10 Things We're Talking About This Week: 6/1/12

10 Things We're Talking About This Week: 6/1/12
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 01, 2012

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Two HBCU professors crunched some numbers and found that Blacks who graduated from HBCUs are more successful than Blacks who went to predominantly White institutions. And, judging by the subsequent mud-slinging online, that’s when the fight started.

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Mitt Romney wants some chocolate in his tea (party). He hired a Black woman, Tara Wall, a Republican senior adviser, to handle outreach to African Americans for his presidential campaign.

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Justin Combs didn’t have to study hard. As Puffy’s son, he could’ve whiled away his days doing whatever children of super wealthy people do. Instead, Justin put in his work, graduated high school with a 3.75 grade point average, and won a $54,000 merit scholarship to UCLA. Show ‘em how it’s done, son!

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Appreciate Venus and Serena while you can. They aren’t done yet, but after both bowed out in the first round of the French Open, the sun appears to be setting on two transcendent and trendsetting careers.

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Nearly five months after giving birth, Beyoncé was back in concert for the first time. Five months of maternity leave? I need her company benefits.

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A nude painting of the president? You’re asking for trouble. And while said subject, South African President Jacob Zuma, was pretty cool about a portrait he didn’t pose for, his supporters were outraged. They vandalized the piece and harassed gallery employees until the museum finally agreed to remove it.

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Here’s a statistic that makes my heart sad: More than 5 million people have been out of work for longer than half a year. How many of you know one of them? How many of you ARE one of them?

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There are words you might imagine using when eulogizing a friend, and then there’s this: “Rudy was not a face-eating zombie monster.” That’s how a pal recalled Rudy Eugene, the Florida man gunned down by cops when he wouldn’t stop chewing on the face of a homeless man.

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To Toni Morrison. President Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, saying her book, Song of Solomon, helped him figure out not only “how to write, but also how to be and how to think.”

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I’m looking at you, Paolo Henrique dos Santos. Comic book aficionado that I am, I appreciate your enthusiasm for the Hulk. And painting yourself green? Nice touch. But why, Paolo, did you use industrial paint made for nuclear submarines? It took friends 24 hours to scrub the green off you.

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