Crystal Morrow’s first day as a DeKalb County 911 operator proved to be the ultimate test after the months of training she spent preparing for the job. During the first half of her Monday shift Morrow had answered several calls including one for a burglary in progress and another for a house fire, WYAY All News 106.7 and WAGA Fox 5 reported. Then, just four hours into her day, she picked up a call from what seemed like a very familiar voice. “I heard her voice, and I saw her name pop up on the screen. I was like, ‘Wait. This is my aunt,’” said Morrow. “I did freeze. Like I really, my hands froze over the keyboard but I knew I had to go ahead and get it in.” Her aunt was calling for help because Crystal’s father had gone into diabetic shock. Read more.
Last time a batch of college admissions essays leaked online, from Columbia University, everyone was embarrassed, mostly because they were forced to remember their own adolescent humblebrags disguised as thesaurus-fueled philosophizing. But it’s hard to feel bad for Kwasi Enin, the 17-year-old Long Island student who was accepted to every Ivy League school, and whose own essay is now public, thanks to the New York Post. It is very much a college essay — flowery language, Big Ideas, lessons learned — but it also worked. Read more.
Last week, Lakers star Kobe Bryant found himself at the center of a social media firestorm when critics slammed him for his comments on the Trayvon Martin case. Now, Bryant’s fellow ball player, Dwyane Wade is responding to the Lakers frontrunner saying the Miami Heat’s actions had nothing to do with race. Read more.
The race to permanently replace Cory Booker as mayor of Newark has gotten a little crazy: Right now, former Newark city council head Luis Quintana is finishing out the term that Booker left when he became New Jersey’s junior Senator, but he isn’t trying to hold onto the seat after the scheduled election on May 13. Two Democrats — activist Ras Baraka and attorney Shavar Jeffries — are running against each other for the office. In mid-February, a surveillance camera caught a man setting fire to an empty Baraka campaign bus and, for good measure, pouring sugar in the gas tank. Read more.
The winners of the Peabody Awards were announced on Wednesday, and “Key & Peele,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Scandal,” “The Returned” and documentaries from HBO, PBS, ESPN and Frontline were among the 46 winners. Read more.
On Tuesday night, Bratton attended a private reception with community leaders where he took questions and heard feedback on the New York City Police Department’s fractured relationship with the black community and how to improve it. The event, hosted by author Crystal McCrary and Citigroup executive Raymond McGuire, was attended by leaders like the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Sherrilyn Ifill, the National Urban League’s Marc Morial and the Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as media figures such as CBS’ Gayle King and Michelle Miller and thought leaders like Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum in Harlem and stylist June Ambrose. Read more.