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Biden’s Billion Dollar Infrastructure Proposal Mistaken & Misunderstood; Outrage for HBCU Funding Decrease.

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



This week, President Biden’s Federal Budget Proposal received heavy criticism from the Black Community due to its reported decrease in funding for HBCUs.

The problem with this situation not only falls on the news of the $2B “decrease”, but also on a couple of other things like:

  1. The fundamental understanding of how the U.S. federal budgeting process actually works. The President makes proposals for Congress to approve, deny, and/or amend. This is where the House and the Senate go back and forth to settle on a resolution. Hints where the $2B came from.
  2. The misleading headlines of mainstream media outlet writers and editors for not reporting clearly. Thus leading the public to draw misguided conclusions, especially from social media exposure and the popcorn era of information absorption that we currently live in.
    Yellow journalism is a B!%@#, no matter which hue of yellow. That’s another topic for another day.

Anyway, I did some digging myself and found these two official documents for you to draw your own conclusions with.

FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan
This lays out the President’s plan for investing in the future of American jobs and resources. Published on March 31, 2021

Meat & Potatoes
Jump to the “Invest in R&D, Revitalize Manufacturing And Small Businesses, And Train Americans For The Jobs Of The Future” further down the page. Access the first bullet point.
I recommend using your browser’s find tool to quickly locate this.


Title II — Committee on Education and Labor
Subtitle A – Education Matters

This is the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2022.
I recommend using your browser’s find tool to quickly locate this.

Meat & Potatoes
(Page 96, line 17) “Subpart C — Investments In Historically Black Colleges And Universities, Tribal Colleges And Universities, And Minority Serving Institutions”

(Page 103, line 3) “Part G — Improving Research And Development Infrastructure For Minority-Serving Institutions”

I typically don’t get into politics because of its complexity. This topic, however, struck a nerve because it showcases the power of journalism and that it must remain pure, true and non-manipulative. Not only this, but it’s MOST important for us to stay engaged with community politics and put the right people into elected positions that can really make a difference.

KANYE WEST Shares Intimate Moments During ‘DONDA’ Listening Party

JannahBBy JannahB
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Mr. West has been awakened!

Global recording artist Kanye West took to his birth town of Atlanta to debut his long-anticipated album titled after his late mother, Donda West. The artist’s tenth studio album was set to release to the public at midnight July 23rd, after the event. However, due to late submissions from featured artists, the album’s new release date is set for August 6, 2021.

Tickets to Kanye’s public listening party sold fast and was able to sell out the arena in a matter of days; a feat nearly unheard of. On top of that, the event shattered Apple Music’s live streaming record with over 3.3 million live viewers.

The Scene

The energy at the Mercedes Benz Stadium was very similar to concert atmosphere. Fans came dressed in edgy streetwear, Yeezy kicks, and/or full-headed masks, to emulate the artist himself. 

Theatrics were minimal. The stage was a simple, white canvas stretching corner to corner, designed specifically for projector art. Fog machines and a white screen on the stadium’s circular jumbotron kept the space feeling “cloud-like”. The mood was fresh and airy.

Once the first track started to play, nearly two hours after ticket time, fans instantly levitated out of their seats with open ears and cell phone cameras ready to absorb what was to come next. 

The crowed rocked in unison the entire time. They allowed Kanye to guide them on an emotional rollercoaster with inspirational messages, energetic lyrics, and even soundbites from his late mother. Hearing Donda West’s narration throughout the project and seeing Kanye’s body language, simultaneously, gave the audience a sense of pause in respect for the artist. 

Kanye West during the chorus of “24” / JannahB for TheBoldOpinion
Album Review

The initial release date of ‘Donda’ was July 23rd at 12:00am, but as of today, fans still have nothing to bop to. Apparently, tardy vocal submissions have aided in the pushback of the album. There are reports that Kanye has taken residency at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, equipped with living quarters, studio equipment, and a private chef to help him get the job done on location! That’s dedication. 

With that said, the album is incomplete and I don’t have much more to say other than give testimony to what was heard — and it sounds great so far!

In my opinion, the album in its entirety was the perfect blend of Kanye’s spirituality, self awareness, self assurance, wisdom, and turn up! He’s geniusly found a great balance of energy and I can appreciate the time it took to mold it over the years. Features from artists like Pusha T, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, JayZ, and Quavo gave the album quite a unique range. Mixing that with those intimate soundbites of his mother’s audio gives you a peek into the mind of a Gemini — all over the place, but if done right, EPIC. 

Twitter Spaces Etiquette

Written by JannahB
EIC, The Bold Opinion

I despise telling grown folks how to behave, but I’ve got good reason this time.

If you haven’t heard by now, Twitter Spaces is Twitter’s new audio drop in chat feature. The feature is still in beta and hasn’t rolled out fully to the public yet. So for the new comers and people still learning the field, here are a few pointers to show how you should work it.

Hosting A Space

Each week, new Twitter users are gaining access to host their own Space. As an audio host to your followers and others, it’s important to keep in mind the following points to lead to a successful, engaging experience.

1) Welcome new listeners periodically 
Show some proper hospitality for your Space. The more welcome your guests feel, the longer their willing to stick around, speak, and provide value to your Space.

2)  Be Vocal
You’re the host. Announce your presence and verbally update you Space with current and past topics so listeners can keep up with the conversation.

3) Don’t Be Afraid To Moderate
Again, it’s your Space and you’re the host.  Keep things orderly by watching speakers overtaking themselves, keeping track of time, maintain a peacefully equal Space, and be mindful of your speaker panel and hot mics.

 

Sharing A Space

I get it, Twitter Spaces is new and exciting and you want to get the best experience possible. However, as a participant in someone else’s Space, it’s helpful to keep in mind a few good practices to enhance the experience.

1) Introductions
When you jump into a Space, you automatically become a listener and won’t have speaker privileges until the host grants you access. Show your presence by throwing up a wave emoji to the Space and mutual followers. If you come in a speaker, verbally announce your presence, in turn, by introducing yourself and thanking the host for hosting the Space.

2)  Fully Utilize Participation Tools
While you’re in a Space, don’t be afraid to use your emojis to express that you’re keeping up with the conversation. You may also post a Tweet to the billboard as a talking point for the Space. To do that, find a relevant tweet, tap the share icon, and tap the option to add the Tweet to the host’s Space.  For bonus points, share out the Space to your timeline and show your followers you’re participating in that Space.

3) Watch Your Speaking Time
As a guest speaker in someone else’s Space, be mindful of the time you spend running your mouth and make room for others to respond to the topic (unless you’re being interviewed). It’s also a good practice to be mindful of your hot mic, so mute yourself when you’re not talking. Nobody wants to hear your cats fighting or rattling dishes in the background because the mics are super sensitive.

4) Bow Out Gracefully
When you’re ready to leave the space and you’ve been an active speaker, it’s polite to announce your departure, if you can help it, and thank the host for hosting the Space.

Again, Twitter Spaces is new and it’s important to learn something and have fun!

Here are other Twitter Spaces topics:
– “Twitter Spaces Is Better Than Clubhouse”
– “Four Ways To Best Utilize Twitter Spaces”