Sunday, November 29, 2009
During this season of giving, give the gift of LIFE. You can help Jennifer by becoming a registered donor with the Be The Match and getting tested to determine if your bone marrow is compatible. Even if you are not a match for Jennifer you may be able to help another person in need of a life saving transplant.
The test to determine compatibility is as SIMPLE as a Q-tip swab inside the cheek. The donation process is as SIMPLE as giving blood. A surgical procedure is NOT required.
Unfortunately, because African Americans and Hispanics are dramatically underrepresented in the National Bone Marrow Registries, African Americans have less than a 45% chance of finding a match in the current pool of donors. While there are more than 5 Million white bone marrow registrants, there are only about 500,000 registrants of African descent.
To date two drives have been scheduled in New York:
Sunday, December 6, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m
Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clarke Place (138th Street-bet. Lenox Ave & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd)
New York, NY
Sunday, December 20, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
Bethany Baptist Church
460 Marcus Garvey Blvd
If you cannot make it to a drive, register as a donor by going online to http://join.marrow.org/JJA1068. You can receive an at-home testing kit at no charge. The "promo code" is JJA1068.
Jennifer is a long time friend of the Chocolate Chip Family. She has been married to her husband, Shawn, for 15 years, and they have two beautiful children: a 12 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. She is an accomplished child advocate and has dedicated herself over the past 20 years to serving the needs and interests of families and children. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and Fordham Law School, and she is a long-time and devoted member of Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where her father, the late Rev. William Augustus Jones II, served as pastor for over 40 years.
There are few opportunities, where a simple act can save a person's life. Please don't miss this chance. There but for the grace of God go I. Let's join together to help ensure Jennifer has a long and healthy life in front of her.
Click on this link to view an interview of Jennifer on WNBC that aired on December 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Disney's The Princess & The Frog- In theaters nationwide December 11th - Make sure you check out our review.
A Charlie Brown Christmas- airs on ABC Tuesday December 15th 8pm EST
Truly a classic!! My brother, cousin and I used to ROFL watching those kids rock it out to Schroeder's tunes on the piano!!! (I know EVERY dance- Do you?) It's not Christmas until my mother hears Linus respond to Charlie Brown's plea "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"
Annual Riverside Christmas Concert Candlelight Carole Festival-
A Warm Gathering of Family and Friends- potluck with the girls night crew or your neighbors- In all the busyness of our demanding schedules make sure you make time to share joy with those you love.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Experience in Love & Money
Financial Decisions to Make As You Divorce
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Check out The Prep School Negro of the Week: Melissa B. Ivey
Monday, November 2, 2009
"The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created to honor schools. The Blue Ribbon award is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve"
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors K-12 public and private schools that are either academically superior in their state or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement ... "these schools serve as models for other schools throughout the nation."
Blue Ribbon Schools "meet either of two assessment criteria...at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance in accordance with state assessment systems; and it rewards schools that score in the top 10 percent on state assessments."
Sounds great doesn't it, well the program is criticised because the criteria doesn't "take into account the socioeconomic status of the students and that studies show that students who come from homes with higher income and better educated parents do better than students without these advantages by virtue of their backgrounds. Thus, the award is usually given to schools with students from wealthy backgrounds."
With this in mind, Chocolate Chip salutes the principals, students and families of three NY urban schools serving children of color on being selected as 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools:
for the Arts & Humanities
Check out the link below for more details on the program and a complete listing of current and past recipients.