Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) -- Famous African-American relationship coach Aaron Turpeau, Ph.D. has just released his popular relationship book, The Harmonious Way: Find Love and Marriage By Playing Your True Note as a Kindle eBook. In 2003, the book took Black America by storm and is still popular today
"For the last few years I have had an increased demand from people that I offer the book in a digital format," said Dr. Turpeau. "I am excited and proud to finally join the new millennium by joining with Amazon to offer this new product to serve our community.”
About Dr. Aaron Turpeau
Dr. Turpeau refers to himself as Black America’s Love Doctor. He has been a popular television and radio show guest for the past decade. He has a full time successful relationship coaching practice based in Atlanta, GA. He has coaching clients around the nation.
Turpeau has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and he is a Licensed Professional Counselor. In an age where everyone wants to be a relationship coach, he has the professional and personal experience that garners credibility. He has been happily married since 1992. He and his wife Michelle have two daughters and a son together.
He has established himself as the go-to relationship coach for other relationship therapists and pastors that are struggling with their own marriages. He is a trusted source for confidential coaching for couples that value their privacy and anonymity.
For more information, visit www.DrTurpeau.com
Chef Ron Duprat
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (BlackNews.com) -- Internationally recognized Top Chef and Consulting Food and Beverage Director/Executive Chef at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, Chef Ron Duprat, is now Brand Ambassador for Black Elk, a wine brand featuring a best-of-the-best lineup of premium 100 percent varietal wines from viticulture regions around the world.
Chef Duprat’s ambassadorship is paired with the announcement that USVI Supplies, LLC, a St. Thomas-based provider of wine and food, will be representing the unique Black Elk brand throughout the Caribbean marketplace. Black Elk currently produces Moscato, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Tempranillo - all four of which were medal winners (Gold, Silver and two Bronze, respectively) this past summer at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
Chef Duprat, a Caribbean native, has also endorsed Black Elk wine for Caribbean Food and Beverage operations. “Black Elk wines are so diverse and unique, making them an ideal complement for many types of cuisines,” said Duprat. “The wine is also offered at a great price - not only providing a quality option for professionally-prepared meals, but also home-cooked meals or drinking individually.”
For more information about where to buy Black Elk and about distribution, please visit www.blackelkwine.com
About Black Elk
Black Elk ‘Wines of the World’ program is a line of premium varietal wines from different growing regions of the world, all packaged under the same Black Elk brand moniker. These are wonderful (and representative) premium varietal wines that are beautifully packaged and a very user-friendly, multi-country wine brand. Black Elk varietals currently in inventory and immediately available are: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, and Moscato (Spain) – all four of which won medals last summer at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. This includes one Gold Medal (Moscato), one Silver Medal (Shiraz) and two Bronze Medals (Tempranillo and Chardonnay). Black Elk also won two medals at the Next Gen Competition. For more information about Black Elk, please visit www.blackelkwine.com
About Chef Ron Duprat
Chef Ron Duprat, United States Culinary Ambassador, Consulting Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, developed his love of culinary arts as a young child during his time spent harvesting fresh ingredients from the land his family farmed and watching these ingredients transform into family feasts. From this early interest in the kitchen, Ron Duprat and his grandmother successfully expanded his culinary calling to encompass numerous awards and nominations, including a “Chef of the Year” award from the American Culinary Foundation, and a flourishing career as Executive Chef at one of the top-rated hotel club restaurant companies in America and the Caribbean, a fierce cheftestant on the sixth season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef: Las Vegas,” and a host of “Bar Rescue New Orleans,” on Spike TV and “Iron Chef” on the Food Network.
Chef Duprat’s culinary creations are inspired by French, Cajun, American, Haitian and other various ethnic and world cultures. His Haitian heritage allows him to add the flair and wide range of bold flavors found in Caribbean cooking to other cuisines. “The style of my food reflects exquisite, sophisticated and contemporary French cuisine with Caribbean influences,” said Duprat. “I focus on locally-grown products, seasonal ingredients, impeccable presentation, and cutting-edge menu choices to create a truly memorable dining experience. A key element of my philosophy is that food should be as fresh and as local as possible.” Chef Duprat has a carefully cultivated network of area growers/suppliers who enable him to practice what he believes is best for procuring and serving food.
His ability to effortlessly assemble an exceptional dining experience has allowed Chef Duprat to excel in his career. Mere months after graduating from La Varrene Culinary in France and CIA ProChef, he was awarded the “Chef of the Year Award” from the American Culinary Foundation in 2000. Soon after, Chef Duprat became the Executive Chef for the Pelican Bay Foundation, Opl Ocean Properties, Host Mark, Benchmark International, and The Fame Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina.
Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) -- Autumn Girl Press announced today the re-release of Single Black Female, a cautionary romance by Carrie Carr. It's been more than two decades since Fatal Attraction sent a quiver down every married man's spine by dramatically illustrating the consequences of a one-night stand. However, it's not just married men who should be concerned, but the women they are fooling around with as well.
Single Black Femalereminds readers of the consequences of dating unavailable men. The author nails the message by painting a dark tale of "getting a little on the side," but this time, it's the other woman that suffers the repercussions, not the unavailable man. The author attempts to answer the question every woman wants to know. "What does it take to keep a man monogamous?" Readers will be intrigued with her findings.
According to a recent survey, only 14% of married men actually leave their wives for their mistress, which should make the endeavor less appealing to the single women on the prowl. Though choices may be limited for the single woman in search of that special man, the author encourages women to rethink their decision before settling for an unavailable man. And although Single Black Female is not nearly as dark as "Fatal Attraction, the message is the same - stay clear of unavailable men.
Single Black Femalewill enlighten women about the male psyche, provide hope to the single woman in search of romance and inspire women to love and value themselves.
About The Author
Carrie Carr is a novelist and screenwriter. She lives in Illinois.
The author would like to hear from women who still choose to date unavailable men for possible inclusion in her upcoming book. Those interested in sharing their views may send their thoughts about why they choose unavailable men to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions should be fifty words or less. All submitters will receive a free e-book of Single Black Female, Alternate Version.
Single Black Female, Original Version was just re-released and is available at Amazon.com.
Brian Williams, the founder of Purchase Black
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- Purchase Black, a new amazon-style marketplace focused on African American products, is looking to attract more Black owned & Black servicing businesses to open webstores with them. So it’s giving them away for free.
“PurchaseBlack.com is bridging the gap between Black online customers, and a wide array of African American focused businesses,” says . “To attract more Black owned & Black servicing businesses, we are giving them webstores, complete with their own web address, for free, and only charging a commission after the business actually makes money on our platform!”
The business wants to attract both Black owned and Black servicing businesses, or businesses that may not be Black owned, but offer products that African American’s love. “We are focused on African American products & businesses, but not at the exclusion of anyone else. We want everyone to know that you can buy or sell African American products on PurchaseBlack.com, regardless of your background.”
The company wants small, medium, and large businesses that offer products in hair care, skin care, art, gifts, clothing, accessories, NPHC Greek items, and more.
The internet marketplace launched with a handful of Black owned and Black servicing businesses on November 29th, with the goal of attracting more businesses to sell their product in its webstores. “Over time, we will grow into being a one-stop shop for online African American shopping! We are always open to new businesses applying for a webstore with us,” says Williams.
Recently, PurchaseBlack.com founder Brian Williams appeared on TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin to talk about Cyber Monday on a panel of business experts including Alfred Edmunds from Black Enterprise and financial journalist Stacey Tisdale.
He adds, “A lot of people have been waiting for something like this for a long time. We’re excited and we want excited customers to experience it immediately! To give them the best experience, we need the best businesses, and we hope that our offer will attract those businesses to sell their products on PurchaseBlack.”
For more information about selling on PurchaseBlack, click “Become A Seller” at the bottom of the home page at www.PurchaseBlack.com. Interested ones can also connect with PurchaseBlack on their Facebook page, @PurchaseBlack on Twitter, YouTube, or on Google Plus.
Nationwide(BlackNews.com) -- I have had the pleasure of engaging hundreds of courageous educators across the nation in developing systems and strategies to increase leadership and teacher efficacy. Recently American schools have encountered another "black-eye"; no pun intended. The National Association of Educational Progress ( NAEP ) has reported that our schools, at various grade levels, have actually widened the gap between students of color and their white counter parts. In addition to the NAEP data, other non educational agencies are reporting disproportionate data of Black and Brown students being expelled, suspended and referred to Special Education.
In an effort to combat the number of Black students being referred to Special Education, the nation has implemented a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. One of the goals of the implementation of the RtI model was to strategically examine the root causes of why Black students are referred more often to Special Education. The model was implemented to have the school system view students with possible learning disabilities with an asset-based lens. In short, the model was to analyze academic and behavioral causes to students’ lack of success in school.
As nationally conveyed the model is designed to put in place specific assessment "safety-nets," and educators whom will critically examine multiple data sources prior to placing the student at different tiers of support. Tier I support calls for differentiated core instruction, and should be provided by the general education teacher. Tier II support provides additional academic and behavioral support, without taking away the basic differentiated core instruction. In Tier III, the student is provided intense individualized, research-based intervention strategies that are based on data points provided from progress monitoring. This instruction is in addition to the regular curriculum; and students may be grouped or taught differently for a portion of the day.
The fire that spurred me to write this article is a desire to have us seriously reflect and act on our leadership decisions that may explain why Black students continue to be disproportionately referred, diagnosed and remain in our Special Education "program". I would like to offer my personal analysis and a reflection that might shed some light on changing the educational experiences for Black students and offer a solution to educators whom look to implement a National Model (RtI) that is culturally/ racially/ linguistically responsive to Black students.
As a lead consultant for high performing and turn-around schools across the nation, I have surprisingly collected data from a number of districts and schools implementing the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Model (PBIS) to address students and assist teachers with strategies to address student behavior. Despite the fact that the national RtI model clearly indicates that student referrals to Special Education should diagnose and address the learning disabilities of students, many RtI structures unfortunately, focus their attention on the behavior of the student as the cause of academic underachievement. This drives the student study team members to devote 80% of their efforts on addressing behavior and only 20% of their examination on instructional issues. The root causes of most black boys' behavioral struggles stems from un-related curriculum and instructional delivery that does not appropriately engage the students’ multiple literacies; academic, social, cultural and racial (Tatum, 2006). Teachers strongly indicate in conferences and training sessions that, "There is no way for me to teach if I have behavior problems." While I emphatically concur with the teachers, I do go on and ask, “What comes first, a powerful well designed lesson or a motivated student?" Needless to say, the intellectual air becomes quiet and personal reflection begins. I then remind them that when they arrived at my training not all of them were motivated either. Their level of motivation and excitement was based on my ability to engage them with the content and delivery. Teachers want the same type of classroom experiences as black boys; enthusiastic teachers, relevant curriculum, the opportunity to share their knowledge with their peers, affirmation from their responses, opportunity to move in the class, and rationale of why the information is important.
Pre-conceived Bias Interrupting Success for Black Students (PBIS)
In further examination of strategies districts use to modify behavior of black boys, I have realized that if I were an elementary student, I would be a serious candidate for Special Education services. Not many of the district programs and strategies have explicit modifications for a young squirrely black boy from the projects who loved school. The way I entered school and the cultural attributes I carried would not have been viewed as academic or cognitive assets. As Lisa Delpit indicates, there is a cultural in-congruency with the norms of my home culture and school culture.
As I have witnessed in many special education audits and behavior specialist meetings, many if not most educators do not consider the impact of a school culture that is traditionally a Eurocentric, middle class school experience for all students. This lack of recognition by most educators, and the impact on certain students, has created an underlying bias concerning the behavior for black boys in school. Norms of behavior are key to school success, however educators must be willing to acknowledge that some school norms are hidden (Payne) and certain students are never given the treasure map. Subsequently, many black boys engage the pyramid of support of RtI through the behavior door with little consideration that movement, divergent thinking, verbal prowess, being argumentative, and learning exuberantly are the key learning skills of Gifted and Talented Learners.
Chicken or Egg?
As indicated earlier, teachers should consider which comes first; a powerful lesson or a motivated student. Often, districts and schools tend not to have a clear and explicit approach to improving the basic differentiated core Tier I instruction. The evidence shows discipline and behavior declines when students are engaged in ineffective class activities and lessons. Noteworthy, is the fact that more evidence is showing students of color are more engaged when lesson are differentiated to meet their cultural and linguistic needs (Thomlinson, 2010). Alfred Tatum, among other scholars, shares the importance of providing culturally relevant materials to address the behavioral needs of students of colors - particularly black boys.
As Ron Edmonds indicated in effective schools, "we really know what to do to solve the issue of the under-achievement of black boys. We have to be dissatisfied with why we have not done what we know works?" District and schools that have recognized the brilliance and cultivated above average academic success in black boys have the following: Teachers that believe in the talents of black boys and students who overtly know that the teacher believes in them; teachers who use what she/he knows about the student after 3:00 pm and uses that information to design relevant lessons to enhance the skill level of the students; teachers who have pedagogical content knowledge (a deep understanding of the content and is a student of knowing students); teachers who validate and affirm the home language and cultural norms and supports "code switching"; teachers who refine their district's RtI model to overtly address Tier I instruction; teachers who provide learning experiences that allow black boys to show a depth and sophistication of their thinking, and are provided with positive descriptive feedback for their efforts; and last but not least, teachers who provide a racially and culturally safe classroom in which the students do not feel their race is on trial.
I urge educators to critically examine what really causes us to misdiagnose black students! If you open the academic door first and address the mediocrity of instruction, you will find statistically significant improvement in discipline and a decline in unnecessary referrals to Special Education.
I challenge you to use the following as a quick examination of your RtI model for addressing the needs of black boys. I support districts and schools in the implementation of a culturally responsive RtI model and eliminate pre-conceived bias interrupting success for black boys.
I welcome your feedback or reflection. Please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com or visit our web site: www.edequity.com
Dr. Edwin Lou Javius, a leading Educational Equity expert, has designed an instructional and leadership framework to improve instructional practice. As the Founder/President/CEO of EDEquity Inc., Dr. Javius has written several articles on the topics of closing the opportunity and race conscious leadership.