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Student organizations helping tornado-affected students

By Janelle Sears In the destructive aftermath of several tornadoes that blew through Tallahassee, two student-led organizations joined together to assist students in the area that have been severely impacted by the damage of the storms. Inspired by the sudden hardship their peers were now facing, The Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and The Gamma Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated partnered to fund four 250-dollar scholarships to distribute to students in need. “I reached out to the Gamma Alpha chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,Incorporated to match the 500 dollars that I convinced

Howard basketball wants to help the youth of Washington D.C., here’s the plan

Written By Brandon King Seeking to build not only quality basketball players but even better people every season since he became Howard University’s basketball head coach, Kenneth Blakeney and his team have sought to do their part in addressing different societal issues. Endeavors in previous years have focused on financial literacy, black maternal health, and voter registration. This year’s project focuses on the juvenile system in Washington, D.C. Coach Blakeney said the team will be mentoring youth at a Washington D.C. juvenile detention center through a nine-week program put together by the Youth Justice Advocates, which is a student-led organization

Supporting our Own: Business at the Bayou 2023

Courtesy of Southern University the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans hosted the Business at the Bayou event. This event brought together nonprofit, corporate, and local businesses to showcase their products and services to students, alumni, and visitors. The event allowed small black-owned businesses to present their products and network with potential customers by telling them their stories and connecting with their products. Over 100 vendors participated in the expo, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small black-owned businesses, all selling their products on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The Louisiana Chamber of Congress Foundation,

Anniston Community Sees Expansion in Affordable Health Care

By Kyra Purvis, Those living in Calhoun County, Alabama have received increased access to affordable health care. The St. Michael‚Äôs Medical Clinic has been expanded and is now the¬†Dr. David Satcher and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic and Community Learning Center. The expansion comes from investments made by the city of Anniston and Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center (RMC) Health Systems. The new clinic opened its doors to the public on November 6 at its new location on Mulberry Avenue. The clinic is categorized as a free and charitable clinic, meaning all services are offered at no cost to the patient.

Georgia county approves larger homes for Gullah-Geechee enclave as residents vow to continue fight

Descendants of enslaved people living on a Georgia island vowed to keep fighting Tuesday after county commissioners voted to double the maximum size of homes allowed in their tiny enclave, which residents fear will accelerate the decline of one of the South’s few surviving Gullah-Geechee communities. Black residents of the Hogg Hummock community on Sapelo Island and their supporters packed a meeting of McIntosh County’s elected commissioners to oppose zoning changes that residents say favor wealthy buyers and will lead to tax increases that could pressure them to sell their land. Regardless, commissioners voted 3-2 to weaken zoning restrictions the county adopted nearly three

Inaugural UNCF Baltimore Mayor’s Masked Ball raised scholarship money for HBCU students

By Nicky Zizaza This weekend’s United Negro College Fund Baltimore Mayor’s Masked Ball was aimed at fundraising for Black college students. WJZ is the proud media sponsor of the gala. For more than 70 years, the United Negro College Fund has pledged to honor education and award scholarships to students like Morgan State student Rachel Simpson. “I saw the email and I was like, ‘Hey, maybe I will just apply,” said Simpson, a scholarship recipient. “You never know if you are going to get the scholarship or not, but I wrote the essays that came along with it, and a

Queens nonprofit immerses kids in music by recreating HBCU marching band experience

By Elle Mclogan At the Rochdale Village Community Center, kids ages 6 and up are learning drums, horns and the performance fundamentals they’ll need to someday join the marching band at a historically Black college or university. “A lot of the students that I’ve had here will go on and graduate from HBCU, whether it’s Hampton, Howard,” founder Larry Carthan said. He left his job on Wall Street and founded the Elite Marching Band of Queens in the 1990s. Weekly practices culminate in a year-end showcase. “My favorite thing is that you can express yourself in different ways by doing

Majority of Black Americans say race shapes identity

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By Associated Press A majority of Black Americans say being Black is central to how they think about themselves and shape their identities, even as many have diverse experiences and come from various backgrounds, according to a new report by Pew Research Center. About three-quarters of Black people said so despite where they come from, their economic status or educational backgrounds. Overall, 14 percent say being Black is only somewhat important to their identity and 9 percent say it has little to no impact, highlighting the diversity of thought among Black Americans, which include U.S.-born Black people and Black immigrants,

An Alabama family started an antiracist library to promote racial justice and the importance of diversity in reading

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By Alaa Elassar, Kristen Berthiaume remembers when¬†George Floyd was murdered, with body cam footage¬†revealing his struggles¬†to breathe and cries for his mother as a police officer knelt on his neck. Berthiaume couldn’t stop thinking about Floyd, his loved ones, and the Black community as nationwide protests and demands for justice were often met with what she says was blatant racism and ignorance. After talking with her family about what role they could play in promoting racial justice in their community in Homewood, Alabama, an idea was born. “Our library was closed due to Covid, but I noticed that books about

TSU Thanks Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines Fighting Covid-19

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By Emmanuel Freeman Tennessee State University recently showed its appreciation for frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by gifting more than 2,500 potted African Violet plants to healthcare workers at several hospitals, clinics and other facilities in the Nashville metro area. Representing TSU President Glenda Glover, the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. Chandra Reddy, led a group of university officials and staff to deliver the plants to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers at Ascension Saint Thomas West, Select Specialty Hospital, Nashville General Hospital, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Clinic, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The act

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