Justin Shumpert a Milwaukee 5th grader is pictured with Logan Powell, Director of Admissions at Princeton University in Trenton, New Jersey. Justin recently made the 900 mile trip with his mother and little brother to tour the University as a promise made by his parents if he achieved a 3.5 gpa or higher for the first two semesters of the school year. Justin first became interested in Princeton in third grade when he and a group of classmates won a medal in the Lindsey Heights Math Competition. He is currently testing at a 8.7 Math and Reading level in 5th grade. Justin was toured around the University with Shawon Jackson, a Chicago native who will graduate in 2015. When asked if he is gifted he says "No, there are lots of kids like me in Milwaukee, stories just aren't written about them.
by Derrick Bryson Taylor, Essence
All hail the Queen of Soul!
Today, Aretha Franklin blows out 71 candles.
To date, the ESSENCE Festival alumna has earned an impressive 18 Grammy awards and released more than 41 albums. During Franklin’s 50-plus year career, she’s brought home a number of major awards including an honorary doctorate from Princeton University in 2012.
The singer is also no stranger to headlines. Last year, Franklin caught everyone’s attention when she announced her engagement to William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson only to call it off weeks later. Franklin claimed she and Wilkerson were moving too fast.
In recent months, Franklin has turned her attention to casting an a upcoming biopic about her life. Although a lead has yet to be chosen, Franklin’s been very adamant about selecting Halle Berry for the part despite Berry’s public apprehension. She’s also partnering with music executive Clive Davis for her upcoming album.
Send your happy birthday wishes to the legend who brought us hits like “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady” and “Freeway of Love.”