What to know about Robert F. Smith, the man paying off Morehouse grads’ student loans

(CNN)Robert F. Smith lifted a huge burden off the graduating class of Morehouse College when he announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt of more than 300 students. Smith is the richest black person in the United States, with a net worth of $5 billion, according to Forbes. Yes, he’s richer than Oprah. He’s the founder of the investment firm Vista Equity, which boasts capital commitments of $46 billion, according to its website. In 2019, Smith was #355 on the Forbes Billionaires List. Smith is the son of educators who started his career as a chemical engineer for Goodyear and Kraft. He attended business school at Columbia University and went on to make …

30 Times People Were Hilariously Surprised By Bathroom Mirror Designs

Bored Panda has curated a list of the most bizarre bathroom mirrors that warranted a bathroom selfie to show off just how strange the reflections were. From bizarre placements creating weird optical illusions, to mirror frames without glass, to inconvenient placements, we aren’t sure how helpful these mirrors are but they sure are entertaining. #1 When You’re Feeling Great But Your Hotel Mirror Puts You Back In Check The mirrors we have come to know and obsessively stare at today began in Germany about 200 years ago, but the very first reflective pieces got their start much earlier. According to vision scientist Dr. Jay Enoch wrote a review in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, people in Anatolia — modern-day …

Millions of acres of rainforest saved: A tiny Amazon tribe just defeated big oil in a historic lawsuit.

It’s not every day that you see a story like this. A real David v. Goliath story that results in a win for all of humanity. The Ecuadorian government wanted to drill for oil through seven million acres of land in the Amazon. However, their efforts were stopped thanks to the Waorani people of Pastaza, who won a historic court ruling against the government. The lawsuit represented 16 Waorani communities who live inside the Ecudorian jungle. As Rachel Riederer for The New Yorker reports: On April 26th, a parade of hundreds of Waorani men and women, members of an indigenous nation in a remote part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, marched triumphantly through the streets of Puyo, the regional capital of …

Rave moves become contemporary dance

He has clearly never seen Billy Elliott. But perhaps if Billy Elliott had listened to some rave tapes, that story would have been different. Skip Youtube post by Gary Clarke Co Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report Encouraged by a teacher who caught him raving solo in a school dance studio, Clarke, from Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, channelled the energy of acid house as he pursued a career in contemporary dance. He now runs his own dance company and has been looking back to the early 1990s during the research for his new show, Wasteland, which premiered in Doncaster on Wednesday. That has involved watching hours of footage of raves on YouTube in an attempt to turn the spontaneous, …

Renowned architect I.M. Pei dead at 102

I.M. Pei in 1988. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani) His buildings added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces. Among them are the striking steel and glass Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong and the Fragrant Hill Hotel near Beijing. His work spanned decades, starting in the late 1940s and continuing through the new millennium. Two of his last major projects, the Museum of Islamic Art, located on an artificial island just off the waterfront in Doha, Qatar, and the Macau Science Center, in China, opened in 2008 and 2009. Pei painstakingly researched each project, studying its use and relating it to the environment. But he also was interested in architecture as art — and the …

What I’ll miss about ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ a problematic network titan

ends on Thursday after 12 ridiculed seasons. But dont let its divisive nature fool you: More people than did last weeks . no longer wanted to do itcelebratedcertain parts of the internetGuardian back in August. tributesMy immense frustration with can be summed up in a single . Pennythe only female character on the show for several seasons who didnt even have a surname until she married Leonard Hofstadter in the season 9 premierefinally told off Howard after hed spent most of the series to date sexually harassing her. She was then forced to apologize to a depressed Howard for hurting his feelings. He started watching right in the middle of its run, roughly around the time that it hit syndication. …

A billionaire is wiping out the debt of an entire 2019 college class. AOC says they shouldnt need an act of charity.

In an astonishing display of generosity, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced that his family is providing grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire 2019 class at Morehouse College. Smith made the announcement while giving a commencement speech at the all-male historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, May 19. It was met by an enthusiastic cheer from the 400 graduating seniors. “My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans,” Smith said. According to the college, Smith pledges to donate $40 million to the graduates. Smith is the founder of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with over $46 billion in assets. While Smith’s donation is an incredible show of generosity, …

What We Need From the Game of Thrones Finale

First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven. For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows. (Like, seriously, does anything Tyrion proposes make rational sense?) Granted, the show has a lot of loose ends to tie up, but in doing so, it's left quite a few of us totally frayed. But there's hope. Season 8 may have been a roller coaster up until this point, but Game of Thrones has one final episode left in which it could make everything right. It is possible! It's highly unlikely, but still possible. To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and …

This Shiba Inu Is The Cutest Flower Boi In Japan And His 19 Pics Are Making People Happy

Just like the iconic flowers the canine likes to frolic in, the Shibu Inu is a symbol of Japan. The Shiba is the smallest of the six original Japanese dogs (Akita Inu, Shikoku Inu, Kishu Inu, Hokkaido, and Kai Ken) which were all bred before the 19th century. issyrider Ishizuki has been a photographer, working with a single-lens reflex camera, since 2016 – only one year before she got Hachi. Through the photos, this sweet pup gives off an infectious warmth, but his owner said it was not always like that for this rescue dog, “He was very scared of dogs, but now he is very friendly with everyone.” issyrider Because of their lineage and personality, Shibas are the number …

23 Oddly Satisfying Soviet-Era Control Rooms

In the 69 years of its existence the Soviet Union, or USSR, became an industrial and technological behemoth. The communist union of republics (many of which were unwilling members that were kept behind the iron curtain by force), sent the first man into space, was the catalyst behind the defeat of the Nazis and had a list of rather impressive achievements in its short history, despite obvious flaws in the makeup of its society. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: republic.ru crimea.ria.ru One thing we can all appreciate, however, is the strange beauty of these Soviet-era control rooms. Before digitization, things like power plants, railway systems, space programs and nuclear weapons had to be monitored by huge banks …

Inside the Hybrid Digital-Analog Lives of Children

Kids today are voracious technology consumers for sure, but they are also active participants—creators, collaborators, and even influencers. So parents have much more to wrestle with than some broad-brush notion of “screen time.” Whatever you think of Fortnite, when children play it they are working together as a team (that’s good!), in a tech-mediated environment (is that bad?); and they’re not just playing a videogame, they’re socializing—factor that into your screen-time calculus. The youngs are also creating their own content, from unboxing toy reviews and “watch me play Minecraft” videos to DIY slime posts on Instagram, some of them attracting massive audiences and making serious money. They have agency and aspirations online, which makes them vulnerable to the same forces …

The best Netflix original documentaries of 2019

Documentaries are enjoying a boom in 2019, particularly on streaming services. Netflix has led the charge with high-profile documentaries on Billy McFarland’s spectacular Fyre Festival failure and the congressional campaigns of four female Democrats, including Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-N.Y.). But the streaming giant has also released several humbler, equally addictive docuseries, delving into Southeast Asian street cuisine and using sports to explore the obtuse concept of losing. From single-serving feature films to binge-worthy series, these are the best Netflix original documentaries of 2019. The best Netflix original documentaries of 2019 1) (nine-episode docuseries) Street Food,the newest offering fromChefs TablemastermindsDavid Gelb and Brian McGinn,has the lovely filmmaking and meticulous food porn shots that you have come to expect from them, and much of …

Me Too Backlash Is Getting Worse

A stunning 60% of male managers said they’re uncomfortable mentoring, working one-on-one, and socializing with women at work, according to a survey released Friday morning by , the women’s advocacy group founded by Facebook executive said overwhelmingly Some men also like to claim that women are fabricating claims. Those fears are largely unfounded, Thomas said. She points out that the same myth surrounds sexual assault. False accusations make up a very low percentage of reported rapes, according to more. for his work with men who’ve been fired for sexual misconduct. His firm also represents women in sexual harassment cases. “MeToo has had a chilling effect on the relationship between men and women in the workplace. Men are either scared to …

From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn: 50 great thrillers by women

In response to a list of the 100 best crime novels that had only 28 female authors, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other leading writers nominate some alternatives When the Sunday Times picked its The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey A teenage war orphan accuses two women of kidnap and abuse, but something about her story doesnt add up. The Field of Blood by Denise Mina The first in the Paddy Meehan series sees the reporter looking into the disappearance of a child from his Glasgow home, with evidence pointing the police towards two young boys. A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine Writing under her pen name, Ruth Rendell tells of the discovery of a woman …

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Photoshop played an outsize role in the odious college admissions scandal that broke earlier this year. Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes. With the Photoshopped water polo image in particular, the one that helped an undistinguished high schooler get recruited by USC, Singer seems to have created a mythological creature—a Ceto for the digital age. Call them the Collegiae: They’ve got the heads of princesses and the bodies of serpents. To mark the moment, a Twitter friend, Peter Mohan, ginned up an image …

Dad Makes Goth Daughter Feel At Home In This German Hardware Store Ad

The Goth subculture, which began in the ’80s on the back of the punk subculture of the ’70s, has survived and thrived over the years along with its associated tastes in music, aesthetics, and fashion. Goths have contributed much to wider culture over the years, with icons like Robert Smith, David Bowie, Nico and Tim Burton heavily influenced by the dark, artistic and androgynous characteristics of the Goth scene. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online HORIZONT Online Everyone needs their support network, don’t they? In the absence of other Goths in the town, this queen of darkness is fortunate to have a father that supports her unconditionally. HORIZONT Online HORIZONT …