Rapper Common goes back to school to help teachers

Common speaks onstage during Teen Vogue Summit 2018: #TurnUp — Day 2 at The New School on June 2, 2018 in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 20 July 2018
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Rapper Common goes back to school to help teachers

NEW YORK: Rapper Common has won three Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award but a recent visit to a New York City school was “humbling” — mainly because many of the students were too young to know his music.
The award-winner showed up at P.S. 111 in midtown Manhattan on Thursday as an ambassador for the Adopt-A-Classroom initiative. He made the surprise appearance with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines, to present the school with a $10,000 check.
While Common has a diverse fan base, it probably doesn’t include many fourth and fifth graders. He joked about their reaction when he was introduced.
“The kids they were looking like, ‘Who is this dude? We don’t know him.’ But I’m still just here to connect with children, and connect with the people and our teachers. So, I felt that it was more fun. It is humbling, but it is fun to try and get them to pay attention,” Common said.


According to Adopt-A-Classroom, 96 percent of teachers nationwide bear the cost each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn. The organization estimates that teachers spend more than $700 out of their own pocket each year. The program provides funds for teachers to purchase school supplies.
After addressing the students in the school’s gymnasium, Common went upstairs to visit a classroom. He shared his love of writing, and even recited the lyrics to his acclaimed hit, “Black America Again.”
“When I saw the kids I really was just trying to let them know we were here because we care and that we value them and that they have the world at their hands,” he said.
For the second year in a row, Adopt-A-Classroom has partnered with Burlington Stores. Shoppers can make a $1 donation to the organization at checkout through Aug. 18.


Oman supermarket manager sacks employee for insulting Kerala flood victims

Updated 21 August 2018
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Oman supermarket manager sacks employee for insulting Kerala flood victims

  • Hundreds of people have died in the floods that have devastated entire areas of Kerala
  • The man was responding to an offer to send help to flood victims when he posted the insults

DUBAI: A supermarket manager in Oman sacked a cashier after they posted insulting comments about the Kerala flood victims on social media, national daily, Times of Oman reported.

The cashier – who is also from Kerala - was replying to a post on Facebook in which someone had asked about sending supplies to the worst hit areas of the southern Indian state.

At least 400 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been displaced in the floods that have devastated vast areas of the Indian state.

The man’s comments – which the newspaper described as “insulting” – caused a backlash, with people slamming the man for his insensitivity.

Eventually his post was spotted by his employers and a letter was sent, announcing his termination from the company, the report added.

“This is to inform you that we have terminated you from services with immediate effect because of your highly insensitive and derogatory comments on social media with regard to the current flood situation in Kerala, India,” the letter stated.

The man has since tried to apologize, claiming in a video he posted on Facebook that he was intoxicated from unspecified substances.

He said in this video: “I apologize to everyone in Kerala. Because of my foolishness, a mistake happened on my behalf. I request everyone to forgive me. After that comment, my friends and others have been abusing me on Facebook.”