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WELP! T.I. and Iggy Azalea are no longer a (business) thing.

Things aren’t looking so good for Iggy Azalea.

As you know, Iggy was signed to T.I.’s record label, Grand Hustle.

Buuuuut it doesn’t look like things ended up working out.

In an interview with Hot 97, T.I. shared that he could no longer ride with Iggy.

After the Q-Tip thing…after I smoothed it over. Everything was cool and then they came back and undid. It’s not that I got tired of cleaning it up….I’m loyal partner and If I rock with you I rock with you. Right or wrong. We’ll discuss that later in the car. But right now, I’ma block the bullets, but when I say go…go. Just go. Don’t stand around and talk while I’m blocking bullets. I just feel “they” [Iggy’s team] needed some time to adjust.”

THANK. YOU.

And he’s telling the truth. He STAYED defending her and she STAYED making the situation worse. Running her mouth and looking stupid. SMH.

Dah well.

UPDATED: September 17, 2015, 3:10pm

Iggy has responded:

Oh boy.

In this case…um…Iggy is absolutely correct. Sooooo what in the world is T.I. talking about?

This isn’t a good look, T.I.

SMH

I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard of this.

 

 

I Stand With Ahmed.

This is an image that has, for lack of a better word, haunted me all day.

A child put in handcuffs and escorted out of school literally for being brilliant and curious. I cannot help but to think how scared and confused Ahmed must’ve been during this whole thing. It breaks my heart.

When Ahmed Mohamed went to his high school in Irving, Texas, Monday, he was so excited. A teenager with dreams of becoming an engineer, he wanted to show his teacher the digital clock he’d made from a pencil case.

The 14-year-old’s day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called police and he was arrested. A photo shows Ahmed, wearing a NASA T-shirt, looking confused and upset as he’s being led out of school in handcuffs.

“They arrested me and they told me that I committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb,” the freshman later explained to WFAA after authorities released him.

{CNN}

Comments from the Irving Police spokesperson:

Irving Police spokesman Officer James McLellan told the station, “We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only tell us that it was a clock.”

The teenager did that because, well, it was a clock, he said.

On Wednesday, police announced that the teen will not be charged.

Chief Larry Boyd said that Ahmed should have been “forthcoming” by going beyond the description that what he made was a clock. But Boyd said that authorities determined that the teenager did not intend to alarm anyone and the device, which the chief called “a homemade experiment,” was innocuous.

And whats even more infuriating, comments from Irving Independent School District:

In Irving ISD, the safety of ALL students is our top priority. When a suspicious-looking item was discovered at MacArthur High School on Monday, school employees took appropriate action to involve the School Resource Officer out of an abundance of caution. We have an obligation to do everything possible to maintain a safe learning environment for all 2,800+ students at MacArthur High School.

Irving ISD Statement – September 16, 2015
Photo released by the Irving Police Department.

Unfortunately, the information that has been made public to this point is very unbalanced. We would provide additional factual information about the situation; however, we feel it’s important to protect the student’s right to privacy and we will abide by FERPA, the federal law that protects student information. If the family grants us written permission to release information, we will be happy to provide additional facts to the media at that time.

In the meantime, we will continue to handle the situation in accordance with the Irving ISD Student Code of Conduct.

The facts we can share at this time are:

  • On Monday, a MacArthur High School student was arrested on campus by the Irving Police Department.
  • School officials have been cooperating fully with the police investigation.

We always ask our students and staff to immediately report if they observe any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior. If something is out of the ordinary, the information should be reported immediately to a school administrator and/or the police so it can be addressed right away.

We will always take necessary precautions to protect our students and keep our school community as safe as possible.

Irving ISD Statement – September 15, 2015

Around 3 p.m. yesterday, a MacArthur High School student was arrested on campus by the Irving Police Department.  School officials have been cooperating fully with the police investigation, and while privacy laws prevent us from sharing specific details about student discipline, we can assure everyone that school administrators are handling the situation in accordance with the Irving ISD Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws.

We always ask our students and staff to immediately report if they observe any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior. If something is out of the ordinary, the information should be reported immediately to a school administrator and/or the police so it can be addressed right away. We will always take necessary precautions to protect our students and keep our school community as safe as possible.

So tell me this. If the safety of the students and community was of THE highest importance, why wasn’t the school evacuated? I mean, since you were so terrified that a CHILD WHO TOLD YOU IT WAS A CLOCK had a “suspicious” package that looked like a bomb?

Oh.

I 100% agree with this. The problem, here, is that this was handled ALL wrong. It’s absolutely disgusting how they treated Ahmed.

But. As I said in one of my Facebook statuses, God CAN turn a mess into a triumph and into AMAZING opportunities.

Boom. An invitation to the White House, from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES himself.

Then there’s this:

And this:

 

 

You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I. Love. It.

He has a bright future and I hope the support he’s receiving can combat the trauma that he experienced.

Also, check this out…

Yes, this really happened.

When another 14-year-old boy built a nuclear reactor at his parents’ home he was invited to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Energy — who offered their expert assistance, equipment and encouragement to apply for a research grant.

Taylor Wilson, who is white, entered his nuclear fusion reactor five years ago in a series of science fairs that eventually won him a trip to Switzerland, where he toured the Large Hadron Collider — the world’s largest particle accelerator.

Wilson, now 21 years old, later won $50,000 at a science fair for an anti-terrorism device he invented that can detect nuclear materials in cargo containers.

Tuh.

Stay woke.

Truvada prevented HIV infection in ONE. HUNDRED. PERCENT. of trial participants.

Earlier this year I wrote about Truvada because I was absolutely amazed that there was a drug out there that was being marketed for the explicit use of preventing HIV infection…and hardly anybody knew about it.

Some of the feedback I received from medical professionals was the need to see more studies and trials, and understandably so.

Well, here it is.

A study of 657 people taking PrEP, the daily pill that can prevent HIV, has found that not a single person contracted the potentially deadly virus over two and a half years of observation.

The research showed that despite rising rates of STIs in the group, as well as a decline in condom use, the pill was able to protect everyone involved from HIV. The study was conducted by doctors from Kaiser Permanente, a managed care company based in Oakland, California.

This is HUGE.

A study of over 657 people in a high risk group, and NONE of them contracted HIV. None. 100% prevention.

More….

“What our study shows very reassuringly is that PrEP works in a real world setting,” said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Volk of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. “HIV prevention in 2015 is very exciting because we have several tools that are available for reducing risk, and PrEP is one of those tools.”

PrEP, which stands for preexposure prophylaxis, is sold under the brand name Truvada. It has been on the market for HIV treatment since 2004, but wasn’t approved by the FDA for HIV prevention until 2012. However, a survey of half of America’s pharmacies found that only about 3,000 people had begun taking it as of March 2014, as opposed to the half-million Americans the pharmaceutical company estimated would be good candidates for the drug.

This is amazing.

Medicine is amazing.

I encourage you all to real the entire article, and if you’re slightly nerdy then go read the entire study and decipher what you can (like I probably will).

Also, if you are a candidate for Truvada, start asking your doctor some questions!

Students and alumni are protesting Howard University. Whoa.

Howard University is a well known HBCU (Historically Black College and University), and was established in 1867. Those who have attended have shown great pride in their alma mater, and don’t take too kindly when negativity about their school is expressed.

However, this time, it’s the students and alumni who are protesting Howard due to their horrible living conditions.

Howard University students and alumni took their frustration public — and viral — Wednesday, with a gush of complaints on social media about problems at the iconic historically black university in Washington, D.C

Their frustrations — often paired with affection and pride for the school — were both immediate and minute, longstanding and sweeping.

They complained about the air conditioning breaking down, mold in dorms, bureaucratic run-arounds, high tuition, rats, and hassles with financial aid.

The president responded on Twitter:

Excuse me?

The current tuition for Howard is $21,450 (NOT INCLUDING a proposed increase)….and you’re telling me your students are having to go without air in their classrooms and deal with MOLD and RATS in their living spaces?

In 2015!?

Nope.

That’s unacceptable. And the response from the president is unacceptable as well. These are long standing concerns. This is nothing new. But…the power of social media…

Yes. There currently is a hashtag on Twitter dedicated to protesting Howard University (#TakeBackHU).

^^ABSOLUTELY NOT.

^^ Oh yes. Yes. I believe they do.

I am proud of the students who are using the power of protest and social media in an effort to bring about change. NONE of these issues should be issues in an institution of higher learning in the year of our Lord, 2015.

SMH

New Laws for Texas go into effect today.

And it’s A LOT of them.

Here are a few…

  • Peace officer must now get a search warrant before conducting a body cavity search during a traffic stop
  • Allowing the monitoring of internet access of certain sex offenders
  • Drunk driving offenders required to install an ignition interlock on vehicles to have driving privileges restored following an arrest
  • Allowing female public employees time to pump breast milk in the workplace
  • Civil and criminal liability for so-called “revenge porn” postings
  • Canine encounter training for peace officers
  • New truancy procedures and criminal penalties
  • Certain offenses and civil penalties for concealed handguns on property owned or leased by the government, including airports

Also…

“Starting tomorrow, Texas will now be part of a random system of selection of jurors,” said State Rep. Carol Alvarado.

Rather than a grand jury commissioner selecting grand jurors, the process will be replaced with a random selection method.

“They’ve been handpicked, for a lack of better word, by a commission that wasn’t adhering to a random selection of people,” Alvarado said.

Also starting Tuesday, records, videos and other documents kept by private university police departments like Rice University and Houston Baptist University, will be subject to the state’s open records laws.

Senate Bill 308 was passed following a Channel 2 investigation into a controversial arrest by Rice University police officers. The university refused to turn over video showing officers striking a suspect.

Texas is taking its first step toward easing limits on medical marijuana — even as it imposes bans on synthetic forms of the drug.

The measure allows some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil, Texas’ first concession on medical marijuana.

Also kicking in are laws strengthening restrictions on synthetic marijuana.

So are laws scrapping criminal penalties for skipping school and ending the “pick-a-pal” grand jury system, which critics said created conflicts of interest.

Elected officials accused of ethics crimes will now be tried in their home counties and “revenge porn,” or posting explicit pictures of ex-lovers online, becomes a crime.

Also newly criminalized is using a drone on Capitol grounds.

But Texans can use concealed-handgun licenses as valid IDs.

Okay. So there are 1,203 bills listed. That’s…a lot. However, I peeped through some of them and picked out some that were interesting. If you’d like to see the full list, go here.

  1. S.B. no. 2065 – Relating to the rights of certain religious organizations and individuals relating to a marriage that violates a sincerely held religious belief.
  2. H.B. No. 197  – Relating to requiring certain public institutions of higher education to post information regarding mental health resources on the institution’s Internet website.
  3. H.B. No. 19 – Relating to a preventive services program and mental health programs for veterans and military families.
  4. S.B. 825 – Relating to the prosecution of the offense of prostitution.
  5. S.B. 947 – Relating to a study and report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the feasibility of providing off-campus employment positions through the Texas college work-study program.
  6. S.B. 1070 – Relating to allowing certain defendants to successfully complete education at a substance abuse treatment facility in lieu of attending an education program; changing required conditions of community supervision for certain defendants.
  7. S.B. 1075 – Relating to criminal history record information obtained by the consumer credit commissioner.
  8. S.B. 1128 – Relating to certain diagnostic testing during pregnancy.
  9. S.B. 1149 – Relating to the commitment of certain juveniles to local post-adjudication secure correctional facilities in certain counties and to the release under supervision of those juveniles.
  10. SCR 28 – Recognizing April 2015 as Autism Awareness Month.
  11. SCR 5 – Urging Congress to reimburse the State of Texas for bearing the financial burden of the federal government’s responsibility to secure the Texas-Mexico international border.
  12. SB 1918 – Relating to the use of certain lighting equipment on motorcycles.
  13. SB 1902 – Relating to the eligibility of criminal defendants for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information; authorizing a fee.
  14. SB 1889 – Relating to the definition of neglect of a child, the exclusion of certain information from the Department of Family and Protective Services central registry of child abuse or neglect cases, and the report of certain information regarding those cases to the legislature.
  15. SB 1697 – Relating to the confidentiality of certain information regarding procedures and substances used in the execution of a convict.

Like I said, the list is LONG (including one to put Rick Perry’s portrait in the capitol). And I’ll probably continue to update this if I come across some more interesting ones.