After all the crap that’s happened this week, we need a little positivity. Thankfully, we’ve got a double dose for you! First, there’s the story of radio personality Tom Joyner. He’d been impressed with the way witness Rachel Jeantel comported herself throughout the Trayvon Martin trial. On Wednesday, he invited Jeantel to his morning show, where he offered her a full college scholarship.
“Here’s my offer to you, if you want to graduate from high school and go to a HBCU [historically black college or university], even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters, Bethune Cookman or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that. I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like.”
Jeantel, who’s endured public scorn and criticism for everything from the way she talks (her first language is Creole) to the way she looks, hopes to one day pursue a career in law enforcement. Joyner will fund the scholarship via his Tom Joyner Foundation, and also funds several other ventures, including REACH Media and BlackAmericaWeb.com. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
And our other hero of the day is…
Meet 96-year-old grocery store owner Margaretta “Marge” Wolf. Wolf was minding her own biz, tending her store, when a man in a face mask walked in and told her to open up the cash register. Wolf was not having it. He told her that he wanted money, and she replied, “If you want something, I’ll give you all the Tootsie Rolls I got.” The thief eventually pulled out a knife and tried to force Wolf to the back of the store, but she wouldn’t comply. When he noticed that he’d been caught on security cameras, he fled. It’s unclear if he took any Tootsie Rolls with him.
Wolf has run the grocery store for more than 54 years, the majority of those alongside her husband Art, who passed away five years ago.
Here’s Wolf talking about her ordeal.
All in all, some much-needed inspiration around here.