Beyoncé left the internet in an uproar on April 24 with the announcement of her Formation Scholars program, which “encourages and supports young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside the box.” Recipients of the prestigious award for the 2017-2018 academic year were revealed Thursday, so without further ado, congratulations to: Sadiya Ramos of Berklee College of Music, Avery Youngblood of Parsons School of Design, Maya Rogers of Howard University, and Bria Paige of Spelman College. (While you patiently await the arrival of the twins, you can read more about the winners here.)
The Formation scholars aren’t the only ones basking in recognition. If you didn’t hear, Jay Z celebrated his Songwriter Hall of Fame induction with TIDAL. Last night he took to Twitter for the first time in a while to thank all the rappers who’ve inspired him—including Bey, because “B a rapper too!”
CNN filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday in efforts to get the FBI to release James Comey’s memos. According to CNN, the FBI “has not provided either the documents or a reason to withhold them,” even upon request. Remember: Comey said himself that the memos are not classified just last week. USA Today also reportedly filed a similar request on Thursday, according to tweet shared by investigative reporter Brad Heath:
Yet another noose was found in the D.C. region, this time hanging from a tree in Montgomery County, according to The Washington Post. “The noose, made of synthetic rope, was found in a tree in a common area near a parking lot around 8 a.m.,” WaPo reports. You may also recall a noose was recently found at the National Museums of African American History and Culture. WTF is going on in 2017?
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