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A TALE OF TWO HBCUs

A TALE OF TWO HBCUs

This year, sports archrivals Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University have one thing in common: leadership turmoil at the top of both institutions. COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – In a dramatic three-hour Oct. 22 meeting, members of Florida A&M’s Board of Trustees made failed attempts to fire President Elmira Mangum and sparked […]

HOMECOMING WEEK 2015

HOMECOMING WEEK 2015

Continuing the tradition Numerous Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)  celebrated Homecoming last week, including Atlanta’s Morehouse College. Perry “Trey” Thurston III (left),  continues the tradition of three generations of Morehouse Men who are members of the Thurston family. His father, Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (right), is a 1982 Morehouse graduate. (COURTESY OF THE THURSTON […]

Sheriff: ‘She started this’

Sheriff: ‘She started this’

Deputy fired, student criticized COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS Leading Black women across the nation are expressing outrage this week over the videotaped violent incident showing a White police officer in Columbia, S.C. grabbing a Black 16-year-old female high school student around her neck, flipping her desk; then dragging her across the floor and tossing her […]

FAMU to host national ‘Ban the Box’ forum

FAMU to host national ‘Ban the Box’ forum

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER ORLANDO –  Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host a national forum titled, “Ban the Box: Eliminating Barriers to Reentry” on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the FAMU College of Law in Orlando. The forum will bring together panelists from a cross-section of professions, including academia, entertainment, law, and advocacy, […]

Florida’s controversial bear hunt ends after just two days

Florida’s controversial bear hunt ends after just two days

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA State wildlife officials will take some time to review the first bear hunt in 21 years – shut down Sunday night quicker than they expected – to make adjustments before the next one. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials, who acknowledged on Oct. 25 that the […]

$20K donation will help Edwards Waters produce more Black male teachers

$20K donation will help Edwards Waters produce more Black male teachers

JACKSONVILLE – Edward Waters College (EWC) has received $20,000 in donations toward its Call Me MISTER scholarship program. Former Florida State Senator Tony Hill presented the check to President Nathanial Glover during an Alumni Presidential Reception during the college’s homecoming festivities last weekend. The Call Me MISTER program was created to help increase the number […]

Bill would boost age to operate jet skis

Bill would boost age to operate jet skis

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The minimum age to operate a personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, in most Florida waters would increase from 14 to 16 under a proposal (SB 644) filed Monday for the 2016 legislative session by Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate. The age change would make it unlawful for owners of personal […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 268

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 268

Hail yeah! Your humble writer is back after being AWOL from this page. Why? You’ll understand by and by… HBCU BS – An African proverb says, “When the elephants fight, the grass gets crushed.” Dysfunctional HBCU leadership and top managers are the elephants; the grass is the faculty, staff and students who just want to […]

A plea to save the family phone

A plea to save the family phone

This really struck me in the immediate aftermath of the South Carolina flood. I have two friends – a couple – who live in Charleston. I called them to check on their situation and quickly realized that they almost never answer their home line. I decided to call the husband in the couple, a gentleman […]

The crushing weight of student loan debt hurts us all

The crushing weight of student loan debt hurts us all

As the cost of higher education has risen, students and their families have increasingly turned to student loans to cover costs. Today, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), 41 million consumers collectively owe more than $1.2 trillion in debt. What is less commonly known, however, is that millions of student loan borrowers are […]

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