Sean 'Diddy' Combs Delivers Commencement Address at Howard University

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Big Facts

Howard University grad Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu is out here representing. After graduating magna cum laude from HU with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2013, this bad-ass wunderkind, who’s only 18, is entering a Ph.D program. “Typically students graduate high school in Nigeria at age 16,” she explained to The Hilltop. “I graduated high school and entered Howard at age 14. . .I didn’t think graduating at 18 was a big deal, but when everyone else said they were proud of me, I felt emotional to get recognition from so many people.” Chidi-Ogbolu will be working toward a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at University of California, Davis. We see you, Nkechinyere!

Kenya Bradix is being called a hero after subduing the driver who killed 1 and injured 22 others in Times Square yesterday. The Planet Hollywood door supervisor told ABC News after the incident that he saw the car driving in the wrong direction of the road before crashing and hitting pedestrians. When the driver got out of the car “screaming and flailing,” Bradix said he “ran toward him and tackled him down” after being directed to do so by a traffic agent. “I was just doing something that I hope people would do, because I was trying to do the right thing,” he said. The driver, a 26-year-old Navy veteran from the Bronx named Richard Rojas, was taken into custody. According to ABC News, law enforcement sources said “initial tests have come back negative for alcohol but positive for drugs.” It is also being determined whether Rojas suffers from psychological problems.

Big Lies

Yesterday’s White House news conference with Columbia president Juan Manuel Santos was a hot-ass mess. To quickly run it down, Donald Trump vehemently denied there was any collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. He also denied asking Comey to drop the Michael Flynn investigation. Matter of fact, if you let Trump tell it, we’re all just a bunch of liars, and the idea that he “might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigation[s] or impeachment” (as suggested in a question directed at Trump) is so “totally ridiculous” that “everybody thinks so.” Important (read: entertaining) to note that Trump also tweeted yesterday morning: “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” And while we sat here pondering what the hell that could possibly even mean, the folks at Dictionary.com hilariously took some shots.

Big News

When big names die, it’s usually a time when folks—especially across social media (and the internet in general)—come together to express their condolences. But as many of you are prooobably aware, the passing of Roger Ailes is, well…. A *special* case. And Deadspin held back not a bit in expressing this in response to a disposable tweet sent out by David Axelrod. “Inevitably, in the torrent of obituaries to come, someone will recite a list of Roger Ailes’s personal failings, repugnant views, and malignant actions, but then be sure to credit him with having been a brilliant provocateur or a visionary broadcaster or some shit,” Deadspin wrote Thursday in the obituary of obituaries titled “I’m Sorry To Report Roger Ailes Ever Lived.” “’For better or worse,’ they will preface it. Nonsense. An asshole is not a brilliant visionary just because a toilet has a bottomless appetite for what comes out of it.” Touché.

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