Obama urges Congress to pass American Jobs Act

9 Sep

Niko Clemmons

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama addressed Congress Thursday evening, introducing a new job creation bill, while emphasizing that it get passed right away.

With the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent and the president’s approval rating at 44 percent, some questioned if this would be a jobs speech or the unofficial start of Obama’s re-election campaign.

President Obama revealed a $447 billion dollar American Jobs Act bill, and its purpose is to put more people back to work.

The president stressed creating more jobs for teachers and showing fairness to students.

“Pass this jobs bill and 1,000 teachers will go back to work,” Obama said. “Schools need renovating; how can we expect kids to do their best in places that are falling apart?”

The president also hopes that the bill will put veterans and construction workers back to work, a proposal that got the entire room, even House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH., on their feet.

“Veterans shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they come back home,” Obama said.

During his speech President Obama made aware that both parties have proposed the same cuts and sustained the same ideas the American Jobs Act is outlining.

“Every proposal I have laid out tonight will be paid for and has been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past,” Obama said.  

Obama made it clear to Congress and to the American people that Washington needs to stop with their own political circus, meet their responsibilities and actually do something to help the economy.

“This is simple math … These are real choices,” Obama said. “It is time for us to do what’s right for our future.”

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Wayne’s back!

21 Apr

And yes I said Lil Wayne. As for us here at Neekopolis, we will return with all new stories & posts within the next month. Thanks for your continued support. We can’t do it without you & I promise we won’t!

But I did want to show off Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” Album cover. Tell us what you think!

Lil Twist Ft Lil Wayne “Love Affair” Official Music Video

21 Mar

Here is Lil Twist’s music video for the first single off his upcoming album, Don’t Get It Twisted, “Love Affair”. It features Lil Wayne. Not sure if this is the official video but it does seem to be. Tell me what you think & enjoy!

Kanye West – All Of The Lights (Remix) (Feat Lil Wayne, Big Sean & Drake)

15 Mar

We’re back, and we have a hot new joint for you. Here is Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” official remix! The song features Lil Wayne, Big Sean and Drake. The finished version of this song will have a verse by Kanye and feature other artists including J. Cole. Enjoy.

Lil Wayne – 6′7′ (Feat. Cory Gunz) (Official Music Video)

3 Mar

Here is the highly anticipated music video from Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz, 6’7. It will also premiere on MTV this evening.

The video, directed Hype Williams, takes on an Inception theme. This is the first single off Wayne’s next album, Tha Carter IV. Enjoy!

A Piece of the Present & a Pinch of the Past

1 Mar

So last Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend a seminar about Weldon Irvine Jr. and his inspiration on hip-hop music and sampling. It was hosted by 88.1 WHOV’s program director, Kevin “The Moose” Anderson. There was a great turnout along with refreshments, and the event proved to be very educational, interactive and fun as well. Here is a package I put together of the evening’s seminar. I hope you enjoy.

The Career Fair from Hell

26 Feb

HU student poses to display the outfits that prohibited her from attending the career fair. Photography by: Lauren Legette

LAUREN LEGETTE – Tis the season to be looking for jobs and if that isn’t stressful enough, the recent Career Fair held in the student center sure did do the trick.  Students across campus were eager to learn about the different companies (all of which were a surprise until the day of the actual fair) and to get their resumes circling.  But the day’s loud buzz of networking was replaced by a soft whisper of a few students visiting the companies.

What was the reason for lack of attendance?  A very strict, stern, and abrasive rule of attire mandating students to only be dressed in black suits, white-collared shirts, skin-toned panty hose for the ladies complete with pumps, and the appropriate tie and dress-shoes for men.

Now, as a senior at this university and a student leader, I am no stranger to business professional attire.  And to the credit of the Career Center, they did specify in their e-mails: Business Professional Attire (Dark suits, white blouse or shirt, black shoes) NO SWEAT SUITS, JEANS, T-SHIRTS, SNEAKERS, LEGGINGS OR FISHNET HOSE!

But that doesn’t explain why students in dark blue suits were getting turned away, or why ladies with black stockings were sent back to their rooms.  Don’t believe me?  I’ve got pictures to prove it!  Junior Andrew ‘Audio’ Ngyuen says one administrator “physically took off my jacket to make sure I was properly dressed.  I could have done that myself.”  Juniors Lisa and Lindsey Brown described the experience as ‘ridiculous’ as they were turned away from the fair for wearing black flat shoes.  “If they cared about students getting jobs, they wouldn’t let something so minor as a shoe keep me from an opportunity.  It all seemed very petty.”  Some students, found themselves having to sneak in the side door of the Career Fair, just to get an opportunity at getting a job!  And for the ones who didn’t sneak in, it’s very unlikely that they had time to return to their apartment on Mercury Boulevard, change, and return to the ballroom for the 5-hour long fair while still having time to attend classes. 

And if that wasn’t alarming enough, one of the company presenters was mistaken for a student by a Hampton University administrator and told to leave the event because she was not in “proper attire”.  After affirming her identity and stating that she was representing a company, our beloved administrator told the woman “Well you better put on your identification somewhere so I can see it.”

This presenter said that she would have “enjoyed the opportunity to see each student’s personality, instead of everyone wearing the same thing.  A different colored blouse would have still been appropriate.”

One administrator told a student “We have to teach you guys some time, some kind of way”.  Senior Aurika Whitaker felt that the comment was very pedantic in tone.  “We all appreciate the experience of understanding the standards of professionalism,” Whitaker says, “but to infantile the students seems unnecessary and deprecating to our own personal development.” 

Administration, please hear this plea not as a condemnation but as constructive criticism.  Our desire is to always represent Hampton well and the career fair was no different.  Now, we’ve all learned that for the next career fair, anything short of a BLACK suit, with a WHITE blouse, SKIN TONE panty hose, and black HEELS or dress shoes will not be tolerated…smh