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Governor promotes free tuition plan in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday urged students to take advantage of his program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.
The Republican governor has been visiting several schools throughout the state and wrapped up his trip on Wednesday at Antioch High School in southeastern Davidson County.

Step Aside, Iggy Azalea, It’s Time for Nicki Minaj to Appropriate … Herself

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At midnight Wednesday, Nicki Minaj dropped the full video for “Anaconda,” an ode to bodacious booties with a heavily sampled shoutout to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 signature “thickums” jam “Baby Got Back.”
What’s endearing, in an “Oh, the ’90s” kind of way, is remembering how “Baby Got Back” and its video were highly controversial at the time—to the point that MTV only played it at night. But thanks to the Magic City-fication of rap videos, “Baby Got Back” and its papier-mâché butt prop seem fairly quaint by comparison. In Mix-A-Lot’s video, the women wear shorts that cover their cheeks with fishnet tights underneath. Minaj gets rid of all that and dives pants-less into what an Internet-porn-saturated culture wants—dat azz.

Meet The 10-Year-Old CEO Of Mr. Cory’s Cookies!

Cory Nieves is a chicly dressed 10-year-old who plans on building a cookie empire even before he’s old enough to drive! The bespectacled fifth-grader’s to-be cookie line, Mr. Cory’s Cookies, is being heralded across these shores and now the young lad is making moves toward making his all-natural cookie dough available online, according to the New York Daily News.
Nieves began selling his sweets when he was 5 years old by offering passersby hot cocoa, lemonade, and cookies from a stand in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey.

Spike Lee: ‘There’s a War On Black America, It’s Tearing Country Apart!’

The vocal and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee (pictured) recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper (pictured) that the violence against Black America — along with high-profile examples such as the Michael Brown execution at the hands of Ferguson, Miss., police officer Darren Wilson — is destroying this country.
Lee, in no uncertain terms, spoke about the treatment of Blacks in this country, “There’s a war on the Black male, and it’s tearing the country apart. It’s not just killing us. It’s the educational system, it’s the prison system, it’s these young Black men growing up with no hope. It’s systematic. We get blinded to think because we got Oprah, we got Michael Jordan, we got LeBron, we got Beyoncé, we got Jay Z, that everything’s OK. They are the exception. The Black underclass is growing every single day.”

More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers

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Two years into a push to raise test scores in Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, some of the most notable gains were concentrated in Memphis — and in schools that were not subject to the state’s most intensive interventions.
The findings come from the new list of 85 “priority schools” — or schools in the bottom 5 percent statewide — released by the Tennessee Department of Education on Tuesday. The list suggests that some schools in the bottom 5 percent in 2012 jumped forward without a significant overhaul, even as the state and local districts revamped other schools’ staffs, programs, and operations.