16 Year-Old Harlemite Xavier Pacheco Wins National Shakespeare Competition

Harlem teenager Xavier Pacheco is making headlines after taking 1st place at the English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, beating out 15,000 other competitors!

Incredibly, 16-year old Pacheco was only introduced to Shakespeare’s work two years ago. But he took to it like a fish to water.

He says the key to his success was a relentless work ethic and attention to detail.

11 Year-Old Girl Saves 3 Year-Old Brother’s Life by Tossing Him from Broken Fire Escape

11 year-old Janixia Soto is being called a hero after tossing her 3 year-old brother from the broken fire escape of her burning apartment building.

Soto and her family awoke to billowing smoke in their home. Thinking quickly, Janixia guided her family, dog, and cat to the fire escape. But they reached an impasse when the final fire escape ladder was jammed.

Making a huge gamble, Janixia tossed her brother off the balcony and into the arms of neighbors below.

9 Year-Old Activist Asean Johnson Continues Fight Against Chicago School Closings

We’re sure many of you remember 9 year-old Asean Johnson, whose galvanizing speech at an anti-school closings rally in Chicago became a viral sensation.

According to Asean’s mother Shoneice Reynolds, Asean has been exhibiting leadership qualities from a very young age; he is currently the president of his third grade class.

And his voice has already been influential. He joined a chorus of voices that actually saved own his school – Marcus Garvey Elementary School – from closing.

Chief Keef Threatens to Slap Katy Perry After She Dissed His Song

Earlier this week Chief Keef was arrested in Atlanta. Now, he’s embroiled in a bit of a beef with pop singer Katy Perry, after he learned that she dissed his song:

 

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old pop star tweeted, “Just heard a new song on the radio called ‘I hate being sober’ I now have serious doubt for the world.”

Days after Perry dissed the song, the rapper responded with some choice words:

Former NASA Engineer Awards Kiera Wilmot Scholarship to Space Academy

More good news for Kiera Wilmot!

When news broke of the severe punishment facing Wilmot over a science experiment, she received widespread support from thousands of people across the country; including former NASA engineer Homer Hickam. 

Hickam’s famous memior – Rocket Boys – was turned into a film called October Sky, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He can identify with Wilmot’s situation; he himself had the police called on him for a science experiment he conducted as a young man.

As a show of support, Hickman awarded Kiera a scholarship to attend the United States Advanced Space Academy (ASA), a branch of the famous Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama!

Kindergartner Uses Knowledge of His ABCs to Save Dad’s Life

Thanks to quick thinking and knowledge of his ABCs, kindergartner Nathaniel Dancy Jr. was able to save his father’s life.

 Nathaniel Sr. suffered a stroke while driving down the highway with his son. He was able to pull the car over, but was thereafter incapacitated.

Nathaniel Jr. sprung into action, calling his grandmother, who then initiated a three-way call with the boy’s mother.

By spelling the name of the store next to where his Dad parked the car, his family was able to direct paramedics to their location.