Saturday, June 2, 2012

Trayvon Martin and selective outrage

I am not a big fan of the Bossip website: they have a tendency to complain about and perpetuate stereotypical images of black folks.

However, they posed an interesting question regarding Trayvon Martin's senseless killing that I wanted to share.

Remember the outrage over Mike Vick killing those dogs? Do you sense the same outrage over the death of Trayvon Martin? Because we don’t. Instead we see “Trayvon Martin” shooting range targets being sold, thousands of dollars being raised for George Zimmerman’s defense and people being upset that this story continues to make news.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Woes of a grad student: Life as a serf to Sallie Mae by Starsha Valentine

The rising cost of college tuition is off the chain and has far reaching reverberations -- college loan debt that takes years to pay. The following article, written by Starsha Valentine gives her personal account of living and working to pay off student loans.  

As this current election gets underway there's been a lot of talk about student loans. Political rhetoric about loan forgiveness from the Dems vs. lectures about personal responsibility from the GOP. All this talk is well and good but what about the little guy? There are countless graduates on twitter singing the woes of owing their life to Sallie Mae. One tweeter facetiously offered to return his/her education and even mentioned being bleed to death by the overwhelming debt.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Lite: Why are the best competitor eaters so skinny?

No girth Takeru Kobayashi
Here's something to ponder as you grill away at your Memorial Day cookout...

Have you ever wonder how the eating contest winners are usually not the rotund ones that seem to have an excess of belly storage?

More and more these days, the top food contest eaters are skinny folks who appear to lack the physical necessities for the job.

For instance, this year's winner of the annual Philly Wing Bowl -- a wing eating contest held on Super Bowl weekend -- was the diminutive Takeru Kobayashi. Mr. Kobayashi, who is a six time winner of the Nathan Hot Dog eating contest, tips the scale at a mere128 pounds: