Friday, August 15, 2014

2014 and Ignorance: Michael Brown

22 years ago, I elected to attend college.  I could have easily selected a different life, yet I did not.  I wanted to finish college, get married, and have a baby.  When I read about Michael Brown's death as well as other black men, that were murdered by the police in 2014, I could not help but think, "I could have a son that is between the ages of 18-22.  The police could have called my home and informed me that my baby was dead."

Silence.  I cannot help but think of NWA's hit, "F**k the Police" and the backlash that the rap group received for defaming the police.  In 2014, that song's lyrics are still powerful, especially amongst the African American community.

Brown's death hits close to home.  Today, I had a conversation with a dear friend. A part of me was in shock; however, I had to remember that I reside in Phoenix, Arizona.  While shopping at Fry's Marketplace last night, she overheard a Caucasian mother stating that she was happy that her biracial children would never endure a death like Michael Brown's.  We live in a predominantly white community, and unfortunately, many of the residents believe that we reside in a post racial society.  Some of the black residents, also, feel the same way.  The Caucasian mother, also, admitted that she was confident that this would not occur, because her children reside in Ahwatukee.  It is 2014, and this "parent" was oblivious to who Emmitt Till was; for lack of better words, my friend had to "check" her. This is the same community where white mothers, when registering their biracial children for school in the Kyrene School District (as shared with me by former 
Kyrene school administrators and current Kyrene School educators), select the "White" box on the school application.


Pray for our nation.  Pray especially for Arizona. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Teacher, You Didn't Want Me Looking?: Where Do You Draw the Line?

This story has me speechless:

I am praying for Lakeshia Jones, and I am especially praying for AND lighting a series of candles for Ms. Jones's former students and their parents.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


On August 2, 2004, I walked into LAEB (it will always be LAEB to me rather than Beering Hall) as Cicely Denean Cobb, and I walked out Cicely Denean Cobb, Ph.D. It was the happiest moment of my life. I will never forget how Janet Alsup opened the door and said, "Congratulations, Dr. Cobb!" It's hard to believe that 10 years have gone by. I "floated" to the school's hotel, called my dad, and said, "It's OVER." We were both on the phone crying.

I am forever indebted to my dissertation committee and close friends.

Getting a Ph.D. is such a test of faith. Graduate school will take you to the breaking point, and it takes a strong person and a great support team not to snap.

I am thankful for my parents who helped me achieve this accomplishment. Thank you, Mildred D. Taylor for your wonderful, family stories.

I am thankful for Purdue University and the strength that you equipped me with.

Boiler UP!  

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Be prepared to read posts from me this weekend.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2014 or 1955?

Dear Reader:

I am SO sick of the word, "ni**a."  Students and adults (from all races) use it. 

The NAACP buried this word years ago. 

When will people realize that?  What's sickening is that CHILDREN are using this word on a daily basis.  About two months ago, while walking in my neighborhood, I heard a young white male refer to his black, male friend as a "ni**a."  The black male just laughed and continued to talk to his peer.

Please check out this article:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Dear Readers:

Let America say AMEN!  I am glad that the judicial system sided with the Cannings.  Students need to realize that their #1 job is attending school.,,20793727,00.html


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Teen Rights?

Dear Readers:

Oh, it has been awhile, and I do apologize!  Today, while reading the news online, I came across this article:

My friends discuss similar issues on a weekly basis.  Where is the line between children and parents in 2014?  Is respect for one's parents "a thing of the past?"  The problem is that many of my peers' parents were strict, and because of this, I have seen parents, in my age group, attempt to befriend their children rather than being the role model that their child needs.  Children need boundaries.  Period.

What is unfortunate is how this young woman "thinks" that her parents "owe" her this.

Le sigh.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dear Dr. King

Dear Dr.King:

Thank you much for moving mountains.  It is because of your "push" that I was able to become Dr. Cicely Denean Cobb.  Thank you for fighting segregation.  Thank you for being America's "Moses."

Last Friday, a student said, "Dr. Cobb,what are you doing this weekend?" I replied that I would be honoring MLK.  For, it was MLK that helped me become Dr. Cobb.  A student said, "Dr. Cobb, you could have attended an HBCU.  His peer said, "You don't understand.  Yes, Dr. Cobb could have attended an HBCU; however, during that era, the mainstream universities received more funding than black universities.  More opportunities were with the white schools."


Sunday, January 12, 2014


Dear Readers:

Please read the following article. I strongly blame both the parents and  K-12 teachers of the students noted in this article.  As an educator, I have seen the finger immediately pointed at the teacher; however, there is one important point that needs to be made:  Teachers educate these children; they are not the parents of these adolescents.

There is no excuse for this nonsense.  I am irate over this article.  I am a 1998 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Therefore, this article really hits close to home.  Marva Collins, a renowned educator, who was so irritated by inadequate schools that she started her own, dealt with this problem back in the 1980s.

When will we learn, America?  WHEN?

A Beautiful Story!

Dear Readers:

Please take a moment and read the following story:

Indeed, it pays to be NICE!