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Lauren London On Avoiding The Video Girl Curse & Skipping College

March 13th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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This past weekend, MadameNoire had the opportunity to attend the Disney Dreamers Academy hosted by Disney (obviously) in conjunction with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. As we’ve mentioned before, this event is meant to inspire students to pursue their dreams and encourage them to complete the necessary work to do so.

Throughout the weekend several celebrity guests stopped by to encourage these 100 high school students. And one of them was actress Lauren London. Lauren spoke to the students about the importance of having a positive attitude when she recalled the time she lost a poetry competition as a teenager. She said after she’d lost one of the judges came up to her and told her that based on her work alone, she would have won but her attitude was so stank, the judges felt the audience would relate to the other girl and so they gave the prize to her.

She learned from that experience and took the importance of having a positive attitude with her. That was certainly our experience when we spoke to her. A complete sweetheart.

In our interview with London she spoke to us about how she managed to avoid the video girl trap and the extra work a person will have to put in if they decide not to go to college.

See what she had to say in the video above.

I Have Two Degrees And He Never Finished College, Am I Settling?

February 18th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From Essence 

Dr. Sherry,

I’m totally confused about what to do in my relationship. “Alex” and I dated once before a few years ago and it didn’t work out. I wasn’t where I wanted to be professionally and neither was he, so we broke up. He has three children (all from his ex) and I have a son. My son doesn’t care for him, but I’ve fallen in love and I can’t figure out why. He never finished college and I have two degrees. He makes a good living but it’s manual labor and it’s taking a toll on his health. I love that he accepted me at my worst and still loves me when I’m thriving and succeeding. The thing is, I feel like I’m settling. His manners are subpar, he dresses like a 9-year-old boy, and he never helps in the house when he’s over, unless I nag him. I don’t know if I want to raise three more children, and again, my son can’t stand him. I don’t know if I’m with him because the sex is amazing and because he loves me or if I just don’t want to be alone. I do love him; I’m just not sure if it’s enough to overlook his flaws. Help.

Signed,

Confused in California

Read more Dr. Sherry’s response at Essence.com 

No Bachelor’s Degree? No Prob! Jobs That Don’t Require A 4-Year Diploma

December 20th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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Time and time again, we hear about the importance of attending college in order to land a nice-paying job in hopes of living the good life. While it’s true that having a degree (especially an advanced one) can and will open many doors of opportunities, we also have to consider those who make the choice not to attend a college or university.

Maybe finances are too tight to pay out of pocket for higher education? Or maybe the college thing just isn’t for you? There are still many options a person can take who does not graduate with a college degree. We have already heard about jobs that pay a nice salary to those with a two-year degree. Now it’s time to look at some that don’t require a bachelor’s degree.

White Men “Lynched” For Sacramento State University Student Project

December 19th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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As most of us remember, the senior year of college brings forth the opportunity to express what you’ve learned throughout your college career. But sometimes those lessons can push the envelope and become very controversial.

Case and point, Christina Edwards, an African-American college senior who attends Sacramento State University. For her senior art project, Edwards portrayed two white lynched on a campus tree. Although they were paid actors, according to The Root they had nooses hung around their necks and were suspended from the tree to prevent them from being in physical danger.

The concept of the art project was to spark a conversation about reverse racism and to shed light on the historical value of  the civil rights era. During an interview with Fox 40, Edwards stated:

“The purpose of this performance was to bring to light social injustices and the issue of inequality that impacts me and my community as a whole.”

Sacramento State University felt otherwise; the university’s president Alexander Gonzalez said:

“The university did not approve the display, and I want to assure everyone that I am working to address the multiple issues raised by this incident.”

Despite the offending her campus community, Edwards believes using white men in the lynching project would help expose the reactions black men never received from other racial groups during the time lynching was prevalent in the United States. Edwards noted:

“My choice to cross racial lines was intentional to create an open opportunity to personalize and empathize with his-story as a people and hopefully initiate compassion and change in terms of social and racial availability and equality.”

Do you think Christina Edwards should have showcased her ideas differently? Watch the Fox News video below and tell us what you think.

University Of Alabama Sorority Elects First African-American President

November 18th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From Black Voices 

Following recent allegations of racial discrimination within the Greek system at the University of Alabama, one of the majority white sororities elected an African American president for the first time in history.

Sigma Delta Tau, a historically Jewish sorority, elected 22-year-old engineering student, Hannah Patterson, who joined the organization one year ago according to WBRC-TV.

“We’re welcoming of any girl that wants to join our chapter and best fits our chapter,” Regina Broda, who was president before Patterson, explained to the campus paper The Crimson White.

“We were founded by seven Jewish women because they, in 1917, couldn’t find a home. They were discriminated against. They weren’t allowed into sororities. Sigma Delta Tau nationally does not discriminate because it goes completely against our founding principles.”

In the spring of 2011, Delta Tau accepted its first black member and since then has initiated three other African-American women. Patterson was recruited to the organization through informal recruitment, after she was unable to find a fit during formal recruitment.

Patterson says she is honored to take the position but insists race never crossed her mind during the process, she just wanted to help her sorority.

“I never saw color or race or ethnicity. It’s never been in the front of my mind,” said Patterson. “I tried to never let it hinder anything I did or judge people on that. I guess I never really thought about, ‘Oh, I’m the first African-American that has been president.’ I’m just excited for my term and to see where my chapter has gone and where it is going to go.”

Her sisters in the sorority also say that Patterson’s race did not impact their decision to elect her as president, she simply was an active member who proved her leadership capabilities.

“We know that Hannah is going to be the best for the future of our chapter at this time,” said Erinn Forbes, a member of Sigma Delta Tau. “That has nothing to do with her ethnicity, but it is definitely a really cool thing. I think our chapter is happy to be a part of the change that’s going to be happening here.”

Read more at BlackVoices.com 

First Lady Michelle Obama Takes On New Education Initiative

November 14th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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The First Lady has just joined President Barack Obama‘s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020.

Recently, Michelle Obama spoke to students at Bell Multicultural High School not far from the White House. The event is part of what will be a broader focus for the First Lady on getting students — particularly those in underserved communities — to attend college.

“No matter what the president does, no matter what your teachers and principals do, or whatever is going on in your home or neighborhood, the person with the biggest impact on your education is you,” FLOTUS said.

Mrs. Obama, who went to one of the best high schools in Chicago,  told the story of how she had to wake up at 6 a.m. and travel at least an hour on the bus. The First Lady grew up in a working class family and went on to Princeton University and Harvard Law School, reports The Grio.

“Some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I was never going to get into a school like Princeton,” Obama said to the 10th graders. “It was clear to me that nobody was going to take my hand and lead me to where I needed to go; instead it was going to be up to me to reach my goals.”

She is working with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who is overseeing the effort. Right now the U.S. ranks 12th globally in the proportion of people who hold college degrees.

Mrs. Obama encouraged the students to be inspired by Menbere Assefa, 22-year-old Bell Multicultural alumna who graduated on scholarship from James Madison University in May. Her family, who emigrated from Ethiopia when she was eight years old,  stressed the importance of education.

“There’s scholarships out there, there are funds out there for people to get and make sure that they attend higher education,” said Assefa, who works as a management assistant in policy and compliance administration for the District of Columbia government.

Benefits Of Joining Your Alumni Association

November 6th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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Are you a proud former Howard University Bison, NC A&T Aggie, Temple Owl or UCLA Bruin? Do you bleed that blue and white, red and black or blue and orange for life? Joining your college or university’s alumni association is one of the best ways to show your pride after matriculating. Those four years of hard work, hard partying and great memories were worth it. Now that you’ve gotten the diploma, give back to your university by being active in your alumni association. Here are some benefits to becoming a member.

It ‘Excuses Rape Culture:’ U.K. College Bars Ban Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

September 27th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just when you thought all of the controversy surrounding Robin Thicke’s summer smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” had somehow died down, you find out that there’s more. According to NBC News, five British universities have banned the song from their campus bars, arguing that it “excuses rape culture.”

The student union organizations at Kingston, Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland universities have all axed the controversial track from their campus playlists due to what they have perceived to be misogynist lyrics.

“The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture. It is a man suggesting that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand,” said Hollie O’Connor, student union president at the University of Derby.

Hollie went on to say that she received a ton of supportive emails since pulling the song from the school’s playlist and “not one which comes close to a complaint.”

“If I had 1,000 students in one of our bars and only 10 percent felt uncomfortable with the song being played then we’d have failed them.”

A similar ban implemented over at Edinburgh University was set in place by a larger campus campaign to “end rape culture on campus.” According to campaign organizers, “a significant proportion of students and the wider population hold dangerous victim-blaming views about women who experience rape and sexual violence.”

As for the students at Leeds, education officer Alice Smart says, “the lyrics of the song [Blurred Lines]  conflict with our core value of equality and our commitment to having zero tolerance of sexual harassment… we have asked our resident DJs to remove the song from their playlists.”

Smart added that although there are many other songs with similar themes and offensive lyrics,”‘Blurred Lines’ was singled out in-particular due to its commercial success and the recent negative publicity surrounding it.”

Roll Call! Signs You Went To An HBCU

September 26th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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While everyone’s college experience can be unique, going to an HBCU is quite different than going to a predominantly white institution. If any of the following things happened to you while you were on campus, chances are you were at an HBCU.

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Strolling At Parties

After a particularly long week of working on a term paper or knocking out the required lab hours for biology, you and your friends decide to hit up a couple parties that are being held around campus. You get there, ready to blow off some steam, but you can’t dance. Why? Because this sorority or that fraternity wants to stroll through the crowd. Truly getting your dance on at an HBCU party can be quite tricky, especially if there are several sororities and fraternities there because they wind up trying to outdo each other all night.

These Universities Are The First Step On The Path To The CEO Suite

September 11th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Here is something the thing about for future business leaders. There are certain colleges that produce high numbers of CEOs.

Times Higher Education (THE) recently released a list of the universities around the world that produce the most CEOs, based on the alma maters of Fortune Global 500 CEOs.

According to THE’s methodology, university rankings were determined using “the total number of degrees awarded to CEOs; the total number of CEO alumni; [and] the total revenue of the alumni CEOs’ companies,” reports Business Insider, who broke down THE’s list to the top American schools, as well as the U.S. News and World Report‘s rankings of undergraduate and graduate business programs.

At the top of  THE’s list was Harvard, for both for international and American universities. Harvard produced 25 alumni CEOs most recently, more than double the next American university on the list — Stanford University.

At Stanford, some 11 CEOs in today’s corporate world got their degree. Coming in third was the University of Pennsylvania, where eight CEOs studied. MIT was number four, followed by Cornell University. Surprisingly, Yale University was even further down the list at number nine. Last on the list was New York University, where four CEOs earned their degrees.

MBAs are top-of-mind this time of year as applications are coming due. Financial News reports on the changes to this year’s application, with many schools, including top-ranked ones from the THE research, shortening the essay portion.

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