By Kevin Clark


The Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) is an organization aligned under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) that develops and executes diversity management and equal opportunity policies and programs affecting active duty and reserve component military personnel, and DOD civilian employees.

The above slideshow was repurposed by the Dakar Media Academy as a class assignment to showcase the capabilities of the students to manipulate licensed content for distribution on all platforms.

Black History is a time when African-Americans can take the time out and see what the people before them fought for. Black History is a time of rejoicing, celebrating and thanking those African-Americans for giving
us hope or a life lesson that could be used.  Black History is a time when we can be reminded about what it means to be an African-American.


Black History isn’t just about all the bad times we’ve been through. It’s about integrity, leadership, and determination.  It’s about showing your true character.

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PBS Releases Black History Month Programming Lineup & Online Content Offerings for PBS Black History Month

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Here’s PBS’ Black History Month lineup of programming lineup and online content offerings.- Beginning in February, “Antiques Roadshow” premieres “Celebrating Black Americana,” where, among other items, participants bring, for appraisal, an 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color and an African American beauty book written by entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire. On “Genealogy Roadshow,” where professional genealogists use history and science to uncover fascinating family secrets, participants in New Orleans explore family links to the Civil War and connections to the famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.- INDEPENDENT LENS will air 2 new documentaries: 
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” tells the story of pioneering African American photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations of people, from slavery to present; and “American Denial,” which uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.
AMERICAN MASTERS premieres “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand,” which examines the legacy of August Wilson, whom some call America’s Shakespeare, in honor of the 70th anniversary of his birth and 10th anniversary of his death.  Directed by Sam Pollard, film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and life experience of bringing Wilson’s rich theatrical voice to the stage.
Also airing in February is “Shakespeare Uncovered,” with programs that combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts, including Morgan Freeman and David Harewood, to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.“PBS strives to create a Black History Month lineup that provides our audience with insight on a wide range of topics and events that helped shaped our nation,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS.
“We’re always looking for ways to delve deep into the stories of notable people and historical topics as only PBS can, telling stories of a diverse America not only during Black History Month, but all year round.”In addition to on-air programs, the PBS Black Culture Connection (BCC), an extension of, featuring black films, stories and discussion across PBS, will debut several new “Top 10” lists, with recommendations for must-see documentaries and must-read authors, as well as little-known black history facts.Presentation1The full Black History Month programming lineup is listed below (check local listings) and will also be available for online streaming on the BCC after premiere:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from across Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner Party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.“Philadelphia – Historical Society of Pennsylvania”
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and, with the help of DNA testing, gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED
“The Taming of the Shrew With Morgan Freeman”
Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET
In 1990, Morgan Freeman famously starred in a Wild West version of The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park in New York.  Here he sets out to understand how and why the play, one of the Bard’s first works, was written. Interviewees include Tracey Ullman, Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.“Othello With David Harewood”
Friday, February 6, 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET
In 1997, David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello on stage at the National Theatre in London. In this episode, he unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout the play, and returns to the National to meet Adrian Lester, the most recent actor to take on the role at the theatre. Interviewees include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Celebrating Black Americana”
Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW honors Black History Month with this new special that features items seen together for the first time.  Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African-American beauty book written by Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.INDEPENDENT LENS
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”
Monday, February 16, 2015, 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET
This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers — men and women, celebrated and anonymous — who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. By Thomas Allen Harris.“American Denial”
Monday, February 23, 2015, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
“American Denial” uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today. By Llewellyn Smith.AMERICAN MASTERS “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand”
Friday, February 20, 2015, 9-10:30 p.m. ET
Explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005), the man some call America’s Shakespeare, from his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway. Film and theater luminaries including Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks and Phylicia Rashad share their stories of the career- and life-changing experience of bringing Wilson’s rich theatrical voice to the stage. Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling each decade of the 20th-century African-American experience, including the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Fences and Pulitzer-winningThe Piano Lesson. Family, friends, colleagues and scholars trace Wilson’s influences, creative evolution, triumphs, struggles, and quest for cultural determinism before his untimely death from liver cancer. Directed by Emmy-winner Sam Pollard (If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise; When the Levees Broke; Slavery by Another Name).Classroom Resources on PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia – PBS’ destination for educators and students – offers a range of curriculum-targeted resources that support lessons on black history and spotlight the leaders, thinkers, and innovators that helped shape our nation’s history. Through discussion questions, worksheets, videos, and digitized primary sources, PBS LearningMedia helps teachers to promote inquiry in their classrooms and strengthen students’ personal connection to black history and culture. For more information on the latest digital resources for classroom instruction, please visit Streaming on the BCC

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By Kevin Clark


UCLA Hollywood study: Audiences favor more diversity in movies, TV

Repost From LA Times

The country’s increasingly multicultural audiences are becoming frustrated with seeing films with all-white casts. They are demanding more projects with diverse casts and themes, and Hollywood producers are going to have to adjust if they hope to keep pace with popular tastes. Read more


Dakar Foundation is recruiting mentors and human resource specialist to assist us in qualifying 100 8th graders from underserved school districts to become charter members of a pipeline development program to impact Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach.  

With the guidance of the American Apprenticeship Initiative, we will achieve this goal, and seek to collaborate with other like minded-spirited organizations across the country to put talent into leadership positions to increase the numbers of minorities in emerging fields where technology and digital media meet.

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world’s 25-biggest export nations through 2025, up from 2 percent to 3 percent a year now. The investment will pay off in lower costs and increased efficiency read more


Tuesday Feb 10th

Ray Kurtzman Theater, CAA


CAA hosted a energy charged panel of opportunities for African Americans in Hollywood. The event was co-produced by the Multicultural Committee of CAA and the Los Angeles Urban League. The theater and an overflow room of aspiring to seasoned media types were the recipients of testimonials from the panel as well as a spirited question and answer session. The panelist are featured below:


The STEAM Career Fair brings together students from Compton Unified School District, to mentors, career developers and representatives of apprenticeship programs. The goal is to create an exchange to prepare underserved students for meeting STEAM apprenticeship requirements, and to ultimately coach them-up for for competing for new or existing apprenticeship programs.

Career Courseware Annex

  • Making, Design, Innovation and 3D Printing
  • Technology in Schools: Projects and Collaborations
  • Educational Tools
  • Students and Social Media
  • Entrepreneurship

How Are The Students Planning It?

In planning the conference, the students developed a career fair mission statement. The conference, by students and for all, is committed to:

Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about STEAM career paths. Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.

Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers, and administrators about technology in the classroom.

The students have started an indiegogo  campaign to fund the conference infrastructure. The campaign will fund a series of career fair events to create a Youtube channel as well provide student participants with media credits.


SCF provides a unique opportunity for students to both collaborate with each other and to connect with subject experts in STEAM education from a diverse point of view.. Using forums such as social media week, educators can develop and implement unique learning and leadership opportunities for students to achieve mass penetration in inner city class rooms around the country.

To Change Lives !

We are looking for people, companies and organizations that want to make a difference and want to grow their interests among this very important demographic.

There are many ways in which this initiative can be supported:

  • Monetary support
  • Donation of equipment
  • Commitment of people who are interested in speaking to or mentoring students
  • Internship/training opportunities

For many students, the future is something that happens to them.

Dakar Foundation (a 5013C non profit) is working with Compton Unified School District to provide resources to these students so that they can begin to see, not only the possibilities, but the path they need to take to get there.

While resources are an immediate concern, role models, mentors and opportunities through internships are critical to ensure success.






 The Story of N.W.A. – In Theaters August 14th, 2015

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.

Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray. The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.


Andre Romelle Young

(Born February 18, 1965), known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

Dre was previously the co-owner of, and an artist on, Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar.


Brian Williams missed his calling; he should have pursued music before broadcast journalism.


The city of Compton is known as the Hub City because of its unique position in the center of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Five freeways.


Untitled-1‘Boyz N The Hood’: 25 Years Later, Still Few Options

The success of the film is in the strength of the story, but also as a barometer of its time. I wonder, if we go back to the streets where the film was made, what has actually changed? I wonder if the people of South Central Los Angeles have any better options than they did 25 years ago, and how they are exploiting those options, if at all.


KENDRICKKendrick Lamar follows up Grammys wins with seething new track, ‘Blacker the Berry’

Fresh off his Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance win for the cheery and Grammy audience-friendly “i”—the Recording Academy’s mea culpa of sorts for his Best Rap Album snub last year—Kendrick Lamar has dropped a new, decidedly more venomous track with “The Blacker the Berry.

Kendrick was absent from the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, and didn’t mention his 2 wins on Twitter.  This was the first time In 25 Years that the Grammys didn’t televise a rap category.



The Rise And Fall Of Suge Knight

(Born) on April 19, 1965, in Compton, California, Suge Knight was a football lineman and bodyguard who went on to found Death Row Records with rapper/producer Dr. Dre. With the label involved in a number of controversies, Knight eventually was sentenced to prison for violating parole on the evening in which Tupac Shakur was killed.

Dr. Dre never asked Suge Knight for permission to include his likeness in the movie “Straight Outta Compton … and that sparked the fight which ended with the alleged murder in a parking lot.

Sources connected to Suge tell TMZ … he got word he was included in the film, and wanted to talk to Dre about how he was being portrayed. As we’ve reported … Suge’s friend Terry Carter helped set up the meeting.


As for what Suge was so worried about — a new trailer for the movie was just released, and there is a character whupping someone’s ass in a studio … who looks just like Suge.

TMZ broke the story … Suge and Dre’s sit-down never happened because Suge got into a fight with actor Cle “Bone” Sloan … and eventually backed up over him and Carter.

Suge has been charged with Carter’s murder, the attempted murder of Sloan, and hit and run.


Only 2 projects have successfully funded  through Kickstarter out of 16

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USC & UCLA Align 4 Black Excellence In Higher Education

Dakar was invited by Jay Tucker to cover the Aligning for Black Excellence in Higher Education Summit. Saturday February 7th.  This Black History Month event featured Stakeholder Perspectives, Trends Impacting Competitive College Readiness and Completion, and Dynamics in Highly Selective Institutions.  Click below to see the full program, almost 4 hours of spirited exchange.

The speakers included David J. Johns from the White House’s Initiative on AA Excellence in Education and George McKenna from LA School Board, and was hosted by USC and UCLA Alumni, Ebony Magazine, And the White House!

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans was represented by David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative Staff, US Department of Education.  Johns hosted a forum to increase awareness and develop recommendations directed towards improving higher education access for African Americans.

The primary objective of President Obama’s initiative is  to increase college access and success for African American students, especially at the research institutional level, and to provide regional support to help ensure a greater percentage of African Americans complete college and contribute to the goal of having America lead the world in the proportion of adults who are college graduates by 2020.

While the 2012 Executive Order for Educational Excellence for African Americans is in large part focused upon strategies to strengthen the capacity of institutions of higher education that serve large numbers of African American students, including community colleges andHistorically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs),

Although the panels were energy charged, the projected outcome of the events was  to provide feedback regarding how highly selective Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and research universities factor into this initiative regarding Black students.  The USC and UCLA Black Alumni Association collaboration made great strides in filling this gap through spirited conversation yesterday.

Mr. David Johns was very pointed in his analysis of next steps, one quote in particular struck me ‘What does it mean to acknowledge that the University of Phoenix enrolls more Black students than the Cal State and UC systems combined?

We want to thank our friend Jay Tucker, and recognize everyone who had a hand in putting this event together.  I truly enjoyed watching the Livestream feed over and over again.  I just wish there were more people reached for this important conversation.  Mr. David Johns shut it down with his statement “”I have never in my life met a child who was not a genius.”


JANUARY-National Mentorship In Review

By Kevin Clark

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National Mentor Month was a memorable experience for Dakar Foundation and the Compton Unified School District.  Dakar has merged into the fast lane and will stay the course on our way to meet the American Apprenticeship initiative goals.





January is National Mentoring Month, and Dakar Foundation is embarking on a mission to combine STEAM and Mentoring in a Innovation talent showcase to promote the proposed Digital Media Academy at Compton Unified School District (CUSD).  The plan is to integrate the instruction of Phillip May’s Introduction to Engineering course with, Mr. Juan Reynoso video production course to help students in the CUSD.  Later in the month, Dakar will unveil a collaboration with the Global Music Alliance entitled the High School Music Company.

Dakar recognizes that helping these students will require a holistic approach including; group and e-mentoring to act as guides and role models, nutrition experts to help them make better food decisions, and digital media industry experts to help them see and understand the importance of their work.

Recently representatives from NASA JPL, Northrup Gruman, and a nutritional consultant met with Dakar, instructor May, and a group of 9th grade student engineers to discuss strategy on how to build a comprehensive experience that will  scale from support via best mentoring practices and student advocacy.


Dakar board member Christopher Darden shares his point of view…..

Dakar will use the month of January (National Mentorship Month) to showcase several project base learning models where mentors and mentee couples will display group and e-mentoring techniques.


My Brothers Keepers, Sons and Brothers, and the High School Music Company will provide opportunities for Dakar and its corporate partners to aggregate efforts to move the needle with data and behavioral statistics.

Health will be in the spotlight in January as we attack nutrition as a major component in developing the total student for success in our media academy philosophy.  School breakfast and lunch programs will be examined for analysis of effective practices and room for improvement?