President Trump and VP Pence, met with dozens of presidents and chancellors of HBCU’s from around the country on Monday to discuss a possible executive order that will benefit the schools. The order is suppose to be signed Tuesday by Trump. We can assume the meeting was to discuss exactly how the Trump Administration could contribute to the work of HBCU’s.
Trump and his VP told the leaders that they admire the contribution of HBCU’s, how they transform lives through education and held lead our country to a more perfect union. The meeting itself was skeptic to many of the leaders in the black community.
“It is unprecedented,” said Johnny Taylor, president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports HBCUs. “It’s really, really bizarre, is the only thing I can say. It’s so counterintuitive you can’t make it up. People said, ‘What’s this about?” he continues, “‘Is it just a photo op? … Is this some sort of a planned effort to convert our campuses to support the Republican Party?’”
But looking back in history, Trump may just be following the lead of those before him. Every president since Jimmy Carter has lent a helping hand to HBCUs, signing executive orders.
The United Negro College Fund is asking Trump, in an executive order, to move the White House initiative on HBCUs from the hands of the Education Department and to the White House to be led by some “who reports to a senior adviser to the president.” They are also asking Trump to “commit to an aspirational goal that HBCUs be awarded five percent of total federal grant, internship and cooperative agreement funding; and 10 percent of total federal contract funding awarded to colleges and universities, which would nearly double federal support to HBCUs.”
The organization does not feel that equal opportunity learning is not yet being offered to minorities. Supporting their beliefs with the stats of “only 6% of African American children are graduating from high school college-ready, and only 22% of African American young adults have earned bachelor’s degrees.”
In order for Trump to show HBCUs he is here to help, he must put his money where his mouth is, even thought federal documents show that more than $320 million is spent by the government each year to help strengthen HBCUs.
So is this meeting a good thing? Bad thing? Photo Op? Does Trump really want to help?
Should the HBCU presidents be shunned for meeting with the president?
Love and Hip Hop’s Own Cardi B may have just hit a real lick. According to TheJasmineBrand.com, talk has recently surfaced of the New York rapper signing a deal with Atlantic Records.
Sources claim “They believe is Cardi’s talent. She’s signs a multi-million dollar deal with Atlantic.”
I guess time will soon tell if its true or not.
Kodak Black has been arrested while in court today, for violating his 5 year probation.
As part of his probation, Kodak must get approval for basically all movements that he makes.
by “failing to remain confined to his approved residence except for one half hour before and after approved employment, public service work, or any other special activities approved by the officer […] on various times and dates, as evidenced from the pictures on video showing the offender at various places that were not approved.”
Kodak recently appeared with Adrien Broner at his boxing match on Feb. 18th, performing besides Broner as he walked to the ring. This was a violation. He also appeared at a strip club in Miami in early February. This was a violation. He also failed to "successfully complete an Anger Management Program and be responsible for the payment of any costs incurred while receiving said treatment, unless waived.”
Kodak is currently on his own Back and Better tour and has scheduled to have a place on Future's Nobody Safe tour this summer.
He is currently being held without bond. And still has to appear in court for the sexual assault charges in South Carolina.
To premiere his Yeezy Season 5, Kanye West teamed up with The-Dream to dropped his version of J. Holiday's 2007 hit, Bed (co-written by The-Dream). The song is a loop of itself, which is how it played during the Yeezy show, making it 17 minutes in total.
This week's episode of "Tremaine the Playboy" included the song, "Playboy" off of Trey's upcoming album, Tremaine.
Each week will be a new episode of the singer's "reality show" premiering a new song from the album.
After doctor’s orders, Beyonce has pulled out of the 2017 Coachella.
A statement released by her team and festival producer Goldenvoice on Thursday says: ‘Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.’
Beyonce will headline the 2018 show instead. Will tickets roll over, the question is unknown.
Nicki Minaj and Gucci Mane are back in the studio together! After making hits like "Sleepover" and "Failure", we can almost imagine how bomb this song could be! Off of Gucci's upcoming album, DropTopWop, Gucci calls this "the hardest song of the year", do we agree?
Check it out