"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
-Robert Brault -checktheshades
"The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it."
"You can't have a better tomorrow if you're still thinking about yesterday." -Unknown
"Perseverance, secret of all triumphs." -Victor Hugo
"I can't believe it's been a year already. We miss you soo much Dre. Just continue to watch over us and know we will never forget you. RIP De'Andre Tatum-O'Neal May 10, 1995 - March 27, 2014. #Tech13"
-From the Trimble Tech Bulldogs💚
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." -William Ernest Henley
"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness."
-Ola Joseph -checktheshades
"Where there is no vision, there is no hope."
-George Washington Carver
"You can really change the world if you care enough." -Marian Wright Edelman
The president whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance thinks maybe voting should be mandatory, too.
"Other countries have mandatory voting. It would be transformative if everybody voted -- that would counteract money more than anything," he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly.
"The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups," Obama said. "There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls." –CNN –checktheshades
"It's been 4 years now. Rest In Peace Coach Anthony "Slim" Wilson (October 16, 1959 - March 21, 2011)." -From the Trimble Tech Bulldogs -checktheshades
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." -Rosa Parks
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" -Abraham Lincoln
Things got testy on "CNN Tonight" when conservative commentator Ben Ferguson charged that rappers like Trinidad James are profiting off the n-word.
"I'll be honest with you," Ferguson told James on Monday night. "I think you know that we should probably get rid of the n-word, but in reality, I think many rappers are afraid they will lose out on money and sales and street cred if they don't stop using the word."
But when Ferguson said Monday the rapper was only on the show for his use of the word, the third panelist -- Hill -- quickly jumped in.
"He wouldn't be on the show if a white woman hadn't said the n-word on a tape," he said.
"White people have been saying the [n-word] long before Trinidad was born." -CNN
"March 16, 1827: John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish launched America's first black newspaper, the Freedom journal."
--Arizona State University banned Tau Kappa Epsilon last year after its Martin Luther King Jr. Day party had guests flashing gang signs and holding watermelon-shaped cups.
--Kappa Sigma suspended its Duke University chapter in 2013 after students held an international-themed party that mocked Asians.
--Sigma Phi Epsilon shut its doors last year at the University of Mississippi after three of its members draped a Confederate banner and placed a noose around the statue of the school's first black student.
--Lehigh University suspended Sigma Chi in April 2014 and expelled members after racial slurs were spray-painted and eggs thrown at a multicultural residence hall.
Sororities have had similar problems. In 2014, Chi Omega closed its Penn State chapter in connection with a photo appearing on the Internet showing members wearing sombreros and fake mustaches and holding offensive signs -- one read, "Will mow lawn for weed + beer." Two sororities at the University of Alabama were accused of denying membership to black women, prompting the university to announce in fall 2013 that more than 20 minority women were being offered membership in historically all-white sororities. -FoxNews
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any other virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." -Maya Angelou
"The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness."
-Marcus Garvey -checktheshades
"Embattled Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned Wednesday, a week after a scathing Justice Department report slammed his department. Jackson will receive a severance payment and health insurance for one year, the city said, with Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff assuming his duties during a nationwide search for a new chief. Jackson's resignation is the latest fallout from the Justice Department report, which exposed problems in the city's policing tactics and faulted Ferguson's officers for seeing residents as "sources of revenue," a practice that federal investigators said disproportionately targeted African-Americans." –CNN -checktheshades
“The city manager of Ferguson, whom a Department of Justice report blamed as one of the officials responsible for much of the questionable conduct by the police and the courts here, has agreed to resign.
The announcement came during a City Council meeting here on Tuesday, about a week after the scathing Justice Department report.
The manager, John Shaw, 39, had held the post since 2007. As Ferguson’s chief executive, he is the city’s most powerful official.
The resignation was announced about 30 minutes into the Council meeting, with members voting 7 to 0 to approve a “mutual separation agreement” with Mr. Shaw.
As people in the packed Council chamber began to understand what was happening, a buzz shot through the room as onlookers mumbled and a few let out muted cheers.
“We appreciate John’s service and commitment to the City of Ferguson for the past eight years,” Mayor James Knowles III said in a written statement. “The City Council and John Shaw feel that this is the appropriate time to move forward as we begin our search for a new city manager.” –New York Times
“One of the two University of Oklahoma students expelled for their role in leading a racist chant has issued an apology, The Dallas Morning News reported.
"I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless. I made a horrible mistake by joining into the singing and encouraging others to do the same," Parker Rice said in a statement printed by the newspaper.
Earlier Tuesday, Rice and another student were expelled over their alleged "leadership role" in a racist chant by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members, a decision that President David Boren says speaks to his school's "zero tolerance" policy for such "threatening racist behavior."
The decision comes two days after a video of frat members singing a racist song surfaced and hours after Boren told CNN he would suspend or expel the group's ringleaders if at all possible.” –CNN
"International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons." -Wikipedia -checktheshades
"The story has not been documented correctly, because "Bloody Sunday" is because of Jimmy Lee, and we have had memorial service for the last 50 years. This coming, on March the 8th, we will get in our cars again to Selma and go and march, but we go every year. It has been a joy, but it also has been sadness. The reason I'm going to say the sadness, our young people probably have not been taught the way they need to be and they will sell votes now. We still in charge, but I can see us, you know, going backward because of this, so we have a lot of work still to do. I've just been blessed and I'm still here. So it has been a joy to be here today and tell our story." -Willie Nell Avery -checktheshades
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.