Former homeless student overcomes extraordinary odds to graduate from Georgetown University | WTOP

(WASHINGTON) – Rashema Melson is no stranger to adversity. The 23-year-old, who had lived for three years in a Washington, D.C. shelter, made headlines as the valedictorian of Anacostia High School’s Class of 2014 with a full scholarship to Georgetown University. On Saturday, Melson graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in justice and peace studies — the first person in her family to graduate … Continue reading Former homeless student overcomes extraordinary odds to graduate from Georgetown University | WTOP

DC police disproportionately target black people for minor violations: study | WTOP

Black residents in the District are disproportionately arrested for minor violations, despite making up less than half of the population, according to a study by two watchdog groups. Black people make up 47% of D.C.’s population but accounted for 86% of all arrests in the District — ten times the arrest rate of white residents, according to a study by D.C.’s ACLU office and the … Continue reading DC police disproportionately target black people for minor violations: study | WTOP

“Today it’s becoming more clear that disparities have more to do with racism than race, says Neel Shah, an OB-GYN and a professor at Harvard Medical School. For a long time there was “this baked-in assumption” that there was something different genetically among black women leading to their higher rates of maternal mortality, he says. But “genetically we are all the same,” he says, and … Continue reading

The ACLU is suing a city where calling 911 could get you evicted – Business Insider

” That’s what happened to the ACLU’s Norristown plaintiff, Lakisha Briggs, who says her landlord didn’t want to evict her, but told her that he had no choice—the city would fine him $1,000 a day if she stayed. Briggs told NPR that she didn’t even make the final 911 call that put her on the street. She’d been determined not to call again, knowing that … Continue reading The ACLU is suing a city where calling 911 could get you evicted – Business Insider

Protests Erupt In Bangladesh After Young Woman Burned Alive For Reporting Sexual Harassment From Her Principal | BLAVITY

This is a worldwide problem and we got a long way to go. *This* is why its going to take all of us. ” Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s last words to her brother were an act of defiance. “The teacher touched me. I will fight this crime till my last breath,” she said to her brother as they rode in an ambulance to a local hospital … Continue reading Protests Erupt In Bangladesh After Young Woman Burned Alive For Reporting Sexual Harassment From Her Principal | BLAVITY

Brittney Cooper Says Time Is Racist: ‘White People Own Time’

When I went to China about 8 years ago I read up on local customs there. There was a note about American businessman and their strict punctuality expectations. It told the Chinese businessman that though time is more flexible in China, it is much more rigid in America. I also remember being on vacation almost 15 years ago in the Carribean and hearing locals talk … Continue reading Brittney Cooper Says Time Is Racist: ‘White People Own Time’

How Cross Stitching Developed My Creativity and Self-Discipline

Cross Stitching was never really my thing but I found this etsy store that made me reconsider. I bought the pattern but haven’t attempted it yet. Check out the store call dirty cross stitch and yes there are swear words and some mature themes, so you have been warned. They are also edgy and modern. Read about the benefits below and then click on the … Continue reading How Cross Stitching Developed My Creativity and Self-Discipline