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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 31, 2019. 2 comments

Citing a Shortage of Black Doctors, Career Mechanic Becomes One at Age 47: 'You Can Do it, This is Totally Possible'

Citing a Shortage of Black Doctors, Career Mechanic Becomes One at Age 47: 'You Can Do it, This is Totally Possible'

Representation matters.

It’s much more than a mere catchphrase devised to disrupt the status quo, it’s a rallying cry in our quest to survive in a world constructed to malign and subjugate us. It’s also a reminder that manifests every time a black child believes they don’t belong, or that their aspirations are unrealistic, as was the case with Carl Allamby of Cleveland.

According to...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 30, 2019. 20 comments

#DodgeBallWhileBlack: 10-Year-Old Black Boy Charged With a Crime for Playing Dodge Ball

#DodgeBallWhileBlack: 10-Year-Old Black Boy Charged With a Crime for Playing Dodge Ball

In the latest case of what one apparently cannot do and be black in this country, a 10-year-old black child is facing an assault charge because he (allegedly) hit another child (and, yes, a white child) in the face while playing a game of dodge ball.

The black child’s mom, Cameishi Lindley, tells WXYZ 7 Action News Detroit that she almost couldn’t believe it when she got a call last week from...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 26, 2019.

White Professor Accuses Historically Black Tuskegee University of Age, Racial Discrimination: 'It's Just Wrong'

White Professor Accuses Historically Black Tuskegee University of Age, Racial Discrimination: 'It's Just Wrong'

Here’s something I never thought I’d live to see: a historically black college has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging age and racial discrimination—by a white guy.

According to the Daily Beast, the school in question is Alabama’s Tuskegee University, which is being sued by its own 73-year-old physics professor and one-time Teacher of the Year, Marshall Burns. In a filing to the U.S. District...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 23, 2019. 1 comments

‘I Cannot Tell a Lie’: Decision to Paint Over George Washington Mural Raises Dem Fears of a Campaign Gift to Trump

‘I Cannot Tell a Lie’: Decision to Paint Over George Washington Mural Raises Dem Fears of a Campaign Gift to Trump

Controversy is roiling Democratic circles in San Francisco over a controversial decision by the city’s school board to paint over an early-20th-century mural that depicts George Washington as a slave owner as well as a military commander who oversaw the decimation of Native Americans.

Supporters of the move say the 1936 mural by Victor Arnautoff, an artist, Stanford professor and avowed...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 22, 2019.

Angela Davis to be Inducted Into the National Women's Hall of Fame

Angela Davis to be Inducted Into the National Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women’s Hall of Fame prides itself on celebrating the achievements of transcendent women throughout the course of American history. And this fall, educator and activist Angela Davis will be recognized for both her courage and accomplishments.

The Associated Press reports that Davis is among the class of 2019 inductees, which includes lawyer Sarah Deer, New York...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 16, 2019. 1 comments

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered
“Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and then you just turn up on the other side of the barrier...No, there’s breaking involved. And when you break things, it’s painful. You get hurt, you may get cut and you may bleed. It will be worth it, but it is not without pain.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Of the many Democratic candidates campaigning for the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 10, 2019. 23 comments

White Woman Discovers Racism

White Woman Discovers Racism

In the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, alongside her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, hosted former Sex and the City star Kristin Davis for a probing, earnest talk about the complications of transracial adoption.

Titled “Should White People Adopt Black Kids,” the discussion featured Davis talking at length about her experiences as the mother of two black children: a...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Jul 03, 2019. 4 comments

Access Is Not Inclusion: Meet the Harvard Professor Who Studies Low-Income and Disadvantaged College Students

Access Is Not Inclusion: Meet the Harvard Professor Who Studies Low-Income and Disadvantaged College Students
“Education alone does not erase generations of exclusion, racism that we see in the housing market, that we see in the job market, that we see in the very DNA of this country.” — Professor Anthony Jack, Ph.D.

When I was in high school, I was an idealist—especially when it came to my education.

“If I study hard, get wonderful grades, and join the right extracurriculars, I’ll definitely earn some...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 01, 2019. 6 comments

Clap Your Hands: Pharrell Williams Makes 114 Grads of Harlem High School ‘Happy’ With Guaranteed Internships

Clap Your Hands: Pharrell Williams Makes 114 Grads of Harlem High School ‘Happy’ With Guaranteed Internships

Having the prolific hit-maker Pharrell Williams as their commencement speaker probably seemed like a big enough “get” for the graduating class of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy. But the ridiculously ageless producer and singer had one welcome surprise for the young graduates: guaranteed internships.

“Let me be clear...every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 29, 2019. 5 comments

Meet Sydney Wilson, the 14-Year-Old Who Just Became the Youngest Student to Attend Spelman College

Meet Sydney Wilson, the 14-Year-Old Who Just Became the Youngest Student to Attend Spelman College

After conquering high school and leaving straight A’s in her wake, Atlanta native Sydney Wilson will be taking the next step in her academic journey by attending Spelman College in the fall.

Did I mention she’s only 14 years old?

WREG Memphis reports that the rumors are true: she’ll be graduating from The Wilson Academy—where she’s taken high school-level classes since she was 10—to finally...

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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing May 25, 2019. 1 comments

Free Your Mind: 10 Missouri Eastern Prison Inmates Graduate College

Free Your Mind: 10 Missouri Eastern Prison Inmates Graduate College

Ten inmates from the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center made history Wednesday as the first graduates of Washington University’s Prison Education Project.

The proud graduates were decked out in the university’s green and black graduation regalia and participated in a small ceremony in a visitation room in the state prison, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The event was attended by...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 23, 2019. 8 comments

Homeless Student Awarded $3 Million in Scholarships, Named Valedictorian

Homeless Student Awarded $3 Million in Scholarships, Named Valedictorian

For most high school students, their senior year is riddled with challenges. But outside of the demands of homework and having hormones on the fritz, 17-year-old Tupac Mosley of Memphis, Tenn., faces a particular challenge unlike anyone else in his graduating class: he’s homeless.

Mosley refused to use his circumstances as an excuse not to thrive academically, and Fox 13 reports that he’s...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 17, 2019. 12 comments

SATs Invite Controversy With New 'Adversity Score'

SATs Invite Controversy With New 'Adversity Score'

After a week full of terrible ass ideas comes the news that the College Board—the organization responsible for administering SATs—will bestow students with an “Adversity Score” based upon their socioeconomic status.

And if this sounds like another terrible ass idea, it’s because it is.

Per CNN:

The score takes into account information from the student’s background, but it does not include...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir May 12, 2019. 14 comments

Picture of Smiling Teachers Holding Noose Lands All Four on Paid Leave Alongside Principal

Picture of Smiling Teachers Holding Noose Lands All Four on Paid Leave Alongside Principal

Four teachers in California decided to get cute and pose with a noose. Now, their bosses will decide if they, along with their principal, will receive their direct deposits from the school district or state unemployment.

In the photo, originally shared online free of caption or context, was taken and initially distributed by the Summerwing Elementary School Principal Linda Brandits, according...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai May 11, 2019. 4 comments

LeBron James’ I Promise School Receives a $1 Million Boost from Dick’s Sporting Goods

LeBron James’ I Promise School Receives a $1 Million Boost from Dick’s Sporting Goods

The good news keeps coming for LeBron James’ groundbreaking I Promise School in his native Akron, Ohio. Following April reports that the school was already yielding incredible results in its first year, the NBA star surprised I Promise students by announcing that they’d be receiving a brand new gym, thanks to a $1 million grant from Dick Sporting Goods, as part of the Sports Matter program....

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 10, 2019. 5 comments

Meet Tay Anderson, the 20-Year-Old School Board Candidate Determined to Rescue the Denver Public School System From Itself

Meet Tay Anderson, the 20-Year-Old School Board Candidate Determined to Rescue the Denver Public School System From Itself

Everything about activist Tay Anderson screams “about that action.”

In 2017, a 19-year-old Anderson spearheaded a 200-person “We Don’t Drink Ink” protest after Colorado-based Ink Coffee boasted “Happily Gentrifying Since 2014" in its promotional materials—which was pretty damn brazen considering the cafe was located in Five Points, one of Denver’s oldest, historically black neighborhoods.

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G.T. Robbie G.T. Robbie May 09, 2019.

From Homecoming to the ‘School of B’ Howard University Traditions Helped Mold Ezinne Kwubiri for Success

From Homecoming to the ‘School of B’ Howard University Traditions Helped Mold Ezinne Kwubiri for Success

Back in high school, applying to an HBCU wasn’t even on the radar of Ezinne Kwubiri as she made college plans. In fact, the Nigerian-born, future H&M executive’s only knowledge about historically black institutions came from what she saw on TV sitcoms in the 1980s and ’90s—The Cosby Show and A Different World. But after a friend invited her to visit the Howard University campus, Kwubiri was...

Jay Connor Jay Connor May 08, 2019. 10 comments

Mom of the Year Gets a Surprise When She Skips Her Own Graduation to Attend Her Son's

Mom of the Year Gets a Surprise When She Skips Her Own Graduation to Attend Her Son's

Mothers far too often go unrewarded for their tremendous sacrifices. But thankfully, Central Michigan University made it their mission to ensure that Sharonda Wilson received a surprise blessing for hers.

When Sharonda discovered that her college graduation fell on the same date as her son Stephan’s, the decision was obvious: there was no way she would miss his graduation. So she chose to...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 08, 2019. 16 comments

Rhode Island School District Accused of Punishing Children with Cold Sandwiches for Outstanding Lunch Debts

Rhode Island School District Accused of Punishing Children with Cold Sandwiches for Outstanding Lunch Debts

Each of us have fond memories of gossiping with our homegirls or talking hoops with our homeboys over whatever delicious feasts our school cafeterias served up that day. As a teenager, Taco Salad Day was all the fuel I needed for those infamous rap battles in the school courtyard, and you’re a liar if you never sprinted to the front of the line when you realized that your favorite lunch lady...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif May 07, 2019. 13 comments

Black Unemployment Rate for April 90 Percent Higher Than US Rate Overall

Black Unemployment Rate for April 90 Percent Higher Than US Rate Overall

Headlines have been heralding the nation having the lowest unemployment rate in almost 50 years, but the jobless rate for black people is almost 90 percent higher than the national rate and higher than every other racial demographic in the nation.

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in April, the lowest level since December 1969. But for black folks, the jobless rate was 6.7...

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