Oprah Roasts Fan’s Cracked Phone Before Gifting Him A New One

Oprah Winfrey is undoubtedly for the people but that doesn’t mean she won’t roast you if she can. The 65-year-old media mogul and philanthropist made way to Atlanta’s Morehouse College where she was going to be honored by the Oprah Winfrey Scholars — those who were previously awarded a scholarship fund since it’s launch in 1989. Not only that, but she made the surprise announcement that she’d be donating an additional $13M to the school which brings her donation total to $25M.

She caught up with two freshmen students Zachariah Smith and Olufemi Yessoufou. According to ET, the two ran alongside Oprah’s car and caught up with her to squeeze in a convo and a selfie. Oprah, clearly in a playful mood, ended up poking fun at Olufemi Yessoufou. “Hey Oprah,” he says in the video before Oprah responds, “Hey, that’s me.” After spotting a crack in his phone, she joked, “That’s me in your cracked phone.”

“She showed us that she’s one us,” he explained to BuzzFeed. “That’s a joke me or one my brothers would have made to each other.”

Oprah didn’t just crack on him, she later gifted him a new phone. Yessoufou explained that someone from Oprah’s team ended up reaching out to him DM telling him that she wanted to get him a new phone because the crack.

Oprah Makes History With $13 Million Donation To Morehouse College

Oprah Winfrey has come through for Atlanta’s Morehouse College since donating a whopping $13 million to the historically black college, marking the largest endowment in the college’s history, CNN reports. Oprah began the ‘Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program’ at the all men’s school in 1989 and her $13 million donations adds to the already existing $12 million in the fund. 

Oprah Makes History With $13 Million Donation To Morehouse College
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“Seeing you young Oprah Winfrey scholars here today has moved me deeply,” she said during yesterday’s visit to the campus. “I am so proud you, I’m proud everybody in attendance at this school who is seeking to know more clearly who you are, the value you hold and how you will share that value with the rest the world.”

Oprah’s program with the school has funded more than 600 scholars, most notably Birmingham, Alabama’s mayor Randall Woodfin who was elected in 2017 and became the youngest mayor in the city’s history. 

“I’m grateful to Oprah Winfrey for her generosity,” Morehouse President David A. Thomas said. “I am also feeling hopeful for Morehouse and what it has garnered in terms philanthropic support with gifts like Oprah’s and Robert Smith’s. I am hopeful that this will also get others to step up with their support Morehouse, but even more broadly, historically black colleges and universities.”

Oprah Winfrey Claps Back At Fan Who Questioned Her Philanthropic Efforts

Oprah Winfrey proved yesterday, that you better have all your facts in check before you try to come for her. The beloved media tycoon delivered the commencement address for the graduating class at Colorado College on Sunday, where she shook hands with all the students who received diplomas, and gave them all copies her new book.

The 65-year-old billionaire celebrated the special day on Instagram with a snap from the graduation ceremony, which showed her celebrating with one particularly animated student. Winfrey’s participation at the commencement ceremony seemed to have garnered some insults from some social media observers, however. Critics took to drawing comparisons between Winfrey’s generous gift to the graduating students at Colorado Colleges, and the gesture made by billionaire Robert F. Smith’s over the weekend, who announced in a speech made at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, that he would pay f the student loans for the entire Class 2019.

“Should have paid f their student debt,” one Instagram user snidely remarked in a comment on Winfrey’s post (see below). Apparently, the remark was not something the star was willing to ignore, and Winfrey shot back with some facts. “Already paid 13m in scholarships. Have put over 400 men through Morehouse.” The critic’s’ comment was quickly deleted as Winfrey’s fans quickly came to her defense and pointed out her many past charitable efforts — including recently paying $10,000 for one her students’ wedding dress

HBCU Commencement Speaker Pays Off Class Of 2019 Student Loans

HBCU graduates Morehouse University just got incredibly lucky this year. The commencement speaker for this year’s graduating ceremony, billionaire Robert F. Smith, has announced he would be clearing the student debts the entire class 2019. The news was shared by Smith as he received an honorary doctorate at Morehouse College this Sunday morning. During the graduation exercises, the generous billionaire announced he would be giving away $1.5 million dollars to the school. Furthermore, as he shared remarks in front the 400 graduating seniors, the wealthy technology investor surprised the class by letting them know he had their debt covered.

“This is my class. I know my class will pay this forward,” he shared during his speech. “My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!” As such, the class rejoiced gleefully. The billionaire garnered his wealth throughout the years by doing it big in the technology investment industries. In accumulating such wealth, Robert F. Smith began partaking in a series philanthropic activities which include this one, apparently. The student loan clearing gift is estimated at $40 million dollars. And indeed, it is a powerful way to give back to the community. Congratulations to Morehouse University’s debt-free Class 2019. 

Historically Black Morehouse College To Admit Transgender Men

Morehouse College, the United States’ only historically black all male school, located in Atlanta, Georgia, has announced its intent to begin admitting transgender students who identitfy as men in 2020.

In a new press release authored by the school, the policy will be known as the Gender Identity Admissions and Matriculation Policy, and will apply to all students enrolling in the prestigious institution by the Fall 2020 semester. The new policy follows closely behind the decision made by Spelman College, Morehouse’s sister school, to admit transgender students who identify as women back in 2017.

“In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part an institution that has produced some the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” said Terrance Dixon, Morehouse vice president for enrollment management. “The ratification this policy affirms the College’s commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives leadership and service.”

The policy does come with a few stipulations, requiring that all students admitted under the policy continue to self-identify as men throughout their education at Morehouse. Should any man, transgender or not, transition into a woman, they will no longer be able to enroll at the college, but are eligible to file a formal complaint to make their case if they disagree with any decision made about their enrollment status. In addition, trans women, just as any other individual who identifies as a woman, will not be considered for admission. The school does clarify that any student who already identifies as a trans woman prior to 2020 will be eligible to graduate in 2020.
Morehouse College is well-known for a list famous alumni that include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Metro Boomin among many others. It follows suit with a host other notable historically black colleges and universities across the country that have adopted nondiscrimination policies to their enrollment policies including Tuskegee University, Florida A&M university, Howard University, Southern University, and North Carolina Central University.

Spike Lee Wins First Non-Honorary Oscar For "BlacKkKlansman"

At lengthy final, Spike Lee has lastly gained an Academy Award in a aggressive class, the primary in his prolonged profession. It was for Best Adapted Screenplay that the filmmaker took house the coveted statue, an honor that was appropriately offered by Lee’s fellow Morehouse brother Samuel L. Jackson.

His uniform selection, was an all purple go well with combo, a transparent homage to the late Prince, with a pair gold Jordans to match. As he graced the stage, Lee jumped into Jackson’s arms in an unfiltered gesture camaraderie that echoed the power all Spike Lee followers in a second that has been a very long time coming for the legendary director.

As his speech started, audiences at house had been met by silence as Spike clearly stated one thing that wanted to be censored. According to New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan, Lee’s phrases had been, “Do not flip that motherfucking clock on” in reference to the timer positioned on all acceptance speeches.

Naturally, Lee’s speech was charged supply with loads political references as he closed issues out by immediately referring to the upcoming election.

“The 2020 presidential election is across the nook. Let’s all mobilize,” he stated to shut his speech. “Let’s all be on the correct aspect historical past. Make the ethical selection between love versus hate. Let’s do the correct factor! You know I needed to get that in there.”

Colin Kaepernick Mural Destroyed In Atlanta Days Before Super Bowl

As if on cue, simply days earlier than the Super Bowl kicked f in Atlanta on Sunday, the constructing that was dwelling to an iconic mural Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta has been demolished.

The mural was painted on a constructing that sits straight throughout from the town’s Morehouse College, an all-male traditionally black faculty, however on Friday afternoon (February 1st) it was demolished simply as a reported a whole bunch 1000’s migrated to Atlanta for Super Bowl weekend. 

Colin Kaepernick Mural Destroyed In Atlanta Days Before Super Bowl

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution studies hearth passed off contained in the edifice six months prior. Nevertheless, the mural nonetheless remained. According to mural painter Fabian Williams, the constructing’s proprietor by no means had any complaints concerning the art work. 

He stated he preferred it,” Williams tells the AJC. “But stated that the town was complaining to him about it.”

Williams additionally revealed that he had plans to return to the mural on Saturday to work on just a few contact ups, including that the choice to destroy the mural at the moment did ring a bell.

“I figured sooner or later they’d tear the constructing down, however it has been sitting up this entire time,” Williams added. “The indisputable fact that the Super Bowl occurs right here and the weekend when the festivities are gearing up, the constructing will get demolished could be very odd.” 

 

Denzel Washington Is Happy His Son Quit Football To Pursue Acting Career

Denzel Washington is one the most recognized and respected actors in the world. Washington is busy promoting his first sequel film ever (Equalizer 2) right now, and in an interview with People, he revealed that he is happy his son is following in his acting footsteps. 33-year-old John David Washington played football at Morehouse College, where he impressed NFL scouts and landed on the St. Louis Rams for their 2006-07 season. He also played for the NFL Europa team Rhein Fire. After leaving the Fire, John David played in the United Football League before he stepped away from pro-sports and began acting. Ironically, he now stars in HBO’s Ballers as an athlete. 

Speaking with People, Denzel stated that his son suffered several injuries while playing football, and he is glad those days are behind him. “He’s had I don’t know how many concussions, a broken collarbone, a torn up knee and Achilles tendon],” Washington stated. “No, I’m glad it’s over.” The NFL has been under pressure in the last decade to make the game safer for their players. New rules to protect the ball carrier, especially the quarterback, have been implemented after the rise CTE in players has made several experts question the necessity the sport.

Made: Imagine Being The Student Who’ll Say “Beyoncé & Google Sent Me To College”

Once again, Beyoncé is simultaneously snatching wigs and giving back — because she’s just multitalented like that.

 

Hot f a major donation last week, Beyoncé is now being joined by a major non-prit to help future generations.

After her first Coachella performance, Bey made the announcement that she’s donating $100,000 scholarship money to students going to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The money, which is apart her Homecoming Scholars Award Program, will be split between students going to Xavier University in Louisiana, Wilberforce University in Ohio, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.

 

Now, Google’s charitable arm, Google.org, is keeping the coins coming by matching Beyoncé’s original $100,000 donation with another $100k. So $25,000 will also go to one student at Texas Southern University, one student at Fisk University in Tennessee, one at Grambling State University in Louisiana and another at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

 

“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” said Maab Ibrahim, a Google.org program manager. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”

Well okay then!

Can you imagine being the student who got some Beyoncé coins, let alone Google. Yoncé would get the first invite come graduation time!

 

And don’t think Bey is letting these other big business’ fly either. Her company, Parkwood Entertainment — which houses the BeyGOOD charitable foundation — hopes that the giving will continue.

“We challenge other businesses across the country to join us in this commitment to higher education and investment in the future,” said Ivy McGregor, Director Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood. “Partnering with organizations like Google.org in support HBCUs is our way elevating cultural touchstones that paint a clear picture excellence and opportunity through diverse education.”

Well said!

…so who’s donating next?

Frat Brothers’ Hype Routine Represents The Super Bowl Monday Shmood

With the Eagles’ win at the Super Bowl last night, fans are going f with celebrations seeping into Monday morning.

Of course, a celebration for some folks wouldn’t be right without one Philly rapper adding to the soundtrack. Watch some Morehouse Sigmas break it down to Meek Mill‘s “Dreams and Nightmares” below!

 

Spike Lee Announces 30th Anniversary Screening of “School Daze”

Who among us doesn’t enjoy a good old-fashioned Spike Lee Joint? It was 30 years ago that the world was gifted with the veteran filmmaker’s second feature film in the form his School Daze cult classic and he’s celebrating the milestone with a special screening this month.

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The film, centered around Greek life at a historically black college, was spawned from Spike’s personal experiences as an undergraduate in the Atlanta University Center—the consortium consisting Lee’s alma mater Morehouse College, its sister school Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morris Brown College. Fittingly, the director will be traveling back down to Atlanta to deliver on a special screening at the city’s historic Fox Theatre on February 19th, a week from the date the original release School Daze.

“On February 19th At 7PM, The 30th Anniversary Screening Of School Daze Will Be Held At The World Famous Fox Theatre In Atlanta, Georgia,” Spike revealed by way an Instagram post accompanying the film’s original poster. “Come Repping Your Frats, Sorors And HBCU. I Will Join You There In Living Black Color And 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition School Daze Merchandise Will Be Available. Stay Tuned For Details.”

School Daze was the follow-up to Spike Lee’s debut feature film She’s Gotta Have It, which has since been revamped into a series on Netflix. The series has seen it’s share success, too, as it’s since been renewed for a second season, continuing to introduce a newer generation to the wonders Spike Lee.