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Hampton University graduate helps Black entrepreneurs flourish

Raised by a franchise-holding father, Dallas, TX, native and Hampton University graduate Alyson Rae Lawson knew what she wanted to do. While not running three McDonald’s like her dad, she has become the first Black woman to run not one but two Texas 7-Eleven franchises. Across the street from one another in Arlington, TX, each store has a gas station and both are booming. Boosted by her Bachelors in Business Management from Hampton, Rae Lawson cut her teeth in various jobs. Numbers are one of her gifts. Balancing books for cities in Texas and Virginia, she additionally worked in the

Black entrepreneurs give scholarships to HBCU students


Black entrepreneurs are committing to their community and coming together to offer a $2,000 scholarship for two HBCU undergraduate students. Four businesses have teamed together for this initiative: Lauren and Zevi Lacey, Founders of Urban Business Directory, CEO Wesley Jacques of BlueDrem Media & Marketing Services, Gia Mac, CEO of Infinite 7 and Ashley Johnson, Owner of the Vegan Chef Ash brand. They have partnered together to create a collective call to action to give back to the community that has continued to support their dreams.  “As black business owners, we want to show our love and appreciation to the

Delaware State University students compete in Hope for Sickle Cell Disease Challenge

Three Delaware State University students are making a difference by taking part in a national competition, the Hope for Sickle Cell Disease Challenge, that raises awareness about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Two graduate students, Lindsey Hyppolite and Joshua Patterson, and an undergraduate freshman, Nia Allen, are competing in the challenge. Conducted by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institute of Health, the competition aims to bring greater awareness to SCD as well as address the associated myths and stigmas surrounding the disease. The Delaware State team’s project is entitled “Sickle Cell Disease Redefined.” The project uses

Fisk University announces new 4-year graduation pledge

Fisk University announced the start of its new 4-year graduation pledge, the Fisk Four-Ever Pledge, that will include a bonus Master’s degree at a discounted price. In order to qualify for the pledge students must follow the university’s “Roadmap to Success,” which breaks down the yearly requirements to graduate within four years. Students who participate in the program and meet the GPA requirement will be granted automatic admission into master’s programs in either social justice, psychology, healthcare management or executive leadership. “It is incumbent upon universities to deliver unprecedented outcomes and to prepare students in the most dynamic and effective

Lowcountry Rice Culture Project honors Black Americans’ contributions to rice agriculture

Claflin University president Dwaun J. Warmack was recently honored by the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project (LRCP). Along with seven others, Warmack received the R.I.C.E. Award. The project serves as a networking agency and clearinghouse for reclamation efforts for the southeastern Lowcountry rice industry. Enslaved Africans brought rice-growing knowledge from their homeland, so the project aims to elevate this cultural inheritance by giving it its due dignity. “We are absolutely thrilled to honor these individuals because of their long history of inclusive support to community life, culture and pursuit of excellence in the Lowcountry,” said international artist Jonathan Green, founder and

HBCU students find positive way to navigate violent era of prejudice

Stanford University has discovered that there is a direct connection between hate crimes and HBCU student enrollment. A report published by the Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis found that as hate crimes rise, so does first time enrollment at HBCUs. The study provides substantial evidence that Black students have a desire to escape racial tension in their communities by attending institutions where they can thrive in a safe environment. “HBCUs have worked really hard to make sure that Black students feel welcome and centered,” said Dominique Baker, co-author of the Stanford study, according to Inside Higher Ed. “It is rare

Bethune-Cookman University takes part in HBCU C2 initiative


Bethune-Cookman University (BC-U) is excited to announce its ongoing participation in Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative. Funded by Apple Computer and an extension of its Community Education Initiative, HBCU C2 provides B-CU with the technology and training that makes coding more easily accessible to students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.  As part of the initiative, Apple has provided B-CU with $90,00 worth of Apple products, including Macbooks, iPads, Apple TVs, Pens and access to the Apple Software Ecosystem. The initiative is being spearheaded by Dr. Dennis Pires, Interim dean for the College Of Business and Entrepreneurship, along with

Claflin University student Keighla Pope wins award for documentary

Claflin University junior and mass communications student Keighla Pope has been selected as the winner of the Preserving Our Places in History Award from the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission. Pope’s documentary, “The Lowcountry’s Battle with COVID-19,” won in the Student Award category.  The Commission presented the award to Pope March 20 at the State Capital, and the videotaped presentation will be available to view in April.  Pope was nominated by Dr. Arlecia Simmons, assistant professor of mass communications at Claflin University.  “My desire to nominate Keighla was because of her interest in the Coronavirus’s impact on a faith

Hampton University alumna Rashida Jones to give commencement address

Hampton University President William R. Harvey announced that alumna Rashida Jones, President of MSNBC, will serve as the University’s 150th and 151st Commencement speaker on May 9. “Ms. Rashida Jones and her professional success are an example of what Hampton University founder Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong envisioned when he founded this institution to educate recently freed slaves 153 years ago,” Harvey said. “His dream was to prepare the best and the brightest to lead our great nation and make a positive impact on the world at large.” A Hampton University Scripps Howard School Hall of Fame inductee, Jones graduated from

Bowie State University Army ROTC wins MacArthur Award

Bowie State University (BSU) has been awarded the MacArthur Award, which recognizes the program as one of the best in the nation. A first for BSU, the university’s ROTC program was selected by the U.S. Army Cadet Command out of 37 other schools in the 4th Brigade, including ROTC programs in West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  “This award is a testament to the years of hard work and cooperation between the cadets, ROTC staff and the university to elevate the BSU ROTC program from a small, developing program into one of the best in the

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