Harvard Law Student Graduates at 22

be news

Cortlan Wickliff , a 22 year old from Texas, will be one of the youngest African-Americans to ever graduate from Harvard Law School.

Wickliff was 19 when he graduated from Rice University with a degree in bio engineering in 2010.

“Being at a school where there aren’t any right answers when you have been in engineering or sciences classes, that’s a bit of a change,” he told the Boston Globe. “School was different because of my engineering background, being from the South, being from Texas, rather than different because of my age.”

There is no age requirement for admission to Harvard Law; the average age in the graduating Class of 2013 is 27.

 

Conservative Website Makes ‘HNIC’ Reference

be newsThe conservative website The Daily Caller made a major gaffe yesterday when the site’s Twitter account featured a variation of the n-word.

The original tweet was directed at Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and linked to a story on the Daily Caller website about a Chicago rapper calling himself “Rhymes Priebus.”

“Hey @Reince, why didn’t you tell us you were moonlighting as a rapper? Turns out our GOP Chair is HNIC…” HNIC is a slang term meaning “Head N-word in Charge.”

The tweet was deleted a short time later and an apology was posted.

 

Miami Police Puts 14 Year Old in Choke Hold for ‘Dehumanizing Stares’

be newsMiami Police is being accused of police brutality after they forced a 14 year old boy to the ground and put him in a choke hold.

Tremaine McMillian, a student at Carol City Middle School, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer with violence when he was arrested over Memorial Day weekend at Haulover beach. Police accused the teen of “clenching his fists” and giving officers “dehumanizing stares.”

Maurissa Holmes, the boys mother told the Grio: “They slammed him to the ground, they choked him, to where he couldn’t breathe and he urinated on himself. I kept asking them to please get off my child because he can’t breathe. They kept saying ‘get back, get back.’”

Holmes captured the arrest on her cell phone camera.

Read more at watch the video here.

Tumblr Loses Creative Director Jacob Bijani

Twelve days after being acquired by Yahoo, the blogging platform loses its fifth employee. Is this the end?

Little more than a week after Yahoo announced its $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr, the creative director is leaving the company.

“There’s still a lot more I want to accomplish, and I’m really excited about this next chapter,” Jacob Bijani wrote on his personal Tumblr account Friday. “For now, I’m going to take some time off to digest the last few years. I have about a dozen different projects planned, so expect more from me soon.”

Bijani’s farewell and Yahoo’s controversial acquisition history have done little to alleviate fears about the fate of Tumblr’s founding team.

In 2011, Matt Linderman wrote a scathing critique of Yahoo’s playbook citing the talent firesale of Flickr, which it acquired in 2005, and Delicious, a web-organization tool that has since gathered dust.

Since joining as CEO last year, Mayer has acquired nearly a dozen companies including online video site Dailymotion and Jybe, founded by former Yahoos.

To Mayer’s mind, she’s hired everyone she wanted.

“As I’ve said before, companies are all about people,” she wrote in a press release. “I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them.”

    

Alex and Ani CEO: ‘My Job Was to Discourage People’

Designer Carolyn Rafaelian and CEO Giovanni Feroce both of Alex and Ani

Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan interviews the unlikely pair who lead the fast-growing oft-hiring designer-jewelry maker.

Carolyn Rafaelian and Giovanni Feroce, the founder and CEO of jewelry company Alex and Ani, spoke about their company’s fast growth to more than $17 million in sales during an interview last night with Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan.

Buchanan, who spoke to the two at a charity event to benefit the non-profit Charity Water, has described their unlikely partnership–a fusion of Rafaelian’s spiritual knowledge and Feroce’s military background–as “the disciplined and the divine.”

As a result of that partnership, in 2012 Alex and Ani grew 1,454 percent in three years, and hit No. 246 on the Inc. 5000. It was also No. 2 in Rhode Island on Inc.’s list of top job creators, the Hire Power Awards.

Here are some of the highlights of the conversation:

How to turn a passion into a business.
Since its founding in 2004, Alex and Ani has started selling scents, acquired a media firm, and opened a series of coffee bars called Teas and Javas. The executives are also considering an IPO in 2014. But before all of that, Rafaelian got her start working in a family business and making custom jewelry on the side. “I had very little knowledge of what the fashion world needed and expected of a designer,” she said. One of her first dealings with a buyer involved showing a Barney’s representative a handful of rings–and nothing else. Only after that did Rafaelian realize her work had large-scale potential.

What meaning has to do with products.
Rafaelian opened her first store in Newport, Rhode Island, after a buyer declined to place a large number of Alex and Ani goods on a showroom floor. “There is meaning behind things; everything we do comes from a place of intention. No buyer in the world would understand that. They’re dealing with numbers.”

How not to follow the herd.
Rather than move to New York, like most in fashion, Rafaelian chose to continue operating out of her home state, Rhode Island. “She stopped listening to the same old story and became one of the pillars in Rhode Island,” Feroce said. And now the company also makes all its eco-friendly products in the United States, and brings hundreds of jobs here.

Why it was OK that only two original employees remained after Feroce joined as CEO.
Some disliked Feroce’s blunt, drill sergeant demeanor, while others did not agree with the company’s direction. But Feroce had no qualms about the mass employee exodus. “My job was to discourage people,” he said yesterday. He told them: “You’re going to be overworked, and underpaid–and loving it. But you should always go through your life feeling underpaid, because you’re worth more than you make.”

    

Obama Urges Congress on Student Loan Deadline

Obama Returns Portion of Pay to Show Solidarity with Workers

President Obama on Friday urged Congress to pass a new student loan bill that would prevent what is said to be a doubling of government-subsidized loans for a generation of current and former student borrowers.

Obama, speaking in the Rose Garden flanked by students — a device the White House uses frequently, engaging the audience it is intended to impact — said that the failure to lock in an affordable rate for students next year “eliminates safeguards for low-income families.”

Both the president and the First Lady have injected their personal stories into the overall narrative of the student loan crisis, at one time or another mentioning that they only recently finished paying their student loans. Each attended law school.

“The House bill isn’t smart, and it’s not fair,” Obama said. “So I’m asking young people to make their voices heard once again.”

“We cannot price the middle class out of a college education. We can’t keep saddling young people with more and more debt just as they’re starting out in life.”

The White House on Friday, repeated its stance that the proposal needed major tweaking to meet the president’s satisfaction.

“While we welcome that House Republicans have paid some attention to this issue this year, their proposal, unfortunately, does not meet the test,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Racists Hate Cheerios’ New Interracial Commercial

interracial kid cherrios commercialHow long have interracial couples been producing offspring? Long enough that anyone upset by Cheerios’ new commercial — which features an adorable “mixed” girl and her parents — to be considered out of touch or down right racist.

BuzzFeed reports that Cheerios had to scrub and disable comments on the 30-second commercial posted to its YouTube channel. Let’s just say the internet racists came out of the woodwork!

Click here to view Cheerios’ new “Just Checking” ad.

“Throughout all of human history, race-mixing and multiracial/multicultural societies have never, not even once, occurred ‘naturally,’” one commenter wrote. “It has always been the result of conquest, group A being forced by group B. The systematic decline of western economies has lead to lower white birth rates. Massive non-white immigration leads to loss of land, resources and opportunities for whites. Encouraging whites to race-mix leads to loss of white genetics. It’s not about one Cheerios commercial.”

The ad, which debuted on Tuesday, had nearly 5,000 likes and over 700 dislikes on Friday.

Racists Hate Cheerios’ New Interracial Commercial

interracial kid cherrios commercialHow long have interracial couples been producing offspring? Long enough that anyone upset by Cheerios’ new commercial — which features an adorable “mixed” girl and her parents — to be considered out of touch or down right racist.

BuzzFeed reports that Cheerios had to scrub and disable comments on the 30-second commercial posted to its YouTube channel. Let’s just say the internet racists came out of the woodwork!

Click here to view Cheerios’ new “Just Checking” ad.

“Throughout all of human history, race-mixing and multiracial/multicultural societies have never, not even once, occurred ‘naturally,’” one commenter wrote. “It has always been the result of conquest, group A being forced by group B. The systematic decline of western economies has lead to lower white birth rates. Massive non-white immigration leads to loss of land, resources and opportunities for whites. Encouraging whites to race-mix leads to loss of white genetics. It’s not about one Cheerios commercial.”

The ad, which debuted on Tuesday, had nearly 5,000 likes and over 700 dislikes on Friday.

Yep Text’s CEO Prefers Launching Start-Ups to ‘Real Jobs’

Becoming an entrepreneur was a better alternative than babysitting, says founder Adam Horwitz.

Adam Horwitz first caught the start-up bug at age 15, but there was just one problem: No one took him seriously because of his age.

Three years and thirty or so failed start-ups later, he launched Mobile Monopoly, his first successful product. He followed that up with YepText, a service that provides small business news via mobile text message. Now he’s reportedly working on Young & Boss, a social network for young aspiring CEOs.

According to CNN Money, Horwitz’s main motivation was simple: Start a million-dollar company before he turned 21.

“All of my friends were doing babysitting jobs. I wanted money without the job,” he told JuniorBiz.

In a way, being young actually worked to his advantage. Horwitz found he could more easily market to peers, because he understood what they wanted, and since he was living at home, every penny went straight to the bank.

His advice to up-and-comers is simple: “Even if you fail the first time, who cares? The worst thing that could happen to you is that you wake up and go to school the next day. So just keep at whatever you’re doing and I promise you you’ll hit it.”

    

TweetDeck Founder Departs Twitter

Almost two years to the day after his company was acquired, Iain Dodsworth is ready to start “something new.”

Iain Dodsworth is leaving the company he founded, two years after his dashboard application was acquired by Twitter. The announcement came via Dodsworth’s Twitter feed, though the post has since been deleted.

Two years since the @tweetdeck acquisition and now feels like a perfect time to start something new. Goodbye @twitter, it’s been marvelous.

All Things D‘s Mike Isaac believes Dodsworth let the clock run out on his agreed-upon retention contract. But whether his departure signals the end of TweetDeck is a different story.

Twitter recently shut down TweetDeck for iPhone, AIR, and Android along with its Facebook integration. To many, that pointed to doom, but Isaac notes the company hired The Guardian’s former group product manager Sharath Bulusu to succeed Dodsworth when he departs.

“In many ways, doubling down on the TweetDeck web experience and discontinuing our app support is a reflection of where our TweetDeck power-users are going,” Twitter wrote in March.

Do you agree there’s more in store for the start-up?