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Do Honorary Degrees Devalue The PhD?

May 13th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Kanye West honorary degree, via Kim Kardashian West Instagram

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Well folks, I think I have seen everything. Kanye West just received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thankful for the recognition, “The College Dropout” Grammy winner also mentioned how important the art of “I’m sorry” can be. “‘I’m sorry’ is something you can use a lot,” mentioned West. “It gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologize for it and give your opinion again.”

I personally never understood why colleges are willing to hand out honorary degrees, but do understand the marketing ploy. Having a socially relevant and influential figure associated with your institution can certainly help when it comes to funding and attracting applicants. Yet it seems like these days they’ll hand almost anyone an honorary doctorate.

Do you think standards have gone out the window when it comes to the recipient? Or is anyone who makes a splash in pop culture fair game?

“Recipients of honorary doctorate degrees do not earn the degree through academic achievements, rather with generous and altruistic actions or lifetime accomplishments that benefit a community, nation or humanity in general,” one site notes.

This might explain why figures like Bill Gates, Oprah and the late Maya Angelou have complimentary degrees. They made significant contributions to society. Now we want to add Kanye West into the mix? Just to put things in perspective a little, the late great Steve Jobs (y’all remember him) who once gave an amazing commencement speech at Stanford University and didn’t even receive a honorary doctorate. He thought it was weird!

Like West, Jobs was a college dropout whose success is a testament to hard work and dedication. Come to think of it, many celebrity recipients of an honorary doctorate either dropped out of college or didn’t attend at all. Both Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård are two examples of people who received an honorary degree from the very college they left. Mike Tyson dropped out of high school and received a Doctorate of Human Letters from Central State University.

I guess better late than never?

At the end of the day, honorary degrees are subjective. If a college or university feels someone is an appropriate recipient, they will have no problem giving out a doctorate to a celebrity. We might agree with some and side eye others, but ultimately just have to nod and keep it moving.

And what about celebrities with shamed legacies like Bill Cosby? Given he has well over 15 honorary degrees, should they be rescinded?

I personally don’t have a PhD. It’s too much school for me, but who knows what can happen down the road. I do however know plenty of friends and relatives who went to school and put in the hard work to obtain one. Some don’t care if a celebrity gets an honorary doctorate while others think it sets the wrong tone for those pursuing higher education. Why pay so much money to the point of debt when you can just have one handed to you?

Read Surprising Celebrities Who Received Honorary Doctorate Degrees

15 Couples People Don’t Take Seriously

May 6th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Considering the stunts stars pull to pretend they’re not in a relationship one second, only to blab about whatever it is they have going on with another star the next, it’s hard to take a lot of celebrity relationships seriously. But the following courtships are especially difficult to talk about without rolling one’s eyes. From Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill to Kylie Jenner and Tyga, we look at 15 couples people are not taking seriously.

Deepak Nope-rah: 11 Times Stars Wanted Us To Believe They Were Deep When They Actually Sounded Crazy

May 1st, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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We’ve all had those moments when we read a celeb quote that made us roll our eyes and shake our heads because the star absolutely tried it. Thanks to social media, you can always expect a head-scratch worthy quote from a fake deep celeb. Let’s take a look at 11 times celebs did the absolute most.

 

15 Male Stars Who Proudly Rock Women’s Clothing

May 1st, 2015 - By Rich
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These male stars are pretty proud of wearing women’s clothing (and no there’s not a cross dresser among them. Whether it be for fashion, sensationalism or for an acting role, lets get all the way into these men who’ve worn or admitted to wearing women’s clothing.

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Sources: Atlanta Black Star, Hollywood Life, MadameNoire, Fashion Telegraph

15 Male Stars Who Proudly Rock Women’s Clothing

She Did That: 15 Stars Raised By Single Moms

April 28th, 2015 - By Rich
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These Hollywood stars that were raised successfully by single moms include award-winning actresses, business tycoons, rappers and more. We salute all moms today!

Source: Ranker. Images courtesy of WENN

She Did That: 15 Stars Raised By Single Moms

15 Kardashian Rumors and Scandals

April 24th, 2015 - By Rich
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Who can keep up with all the scandals, rumors and drams surrounding The Kardashians? And to think it all started with a sex tape!

All images courtesy of WENN. Sources: Radar Online,  She Knows, OK Magazine

15 Kardashian Rumors and Scandals

Kim and Kanye Sue YouTube Co-Founder For Leaking Their Engagement Video

April 24th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last night at the Time 100 Gala wearing Sophie Theallet and Kanye in Haider Ackerman

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have  filed a lawsuit against one of the co-founders of YouTube for leaking footage of their October 2013 marriage proposal. Billboard says, the Wests are likely to win their lawsuit against Chad Hurley, who posted footage of their proposal on his news site, MixBit. Hurley, who attended the elaborate event, claims the confidentiality agreement he signed did not bind him from posting the video to his site.

He also says he did not leak the confidential information about the proposal because the proposal was also filmed and aired for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The Wests’ lawyer believes “Hurley’s new venture, MixBit, was not doing well, he posted the video on MixBit, which provided it with significant publicity, and he did so within hours of leaving the event. A jury may reasonably infer fraudulent intent from these circumstances.”

Hurley’s lawyer refutes these claims by saying it was his client’s First Amendment right to post and protect the video as his own intellectual property. The Wests have not stated how much money they are seeking if they win their lawsuit, but it will be significant ,since their attorney Eric George believes Hurley’s video generated and increased traffic on his site, which has generated a profit.

Do you think the Wests should be suing Hurley for leaking footage of their engagement since their lives are highly publicized in the media?

Will The Rumored Jay Z/Beyonce Collaboration Boost Tidal’s Tanking Numbers?

April 23rd, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Jay and his celebrity friends just recently launched the music screaming service Tidal, which he paid a whopping $56 million for. But already there’s drama. And leave it to Kanye West to add to it.

After deleting all references to Tidal on his social media accounts, West has started promoting the service again, reports the New York Daily News. No word on why he initially deleted the Tidal info after coming out as a celebrity partner in and supporting the venture.

There is some speculation that West decided not to back a sinking ship. The app has dropped out of iTunes’s top 700 most downloads chart this week, according to BGR. Meanwhile BGR reports that for the same week, Pandora and Spotify took the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the U.S. iPhone revenue chart, respectively. And, despite new competition from Tidal, this was the first time two music streaming services have hit the top four in sales at the same time, reports  E! Online.

Tidal sat in the number 19 spot for a minute, but then fell below number 200 in a couple of weeks.

Why the slow down on Tidal? Maybe it is the price point. Users can pay between $10 a month for digital audio-quality or $20 a month for CD-quality sound. But that doesn’t compare to free, which a lot of fans are looking for in their music services. Tidal’s owners — Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Madonna and Rihanna among them — already have millions. So asking for more money is, no doubt, leaving a bad taste in some people’s mouths.

And some say the functionality of the app isn’t up to par.

There is also speculation as to why the West social media tantrum; that he is jealous over the news that  Jay Z and Beyoncé plan to release a joint album exclusively on Tidal. The news comes from  DJ Skee, host of Skee TV, reports The Huffington Post.

The Carters have not confirmed the rumor, however. But an album is in works, confirmed in Billboard in February.

But it could be a good move to lure in new Tidal subscribers. If Jay Z’s personal phone calls didn’t help boost Tidal numbers, a collaborative CD from the power couple could.

Separately, there’s been some upheaval within Tidal such that the CEO and 25 employees have been ousted.

Here’s A Seat Mr. West: 15 Crazy Kanye Quotes

April 20th, 2015 - By Rich
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Over the years, Kanye has managed to bewilder, intrigue, and piss off just about everyone from Black Americans to other rappers to the paps to even POTUS. And the brother still won’t have a seat…with that in mind, let’s go back over the years to review some of  the  craziest Kanye quotes and stunts.

 

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Source: PopDust, Hollywood Reporter

Here’s A Seat Mr. West: 15 Crazy Kanye Quotes

Horrifying Anti-Black Women Quotes From Black Stars

April 20th, 2015 - By Rich
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We’re not going to sit here and say without a sliver of a doubt that these particular black male stars ranging from actors to rappers hate black women but these quotes sure enough makes them seem to take issues with their direct female counterpart.

Sources: Atlanta Black Star, Bougie Black Girl

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Horrifying Anti-Black Women Quotes From Black Stars