Category Archives: Education

Are Women More Likely to Become Marijuana-Addicted Than Men?


*Women, you may want to think twice before going toe-to-toe with your man while lighting one up to wind down, after your work-day hustle.

I’m not saying there has been tons of research done to back up the claim that drugs affect men and women differently, but with the legalization of both recreational and medicinal marijuana breaking down walls in states all across the country, now may be a good time for you to understand how THC affects a woman’s body chemistry specifically.

Researchers at Washington State University claim to have  found evidence that suggests females may build up a tolerance to marijuana more easily than males do.

“It’s not entirely predictive, but if you become rapidly tolerant to a drug, you may be at greater risk for developing an addiction,” Professor Rebecca Craft, chair of the psychology department at WSU and lead researcher of the study, told HuffPost. (She also noted that tolerance by itself does not define drug dependence and that tolerance is only one characteristic of addiction.)

The pain-relieving effects of the main component in marijuana, THC, was the focus of the study which was done on male and female rats; who were said to make good subjects, because, like humans, rats have an ovulation cycle (albeit one that occurs every four to five days instead of 28), and they experience similar ovarian hormone fluctuations, which affect pain

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‘Feminist Thinker’ Insulted When Second Grade Teacher Rejected ‘Vagina Cookies’

We think the cookies may have looked like this since we didn't get an actual photo of the real ones.
The cookies may have looked like this, but no actual photo of the real one was shown.


*Some things are just too ridiculous not to share. Ya feel me?

Take a mother named “Autumn Lily Speaker” (not her real name, thank goodness). A post on Reddit tells a story about how she, a self-proclaimed feminist, baffled one teacher after she brought a tray of vagina cookies in for the teacher to share with her daughter’s second-grade class. (Note: The picture above is not the actual cookies. But they might have looked like it.)

Reddit user JPStudly, a friend of the teacher, got permission to share her first-person account in a post published two days ago. With only a screen shot of an email and no real names or locations, the story seems far-fetched but wouldn’t you know, it’s exploding on Reddit with more than 4,000 comments. “Angry Feminist Vagina Cookie Mom” is quickly becoming the latest viral sensation. Continue reading

Russell Simmons Cares: Partners With Nonprofit for #SchoolsNotPrisons Campaign (Video)

Schools Not Prisons Campaign

*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.

Then the sobering statistics kick in. Continue reading

(Listen) ‘The Meaning of Life, Explained By 3rd Graders’ is Brilliant and On Point!

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Stock photo

*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.

If greatness was easy, you would see a lot of successful people, a lot of great people — astronauts, professional athletes or superheroes,” she says. “But you don’t — you see a lot of people with big mouths making excuses on Facebook trying to get ‘likes,’ but they don’t even like themselves.”


You can practically see her shaking her little finger as she states, “You don’t gotta be great to get started, but you gotta get started to be great.”

It’s amazing. Take a listen below!

Mother of Six Offers ‘Free Ride to College’ Guide for Other Parents

Norma Richards
Norma Richards

*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

MC Lyte & Common Unite for New Song, ‘Dear John’ (Listen)

MC Light
MC Light

*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

Severely Bruised Little Girl Says She Was ‘Kicked’ on Playground, School Says ‘No She Wasn’t’

AvaLynn, age 5
AvaLynn, age 5

*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

Special Ed Teacher Charged With Daughters’ Death May Still Get Her $1M Inheritance

Mom can get childs trust fund

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