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Smith Student Employment Program ASPiRE Announces Partnership with White House Initiative on HBCUs Obama Administration to Launch New Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign Clark Atlanta University Sues the City of Atlanta Florida A&M University Awarded $1.3 Million Cancer Research Grant Women of Power: 10 Education Leaders Who are Making a Difference Hampton University and Norfolk State Create Environmental Science Partnership Nicki Minaj Denied Access to Speak to Students at Alma Mater Back-to-School: CFPB Works to Protect Student Veterans [WATCH] Ferguson Kids Send Message to White America About Racism American Association of Rhode Scholars to Hold Interment Ceremony for Alain Locke Harlem’s Fashion Row Works to Educate Next Generation of Creatives Young Jeezy Donates $1 Million to the Jay Morrison Academy College Professor Talks Kendrick Lamar Class, Hip-Hop and Michael Brown Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for Online Business Certificate Morehouse Professor Named President of National Medical Association Florida School District Becomes First in Nation to Opt Out of State Testing Alabama State University Receives $1 Million in Grants for STEM 6 Musical Geniuses Whose Careers Have Made It to the Classroom Louisiana Governor Sues Obama Administration Over Common Core Standards Blackboard Accepts the #PayMyTuitionChallenge with New Scholarship Program Beyoncé’s BeyGood Charity Donates Supplies to Underfunded Schools Demographic Shift Takes Place in Public Schools for First Time This Fall Report: School Bans Rastafarian Teen For Refusing to Cut His Dreadlocks Johnson C. Smith Receives Grant to Launch Art Exhibit on Black Philanthropy Will.i.Am Scholarship Recipients Share Success Stories on OWN Back-to-School: Tips for Moving Into Your First College Apartment Howard University Hospital Receives $11 Million Grant for Sickle Cell Research Teacher Suspended After Asking Students to Re-Enact Michael Brown Shooting Study: For-Profit College Degree Has Little to No Value in Job Market Michael Brown Scholarship Fund to Help Siblings Attend College Teacher Raises More Than $100,000 to Feed Ferguson Students Four Morehouse Professors Pen Open Letter in Michael Brown’s Honor #BESMART: 5 Vital Things to Know About Black Students & Education Alabama State University Marching Band Lands Reality Show Jennifer Hudson and Sister Give Back to Chicago Students In Need Parents: 7 Smart Back-to-School Tips for a Prosperous Year #JusticeForMikeBrown: #HBCUs Stand Together in Protest to Raise Awareness Man Receives Diploma 55 Years After Being Denied Graduation Savannah State Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Train STEM Teachers Department of Education to Ease Restrictions on Student Loans Report: Black Men Need More Education Than Whites To Get Same Job Georgia Tech to Offer Full Scholarships to Top Atlanta Students Lincoln Motor Company Lends Support to Black Greek Organizations Michelle Obama’s Message to Girls: Commit to Education Women of Power: Spelman College President Beverly Tatum Talks Fundraising, Fitness and Retirement 4 Tips to Getting Your Child Involved in STEM University President Takes Pay Cut to Help Minimum Wage Employees Generation Next: President Obama Welcomes 500 Students Poised To Lead Africa Student Selling Handwritten Letter from Obama to Help Pay for Tuition [Part 2] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Talk Publishing Business & Raising Capital [Part 1 ] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Work to Advance Youth STEM Education Under Investigation: New Jersey School System Faces Discrimination Scandal Can 19-Year-Old Keven Stonewall Cure Colon Cancer? HIV Research: Temple University Team Successfully Eliminates Virus from Human Cells President Obama Announces Expansion of “My Brother’s Keeper” New York Councilman Robert Cornegy and Jean Alerte Award ‘Do Right, Do Good’ Scholars Smarter Than Einstein: 11-Year-Old Scores High on IQ Test Brooklyn Eighth-Grade Metal Band Signs Major Record Deal with Sony Brandy Becomes Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Mae Jemison and Bayer Corp. 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Son Graduates High School Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Doctorate From Harvard LeVar Burton Talks Return of Reading Rainbow and Future Plans for the Brand Nas Partners With Koru to Assist College Grads With Employment Son of Teen Mom and Murdered Father Heads to Yale LeVar Burton Launches Kickstarter to Revive Reading Rainbow New Data Show a College Degree is Totally Worth the Investment President Obama Hosts White House Science Fair Homeless DC Teen Earns Full Scholarship to Georgetown University New Civil Rights Lawsuit Cites School Closures as Discriminatory Viola Davis Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree Top High School Student Forced to Share Valedictorian Title Education Roundup: Spike in Student-Athlete Academic Performances, NCAA Violations and More High School Helps Dying Teen’s Biggest Dream Become a Reality 98-Year-Old Returns to High School to Receive Her Diploma

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Russell Westbrook Launches New Initiative to Promote Childhood Literacy

NBA superstar Russell Westbrook opens new reading center in Oklahoma to promote childhood literacy

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Michael Bloomberg Works to Get Low-Income Students Through College

Bloomberg to spend $10 million over next two years to help low-income students earn a college degree

Michael Bloomberg creates new coalition to get more top-performing low-income students through college.

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Universities Uninvite African Journalists Due to Ebola Fear

Two southern universities cancel visitation trips from African journalists

Two southern universities uninvite African journalists due to Ebola fear

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9 Black Executives Who Attended HBCUs

Proud HBCU business leaders you should know

With the lack of recognition for HBCUs contributions to the workforce, we rounded up some…

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University of Texas Offers Course on Beyoncé and Rihanna

Course will examine pop star's careers in relation to black feminism

The University of Texas at Austin offers course examining the feminism and womanism of Beyoncé…

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Kimora Lee Simmons Establishes Scholarship Fund for Fashion Students

The Queen of Fabulosity donates $1 million to support fashion education

Kimora Lee Simmons creates $1 million scholarship fund for fashion students

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Webinar Encourages Small Businesses To Support Nation’s Youth

New campaign addresses growing problem of youth unemployment by creating professional opportunities

A free webinar open to small businesses across the country seeks to develop new sources…

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Education Department Announces Plans to Strengthen PLUS Loan Program

Federal government works to help more families qualify for college loans

The Department of Education announces plans to update its PLUS loan regulations in order to…

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HBCU’s Wealthiest Graduate Revealed—and It’s Not Oprah Winfrey

Daughter of Walmart co-founder comes in as wealthiest graduate of a predominately black college

Ann Walton Kroenke ranks as the wealthiest HBCU graduate with inherited family wealth.

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Education Department Investigating Racial Complaints in Three School Districts

Local school systems in Chicago, Newark and New Orleans under federal investigation

The Education Department has agreed to investigate civil rights complaints in three major school districts

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High School Dropout Rate Hits Record Low for Blacks and Hispanics

Higher academic achievements from black and Hispanic students helps to improve the nation's graduation rate

New data from the Pew Research Center shows that the dropout rate for black and…

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Texas College Rejects Nigerian Students Due to Ebola

Navarro College denies international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases

Texas college in hot water for rejecting Nigerian students due to Ebola outbreak

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FAMU College of Law Surpasses the State’s Average Bar Exam Pass Rate

University also sees an increase in law school applicants

Florida A&M College of Law has exceeded the state of Florida in the number of…

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Michelle Obama Hosts White House Fashion Education Workshop

Invites hundreds of students and fashion influencers to discuss the impact of fashion education

Michelle Obama honored student fashion designers, writers, stylists and entrepreneurs with a White House fashion…

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Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker and More Talk the Importance of Arts Education

Celebrities show support at Harlem School of the Arts Fall 2014 Benefit Gala

Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker and more talk the influence of arts education at Harlem…

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University of Chicago Launches New Initiative to End Student Loans

Initiative will provide further support for low-income students

University of Chicago launches new initiative to end student loans and offer financial support for…

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Hampton University President Blasts Federal Government for Lack of HBCU Support

William Harvey details strained relationship between HBCUs and funding

Hampton University President Dr. William Harvey calls out the federal government for its lack of…

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Young Entreprenuer Talks Educational Clothing Line and Kickstarter Success

Orane Barrett details how he's using his Kool Nerd brand to advocate for youth

Kool Nerd Clothing CEO, Orane Barrett, talks his new kickstarter campaign and how he’s using…

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Steve Harvey Recruits Paula Deen to Teach at His Mentoring Program

Deen to teach culinary skills to the young men

Steve Harvey announced on his show that he has recruited Paula Deen to teach a…

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LeBron James to Produce Disney TV Series That Inspires Kids

New series will spotlight the careers of today's top athletes

Superstar athlete LeBron James is producing a Disney TV series that will spotlight the journey’s…

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Danny Glover Talks Ferguson, Political Activism and More at Pace University

Legendary actor connects the dots between social issues today and those of previous generations

Legendary actor and political activist, Danny Glover, spoke to a crowd at Pace University about…

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Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge

President Obama challenges local communities to support My Brother's Keeper initiative

The Obama administration announces the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge in an effort to get…

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10 HBCUS That Received Lucrative Grants in 2014

These institutions received the best grant donations this year

From improvements to student employment programs, to funding that helps elevate STEM research, we’ve rounded…

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Entrepreneurship Labs Flourish on College Campuses

NYU opens ELab to offer hands-on experience and capital access

More and more students have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship on campus through co-working spaces…

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50 Cent and Chuck D Produce TV Series to Help Troubled Teens

Celebrities come together to serve as mentors in Sundance TV series

Rappers 50 Cent and Chuck D join forces to produce television series to help troubled…

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Four HBCUs Receive Grants to Support LGBT Programs

HBCUs will use The New Black film to discuss issues pertaining to LGBT community

In an effort to focus on more LGBT inclusion, the Human Rights Campaign has awarded…

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Derric Rose Donates $1 Million to Charity

Derrick Rose Donates $1 Million to Chicago Charity

Makes a significant contribution to After School Matters

Chicago Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, donates $1 million to a charity at his alma…

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Black Ivy League Student Leaders Form Civil Rights Coalition

Students pledge to help bring about racial equality

With the goal of bringing about social change, black student leaders from the nation’s eight…

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Top 20 Colleges Minting the Most Billionaires

These schools have educated the world's most wealthy

These higher learning institutions around the world have educated the most wealthy people in the…

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Kanye West Teaches a Fashion Class in Los Angeles

Rapper lends his fashion knowledge to L.A. college students

As part of his community service completion, Kanye West is volunteering as a fashion teacher…

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Bank of America Donates to Johnson C. Smith Student Employment Program

JCSU receives $500,000 donation to improve student employment

Thanks to a $500,000 donation from Bank of America, Johnson C. Smith can work to…

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ASPiRE Announces Partnership with White House Initiative on HBCUs

Conference is scheduled for Sept. 22-23 in Washington D.C.

ASPiRE will a partner with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities…

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Obama Administration to Launch New Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

White House to launch new "It's On Us" campaign on Sept. 19

Obama administration plans to expand on its efforts to prevent sexual assault on college campuses…

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Clark Atlanta University Sues the City of Atlanta

CAU says city violated its property agreement with Morris Brown College

Clark Atlanta University is suing the city of Atlanta over its purchase of Morris Brown…

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Florida A&M University Awarded $1.3 Million Cancer Research Grant

Four-year grant supports lung, pancreatic, prostate and breast cancer studies

Florida A&M University has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to help fund further research…

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Women of Power: 10 Education Leaders Who are Making a Difference

Top females making boss moves training the world's next big leaders

In honor of Dr. Beverly Tatum receiving the 2015 Black Enterprise Women of Power Barbara…

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Hampton University and Norfolk State Create Environmental Science Partnership

HBCUs work together to create opportunities for students interested in STEM

Hampton University and Norfolk State sign a partnership to create more opportunities for black students…

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Nicki Minaj Denied Access to Speak to Students at Alma Mater

Rapper tweets her frustration about LaGuardia High School's decision

Rapper Nicki Minaj tweets her frustration after being denied access to speak to students at…

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Back-to-School: CFPB Works to Protect Student Veterans

The organization aims to shield veterans from abusive and deceptive recruiting practices by schools

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking to help veterans looking to go back to…

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[WATCH] Ferguson Kids Send Message to White America About Racism

Six black children discuss the need to end racism

In video, six black youth from Ferguson, Missouri, discuss the need to end racism in…

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American Association of Rhode Scholars to Hold Interment Ceremony for Alain Locke

AARS to hold proper burial ceremony for the late Alain Locke

The American Association of Rhodes Scholars will host an interment ceremony for late great scholar…

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Harlem’s Fashion Row Works to Educate Next Generation of Creatives

Founder Brandice Henderson talks importance of educating rising stars

To better prepare students for success in fashion, Harlem Fashion Row founder has created an…

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Young Jeezy Donates $1 Million to the Jay Morrison Academy

Rapper's scholarship donation will help students succeed in the real estate market

Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has donated $1 million to the Jay Morrison Academy to help…

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College Professor Talks Kendrick Lamar Class, Hip-Hop and Michael Brown

Georgia Regents University professor uses album as a backdrop to discuss current events

Georgia Regents University professor Adam Diehl talks new Kendrick Lamar class and how his debut…

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Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for online business course

Daymond John Collaborates with Regent University for Online Business Certificate

Registration is open; Classes begin Oct. 2

Regent University and Daymond John team up to offer online business course.

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Morehouse Professor Named President of National Medical Association

Lawrence Sanders Jr., becomes organization's 115th president

The National Medical Association announces Morehouse professor Lawrence Sanders Jr., as its newest president

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Florida School District Becomes First in Nation to Opt Out of State Testing

School district may lose state and federal funding

Lee County School Board in Florida becomes the first school district in the nation to…

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Alabama State University Receives $1 Million in Grants for STEM

Grant allows ASU to enter STEM partnership with Tuskegee University and Auburn University

Alabama State University receives $1 million in federal funding to support student research opportunities in…

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6 Musical Geniuses Whose Careers Have Made It to the Classroom

These artists have helped bridge the gap between music and academics

With more universities bridging music and academics, we rounded up today’s hottest artists whose careers…

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Louisiana Governor Sues Obama Administration Over Common Core Standards

Legislator says administration violating the Constitution's 10th Amendment

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal proves his strong opposition to Common Core State Standards with a…

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Blackboard Accepts the #PayMyTuitionChallenge with New Scholarship Program

Students to be awarded up to $15,000 in tuition money

With the hashtag #paymytuitionchallenge trending on Twitter, Blackboard has responded with a new scholarship program…

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Beyoncé’s BeyGood Charity Donates Supplies to Underfunded Schools

Efforts provide 2,000 U.S. students with brand new school supplies

Beyoncé and her BeyGood charity organization are providing school supplies to 2,000 students in underfunded…

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Demographic Shift Takes Place in Public Schools for First Time This Fall

Minority students expected to become majority in American public school system

A U.S. Department of Education report shows that for the first time this fall, minority…

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Report: School Bans Rastafarian Teen For Refusing to Cut His Dreadlocks

Louisiana officials say hair violates school dress code

One Rastafarian teen has been banned from attending his Louisiana high school for refusing to…

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Johnson C. Smith Receives Grant to Launch Art Exhibit on Black Philanthropy

A $96,665 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Johnson C. Smith University receives $96,665 grant to launch a traveling art exhibit on the…

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Will.i.Am Scholarship Recipients Share Success Stories on OWN

Five years later, young men have seen tremendous triumphs

After being awarded a scholarship by will.i.am in 2009, Oprah follows up with four young…

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Back-to-School: Tips for Moving Into Your First College Apartment

Here's what you should know before renting your new place

You can avoid this headache by learning your rights and responsibilities.

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Howard University Hospital Receives $11 Million Grant for Sickle Cell Research

Funds to help develop new Center for Hemoglobin Research in Minorities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Howard University Hospital Center for Sickle Cell…

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Teacher Suspended After Asking Students to Re-Enact Michael Brown Shooting

Parent says white students told to play police officers

An Alabama teacher has been placed on suspension after asking students to re-enact the shooting…

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Study: For-Profit College Degree Has Little to No Value in Job Market

For-profit college students and peers with no college experience have same chance at employment

A new study shows that for-profit college graduates have little to no employment advantage over…

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Michael Brown Scholarship Fund to Help Siblings Attend College

Scholarship campaign already raised more than $24,000

In honor of Michael Brown, organizations are working together to create a scholarship fund that…

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Teacher Raises More Than $100,000 to Feed Ferguson Students

North Carolina teacher aims to provide food for youth in need

In light of the unrest in Ferguson resulting in a delay in public school start…

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Four Morehouse Professors Pen Open Letter in Michael Brown’s Honor

Professors honor Brown and encourage young black men everywhere

In honor of Michael Brown’s death, four Morehouse College professors have written on open letter…

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#BESMART: 5 Vital Things to Know About Black Students & Education

Join the education conversation today

Black Enterprise BE Smart serves as the go-to sources for the latest in education news…

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Alabama State University Marching Band Lands Reality Show

Life behind the scenes for award-winning HBCU band coming to A&E Network

Alabama State University’s Mighty Marching Hornets Marching Band lands a reality show on A&E Network.

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Jennifer Hudson and Sister Give Back to Chicago Students In Need

Singer and her sister provide school supplies to over 8,000 students

In memory of her late nephew, Jennifer Hudson and her sister held their annual school…

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Parents: 7 Smart Back-to-School Tips for a Prosperous Year

Students can start on the right track with this strategy

Get a head start on a prosperous school year with these seven savvy tips for…

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#JusticeForMikeBrown: #HBCUs Stand Together in Protest to Raise Awareness

HBCUs shoot powerful #HandsUpDontShoot pictures

In honor of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown’s death, HBCUs across the nation have…

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Man Receives Diploma 55 Years After Being Denied Graduation

Racism almost kept Alva Earley from receiving the high school honor he deserved

In 1959, Alva Earley was denied graduation because of his stand against segregation. Now, 55…

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Savannah State Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Train STEM Teachers

University aims to prepare students to be certified STEM teachers

Savannah State University has been awarded a $1.4 million grant by the National Science Foundation…

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Department of Education to Ease Restrictions on Student Loans

New loan restrictions expected to go into effect fall 2015

The Department of Education is making plans to reduce college loan approval restrictions for parents…

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Report: Black Men Need More Education Than Whites To Get Same Job

However, earning high-school diploma gives African-American male a 50% larger impact

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A recent study by an advocacy group suggests that black men and white men…

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Georgia Tech to Offer Full Scholarships to Top Atlanta Students

Public school valedictorian and salutatorian students guaranteed full scholarships

Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson announced that the university will offer full scholarships to Atlanta…

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Lincoln Motor Company Lends Support to Black Greek Organizations

New program allows groups to win up to $6,000 for a charity

Lincoln Motor Company shows support for black Greek organizations with its new charity benefiting program…

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Michelle Obama’s Message to Girls: Commit to Education

FLOTUS encourages young women via Seventeen magazine in open letter

First Lady Michelle Obama pens an open letter for Seventeen magazine encouraging young American girls…

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Women of Power: Spelman College President Beverly Tatum Talks Fundraising, Fitness and Retirement

Barbara Graves Award honoree stresses need for education on health and wellness

Spelman’s President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum talks hitting her historic fundraising goal, changes at Spelman…

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4 Tips to Getting Your Child Involved in STEM

Here’s how to get your children excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Jamie Bracey, Ph.D. on ways to get your children engaged around STEM.…

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University President Takes Pay Cut to Help Minimum Wage Employees

Kentucky State University interim president cuts salary by $90,000

Kentucky State University interim president Raymond Burse agrees to a $90,000 pay cut in order…

By Courtney Connley

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Generation Next: President Obama Welcomes 500 Students Poised To Lead Africa

Young leaders welcomed at Washington D.C. Town hall

Five hundred African students chosen from 50,000 welcomed at Washington DC Town hall.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Student Selling Handwritten Letter from Obama to Help Pay for Tuition

Young scholar plans to sell the letter for $9,500

A young student is selling the handwritten letter that he received from President Obama to…

By Courtney Connley

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[Part 2] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Talk Publishing Business & Raising Capital

Chicago-based duo propelling advocacy with 'Paige & Paxton' books

Mother-daughter publishers, Rachel and Kelley Williams, talk for part two of their interview, on raising…

By Kevin L. Clark

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[Part 1 ] Mother-Daughter Entrepreneurs Work to Advance Youth STEM Education

Chicago-based duo propelling with 'Paige & Paxton' books

Mother-daughter duo, Rachel and Kelley Williams, talk with BlackEnterprise.com about their STEM-inspired characters — Paige…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Under Investigation: New Jersey School System Faces Discrimination Scandal

Dept. of Education investigates "One Newark" plan

The Dept. of Education announced that its investigating Newark, New Jersey schools after filed complaints…

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Can 19-Year-Old Keven Stonewall Cure Colon Cancer?

High school senior from Chicago dedicated to becoming a scientist

Chicago’s own Keven Stonewall is breaking through in the world of science, as he is…

By Kevin L. Clark

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HIV Research: Temple University Team Successfully Eliminates Virus from Human Cells

The latest research is one step closer to finding a cure for AIDS

A team of Temple University School of Medicine researchers have successfully designed a way to…

By Courtney Connley

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President Obama Announces Expansion of “My Brother’s Keeper”

Update includes educators, athletes, companies, and foundations setting commitment

President Obama announced expansion of “My Brother’s Keeper” that includes commitments from educators, athletes, companies…

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New York Councilman Robert Cornegy and Jean Alerte Award ‘Do Right, Do Good’ Scholars

The 36th District councilman and Brooklyn Swirl's CEO celebrate young minds

New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio was on-hand with entrepreneur Jean Alerte to celebrate ‘Do…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Smarter Than Einstein: 11-Year-Old Scores High on IQ Test

Results prove British boy to be a genius

According to results from a Mensa test, an 11-year-old British boy has an IQ higher…

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Brooklyn Eighth-Grade Metal Band Signs Major Record Deal with Sony

Young musicians could earn up to $1.7 million from record deal

A Brooklyn eighth-grade metal band inks a major record deal with Sony that could earn…

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Brandy Becomes Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

R&B singer continues her mom's AKA legacy

R&B singer Brandy continues her mom’s legacy and becomes an honorary Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,…

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Dr. Mae Jemison and Bayer Corp. Show Support for STEM Education

Drug company awards $50,000 to New York STEM program

Bayer Corporation, with the support of Dr. Mae Jemison, awarded $50,000 to the Police Athletic…

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Lance Gross Travels to China with Howard’s Freshman Leadership Academy

Howard alum and actor serves as program's first global ambassador

Award-winning actor Lance Gross travels with 60 Howard University Freshman Leadership Academy students to China.

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Court Upholds University of Texas Affirmative Action Policy

2-1 ruling keeps affirmative action at flagship Texas school

A federal appeals court decision made Tuesday, upheld the right for the University of Texas…

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Valerie Jarrett Honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Rosa L. Parks-Coretta Scott King Award

Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarett, gets honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.…

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Denied: Some College Students Can’t Access Federal Loans

Institute for College Access and Success finds many students of color affected

Recent study outlines the differences in loan access for each of the 50 states, broken…

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Spelman Raises Record $157.8 Million for Academic Initiatives and Campus Facilities

HBCU receives more than 70 percent alumnae contributions to campaign

After a 10-year fundraising campaign, Spelman College has announced they’ve exceeding their monetary goal and…

By Courtney Connley

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Troy Davis’ Nephew Raises Money to Continue His Education at Morehouse

Young scholar launches Indiegogo campaign to help raise money

Troy Davis nephew, De’Juan Davis-Correia, starts Indiegogo campaign to help raise money for him to…

By Courtney Connley

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Clemson University Hosting Program to Train Future Black Male Teachers

University works to close the diversity gap among students and teachers

With the need for more black male teachers, South Carolina’s Clemson University is working to…

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Janet Collins Story: Karyn Parsons Launches Kickstarter for Ballerina’s Biopic

Actress wants to highlight first black prime Metropolitan Ballet dancer

Karyn Parsons launches a Kickstarter campaign to tell the untold story of the first black…

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Maya Angelou Honored in ‘Because of Them We Can’ Campaign

Young girls recite "Phenomenal Woman" poem

National “Because of Them We Can” campaign is honoring the late Dr. Angelou with young…

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Wells Fargo Survey: Female College Grads Earn Less than Men

Millennial women still feeling the effects of the gender pay gap

A Wells Fargo survey reveals female college graduates earn $20,000 less than male college graduates.

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Study: Effects of Race and College Completion on Employment

Black male college grad has same chances of getting job as white high school grad

A new study done by Young Invincibles shows the effects that race and education have…

By Courtney Connley

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Celebrity Do-Gooder: Kevin Hart Donates $50,000 to HBCU

Comedian donates money to HBCU band members

Funnyman Kevin Hart visited Tom Joyner Morning Show and donated $50,000 to Texas Southern University’s…

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Library of Congress Acquires Video Archive of African American Icons

Collection will document the history, culture and legacy of black Americans

The Library of Congress has acquired HistoryMakers invaluable video collection that provides extensive content on…

By Courtney Connley

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Colin Powell Speaks: Mentoring, Reality TV & ‘Baby Mama’ Concept

Leader offers parents alternatives and insights on promoting excellence among young black men

Colin Powell talks the importance of mentoring young men of color and the need to…

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10 States with Most Student Loan Debt

Georgia, Maryland and D.C. top the list

Check out the top states that have the most federal student loan debt.

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UNCF President Responds to Koch Donation Critics and Talks Young Entrepreneurship

Dr. Lomax elaborates on the impact the Koch Brother's donation will have on HBCU students

UNCF President Dr. Lomax responds to Koch donation critics and talks the importance of creating…

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NY Student Becomes School’s First African American Valedictorian

Young scholar plans to attend Harvard in the fall on a full scholarship

Queens, N.Y., student Shanelle Davis makes history at her school as the first African American…

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NY Teen Goes From Foster Care to Full College Scholarship

Tyree Grant beats the odds with education accomplishments

New York teen who was in foster care beats the odds and earns full scholarship…

By Courtney Connley

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King’s College Takes Bitcoin To School

A college degree, satellite TV, even pizza---all can be purchased with virtual currency

King’s College is the first accredited institution to accept bitcoin for tuition payment.

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Educator Launches Initiative To Fund All-Black Boys Academy

Umar Johnson, Ph.D., aims to raise $5 million to buy St. Paul's College

Umar Johnson, Ph.D., is hoping to raise $5 million dollars to purchase St. Paul’s College…

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Tufts University Kicks Out Student After She Was Sexually Assaulted

Wagatwe Wanjuki asked to leave university after becoming vocal about her rape

Former Tufts University student comes forward about being kicked off campus after going vocal about…

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University of Miami Recruits 9-Year-Old Basketball Star

Young athlete gains national attention for basketball skills

Fourth-grader, Jaden Newman, gains the attention of University of Miami’s women’s basketball coach with her…

By Courtney Connley

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White House Honors DACA Recipients as Champions of Change

White House recognizes young adults who are setting excellent examples in their communities

In a private ceremony, the White House is honoring “Champions of Change,” who are Deferred…

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Single Mom of 3 Graduates From UCLA With 3 Degrees

Says she plans to go back and earn her law degree

Single mom of three, Deanna Jordan, graduated from UCLA this past Friday with three degrees…

By Courtney Connley

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Chicago Fights to Win Obama Library Bid

5 Chicago entities submit bids to house the presidential library

The city of Chicago, where President Obama got his political start, is placing its bid…

By Courtney Connley

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Starbucks to Help Thousands of Workers Pay for College Education

Seattle-based coffee company agrees to help workers further their education

Starbucks is rolling out a new program in partnership with Arizona State University to help…

By Courtney Connley

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Community Pastor Talks About the Role Faith Leaders Play in Supporting My Brother’s Keeper

Rev. Michael McBride elaborates on faith leaders role in Obama's latest initiative

Rev. Mike McBride, of PICO National Network Lifelines to Healing campaign, speaks on the role…

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California Students Raise $3,000 Worth of Can Tabs to Help Pay for Classmate’s Surgery

Elementary students help classmate pay for ear surgery

A group of California elementary students raised nearly $3,000 worth of can tabs to help…

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Chicago Principal Tells How She Got 100 Percent of Her Graduates into College

Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid teaches students to treat their education like a job

Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid, of Johnson College Prep in Chicago, talks how she got 100 percent…

By Courtney Connley

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Black Fraternities and Sororities Petition Against Mona Scott-Young’s Latest Project

Reality show powerhouse stirs controversy amongst Black Greek letter organizations

Black fraternities and sororities petition against Mona Scott-Young’s latest project “Sorority Sisters”

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Shonda Rhimes Offers Three Key Life Lessons to Dartmouth Graduates

Scandal creator talks about the need to do more than showcase activism on Twitter

Shonda Rhimes returns to her alma mater, Dartmouth College, to give the graduating class three…

By Courtney Connley

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Pharrell Visits Hometown and Encourages Students to Chase Their Dreams

"Happy" singer offers encouraging words to high school students

Pharrell Williams made a hometown visit to Virginia Beach where he spoke to students at…

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High School Teacher Reportedly Makes Black Student Call Him “Master”

Teen's mom demands proper action be taken

After reportedly being asked to call his teacher “master,” one Iowa teen’s mom is demanding…

By Courtney Connley

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Michelle Obama Tells Students ‘My College Story Can Be Yours’

FLOTUS uses her story to encourage students to reach higher in education

Michelle Obama pens piece for Education Week encouraging students to dedicate themselves to learning and…

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From Gang Member to Bachelors Degree, Chicago’s Urban Prep Celebrates First College Grad

Young Chicago native beats the odds and earns bachelor's degree

Krishaun Branch, former Chicago Urban Prep student, beats the odds and graduates from Fisk University

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Koch Brothers Grant $25 Million to United Negro College Fund

Conservative powerhouse lends large donation to UNCF

UNCF announced Friday that Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation had donated $25…

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Soldier Surprises Son at High School Graduation

Pennsylvania teen gets the greatest graduation gift ever

Pennsylvania teen breaks down in tears after being surprised by his army dad at graduation

By Courtney Connley

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Melissa Harris-Perry, Tai Beauchamp and More Attend YWCA-NYC Potential to Power Girls Symposium

Over 200 NYC teen girls and women gather for a day of inspiration

YWCA-NYC hosts Potential to Power Girls Symposium, bringing together over 200 teen girls and women…

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10 HBCUs With the Highest Alumni Donations

Clafin, Spelman and Morehouse top the list

With HBCU alumni donations falling just below 10 percent, new data from U.S. News shows…

By Courtney Connley

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When Swizz Beatz stopped by the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" to discuss his decision to enroll in Harvard Business School's nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program, the music producer, whose estimated net worth is $65 million, was asked why after all of his accomplished success would he enroll in college. Offering up a quick response stating that it was time for him to elevate his brand, Swizz is proof that it's never good to get complacent in your career. But Swizz isn't the only celeb who knows that it's never too late to learn more. We've rounded up a list of our favorite celebrities who prove that fame and fortune doesn't compare to the value of an education. (Photo: Instagram)

10 Celebrities Who Went Back to College After Being Famous

Black celebs who prove that it's never too late to advance your education

With commencement season coming to a close, we rounded up our favorite celebrities who continued…

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NY Prison Program Turns Inmates into Intellectuals

Otisville federal prison puts inmates on path to earn college degree

John Jay College’s Prison to College Pipeline puts inmates at Otisville federal prison on track…

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Education Through Music Fights to Keep Music Education in NYC Classrooms

Organization uses music to help improve academic performances

Education Through Music brings music education to the classroom of over 14,000 NYC students

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Rachel Jeantel Fulfills Promise to Trayvon and Graduates High School

Witness in Martin trial completes high school

Rachel Jeantel, key witness in Trayvon Martin case, graduates high school

By Courtney Connley

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Broderick Johnson Calls My Brother’s Keeper a Marathon that Goes Beyond Obama Administration

Says 90-day report is a progress report

With the release of the 90-day report, President Obama is calling all Americans to enter…

By Courtney Connley

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Notorius B.I.G. Son Graduates High School

Late rapper's son celebrates academic accomplishment

The late Notorius B.I.G.’s son earns high school diploma

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Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Doctorate From Harvard

The Queen of Soul is added to the list of celebrities honored this graduation season

Aretha Franklin receives an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University and sings national…

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LeVar Burton Talks Return of Reading Rainbow and Future Plans for the Brand

Actor talks providing universal access for the popular reading show

LeVar Burton talks his reaction to the overwhelming support and future plans for the Reading…

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Nas Partners With Koru to Assist College Grads With Employment

Grammy-nominated rapper helps in prepping tomorrow's workforce

Nas uses his influence and business knowledge to partner with Koru and mentor college graduates…

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Son of Teen Mom and Murdered Father Heads to Yale

Despite adversity, the New Orleans teen remained focus on school and art

Leonard Galmon, son of teen mom and murdered father, beats the odds and earns scholarship…

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LeVar Burton Launches Kickstarter to Revive Reading Rainbow

Reaches fundraising goal in just 24 hours

Actor LeVar Burton raises $1 million in just 24 hours for his new Reading Rainbow…

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New Data Show a College Degree is Totally Worth the Investment

Data explains why college shouldn't be an option

Data proves that individuals with a four-year college degree are better off in the job…

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President Obama Hosts White House Science Fair

Obama urges us to give science students just as much recognition as we do athletes

President Obama emphasizes the need to praise students in STEM at the White House Science…

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Homeless DC Teen Earns Full Scholarship to Georgetown University

Teen explains that despite living situation, she's always wanted success

DC homeless teen, Rashema Melson, earns full scholarship to Georgetown University

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New Civil Rights Lawsuit Cites School Closures as Discriminatory

Two community groups join together to file suit against school closures

The Advancement Project and the group Journey for Justice Alliance file three federal complaints about…

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Viola Davis Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree

Oscar-nominated actress gets honored by her old school

The Julliard School honors alum, Viola Davis, with Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree

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Top High School Student Forced to Share Valedictorian Title

School policy forces top performing student to share prestigious title

Ladarius Sapho, senior Proviso East High School, forced to share valedictorian title because of school…

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Buy off campus. Nearly all school supplies sold in on-campus book stores are more expensive than in stores located in town. “If possible, especially when you are making bulk purchases, make the trip off campus to buy school supplies,” recommends Jesse Ryan, managing director at Accounting Principals. “Sometimes local vendors even sell campus spirit wear for nearly half the price,” he adds.

Education Roundup: Spike in Student-Athlete Academic Performances, NCAA Violations and More

The latest in education news around the country

The latest in education news from improvement student-athlete performances, to NCAA violations leading to scholarship…

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High School Helps Dying Teen’s Biggest Dream Become a Reality

Michigan teen gets high school graduation dream

Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan granted terminally ill student Yeatise Gaines with dream graduation

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98-Year-Old Returns to High School to Receive Her Diploma

98-year-old Tennessee native complete her education goal

98-year-old Claudia Parries returned to her old high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee to receive her…

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Motivational Entrepreneur Lisa Nichols Talks How She Reclaims Her Power

Preparing for her appearance at the 2015 Women of Power Summit, motivation guru Lisa Nichols…

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Women of Power Summit: Ten Facts About Susan L. Taylor

Former Editor-In-Chief, Susan L. Taylor, is being honored at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit…

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