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The U.K. Opens A Free University After Mass Student Protests

Free University Brighton founder, Ali Ghanimi, was inspired by student resistance and radical organizations challenging the status quo:

After mass student protests in London over spiked tuition fees, the abolition of student grants (which was designed to help poorer students through school), and the reports of England having the most expensive tuition in the world, the Free University of Brighton (FUB) is now offering students fee-free tuition as a reprieve from the country's education crisis, Dazed reports.

Free University Brighton founder, Ali Ghanimi, was inspired by student resistance and radical organizations challenging the status quo:

"(The tuition fee hike and government cuts) got me thinking about the dire situation education was in, and how inaccessible it was for many people. Then I went to Occupy London and saw their Tent City University – people creating the means to educate each other, about things that impacted their lives and what they could do to affect change. I thought if that could happen in a tent by the steps of St Pauls, why not in all towns and cities using public space on a more permanent basis?”

FUB offers educational courses that Ghanimi stresses are "cooperatively organized," with fields of study varying from Criminology, Sociology, Philosophy, Media Studies, Political Economy, Gender Studies, and International Relations. Despite being fee-free, the quality of education is of no lesser value, according to Ghanimi. “We offer all sorts of educational events. We have been validated in the same way as conventional universities so the quality is the same.”

The school has also managed to stay fee-free by receiving donations, without relying on grants or trust funds.

The news comes just after weeks of Brexit, the U.K. referendum in which citizens of England voted to leave the European Union. The decision to open a free university will not only bode well for poorer students, but also for African and Middle Eastern immigrants who arrive there to study.

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Continuing her crusade against sexual assault, Tarana Burke will take her advocacy on a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the country. Taking to Instagram to announce her #MeToo movement trek, the trip will begin in April.

"I’m so excited to finally announce this!! This has been a vision of mine for many, many years," Burke captioned the image. "Every year during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) college campuses around the country turn their focus towards dealing with sexual violence but very little activity happens on HBCU campuses during SAAM even though we know it’s happening."

I’m SO EXCITED to finally announce this!! This has been a vision of mine for many, many years. Every year during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) college campuses around the country turn their focus towards dealing with sexual violence but very little activity happens on HBCU campuses during SAAM even though we know it’s happening! I spoke at more than 70 schools in 2018 (I know, right! 😳) and only two HBCUs 😐 and I wanted to change that. This year I teamed up with my girl @fiyawata (the original @professionalblackgirl) to bring this right to the yard and provide a space for HBCU students to talk, vent, strategize and heal. 💕 Sponsored in part by @lifetimetv and @the.root #Repost @metoomvmt ・・・ We are so excited to announce that in exactly two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the ‘me too.’ HBCU Tour featuring ‘me too.’ founder Tarana Burke (@taranajaneen), scholar Dr. Yaba Blay (@fiyawata) and special guests! This multi-city initiative is centered around creating safety and accountability for students, faculty and administrators. We have partnered with some of the country’s finest institutions - Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), to have real conversations about sexual assault and consent on campus. Each tour stop includes a strategic convening, a workshop for male-identifying individuals, and a fireside chat featuring a special guest. To get updates about specific stops, register using the link in our bio. #metooHBCU #metoo #metoomvmt #believesurvivors

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Burke originally spoke at 70 college campuses during SAAM in 2018 but only visited two HBCUs. Partnering with Yaba Blay, the 45-year-old activist wants to "bring this right to the yard and provide a space for HBCU students to talk, vent, strategize and heal."

“While we are working in service to survivors of sexual violence from all walks of life,  it's always been about Black people, particularly Black women and girls. This tour is important because we know that Black women make up the majority of the student population at HBCUs," Burke said to Blavity. "The college tour is an extension of our work to center marginalized communities in the movement to end sexual violence wherever it exists.”

Each panel will include discussions, strategic sessions with campus leaders, and workshops for men, with a special conversation between Burke and Blay. The tour will be sponsored by The Root and Lifetime with free admission for the public. Howard University, the Atlanta University Center located at Clark Atlanta University, Alabama State University, North Carolina Central University, and Florida A&M University are among the locations.

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Kodak Black Says We Need To Put Him Among The Greats Like Tupac, Biggie And Nas

Judging by Kodak Black's recent Instagram Live session, where he claimed that he was on the same level as rappers who are often revered as some of the G.O.A.Ts in the game, he's got an unshakeable confidence. It's admirable...

In a video, the Floridian urges people to stop paying attention to what they see on the Internet about him, because what really matters in the work he produces.

"I'm the hardest young... I'm the hardest rapper in the game, I promise," he proclaims. "Like, when you talk 'bout me, you should put me in a category of like 'Pac, B.I.G, Nas, them n***as, you feel me? Like really listen to my sh*t. Don't care about how I act, like, on the 'Gram, you feel me? F**k what the blogs say, ask about me in the skreets, I’m a real one, and I spit that fire."

The embattled MC recently made headlines for comments he made towards Young M.A. and Lil Wayne. He reportedly said that Wayne "should have died when he was a baby," which caught the wrath of the New Orleans legend's daughter, Reginae.

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Duane Martin Says Tisha Campbell Is Lying About Domestic Abuse

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Duane Martin is reportedly calling his estranged wife Tisha Campbell a liar who "manufactured" a claim about how he abused her. She was reportedly granted a restraining order against her former husband of over 20 years back in January.

Martin says his ex and her brother “manufactured a false claim of alleged domestic violence against the Co-Debtor which they filed with the police. Even Co-Debtor’s family law attorney would not sign his name on such a claim. The police saw the claim for what it was and did not pursue it.”

Mr. Martin claims that the abuse allegations are not true, and that Tisha is trying to ruin his finances. He also accuses her brother Stanley Campbell of illegally recording private conversations.

"Two weeks ago, Stanley flew to New York. While there, he exerted undue influence, bullying and obtained private financial information of my mother and me," his statement continues. "He then turned over his ill-gotten gains to the Trustee a week ago through emails. Stanley is getting more aggressive and using police databases illegally."

In a statement, Ms. Campbell claims that she was physically, mentally and emotionally abused since she married Duane in 1996. One of the alleged incidents involved her being punched in the chest by her then-husband. "The need [to] press criminal charges for his acts overshadows the embarrassment of making his crimes against me public through this report," she stated.

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