• By Jessica Blake Johns Hopkins University has received a new gift of $1 billion from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will allow the majority of the university‚Äôs medical students to attend tuition-free,¬†the university announced Monday. The historic donation will also help many medical students


A $1B Donation to Johns Hopkins Makes Med School Free for Most

By Jessica Blake Johns Hopkins University has received a new gift of $1 billion from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will allow the majority of the university‚Äôs medical students to attend tuition-free,¬†the university announced Monday. The historic donation will also help many medical students cover living expenses and provide some financial aid for students from middle- and low-income backgrounds enrolled in nursing and other health care‚Äďrelated graduate programs. ‚ÄúAs the U.S. struggles to recover from a disturbing decline in life expectancy, our country faces a serious shortage of doctors, nurses, and public health professionals‚ÄĒand yet, the high cost of medical, nursing, and

Morehouse and Spelman Students Tased By Police During 2020 Protests Could Receive $2M Settlement

By Rachel Knox Two college students who were pulled from their car and tased by police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020 could receive a $2 million settlement. Messiah Young, a student at Morehouse College, and Taniyah Pilgrim, a student at Spelman College, got stuck in traffic as the streets filled with protesters on May 30, 2020. They were in their car as the protest took place in downtown Atlanta, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Young and Pilgrim were not participating in the protest. They took out their phones and started recording their surroundings. Police officers pulled them

Dillard University president steps down after two years

By Randall Barnes Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, the eighth president of Dillard University,¬†has announced her¬†resignation effective July 1st¬†per reporting by Gabriella Killett and Gordon Russell of NOLA.com. According to a university statement released on Friday, Dr. Ford is stepping down ‚Äúto focus on her health and family.‚ÄĚ According to Killett and Russell, Erroll Williams, the Orleans Parish tax assessor who is a Dillard graduate and serves on the board of trustees, revealed that Dr. Ford had been on leave since before May’s commencement. However, her resignation was surprising. ‚ÄúIt was unexpected to hear of her resignation,‚ÄĚ Williams remarked. Dr. Ford‚Äôs¬†tenure

From pandemic to protests, the Class of 2024 has been through a lot

By Tonia Smith Four years ago, Keilee Northcutt graduated near the top of her Tullahoma High School class in Tennessee. But instead of strutting across the stage in front of her proud parents, she was relegated to the front seat of her mom’s car as they drove a lap around the football field, quickly grabbed her diploma, then drove home. There were no smiling selfies with her besties, no class parties, and no fancy awards ceremony to fete the high achievers like her. Instead, she got a shoutout on Facebook. Back then, it was COVID-19 that stole her moment. This

UAPB Students Experience Entrepreneurial Mindset Summit in Atlanta

Courtesy of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff The HBCU/MI Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program Summit in Atlanta is a significant initiative aimed at fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in entrepreneurship and advanced technology.  The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) was one of over 23 HBCUs at the 2024 summit, which aims to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCUs/MIs) in developing comprehensive entrepreneurship curricula relevant to preparing African American and minority students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and become leaders and entrepreneurs. The 2024 summit took place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta

Biden and Harris make a rare joint campaign appearance to shore up Black voters’ support

By Mike Memoli and Lauren Mayk  Preparing for a new phase of the campaign as Donald Trump’s criminal trial nears the end, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will make a rare joint campaign appearance here Wednesday to shore up a critical constituency in a critical state: Black voters in Pennsylvania. The Democratic ticket will be joined by a rising Democratic star and likely major surrogate, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, as it works to counter Trump’s efforts to make inroads among the voters who helped power Biden to the nomination and then the White House four years ago. Biden’s campaign has

Black and Gold Facilities, Inc., Grambling State partner to deliver Student Services Center

Courtesy of Grambling State University Student service is a hallmark of the Grambling State University experience and is something the Black & Gold Facilities, Inc. plans to build on with the construction of a Student Services Center. As the institution seeks to improve its essential student services, it is paramount to develop an infrastructure that enables broad outreach by leveraging the assets at its disposal to achieve an enhanced student life experience. As articulated by user stakeholders, the project mission is laser-focused on positioning students for perpetual success by providing centralized, essential student services and academic services that generate their

How One HBCU is Empowering Undergrads to Forge a Path to Prosperity


Starting in young adulthood, one of the most important life skills is managing your money. This starts with a good understanding of how capital works, how to budget and save, and how to invest and make a nest egg grow. But there’s an access gap in setting up young minds for financial success. As compared with white high school students (one in nine of whom had access to finance education), only one in 20 students from Black and Brown schools had the same access, one of the root causes of the racial wealth gap in America. And this gap plays out

Phylicia Rashad Is Stepping Down As Howard University’s College of Fine Arts Dean After 3 Years

By Aria Bell Phylicia Rashad has fulfilled her agreement with Howard University as the Dean of the institution’s College of Fine Arts following the spring commencement ceremony. Three years ago, Rashad helped to revive the fine arts program she was once a part of by stepping into the role of dean. Initially, the Houston native was unsure if she could fully commit to the role. On May 10, Rashad sat down with fellow Howard alumna Lesli Foster, who is now a news anchor at WUSA9, to discuss the work she’s done at her alma mater and what’s next. Before playing the beloved Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show,

HBCU Lincoln University’s 2024 Commencement Address Will be Delivered By ‘Just Mercy’ Subject Bryan Stevenson

By Kyra Alessandrini Lincoln University announced that Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the keynote speaker at the HBCU’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony. This year will mark the institution’s 165th Commencement Ceremony. The event will take place on May 5 on Lincoln’s main campus, and around 400 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees. “Bryan Stevenson addressing our graduates at Lincoln University’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony stands as a testament to the university’s dedication to fostering critical thought and pursuing social justice. His profound commitment to human rights and equity resonates deeply with the

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