By Walter M. Kimbrough – via LA Times
I was in Detroit preparing to give a speech last week when the news came across my Twitter feed: “Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine donate $70 million to USC to create new degree.” As one of the first university presidents from the hip-hop generation, I had to stop and read the…Read full post
Jay Harris was a standout wide receiver for Exton (Pa.) Downington East High. With obvious gridiron skills, he became a signed on recruit to the Michigan State Spartans, a major Division I football program.
But life is full of twists and turns, and this is a real example. Harris had his scholarship to Michigan State rescinded after he posted the explicit rap video, “Jay Datbull – Datbull 4 Life”, which you see below to YouTube….Read full post
Twelve former Florida A&M University band members are now facing more severe charges for the 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion, after Florida prosecutors on Monday filed manslaughter counts against them.
Champion died from internal bleeding after receiving a beating that shed light on the famed bands culture of hazing.
Although ten of the ex-band members were charged in May with hazing, a third-degree felony, Champion’s parents had said they were disappointed with the lesser charge. State Attorney Jeff…Read full post
PITTSBURGH—African American adolescents tend to have more success in school if their parents instill in them a sense of racial pride, reducing their vulnerability to the effects of racial discrimination from teachers and peers. (more…)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi state and local officials on Wednesday over what it called a “school-to-prison pipeline” that violates the rights of children, especially black and disabled youths.
The suit alleges that police officers in Meridian, Mississippi, routinely arrested students who were suspended from school, even when they had no probable cause to believe the students had committed a crime.
“We found that children have been incarcerated for being suspended from school for…Read full post
While many of us bemoan the lack of “message music” in today’s rap genre, nine-year-old Brooklyn rapper Amor “Lilman” Arteaga decided to do something about it. He has released a new video targeted directly at the ‘saggin pants crowd titled: “Pull Ya Pants Up!”
“It’s not just [people] disrespecting themselves, it’s disrespecting others around them,” @AMORLILMAN says. “Who wants to see you with your drawers hung low, and your boxers showing?” Exactly Lilman, exactly.
Dr. Martin Seligman is the renowned Penn professor of psychology. His pioneering work argued that a major component of human depression consisted of a “learned” pessimistic attitude.
His research shows that often, if we don’t have success after repeated attempts to do something, we can lose confidence and eventually give up trying. This folks is called “learned helplessness.”
Watch the video below (6-minutes) to see a brief but interesting take on the concept from a college class.
The Colorado “Batman Movie” Shooting Massacre will generate many narratives among the public and media. This tragedy will be one more opportunity to reflect on the United States’ gun laws. The relationship between popular culture and violence will be a hot topic as well. Others will focus on questions surrounding access to mental healthcare, and what if anything could have been done to prevent James Holmes from committing his…Read full post
Amazon customers get an early look at fall’s most anticipated reads at Amazon.com Books
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 23, 2012– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced its Big Fall Books Preview (www.amazon.com/fallbookspreview). In anticipation of the publishing season that’s known for some of the most exciting debuts, well-regarded nonfiction and blockbuster fiction, the Amazon.com Books Editors have made their selections for fall’s ten most intriguing releases. Their Big Fall Books Preview also features the season’s most anticipated releases in fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, biographies and mysteries,…Read full post