Erykah Badu is known and praised for her authenticity, but the songstress recently took to Twitter to show us all just how comfortable she really is in her own skin. The 44-year-old posted a photo of her natural gray hair with a caption that reads: “Body and brain have aged. My consciousness has witnessed this, Yet has not aged. This “awareness ‘is who we are.’” The photo got 2.2K retweets and 5K favorites. She also posted a different photo showing off her gray strands on Instagram, which got 16K likes and hundreds of comments praising her for courageously showing her real hair. Gray hair, both natural and dyed, grew to become a popular beauty trend over the course of this year. Read more.
Racial Gaps in College Graduation Rates Persist
When it comes to education, racial disparities are still prevalent. According to a new study conducted by The Education Trust, White students graduate from college at higher rates than students of color. Despite the gap, the graduation rates for Black, Latino, and Native American students at four-year public schools are on the rise. Between the years 2003 and 2013, 77 percent of these schools increased the graduation rate for students that come from underrepresented backgrounds. “As access increases, stratification increases at the same time,” said Anthony Carnevale, Director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Although overall the graduation rates for students of color have increased, growth has been slower for Black students compared to Latinos and Native Americans. “We caution institutional leaders who celebrate their graduation rate gains to take a good look at their data and ask whether they are doing enough to get more African-American, Latino, and Native students to graduation and to close completion gaps,” said Kimberlee Eberle-Sudré, co-author of the study. Read more.
Tupac Shakur Biopic Moves Forward
A biopic about the life of late rapper Tupac Shakur is moving forward. Filming for the movie, which is being directed by Benny Boom, has begun in Atlanta. New actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. will play the role of Tupac and Jamal Woolard, who played the role of Biggie in Notorious, will serve as the Notorious B.I.G. in this film as well. “I am blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime. Telling the story of this revolutionary, artist, visionary, genius, soldier! I will make him proud and uphold the legacy,” Boom wrote in an Instagram post. Read more.
Philadelphia Eagles Fire Head Coach
Chip Kelly, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, has hit a rough patch. After his team missed its chance to secure a playoff spot following a loss to the Washington Redskins, the Eagles franchise held Kelly accountable and fired him. Earlier this week, Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Eagles, released a statement about Kelly’s release. “We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” he said. This was only Kelly’s second year with the Eagles, but the season has been nothing short of tough for the team. They have a record of 6-9 and are ranked second in the NFC East Division. Read more.
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