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Who is Madea and Why Did She Go To Jail?

Who is Madea and why did she go to Jail? If you don’t know Madea yet, here’s your chance to join the family. This is a question that many of my HBS classmates may think when scanning the movie listings this weekend, and I wanted to take some time to provide the answer. Mabel “Madea”…

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2008 – Retrospective – Breaking Down Barriers

To celebrate the New Year in Italy, it is tradition to throw old things out of one’s window. This is practiced perhaps more literally than foreigners might suspect – it behooves passersby to heed falling objects. We in the United States could do worse than to adopt this strategy, at least in the figurative sense….

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The Hope that Change Brings

6 members of the HBS African American Student Union (AASU) family discuss what the election of Barack Obama means to them. Lauryn Hale Barack Obama ran for President on a platform of hope and a promise of change. His victory last Tuesday, November 4th was America’s first step towards these promises becoming reality. It is…

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Obama and Me

A conservative Kenyan relates his personal odyssey through the 2008 election. In the process of selecting a leader, he makes surprising discoveries that transcend politics. On the surface, it appears that I voted for Obama because I am black, or because I am Kenyan, or both. But nothing could be farther from the truth. More…

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Election Day in America

$1.5B dollars and nearly 2 years of non-stop campaigning. Thousands of hours of media coverage and millions of words of commentary and dissection. An unprecedented online campaign with Facebook fans, entertaining YouTube clips and virtual organizing like never before. Controversies, the Bradley effect, accusations, hockey moms, and various incarnations of Joe fill-in-the-blank. It all came…

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Letting the American Reality Sink In

Whenever something big happens, people always say “remember where you were on that day,” as if you will forget. On November 4th 2008, something big happened – Barack Obama, was elected the 44th President of the United States. Remember where you were that day, and where you were when it finally sunk in that our…

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Point of View — A Historic Election, A Historic Candidate

African American support for Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is not monolithic. Senator Obama’s policy goals, the historical significance of his candidacy, and a sense of pride are a few of the reasons he has garnered so much support from African American voters. Overwhelming African American support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign belies the myriad…

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AASU Takes Burden By Storm with Sankofa!

On an otherwise frigid night, Burden Auditorium radiated tradition from the soulful and spirited show gracing its stage. The audience was treated to a delightful and educational exposition of African Diaspora’s art, culture, and history as the African-American Student Union (AASU), the Caribbean Business Club (CBC), and the African Business Club (ABC) collaborated in bringing…

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Annual AASU Conference Receives Rave Reviews

Attendees Celebrate Progress in the African-American Business Community and Contemplate the Future. The African-American Students Union (AASU) hosted the 35th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference from February 23 through February 25 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel. The conference, one of the largest business school conferences hosted by a student club and the flagship event…

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Point – Stop Being So Sensitive

A remarkable thing happened the other day in a LEAD class. We were discussing the Lyndon Twitchell and Jenny Kravitz incident. For 30 minutes “typical LEAD randomness” was the major content, and then the subject quickly moved on to race. Barely noticeably, but very suddenly, people became more reticent, less eager to put up their…

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Building a Community

February is Black History Month and this month the Harbus will present you with a series of articles detailing the contributions of African Americans at HBS. African Americans have a long history here at Harvard University. Harvard Business School’s first African American graduate was Monroe Dowling, class of 1931. Upon arrival on campus, he faced…

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President Summers

I am an ’84 graduate of HBS. And I’m female, which apparently makes me potentially genetically inferior in math. It’s a wonder that I graduated with honors. Must have been a genetic fluke. President Larry Summers has now definitively proven that he is as eloquent as he is stupid. There is an infinite amount of…

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The Long And Winding Road

They say that the long and winding road leads to your door, but it is time that we open that door and look outside into the twinkling horizon of opportunity, and then take jobs. As we reach the end of our journey, it is fitting that we should take a moment and reflect on the…

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Minorities in Business:

The following facts paint a harsh picture of the situation many African Americans face in today’ssociety. o The typical black family had 60% as much income as a white family in 1968, but only 58% as much in 2002. o One in nine African Americans cannot find a job. Black unemployment is more than twice…

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Sankofa: A Celebration of What Was and What Will Be

“Returning to your roots, recapturing what you lost and moving forward,” is a phrase that has great significance for African-Americans. For us, it is very important to have an intimacy with our heritage. For years, we have continued to seek this intimacy, and one such example was witnessed here at HBS with Sankofa. Sankofa is…

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Building a Community

February is Black History Month and this month the Harbus will present you with a series of articles detailing the contributions of African Americans at HBS. The following is the first article in this series. African Americans have a long history here at Harvard University. Harvard Business School’s first African American graduate was Monroe Dowling,…

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Spirit of a Community:

Like many great gifts, this exhibition originates from the cultural powerhouse to our south that many of us feel a little too far away from: Pittsburgh. Coming to New England this summer, the original images shot by Teenie Harris and an accompanying documentary film on his work offer an interesting view of African-American culture in…

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Editorial: March Madness

In this week’s issue, along with printing the results of the ‘controversial Harbus Poll’, in the special “HBS at Wartime” section, we asked several students, as the start of a continuing dialogue on the topic, what their initial opinions of the war have been. As far as my personal initial feeling about the war, I’m…

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Mayor Ron Kirk Addresses Students at HBS

The Mayor was neither wearing a cowboy hat nor did he sport a pair of lizard, boa constrictor, or ostrich boots, but rest assured, Ron Kirk, spoke like a true Texan. Animated, articulate and insightful, Kirk provided a compelling portrait of the modern mayor in a large metropolitan area with a twist. Kirk, an African-American,…

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31st Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference Brings in Record Numbers

On the weekend of January 31st, African-American Student Union (AASU) brought together top black business leaders of today and tomorrow at the 31st Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference held on campus and at the Marriott Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. The theme of the conference “Redefining Wealth: Claim it, Grow it, Sustain it” focused to introduce…

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'A Constructive Force around HBS': AASU Today

In a Harbus article printed September 19, 1968, Leroy Willis, one of the “Founding Five” African American students who established AASU, enumerated several reasons that such an organization was needed. Recruiting and retaining black students and increasing the relevance of the curriculum to help address societal problems were top priorities, but he states that “the…

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Blazing a Trail

People of African descent have a long history in America, arriving on her shores even before the Mayflower. Though over the next 250 years most African Americans were enslaved, a sizeable number were free and were able to achieve the American dream of entrepreneurial success. In 1841, William Liedsdoroff, a Virgin Islands native and San…

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AASU Hosts 31st Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference

The African-American Student Union (AASU) is bringing together top black business leaders of today and tomorrow to examine various dimensions of wealth in the African-American community – from unprecedented gains in financial markets and corporate corner offices to increases in political, community, and intellectual wealth – at the 31st Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference, to…

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Stumbling Out of the Closet

Are closet segregationists running America from the United States Congress? Even after Trent Lott’s resignation I didn’t believe it to be true. Lott’s vague, nostalgic reference to Strom Thurmond’s presidential campaign in ’48, to me, sounded like two southern Dixiecrats reliving old times. Call me naive, but I took it as quintessential good-ole’-boy interaction. A…

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Welcome to The Harbus, Your "Other" Section

In The Harbus inaugural 2002 issue last January, I promised a walk on the wild side. Welcome (back, ECs) to the wilderness. As I said then, this year we face the uncertainties of war and terrorism both abroad and at home, and the economy seems determined to stay undeterminable for a time too uncomfortable to…

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Self Assessment:

Self Assessment: Mid Term Review of The Harbus As an editorial board, we promised our readers a lot in our first issue in January. With the academic year drawing to a close, and finding ourselves half way through our term of office, we would like to take the opportunity to review how we are doing…

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Running the Partnership Gauntlet:

In an industry with very few minority professionals, AASU’s accomplished management consulting panel showed us amazing examples of success, featuring some of the most senior African-American professionals in the industry. Tonicia Hampton (MBA ’99, OH), an associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, moderated an informative panel that addressed the role of a consulting firm partner,…

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AASU Prepares for 30th Anniversary of Signature Event

As the final weeks of Black History Month 2002 approach, many will see HBS African and African-American Students running around campus in a hurry muttering to themselves “three days left, three days left, it’s almost here….” These AASU students are not talking about exploding job offers (wouldn’t that be nice) or counting down to the…

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Blazing a Trail

This article is the first of four pieces detailing the history of African Americans at HBS for Black History Month, and is co-sponsored by the African American Student Union (AASU) and the Baker Library Historical Collections. People of African descent have a long history in America, arriving on her shores even before the Mayflower. Though…

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Welcome From the Editor In Chief

Welcome to a walk on the wild side. For sure, 2002 is guaranteed to be a year full of history-for the world and for ourselves personally. Not only do we face the uncertainties of war and terrorism both abroad and at home, but the economy seems determined to stay undeterminable for a time too uncomfortable…

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