Tag: Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Not a Single Player Taken in the 2021 NFL Draft Played for an HBCU. How Did That Happen?

Wide receiver Martez Carter #4 of the Grambling State Tigers celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats in the second quarter at Arizona Stadium. Photo: Jennifer Stewart (Getty Images) The 2021 NFL Draft has come and gone. Yet despite the fact that nearly 260 players transitioned from college students to professional […]

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There’s No Classics ‘Catastrophe’ at Howard University

Cornel West and his co-author made a common mistake when they wrote a recent essay in The Washington Post chastising Howard University for eliminating its classics department. Reducing the decision to a “spiritual catastrophe,” they overlooked a deeper and more urgent problem: the financial constraints facing historically Black colleges and universities, and the inequality that […]

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Biden Directs Education Funding to Community Colleges, a Key Lifeline

After she got divorced in 2015, Sonia Medeiros, 48, knew she had to earn a college degree. She needed to support herself and her young son, but employers were not responding to her résumé, which showed only a high school education from her native country, Brazil. The coronavirus pandemic made everything worse. She lost her […]

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Howard Students Protest Cut of Classics Department, Hub for Black Scholarship

As an alumna of Howard University, Anika Prather remembers feeling that the classics were everywhere during her years as a student. No matter your major or field of study, she recalled, it was practically a given that classics would be woven into your educational experience. “My brother was a pre-med student — we both went […]

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Pepsi Announces Deal as Part of Racial Equality Initiative With Southwestern Athletic Conference, Thanks to a Little Help From Deion Sanders

Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders, left, confers with quarterback Quincy Casey (8) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Edward Waters in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Photo: Rogelio V. Solis (AP) With the Jackson State Tigers playing on ESPN for the first time since the 1980s, coach Deion […]

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UNCF Announces First African-American Chair of Its Board; Black Twitter Responds With Surprise and Confusion

Milton H. Jones, Jr. Photo: uncf.org On Monday, the United Negro College Fund announced that Milton Jones. Jr, a businessman and civic leader in Atlanta, had been named chairman of the UNCF board. It would have been an interesting, though not that remarkable, bit of news—except that UNCF pointed out in the first line of […]

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Maryland Legislators Vote to Pay the State’s HBCUs $577 Million Over the Next Decade in Massive Civil Rights Settlement

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a similar measure last year. The new settlement will now to go him to be signed into law. Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Four historically Black universities and colleges in Maryland will benefit from a $577 million settlement related to a federal lawsuit first brought against the state 15 years […]

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NBA All-Star Weekend Was a Love Letter to HBCUs

Image: NBA Where shall we begin? Yes, Team LeBron put the beats on Team Durant with a 170-150 victory during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, but anyone who watched Sunday’s festivities knows the real winners were the HBCUs that the league put at the forefront. Prior to NBA All-Star Weekend, the NBA and National Basketball […]

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‘Overlooked My Whole Life’: H.B.C.U. Set Stage for an N.B.A. Career

At the time, Dana Ford was an assistant at Chipola College, a two-year school in Marianna, Fla. But he was also a candidate to join the staff at Tennessee State, a Division I university in Nashville, when he first saw Covington and was captivated by his potential. “He was like, ‘I’m applying for this job, […]

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HBCUs, Communities of Color Impacted by COVID-19 Will Be the Real Winners During NBA All-Star Weekend

Lance Thomas of the Brooklyn Nets gestures as he and teammates kneel in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement prior to an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Ashley Landis-Pool (Getty Images) […]

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With Help from M.L.B., Baseball Returns at Xavier University of Louisiana

Dillon Cousin is from Slidell, La., a suburb of New Orleans, and he grew up playing baseball. Although Cousin, 19, said everybody in his family — “that’s not even an exaggeration” — is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black university in New Orleans, he committed to a university in Alabama instead. […]

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Morgan State Gets $20 Million Pledge From Former Student

With no way of paying tuition, Calvin E. Tyler Jr. dropped out of college in his hometown, Baltimore, in 1963 before becoming a truck driver for UPS. He was quickly promoted into management and ultimately worked his way into the company’s executive suite, serving as its senior vice president for U.S. operations as well as […]

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Texas HBCUs Step Up Amid Power Outages, Freezing From Historic Winter Storm

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Joe Raedle / Getty The two largest historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Texas are playing an outsized role in helping their students during a historic winter storm that hit the state with unprecedented snow, ice and frigid temperatures. Amid the chaos, Prairie View A&M University (PVAM) and Texas Southern […]

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ESPN’s The Undefeated Is Giving Us a Glimpse into HBCU Sports With Why Not Us: North Carolina Central Basketball

Image: The Undefeated When it comes to nailing the intersection of sports, race and culture, ESPN’s The Undefeated has been holding us down since 2016. With its masterfully executed articles, personality profiles and captivating conversations with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, it’s a must for every sports head eager to get […]

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Howard University Men’s Basketball Team Cancels Remainder Of Season Due To COVID-19

NewsOne Featured Video The Howard University men’s basketball team has canceled the remainder of its season because of health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The school announced its decision on Tuesday. “We had several team members test positive in January, and were forced to place the program on hold, cancel several games and finally cancel […]

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Ex-Hoops Coach Claims His Idea For HBCU All-Star Game Was Stolen For Deal With NCAA, CBS

NewsOne Featured Video Travis L. Williams | Source: Academics & Athletics Consulting A former basketball coach claims his idea to showcase players at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) during one of the sport’s biggest events in the world was “stolen” by a company affiliated with college athletics’ governing body and secured for TV rights. […]

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Morehouse College to Offer Online Program for Black Men Who Have College Credits but No Degree

Photo: Mike Stewart (AP) It’s not uncommon for folks to attend college for a few years only to leave as a result of unexpected circumstances, a general lack of direction, or simply not having the money to continue their education. To help combat this, Morehouse College is launching an online program aimed at helping those […]

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Former NBA Star Stephen Jackson Reveals Kyrie Irving Purchased Home for Family of George Floyd

Photo: Mike Lawrie (Getty Images) Kyrie Irving, who’s made headlines as of late for all the wrong reasons, might give opposing defenders and Nets brass headaches, but off the court, he’s a real solid dude. We recently reported that Irving paid the tuition for students at HBCU Lincoln University, and now, according to former NBA […]

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Financial Aid Is Restored for Prisoners in the Education Plan That’s Tucked Into the Stimulus Bill

Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the Education Committee, said the simplification, coupled with other technical fixes she helped negotiate, made the financial aid process easier to navigate for students experiencing homelessness and for students formerly in foster care. “As the pandemic and economic recession has made it even more difficult for […]

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‘I Was Stunned’: Big Gifts to Small Colleges From an Unexpected Source

A sister school within the City University of New York system, Lehman College, also received $30 million. Dr. Munroe said he would use the money in part to set up a fund for programs, scholarships, research and events that would address questions of race and gender equity, economic mobility and the impact of the pandemic, […]

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MacKenzie Scott Announces $4.2 Billion More in Charitable Giving

In her short career as one of the world’s leading philanthropists, MacKenzie Scott has made a mark through the enormous scale of her giving and also through its speed, donating nearly $6 billion of her fortune this year alone. Ms. Scott, an author who was once married to Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive […]

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A Quarterback With N.F.L. Potential Pledges to an H.B.C.U., Joining a Trend

In the hallway of his family’s apartment in Valley Stream, N.Y., last month, Noah Bodden overturned a large green trash bag, spilling out several pounds of recruiting letters. The envelopes bore the insignia of many prominent college football programs across the country, like Louisiana State, Baylor, Oregon, Tennessee and Arizona State. Some included handwritten notes […]

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HBCUs In Atlanta ‘Gamble’ With In-Person Classes For Some Students Despite, And Because Of Pandemic

Source: Raymond Boyd / Getty During what should be a time of celebration for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — what with Howard University alumna Kamala Harris advancing to the highest levels of American government following this month’s historical election — has instead become a time of survival for both the institutions and their […]

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Kushner, Employing Racist Stereotype, Questions if Black Americans ‘Want to Be Successful’

WASHINGTON — President Trump has repeatedly bragged about what he has done for Black America, pointing to his administration’s funding for Black colleges and universities, the creation of so-called opportunity zones and criminal justice reform. But on Monday, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, played into a racist stereotype by seeming to question […]

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H.B.C.U. Homecomings Are Canceled, but Students and Alumni Will Feast Anyway

Matriculation at historically Black colleges and universities is more than late-night study sessions: It’s a balancing act between academics and discovering merriment, and learning how to be. It’s routine to walk the same grassy quadrant as ancestors who believed education was a weapon, while making plans to let off steam. At homecoming, the uniqueness of […]

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MacKenzie Scott Gives $1.7 Billion to Historically Black Colleges and Other Groups

MacKenzie Scott, one of the world’s richest women, pledged one year ago to give away her money “until the safe is empty.” On Tuesday, Ms. Scott, an author and philanthropist who was once married to Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, said she had so far given $1.7 billion to a long list of […]

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Black Lives Matter Protests Spawn Push for Athletes to Attend H.B.C.U.s

On June 2, as Black Lives Matter protesters swarmed America’s streets demanding an end to the racist vestiges of America’s troubled past, a teenager from a San Diego suburb posted eight words on Twitter that would soon ignite a less visible, though perhaps just as powerful, movement. “Going to an HBCU wouldn’t be too bad,” […]

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N.C.A.A. Updates Guidelines and Says Return of Sports Depends on Spread

The N.C.A.A. on Thursday updated its guidelines for bringing back college sports this fall, and they included universal masking on all sidelines, daily coronavirus symptom checks and social distancing on and off the field. But if there are going to be sports this fall, the pandemic has to be more under control. And it’s not […]

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