December 09, 2021

Howard University Interim CIO Named Finalist for DC Awards

Written by Howard University Newsroom Howard University Interim Chief Information Officer Olga Osaghae was recently listed as a finalist for the 2021 DC awards. The tech and industry publication selected 30 individuals and companies for nomination in areas of leadership, innovation and cultural impact in the Washington metropolitan area over the last year. Appointed in

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Jackson State University featured in Pepsi Ad spotlighting HBCU band culture, celebrating SWAC championship game

Written by Jackson State University Pepsi – a brand known for working with some of the biggest names in sports and music – is shining a spotlight on a different on-field skill with its first-ever ad featuring two of the most celebrated HBCU bands. The 60-second spot, titled “The Halftime Game,” will bring the excitement of storied HBCU band

The UDC room (United Daughters of the Confederacy) is decorated with a Confederate flag, portrait of Jefferson Davis and other Southern memorabilia. Tim Gilbert, a Black man, was convicted of various charges, including aggravated assault, by an all-white jury in Giles County. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. After his trial, he and his attorney became aware of the decorations in the jury deliberation room, and he’s arguing that there’s no way he received a fair trial with those influences.Pulaski, Tenn. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 Udc Room 02

A Black man is entitled to a new trial after an all-White jury deliberated in a room filled with Confederate symbols, court says

By Alisha Ebrahimji, A Tennessee court has decided a Black man convicted of aggravated assault deserves a new trial because evidence was improperly admitted and the jury deliberated in a room filled with tributes to the Confederacy, according to court documents. Judge James Curwood Witt Jr. said in an opinion filed last week that the room’s


Former FAMU President Walter L. Smith Remembered for Leadership, Achievements

By Florida A&M University Walter L. Smith, Sr. Ph.D., the seventh president of Florida A&M University (FAMU), died in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday, November 25, 2021.  The former athlete, scholar, historian, and education leader was 86. FAMU President Emeritus Smith was also the second president of Roxbury Community College in Boston, Mass. Notable achievements during

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 31: Former President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belle Isle on October 31, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Biden is campaigning with Obama on Saturday in Michigan, a battleground state that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Obama says GOP gerrymandering is ‘not how democracy is supposed to work’

By Paul LeBlanc and Kelly Mena, Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday said “the stakes could not be higher” for democracy as he skewered Republican redistricting efforts and attempts to codify voting restrictions in state laws. Speaking at a virtual fundraiser benefiting the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Obama lamented Republican-led state legislatures for “passing laws designed to


Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Deliver the Keynote Address at Claflin University’s 2021 Fall Commencement Convocation

Written by Claflin University, Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be the keynote speaker for Claflin University’s 2021 Fall Commencement Convocation on Friday, December 10, at 10 a.m. at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex. Tickets for Claflin’s Commencement Convocation are available only to

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 08: Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building as the jury begins deliberation during his trial on December 8, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported that two masked men physically attacked him, yelling racist and anti-gay remarks near his Chicago home in 2019. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Jurors set to begin second day of deliberations in the trial of actor Jussie Smollett

By Omar Jimenez, Bill Kirkos, Ashley Killough and Travis Caldwell, Jurors in Chicago will begin the second day of deliberations Thursday in the trial of actor Jussie Smollett, who has been charged in connection with allegedly staging a fake hate crime and falsely reporting it to police nearly three years ago. The jury of six men and

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C), D-CA, speaks during a news conference with Democratic leaders after the passage of the Build Back Better Act at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2021. - US lawmakers voted to elevate President Joe Biden's giant social welfare bill to the Senate, in major a step forward for his vision for a more equitable society that is the centerpiece of his domestic agenda. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

10 things you didn’t know are in the Democrats’ Build Back Better bill

By Katie Lobosco and Tami Luhby, A sweeping $1.9 trillion spending plan, known as the Build Back Better bill, is making its way through Congress and could make a key part of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda a reality. A majority of the funding is focused on transforming the nation’s social safety net by reducing the cost of