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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger A 25-year-old Jamaican who already has earned a doctorate in chemistry will add to his growing academic accomplishments as one of only five chosen for a post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Like many of his fellow Jamaicans, Peter Nelson used education to improve a childhood of poverty. But few have so quickly earned the accolades Nelson has, which include a Master’s degree in philosophy and his Ph.D from the University of the West Indies. Nelson was just one of five selected from 280 applicants from around the world, according to published reports. “It was very competitive to get into this institute because they told me they had 280 applications for the five positions, and so it was really tough on them to decide. But one of the things that helped me to get in was the papers I published in international journals,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Nelson, who hails from St. Thomas, has spent his young life destroying stereotypes, having risen from an impoverished community, having attended a nontraditional high school, and having been raised by a single mother who worked as a domestic helper. Nelson’s research has already earned international recognition, according to the Atlanta Black Star. “Already he has amassed seven publications in international journals, including the Journal of Molecular Structure, the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, Dalton Transactions and the International Journal of Molecular Sciences,” the paper reported. In August 2010, he presented a paper on the Phase Behaviors of Zinc Carboxylates. In August 2012, Nelson presented on the Molecular and Lattice Structures of Sodium(I) Carboxylates at the American Chemical Society Conference in Philadelphia. He has also made presentations in the Departments of Chemistry at Mona and at St Augustine in Trinidad. He is working on two manuscripts for publication, he said, while finishing his degrees much earlier than the recommended time. “It was stressful, more mentally than physically, because you can’t get an M.Phil. or Ph.D. in science unless what you have discovered is totally new because there has to be novelty about it,” he told the Sunday Observer. “I did a lot of studies because I realized time is critical for pure and applied science students, and there is no pure and applied person who parties a lot and does well. It just doesn’t happen, especially those doing chemistry as the pass rate in some of our courses is about 26 percent, and so you want to get into that 26 percent,” he said. Source Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.comand can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.

25-Year-Old Man Raised In Poverty, Single Parent Home Chosen to Complete Post-Doctoral Fellowship

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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger A 25-year-old Jamaican who already has earned a doctorate in chemistry will add to his growing academic accomplishments as one of only five chosen for a post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Like many of his fellow Jamaicans, Peter Nelson used education to improve a childhood of poverty. But few have so quickly earned the accolades Nelson has, which include a…

Hattie McDaniel’s Conflict With the NAACP and Tragic Death

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While many people simply know Hattie McDaniel as the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, there is much more to her story than just that.  She was born June 10, 1885 in Wichita, Kansas.  She was the 13th child of a family of entertainers.  Her father was a minister who played the banjo, and her mother was…

Marlon Wayans Slammed For Lame Jokes About African Culture at 2014 MTV African Music Awards

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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger Actor Marlon Wayans acted like he didn’t know much about Africa in an ill-advised attempt at geographic humor during his recent stint as the host of the 2014 MTV African Music Awards. The reviews are in and they aren’t kind. Wayans’ jokes focused on obvious stereotypes like distance runners and the wildlife. He rode onto the stage in a rickshaw and then mispronounced cultural names….

Mark Cuban: I’m a Bigot, “If I See a Black Kid in a Hoodie on My Side of the Street, I’ll Move..”

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban may own a team of mostly black men, but outside of his position as NBA owner, he admits to being bigoted where black men wearing hoodies are concerned. During a GrowCo conference on Wednesday, Cuban admitted that he’s sometimes racist and even went so far as to give examples. “I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban…

Atlanta Black Star reveals the five things white women are allowed to getaway with that Black women can not. www.blacklikemoi.com

4 Things Society Hates About Black Women, Loves About White Women

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Reported by April Taylor Living as a woman presents its own set of challenges; however, living as a black woman can be even more challenging due inequality and prejudice.  A recent article by the Atlanta BlackStar highlights some statistics that illustrate just how different being a black woman is than being a white woman in America. They do this by pointing out five significant things that white women get away…

White Clippers Player Says Sterling Only Wanted to Pay Big Bucks to Blacks

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Once you begin to stereotype people instead of judging them based on the merit, you begin to reach all sorts of erroneous conclusions. Although Clippers owner Donald Sterling is now infamous for telling his girlfriend not to bring blacks to his games, it turns out he stereotypes whites as well, according to Clippers player J.J. Redick. Redick, who is white, says he had an agreed upon $27 million dollar deal…

Negro History Lost, Stolen or Strayed- Great documentary

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A very interesting documentary about Black History from the era of the 60’s. Did you know that the first open-heart surgery was performed by a black doctor, Daniel Hale Williams? Not many people did in 1968, the year this eye-opening film, narrated by Bill Cosby, was first released. Many still don’t today. “Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed” reviews the numerous contributions of African-Americans to the development of the United…

How Often Do You See Black People In Comic Books?

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By David Bloodsaw Black comic book super heroes have suffered a storied history from laughable characterization or being relegated to stereotypical sidekick status (often times both). The Root reports on a brief history of black comic book characters and how they have fared over the years. The first D.C. black superhero to star in a comic book was Black Lighting, who could manipulate electricity (incidentally created by Tony Isabella who…

Pharrell Says Beyonce Is Freeing Women By Singing About Sεxx

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By April Taylor An article on hiphollywood.com discusses Beyonce’s release of the fifth installment of her “Self-Titled” mini-series.  The mini-series is meant to give fans a behind the scenes look at how her album came together, and the latest installment focuses on the sexuality portrayed in some of her music. In this installment, Beyonce claims that she has always been careful about how she displays her sexuality due to the…

Fox's new show titled "Dads" is being roasted before it airs.

Fox’s New “Dads” Sitcom Gets Slammed Before It Airs

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Reported by Malcolm Morrow Fox’s latest sitcom “Dads” has gotten extremely negative reviews from critics just months before the show is set to premiere on the network. The show stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribsi as a pair of video game developers whose fathers move in with them unexpectedly and bring their politically incorrect mindset into their lives. Their fathers will be played by Martin Mull and Peter Riegert. Critics…

Tyler the Creator discusses Mountain Dew commercial controversy started by academic scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins.

Tyler, the Creator Discusses Controversial Mountain Dew Commercial, Disses Dr. Boyce Watkins

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Rapper Tyler, the Creator is clearly not pleased with PepsiCo’s decision to pull the plug on his ridiculously odd Mountain Dew commercial that has been revered as “arguably the most racist commercial in history” by reputable scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins. Dr. Watkins’ commentary about the commercial sparked a nationwide conversation about Mountain Dew’s decision to partner with controversial rappers, as Lil Wayne also has an endorsement with the beverage and is…

Tyler the Creator reached out to Dr. Boyce Watkins after PepsiCo pulled the plug on his commercial.

Rapper Tyler the Creator Reaches Out to Mountain Dew Commercial Critic Via Twitter

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Following PepsiCo’s decision to pull the plug on his absurd Mountain Dew commercial after reputable scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins dubbed it to be ‘the most racist commercial in history,’ rapper Tyler the Creator of Odd Future took to his Twitter page to contact Dr. Watkins and let him know he’d like to talk to him. “I Would Love To Have A Convo With @drboycewatkins1” reads Tyler the Creator’s Twitter message….

Viewers Say No To Rapper’s New “Baby Mama” Show Before It Debuts

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Everyone knows there needs to be some drama in a show to keep its viewers’ attention but shows like Shawty Lo’s All My Babies’ Mamas’s seem to want to take the drama too far. Many are calling the show buffoonery at its worst and they are not having it. Some have even gone so far as to write a petition to stop the show from ever hitting the air waves….

Discrimination Case Against “The Bachelor” Dismissed in Court

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It looks like the brothers claiming that they were discriminated against by ABC aren’t going to be paid for their troubles.   After spending time in court fighting the matter, the case has been dismissed from federal court.  But this doesn’t allow ABC to escape the reality that they’ve been painted as a racist network. The network has even gone as far as arguing that it has a right to…

Cussing, Cooking and Beating Your Kids: Black Motherhood Re-examined

Cussing, Cooking and Beating Your Kids: Black Motherhood Re-examined

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   by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Black Like Moi Janelle Harris wrote an interesting article at Essence.com discussing stereotypes of black mothers in America.   The title of the article was quite compelling: “Black Moms Do More Than Cook, Cuss and Beat their Kids.” Like everyone else, I thought back to the women who’ve influenced me in my life, namely my mother, aunts and grandmothers.   Yes, they all cooked, a lot.  I…