*Paige Shoemaker may have gotten a little too comfortable with her white privilege. Perhaps in her case, here at Kansas State University at least, it just expired. The blonde, blue-eyed student who says her diverse group of friends at school knows she is the “least racist” person claims “no one in our group was offended” by the photo of her and a friend on Snapchat.
KSU apparently decided they don’t need that kind of attention and has since kicked the girl to the proverbial curb.
In the event you don’t speak that language: Shoemaker has been kicked out of school. She is no longer enrolled. The school has said, Buh-bye!Continue reading →
*What? An upgrade is due already? Didn’t we just purchase this iPhone? Probably. But that’s apparently how it works. It seems like only months after you spend hundreds on “the latest version” of an Apply iPhone, another version comes out.
That’s why I have an Android.
On Wednesday, Apple announced its iPhone 7. And according to Matthew Reardon, the marketing manager at Glyde, an electronics marketplace, if you’re thinking about selling your old phone to pay for the upgrade, you’d better HURRY. It’s worth is apparently in rapid decline already. Continue reading →
*Now this may make you want to turn around and enroll your 4th grader into Mr. Reed’s class. The first year Chicago schoolteacher didn’t hesitate to jump right into the new school year on a passionate note that can only be found in new teachers.
After all, they have not been soiled by the politics of poor school funding; appalling student-teacher ratios, and a lackluster support system. They come in with all heart. And they only have eyes for the children.
As my mentor would say: How noble!
So Dwayne Reed decided to get his students attention in a more creative way. Instead of the usual, whatever that may be, he created a rap song and video to welcome his students to the 4th grade. In the video, he tells them what they will learn, how they will be rewarded for working hard, and what they should and should not do.
*While many people are just now beginning to even trust riding in a car driven by a stranger, and are now getting pulled in by the convenience of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, something new and different is now being thrown in the mix.
The rideshare service with NO ONE in the driver’s seat!
You heard it right, our dear friends at Uber have decided to kick it up a notch and introduce its first self-driving automobile to pick you up and take you on your way.
Hey, Uber is a business. And what do businesses do? Businesses focus on the bottom line and try to eliminate expenses and make profits.
So although Uber has more than a gaZILLION drivers on the road, bringing their 2016 cash revenue — as in “how much do you have in the bank, homie?” to a staggering $4.1 BILLION according to Business Insider, it appears the company is now working towards eliminating the expense called human drivers.
*As far as this writer is concerned, this news should be sung from the highest mountain tops. I can confidently say that we all have lost too many friends, known and unknown, to cancer. Now, “WE MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF A POSSIBLE CURE FOR CANCER!” And further, it gives me great pleasure to know that the breakthrough comes via a beautiful black female physicist named Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green.
Green is currently working to advance a cancer treatment involving lasers and nano-particles that will target cancer cells. Thanks to being awarded a grant valued at $1.1 million dollars through the Veterans Affairs Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Scientist Training Program, she is now free to continue her work on this groundbreaking procedure.
Green, 35, is only one of less than 100 black women physicists in the United States. She is the first in her family to attend college and in 2012, she became the second African American woman to receive a PhD in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Continue reading →
*There is little more honorable than stepping outside of the proverbial box and taking a chance on something — especially when it comes from a sincere desire to empower another. I am thinking of Brookview House, a homeless shelter and affordable housing complex in the Dorchester Center neighborhood of Boston; where a group of volunteers come together to teach teens aged 13 to 18 how to code.
Now, I’m no “techie,” but I do know that anyone living on planet earth without computer skills in this day and age is either unemployed, underemployed or somewhere in between. Technology is both the “wave of the present AND the future” and knowledge of how to work your way around a computer (not to mention a mac) is more likely to not only get you a job, but keep you on one longer than someone with limited computer skills.
So imagine knowing how to actually CREATE code. Hell, now we’re talking building your own tech business and just sitting back and waiting for the customers to roll in.
I pray this incredibly thoughtful experiment (for lack of another word because it is unprecedented) catches on with similar establishments.Continue reading →
*Is it just a coincidence that shortly after I sent a friendly email to Mark Zuckerberg through “his people” saying a simple “Hello,” I got an email from the Facebook founder himself?
In the email, which really, I swear, I didn’t even have an agenda for sending, I simply mentioned that I had just finished writing an article about himand then I clicked on send. I was actually on Facebook, uploading the article (which I didn’t even link to him in the email) at the time. No big deal, I do this with at least 85% of my articles. I don’t recall what it was that drew my attention to the man, personally. But it was SOMETHING that appeared on Facebook, and I just responded to it.
*Who wants to be a millionaire? A better question might be, who doesn’t? Money, lot’s of it, can ease a lot of problems. But it can also cause many more. Just ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The former college computer programming geek-turned-gazillionaire spends millions of dollars in corporate expenses not just to upgrade and update his giant social networking platform, but to keep enough security detail in place to protect him from vultures of the human kind, who continually threatened his life.
Kind of places greater appreciation on the value of life, yes?
Last year alone Facebook’s Annual Report shows $4.3 million dollars was spent on protecting the entrepreneurs life.