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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An academic journal entitled Porn Studies is debuting in 2014 and will be “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic.” The notion of classifying pornography as academia is already hard for many to swallow, but the new periodical from Routledge may be in for some real opposition. The organization, Stop Porn Culture, has sponsored a petition to have “Porn Studies” change before it even starts. The organization has argued that the periodical is too pro-porn and will not provide enough criticism of the genre. Keep reading »
There’s one thing that really, really sucks about college. Yes, there’s no way around it: college costs an insanely large amount of money for which I personally think it’s borderline inhumane to even charge. It’s my silly little opinion that education should be a basic human right and therefore should be free. Unfortunately, almost every major academic institution in this country disagrees with me.
But even beyond the tuition itself, as soon as I arrived here I felt the very distinct pain, depression and slight panic that comes with the knowledge that your bank account is significantly dwindling. First, there was the cost of books that neared $500 (for my first semester alone) and this even accounted for scouring the internet for the best deals on used editions. Then there was the whole “going out” thing. Somebody would suggest going to a nearby sushi restaurant, or maybe catching a concert or show. Torn between being social and being frugal is not a fun place to be, especially when trying to make new friends. Keep reading »
While most girls search for months to find the perfect prom dress, and even set up Facebook pages so there are no doubles, select teens get a little crafty for their big day. Instead of spending hours (and hundreds of dollars) at the mall, they stock up on duct tape and get to designing as part of the annual Stuck at Prom Contest hosted by Duck Brand. But this year’s a little different, since it’s the 10th anniversary. To make the celebration just a little bit more special, this year’s contest comes along with a major grand prize — $3,000 in scholarship money for you and your date. So, while teens were creative before, it’s an entirely new game now. The designs of the top 10 couples currently in the running range from a “Singing in the Rain” number to a paint-splattered design to an Old Victorian-inspired look — all of which are way more innovative than anything I (or MacGyver) could dream up with a roll of duct tape. [Duck Brand] Keep reading »