Education: The SEED School

60 Minutes | September 5, 2010

There’s a school that’s giving kids from an inner-city neighborhood that only graduates 33 percent of its high school students a shot at college they never had before. Byron Pitts reports on the SEED School. (Read more)

T.I. & Tiny's Arrest, Arrogance, and Further Proof That Jay-Z is the Greatest Rapper of All Time

A hypothetical question.

You go to jail for an entire year, at the height of your career for buying a small arsenal of weapons, in the parking lot of a shopping mall, on the night of the BET Awards, at which you happen to be a featured performer. You’re facing fed charges that could land you in prison for over ten years, yet you only have to serve a year, probably because you are famous and, in all likelihood, snitched. You tailor everything you’re involved in career-wise to play nicely with this most inconvenient turn of events; a reality show about turning troubled youth away from crime, an album chockfull of earnest sentiments about regret and “turning over a new leaf,” another reality show featuring your longtime girlfriend and babymomma coming to grips with your incarceration, etc. The album is straight crack, your community service requirements have been met, and therefore all seems to have been salvaged.

When you begin serving your time, numerous shout-outs, aforementioned reality shows, and pre-recorded tracks flood the marketplace, successfully keeping your name and work relevant. You receive a hero’s welcome upon your release, and you immediately begin your reinsertion into the pop cultural landscape. You star in and produce a film that tops the box office the week of its release, put out a few solid tracks in advance of a highly anticipated new album, and land a few impressive guest appearances on high profile records.

But when disaster strikes twice and you’re arrested yet again, this time bringing your aforementioned babymomma and now-wife along with you, you’re left with a most confounding predicament; how do you not make the public think you’re irresponsible, idiotic, ungrateful, and potentially addicted to meth, while also staying out of prison?

Sucks right? Well this is exactly the uphill battle currently burdening rapper, actor, and former/future jailbird, T.I.

Thank You for Making Me Laugh Ceelo Green: Fu*k You

Ceelo Green has a new song that has gone viral on YouTube. The song is called Fu*k you. It’s a great song and a song I think many people including myself can relate to—the man who wants an XBOX over me the vintage, Atari. Honestly, the song is simply hilarious and given the many fu*ked up things in the world a little laughter is needed. So, thank you Ceelo for bringing a smile to my face today. Also, I have included both versions of Ceelo’s video.


Food for Thought: The F#ck up that is the FDA

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health. -Food and Drug Administration

With the latest food recall still underway, one could make the argument that members of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) don’t actually eat food, at least not the the same things they are allowing to make it to our plates. Or perhaps the FDA only employs individuals with private gardens and free roaming chickens in their own spacial backyards. If so, the rampant oversight and lack of quality assurance makes more sense. Not saying it is right, but it would be easier to digest it all. Instead, there are few guidelines and regulations, and as a result even fewer plans in place to deal with public panic and illness once bad apples actually make their way into the bunch. Occasionally, regulatory laws are put forth, but companies often find the cost to implement them too high and the penalty for ignoring them too low. It is often more economical to do the wrong thing. British Petroleum (BP), anyone?

On Rick Ross and Terrell Owens

I wanted to write about something serious…really. I’ve had enlightening conversations and exchanges about abortion, interracial dating, the crack epidemic, and Marcus Garvey’s legacy in the past couple days. But I really just want to do hood rat things with my friends. My life has been hectic for the past couple months and since I just started a new position it will likely remain hectic until I settle in properly. There are a couple things that are weighing on my heart right now. And I really just have to get them off of my chest.

First, Rick Ross is making a fool out of us! Anyone that listens to his music is an informant and I don’t want to hear any opinions to the contrary.

Did Charter Schools Save New Orleans After Katrina?

Did Charter Schools Save New Orleans After Katrina?
Naima Ramos-Chapman, Colorlines | August 31, 2010

Since Hurricane Katrina many public schools were dismantled and turned into private charters. Five years after this terrible storm, education overhaul has thrilled politicians and the media to the extent that some have chosen to call Katrina a “blessing” to the kids of New Orleans. Not only does this sort of congratulatory praise seem like a slap in the face for the thousands who perished in the storm but, as Brentin Mock writes at The Root, it’s also premature to call those charter schools a success. (Read the full article)

Redefining the "Us" and "Them"

It’s a problem that we still allow ignorance to turn cultures into threats and let fear change constitutional rights into a compromise of sanctity or national security. It is moments like this that I am most disappointed to be human, to be American, the moments when people choose to not allow others to live freely.

This past weekend I got the opportunity to meet a guy named Eboo Patel. He is the executive director of an organization called Interfaith Youth Core (IYC) and also a Rhodes Scholar who studied sociology and divinity at Oxford. Needless to say I was looking forward to hearing his speech at Loyola University this past Friday night.