Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Tell Your Sons: Watch and Learn from Common and John Legend

Last night was Oscar night, and the two highlights of the evening came courtesy of “Selma”. First, we were treated to John Legend and Common’s amazing performance of the song “Glory”, which was nominated in the Best Original Song category. Then, when they won the Oscar for “Glory” (to no one’s surprise), they gave acceptance […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Poems of Elizabeth Alexander

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday celebrates the work of Elizabeth Alexander–highly respected poet, essayist, playwright and teacher. Professor Alexander was recently named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as well as the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. She is the former Chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University. […]

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Parents Matter: Star Athlete Listens to Mom and Dad, Chooses Harvard

A recent NYTimes article tells a great story that is right up our alley at GCP. Chris Lewis is a 6’9″ high school junior at Milton High School in Milton, Georgia. A power forward, he is one of the top basketball juniors in the nation. He has been recruited by colleges since he was in […]

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A Parent’s Nightmare: Campus Police Pulled a Gun on his College Student Son

NYTimes columnist Charles Blow writes today of getting a call on Saturday that his son, a Yale junior, had been held at gunpoint that evening after leaving the library. By the Yale Campus Police. Apparently they were responding to a burglary call on campus and determined that he fit the description of the alleged burglar. […]

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#SelmaForStudents: New Cities Added

Today 12 additional cities joined the #SelmaForStudents movement and announced their success in raising money to send students to see the movie “Selma” for free. Read about it here. African American leaders, now joined by generous citizens of all hues, are working together across the country to ensure that the next generation understands and appreciates […]

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#SelmaforStudents is The Story of a Movement Too

“Selma is the story of a movement” reads the promotional materials for this critically acclaimed movie which opened in theaters across the country this weekend. #SelmaforStudents, the nationwide effort of Black business leaders to make sure our young people see this movie, is the story of a movement too. GCP was there at the beginning, […]

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Take Your Sons to See “Selma” This Weekend

“Selma” chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. This wonderful film, which opens in wide release on January 9th, is a must-see movie for our children in 7th grade and older. It is a […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Happy New Year from GCP!!

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday will be not poetry or quotes but simply a thought for the New Year: May the year 2015 be a year of health, joy, discovery, wonder, learning, and tremendous growth for you and your children, especially those boys!!! Rather than ask for your resolutions, we’d like to make some for you: Resolve […]

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What can GCP do for YOU in 2015??

As 2014 draws to a close, we at GCP have been thinking about what 2015 will bring. As we begin another year of focusing on our boys and the skills we need to parent them well, we have so much to worry about, (especially these days), so much to learn, so much to share. At […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Protest Poetry

On this Thoughtful Thursday our thoughts could be on nothing else but the incredible failure of another grand jury to indict a police officer for killing an unarmed Black man. And using an illegal chokehold to take him down as a cellphone camera recorded the entire thing, so there is no question as to what […]

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