 9 percent)
UC has historically admitted students 50 to 70 percent of its student body based on merit (grades and SAT scores). This means that between 30 and 50 percent of the student body prior to 1996 were admitted for other so called preferences. The most widely known preference is athletic achievement. This category allows major universities like UCLA and Berkeley to field powerful basketball and football teams year after year. Little known preferences include admission for those who are physically challenged, those who are musically gifted, student majoring in engineering and students that come from a low economic backgrounds. Prior to 1996 there were many students who were admitted under the "special admit" category who had family members who attended UC. Some students were admitted as "special admits" whose parents were wealthy donors and so and so forth. During the 96 campaign, the proponents of 209 made it seem that Latinos and African Americans were the only ones that were gaining admission to UC by preference which is simply not the case. The relevant question that the public should be asking is: What preferences for UC admission are now in vogue and what are the moral underpinnings for those preferences?
The other campaign tactic employed by the 209 proponents was convincing Californians that racial preference was no longer needed in UC admissions. They argued that there were no longer any barriers to Latino and African American achievement in society. The authors of this article and other proponents of proposition 209 pulled the wool over the state in 1996. They sold California voters on the argument that proposition 209 would serve to make California a color blind society and make government and education institutions truly egalitarian. In the process they were able to wipe out almost three decades of efforts to make higher education equal for all Californians. Affirmative Action was set up to address the inherent inequality in California schools and society. There were several conditions that existed in California that our legislature felt should be addressed. They included:
Inequality of Opportunity - the California Legislature and the Regents of California recognized that there was real inequality of opportunity between whites and minorities in California. This was shown by gap in income between whites and minorities and the higher rate of unemployment between whites and minorities in 1960's.
The proponents of 209 magically made all that inequality disappear for California voters. But here are the facts:
Segregation in California schools (the landmark Supreme Court case of Crawford vs. Board of Education stipulated that segregation was pervasive in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and that all California schools had a legal obligation to address the issue in their districts. LAUSD is the largest school district in the state of California and has the one of the largest population of African American and Latino students in the state. Ironically, LAUSD is more segregated than ever. A recent study found that inner city schools in Los Angeles were more segregated today than in the mid 1980's. This is consistent with the Harvard University Civil Rights Project finding that urban schools across the country are more segregated today than they were two decades ago.
Education: California has some of the worst standardized test scores in the nation for its K-12 students. We used to lead the nation. Scoring for African American students continues to lag behind their white and Asian counterparts. Less than 30 percent of African American students are proficient in math and reading. This includes all grade levels. African American students have the highest dropout rate for all ethnic minorities across the state. The ethnic group with the lowest percentage of graduates that met UC entrance requirements is African Americans. California African American students have lower SAT test scores than white and Asian students. SAT testing continues to be one of the main gate keepers of admission to the university. The authors of the article glossed over the fact that U.C enrollment of African American and Latinos continues to lag behind their general population number in the state with African American enrollment at 4.2 percent compared to 9.1 percentages in the state. The authors did mention that at the flagship campuses, Berkeley and UCLA, African American and Latino enrollment is far behind those figures prior to 209. What they failed to mention is that those two campuses are the "front porch" so to speak for what the world sees of the U.C. campuses. Hence the public outcry when the 2006 numbers for African American freshman enrolment became public. California citizens recognize that it's not good for any of us if there are whole sectors of our population are shut out of our University.
Opportunity: A recent student showed that the income gap between African Americans and whites quadrupled between 1984 and 2007. This is true for all income levels. The chances for success for racial minorities in this state is almost nil without a college degree. Yet California African American and Latinos students are graduating from high school at lower rate than in the 1960s. From health care, to housing, to income, Latinos and African Americans are statistically worse off than at the time Affirmative Action programs were initiated in the late 1960's. This again calls us to ask the question: What changes in society have taken place that prompted the passing of Prop 209
While voters are reconsidering many of the ballot initiative mistakes that have led California to ruin over the past thirty years, Proposition 209 is one misstep that should be corrected.
| VOLUNTEERS NEEDED |
|Have you graduated from UCLA and said, "I want to be more connected to UCLA's Black Alumni and be more involved"?
Well, here is your chance! You can do this by becoming apart of a volunteer committee. We need your help and would love to have you. See the list below. If YOU are INTERESTED in ANY of these committees, email us at email@example.com
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Committees Where You Are Needed:
1. Volunteers - Helping to organize and locate volunteers for various events throughout the year
2. Fundraising - Helping to raise money for UBAA events and scholarships
3. Marketing - Finding innovative ways to publicize UBAA events and activities
4. IT - Helping to serve the technological needs of UBAA
5. Membership - Helping to bring more Bruins together
6. Campus & Community Relations - Keeping UBAA informed and engaged with campus activities that specifically affect Black Bruins
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|A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT|
|Greetings Black Bruins,
You don't want to miss our 1st Annual Beach Party this Sunday, August 15, 2010! We'll have music and lots of fun so feel free to bring your own games and beach toys too! See the calendar section below for more details.
As summer comes to a close(already?), our organization looks forward to the year ahead with enthusiasm and great anticipation. Within the next few months, we'll be launching a major campiagn, "Bring Back Black", in which we will encourage the Los Angeles community and all Black Bruins to reconnect with UCLA, the Black Alumni Association and their former classmates.
We are also highly anticipating this year's Black Convocation being held on UCLA's campus in October. This event will be a welcoming reception for current faculty and staff, students, parents, alumni and supporters. As our state grapples with a shrinking budget, mounting debt and as higher education suffers financially more and more, it is important that we continue to support those who are fortunate enough to receive an education at UCLA as well as those who work with them at the University.
Our mission is to stay connected with Alumni, enagage the University regarding issues important to us, support students through our Legacy Scholaship Fund and the Fair Share campaign, build strong relationships with the Los Angeles community and its leaders, and much more!
Be apart of the Black Bruin movement.
UBAA Has Appointed a New Team of Officers
As you may know, every 2 years the organization elects or appoints Officers to serve you and the community. Some of us were here the last term, but here's a brief look at Who's Who in UBAA for the 2010-2012 term:
Kevin Harbour, VP of Operations
Shawn Smith, Marketing Director
Van Scott, Legacy Scholarship Chair
Michelle McCoy, VP of Volunteer & Social Programs
John D. Johnson III, Fundraising Chair
We still have positions and committees to fill so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you'd like to serve. We'll continue to introduce new officers as they come. Until next time...Go Bruins!
| MEMBER MEMOS|
|We have created an UCLA Black Alumni page on the linkedin.com website. If you are a current paid member and would like to connect with other Black Bruins in a professional networking environment, join us at www.linkedin.com and search UCLA Black Alumni.
Bruins Hiring Bruins
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Renew Your Dues Today
Please renew your membership online at www.uclablackalumni.org. Your membership helps us to assist alumni, students and the community. Annual Membership is only $50. Thank you!
|MARK YOUR UBAA CALENDAR|
UBAA 1st Annual Beach Party
28th Annual Rose Bowl Bruins Kick-off Party
Scott Pavilion / PSC
85 East Holly Street, Pasadena 91103
Complimentary parking available in the Holly Street garage (with
-- Live Auction and Raffle of Bruin memorabilia and items from local
vendors (all proceeds benefit the Rose Bowl Bruins Scholarship Fund)
-- Buffet dinner and drinks (two complimentary drink tickets per paid
adult; one per child)
-- Special performances by the UCLA Marching Band and Spirit Squad
beginning at 6:30pm sharp!
-- Guest Speaker TBD from UCLA Athletic Department
-- Scholarship Award Presentations to UCLA students
Costs and Reservations (pre-paid reservation only):
$40 for members of the UCLA Alumni Association (members may also bring
one guest at the member rate)
$45 for non-members
No charge for children ages 4-12 (one child per paid adult admission)
($10 for additional children)
No charge for children ages 3 and under
All reservations and payments must be received by Friday, September 3
Information about where to mail in reservations and payments can be
found on our event flyer:
| UBAA PROFESSIONAL GROUPS|
We are excited to announce that UBAA will be establishing professional groups within the organization to allow members to connect with others in their industry. Our goal is to provide networking opportunities as well offer professional information that can help further careers, etc.
We are open to suggestions for groups and looking for Professional Group Chairs who will be responsible for hosting 2 mixers annually and providing professional information to members. As of now, we will start the following professional groups:
Lawyers - Peter Carr
These groups will also need committee members so please consider volunteering with the group of your choice.
This is going to be a great chance for Bruins to do business together, discuss hiring opportunities and keep each other informed about what's happening in the industry. Go Bruins!
| TRAVEL WITH UBAA|
UBAA Annual International Trip
December 26, 2010-January 7, 2011
UBAA in association with Follow the Leader (FTL) and Attida presents Egypt & Ethiopia 2010, A Cultural, Historical and Business Visit including: Cairo, Pyramids & Sphinx, Step Pyramid of Sakkara, Nile River Dinner Cruise, Addis Ababa, Lalibela
**$3,295.00 All inclusive from LAX**
*$150.00 *non-refundable deposit due by August 30, 2010
*Payment Plan Available
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c/o Follow The Leader Egypt & Ethiopia 2010
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