Minnesota’s “Ban the Box” Bill Helps Ex-Offenders Find Employment

Many in Minnesota are hopeful that Governor Mark Dayton will sign a bill banning employers from asking a job applicant about their criminal history before the interviewing stage of the hiring process.

Advocates say the “Ban the Box” bill will give folks with criminal records a chance to enter back into and enrich their communities by seizing employment.

If the bill becomes law, Minnesota will be the ninth state to do so.

The Longest Break of Your Life: How to make studying abroad affordable

By Naa-Shorme Aidoo

 

People talk about a study abroad semester as if it were the most magical experience of college, and IT IS!

But, a lot of people forgo the opportunity because of the costs, and trust me, a great amount of money will be needed, but let me tell you a few things I did to make studying abroad much more affordable.

First, stop by the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE. It’s a vital resource!

FOX Finally Cancels COPS

After twenty five years on the air, Fox has finally canceled one of the most offensive shows in television history; COPS.

The show will not cease to exist however; it will instead move to niche network Spike TV.

From COLORLINES:

“We have been working tirelessly to push this damaging reality TV series off primetime network television, and today we applaud FOX for dropping this toxic show from its lineup,” said ColorOfChange.org Executive Director, Rashad Robinson.

Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Federal Prison

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to 3 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as well as another 3 months of home confinement.

Additionally, she’ll serve a year of probation and must pay a $60,000 fine.

In a courtroom statement, Hill contended that she’d always intended to pay her taxes, but was unable to come up with the money during a time in which she’d dropped out of the music industry.

Hill will begin serving her sentence on July 8th.

Lil Wayne Issues Formal Apology to Emmett Till Family

After threats to jeopardize his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew, Lil Wayne has issued a formal apology to the family of Emmett Till.

Wayne offending many with lyrics in Future’s “Karate Chop (remix)” that referenced the Civil Rights martyr in a profane way:

“Pop a lot of pain pills / ‘Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till / Yeah …”

Check out Lil Wayne’s apology below:

Emmett Till’s Family Plan to Pressure Mountain Dew to End Endorsement Deal w/ Lil Wayne

The family of the late Emmett Till have not forgotten about an offensive Lil Wayne lyric invoking the Civil Rights martyr’s name.

And although the song – Future’s “Karate Chop” remix – has been pulled from airwaves, Wayne has yet to apologize.

So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.

Nobel Prize Winner Gary Becker Advocates Paying Parents for Student Performance

University of Chicago economist Gary Becker recently spoke that The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, addressing what he says it will take to keep “the American Dream” alive.

But one idea raised a few eyebrows: paying parents based on their child’s performance in school.

In doing so, a major barrier to a student’s academic success – a financially-unstable homelife – would be alleviated.

Tavon White Ran Prison Gang, Impregnated Four Guards While Behind Bars

The leader of a Maryland prison gang impregnated four Baltimore prison guards – including one twice – while running a fully-functioning criminal enterprise from behind bars.

Tavon White (36) enlisted other inmates and the help of at least 15 guards in money laundering, drug- running, and the smuggling of cellphones and other banned items. Their gang was known as the Black Guerrilla Family; and by all accounts, they essentially ran the prison.