(Courier File Photo) (NNPA)–Six-time Grammy award winner Toni Braxton may not have her trophies, Gucci flatware, or the rights to 27 of her hit-songs—but she still has a lot to smile about.
Daily Archive: August 13, 2013
by Daryl Gale I had already decided not to write about Riley Cooper, the Eagles wideout whose big mouth and beer muscles got him in hot water last week. Cooper, as the entire world knows by now, got hammered at a Kenny Chesney concert in June and got in the face of a Black security guard who had apparently denied him VIP access. “I will jump that fence and fight every [n-word] here,” spat Cooper, as another concertgoer’s cell phone recorded the action.
In this Aug. 3, 2013 photo, Dwayne Jones’ transgendered friend and roommate, Keke, poses for a photo in kitchen of the home they shared on the northern outskirts of Montego Bay, Jamaica. (AP Photo/David McFadden) by David McFaddenAssociated Press Writer MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.
In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 photo, Rohan Beckford, 12, center, reads Percy Jackson’s fifth book in the series “The last Olympian,” as he sits outside on a rooftop patio with other youngsters for independent reading at LitCamp, a summer reading program offered through the nonprofit literacy organization LitWorld, in the Harlem section of New York. “I have read it before, but since it’s such a good book I am reading it again,” said Beckford, who says he has read six books so far, including two for school. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) by Philip ElliottAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For many students and teachers, summer vacation was more like summer term. Reading lists. Science camps. Portfolio development. The to-do list for kids and teachers sound remarkably alike. Schools are on the hook to improve student performance on high-stakes tests, administrators are eyeing more science and technology instruction, and parents are demanding more for their children.