*Russell Simmons continues to show the stuff that he is made from. He has always appeared to make good, sound, choices and now, with in a partnership with a nonprofit organization called Californians for Safety and Justice he is using his brand to help create an ad campaign that is hard to ignore. It reveals the staggering investment put into state prisons versus the investment put into the public school system.
No, not news that we have never heard before. But news that needs to stay in the forefront until change happens.
Simmons and Californians for Safety and Justice have created a PSA that shows children talking about the careers they hope to have.
*Talkin’ about wisdom coming from the mouths of babes. If you haven’t checked out “The Meaning of Life, explained by 3rd graders,” video, have I got a gift for you!
Narrated by a 6-year-old girl with obvious swagger, she says , “You gotta do what feels right in your heart … A great man or woman will never fit in because they stand out,” she delivers the true meaning of life message with all the inflections and innuendos of an elder…an ancient, white-haired, leather-skinned elder.
You’re mouth is sure to drop open on several times as you listen to the sweet little girl’s voice. She starts off by asking you to “Imagine yourself, 90 years old, on a porch in a rocking chair, looking back on your life. You got that image?” she asks. “Good! Now let me tell you studies show that the biggest regret from elderly people on their death bed is not what they did, its what they didn’t do.”
In this 4-minute, 43 second stop-motion animated film, the young narrator cites scientific findings on the things people regret, and how you should take control of your life so that you won’t be one of them.
*Who would be more capable to give “How To” advice to parents of college-age children than someone who has been there, done that, and got more than a T-shirt to show for it? Veteran science teacher Norma Richards and her husband were faced with the daunting task of putting three of their six children through college — in close succession, so Richards knew she had to get proactive. And today she is awfully glad she did.
Those three siblings, two daughters and a son, have each earned engineering degrees at well-known universities on full academic scholarships. I’d say that qualifies her to write a guidebook telling others how to do it.
“Free Ride to College” shows parents and high school seniors how to position themselves for the same outcome. Continue reading →
*New music is on the way from legendary rapper MC Lyte. She has teamed up with Chicago-native Common and 10 Beats on “Dear John” a new track and open letter to black men; which will also be the first release from her upcoming LP.
This will be the rapper’s first studio album in more than a decade and it is slated to be released later this year. Continue reading →
*Although its nowhere near OK, we’re used to adults being horribly cruel to one another; but it’s hard to believe that children as young as 5-years-old can take on this ugly behavior too. Which makes the news that a child on the playground of Arlington Elementary School is alleged to have been kicked repeatedly and mercilessly by another student tough to swallow. Even harder, is the fact that the school does not believe this child, and claims her horrific facial bruises are the cause of a fall. To add insult to injury, the child’s mother will now have to prove that her child was assaulted, and that the bruises were no fault of her own.
Lacey Harris, the mother of kindergartener, AvaLynn, has requested a police investigation and has launched an online campaign called ‘Justice for AvaLynn’ on Facebook to show that her little girl was allegedly beaten severely in a vicious playground attack last week. Continue reading →
Accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by neglecting her basic needs, special education teacher Nicole Diggs may still inherit the girl’s nearly $1 million trust fund — even if she’s convicted.
Diggs and her husband pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and child endangerment in the 2012 death of Alayah Savarese, who was the beneficiary of a trust fund created from the settlement of a malpractice suit that stemmed from complications during her birth. Continue reading →
According to a new report by the National Center for Education (NCES), the racial landscape of students in the public school system is about to change. Minorities – namely, Hispanics, Asians, African Americans, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals will account for 50.3% of the public school student population. 51% of grade level pre-kindergarten to 8th grade will be minorities and they will make up 48% of 9th to 12th graders. Continue reading →
*Hey, it happens to the best of us at one time or another. We just need to disappear for a while. Not because we are bad guys or gals, just because we need to be alone. Incognito. Invisible. But with the ability of social media managing to track our every move, it seems impossible. I mean, have you ever paid attention to the “People You May Know” section on your Facebook page? Why the heck is your landlord there? How did he get there?
Hell no, I don’t want him as my friend!
Whatever your reason is for needing to disappear,Yahoo Small Business Advisor starts you off with “How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account.”