RACHEL JEANTEL: I just want to give a round applause to Rachel Jeantel. If you don’t remember Ms. Jeantel, she was the last person to speak to Trayvon Martin before his brutal murder and was a trial witness during the Zimmerman trial. Sadly, Jeantel received heavy national criticism because of her appearance and speech. At the time, Jeantel’s reading level was comparable to that of a third grader. Following the unjust trial, Tom Joyner offered tutoring and mentoring sessions in which Jeantel accepted. Jeantel became devoted to 7 hour tutoring sessions and graduated high school this spring. She has hopes to continue on to college (Tom Joyner has kept his promise and vows to pay the full tuition and fees for four years if she goes to any HBCU she wishes to attend). You go girl!
#IAMJADA: Have you seen this hashtag lately? Well let’s get to the story behind the hashtag. During the month of June, 16 year old Jada went to a high school party at a friend’s home. Thus, she was offered a drink that she believes was spiked. She has no memory of what occurred after. Days later, pictures of her semi-naked body began to show up. To make matters even worse, internet trolls posted her picture of her semi-naked limp body with the hashtag #jadapose. Jada later found out that she was raped and drugged by individuals she called friends. Her alleged rapist later mocked Jada on the social network, “Twitter”. Let me tell you what this young boy posted on his twitter. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING:
“HOW ITS RAPE? YOU HAD 2 MONTHS TO SAY SOMETHING BUT YOU AINT SAY SHIT TILL YOU GET EXPOSED?” -@WhiteboyLaflare
“That hoe forced, snitched, and still look like a fiend from deadend” -@WhiteboyLaflare
UGHHH !! DISGUSTING, Houston police are currently investigating the attack.#IStandWithJada #JusticeforJada
A FALLEN ICON: Rest in peace to Alice Coachman. Ms. Coachman became the first black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic games in 1948. She was called home Monday at the age of 90!
WHITE PRIVILEGE CAMPAIGN: GoFundMe.com user Yaya M. has me crackling for real ha! Ms. Yaya has created a go fund me campaign in which she “needs come white privilege”. Her end goal is at 135,000 – she has prepared such number by averaging her work history with the monetary disadvantage. She has received close to 4,000 donations by more than 200 people in the last four days. Yaya is offering black privilege in exchange for support. Here at the reward levels, “touch Yaya’s natural hair without asking ($15, sold out) translations of up to five words/phrases from Ebonics to “White American English” ($35), to a copy of her grandmother’s collard greens recipe ($100, sold out), to having Yaya “dress like a cop and harass you on the street for what will seem like no reason” ($200) — the $250 donation prize is the same as $200 except someone will record it and post it on WorldStarHipHop.com”. Many are on the fence of it being insulted or hilarious. Personally, it’s the truth on what occurs between the disparities between minority and whites in the workplace – I think she had a creative approach to bring something to light. Girl, you crazy! Ha.
AN INTERESTING READ: The existence of the Black Jew http://mic.com/articles/89805/8-pictures-revealing-the-little-known-world-of-black-jews
WORDS FOR THE HEART: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou