Funny or Die.com | March 3, 2010
The SNL presidents of the past join together to provide words of wisdom to President Obama.
From 8:00 AM to 3:04 PM, 5 days a week, I am a high school student, meaning that there are teachers, administrators and other faculty members all around who can tell me what to do. On top of being a student, I am also only a sophomore. And that means that not only are there authoritative adults in the building but there are also hundreds of upperclassmen, no more than a couple years my senior. Most of whom think they know oh so much more because of their varsity status or newly issued driver’s license. Truth is we’re not much different and “underclassmen” is just another title giving someone else license to feel superior and restrict our adolescent freedom.
I may be a student in the high school hierarchy most of the time but, for a couple hours on Monday afternoons I am a tutor at a local elementary school. I am personally responsible for showing up on time, without warning bells like in my high school hallways.
When I was young I had horrible dance moves. If Urkel and Carlton Banks could be synthesized into one super nerd they’d still be cooler than me. Whenever my mom would turn on the song “electric slide” in the living room I would always bump into her because my turn wasn’t that smooth. But that all changed the day I saw Deion Sanders juke in a Dallas Cowboys game. By juke I don’t mean evade a defender I, mean get funky in the end zone. This moment is the first time I recall seeing any kind of touchdown celebration. As Deion did the infamous stride into the end zone with the prance to the left, prance to the right shuffle, my eyes became fixated on the television screen. The next 2 weeks straight I practiced the “Deion Dance” so I could show it off to my family for Thanksgiving. I nailed it, but unfortunately my cousin upstaged me. Nevertheless, I still learned a valuable lesson- celebration in sports is awesome and should most definitely be permitted. So here are my 5 reasons why Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League, should reverse the ban on touchdown celebrations.
Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves. (Read more about the film here.)
Helping to Do Good by Looking Good
David Gonzales, New York Times, February 28, 2010
San Diego students storm offices after noose found
Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press, February 27, 2010
District May End N.C. Economic Diversity Program
Robbie Brown, New York Times, February 27, 2010
Voices from UC San Diego’s Campus Community Heard at Teach-In and Rallies
Judy Piercey, States News Service, February 26, 2010
Step Competition Ignites Debate Over Race
Kate Brumback & Dionne Walker, The Ledger, February 26, 2010
To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case
Shaila Dewan, New York Times, February 26, 2010
Students peacefully leave UC chancellor’s office
Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press, February 26, 2010
Focus on youth key at Nation of Islam convention
Sophia Tareen, Quad-city Times/ The Associated Press State, February 26, 2010
Student arrested in a library at University of Chicago
Asher Klein, The Chicago Maroon, February 26, 2010
California Campus Sees Uneasy Race Relations
Randal C. Archibald, New York Times, February 26, 2010
Bright minds meet in the name of anti-violence
Staff Writer, Staten Island Advance, February 25, 2010
Phila. schools chief vows action against violence
Kristen A. Graham, Philly News, February 25, 2010
Repairs hold up baseball program
Richard Thompson, Times-Picayune, February 25, 2010
Dem youth support waning amid gov’t gridlock
Hope Yen, Associated Press Writer, February 24, 2010
Chicago actress defines perseverance -Cynda Williams urges girls to rise above obstacles
Maudlyne Ijejirika, Chicago Sun-Times, January 24, 2010
New figures show teen births hit a record low in California
Amina Khan, LA TIMES, February 23, 2010
Sons of legal giants to explore school desegregation
Chris Ramirez, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 22, 2010
It’s only March, but Mo’Nique is indeed the frontrunner for the Best Year Ever Award. In a little less than a week, the self-proclaimed queen of comedy and Golden Globe (and Screen Actors Guild) Award winner, will probably win an Oscar for her work in Precious, despite her reluctance to “campaign” for the little gold statue.
Talk about a come up.
Today, President Obama attended a press conference in which he introduced a plan to address and tackle the nation’s high school dropout crises. The new mobilization campaign is called Grad Nation and more information can be found below.
On March 1, 2010, General Colin Powell, America’s Promise Alliance Chair Alma Powell and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the formation of Grad Nation. Grad Nation is a 10-year campaign to mobilize the nation as never before to reverse the dropout crisis and enable our children to be prepared for success in college, work and life. (Read more)
The Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources and culture of the young black millennials.