*Author Solomon Northup’s harrowing book “12 Years A Slave,” and the Oscar-nominated film it inspired, will be added to the high school curriculum later this year, thanks in part to a campaign spearheaded by Montel Williams, reports the New York Times.
The National School Boards Association announced that the work will be sent to public high schools across the United States through a partnership between the federation of schools boards, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the film’s producers. The film will be accompanied in classrooms by the original 1853 memoir that inspired the movie and a study guide.
Individual school districts will decide whether or not to incorporate it in their curricula.
TV veteran Williams is funding the distribution of the film.
Nicki Minajshared her interpretation of the entertainment industry with Teen Vogue recently, comparing it to high school.
“People treat this business like it’s high school,” she said. “It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”
She’s the one to talk, right!
Nicki has all the drama in the world with her fellow industry peers, including Lil’ Kim and Mariah Carey.
Totally high school.
Something the underage readers may be able to take from the conversation is the fact that Nicki knows how to dust her shoulders off and get past the criticism.
“I used to read the bad things people said about me,” said Minaj. “Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power.”
Eesha Khare, 18, invents a device that will charge cell phones in as little as 20 seconds.
*Have you noticed that the children in school today are learning at a rate much faster and/or advanced than anytime before.
As you sit through the graduation ceremonies this spring all of the administrators talk of this “new day” and how they are training them for jobs that don’t exist yet….obviously!
Eesha Khare is an 18-year-old high school student from Saratoga, Calif., who graduated last week, but is a lot more advanced than your average 18-year-old.
In May, she won a $50,000 prize at one of the nation’s biggest science fairs, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, for her invention of a device that can transfer “enough energy to potentially charge a cellphone in 20 to 30 seconds,” according to MSNBC.
The battery will also last you about 10 times the 1,000 charges today’s cell phone batteries are good for.
Rapper Lil Wayne attends DIRECTV’S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans
*Lil Wayne was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday for what is being reported as multiple seizures.
The rapper was rushed to Cedars-Sinai on Tuesday night after recording a music video and then released Wednesday morning and is doing much better, TMZ is reporting.
Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj released Jacuzzi photos from her video shoot for “High School,” a song from her latest album that features Lil Wayne. Weezy didn’t appear in any of the photos, however, and it is unclear exactly when and where he suffered the seizures.
Back in October, Wayne suffered from seizure-like symptoms aboard his private jet, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. Weezy would later confirm to MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway that he was on “seizure medication.”
On Wednesday night, snippets from “Human Being II” were released online. The upcoming March 26 album will feature 2 Chainz, Drake, Future, Big Sean, Juicy J, Gunplay and Nicki.
*Parents are outraged after discovering that the cast of a high school production of “The Wiz” is all white.
Originally cast with a slew of black stars as a direct response to the white version of “Wizard of Oz,” officials at an upstate New York school is being blamed for not marketing the musical to incorporate a more diverse (aka black) group of students.
One parent, Letrice Titus, said she was first made aware of the issue when her daughter, who is black, was cast as a member of the ensemble, rather than as a lead.
North Central Syracuse School District superintendent, Kim Dyce Faucette responded to the issue with concern, but plans to investigate before pulling the plug.
“Without a doubt, being an African-American woman, I can definitely relate,” Faucette told NBC/CBS affiliate CNY Central News. “Having said that, I’m not prepared at this point to pull the race card until I get all of the facts and can then make an informed decision.”
Titus is encouraging a more sensitive response from the school, including a recasting or simple acknowledgement that there’s an issue.
“They have black talented kids at the school, but they chose to put them at the ensemble because they’re not theater kids. They should have made a collaborative effort based on diversity, cultural awareness, [and] sensitivity. How are the black kids going to feel when they see a play?”