August Alsina: Dreamy but Dangerous

Now we all know new R&B heartthrob, Mr. August Alsina is one we need to look out for. His music is great, he’s not a one hit wonder, and might I add he is goregous! But Mr. Alsina seems to have what some might call a short temper. Since August Alsina has hit the scene he has had two public incidents that have some people questioning him.

There was an alleged “beef” between Alsina and veteran R&B star, Trey Songz.

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Alsina appeared on BET’s 106 & Park to promote his new album. Evidently before the interview Alsina told hosts he didn’t want to talk about the alleged beef. But 106 host, Keisha Chantè, asked anyway which seemed to piss him off. Alsina responded, “So you’re just gonna go against the grain? I just told y’all not to ask me that shit when I got up in here,” I’m sure after that it was pretty clear that he meant what he said.

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Then, recently, while performing at a show in Little Rock, Arkansas a fan steals his hat while he was crowd surfing. Alsina stops the show and curses at the crowd to give him his hat back.

Watch here: http://wpgc.cbslocal.com/2014/06/02/august-alsina-cancels-show-curses-crowd-after-fan-steals-his-hat/

Apparently the hat was given to Alsina by a family member who had passed away. Which is completely understandable, the hat had sentimental value, but his approach was a little harsh. He never did get his hat back, and the show ended there.

I wish the best for August Alsina in his career! Keep the good music coming!

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Obama Shops at Well-Known Washington Bookstore

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.

Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington’s Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a “long list” of books that included “The Kite Runner,” ”Harold and the Purple Crayon,” and “The Sports Gene.”

The president said he bought a reader for every age, from 5 to 52 — his age. He paid by credit card. The total was not announced.

Obama sent a tweet earlier Saturday about the importance of supporting small businesses.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as “Small Business Saturday.” It’s designed to drive business to mom and pop shops between the whirlwind of Black Friday sales offered by large retailers and Cyber Monday deals from online sellers.

(Photo: AP)

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Ghandi

Serving the community has always been something that I have been into. Whether it be when I’m at home or school I live doing service for others. Even as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where service is one of our main focuses, it has helped me realize that even beyond DST, I wholeheartedly love this! Recently I gave been doing quite a bit a service and I really love it. I volunteered with some other young ladies from my school (Delaware State University) at the Food Bank of Delaware to prepare weekend meals for underprivileged children, about two weeks ago I went to St. John’s Lutheran School in Dover,DE to help paint fences on the kids playground and just today I went to clean my sorority’s local Adopt-a-Highway!

Check me out!

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Food Bank of Delaware

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St. John’s Lutheran School

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup

The service never stops!!!

Self Proclaimed Feminist

I am currently taking a feminism class at my University, Women, Feminism, & the Media, and I am so intrigued by how much of a feminist I actually am.

So I originally took this class as an elective for my senior year, just to fill my schedule. But when the semester started I was shocked at how interested I was in the feminist world. A lot of people when I tell them I take this course, they think it is a bra-burning, man-hater, female kumbaya class. And it is the total opposite! My instructor, is a well rounded, African American woman, woman who has literally given all the sides of feminism during the course of this class, and I love it! I also love that we have 3 males in the class, that’s always fun when we start in class discussions.

 

For a recent assignment we had to watch a video about second wave feminism and had to respond on how we plan to continue to live in a third wave feminist era. 

Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxX0_B9Eq6o

My response was: “As the semester comes to a close, I do think of myself as a feminist. I think even before the course I was always about the empowerment of women, positive images of women, and women being able to any and everyone, that anyone else can do. I think what I have learned most from the class is that feminism and being a feminist isn’t all about burning bras, protesting, and being anti-man; but simply standing for what you believe women are and what women can be. In this third wave of feminism I think that I will continue to help push for empowerment and continue to promote what i believe in. But also will try to help my generation and others learn that feminism and being empowered is more than being naked with a gun, or having to pose nude, or over embracing your sexuality. You can be empowered in a million different ways.”

So Alexis a self proclaimed feminist: Yes. Alexis a man hating bra burner: far from it!

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President Obama’s State of The Union: Education

Barack Obama, on February 12, 2013, gave his second State of The Union Address as one of the major kick-offs to his second term as President of the United States.

In the duration of his speech he touched on many different topics, from energy, climate, technology, and education.

As a college student witih scholarships, grants, and of course loans, hear our President talk about the state of the education system was exciting for me. I have high expectation for my education and so do my parents. I attend Delaware State University, the #13 (and rising) Historically Black College in the Country. So as a college student attending and HBCU, education is twice as important to me because I have to be prided in my studies and continue to help my university strive. But listening to President Obama talk about education, it would seem he merely grazed the surface. Education is broad starting from pre school and extending to Doctoral and PhD. levels.

During the hour long speech President Obama talked about education for five minutes and two seconds. How in that little time can you cover the range of education issues specific to parents of K-12 children, college students and beyond.

The president said he is proposing a “new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy.” His desire to “reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math” is what I feel needs to happen to not only improve our schools curriculum and excite our students, but also to prepare them for entering the workwolrd of the 21st century prepared to make a living.

In addition to preparing my students for college and careers, so his idea of a “‘College Scorecard’ that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck” feels like a huge step in the right direction to empower families towards sensible college planning. AS a current college student I wish we would have had such a plan in order to narrow down college choices based on price and on where I could benefit most from my field.

Although the time spent on education reform was little I do commend the President for touching most education aspects, but next time I would hope he would go a little deeper into how me might increase financial aid, but that’s just one issue.

I hope to see these plans go into action soon Mr. President!