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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: POTUS Barack Obama To Have Chicago High School Named In His Honor

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Barack Obama To Have Chicago High School Named After Him

Via HuffingtonPost

President Barack Obama will have a new selective enrollment Chicago public high school named after him, his former chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday afternoon.

Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, Emanuel says, will be built on the city’s Near North Side using $60 million in tax-increment financing funds, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman and Lauren Fitzpatrick reported. The school will open in the fall of 2017 with a freshman class of 300 students and will ultimately serve 1,200 students, the mayor said.

The school will be located behind Skinner North Classical School on Chicago Park District property and will help meet what CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett described as a high demand for more of the highly competitive selective enrollment schools in the district, according to WBEZ. The district currently has just 10 citywide and many students who qualify for admission are turned away.

“We must seize every opportunity to ensure our students receive a world-class, 21st century education and that they are able to take advantage of the academic opportunities they have earned,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Year after year, too many of our students who have put in years of hard work are turned away because as a city we haven’t had the capacity to meet their capability and this important investment will help us fix that.”

A number of schools nationwide are already named after Obama, but this would mark the first in the president’s home state of Illinois.

The idea of young black children graduating from Barack Obama High School (or whatever they’re gonna call it) fills our African-American hearts with joy.

Image via AP

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Ho Sit Down: Judge Says Mathew Knowles Doesn’t Have To Pay Alexsandra Wright Child Support For 3 Years Because He Overpaid In The Past!

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Where they do that at, huh? Looks like a judge just gave Alexsandra Wright the Ho Sit Down.

Judge Rules Mathew Knowles Has Been Overpaying Child Support, Won’t Have To Pay Anything For Three Years

According to TMZ reports:

Beyonce’s dad — the onetime millionaire manager of Destiny’s Child — just got a pass from a judge on his child support obligation … because he grossly overpaid in the past.

As we’ve reported … baby mama Alexsandra Wright has dragged Mathew Knowles in and out of court for months … accusing him of falling behind in support payments for their 3-year-old son.

Knowles had been ordered to pay Wright $12K a month as of Feb. 2013 … but a few weeks ago, he got a judge to reduce it to $2,485 a month, claiming his income had dwindled.

But sources familiar with the case tell us … Knowles just scored again, convincing the judge he’s been OVER-PAYING all along — arguing the entire time he should only have been paying $2,485 … amounting to an overpayment of $110K.

The judge agreed … giving him credit for the overpayment.

Bottom line Knowles won’t have to pay Wright — who has been getting $300 a month in food stamps — ANYTHING for the next 3-and-a-half years. Wright vows to continue her fight.

But there’s a final twist … Welfare officials typically come after the dad when the mom is on public assistance, so we’re told he’ll probably end up giving her something, beginning this summer.

Aw man… Cue another pitiful photoshoot exploiting that poor little Nixon for public sympathy. This situation is so sad for the child’s sake — but let it be a warning for all you money grubbing homewreckers and dirty dogs out there.

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A “Lil Positivity”: Watch Air Force Dad Surprise His Son At Baseball Game [Video]

When the lil boy sees his father and yells out “daddy,” it gave us goosebumps. Black Men, please stay close to your family… the feeling you get from having someone look up to you for everything is way more potent than any drug or misogyny.

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California Schools Send Home Letters Warning Parents Of Chubby Lumpkins Preschoolers About Dangers Of Obesity

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The school nurse just loves ya… like a fat kid loves cake! California schools are taking early steps to keep kids from continuing to eat like chunky monkeys.

Via NY Daily News reports:

In an effort to combat childhood obesity, schools in California have begun sending out what have been dubbed “fat letters” to the parents of overweight children.

After checking the weight of preschoolers in the San Fernando valley, registered dietician Lauren Schmitt is tasked with contacting the families of children who have already begun losing the battle of the bulge.

“We look at growth charts and percentiles. And when a child is at 95 percent of their…we can look at weight for age or weight for height…that child would be considered obese,” Schmitt told KNX News.

There is no shortage of kids in the LA area whose parents end up receiving a “fat letter.” Of the 900 children between the ages of two and five that she evaluates, Schmitt says approximately 200 qualify as obese.

“We let the parents know in a gentle fashion, but we also send out a ton of handouts to try to help that family,” Schmitt said.

California is not the only state to send “fat letters” to parents. Similar obesity information is sent in 19 other states.

“It shouldn’t be a stigma. It’s not a way to categorize someone. It’s just showing that this child has increased risk to be obese as an adult, which then could lead to quite a few chronic diseases,” said Schmitt.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last month found that childhood obesity rates edged down slightly last year, falling in 18 states.

These kids are ages 2-5!!! That’s so young to be obese. If you got a letter like this would you be pissed or grateful someone took the time to point out the problem early?


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Bullied Gay 17-Year-Old Arizona High School Student Leaves Heart-Wrenching Twitter Letter Before Attempting Suicide!

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Might wanna grab you a lil’ hanky or somethin’…

Bullied Arizona Teen Leaves Suicide Letter On Twitter

Via KRQE

A high school student who spoke out against bullying decided to take his own life.

He even posted a suicide letter online. In it, he talked about being bullied. Now, his family and friends say they are determined to pick up where he left off.

“My son, he didn’t deserve this …” said Jacqueline Vigil.

She is saying goodbye to her 17-year-old son, Carlos.

She said he was involved in Youth and Government and tried to push for stronger anti-bullying laws, but his own experience with bullying became too much.

“He is not here because of bullying,” Jacqueline said. “It drove him over the edge.”

Carlos posted a note on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, referring to the mean names bullies called him and saying he’s free now.

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Carlos’ dad rushed home when he heard about it, but it was too late.

Carlos was going to be a senior at Valley High — a school he transferred to last year to escape bullying at Los Lunas High School.

He was picked on for everything from his weight and acne to his glasses.

According to his mother, Carlos had been a victim of cruel kids for a long time.

“He had this lunchbox, a smiley face lunchbox, and people thought it was the funniest lunchbox ever, and they made fun of him for it,” Jacqueline said. “They grabbed it on the school bus and just threw it on the floor and broke it. It’s just little things like that.”

Parents, make sure you’re teaching your children not to be little a$$holes at school.

R.I.P. Carlos Vigil

Image via KRQE


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Janelle Monae Tells ESSENCE She Doesn’t Have To Show Skin And Wants To Show Girls There’s “Another Way”

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Janelle Monae and her beautiful grill just landed the cover of ESSENCE Magazine!

Here’s what readers can expect from the cover story:

Janelle Monáe is no ordinary artist. She lives, breathes and dreams of being true to herself, inspiring young women and, of course, imagining interplanetary escapades. ESSENCE Contributing Writer Lola Ogunnaike visits the singer’s quirky Wondaland studio and discovers the beauty and brilliance of her world. Monáe is also slated to perform on the Mainstage during the ESSENCE Festival, held July 4th weekend in New Orleans.

And here’s an interesting quote from the story:

“Showing my skin is not what makes me s3xy. I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way…”— Janelle Monáe

Oooh we like! Sounds like she is trying to balance out all the Rihannas of the world.


 

Unapologetic? Rih-Rih Leaves Chicago High Schoolers Waiting For More Than 4 HOURS At Charity Event!

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C’mon now Robyn WTF?!

Rihanna Left Chicago High School Students Waiting Over 4 Hours For Appearance

Via ChicagoTribune

Rihanna, clearly, does not make excuses.

The Barbadian superstar barely acknowledged her tardiness when took the stage at Barrington High School moments ago – despite being more than four hours and 30 minutes late for her much-anticipated visit. Her fans, nearly despondent minutes earlier, greeted her with wild applause and Beatlemania-type screaming.

“Thank you guys for coming and waiting,” the Barbadian signer said, before paying tribute to the school’s charitable works.

Oh beyotch please! Damn near 5 hours late??? You better come up with something better than THAT bullisht!

Sixteen minutes and roughly a dozen smiling pictures later, RiRi was gone and her late arrival forgotten by a starstruck crowd.

It was hard to believe that only minutes earlier she was the cause of quite possibly the most angst-ridden moment in Barrington High School history.

The overwhelmingly female crowd had been patient in waiting for hours for her arrival after the school won a visit from the star. Teens have been chatting on their phones, grabbing snacks and braiding each other’s hair. Many have been at the school since the doors opened at noon.

Rihanna was originally supposed to start her visit at 1 p.m.; on Thursday evening, the school announced that had been pushed back to 2 p.m. As of 5 p.m., she still wasn’t at the school.

“It’s one thing to be fashionably late. This is just rude. Our lives don’t revolve around a pop star,” said junior Patricia Halle, who nicknamed the afternoon “the survive Rihanna event.”

“Our school worked hard to win this. She should be more respectful,” Halle said.

One seventh-grader in particular was not shy about her irritation with Chris’ breezy.

Jaki Mora said: “Rihanna is pathetic. She shouldn’t be making us wait for her.”

Right on sista!

Rihanna posted this pic to her Instagram page at 4:22pm. To that we say ph**k yo’ traffic! You’re already 2 1/2 hours late!

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Apparently Rih-Rih brought more tickets to give out for her Chicago show that evening to make up for her egregious tardiness.

Way to be an example for the kids Rih, make a mistake, bribe folks to forgive you.


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A “Lil Positivity”: RiRi Hearts the Kids


Here are some shots of Rihanna with a six-year-old fan named Jasmina who has Leukemia. Awww….we’re sure all those RiRi hugs and smooches made that little girl’s day, but we’re not so sure about that “Rated R” album being appropriate for a six-year-old…SMH.

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