Cleveland Teen David Boone Goes From Homelessness to HARVARD!

A recent article from NewsOne’s Dr. Boyce Watkins highlights the remarkable story of David Boone, a Cleveland high school student who went from homelessness to acceptance at Harvard University.

When his family was torn apart by conflict with local gang members, Boone couch-surfed, and inevitably lived on the streets. He’d duck into his friend’s house to shower in the morning, do homework in train stations, and desperately withstood pressure to join local gangs.

Boone’s hard work and perseverance paid off in spades; he’s the salutatorian of his high school, and will be attending Harvard University in the fall.

Trayvoning?

The internet is ridiculous. The antics that people get up to for the sake of attention are ridiculous. Social media and the instant consumption of news has done wonders for this generation. It is also horrible in the sick, twisted way that it can turn any bit of news, good, bad and ugly into a marketing ploy for the next crop of internet superstars. We have unprecedented access to each other’s lives and people are digesting people whole, in life and apparently in death.

Until now, internet memes have been an innocent and ridiculous game of monkey see, monkey do. But this is different. This meme crosses a line.

Toni Morrison, Dolores Huerta, Bob Dylan Among Recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom

Yesterday, President Obama honored this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award given to “individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

This year’s honorees are more than deserving of our nation’s highest honor; among them Bob Dylan, Dolores Huerta, and the incomparable Toni Morrison.

INSPIRING! ATL Teen Fred Dukes Graduates HS; Heading To College Despite Homelessness

Check out the inspiring story of Fred Dukes, a college-bound Atlanta student who graduated from High School despite being homeless and having no support from family.

Dukes’ mother left Atlanta for a job opportunity in South Carolina. Fred stayed behind, and managed to make it through school with a 24 ACT score and 3.0 GPA. He did so without family support, sleeping in homeless shelters and occasionally a friend’s couch.

From The Shrug Files: Queen Latifah Comes Out?

When Queen Latifah signed on to perform at Long Beach, California’s gay pride parade, many raised their eyebrows and wondered if she would finally seize the opportunity to come out.

Although speculations about the Queen’s sexuality have circulated for years, she has never explicitly come out as a lesbian. Well, during her pride performance, those who had been waiting for an Ellen-like, “Yep, I’m gay” statement didn’t exactly get their needs met.

But they did get something to chew on.

REPORT: Violent Flash Mobs Are Caused By Boredom, Lack of Resources

A recent study of the controversial, so-called ‘flash mob’ phenomenon, conducted by the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, suggests that flash mobs are largely triggered by boredom, a lack of resources, and a desire to “provoke older people and make havoc.”

Though the study largely ignores race, high profile critics of flash mobs like Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Maryland Legislator Pat McDonough have explicitely singled out black youth has purveyors of fear and violence through flash mobs.