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Can Diddy spark other black celebrities to donate to HBCUs?

As October rolls around, we are nearing a very popular time in the African American community- homecoming season. From Howard to FAMU to A&T and Spelhouse, it’s consistently been known as one of the most epic experiences for HBCU students, alum and visitors. But what happens during this weekend doesn’t always transfer over to the next school year, or even ...

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President Obama says 3rd party or protest voting is supporting Trump – is he right?

In an interview on Steve Harvey’s radio show, President Obama said that anyone who votes for a third party candidate or stays at home is casting their ballot for the Republican nominee. “The stakes in this election are so high,” Obama said last week. “You know, you have some of Trump’s aides on record saying that their main agenda — ...

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NYC Cop Suing After Her Arrest on Charges of Stealing Brooklyn Home

A New York City police officer is suing the city after being arrested on charges she stole a three-family house. New York City Police Officer Blanche O’Neal is suing the city for $50 million as a result of her arrest last year by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office on charges she stole a three-family row house, the New York Daily News reports. Supreme Court Justice ...

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Ark. Lawmaker Arrested for Filming the Police; Charges Later Dropped

State Rep. John Walker was arrested Sept. 26 while filming a police putting a black man in handcuffs during a traffic stop. An Arkansas state representative who helped passed legislation that protects the right of citizens to photograph and record the police was himself arrested after he filmed during a traffic stop. John Walker, 79, is a civil rights attorney ...

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Ill. is the Latest State to Suspend Business With Wells Fargo

In the continued fallout from the bank’s fraud scandal, the Illinois state treasurer is suspending the state’s $30 billion in annual investment activity with the bank. Illinois state treasurer Michael Frerichs said Monday that his office will suspend investment activity with Wells Fargo in light of the bank’s ongoing fraud scandal and investigation, USA Today reports. “Wells Fargo is a big ...

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Donald Trump implies vets with PTSD aren’t ‘strong’

On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was speaking to a group of veterans in Virginia when he seemed to divide them into groups that were strong enough to handle the horrors of war and those that were weak. A member of the audience asked Trump about the suicide epidemic among veterans and asked if he would push for faith-based ...

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Teacher fired over racist Facebook comments about Michelle Obama

A Georgia educator has been fired after posting racist Facebook comments about First Lady Michelle Obama, calling her a “gorilla” multiple times. Jane Wood Allen, a parapro at Chestatee Elementary School, lost her job over the racist posts, which included references to the First Lady as a “gorilla” as well as other anti-Muslim and anti-Hispanic posts. In August, Allen posted ...

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Solange’s new album ‘A Seat At The Table’ is food for the black soul

Black folks are constantly searching for liberation, whether at a party or a quiet sanctuary to unwind after an exhausting week of code-switching and news of another deadly hashtag. Solange Knowles has just provided both. With the release of her much-anticipated album A Seat At The Table, the 30-year-old R&Bsinger invites black folks to an exclusive sonic affair. Set to R&B-meets-pop ...

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A Few Words on the Blatant Disrespect Being Shown to Angela Davis

Let’s make this plain. There have been intense, wide-spread and polarizing responses to my article on a statement made by scholar, freedom fighter, former political prisoner and icon Angela Davis during her Sept. 30 keynote address at the “Black Matters: The Futures of Black Scholarship and Activism” conference at the University of Texas at Austin. During her address, Davis said, “I have serious problems with the ...

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Black Va. Schoolhouse Built in 1892 Defaced with ‘White Power’ Signs

Vandals marred the Ashburn Colored School in Northern Virginia, destroying two years of restoration work by local students. The Ashburn Colored School opened in 1892, a single-room schoolhouse that gave black children in northern Virginia the opportunity to receive an education, 30 years after the Civil War ended in the capital of the Confederacy. The school was horribly vandalized this ...

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