Good for Gawker. They started out trying to give crack dealers two hundred grand. They ended up helping addicts and contributing to the social cohesion of Toronto, Canada’s largest city. The website announced Thursday that it had selected charities to receive the proceeds from its Crackstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise money to buy a video purportedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. That campaign foundered when the would-be video-mongers stopped returning Gawker’s middleman’s calls, and the video has never appeared publicly. The Crackstarter was deemed controversial because it broke a rule of American journalism that you shouldn’t pay sources (it corrupts them and you)Read More →

Surfacing “Coming to Howard for the first time was seeing the beauty of blackness,” one alumnus said. Written by Bianca Ladipo Photographs by Andre Wagner “Have you ever seen anything like this?” Ashley Maltbia-Burgess, a 2010 graduate of Howard University, asked. She was standing with a group of fellow alums and her wife, Ashlee, looking out onto the crowded campus lawn. “I always told my wife, you have to come here to believe this, to feel this energy.” At Howard University in Washington, homecoming encompasses more than collegiate nostalgia; it’s a celebration of black culture, a music and arts festival, a history lesson, a communityRead More →

Nearly one-eighth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger. By 2050, the world’s population is projected to increase to more than 9 billion, requiring at least a 60% increase in agricultural production. In order to meet these challenges efficiently and effectively, the US Agency for International Development — as part of the feed the future initiative — is expanding its engagement with the university community, tapping into scientific expertise and innovation that are crucial to advancing global food security. Through the feed the future innovation labs, which build on USAid’s long history of working with US universities through the collaborative research support programmes, weRead More →

An Egyptian flight school student who was arrested in Los Angles over a Facebook post in which he mused about killing Donald Trump agreed on Friday to leave the US of his own accord. Emadeldin El-Sayed, 23, who had been a student at the Universal Air Academy in LA, and was facing possible deportation, appeared in an immigration court in the city on Friday shackled and wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit. According to the Associated Press, immigration authorities agreed to let Sayed return to Egypt voluntarily instead of deporting him, as long as he departs the US by 5 July. Sayed has not been chargedRead More →

The rightwing writer and internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has apologised for mismanaging a “privilege grant” college scholarship fund for white men. Yiannopoulos admitted on Friday he had missed a deadline to turn donations into bursaries but denied speculation he had spent the cash. “This is very overdue, and I do apologise for this very sincerely. We did pass our deadline I’m sorry to say … as a result of over-eagerness and just being completely overwhelmed by the volume of interest in it and the various things on my plate,” he said in an audio show posted on YouTube. He blamed a busy schedule. “This isRead More →

Once widely maligned for leaking state secrets, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, continues to win favor with the US right over the release of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. On Friday night, the Fox News personality Sean Hannity and David Duke, a US Senate candidate in Louisiana and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, became the latest to offer their support. In response to a tweet from the Nebraska Republican senator Ben Sasse that was critical of the Clinton leaks, Hannity praised Assange and WikiLeaks for having “done the USA a great service” by exposing “government corruption” and cybersecurity weakness. Sean HannityRead More →