NPR: Turning Kids Into Readers, One Barbershop At A Time

By Cory Turner.

The solution first: 15. More precisely, 15 books. That’s Alvin Irby’s answer to a problem he knows all too well as a former kindergarten teacher: How to get children of color excited about reading if they don’t have much experience with books or reading outside of school, and the books they see inside of school don’t speak to them.

One day in March, Irby emerges from the subway in Harlem grateful for the grey hooded sweatshirt under his heavy winter parka. The snow falls in crystals the size of cornflakes. He wears glasses with translucent frames, a touch of cool for a man whose backpack is full of kids’ books. When he enters Levels Barbershop, on Lexington Avenue, the place thrums with electric razors, conversation and a movie on the flatscreen.

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Top Five Politicians with Facial Hair 2018

By David Michael Newstead.

5. Jeremy Corbyn – Still in opposition, British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has strengthened his position within his party. But while he inspires committed support from left-wing voters and activists, Corbyn also seems perpetually dogged by controversies.

4. Mohammed bin Salman – Mohammed bin Salman was appointed to be the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in the middle of 2017. Since then, he has pushed for major reforms in Saudi society such as lifting the ban on women driving. And at age 32, he could conceivably lead the kingdom for decades once he ascends to the throne.

3. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India since 2014, Modi is a Hindu Nationalist and heads the most populous democracy on Earth.

2. Raul Castro – Cuban President Raul Castro will step down on April 19, 2018, ending the Castro family’s six decades in power. And while the Communist Party will retain its control of the country, the pace of political change is likely to increase in the years to come, especially with the Castro brothers out of the picture.

1. John Bolton – A controversial neoconservative hawk and advocate of regime change, Bolton was recently appointed to be President Trump’s new National Security Adviser.