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Travis Scott's Cactus Jack Foundation awarded $1 million to 100 Black college students to ensure they graduate this year.

Scott's Waymon Webster Scholarships, now in their second year, ensures Black students experiencing last-minute financial pressures graduated on time from college – a foundational component of Scott's Project HEAL Effort, announced earlier this year.

Family Effort: The scholarship is named for Travis Scott's grandfather, Waymon Webster, an HBCU educator, and spearheaded by Scott's sister, Jordan Webster – who graduated from Howard University herself this past week, according to a press release.

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Scott's Cactus Jack Foundation announced that it has awarded $1 million in scholarships for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to 100 members of the graduating class of 2022.

With Scott's support, the Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund granted $10,000 scholarships each to seniors who have reached academic excellence (averaging 3.5 or higher GPA) but have faced the all-too-common last-minute challenge of financial adversity in the second semester of their senior year.

The scholarships will bring 100 students over the finish line, diploma in hand. This is the second year that Scott has supported HBCUs and represents a tenfold increase.

The scholarship is named after Waymon Webster to honor his lifetime of dedication to academic excellence for Black students. This year's recipients include graduating seniors from 38 HBCUs, including Alabama A&M University, Central State University, Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, Texas Southern University, Grambling State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Prairie View A&M University – Scott’s grandfather's alma mater where he also served as an educator.

Standout recipients include:

    1. Nisha Encarnacion, a graduate from Florida A&M University from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, received a degree in Pharmacy. While supporting her mother and caring for her daughter throughout college, Nisha paid her own way to achieve her dream. View her thank you here.

    2. Chisom Okwor, a computer science graduate from Fisk University passionate about the technology industry, specifically the inclusive and improvement of representation in the tech space. Chisom's goal is to use technology to transform developing countries in Africa. View her thank you here.

    3. Jordan Massey, a mass communications graduate with a concentration in broadcast journalism from North Carolina Central University, has incurred personal debt to achieve his goal of graduating college and entering the field of communications. View his thank you here.

 
Travis Scott said: "Excellence abounds in every Black household, but too often opportunity does not – and Black students are left behind or counted out. So that's what my family and I set out to change. We congratulate all 100 scholarship recipients this year. I know we will see great things from them – and we are already looking forward to increasing our work next year."

Jordan Webster, Project Manager for the Cactus Jack Foundation's Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund, a recent Howard University graduate, and sister to Travis Scott, said: "Last week, I received my own diploma from Howard University. I know personally how deeply important my grandfather's academic legacy at HBCUs is to my entire family – to Travis, as well as my twin brother Josh who is at Prairie View A&M University – and now, to 100 people that Travis has been able to help out at a tough time. It means the world to me to be able to work with my brother as he creates hope and makes a real difference for our peers and their families."

Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, said: "Black students are less than half as likely to graduate from college as white students, and financial pressure is the primary reason. We applaud Travis Scott and the Cactus Jack Foundation for investing in the next generation and congratulate the 100 Waymon Webster Scholarship recipients on their graduation."

Daniel Moss, Executive Director of the HBCU Foundation, said: "In a warm and tremendously thoughtful gesture, Mr. Scott has made a lifelong impact on the 100 Waymon Webster Scholarship recipients. To have now eased, even slightly, the financial burden on these deserving HBCU graduates, Mr. Scott has set into motion a kind of investment that will pay infinite dividends into our communities for decades to come."

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Angry students at Arizona State University are demanding that "blood-thirsty murderer" Kyle Rittenhouse be kicked off campus.

Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty on all counts during his murder trial earlier this month. He was accused of killing two white men and wounding a third at a Jacob Blake protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.

Student groups discovered Rittenhouse was a fellow student after he testified that he was enrolled at ASU.

Despite the fact that he was found innocent, an alliance of student groups plan to hold a rally and protest on Dec. 1. They are calling on ASU administration to remove Rittenhouse.

So far, Rittenhouse hasn't withdrawn from the school. ASU officials confirmed he is taking online classes.

A letter promoting the rally and protest reads:

"Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed "justice" system - Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims.

"Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer."

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Old Dominion University has removed a controversial professor who advocated for "minor-attracted people," following disruptions on campus.

Dr. Allyn Walker, a female-to-male trans, was placed on paid leave amid public backlash to Walker's research and book titled "A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity."

In the book, Walker claims so-called "non-offenders" -- pedophiles who don't act on their urges -- should be treated with empathy.

Dr. Walker supports "affirming therapy" for non-offenders by using child pornography and child sex dolls to suppress their urges toward children.

Part of affirming therapy is to change "pedophile" to MAPs because the P-word is offensive to non-offenders.

ODU issued a statement announcing Walker's suspension on Tuesday.

"Reactions to Dr. Walker's research and book have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus. Furthermore, the controversy over Dr. Walker's research has disrupted the campus and community environment and is interfering with the institution's mission of teaching and learning."

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A Change.org petition calling for the removal of Dr. Walker from the ODU campus has collected over 11,000 signatures so far.

One person who signed the petition wrote:

"I am disgusted that Old Dominion would employ someone who tries to normalize the sexuality of Pedophiles. They should think of the children in their own families."

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The Now and Later candy Brand teams with Keshia Knight Pulliam and Terrence J to celebrate the "art of the hustle" with two scholarships totaling $20,000 for current HBCU students.

In its inaugural year, Now and Later is partnering with Clark Atlanta University's (CAU) Mass Media Arts department based in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C., to showcase the impact of the HBCU experience and inspire the next generation of Black leaders.

Each school will receive a $10,000 donation to create a scholarship fund for participating students, according to a press release. Each school will host a virtual seminar where students will have a chance to draw inspiration from influential HBCU alumni, who have notably mastered the "art of the hustle" across various industries.

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CAU's class will be led by Keshia Knight Pulliam, Emmy-nominated actress, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Pulliam, known for her roles in TV and film, is a proud HBCU graduate from the illustrious Spelman College. She has not only mastered her position in Hollywood, but also her position in the boardroom.

"I look forward to partnering with Now and Later on this program and sharing my personal and professional experience with the #RecognizeTheChew Class in Session students," Keshia Knight Pulliam says.

"This next generation of HBCU leaders are resilient, and I am honored to provide any helpful nuggets to help fuel their entrepreneurial passions."

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"HBCUs are major pillars in the Black community that reflect the very essence of Black excellence," said actor and philanthropist Terrence J, best known as the former host of BET's 106 & Park.

"As an HBCU alum, I am thrilled to partner with Now and Later on its #RecognizeTheChew Class in Session Series. HBCUs are major pillars in the Black community that reflect the very essence of Black excellence, and when married with a nostalgic brand like Now and Later the possibilities can't get any better!"

"Now and Later is a brand built on the values of hard work, resilience, transformation and authenticity. HBCU faculty, students and alumni embody these values daily," says Alnese Thomas, Brand Manager, Laffy Taffy & Now and Later. "It's a pleasure to support the incredible impact these institutions play in fostering some of the nation's most influential leaders."

"We appreciate Now and Later for selecting Clark Atlanta University's Mass Media Arts Department (MMA) as one of its first donation recipients. Gifts like this truly help our MMA students to complete their journey of becoming the communications industry's next top leaders," said Gary Yates, Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair.

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Ohio State University has banned a female massage therapist after she reportedly had sex with multiple Ohio State Buckeyes football players.

The university banned the massage therapist whose license was revoked by the state following an investigation, including interviews with individual players.

Ohio State released the following statement on Thursday, alleging the massage therapist targeted football players in a scheme to engage in sexual acts with them.

"In March 2021, the university became aware that the State Medical Board of Ohio investigated an independent massage therapist who engaged in inappropriate and exploitative behavior targeting members of the Ohio State football team. The university has confirmed that the Medical Board has taken action, and this individual has had her license permanently revoked...

"Her actions were part of a scheme to exploit football student-athletes and were in violation of her state license. In addition, Ohio State does not believe the massage therapist's actions trigger NCAA rules or form the basis for NCAA violations. While no self-reporting is required, Ohio State proactively shared the exploitative behavior with the NCAA, and a report has been made to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office." Read more...

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Proud mom Vanessa Bryant is celebrating her daughter Natalia Bryant getting accepted into the University of Southern California (USC) on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old is seen jumping up and down in a video shared on her mom's Instagram page.

In the video, Natalia, wearing a USC top, shouts: "I got in!"

'Nessa captioned the clip:

"Tears of joy. I'm SO happy for you Nani! I know daddy is so PROUD OF YOU. I am so PROUD OF YOU!! Your hard work and dedication was so worth it. You pushed through the most excruciating pain imaginable and you succeeded. I wish Daddy and Gigi were physically here to celebrate but I know they’re here in spirit. We love you so much! #USC #Trojan #FightOn."

Natalia is one of NBA legend Kobe Bryant's four daughters. The former Lakers star and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, tragically died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

Vanessa Bryant was left behind to raise their minor children, Bianka, 4, and 20-month-old Capri, by herself.

She said Kobe and Gianna inspire her to keep going every day.

"I guess the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going," she said previously. "They inspire me to try harder and be better every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many different ways."
 

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Rapper Future Hendrix knows the importance of a good education. The "Mask Off" rapper is giving scholarships to new college students in Georgia amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The father-of-6 invited high school graduates to apply for the "I'm Still a Dreamer" Georgia COVID-19 Scholarship, funded through his FreeWishes Foundation, by submitting videos detailing how the global health crisis has personally affected their lives.

"You don't have to be in the perfect situation or come from the perfect background to reach for your dreams," Future shared in a statement. "Despite this COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage all dreamers to continue to dream big."

Applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the grants, which are capped at $2,500. Submissions will be accepted until July 27. The lucky recipients will be announced on 4 August.

For more information visit freewishes.org/2020-scholarship-info.

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Professor Tip "T.I." Harris will join the faculty at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to teach trap music to CAU students this Fall.

T.I. will teach a class titled the Origin, Culture and Business of Trap Music at Clark University this Fall.

The university is partnering with the three-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actor, producer, songwriter and entrepreneur to create an amazing experience for CAU undergraduate students this Fall, according to a press release.

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T.I. will be teaching alongside Dr. Melva Williams to bring an understanding of the origins of trap music.

"In higher education it is important that we challenge, empower and equip our students with the proper resources to excel," said CAU President George T. French Jr. "I believe the best way to do this is to understand their culture and create life-long experiences that will not only motivate our scholars but present them with opportunities to help them become globally competitive."

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"HBCUs have a vital role in our community and have managed to withstand even while being some of the most under-resourced institutions," said T.I. in a press release. "Our national HBCUs continue to underscore the fact that we have always had to do more with less. I am excited to be partnering with Clark Atlanta University in my hometown – Atlanta."

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"I applaud their innovative approach to ensuring their students are educated beyond the traditional textbook curriculum. I am honored to lend my voice and unique experiences to the betterment of today's young people and to do my part to lift the legacy of historical black colleges and universities across the nation," T.I. said.

Trap Music is a sub-genre of hip-hop music and is a cultural phenomenon that involves a variety of art forms. The genre has been embraced worldwide, has been infused with other types of music and has become a part of everyday living. The effect of Trap Music is well known, but the business of Trap Music and its ability to enlighten and educate will be explored on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.

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A former Oklahoma Christian University recruiter who was fired for conducting a multicultural exercise at a high school says his reputation is destroyed.

Cedric Sunray, who is American Indian, conducted the exercise at Harding Charter Preparatory High School during a Feb. 24 assembly.

Sunray was let go within an hour after he lined up students based on their skin color and hair texture.

He said 'OK, everyone now line up from darkest to lightest skin complexion," said Korey Todd, who is in the 11th grade.

"He told us nappiest hair in the back straighter hair in the front," said 11th grader Rio Brown.

"I am embarrassed and ashamed and I am mad at what happened," said Oklahoma Christian University President Jon deSteiguer. He said he planned to visit the high school to speak with the students on Friday.

But Sunray defended his exercise, saying he was teaching how the students will be "valued and warranted" by society.

Sunray told News 4 that he conducted the same exercise 87 times this year. He called the exercise an "icebreaker."

"It's about breaking down all those walls," he said.

"I break the groups into four teams and then I say line up darkest to the front and lightest to the back," Sunray said. "From the largest afro to the tightest braid to the blondest with blue eyes. They all want to know they are valued and warranted. And that is what I provide."

Sunray said the negative press coverage destroyed his reputation as a college recruiter.

"It destroyed my reputation but my character won't change," he said.

Sunray tells News 4 that he already has a new job lined up at another metro university.

Wen asked if he would conduct the exercise again, he answered "Oh yes."

"I have been doing this exercise for years. We need to have these conversations."

He said the only thing he would do differently is give a more detailed explanation of the exercise upfront.

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A video that shows a Black University of Virginia student asking white people to leave a campus center has gone viral.

In the video that surfaced Wednesday afternoon, a Black woman with Caucasian hair weave down to her butt made a "public service announcement", saying she was "uncomfortable" by "too many white people" in the Multicultural Student Center.

Claiming it is a "space for people of color," the woman urged all white people to leave the building.

"If y'all didn't know, this is the MSC, and frankly there's just too many white people in here," she shouted.

"This is a space for people of color. So just be really cognizant of the space you're taking up, because it does make some of us POC's (people of color) uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here. It's only been open for four days and frankly there's the whole university for a lot of y'all to be at and there's very few spaces for us. So keep that in mind. Thank you."

The video ends with a round of applause.

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The video was originally tweeted by a student with the username WUF (@WafaFlofa_Flame), who referred to white students as "a bunch of infiltrators" before deleting her Twitter account.

WUF identified the Black woman as Twitter user Aunty Ezinne (@easily_ezzy), who delighted in the attention she received -- until she made her page private on Wednesday afternoon.

In screen captures by theCollegeFix.com, Aunty Ezinne tweeted: "Why did I smack my lips like that when I said white people" and "Y'all should have seen how quick the WHITE people packed their bags and left!"
 

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The president of a historically Black college in Mississippi has resigned after he was arrested in a prostitution and drug sting.

William Bynum Jr., who was president of Jackson State University since 2017, resigned after he was busted along with 15 other people for "procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and possession of marijuana," according to the Clarion-Ledger.

The Clinton Police Department conducted a prostitution sting and arrested multiple suspects, including Jackson, WJTV.com reported.

Jackson State University professor Shonda McCarthy, 46, was also arrested for procuring the services of a prostitute and marijuana possession while operating a motor vehicle.

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Sheena Stanford, 35, and several other suspects were charged with "promoting prostitution."

Detectives made contact with the suspects through various "dark web" services.

Bynum, a married father of six, resigned less than a week after another HBCU president was fired for his role in an admissions scandal.

Dr. Austin Lane was terminated early Wednesday for allegedly allowing an unqualified student to be admitted to Texas Southern's law school.

The JSU board will convene an emergency meeting to discuss appointing an interim president.

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Officials from the University of Kansas apologized for rapper Snoop Dogg's offensive show as part of their annual Late Night evenings of skits, music and entertainment.

The 47-year-old rapper, who also goes by the stage name Snoop Lion, delivered a 35-minute set to celebrate the start of basketball practices at the school.

He and his voluptuous crew of pole dancers performed unedited versions of his hits including "Gin and Juice" and "Drop It Like It's Hot".

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As Snoop and the pole dancers performed, fake $100 bills featuring the rapper's face were fired over the heads of players and recruits, WENN.com reports.

It was all too much for some of the basketball team's fans and school alumni - some of who never heard of Snoop Dogg - and expected a clean, wholesome, family show.

The university's red-faced athletic director Jeff Long was forced to apologize profusely to the upset fans. Long insisted the institution of higher learning "expected a clean version of the show".

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"We made it clear to the entertainers' managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show," Long said in a statement.

He added: "I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended. We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening."

The Late Night event is a 35-year tradition, with rappers including Tech N9ne, Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz among the bold name rappers that have performed in recent years.

A billionaire pharmaceutical executive in China reportedly paid $6.5 million to a California man to get his daughter into Stanford University. The Los Angeles Times broke the story. Stanford acknowledged receiving $770,000 from William "Rick" Singer (pictured) on behalf of three students. Two of the students didn't enroll at Stanford. A third student was admitted to the school as a recruit on Stanford's sailing team, despite not having experience as a crew member.

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