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IU Northwest to host ‘Black Love’ presentation on Valentine’s Day

Dennis Rahiim Watson, president and CEO of the National Black Youth Leadership Council, to discuss relationship concerns and other issues of the hip-hop generation

The Indiana University Northwest Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE), in cooperation with the Student African-American Brotherhood (SAAB), will host motivational speaker Dennis Rahiim Watson, Ph.D., president and CEO of the National Black Youth Leadership Council, as he presents the seminar “Black Love” on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, located at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind. This program is free and open to the public.

In “Black Love,” Watson will address the critical issues of the hip-hop generation. Topics include: self-respect; empowerment; cooperation; compatibility; misogyny; hip-hop lyrics that denigrate black women; domestic violence; “babymamadrama,” cheating; thuggery; and success strategies for black men and black women who want something meaningful out of life. Watson, in cooperation with the National Black Youth Leadership Council and the Center for Black Success, is sponsoring this series of Black Male/Female Relationship Seminars for black students on campuses throughout the United States.

Watson is a critically acclaimed presenter who has received more than 250 awards for his work with black youths across the country. He has received five presidential citations and earned accolades from more than 100 U.S. mayors. Watson, who was kicked out of high school 37 times before finding a new path and eventually attending Fordham University, Pace University and New York University, has overcome tremendous odds to become a successful motivational specialist whom critics and audiences have described as a cross between Jesse Jackson, Bill Cosby and Les Brown.

Watson has lectured and conducted workshops at more than 200 colleges and universities across the country, including several Ivy League schools, UCLA, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.

IU Northwest is pleased to welcome Dennis Rahiim Watson to Gary, Ind., for this timely and exciting presentation. All are invited to attend this special Valentine’s Day program.

For more information, contact the ODE at (219) 980-6705.



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Christopher Sheid

Michelle Searer
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