Detroit Engineer Develops Coding Program to Teach Teens Tech Skills in a Gutted Out School Bus

In recent years, Detroit’s fledgling school system and constant infighting between teachers and governmental officials has dominated national headlines. That infighting and bitterness came to a head in May when teachers staged a sickout. The protest addressed the uninhabitable classroom conditions — mold, inoperable restrooms, and broken air conditioner/heating units — that contributed to health…

How a Young Talented Artist Turned Social Media Success into a Booming Business

Miami, Florida-based artist Yashiva Robinson has become a viral sensation by creating art depicting Black music icons such as Tupac Shakur and Erykah Badu. Since kindergarten, the 26-year-old painter has been drawing and creating masterpieces in various mediums. Now, the artist, tattooist, singer, beautician and model has turned her online success into a thriving business….

Chemotherapy Didn’t Stop This Driven Young Woman from Becoming Youngest Graduate at St. John’s University, Launch Non-Profit

The lives of disabled students can be difficult and stressful, because balancing treatment and education is no easy task. In some cases, schools are unaccommodating and peers can be mean-spirited. Nyla Smith, a 20-year-old motivational speaker and advocate for disabled students, has taken the lessons she has learned from battling severe depression, anxiety disorder, inflammatory bowel…

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6 Black Actresses Besides Halle Berry Who Could Play X-Men’s Storm Written By Ricky Riley The casting of X-Men’s Storm has been controversial from the very start. For over a decade, the African storm goddess has been played by Halle Berry to the displeasure of fans. During this year’s San Diego Comic Con, it was…

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5 Actors Who Would Be a Perfect Fit to Play Miles Morales in the Upcoming Spider-Man Film Written By Ricky Riley Earlier this year, Marvel Studios and Sony reached a deal that would allow Marvel to produce a Spider-Man film. This newfound hope sent the Internet into a frenzy with the idea that Peter Parker…

5 Reasons Atlanta Is the New Hotbed for the Entertainment Industry

Originally Posted on Blerds. Written By Ricky Riley There is a reason Atlanta is called the Empire City of the South. Like New York City, Atlanta has become a cultural center for the arts and entertainment industry. Many celebrities make the city their home, such as rapper and actor T.I., director Tyler Perry, singer and actress Brandy…

Rupert Murdoch and ‘Empire’s’ Hold on Black America

Just this Wednesday, 2015’s biggest smash hit Empire, had its season finale drawing in 17 million viewers to ever growing viewership. Empire is probably my favorite show of 2015 so far beating out Archer and How to Get Away with Murder. The show has everything a good drama should have and every week its packs…

Summer 2013 and the Creativity Process

People are not stupid. Even though Grown Ups 2 and Despicable Me 2 out-grossed Pacific Rim, doesn’t mean that people are stupid. It just means that people don’t like to try things that are different. The problem is that if people had to choose between trying something new and something that they know works, they…

Xenophobia in the USA

I really don’t know how to start this blog entry off but I will try my best. I think that this week brings up some interesting issues we have in this country about minorities and fear. After major events in the USA, the powers that be made life harder for people who were not White…

Tron (1982) – The Ultimate Predictive PROGRAMming

Originally posted on Jay's Analysis:
Tron poster. Notice that the life disc is actually the energy “on” symbol. By: Jay “The grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer.  What did they look like? Ships? Motorcycles?  Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of…

Domestic abuse knows no ethnic and socio-economic boundaries

Originally posted on EPICARTHOUSE:
By Ricky Riley | The Champion Newspaper Rainey Allison Karr and her boyfriend were hosting a celebratory get together with some friends. Karr was cooking the food. When she finished, her partner wanted something different than what she had prepared but Karr refused to cook anything else. Out of anger, he…

Human Trafficking is a Deep-Seated and Persistent Trend in Atlanta, Ga

By Ricky Riley | The Atlantic Post Atlanta, Georgia is home to many fortune 500 companies that attract international trade and business to the peach state. In fact, international news giant CNN headquarters’ are based in the southern metropolis. However, beyond the steel towers and sharply dressed business-people there is a dark underbelly that has…

Domestic abuse knows no ethnic and socio-economic boundaries

By Ricky Riley | The Champion Newspaper Rainey Allison Karr and her boyfriend were hosting a celebratory get together with some friends. Karr was cooking the food. When she finished, her partner wanted something different than what she had prepared but Karr refused to cook anything else. Out of anger, he grabbed a cast iron…