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.
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Just a day ago, Reddit user ProZacDose posted a throwaway rant on the user-generated content site. A working father of four, he felt frustrated because his meager paycheck just wasn’t paying the bills. His family’s water and power had been shut off, and he was unable to buy his kids any Christmas presents, or even a tree. “I just wanted to vent, and perhaps cry a little, for the pain I feel for my kids,” he wrote. “I hate myself that I could of not done better, or I could have a better job with more income. I am supposed to be a father and a provider and I can’t even do that. I am dreading Christmas morning, and wish I can just escape all of this.”
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In 2004, Meri Yuranda was washed away from her family and her small village of Ujong Baroh in the Aceh province during the devastating South East Asia tsunami. Her family assumed she was dead — but she wasn’t. A woman found the eight-year-old and “adopted” her, renaming her Wati, and forced her to beg on the street for change. This past week, the woman freed Wati from her servitude, and the now 15-year-old girl set about trying to reunite with her family — though she could only remember her grandfather’s first name, Ibraham. A kind cab driver took her to her home village and introduced her to the Ibrahim he knew, who happened to be her grandfather. He identified the missing girl by a small mole and scar she got when she was six years old. Her grandfather was then able to bring the girl to her parents.
The girl’s older sister is still among those missing from the tsunami. The 2004 tsunami killed more than 250,000 people. [ABC News]