Children of Color Being Sought After From All The Ivy League Schools

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What’s the one thing ALL children from minority families can say they’ve heard at least once? “You have to work twice as hard to earn half as much.”

We all know what that means. It’s all over the news how people of color are always blocked from access and opportunity to a real solid education or a chance to make a decent living. It’s no wonder this country is already in hell’s hand basket. But every once in a while there comes a story that makes us smile. In today’s case there are three.

Munira Khalif, a senior at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Also several other universities who are up there in reputation. The big name schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. Khalif was also accepted to Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Minnesota. Let’s hope she knows about Stanford offering free tuition to families who make under $125,000 a year.

Meanwhile in Utica, New York, Vietnamese immigrant Trinh Truong was accepted to all 13 schools she applied to — including 5 Ivy League schools.

Not to be forgotten, Harold Ekeh, 17, another New York state teen and immigrant was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.

These kids and their parents had a goal and a plan then busted it out until they made it. That’s to be applauded. It definitely couldn’t have been easy. That’s what one has to do today. Set a goal, make a plan and then work until it gets done and gets you there. Too many liars out there telling you there’s an easy way to make it. That in itself is the worst lie anyone can ever believe. So congrats to these three and to all the others busting out those grades to get to the next level. You go and get your hustle on! We know you’re gonna make that paper right.

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Zykeya McLeod: Author At 11, President of U Can Speak Up At 12, Powerhouse Speaker Now


Zykeya McLeod, 19-year old author of An Inner Child Speaks intends to make a difference in the world. The author created the story in 5th grade at the age of 11 for a class assignment. An Inner Child Speaks is her first creation and she has already begun to set sail on her next. She has said, “It’s important to touch subjects that many adults are afraid to tackle.”

Ms. McLeod is now a college student at Barry University in Miami, Florida where she has a double major in Business Management and Spanish.  Zykeya is also an entrepreneur at heart. She is owner of U CAN SPEAK UP which encourages all children to “speak out” about what’s on their mind, concerns they may have and what it is they may be going through.  Additionally, Zykeya is co-owner of Zy Iman Publishing, the publishing company that published her first book.

Zykeya has participated in the WBLS 2007 & 2008 Circle of Sisters and the 2007 Harlem Book Fair on Long Island, in addition to other events. In November of 2007 Ms. McLeod participated in the wonderful “Write to Read Workshops and Book Fair” in Milwaukee, WI. This also included Ms. McLeod giving a presentation to Burroughs Middle School students on peer pressure. This was uplifting & moving for both students & adults alike, as Zykeya gave a strong delivery! On May 10th, 2008 Ms. McLeod participated in Jonah’s Village’s Annual Walk against Domestic Violence alongside then Senator Eric Adams, & was honored for a child making a difference & awarded a certificate by Delta Sigma Theta.

She has been in Teen Voyce Magazine, heard on 98.7 KISS Open Line, seen on My9 News, OPEN with Bob Lee, News 12 Brooklyn and a list of other media outlets. Ms. McLeod is only at the beginning of her outstanding journey. Ms. McLeod is a member of C3 Youth Ministry at Christian Cultural Center and applauds Pastor Jamaal for “Being able to connect to the teens.” Although she is now attending college, she ensures that she is the voice for those who are afraid to speak up and speak out about abuse.

In honor of April being Child Abuse Awareness Month her book An Inner Child Speaks is available at 25% off. For a child by a child. Buy her book today: CLICK HERE.

The Conversation Project – Will You Join In The Conversation?

The Conversation Project

In the hopes of starting a positive healing process, after the lost lives of young people for what appears to be no reason other than the color of their skin, we came together – to talk. OPENLY, HONESTLY, CANDIDLY. Not to point fingers, not to incite, but to try to delve into the rawness of the truth so as to simply begin to heal and begin to work together towards solutions and STEPS FORWARD instead of feeling sucked into the abyss that evil forces are trying to keep our country in.

THE CONVERSATION (PART ONE) What It Means To Be Black In America In This Century

ELDERS LEADING THE CONVERSATION: Kenneth L. Foote, Mark Anthony Neal, Dr. Christopher Emdin

SQUIRES JOINING IN: Elijah M. Brown, Tywan Anthony

Concept by Carmen M Colon and Kenneth L. Foote, Directed by: Paul Mondesire Videotaped by: DK Knighton

TOPIC ONE: Justice or Just Us


Send in your conversations and let’s keep talking to each other. Submit your videos to: MFIR.RADIO@GMAIL.COM

Education At Its Best… Educator José Luis Vilson: This Is Not A Test

José Luis Vilson
José Luis Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York. He’s also a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father.

His first solo project, This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education, was published by Haymarket Books in the Spring of 2014, which was endorsed by American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, NYU professor Diane Ravitch, and Philadelphia principal and White House Champion of Change Chris Lehmann. He was also recently inducted into the Math for America Master Fellowship, cohort 2014.

He currently serves as a board member on the Board of Directors for the Center for Teaching Quality and the president emeritus of the Latino Alumni Network of Syracuse University. He writes regularly for Edutopia and TransformED / Future of Teaching, and has contributed to The New York Times,, Education Week, Huffington Post, and El Diario / La Prensa NY. He has also been featured at PBS, Mashable, Idealist, Chalkbeat NY, TakePart, Manhattan Times, and the National Journal. He co-authored the bookTeaching 2030: What We Must Do For Our Students and Public Schools … Now and In The Future with Dr. Barnett Berry and 11 other accomplished teachers, and profiled in two other books: Teacherpreneurs (Berry, Byrd, Weider; 2013) and Teaching with Heart(Scribner, Intrator; 2014).

He was named one of GOOD Inc.’s GOOD100 in 2013 of leaders changing their worlds and an Aspen Ideas Scholar in 2013. He has also spoken at TEDxNYED, Education Writers Association Annual Conference, Netroots Nation, and the Save Our Schools March. His blog,, is well-regarded, named one of the top 25 Education Blogs by Scholastic, Education World, and University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s Teach 100.

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