Flavor In The Street

Hello World! Flavor In The Street was something I wanted to do, because I felt I had grown since my previous websites. I feel like I was seeing blogging from a different perspective. At one time, I saw this as more of something I did for fun, and I still continue to see blogging as this, but I also have grown a passion for it. I'm getting a platform, where I get to fully express my views on topics in music. I feel like my opinion is rarely heard, and I want to be viewed as the voice of my generation soon. We never get a platform to talk, and it's now just the beginning. 

The idea of Flavor In The Street was just to restart my brand. I had gotten the idea of the title from one of my favorite shows, "Living Single" along with the slang, 'Word On The Street.' As many of you know, Khadijah James had owned a magazine company titled, "Flavor." I got the idea by combining the two, which later birthed 'Flavor In The Street.'

I'm quite a hard-working kid. I manage to keep my grades together, while running this blog. I've never quite looked into adding more writers to help grow the brand, but of course I'm open to trying new ideas. I plan to adventure quite a lot when I get older, and my taste in music varies. 

Venus Williams Quietly Earned Her Business Degree While Kicking Butt in Tennis

Venus Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration at Indiana University East. She explained that she began taking courses in the online program because she wanted to learn how to run her businesses better.

“It’s been an incredible journey,” Williams said, according to the school’s press statement. “I’ve learned so much. It was always my dream to have a business degree, and I ended up going to art school so many times, but in the back of my head, I felt like I needed the tools to be a better leader, to be a better planner, to be better at all of the things I wanted to do in my businesses because I’m so hands-on.”

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Hero Barber Gives Free Haircuts in Exchange For Kids Reading Him a Story

Children who read books to a local barber have received a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.

Barber Courtney Holmes traded the tales for trims on Saturday during the second annual Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park.

Tayshawn Kirby, 9, of Dubuque, read from “Fats, Oils and Sweets,” by Carol Parenzan Smalley, informing Holmes that the average person eats 150 pounds of sugar each year. Before Tayshawn’s 10-year-old brother, Titan Feeney, took his turn in the barber chair, he told his brother the new look was great.

“I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes said. 

(Source: Globe Gazette)

Student Creates App To Help Peers Find Scholarships:

Christopher Gray, 21, a Drexel University junior and CEO/Founder of Scholly, has found a way to make finding those scholarships easier.

Gray himself has been very successful in finding scholarship funds.  He is known as the “Million-Dollar Scholar” after being awarded $1.3 million in scholarships.

Over the past three years, Gray has also helped other families manually scour through databases, and figured, “Hey, I need something that can help.  There has to be a faster way.”

Gray developed the answer in the form of Scholly, an app that uses eight specific parameters, like state, GPA, or race, to instantly filter through a deep directory of scholarships available for the prospective student.

“It’s extremely simple,” says Gray and that ultimately was the goal.

“The fact that it’s on the mobile (phone) really hits the audience,” says Soham Bhonsle, 21, a Scholly user and Drexel University senior. “It serves the need of its time. We want it on the go.”

Nicholas Pirollo, chief technological officer for Scholly, also offers that apps optimize searches compared to standard websites because they are more tailored to specific needs.

A recent study, conducted by Sallie Mae, shows that 39% of families used scholarship funds to pay for college during the 2012-2013 academic year and Scholly connects users with relevant scholarships in about five minutes.  Scholly’s database is updated monthly to remove scholarships that are no longer available, add scholarships, and refresh deadlines.

There is money out there to go to school.  Scholly has more than 10,000 downloads of the $0.99 app found in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Scholly’s costs are intentionally positioned at an affordable price to serve more people that need it and boast a potential big payoff.

“Pay 99 cents and you may get $5,000 or $6,000 in scholarships.”

Scholly helps put the power of funding your education in your hands.

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Misty Copeland Becomes The First Black Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre in 75 Years:

After more than 14 years with the American Ballet Theatre, and nearly 8 years with the company as a soloist, African-American ballerina Misty Copeland has risen to the organization’s highest rank as the first black principal dancer in 75 years.

The 32-year-old Copeland, who has never shied away from the very charged topic of race in what is a traditionally very exclusionary art form, has served as inspiration for young girls all over the country and all over the world.

Copeland made headlines earlier this year when she became the first African-American dancer to star in Swan Lake at the Met. Her performance drew unprecedented amounts of press and attracted some of the largest, most diverse crowds in the organization’s history.

She tells Vanity Fair, “To be the first African American woman to dance this role with American Ballet Theatre is a huge step for the ballet world and I take on this opportunity with tremendous care and understanding of what it means for the growth of this art form.”
Copeland, who has been featured on countless magazine covers, including TIME, published a memoir last year, and is the subject of an upcoming documentary, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next year.

According to the New York Times,

Ms. Copeland’s promotion was announced at a company meeting on Tuesday morning by Kevin McKenzie, Ballet Theater’s artistic director. Three other dancers, enormously respected within the dance world but far less famous outside of it, were also made principals with Ballet Theater. Stella Abrera, who has been a soloist with the company since 2001, was promoted, and two more principals were hired from outside: Maria Kochetkova, a principal with San Francisco Ballet, and Alban Lendorf, a principal with Royal Danish Ballet.


“My fears are that it could be another two decades before another black woman is in the position that I hold with an elite ballet company,” she wrote in her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, which was published last year. “That if I don’t rise to principal, people will feel I have failed them.” (Source)

A Nigerian Student Solves 30-Year-Old Impossible Math Problem During First Semester Of College:

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A Nigerian student has achieved the highest grades at a Japanese university for the past 50 years, while solving a mathematical equation which was unsolvable 30 years ago, in his first semester.

Ufot Ekong achieved a first in electrical engineering at Tokai University in Tokyo, scoring the best marks since 1965, CCTV Africa reported.

Ekong, from Lagos, also plays the saxophone, and runs a retail wears and accessories shop in Japan called Strictly African Japan.

The Nigerian speaks English, French, Japanese and Yoruba, his country’s native language, and paid his way through university himself.

He currently works for Nissan and has already patented two products, as well as making an electric car which reaches up to 128 kmph.

During his time at university, Ekong has won six awards for academic excellence.

99-Year-Old Woman Who Graduated From College of the Canyons: ‘This Is My Dream Come True’

A 99-year-old Agua Dulce woman earned cheers and tears on Friday when she celebrated graduating from College of the Canyons before turning a century old.

Doreetha Daniels has been studying at the community college in Santa Clarita since 2009, determined to earn her degree.

“99, here I am,” she said at the podium, garnering cheers from the audience Friday.

“I accomplished what I wanted to do, and this is my dream come true,” she said after the ceremony.

Her grandchildren, who were working on masters’ degrees, inspired her, Daniels said.

Her son said she persevered through her education despite suffering a couple of strokes and losing her driver’s license.

Relatives shed tears of pride after the graduation ceremony where Daniels was awarded an associate’s degree in social sciences.

College officials said Daniels struggled sometimes — especially with computer literacy — at a campus where most students are 18 to 24 years old.

But she just worked harder, according to the college. Twice a week before class, she studied, did her homework and worked with tutors at the college’s tutoring center.

She was touted as “one of the most dedicated and hardworking students” in the statistics class, the college said in a news release.

“Doreetha is resilient. She demonstrates grit,” said counselor Liz Shaker. “She inspires students.”

Asked for advice to younger generations, Daniels said: “Don’t give up. Do it. Don’t let anybody discourage you. Say that, ‘I’m going to do it,’ and do it for yourself.”

(Source: KTLA)