1. Detroit Teen Takes Affirmative Action
Talk about not taking no for an answer! High school senior Brooke Kimbrough is literally this week’s poster child for higher education. When the University of Michigan recently rejected her application, did the Detroit native slink quietly off into the night? Heck no!
According to the Huffington Post, she called the admissions board out on their potential discrimination, going so far as to hold a news conference and rally to protest their decision with two other students.
Kimbrough says her rejection doesn’t make sense when you look at her record, and she has a point. Kimbrough had a 3.6 GPA, scored a 23 out of 36 on the ACT standardized test, was the president of her school’s National Honor Society chapter, and was a member of its award-winning debate team. It seems there may be some other factors in play.
Promising to reveal more rejection letters from other minority students until she is admitted by the university — which has a Black population of less than 5 percent — Kimbrough issued a statement saying, ‘I am appealing my application to the University of Michigan not only for myself, but for other black and minority students who deserve the equal opportunity to go to the best public university in the nation.” Now those are the words of leader.
Good for her, and good for us.
2. Shoes to (Literally) Die For?
While a 17-year-old is rallying against discrimination in Michigan, a 15-year-old is getting shot in New York for apparently trying to cut the line for the new wildly popular“Yeezy” sneakers by Kanye West. Here we go again.
And, of course, to make this even worse it’s a 14-year-old boy that is accused of doing the shooting.
Police say the drama went down outside a Footlocker in Brooklyn, NY, around 6 am Saturday. Folks had been out there all night, waiting for a chance to cop a pair of Nike Foamposite Pro Premium “Yeezy” shoes when the victim tried to jump into the ridiculously long line. Suddenly, the shooter, upset with the line cutter left and came back with a handgun, firing four times to express his anger.
One of those bullets hit the 15-year-old in the foot he would have worn one of his new sneakers on. Ironic, huh?
3. Little Hero With a Heart the Size of Texas
While we’re out here in the Big Apple risking our lives for a pair of damn sneakers, a 9-year-old boy in Texas is making one of the biggest sacrifices any little kid can make – giving up his PlayStation 4 – to help save the lives of strangers.