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  1. rikyrah says:

    This White Woman Tells Muhammed Ali That He’s Too Arrogant, His Response Is Absolutely Priceless

    September 8, 2015 | Posted by Jason Moore

  2. rikyrah says:

    good for them

    New Reality TV Show Celebrates Urban Kids Who Love STEM

    Published by Helena Joseph at September 10, 2015

    Fifteen teenagers living together in a large house for eight weeks may sound like the makings of an all-too-familiar reality television show. But these youngsters weren’t chosen for outrageous antics: they were handpicked for their academic prowess in STEM disciplines.

    The family audience reality show, aptly entitled Hood Smart: The Urban STEMulus Project, features STEM scholars from black communities across the U.S. who are competing in science, technology, engineering, and math related challenges for the ultimate prize, a full-ride college scholarship.

    – See more at:

  3. rikyrah says:


    Not Bill Gates: Meet Ted Dintersmith, an education philanthropist with a different agenda

    If you have paid attention to education reform at all in recent years, you know what Bill Gates, Eli Broad, various Waltons and other very wealthy philanthropists have done with their education grants: support charter schools, and/or Teach For America, and/or standardized test-based teacher evaluations, and/or school voucher programs, and/or other elements of corporate school reform. But now meet Ted Dintersmith, a different kind of education philanthropist with a different school reform agenda.

    Dintersmith is a highly successful venture capitalist and father of two who is devoting most of his time, energy and millions of his personal fortune to education-related initiatives that call for a radical remaking of what and how students learn. Instead of classrooms in which kids passively take in facts and figures, he said the U.S. education system should be re-imagined into cross-disciplinary programs that allow kids the freedom to develop core competencies through cross-disciplinary, project-based learning.

    He discussed his vision in a book he co-authored, titled, “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Age,” and he funded and produced a compelling documentary called “Most Likely to Succeed,” which goes into a California school, High Tech High in San Diego, where the project-based educational future he wants to see is already here. You could call it the antithesis of “Waiting for Superman,” the Davis Guggenheim-directeddocumentary which presented an often misleading account of public education and how to improve it. In fact, Dintersmith said, “Waiting for Superman” inspired him to do something very different.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Bernie Sanders and the Black Vote
    SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

    Charles M. Blow

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders spoke Saturday to a half empty gymnasium at Benedict College in South Carolina. The school is historically black, but the crowd appeared to be largely white.

    This underscores the severe challenge facing the Sanders campaign: African-American voters have yet to fully connect to the man and the message.

    An August Gallup Poll found that Hillary Clinton’s favorability among African-Americans was 80 percent while Sanders’ was only 23 percent. A full two-thirds of blacks were unfamiliar with Sanders.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Class Divide: Are More Affluent Kids Opting Out Of School Lunch?
    SEPTEMBER 09, 2015 1:10 PM ET

    There’s a lot of evidence that the meals school cafeterias are serving have gotten healthier since new federal nutrition standards were rolled out.

    For instance, a new analysis from the CDC finds that, since the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, there’s been a significant increase in the number of schools serving two or more vegetables and whole grain-rich foods each day. And another study shows kids are tossing less food away.

    But some school districts say there’s an unintended consequence of the reform: fewer students are buying lunch.

    The dip in participation in the National School Lunch Program has been “driven primarily by a decline of 1.6 million students eating school lunch who pay full price for meals,” a GAO report concluded last year.

    At the same time, there’s been an increase in the number of “students eating school lunch who receive free meals,” the GAO found.

    In other words, healthier school lunches are reaching more needy kids — but more kids who could afford to pay full price seem to be brown-bagging it instead.

    Now, as this published study shows, the lunches parents pack aren’t always as healthy as what’s served at school. But packed lunches may be more appealing to some kids compared with what’s being served at school.

    As school cafeterias have cut back on salt, limited their selections of a la carte snacks, and mandated more fruits and vegetables, some school food administrators say it’s tougher to keep paying students in the lunch line.

    “We’ve had a financial loss each of the last three years in the St. Paul school district” in Minnesota, says Jean Ronnei, who oversees nutrition services for the district and is currently serving as the president of the national School Nutrition Association.

    “When we lose participation and the food costs and labor costs rise, at some point, the financial picture is gloomy,” says Ronnei. And in some cases, when schools lose money in their cafeteria programs, “they have to dip into general funds, [which] is what supports classrooms,” Ronnei adds.

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Caucasian’s Guide to Black Cookouts

    Posted on September 8, 2015 by Michael Harriot
    As interracial dating, integration and cross-cultural friendships increase, many people find themselves attending events in which they are the minority, and have no frame of reference from which to base their etiquette. In an effort to help bridge the cultural gaps we all have to traverse at some point, I have created a few rules for all my Caucasian friends who might find themselves at a black cookout:

    1. You gotta bring something: One time, I went to a co-worker named Tom’s barbecue and brought a pasta salad. He looked at me like I had shit in the middle of his living room.

    At a black cookout (yes, if there’s more than 7 black people there, the name automatically changes from “barbecue” to a “cookout”) only the meat and the grill is supplied by the host. Everything else is brought by attendees – and no, this is not “potluck.” Black people don’t do potluck. You either show up with a dish or they’re gonna look at you funny. And please don’t try no new shit like potato salad with raisins or vegetarian shish kabobs. If you can’t cook, or you don’t have all the required black seasonings, just bring some cups and napkins. Or LOTS of aluminum foil. I don’t know what the hell black people do with all the aluminum foil at cookouts, but they ALWAYS need more. I have long suspected that black cookouts were ploys by hosts to get free aluminum foil. In any case, you are expected to bring something.

    2. It’s a cookOUT. Black people’s cookout are outside. At the previously mentioned Tom’s barbecue, everyone mingled in his living room. I was nervous as fuck because for the first hour, all I could think was:

    “These motherfuckers are about to have an intervention on me.”

    You don’t go into the house unless you have to pee, which means there a few things you should bring:
    A chair
    Bug spray
    Another chair (because someone is gonna sit in your first chair when you go pee.)

  7. rikyrah says:

    tell it, Tally at TOD:

    memo to: kim davis, mike huckabee, ted cruz, et al

    By Tally

    Many words in the English language have different meanings. Like “rose”, which is a type of flower, a girl’s name, a color, and the past tense of ‘rise.’

    “Marriage” has more than one meaning. The Sacrament of Marriage ≠ Marriage:The Legal Contract. They have nothing to do with each other legally. You can have both or none or one or the other.

    You don’t need a church/religion to get Married:The Legal Contract in the USA. If you receive The Sacrament of Marriage in a church, (which churches have complete control over who they allow to have this sacrament – they can say no to anyone they like) you’re not legally married in the eyes of the law, unless you file the Marriage:The Legal Contract license, with the state capital before the expiration date (they’re usually good for 90 days.).

    If you fail to file the Marriage:The Legal Contract license, you’re not legally married, no matter what you did in a church.

    Kim Davis doesn’t work for a church, and her job has nothing whatsoever to do with The Sacrament of Marriage (which you do not need a license for.) Her job as County Clerk, is to validate ID’s and make sure the people applying for whatever county license/record they’re applying for (birth, death, marriage, hunting, fishing, and voting registration among other duties – see this:, are who they say they are.

    Validating IDs for a legal contract that has nothing to do with any religion or church, shouldn’t have any religious connotations unduly placed upon it whatsoever.

  8. rikyrah says:

    For some people, they really DO need the hard head to make a soft behind. It’s hard to watch from the sidelines.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Shadow And Act @shadowandact
    Fox selling “Empire” commercial time at $500,000 for a 30-sec spot – most expensive non-sports program on TV next season via @adage

  10. Now Black people can’t own BMWs. My niece better not be caught driving in New York. This is some Twilight Zone bullshit.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone. I will be going swimming and running errands this morning.

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