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Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Charles Koch Foundation Launch ‘Center for Advancing Opportunity’

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*Mention the mega-billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, collectively known as the “Koch brothers,” and thoughts often focus on the controversial “right-wing” siblings who provide huge sums of money to back mostly Republican politicians in key political elections across America.

Yet, in an unprecedented move, the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries recently donated $26.6 million to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), a national organization that represents all state supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  Thus, a five-year partnership between the aforementioned entities has created the Center for Advancing Opportunity.

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Charles Koch and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF’s president and CEO

According to Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF’s president and CEO, the new center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., will offer more educational, social, and economic opportunities to fragile and underserved communities across the country, by providing opportunities to HBCU students, scholars, researchers and faculty to empower and advance deprived communities.

“This is a momentous partnership,” said Taylor.  “Historically Black Colleges and Universities are uniquely positioned to lead the field in this type of research.  There are thousands of fragile communities across the United States where there are tremendous barriers to opportunity. It’s important to recognize that lasting change to strengthen these communities must begin at the local level. So we are proud to come together with the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries to help members of these communities identify and study the challenges most significant to them.”

While the names Charles and David Koch are often aligned with extreme right-wing politics, policies, and issues, Taylor said the reception of the partnership by HBCU presidents, and respective institutions, has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I was ready for some pushback from the HBCU presidents about the source of the money,” said Taylor, who brokered the partnership with Charles Koch.  “However, I explained the program, and how HBCUs will take a lead on vexing social issues in fragile communities. I explained what’s good about aligning with someone who is supporting our community.  All 47 HBCU presidents collectively agreed.  Not one HBCU leader asked why we were doing this; they all said, ‘Let’s get to work!’ ”

“Our role is providing funding to organizations that are doing exciting things in education,” said Dr. John Hardin, director of University Relations for the Charles Koch Foundation.  “Our general point of view is we believe more access to more education is better for everybody.”

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HBCU students observe conversation between Dr. John Hardin and Charles Koch

Taylor believes it’s important that students and researchers at Harvard, Yale, and Penn State Universities are not the only ones pontificating about what’s wrong in fragile communities.  He said he would rather see HBCU students, scholars and researchers, most of which come from these communities, discover solutions to empower the underserved.

One of the centerpieces of the Center for Advancing Opportunity will include awarding scholarships to HBCU undergraduate and graduate students who pursue careers in social science, education, criminal justice, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, there will be pertinent on-campus programs, as well as forming viable partnerships with Gallup, an American research-based company, to create opportunities to poll individuals living in fragile communities. Once HBCU researchers have gathered and evaluated valuable polling information, Taylor believes the Center for Advancing Opportunity will develop and implement good policies, and make strong arguments for investments in underserved communities.

“Surveying and polling people in fragile communities will be very important,” Taylor said. “So rather than telling people what’s wrong in their communities, we are going to ask them about barriers that need to be removed to let children in fragile communities enjoy a better life.”

“HBCUs have long conducted research in fragile communities,” said Dr. Harry Lee Williams, a member of TMCF’s board of directors and president of Delaware State University, an HBCU school. “The Center’s mission, however, signals a renewed commitment to researching the challenges and needs of the people who live in these communities. And, as the president of an HBCU, I’m overjoyed to see this take flight.”

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While the Center is taking great flight, some black leaders and communities may find it difficult to say the names Charles and David Koch in the same sentence with the late Thurgood Marshall, an iconic civil rights leader, and first African American Supreme Court Justice.

Yet, Hardin thinks there’s a common thread that connects the philosophies of the men.

“For 50 years, Mr. Koch has supported academic and public policy research, with a special focus on developing voluntary, mark-based solutions to social problems,” Hardin said.  “The foundation supports education and research that creates opportunities for all people to thrive.”

Taylor understands there could be skepticism about TMCF’s partnership with Koch organizations in certain sectors of the country. However, he said the partnership is not tied to any politics, where TMCF is required to carry out political agendas for Koch interests.  Taylor said, however, there’s a greater good that people should know.

“Go on our website and see the work that we will be doing,” he said.  “Don’t focus on all the distractions.  We, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, along with the Charles Koch Foundation, Mr. Charles Koch, and Koch Industries are trying to change the world for our children through this alignment. If there wasn’t a good alignment here, we wouldn’t be making this announcement, because TMCF is not going to take money from someone, or some organizations that we totally disagree with.”

For more information about the Center for Advancing Opportunity, visit www.advancingopportunity.org.

 

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Wendy Williams Expose: Staff Says it’s Like ‘Watching a Train-wreck Every Day’ / Explosive Details!

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*Now that viewers at home are beginning to notice that Wendy Williams has been having difficulties on-air, “Wendy Williams Show” staffers are speaking out about what’s allegedly going on behind-the-scenes — and it’s not good.

Sources close to ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ exclusively tell lovebscott.com that they believe Wendy is self-medicating (again) with “prescription pills, some kind of opioid.”

“The production staff is at a loss for what to do,” the source says.

“Because of COVID, the staff sits in the audience every show, and they’re constantly worried she’s going to pass out on the air like before. Some days it’s so bad, the producers will pull the plug and air a repeat,” the source continues. “But It’s a big production and they can’t keep wasting money like that.”

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If you recall, back in 2017 Wendy infamously passed out mid-show during the Halloween episode.

“It’s an awful situation, and everyone involved around her is both concerned and over it. Everyone feels bad for all the personal drama she’s gone through the last few years at the hands of her loutish ex-husband, but what can they do?” says the source.

Despite Wendy’s health battles and multiple hiatuses, Debmar-Mercury decided to renew Wendy’s show after their planned replacement, ‘The Jerry O’Connell Show,’ fell through with awful ratings.

That decision is now allegedly being called into question by those most concerned for Wendy’s health.

“It’s really the top brass at the studio Deb Mercury who need to step in and put their foot down, make her go to rehab and get the help she clearly needs. It was hoped that she would…”

Get the rest of this very interesting Wendy Williams story at LoveBScott.com.

 

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Family of Detroit Woman Mistakenly Declared Dead Suing City for $50 Million

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*The family of the Detroit woman with cerebral palsy who was mistakenly declared dead at a funeral home in August has filed a lawsuit against the first responders on the scene

According to PEOPLE, Beauchamp’s family has sued the Southfield EMS Paramedics for $50 million for declaring her dead when she was “very much alive,” family attorney Geoffrey Fieger said in a statement.

“All the telemetry evidence shows that Timesha was alive when EMS declared her dead,” he said in a statement. “As a result of being declared dead, she was left without oxygen for 4 hours, suffering severe hypoxic brain damage.”

The four paramedics involved have had their licenses suspended, Fieger said.

“All of this could have been avoided, had more care been taken,” he added.

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We previously reported, Beauchamp, 20, died at Detroit’s Children’s Hospital on Sunday of massive brain damage. Her death comes two months after she was discovered alive at a Detroit funeral home.

“This is the second time our beloved Timesha has been pronounced dead, but this time she isn’t coming back,” the family said in a statement

Beauchamp had a heart attack at her home in August and was found unresponsive when paramedics with Southfield Fire Department arrived. They performed CPR and failed to revive her after performing life saving procedures for 30 minutes, according to CBS.  She was declared dead after an ER physician reviewed her medical data. Her body was released directly to the family and Beauchamp was transported to James H Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit. 

Over an hour later, staffers saw she was alive and called paramedics, who rushed her to the hospital.  

“They would have begun draining her blood to be very, very frank about it,” the family’s lawyer Geoffrey Fieger told WXYZ-TV. “The funeral home unzipping the body bag – literally – that’s what happened to Timesha, and seeing her alive with her eyes open.” 

“After receiving clearance from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office she was transported to our funeral home,” the funeral home said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Upon her arrival at the funeral home, our staff confirmed she was breathing and called EMS.”

The fire department claims they followed “protocols and procedures” when handling Beauchamp.  

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LisaRaye McCoy Creates An OnlyFans Account – Will You Subscribe? / VIDEO

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*If you haven’t heard, LisaRaye McCoy has announced that she’s joining the subscription website OnlyFans.com.

The 53-year-old actress and talk-show host made the announcement on her Instagram page. Her basic subscription price will be $20 a month.

In a 2 minute-17 second video, LisaRaye is seen seated wearing a white blouse and finger-styling her bob. A female voice off-camera voice suggests she create an OnlyFans for her fans in a way to further connect with them. At first LisaRaye sort of pooh poohs the idea, but then she comes around.

“You know what? I could really get with that,” she says. “Because I promise you when I post on Instagram, by the time I scroll through all the haters and the negative people and the naysayers and folks that got some kind of negative opinion or whatever, it makes me exhausted.

She goes on to explain that this may be a good idea because she says she has lots of content to share but doesn’t want to share it on Instagram where people are always going to have something to say:

“If I could have a place that only MY people come to. Only MY fans, only MY likes, only MY members, only MY people that mess with me…you know what? I could do a OnlyFans page.”

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She also promised to post “special stuff and all this behind-the-scenes stuff.”

It isn’t clear if LisaRaye will bare it all for the real cash. Some folks reportedly earn $200 per view.

LisaRaye McCoy isn’t the only celebrity who’s decided to join OnlyFans. Model Blac Chyna, rapper Cardi B, and model Amber Rose have started OnlyFans pages as well.

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