LeDajrick Cox was celebrating his graduation with friends when his life was cut short. The 18-year-old was only a few hours removed from his Dallas’ Carter High School graduation ceremony on the night he was shot dead.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, returned to Harvard University to get the degree he left behind when he dropped out nearly 12 years ago. At the age of 33, Zuckerberg is the youngest person to deliver the commencement address at the Ivy League university. And he used this opportunity to speak to his fellow millennials about the future.
Parents of students at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School have come forward with stories about receiving offensive awards from a teacher. Sydney Caesar says her award says, “Most Likely to Blend in with White People.” Now, Lizeth Villanueva received one that declared “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist,” according to Fox 26 Houston.
No more are the days of handing out mixtapes from the trunk of your car. Welcome are the days of finessing Ivy league faculty members into listening to your rap album for a grade. Obasi Shaw has done the unthinkable – unless you’re him. He turned in a 10-track rap album entitled “Liminal Minds” for his thesis at Harvard University. Shaw, an English major, used his love of the art form to merge classic literature and poetry with influences from Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.
Back in my day, school dress code violations were meant to keep us from wearing jeans that were either big enough to swallow us whole or so tight that you spent 10 minutes taking them off. Today, they’re apparently meant to keep students from attending their own graduation. NBC Charlotte reports that a senior at Hickory Ridge High School, only identified as Summer, won’t be able to attend her own graduation because of a dress code violation that’s been mishandled from the start.
It may be time for Vice President Mike Pence to stop showing up where he isn’t wanted. If being called out by the cast of Hamilton was bad enough, he recently joined the ranks of politicians being booed and ignored while delivering commencements for college graduates.
While Pence was delivering the commencement at the University of Notre Dame and receiving an honorary degree, dozens of graduates stood up and walked out of the ceremony.
By Myles E. Johnson
“Solitude can be a must-be-desired condition. In silence, we listen to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.” – Maya Angelou
The search, as it were, began in wanting to deep-dive into something that was about me, and it began early. I wanted a nappy-headed God. I wanted a history dipped in tar, baby, and I wanted to know about political leaders with Jackson 5 nostrils. This history was not being served to me anywhere, so I reimagined my middle-school classes as spaces for me to find this new world where I was the sun, where I was centered. While my teacher taught the day’s arithmetic, I was slowly, quietly being radicalized by the contents of books. With each page turn, a bomb exploded, and a window was being opened, and nobody was any the wiser.
The authors that I discovered–including Alex Haley, Frederick Douglass, and WEB Dubois–are part of what guided my 13 year-old brain into the place it is currently, and where it is developing into. However, I had a desire for something that made sense of the world I was occupying the way religion does for a new initiate.
Black students are still getting in trouble for wearing Black hairstyles.
The latest example of this negatively-received approach comes from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that parents have come out to pushback against the school’s attempt to punish students for wearing box braids.
Given his young age, the circumstances of his death and, now, the context surrounding it, Gabriel Taye’s death is the kind that sticks with you. In January, the 8-year-old was found dead after he hanged himself with his necktie in his Cincinnati home, reports CNN.
School officials have now released a 24-minute video that captures an incident Taye was involved in days before that impacts the conversation of what led to his death.
Bethune-Cookman University in Florida has been swirling in controversy over the past week. After the initial announcement that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would be delivering the commencement address, there was vocal disapproval from both current and former students. The tension came to a head during the actual ceremony when graduates turned their back to DeVos and students booed her as soon as she began to speak.
Despite all of this, Bethune-Cookman officials have maintained their position to support DeVos’ appearance. As a result, the Florida NAACP has called for President Eddie Jackson to resign from his post, according to a press release.