Dion D. Blackmon

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Young, black and buried in debt: How for-profit colleges prey on African-American ambition

Useless degrees are now too-good-to-be-true tickets to the American Dream — targeted at those who can’t afford it<p>There are a few dictums that have enjoyed pride of place in black American families alongside “Honor your parents” and “Do unto others” since at least Emancipation. One of them is this: …

How I Survived A Week Without Food

I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).<p><i>Click here for a step-by-step guide to making homemade Soylent</i><p>My best friend's graduation ceremony starts in 10 minutes and I'm trying to suppress vomit at a Speedway.<p>It's my third day on …

Michelle Obama Heckled For President's Inaction On Proposed LGBT Executive Order

"Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving," the first lady told the heckler. A woman who identified herself as a "lesbian looking for federal equality before I die" interrupted the event, shouting for the president to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from LGBT …

The New “Handmade” (Part Three)

Consumer interest in 3D printing is booming, thanks to increasingly affordable printers, crazy stories about 3D-printed candy, human ears and handguns, all of which are impressive technological leaps. But 3D printing is fueling artists’ creativity, too, whether those artists are formally trained …

The Best Commencement Speeches of 2013

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's that time of year, where college graduates are heading off into the world and everyone from …

Life After Kickstarter: 5 Costly Lessons From A Kickstarter-Backed Designer

Kickstarter backers pledged $212,265 to make Jon Fawcett’s flexible iPod dock a reality. Here’s what came next.<p>For Jon Fawcett, Kickstarter success came with an unusual soundtrack: an air horn.<p>The din started on May 7, 2012, the day Fawcett and his colleagues at Fuse Chicken, a four-person design …