Chelesa Fearce is a high school student from Charles Drew High School that graduated valedictorian with a gpa of 4.466 despite being homeless for most of high school. Fearce from Clayton county, Ga will be attending Spellmen in the fall as a college junior. Congrats Chelesa Fearce, may God continue to bless you! Keep up the great work! I can’t do the article justice, but I tried to summarize the most important parts, but here is the article below:
Homeless teen graduates as valedictorian of high school class | www.wsbtv.com
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Clayton County teen credits hard work for becoming valedictorian of her graduating class.
Chelesa Fearce, a senior at Charles Drew High School, said she was homeless for most of her high school career, even living in her mother’s car at times.
“I just told myself to keep working, because the future will not be like this anymore,” Fearce said. “You’re worried about your home life and then worried at school. Worry about being a little hungry sometimes, go hungry sometimes. You just have to deal with is. You eat what you can, when you can.”
The family of five sometimes had an apartment, but those occasions were short-lived.
“Ended up back in another shelter because I got laid off from my job maybe about four or five times,” Fearce’s mother, Reenita Shephard said.
“I just did what I had to do,” Fearce said.
Fearce achieved a 4.466 GPA and tested high enough to enroll in all college courses for her last two years of high school. When she enters Spelman in the fall, she will do so as a college junior.
Her SAT score of 1900 also made her a star student at Charles Drew.
Fearce’s sister is graduating this year as salutatorian from George Washington Carver High School in Atlanta.
“I read to them a lot. Everything was a learning experience,” Shephard said.
“Don’t give up. Do what you have to do right now so that you can have the future that you want,” Fearce said.
Tiff J of The Intersection of Madness & Reality wrote an amazing piece on street harassment. She talks about the study of street harassment and how it affects women, especially Black women. Tiff J takes a stand against the misogyny and male privilege of street harassment, while giving an account of her own personal run in.
I do not understand why boys, no grown man would act such a way, think it is okay to make crude and inappropriate remarks to women. There have been stories of women with their children being harassed on the street. Imagine explaining to your young child what the words, some stranger on the street called you, mean.
Street harassment is a serious problem just like rape, sexual abuse, abuse, and more. Women should not fear for their safety if they choose to exert their power of being human by not engaging strangers in conversation. No woman should be attacked because she did not respond to cat calls or give her number to some guy.
The theme of males being able to assault women due to their egos being hit are becoming too common and I am not amused in the least. This issue does not only affect adult women, but young girls that are teenagers and younger.
The fact that women must cater to the ego of strange men is not a practice of democracy. Point blank, street harassment needs to be taken seriously and I strongly believe women should have the right to shoot such men, but the law would place these women in jail for murder rather than self-defense.
Young boys need to understand that screaming sexual and crude remarks or cursing a woman out because she ignores you is not okay. It is disrespectful and immature. No male is entitled to the acknowledgement or attention of a woman and should not feel so.
These young men need to be raised understanding that they do not have the right to treat a woman however they feel just because they feel slighted.
Please read the article by Tiff J in the link and share your thoughts about your own experiences or your own thoughts about street harassment.
14-year-old girl reported missing from Kankakee
May 20, 2013, 2:17 pm
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By Nicole Leonhardt
A 14-year-old girl has been reported missing from Kankakee.
Dominique Ferguson, who lives in Florida with her father, was visiting her grandfather in Kankakee when she went missing in March, according to Kankakee police.
Ferguson was reported missing by her father on March 30, but police didn’t release information earlier because the father was uncooperative with providing details.
Police believe the teenager — black, 5-foot-5, 150 pounds — could be in the Chicago area with her mother, Lakesha Howard.
Anyone with information about Ferguson is asked to call their local police department.
14-year-old girl reported missing from Kankakee – The Daily-Journal
Police, family members looking for missing college student
Posted on: 4:44 pm, May 19, 2013, by Jeremy Ross, updated on: 10:26pm, May 19, 2013
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police are looking for Jessica Benson — a college student who has been missing since May 9th.
Benson’s family filed a missing person’s report with police, after they say Benson went missing after showing up for work at the Educators Credit Union on 7025 West Appleton Avenue — an employer she has worked for for about a half-dozen years.
Benson’s family says she has never run away or gone missing before.
“The not knowing is really hurting me because it’s like the worst thing ever. It’s like, what if she doesn’t come home? What if we can’t find her? How long is it going to take?” Benson’s sister, Judith Beyer said.
Beyer says Benson called into work to let staff members know she had an allergic reaction on the 11th of May — and hasn’t been heard from since.
Benson was scheduled to graduate from Mount Mary College on May 17th, with a degree in chemistry and a certificate in peace building.
“She wouldn’t throw four years of her life away — just to not finish school. She was too close to the finish line to give up,” Beyer said.
Beyer says for her sister to miss both school and work is so out of character that she is convinced her sister is the victim of foul play.
“Maybe she got taken. I believe somebody has her,” Beyer said.
Benson has long black hair, is about 5’4″ to 5’5″ tall and of mixed race. She wears black framed glasses.
Benson’s family has established a reward for any individual(s) who can provide information leading to Benson’s whereabouts.
Police, family members looking for missing college student | FOX6Now.com
Her family is holding a vigil for Jessica Benson on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Educators Credit Union, the information is here Vigil planned Wednesday for missing Milwaukee college student – News – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM
Little Rock Police looking for Trakia Patton, missing teen out of Alexander
3:49 PM, May 17, 2013 | 2 comments
Trakia Dijuantayia Patton (Photo: LRPD)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Little Rock Police are currently on the lookout for a teenager who was reported missing; authorities fear she may be trying to cause harm to herself.
According to Sgt. Cassandra Davis, Trakia Dijuantayia Patton, 18, of Alexander, was last seen May 11 around 9 p.m. by her mother. She was said to be heading to a graduation party to Flying D’s on 4601 S. University.
Trakia is described as a black female with a medium complexion and medium build, standing at 5 feet, 1 inch and weighing around 130 pounds. Her eyes are brown and she has short, straight, black hair. In addition, she also has a tattoo on her chest that says “Love is blind” in Spanish, which may translate to “Amor es ciego” or “El Amor es Ceigo.” She also has a tongue ring.
She was supposed to be driving a red 1999 Pontiac Grand Am with Arkansas license plate 231 SGI, but the car was apparently found May 16 at the Spring Valley Aparements on I-30.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Trakia Patton or have seen her, please contact Detective Richard Kindervater at (501) 371-4737 or a Violent Crimes Detective at (501) 371-4660 as soon as possible.
Little Rock Police looking for Trakia Patton, missing teen out of Alexander | todaysthv.com
I am aware of needing to jazz up my posts with positive stories/pictures. Well one thread that I enjoy on Lipstickalley is a thread that shows the beauty of women with the beautiful continent of Africa. So in the words of cocoa brother “Rep your country!”
So these are a few of the pictures I have chosen from the thread, check the rest out here http://www.lipstickalley.com/f374/african-beauties-nationality-black-beautiful-446308/.
SPD searching for missing 12-year-old girl
Published On: May 11 2013 11:14:19 AM CDT
SHREVEPORT, La. -
The Shreveport Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing child who has not been seen or heard from since early Thursday morning.
12-year-old Jailyn Pouncy has been missing since Thursday May 9, 2013, when she was last seen in the 300 block of West 69th Street in Shreveport.
Pouncy is described as a 5’6”, 110 pound black female with black hair and brown eyes.
Pouncy was last seen wearing khaki colored capri style pants, a denim vest and a blue Aeropostle jacket.
She was also seen carrying a red backpack.
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Jailyn Pouncy, they are asked to call Missing Persons detectives at 318-673-7029 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.
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