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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Take that step: College Financial Aid Resources

As the world economy continues to globalize its apparent in order to achieve upward mobility in our society, you must be educated. G.E.D.'s are no longer enough to afford a middle class lifestyle, you need a college degree. Most people I speak to stand on two sides of the issues, those who can afford it go to school, and those who can't are forced to attend vocational institutions. Being that I attended a university, I'm imparital to advocating a university education and I can't really comment on the vocation education. Although statistics show that college enrollment is at an all-time high and shows no signs of decreasing any time soon. It doesn't take a genius to observe on any university campus the lack of black and hispanic males who are enrolled in the university. I can attest that minority women and white women are the lead beneficiaries of affirmative action, due to the fact that if you eliminated most university athletic departments, the percentage of minority male enrollment would plumet.

I don't believe in going to university expecting a huge paycheck at the end of the road, due to the fact that most college graduates still have a difficult time finding employment. I would argue that college graduates can leverage the degree in salary negotiations for a higher salary base .
I know most young people don't have a clue about what they want to do with their lives, much less go to school for, however just having the degree forces your employer to consede a higher compensation rate which benefits the student. Increasingly, employers are looking at a wide variety of degrees in the hiring process.

What I find it appalling the percentage of black and latino men in prision out numbers the number of men of color attending our countries' higher education institutions. Lets wake up and get our people to school.

Grants / Scholarships/ Information

Gates Millennium ScholarsThe Gates Millenium Scholars program was founded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is intended to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The program is open to high school seniors, college sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students in mathematics, science, computer science, engineering, education, or library science. Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. 1,000 new students will be supported each year. For more information, call 1-877-690-4677 or visit the GMSP web site. Additional information is also available through the United Negro College Fund, the American Indian College Fund, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

NACME, Inc.NACME is the nation's largest privately funded source of scholarships for minority engineering students. NACME supports more than 1,500 minority engineering students nationwide. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to full scholarships and may include summer internships, research projects, career workshops and other opportunities. NACME scholarships are available to African American, Latino and Native American students. NACME, Inc.3 West 35th StreetNew York, NY 10001-2204Phone: 1-212-279-2626 x.218Fax: 1-212-629-5178

United Negro College Fund

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Sunday, December 11, 2005


Its funny how life works out. I attended Penn State and during my stay I ran into a lot of hip-hop promoters, deejays, artists, producers, etc. In any case I was at my favorite website and saw the new web radio show by non-other than DJ Opal, one of the dopest mixers I've ever heard period. Mike Jax and Opal had a show on college radio that was simply filthy. Now the cuttincrew is back in full effect. A member of the shadyville deejay's Opal will not dissappoint. Check him out and show him love, let him know what you want to listen to and get your shoutouts heard all over the world. Hit em up. (Let em know we sent ya).
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DJ OPAL! is one of the hottest urban DJ's in the northeast at this time, represented through cuttin crew productions/party radio 107.5fm Germany & radio dinamate 101.2fm Russia. He has over twenty years of experience and has established himself as a genuine asset to the scene.
Playing in various venues across the northeast with his versatile mixing style has created a huge impact, DJ OPAL! Has left an impressive mark at each event he has been involved with. Currently Playing at various venues in the northeast, whilst also establishing various successful residences.

Along with demonstrating fantastic club skills, DJ OPAL! has also built up a large audience with his radio show “Tha World Wide Show.” Which he first started on Radio Dinamate 101.2 fm, then creating another outlet on Party Radio 107.5fm where he holds down a primetime 8-10pm Saturday slot but still has the freedom to keep his taste at the forefront of the show. Playing all the current and up and coming urban jointz, whilst also previewing new talent incorporating competitions and give-aways plus interacting with the listening audience each week.
Influenced by some of the most influential dj's in the game from past to present includes Jazzy Jeff, Cash Money, DJ Aladdin, Afrika Bambatta, Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Caz, and Jam Master Jay to new school trail blazers A-Trak, The X-Men, 5th Platoon, & Beat Junkies. This has created a big impact on how DJ OPAL! selects his mixes when in nightclubs, radio, and in production methods adding new with the old and creating an interesting mash-up which has his followers coming back time and time again to re live this unique experience.
DJ OPAL! is always looking on how to take the dj game one step further and as he states "there are a lot of great dj's with not a drop of business knowledge, and this separates a dj from being successful in the game or being lumped in the pot with everyone else". This business savvy approach to the entertainment business has created new ventures including an upstart company along with business associate Mike jax entitled The Cuttin which will bring many opportunities to the table within the Philadelphia area and beyond.