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President Trump signs executive oder on HBCUs

President Trump signs executive oder on HBCUs

| March 3, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) President Trump signed an executive order to focus more attention on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Although HBCUs comprise just three percent of higher education institutions in the U.S., “HBCUs contributed 19 percent of the nearly 9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in […]

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Women: The often overlooked fuel component in the U.S. space program, science

Women: The often overlooked fuel component in the U.S. space program, science

| March 2, 2017

The recent success of the Hollywood film “Hidden Figures,” chronically the story of the black women mathematicians and computer scientists who were crucial to the opening success of the U.S. space program, has brought to the forefront the too often ignored contributions women have made to science and technology. The groundbreaking and brilliant precision work […]

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Acknowledging unprecedented support for HBCUs

Acknowledging unprecedented support for HBCUs

| March 2, 2017

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. routinely would remind those of us who worked for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s about the vital importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As we celebrated Black History Month 2017, Dr. […]

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Black girl magic: ‘Hidden Figures’ outshines ‘La La Land’ at box office

Black girl magic: ‘Hidden Figures’ outshines ‘La La Land’ at box office

| March 2, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Looks like the myth that black films can’t make big money in Hollywood is about to become a thing of the past. In early February, “Hidden Figures” passed “La La Land” as the top-grossing (domestically) Oscar-nominated film in Hollywood this season. “Hidden Figures” focuses on three women who […]

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Navient charged student borrowers too much, says CFPB

Navient charged student borrowers too much, says CFPB

| February 27, 2017

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) The financial futures of more than 12 million federal and private student loan borrowers who collectively owe approximately $300 billion is at the crux of a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). CFPB is suing Navient Corporation and two of its subsidiaries for using shortcuts and […]

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Studying Racism as an act of repentance, resistance in the Trump era

Studying Racism as an act of repentance, resistance in the Trump era

| February 25, 2017

By Jim Wallis, Feb. 16, 2017 Courtesy of the Sojourners Last week, a black professor told me he always asks his white students if they have ever heard racism called a sin in the pulpits of their churches growing up. The answer is almost always no. That will be absolutely key to a revival for […]

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The art of the deal: President Trump loves confusion, chaos

The art of the deal: President Trump loves confusion, chaos

| February 24, 2017

By Roger Caldwell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) In politics, I have been told that you pick your battles, but President Donald Trump has a different theory. He has decided to fight everyone that does not agree with his opinion, and it’s probably the worst way that he could have started his administration. There are more than […]

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This is why Trump is lying about voter fraud, crime

This is why Trump is lying about voter fraud, crime

| February 23, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) There are two subjects in particular that the Trump administration lies about the most: crime and voting. During a recent interview on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, President Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller lied about voter fraud during the 2016 elections. Miller said that, “And you have 14 […]

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Building movement to fight extremism

Building movement to fight extremism

| February 23, 2017

By the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump wrapped up his first week of executive orders with a temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries. Effective immediately, this order impacted tens of thousands of people, leading to the detention of travelers in airports across the […]

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Trump, Black Caucus plan to meet for first time

Trump, Black Caucus plan to meet for first time

| February 22, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Following a bizarre exchange with American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan, the Congressional Black Caucus is in talks with President Donald Trump to set up a meeting. Trump asked Ryan, a veteran black journalist, if she could set up a meeting with him and the […]

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