Imani Perry is a well-known professor of African-American studies at Princeton University. But that didn’t protect her from enduring what she’s recalling as a terrifying experience when she was arrested, patted down by a male officer and handcuffed to a table because of a three-year-old parking ticket.
Howard University President, Dr. Wayne Frederick, recently made a suggestion about something that President Barack Obama can add to his plan to improve higher education.
Obama is looking to make community colleges across the country free to students that maintained good grades while in high school. Frederick wants the President to consider adding HBCU’s under that umbrella, according to NBC4.
It’s a widely held perception that professional athletes peak early by earning millions of dollars before they reach the age of 30 just to lose most of it by the age of 40. But, maybe it’s time we start rewriting this narrative.
To be fair, there are multiple examples of former pros struggling to maintain the lifestyle of their glory days and having to sell their estates, championship rings and working jobs at Starbucks just to avoid going completely in the red. This is especially a problem in the NFL, where Sports Illustrated reported that 78 percent of players went bankrupt within two years of retiring as of 2009.
Whenever someone comes under harsh scrutiny, it’s easy to lean on the familiar advice of “focus on your own happiness first.” But if the person being examined and criticized on such an intimate level depends mostly on the public’s satisfaction for a living, that advice no longer applies.
When a jury acquitted George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin in 2013, I had only been 21 years old for a week. In that short time, I already brought in the milestone with friends and family on multiple nights full of good times and laughter. As a matter of fact, when I got the news of the acquittal, I was headed home from the Taste of Chicago with a friend after paying way too much for domestic beers all day.
Before Laquan McDonald or Quintonio LeGrier were killed by Chicago police officers, the murder of Rekia Boyd was the primary focus of many concerned citizens within the Chicago community. Boyd was shot in the back of the head by police officer Dante Servin after he shot into a crowd in 2012. He was acquitted of a charge of involuntarily manslaughter this past April in a very controversial case.
Fraternity culture on college campuses can be controversial for a lot of reasons. The hyper-masculinity that comes from the all-male environment is only made worse when it’s full of young white men who are constantly trying to prove themselves to each other through problematic traditions.
Every now and then, something in the extremely private community of campus greek life leaks out to the public and exposes its much darker side. The most recent revelation involves a fraternity at the University of Chicago and leaked racist emails.
For a decade, Don Cheadle has been tied to the Miles Davis biopic entitled Miles Ahead. Ever since he was chosen to play the famous jazz musician in 2006, Davis has worked tirelessly to bring the beautiful, complex image he crafted in his mind onto the big screen. It even led to him becoming the film’s director.
One of the biggest slights that people hold against activists, whistle blowers, and watchdogs is that they can often seem perfectly willing to stand aside and criticize others in political leadership without actually doing something to change the system. Well, prominent activist DeRay McKesson is proving this narrative wrong.
McKesson has earned a reputation as one of the more prominent voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. He also cofounded Campaign Zero, an organization that seeks to end police violence. Over recent years, McKesson’s participation in marches and other demonstrations has provoked conversation on social media and drawn attention to the injustices facing Black people. He recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to speak about dismantling white privilege. And now, to show that he’s not just another person looking to point out problems with no intention to fix them, McKesson has announced that he’ll officially be running for mayor of his native Baltimore.
Sarah Reed was only 30 years old at the time of her death last month. What makes her name the most recent addition to the rapidly growing list of names being remembered on social media is that she died in police custody under mysterious circumstances.
For starters, Reed had been subjected to police brutality and violence while in custody. After being arrested for shoplifting in 2012, she was assaulted by a police officer named James Kiddie. Surveillance footage showed Kiddie grab Reed by her hair, kick and hit her in the head. The officer was eventually found guilty of “common assault” and sentenced to a 150-hour community order. Kiddie was later dismissed from his police duties after the video was released, according to The Independent.