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"Do you plan to make The Army your primary career? Would you suggest that young black give the military some consideration in this time when jobs are nonexistent for them and post high school education may be out of reach?"

Interviewed by Derrick Farmer 07/21/11

What inspires You to write?
"It's cathartic for me. Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. The trick is to get it on paper and see where it takes me."

Interviewed by Vernon Davis Jr. 01/31/11

What made you choose academia as a source for inner development ?
"I liked school. I liked to challenge myself, except in math. I had great teachers. I really loved the conversations we (students) had in the lunchroom. Nothing was out of bounds."

Interviewed by jamal Abraham 01/06/11

What place does Computer Science have in K-12 education?
"Information Technology is a very big part of today's society. Unfortunately, the black community is seriously lagging behind in this area. Our kids don't get the required time on computers to utilize this technology, which is largely due to low expectations of urban school systems and lack of parental interest and participation of many parents."

Interviewed by Steve Williams 01/05/11

Tell me something interesting that everyone should know about you?
"I love a good argument!"

Interviewed by Chanel Ballard 01/03/11

What about the world would you change?
"The false issue of race. wHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE"

Interviewed by robert bonds 06/01/11

If you were banned from the United States and you have to leave today, what country would you go to live in - and why?
"I've always wanted to visit Tibet. I would go there if the Chinese leave and The Dahlia Lama was there. Other than that, I would like to live on a reservation with the Native Americans. I consider that another country."

Interviewed by Dante Lee 12/22/10

Tell me something interesting that everyone should know about you?
"I'm an independent thinker."

Interviewed by Shernika Johnson 12/22/10

"I'm so sorry that I missed your message. It has been a very exhaustive year for me. To check the status of a scholarship offered by your school, see your counselor or find it on the web. If you give me information on what you're looking for, I may be able to make your search easier."

Interviewed by JASMINE CLAY 12/16/10

why is black history month in february
"It is the shortest month of the year and it was something the the predominent society did not want to recognize. In the 60s it was only Negro History Week. What is your major and what kind of community are you searching for: urban with a large campus, or rural and small campus population?"

Interviewed by bryana vanae 11/23/10

Why is it important to meet new people?
"I like to meet new people and hear what they have to say about their lives, goals and concerns. I contacted you to say that if it is still your goal to attend an HBCU; you can still do that in graduate and post graduate school. You have a lovely smile!"

Interviewed by Audrea Long 11/23/10

Are you aware of the New World Order agenda?
"Is that the new, new, new world order agenda? Pherhaps my memory needs to be jogged a little."

Interviewed by Juan Davis 11/23/10

Tell me something interesting that everyone should know about you?
"I'm interested in your world view."

Interviewed by bonita penn 11/12/10

Do you feel that HBCUs are still relevant in the 21st century?
"I think they are more relevant today than they have been since the sixties. One only has to look at rise in the enrollment of white students. Unfortunately, many parents think that a "white college" is better than an HBCU."

Interviewed by Michael Cade 11/10/10

Do you know your calling? What is it? How does it currently effect our society or does it?
"I don't think I know what my calling is... at the moment. I recently lost my husband, so it takes time to open up to something different. Everything is different, now. I have worked with young people for quite a while. The Rhoer Club of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Alpha Eta Sigma Chapter in Phila., PA. The Alpha Phi Beta High School Fraternity and individual high school students who want/wanted to pursue post-high school educations. My goal, now, is to try to keep as many black males from dropping out og high school."

Interviewed by Gwen Coleman 11/10/10

Are you spiritually grounded?
"Interesting photo! Spirituality means differnt things to different people. What is the meaning behind your question? Are you asking if I am a church going believer?"

Interviewed by kendell iverson 11/10/10

What is it that you like to do within your career?
"What I'm doing now; working with young people."

Interviewed by Gregory V. Boulware, Esq. 10/28/10

What are your top five (5) strength and weaknesses
"+s= patience optimism love of self love of family music -s = introspection over-analytical procrastinaotion not impulsive opinionated"

Interviewed by Bobby Jones 10/22/10

Tell me something interesting that everyone should know about you?
"I believe in trying to see "the big picture". "

Interviewed by Rebecca Washington 10/19/10

What are your goals in life and how are you going to achieve them?
"To live a long and happy life and working to keep our young men from dropping out of high school."

Interviewed by Brittney McGuire 09/07/10

What are your goals?
"My goal, right now, is to find a way to keep young black men from dropping out of high school and go on to pursue a post high school education."

Interviewed by Mark Johnson 09/07/10

Who are you at the end of each day?
"I'm still me: Individual, mother, daughter, sister, youth advocate, writer, unique."

Interviewed by Tressia Amacher 09/07/10

Tell me something interesting that everyone should know about you?
"I am an advocate for equal access to education for "minority" children in this country. I love music, the arts and have very little patience for those who critisize but refuse to be a part of the solution for our youth. I'm a news junkie (MSNBC, DemocracyNow, The Nation). I am my family's historian. Parent of four young people and one of 11 siblings."

Interviewed by John Johnston 06/23/10

Tell me something interesting that everyone should know about you?
"I'm, very much, interested in the education of our youth. No patience for those who would prejudge our young males by what they wear without knowin what is in their heads. I love the arts and observing people. "

Interviewed by Cyndi Cao 04/27/10

Why are HBCU
"They are an intricate part of our history established for the descendants of the enslaved African Americans. Unfortunately, many black Americans and their parents do not know the histories of these schools and there is no appreciation for HBCUS. There is a notion perpetuated by some that a better education can be obtained at a predominately white college or university. Meanwhile the growth of white students on these HBCUs continues to grow and the drop-out rate of, black males, especially, continues to grow because of "revolving door" policies at predominately white colleges and universities. One has to get over the. "their ice cubes are colder" mentality when it comes to HBCUs."

Interviewed by Anthony G. (Tony) Dunn 08/15/10

What things can we do on HBCUConnect to make it a better site?
"Profile the HBCUs. Show what they have to offer the black college student that destroys the myth that all HBCUs are party schools. Give the high school students a sense of what life is like on these campuses. There are so many negative misconceptions about what HBCUs have to offer our young people. In many cases, HBCUs are not welcome to recruit at individual high schools in Philadelphia, PA."

Interviewed by Reginald Culpepper 06/20/09

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Viola Dunn-Thigpen
NSCC/Retired, Phila. PA Board of Public Education

Location: Philadelphia, PA United States
Birthday: Feb 1st
Joined: Feb 23rd, 2006
About   (request update)
I live in Philadelphia, PA, where I was born. One of 11 children. I have 4 young people of my own. Active in my "Block Association". My high school alumni association. I research college/university scholarships and grants for minorties and non traditional students. Information is shared with organizations and individuals.
I write poetry, interested in the fine arts, sociology/love underground hip hop. I love straight ahead jazz. Dislike what is termed as "smooth Jazz" it is not jazz. Interested in black youth culture. Wrote an article for the "Philadelphia Tribune Magazine" The Search For Financial
Aid". Volunteered as Parent/Advisor for The Rhoer Club of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Alpha Eta Sigma Chapter. Worked with the Alpha Phi Beta High School Fraternity and Alumni Association, here in Philly.
Won the Hugh Carroll Award of La Salle University for work on the Adult Student Council. Honored this year for my outreach activities S. G. RHO. Recently widowed.
My Interview Question
What would you like to tell anyone about yourself?
Current Whereabouts:
Keeping tabs on the political arena. Watching C-Span, Democracy Now, MSNBC and BBC America News.Tired of radio. Black music is totally marginalized. I play my jazz 33s, listen to the Blues, do wop, underground hip hop, r'n'b, Euro Classical. Nearly completed a new sculpture of mixed media. Enjoy writing Haikus. Trying to get as much scholarship information out to our young people as I can, especially to get them to consider going to an HBCU in concert with others. Passion is to get more black male students into and retain them in college and /university.
Life & Professional Aspirations:
Enjoy life by keeping active with friends and family. Enjoy my relationship with my children as young adults, watching my grandchildren grow; hope to see them graduate from college, grow into adulthood, and maybe see some great-grands. Keep doing the work to make sure that as many black children in the U. S. KNOW they can achieve in spight of the institutional hurdles and barriers placed in their path.
Education   (request update)
Considering it.... Not considering it anymore! class of
Grad Major:
High School: Simon Gratz in Philadelphia, PA class of 1965
Activities & Accomplishments:
Totally into my Craft Major III Art Class with John Dendy! Won 1st Place award for a Glass Mosaic in the All City Art Competition, in the High School Competition.
Best Memories:
Informal talks with our biology teacher, Mr. Jessy Taylor. Trips to the art museums with the best art teacher ever, Mr John Dendy. Cutting typing class to visit with artists who came to lecture and give information about their works of art. Yeah, Mr. D. wrote notes for us!
I currently work with Phila. PA Board of Public Education as NSCC/Retired
I have 23 years of experience working in the Counseling industry.
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FREE TO VOTE/ Right Wing's Gutting The Voting Rights Act FREE TO VOTE/ Right Wing's Gutting The Voting Rights Act
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DoD Prostate Cancer Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award DoD Prostate Cancer Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award
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Hello fellow member, I hope that you are having a great day. When you get a chance, visit my profile page where I have posted some information where an associate on mine named Justin Atlan, who is a real life Internet millionaire and co-founder of Clickbank, one of the biggest online companies on the internet has put together a program that can show anyone how to create a successful online business. If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, click on the link on my profile page where Justin will personally explain everything to you.
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Happy fri Have a great weekend
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Tagged by Jim Lewis on 08/02/2013  
Thank you for becoming friends The website presentation is not directly about paying off student loans. But Take notice of the 2nd testimonial (which is 2min. into the video) when the single mother talks about sharing this LightYear Wireless concept with her 2 daughters. IT was at that moment I decided to put together a simple spend sheet that any HBCU-CONNCTION student could use to take control of their student debt. MY basic theory using this LightYear Wireless concept was to help you & other students to do this just 1 time/wk. You will learn how to earn weekly income (so that you can just to enjoy the college life) & monthly residual income. It is the residual income that I'm trying to show you in the spread sheet on how to payoff your student loans. The new school year has just started & I'm willing to bet that you have shared your cell phone # with 10 new friends. And most of them have the same student loan concerns as you. Please simply reply by going to my profile website an under my picture entry your infro. I'm only asking that you let me get this FREE spend sheet into your hands. I like to hear your opinion about this concept for paying bac student loans. Have a blessed day.
Tagged by Gil Royster on 09/19/2012  
Thank you for making me your friend. Check this out (See it to believe it. And if you still don't believe it, or Check out the information for yourself. Here is something I wrote to the U.S. Copyright Office and then I sent this information to the news media, and Oprah Winfrey, and CNN network, just to see there response.) Read my poem called Remebering My Historical / Prophetical Poem During The Republican Convention , located on my page/blog and if you don’t believe it check the information through the US Copyright Office. Peace
Tagged by Terrance McCreary on 08/30/2012  
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Tagged by Regina M. Prude on 04/11/2011  
I am a non-traditional Graduate Student in Gainesville, FL I noticed that you do research on scholarship and internship can you recommend some websites for me to look at once I finish my masters' in 2012..(keeping my fingers crossed). I would eventually like to obtain my doctorate and perhaps one other Graduate degree in Theology. I am originally from the Bronx . I had a very good from Philly..He was truly a great person and great human being.
Tagged by kevin wright on 03/29/2011  
/* Yo Viola...:-) Many Thanks! Peace and Love, Greg. */
Tagged by Gregory V. Boulware, Esq. on 01/29/2011  
Happy monday
Tagged by Jim Lewis on 12/06/2010  
Happy tue and happy thanksgiving to you your family and friends
Tagged by Jim Lewis on 11/23/2010  
WCAU was ok for a talk show
Tagged by Jim Lewis on 11/10/2010  
Happy wed i enjoyed hogue an we were shopping in the jewish areas where owner stood in their door to enhance to buy from them.
Tagged by Jim Lewis on 11/10/2010  
Happy Tue Mrs. Thigpen . When i was attending Stillman i worked at Hunts tomato Ketchup in Brigeton, Nj . On the wekend we would come into The city Of brotherly Love WCAU.
Tagged by Jim Lewis on 11/09/2010  
Happy Friday to you, too!
Tagged by Viola Dunn-Thigpen on 11/05/2010  
Happy fri
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Happy fri
Tagged by Jim Lewis on 11/05/2010  
I'm historian for the maternal side of my famil and I am always intrigued by photos of our black ancestors.
Tagged by Viola Dunn-Thigpen on 11/04/2010  
/* Hi Viola: The Man in the Sailor Suit is My Grandfather...Ernest "Buster" Boulware - born 1911, homegoing 1971. Thank you for the compliment(s) and the visitations as well. Peace and Love, Greg. */
Tagged by Gregory V. Boulware, Esq. on 11/03/2010  
/*Thank you Viola for inviting me to be your friend... I'm humbled and honored - (please view and comment on my postings). Peace and Love, Greg*/
Tagged by Gregory V. Boulware, Esq. on 10/28/2010  
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