Education, For the Record, News, Technology / January 28, 2024 Experts Seek to Diversify Tech Industry 

By: Asia Alexander, Sabreen Dawud, Makenna Underwood, Amarie Betancourt Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has made its way into various industries from convenient assistance on cell phones to self-driving vehicles. AI seems to be here to stay. However, the safety surrounding this technology, particularly for Black communities, is questionable. While AI technology appears to have advanced...

Black Lives Matter, Education, Fact-Checks, For the Record, HBCUs, News, Politics and Government / January 8, 2024 Student Loan System Causes Unequal Burdens for Black Student Borrowers, Makes Them Prey for Predatory Lending Tactics

By: Amber Smith Several years after leaving Morgan State University with a major in physical education, Marcus Dumorin found himself grappling with repaying his $55,000 student loan debt while handling monthly obligations, including caring for his young daughter and sick mother.   His monthly payments had reached as high as $600, an insurmountable challenge given his...

Black Lives Matter, Fact-Checks, For the Record, News, Social Justice / January 8, 2024 Culture Remains in Barry Farms after Forced Gentrification

By Autumn Coleman, Jakeria Haynes and Hunter Stevens Today, like every day for the past 10 years residents of Barry Farms are being pushed out. The Barry Farms neighborhood is located in Southeast Washington, D.C. – which to D.C. natives is known as “east of the river.”. The neighborhood originated as a development established by...

What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal
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What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Niaja Smith WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to pull the United States out of the historic deal that it and more than two dozen other countries negotiated under former President Barack Obama to halt Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons. Speaking to the United Nations this week, Trump called the agreement “an…

Does being a background singer lead to spotlight of success
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Does being a background singer lead to spotlight of success

By Sydney Davenport Some people crave the spotlight. They want to see their name in lights and are willing to do what it takes to make it to the big time. Not vocalist Jazmine Thomas of Savannah, Georgia. She’s hoping to find success is not behind the scenes, but in the background. Thomas, a music…

Howard U. Hospital: My Trip to the ER
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Howard U. Hospital: My Trip to the ER

By Shirley Carswell The Sunday Washington Post article on Howard University Hospital, which described a once-grand institution fallen on hard times, struck close to home for me. That’s because I had an unexpected visit to Howard’s emergency room two days earlier. My medical emergency wasn’t life threatening, but the pain I was experiencing after busting…

Love Story for the History Books
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Love Story for the History Books

Mildred Loving, born in 1939, was a civil rights activist who successfully defeated Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage on June 12, 1967. Mildred Jeter was born and raised in Central Point, Virginia, about 90 miles south of Washington, D.C. She attended an all-black high school, and met her future husband, Richard Loving, in Central Point….

Flo-Jo … Faster Than A Speeding Bullet….
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Flo-Jo … Faster Than A Speeding Bullet….

Florence Griffith Joyner is considered the best female track star ever to have competed at the Olympic level. Joyner still holds the fastest record for the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and collected three gold medals during the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul. Joyner’s record times have been difficult for other athletes to even come…

How ‘Fences’ Was Built
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How ‘Fences’ Was Built

Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” which premiers on Christmas Day, is being praised as an original remake of the Broadway play. However, this story has been an essential work in American theater for more than 30 years, and it didn’t originate with Washington. Oscar-winning actor James Earl Jones originally portrayed Troy Maxson,…

Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?
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Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?

“I’m moving to Canada!” Many people who are concerned about living under Donald Trump as U.S. president have been repeating this sentence in recent weeks and months. On Election Day, the website of the Canadian immigration office broke down completely. Too many people tried to get information about the immigration process in Canada on Tuesday,…

Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?
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Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?

Many people consider it common knowledge that more black men are in prison than in college. “A third more African-American men are incarcerated than in higher education,” according to Jason Ziedenberg and Vincent Schiraldi, who wrote the 2002 report from the Justice Policy Institute, “Cellblocks or Classrooms: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and…

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