December 17, 2021

JSU grad Cathy Maberry loses her sight but maintains vision to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist

By Jackson State University More than a year ago, Cathy Maberry lost her complete eyesight. Still, she was able to walk across the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation at Jackson State last week. She plans to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. “Jackson State University means so much


FAMU Commencement Speaker T.J. Rose Exhorts Fall Graduates To Have the Means and Mindset to Succeed

By Andrew Skerritt Florida A&M University alumnus T.J. Rose highlighted his Tallahassee roots, his journey to Harvard University and his career in private equity financing as he exhorted fall 2021 graduates to have the means and mindset to succeed. “There is something about stepping on the sidewalk and sitting in the classrooms of your forefathers


TSU’s AOB Celebrates 75 Years With Trip to Tournament of Roses, Receives Major Hollywood Endorsement

By Emmanuel Freeman The Tennessee State University world-renowned Aristocrat of Bands is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with an invitation to the 133rd Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, on Jan 1, 2022. The band was one of only four university bands selected nationwide last year to participate in the Tournament of Roses, but the parade

CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 12: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The NFL and NBA are changing their Covid-19 protocols as cases rise

By Steve Almasy and Jill Martin, Two of the top professional sports leagues in the country are tightening their Covid-19 protocols in response to the surge in cases. On Thursday, the National Football League and NFL Players Association agreed to new rules that place the league’s 32 teams in restrictive protocols until Monday. It follows nearly a


Black tech entrepreneurs struggle to find funding in Britain. Now they’re looking abroad

By Walé Azeez, Black tech entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom say they have to rely on foreign investors to get their businesses off the ground. More than a year after the Black Lives Matter protests prompted the UK government to investigate discrimination against Black business owners, British venture capital firms continue to neglect Black and ethnic minority founders despite

Farmer John Boyd Jr., poses in front of his hay bailer at his farm in Boydton, Va., Thursday, May 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Many Black farmers nationwide struggling to keep their farms afloat as they face disparities across the board

By Chandelis Duster and Janie Boschma, Texas cattle rancher Deydra Steans quit her teaching job three years ago to help save her family’s farming operations. She was prepared for the strenuous task of herding animals. Steans, 41, usually begins her day at 7 a.m. with her 68-year-old father, Elvin Steans. The pair talk over breakfast

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: Clouds are seen above The U.S. Supreme Court building on May 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court said that it will hear a Mississippi abortion case that challenges Roe v. Wade. They will hear the case in October, with a decision likely to come in June of 2022. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

DOJ asks Supreme Court to reinstate federal vaccine mandate for certain health care workers nationwide

By Ariane de Vogue and Tierney Sneed, The Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to allow a vaccine mandate aimed at certain extra health care workers to go into effect nationwide, marking the first time the justices have been asked to weigh in on a federal mandate the Biden administration put in place in


Biden awards Medal of Honor to 3 soldiers, including the first African American since the Vietnam War

By Maegan Vazquez, President Joe Biden bestowed the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious decoration in the US military, to three Army soldiers on Thursday afternoon. The medal was awarded posthumously to Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe and Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Celiz, as well as Army Master Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee. “Each of you know what