These Black West Point Cadets’ Raised Fists Are Not All That Political

If pictures are worth 1,000 words, the same must be said for symbols. But the words that people see in them can greatly vary depending on the lens they use.

For many, the Confederate flag is looked upon as a visual ode to a time no one living today even saw, yet many idolize it with a sense of nostalgia. On the other hand, a lot of people can’t ignore the centuries of slavery and racism that raised the flag in the first place. While this juxtaposition isn’t surprising, it can often be divisive like many other symbols that touch on racial identity and history.

For example, this year’s graduating class from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point holds more than 900 cadets, according to CNN. 18 of them are black women. 16 of those same black women got together for a group photo that’s bringing out vastly different reactions from the public and military alike.

Memphis Sophomore Gets A Perfect ACT Score

Preparing for the ACT and SAT can be rather stressful for high school students. Making sure you measure up well enough to get into the right colleges and earn scholarships. Well, according to the Root, a 15-year-old sophomore from Memphis, TN no longer has to worry about that.

Dwight Moore of the Christian Brothers High School beat all of the mathematical odds and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam. That reportedly puts him in the top 1 percentile of nearly 2 million test takers.

Running Man Challenge Creators Receive $10,000 Scholarships On ‘Ellen DeGeneres’

Viral video sensations seem to pop up on a monthly basis. But with that incredibly fast turnover, many of the people behind them either go completely unnoticed or don’t get to reap any benefit. The creators of the Running Man Challenge, a viral dance sensation, aren’t going to be on that list.

Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about how they came up with what would go on to become the Running Man Challenge and how it spread so quickly.

Obama Tells Howard University Graduates To Be Confident In Their Blackness

President Barack Obama is on the last leg of his presidency much to the collective cheers and tears from people on either side of U.S. politics. So, for the last time, he’s giving a handful of commencement addresses to graduating college students as the sitting president.

One of his last stops was Howard University, where he spoke to students about their future as both individuals and Americans. 

President Obama Introduced National Teacher Of the Year

Jahana Hayes, a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., didn’t even think she would become a teacher when she was growing up, better yet the National Teacher of the Year. But with the help of some teachers in her own life, she was able to set higher standards for herself than what was expected in her local community.

Now, Hayes not only excels in the classroom, but encourages students to play a role in their neighborhoods through community service and fundraising, according to the Root.

Chicago Schools Are Ending The Transgender Bathroom Debate

Debates are occurring across the country about bathrooms and how they should be used by people of transgender experience. Some states (like North Carolina) are attempting to pass laws that would require people to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of how they identify today. Chicago has officially made their stance known – they’ll allow students and faculty to use the bathrooms for the genders they identify with rather than how they were assigned at birth. 

Chicago State University Is Laying Off 300 Employees

Chicago State University is one of many state colleges that felt the effects of a budget dispute between Illinois state legislators that lasted nearly an entire year. However, CSU felt a larger brunt of the decision and worked tediously to fight a financial crisis that was eventually too difficult to avoid.

Now, according to the Chicago Tribune, the school has announced that it will be laying off 300 members – or 1/3– of its staff. 

LinkedIn Names Howard University A Top School For Media Professionals

The college that a student chooses to go to is only half of the battle when it comes to getting a job upon graduation. Another important part is picking the right program at the right school. To help with these sometimes overwhelming decisions, LinkedIn has provided a list of the best undergraduate universities for various career fields.

And as far as job placement for media professionals is concerned, Howard University is considered to be the fourth best in the entire country. Howard is the only HBCU to make the list of 25.