Author: N. Kakumba

37 States Holding Higher Education Institutions Accountable For Graduation Rates

Over the last decade many states have adopted performance-based funding practices in an effort to hold colleges and universities accountable for student graduation rates.  A performance-based model incorporates enrollment and performance metrics as requirements for government funding versus the traditional method which was based on student enrollment numbers and mere trust. As with any type of major change, there are those who are opposed to a performance-based methodology for determining which schools receive funding.  Some of the arguments against performance-based school funding are as follows: There is not a significant amount of empirical data supporting its effectiveness  in creating...

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King Of The Titans

The Time’s annual “100 Most Influential People” list is out!  Like it or not Kanye West (Titan), Misty Copeland (Pioneer), Bradley Cooper (Artist), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Icon) and Jorge Ramos (Leader) are all recognized as 2015’s most influential people and each get a Time 100 issue cover!  We are sure Kanye, in all his modesty, would tell us “of course I am at the top of the list” and go further to argue he should have topped all five categories. The list broken down into categories— titans, pioneers, artists, icons and leaders, includes individuals who’ve inspired us either negatively or...

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Uzo “Crazy Eyes” Aduba Orange Is The New Black Actress To Run The Boston Marathon

  Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba who won an Emmy and SAG Award for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix hit show, will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon on April 20th. According to a recent People magazine article, Aduba will be representing the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the charity organizations recognized by marathon organizers, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A). April 14th will mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that turned an 118 year old statewide and nationwide tradition as well as the “world’s oldest annual marathon ranked...

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Jussie Smollett aka “Empire’s” ‘Jamal Lyon’ Inks A Deal With Columbia Records

          Jussie Smollett, who plays the gay son of “Empire’s” Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and ex-wife, Cookie Lyon'(Taraji P. Henson), will soon get a little taste of life as a musician on a major label and not just play one on TV! During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Smollett announced that he recently signed with Columbia Records.  However, this is not his first stab at this music thing. In 2012, he released his digital debut EP titled, The Poisoned Hearts Club and he was working on a new project while acting on the hit TV show....

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History Beheaded: Destruction of Humanity’s Legacy…ISIS At It Again

ISIS is at it again with the videos.  On Thursday, February 26th, they videotaped the destruction of priceless ancient artifacts dating back thousands of years in Mosul and the Nergal Gate Museums in Iraq (see video above).  [youtube][/youtube] Mosul Museum was one of the largest museums in Iraq. Both museums held irreplaceable historical treasures. I guess we should be glad that we are not viewing another beheading. However, while this may not be the death of a human being, it is horrible injustice against Iraq, its people and the world. The relics held in these museums included pieces dating...

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Alabama A&M Univ Fights To Be Removed From A ‘Most Dangerous College Campuses’ List and Wins!

Recently, ranked HBCU Alabama A&M University No. 2 in the country on a list of Top of 25 Dangerous College Campuses.  According to the website, this list was compiled based on data from the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Data crime database. University President Andrew Hugine caught wind of the list, pointed out the discrepancies in the reporting and threatened to take legal action in an open letter on the Alabama A&M website. “At the outset, let me say emphatically that the report is inaccurate, misleading, headline sensationalism and based on a flawed methodology…With respect to Alabama A&M University,...

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New Music: Tiara Thomas Is Back With New Single, “How Is It”

Remember Tiara Thomas? Indianapolis native, Tiara teamed up with Wale in 2013 to write and perform hit song “Bad, ‘the debut single on his “The Gifted” album which became his highest charting lead artist single peaking at 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Tiara’s first charting single. [youtube] Bad video[/youtube] This is certainly an accomplishment for a new artist, but the history of events that lead up to the collaboration between the two artists, which Tiara shared in a Billboard article, are even more fascinating. A chance meeting in an ATL club and fan photo request in 2009...

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Rapper Talib Kweli and other Activists Raised Over $100,000 For Ferguson

        Although mainstream media has long since taken their lenses off Ferguson, Missouri, rapper and activist Talib Kweli and his Action Support Committee have remained steadfast in their efforts to support the local protesters.  Kweli established The Action Support Committee in response to the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown.  Reminiscent of the NAACP civil rights lawyers that came to the aid of students and protesters during the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycotts, this group which consist of artists, organizers and activists came together to create and administer grants...

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Panthers QB Cam Newton On Track To Recieve His Bacheleors Degree From Auburn University In May

      Cam Newton is back in school at Auburn University and has been taking courses towards a sociology degree for the past three semesters during his off season, causing a bit of a stir on campus.   However, the campus is not new to the pro-baller.  As a matter of fact, Newton led Auburn to a 52–3 victory over the University of Louisiana-Monroe, a 56–17 victory over the University of South Carolina and eventually to their first SEC Championship since 2004, which they also won 11-0 over the University of Georgia. All these victories occured in 2010, which...

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United Noshes Celebrates Culinary Diversity…A Meal For Each Of The 194 United Nations Countries

  Hungry? Are you an adventurous foodie? If yes, you may be interested in attending one of United Noshes 194 dinner parties that have been held since 2011 in various locations from New York City to Boston, D.C., Seattle and the Bay Area featuring foods from the 194 United Nations member countries (in alphabetical order). Hosts and husband and wife team, Jesse Friedman and Laura Hadden, started on the mouthwatering journey as a simple fun way of sharing their love for cooking international dishes with friends as well as a way to make new friends. We hit upon the...

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