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The day you graduate from college after all of those long hard years of studying, working, while simultaneously trying to party and maintain your stellar GPA is a day you never forget.  For 23-year-old Justin Campbell, his graduation day memory went viral on Twitter, and made everyone smile because of a small mistake. Campbell, a recent graduate from Coastal Carolina University located in Conway, South Carolina, celebrated after his graduation ceremony by taking pictures with a friend.  When he tried forwarding those pics to his friend, he mistakenly “put a number in the wrong place”, according to his interview with Buzzfeed.


Instead of his friend receiving the picture, Columbia, South Carolina Real Estate agent, Roger Hawkins received the text. Now most would probably respond with “who dis”, “wrong number”, some other dry text, or simply ignore the mistake – but not Hawkins.  Instead, he responded with his own encouraging selfie.


Along with the selfie, Hawkins also forwarded a link to some motivational speeches – now that’s dope. Campbell stated that he thought the whole thing was funny and how he appreciated the link:  “The link was like, the icing on the cake. It’s a good link — it really is. This is really a good dude, that’s the vibe I get from him.” explains Hawkins.


The real icing on the cake however is that Campbell mistakenly published the phone number of the Carolina Real Estate Agent, and now he’s been getting text from all of his new fans on Twitter – and he’s been responding!


He’s also been taking the time to send motivational messages to other graduates.


As far has keeping in contact with Campbell, Hawkins told Buzzfeed he is sure he will keep in touch,  “How could you not, you know?” he said. “I would love to, like, see what he does.”  Campbell went on to send a shout out to all of his new fans on Twitter, along with another encouraging sentiment: “Kindness is contagious.”


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Just in case you thought you misread the title, no.  Trump and his Justice department plan to use their resources to combat discrimination against white students!   The department, headed by Jeff Sessions, plans on investigating and suing colleges and universities over their affirmative action policies, which they believe discriminate against specific students, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

In this document, which was titled as an internal announcement, the department is seeking lawyers who are willing to work on a new project.  This new project will deal in “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”  Though the document doesn’t specify who they consider at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action, the word choice confirms that they will target programs that are designed to allow more minorities on campuses and universities.

This is another sure sign that the conservatives are trying to drastically change the dynamic of the Civil Rights division, which have already targeted voting and gay rights. According’to the NY Times, Roger Clegg, former Reagan administration official from the civil rights division, welcomes this plan:

“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well.”

However, Kristen Clarke, president of the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is not happy with the direction Trump and Sessions are taking with this matter:

“The civil rights division was created and launched to deal with the unique problem of discrimination faced by our nation’s most oppressed minority groups.  This is deeply disturbing, it would be a dog whistle that could invite a lot of chaos and unnecessarily create hysteria among colleges and universities who may fear that the government may come down on them for their efforts to maintain diversity on their campuses.”

Source: NY Times

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Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – bet you didn’t know that.  Today is a day where we recognize the huge wage gap black women experience in today’s workforce. For black women, to make the same amount of money as a man in 2016, a black woman would need to work ALL of 2016, PLUS seven extra months, which would be today, July 31, 2017.  For every $1 a man makes, a black woman makes approximately $0.63.

IMG_3454Serena Williams, who has been a long time advocate of equal pay, wrote an essay for Fortune Magazine about why we need to continue to acknowledge this day.

I’d like to acknowledge the many realities black women face every day. To recognize that women of color have to work—on average—eight months longer to earn the same as their male counterparts do in one year. To bring attention to the fact that black women earn 17% less than their white female counterparts and that black women are paid 63% of the dollar men are paid. Even black women who have earned graduate degrees get paid less at every level. This is as true in inner cities as it is in Silicon Valley.


In her essay, Serena not only discusses the issues surrounding the disturbing pay gap for black women, she also talks about working on solutions, especially for women in Silicon Valley, where fields are grossly male dominated.  Serena is working with companies like Survey Monkey to determine how she can “push the needle forward” that will open doors, not only for women – but for any group of people, no matter their skin color.  Serena goes on to explain in her essay:

Unfair pay has prevailed for far too long with no consequence. Through decades of systematic oppression, black women have been conditioned to think they are less than. In many cases, these women are the heads of households. Single mothers. The issue isn’t just that black women hold lower-paying jobs. They earn less even in fields of technology, finance, entertainment, law, and medicine.


Celebrities and advocates around the internet are also supporting this day and Serena’s campaign by rocking “Phenomenal Woman” t-shirts.  In recognition of this day, black women are asked to speak out and against the wage disparities happening here in the U.S.  In the words of Serena and in the spirit of Auntie Maxine, Let’s reclaim our time, money and “Let’s get back those 37 cents.”


Source: Fortune

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A total solar eclipse is scheduled to grace the atmosphere in August and millions of people around the world are planning to take part in this heavenly phenomenon. When the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, there will be almost three total minutes of total darkness in some sections of the United States. Scientists and astronomers have predicted that the best places in the U.S. to experience this rare occurrence is along a diagonal section from Oregon to South Carolina; more specifically, cities like St. Joseph, Missouri and Charleston, S.C. are being held as prime locations to visit during the eclipse.

As a Charleston resident, the thought of any additional traffic coming into the city is damn near frightening, but here are some things that can help you make it through this spectacular, once (or twice) in-a-lifetime event:



They call this event “Path of Totality” and it is said that we are in for an unforgettable experience! This phenomenon is special because this is a continent-wide solar eclipse, the first to be visible since 1776.  It is also the first to cross the entire continent of North American in 99 years.  As the moon’s shadow is cast across the earth, we have been told that this is a “hauntingly beautiful” site and is symbolic of “great change” – some of us can use some great change in our lives, right! Once the moon totally envelops the sun, it will last only a few minutes, we must be prepared or we will miss it! The good news is another total solar eclipse will darken the skies above Mexico and Texas, up through the Midwest and northeastern U.S in the year 2024!



According to NASA:

“Aug. 21, 2017, may be one of the worst traffic days in national history, some NASA representatives predict. Although about 12 million people live within the narrow band of totality, approximately 25 million reside within a day’s drive of it, and the agency has estimated that the population inside the path of totality may double on the day of the eclipse.”  

So How to Plan: (1) Hotels along the eclipse’s path have been booked for months (or years) so if you are traveling, there may be some issues with last minute planning (2) if you plan to go out to view the eclipse be aware of your proximity to food, water, parking, and facilities. (3) even traveling short distances around town will be hectic on this day




City officials have decided on August 21st schools will be closed for safety reasons.  The city will experience total darkness for approximately 2.5 minutes, and for the safety of every child, parents are being asked to keep their children home on this day.  The good news is this will alleviate some of the already horrible traffic issues in Charleston, SC and surrounding areas.




People from around the world are traveling to different cities to experience this eclipse.  Restaurants, gas stations, in many cities are prepping for this event like its the Superbowl.  If you have a business, create ways to generate revenue, eclipse tshirts, eclipse cupcakes, etc!  Be creative!



Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness DO NOT look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection!  Sunglasses CANNOT be used in place of Solar Viewing Glasses. The glasses above can be found on Amazon in a 6 pack for about $21, they are the Solar Eclipse Glasses – CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing – Viewer & Filter – Made in USA (6 Pack) – Astronaut American Flag. Here’s a Guide to buying the best eye protection for the eclipse  – BEWARE OF SELLERS WHO ARE HUSTLING FAKE GLASSES.


We will be doing another blog to list the cool events happening for the Eclipse celebrations around town.  In the meantime, check out the Charleston Museum, Outdoor Adventure Tour Boats, Patriots Point,  Citadel Mall and a plethora of other businesses who are having SAFE-VIEWING events around town!

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There has been a downward spiraling debate ever since Friday when The Breakfast Club interviewed comedian, Lil Duval. Today, members of the Transgender community got to express their outrage directly at one of the members of The Breakfast Club, Charlemagne Tha God, during his Politican appearance with MSNBC in Pasedena, CA. Charlemagne was at Politicon to talk hip-hop and politics on the Democracy Village stage, when the panel endured protests by women screaming at the morning show host that, “Trans Lives Matter”. Check out this clip below:

Trans women and supporters across the internet have vowed to boycott The Breakfast Club because of the comments made by comedian, Lil Duval on Friday. Lil Duval was asked about being fooled into having sex with someone who did not reveal the fact that they were once a man. In the interview Lil Duval stated, “this might sound messed but, but i don’t care – she dying.” Charlemagne then responded, “no, that’s a hate crime, you can’t do that.” Though, The Breakfast Club did not condone violence against transgender people, for many, they morning show did not take a serious-enough stand against what Lil Duval had said. Check out parts 1 and 2 of the interview below.

Again, what we did see is that The Breakfast Club, at no time during this interview, condoned violence against transgender people. What we also saw however, was that the stance they chose when it was time to speak up against what Lil Duval said, was a weak one. We saw a conversation about the possibility of someone being murdered, mixed with giggles and jokes – this is when the laughs should have ceased. Had this been an interview with Sean Hannity where guests were jokingly mocking the killing of a black person, no one would think this was funny.

Right now many are calling for the firing of the Breakfast Club, they are asking people to call iHeartMedia, MTV, and Revolt in protest of the morning show.   Now, many believe some of this is tied to the hatred  many listeners have for the outspoken, gritty cohost, Charlemagne Tha God, but is firing the cast  asking too much? Are they going too far? It depends on your interpretation of the interview and if you believe The Breakfast Club really supports the murder of transgender people.

Right now, we support the transgender community and their issues with the Breakfast club, and in the meanwhile we will wait to see if the Breakfast Club gives themselves the Donkey of the Day. During these times, we have to remember to respect everyone and their differences, and when we don’t, we will face the consequences.

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