Jay Harris, aka Jay Datbull, loses full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University this fall for rap video posted on YouTube, May 14, 2013.
*As tuition rises daily at our nation’s universities, parents everywhere are working diligently with their kids and praying for scholarships.
But, what if your child got a full ride to college and chose a rap career over the scholarship? (Lady, put your belt down and keep reading!)
Jay Harris also known as Jay DatBull played football for Downingtown High School East in Exton, Pennsylvania. He was a phenomenal receiver for his high school and to his surprise, received a full-ride to Michigan State University.
He told everyone via a YouTube video how he was so happy to represent the Spartans, but then he made, what many may perceive as a foolish choice. He posted a blunt smokin’, expletive laden, rap video called “Datbull 4 Life”about some bull that cost him the golden ticket to MSU.
*Former NBA star and current ESPN analyst is expanding his horizon with his newly established education program.
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, founded in his hometown of Detroit, is focused on helping students achieve and find success despite the desperate circumstances in the city.
“When the auto industry was around, adults weren’t necessarily going to college to get degrees,” Rose told theGrio. But that industry cannot support the region as it once did. “This domino effect has in turn affected children,” Rose continued.
And the stats are staggering for Detroit.
According to a study conducted by the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University, only 31.9 percent of the city’s public high school students graduate in four years and only 12 percent of Detroit’s adult population have bachelor’s degree.
To receive a good education, many students have to attend schools outside their districts.
“If I live in a district where I know the school is poor performing, why should I have to make my child go there?” Rose asserted.
Racist vandalism to a black student's door at Michigan State University
*What is going on in America? Are we regressing to the racist temper tantrums of the pre-Civil Rights era of this country?
What else can explain the juvenile sprinklings of the N-word and a swastika around a college campus. The students are not going to take it laying down though.
According to the Grio.com, Michigan State University is experiencing a racial explosion that has been brewing for some time. (more…)
*According to a study conducted by psychology researchers at Michigan State University and released publicly earlier this month, African Americans who identify more strongly with their racial identity are generally happier than other Blacks.
The study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and appearing in the current issue of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology suggests that “black pride” is mentally beneficial.
It is just the latest in a series of studies suggesting that pride in oneself and one’s race produces positive mental health outcomes.
“This is the first empirical study we know of that shows a relationship between racial identity and happiness,” said Stevie C.Y. Yap, doctoral candidate in psychology at MSU and lead researcher on the project.
Previous research has found a relationship between racial identity and favorable outcomes such as self-esteem, Yap said, but none has made the link with happiness.
The study also explored the reasons behind the connection. Yap said it may be fueled by a sense of belongingness — that is, blacks with a strong sense of racial identity may feel more connected to their racial group, which in turn makes them happy.
This sense of belongingness is especially important for happiness in women, Yap said.
“For men, the potential factors relating identity to happiness is still an open question,” he said.
Yap’s fellow researchers are Isis Settles, MSU associate professor of psychology, and Jennifer Pratt-Hyatt, assistant professor of psychology at Northwest Missouri State University.