An African-American Focused Non-profit Resource
May 2008

Ubuntu is a south african term meaning "humanity to others" & UNDER THE RADAR is the first seed planted by Ubuntu Village in a effort to strengthen and uplift the human family.

UNDER THE RADAR newsletter specifically targets non-profit and grass roots organizations that serve the African-American community and in addition, have a governing board or staff of at least 50% African Americans. The intention of this newsletter is to inspire, educate & unify a community that has been historically under-represented in both for-profit & non-profit ventures.

One Common Unity and A NU VIEW
A NU VIEW, 2008 "I may not get there with you: STUDENTS Taking MLK's Dream to MLK
A nu view with danny glover

A NU VIEW, 2008 "I may not get there with you: Taking MLK's Dream to MLK"

When hip-hop sounds off to the likes of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton it is often met with blanket statements of criticism that don't speak to the culture that is the kissing cousin of the Civil Rights movement. I May Not Get There With You, the second annual A Nu View Project, will reflect on the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination by taking talented DC urban teens on an unforgettable tour of the MLK boulevards of America. A common joke among the African- American community is that, although Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for nonviolence, streets named after the civil rights martyr throughout the country are oftentimes marred by crime, vandalism, declining black businesses (if any), and yes, violence.

One Common Unity,a community-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to innovative peace education through the arts and media, will collaborate with Straight, No Chaser Productions to develop a documentary that explores the juxtaposition of this phenomenon. At the center of the documentary film will be 15 youth from Washington, DC public and charter high schools. They will be involved by personally relating the progress of Dr. King's dream in a hip- hop generation, all the while learning the fundamentals of filmmaking and positive community engagement.

Starting and focusing on MLK Boulevard in Anacostia, A NU View youth traveled north on the 1- 95 corridor visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore and then headed south to Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis and New Orleans. This documentary will put this topic in the minds of teenagers and give the stage to create art and answer the hard questions that separates the civil rights movement from hip-hop culture. The program pairs the youth with professionals in the industry from pre- production to post-production, allowing them to learn how to communicate a vision and their unique perspective to those watching.

The NU View program, created in partnership with Straight, No Chaser Productions has been awarded a grant from the DC Humanities Council. This recent award has matched an important grant award received from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities. OCU is still short of meeting the fundraising goals and needs to make sure The NU VIEW program this summer is a success. OCU is IN NEED of equipment for the kids to film and edit with this summer.

The list includes: *3 Desktop Computers/ Monitors and Keyboards *All-In-One Printer *4 HD Video Cameras (Production Level) *2 (1 TB) External Hard drives *3 Tripods *3 Digital Cameras

Please consider donating to support this project and a host of other projects created by ONe Common UNITY. Also, please forward this to anyone who may be interested.
To read more about the fantastic work of these students and to see some awesome pictures, visit their blog at http://anuview08mlk.wordpress.com/

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What happens when a pawn becomes a king or queen?
Bum Rush the Boards!~May 17,2008
bum rush the boards

Words Beats & Life presents the 3rd annual Hip- Hop Chess Tournament, Bum Rush the Boards happening May 17th 2008 at Lincoln Middle School at 3101 16th Street NW Washington DC 20010 11am- 7pm.

Bum Rush the Boards is open to players of all ages 5 and above. There is a $5 registration fee to be paid the day of for all individual players and members of teams. The $5 covers food and prizes for players. Bum Rush the Boards is however free and open to the public for people who want to attend as observers of the days events.

Bum Rush the Boards, the World's first hip-hop chess tournament, was created to promote the idea of strategic struggle to the hip-hop generation. The name of the event was inspired by Public Enemy's album, "Yo! Bum Rush the Show" released in the January 1st 1987.

There was a logical connection between Chess and Hip-Hop considering the fact that hip-hop as a culture is highly competitive. It is replete with opportunities to battle and compete to win over crowds, crews and sponsors. By connecting hip-hop to chess, we have created a chess tournament that exposes youth to a culture (hip-hop) and a science (chess) that requires them to think ahead, manage talent and size up their adversary. These skills are useful in hip- hop, chess, business and in life. This is especially important for a generation of youth who have been made to believe that playing the "pawn" in life is cool. They have only been taught to move in one direction and many adults see them as dispensable players. Bum Rush the Boards dares to ask, "What happens when a pawn becomes a king or a queen?" What happens when a pawn knows that he or she can be more and sees for the first time that they can ultimately be the most powerful player in the game? Bum Rush the Boards harnesses the power of hip-hop culture and the science of chess to open the minds of a generation to a host of new options the world has available to them.

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Where are all the black folks? Do we CARE?
Where is the African American Presence in the non profit community?~Candace J. Mickens (2/06)
Senegal Graphic

There is definitely a non-profit presence in the African American community but where is the African- American presence in the Non-profit community? I have my own thoughts, which are non-expert, non- researched and non-conclusive. (That was my disclaimer).

Regardless, I have thoughts on the issues and they go back to "The Old Days" in the black community. Traditionally black people have always "donated" time and money to their communities in an informal way. Think about this.
The Old Days Scenario # 1
Miss Mable on the corner always cooked that extra batch of chicken on Sunday's so that crazy Larry could have something to eat.
Modern day translation: "Soup Kitchen"

The Old Days Scenario # 2
Miss Eleanor slept on the couch because her 25- year old daughter just moved back home with her 3 kids and Miss Eleanor now feeds eight instead of her regular 4.
Modern day translation: "Women's Shelter"

The Old Days Scenario # 3
19 yr old "Day-Day" let all the eight to 12 year olds tag along and he taught them how to rap, play ball & draw.
Modern day translation: "Boys & Girls Club"

These scenarios are not uncommon to most black people. They are just regular occurrences in the black community or at least they once were. Now as the so-called "black middle class" has more people heading for the suburbs, our communities are not as communal as they once were. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against making money or making moves. It just strikes me as odd as the more possessions we obtain and the more we "privatize (private schools, private lines, private property) the more we seem to lose touch with helping others in our communities. Truthfully we seem to have lost touch with even knowing others in our communities. But that's another story altogether. The reason non-profits exist and have become a necessary safety net for millions of people is because of the breakdown of the concept of Common-Unity. I think we as African Americans should continue to strengthen our ties to one another and re-connect on a human level. We don't need government funds or program subsidies to do this. All we need is a resurrection of oneness and a renewed determination to make individual changes that will impact families, neighborhoods, countries & the world. However, while we make this shift in consciousness, non- profits are here to catch those in need of food, clothing, housing, medical assistance, art, culture and the list goes on. We, as African Americans need to establish a stronger presence in the non-profit community. We can achieve this by doing the following:

1. Create and Manage non-profits that serve the black community
2. Perform Services in non-profits that serve the black community
3. Donate to Support non-profits that serve the black community

By making these steps, we can knock the dust off statements that have been buried like "Black Power"& For Us By Us. We can make a difference.

For comments on additional information on how to support your community, email candace at cmickens@ubvillage.org Don't like something I said? Great! Do something about it! Love something I said? Great! Add your energy and let's change the world!

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What Do You Think About Africa?
What do YOU think about AFRICA?

This professional quality DVD is a collection of hundreds of photos, video footage, interviews, music and commentary that highlight images which the mainstream media doesn't portray about Africa in a effort to educate, inspire and evoke dialogue about some misperceptions related to Africa.


Join in the movement to present a positive, balanced image of Africa.

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