What a graduation gift! Billionaire will pay off student loans for all 400 2019 graduates of Morehouse College for Men

      By Frederick H Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Black billionaire Robert F. Smith awarded the class of 2019 at Morehouse College for men a gift graduating seniors and their parents won’t ever forget. Smith, founder, and chair of Vista Equity Partners and a philanthropist announced on Sunday that he would pay off student loan debt for all of the 400[Read More…]

Morehouse selects a new president

                By Frederick H. Lowe Morehouse College has selected Dr. David A. Thomas as the Atlanta-based school’s 12th president, ending a six-month period of transition during which the profiles of more than 100 executives, including several sitting college presidents, were reviewed. Dr. Thomas, the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business at Harvard Business[Read More…]

Preschool teachers keep closer eye on black boys

Posted by Bill Hathaway- Yale University Sophisticated eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers “show a tendency to more closely observe black students, and especially boys, when challenging behaviors are expected.” At the same time, black teachers hold black students to a higher standard of behavior than do their white counterparts, report researchers. While the research doesn’t explore why this difference in[Read More…]

Teachers report weaker bonds with students of color

Posted by Rachel Harrison- New York University Teachers say that they have weaker relationships with children of immigrants and teens of color, a new study has found. “Teachers’ relationships are hugely important for all students, but particularly so for groups that are marginalized. Yet, the students who could most benefit from relationships with their teachers are the ones that have[Read More…]

Tuskegee University to eliminate 100-plus positions

By Zenitha Prince   Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Afro American Newspaper ( – Tuskegee University is  joining a growing number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that  are cutting staff  cuts due to budget problems. The university, which is based in Tuskegee, Ala., recently announced its commitment to reducing its annual operating costs by $15 million to[Read More…]

Black students graduate with nearly $8,000 more in college debt than their white counterparts

By Frederick H. Lowe This is the time of the year when college students proudly march down the aisle to their parents’ cheers, applause, shouts of approval, some relief and the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance. ” That’s the good news. Then there’s the bad news for black students. Black graduates from lower middle- income families complete college with significantly[Read More…]

Schomburg Center is looking for a new director

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is resigning to become a tenured professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School.  He also will join the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a division of Harvard University. Dr. Muhammad, who was named the Schomburg Center’s director in July 2011, replacing Howard Dobson, said his successor[Read More…]

How ‘grit’ takes a toll on black college students

  “The process of healing from racial battle fatigue and institutional racism requires significant internal commitment and external support,” write the researchers. “Black college students are brilliant, talented, and creative, and they dream as big as other students. Pursuing higher education should not make them sick.” (Credit: Ryan McGuire/Gratisography)   Posted by Joan Brasher Vanderbilt University Past research shows that[Read More…]

Nation of Islam will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March

  Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from ( — Editor’s Note: With a backdrop of intense protests against repeated police shootings of unarmed black people, poverty, economic inequality and other injustices, this Saturday’s 20th Anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March is expected to draw thousands of men and women to the National Mall in Washington D.C.[Read More…]

Poor blacks are “Sunny Jims” about the future?

  It may come as a surprise to most of us, but poor blacks are more optimistic than other racial and ethnic groups and the reasons are grounded in President Barack Obama’s election and re-election and their religion, even though African Americans feel less safe than other groups walking in their neighborhoods at night, according to Brookings, a Washington, D.C.-based[Read More…]

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