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It’s rough out here

It’s rough out here

Black grads face tough job market BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT WASHINGTON  – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple […]

56,224

56,224

That’s the estimated number of the nation’s college students who are homeless BY TED GREGORY CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS This month, with a mix of anxiety and exhilaration, college students across the country took their final exams, and then packed their bags for home. It’s a little different for undergraduates Malachi Hoye and Caprice Manny. They don’t […]

‘Ordinary Light’ a poignant memoir that focuses on daughter’s faith and relationship with mom

‘Ordinary Light’ a poignant memoir that focuses on daughter’s faith and relationship with mom

BOOK REVIEW Review of Ordinary Light:  A Memoir. By Tracy K. Smith.  Alfred A. Knopf.  352 pp.  $25.95. BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER In her poem, “The Ordinary Life,” Tracy K. Smith reflects on the meaning of slogging through the weight of the everyday, even when you’re tired.  “Just once,” she […]

FAMU alumni association raises $203,000 at convention

FAMU alumni association raises $203,000 at convention

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER HOUSTON – The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (FAMUNAA) set a new participation record as more than 450 alumni participated in convention activities in Houston last month to raise dollars for scholars during the 2015 National Convention. A total of $203,000 was raised on site, with additional donations flooding […]

Edward Waters recruiting young Black males for summer program

Edward Waters recruiting young Black males for summer program

Edward Waters College (EWC) in Jacksonville is enrolling students for its 2015 Black Male College Explorers Program. The EWC Black Male Explorers Program is an at-risk prevention/intervention program designed specifically to prevent Black males from dropping out of high school; facilitate their admission to college; and significantly increase their chances of earning a college degree. […]

Senator to Edward Waters College graduates: Start a business, buy property and think big

Senator to Edward Waters College graduates: Start a business, buy property and think big

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida State Senator Chris Smith gave his first commencement address on May 9, addressing 139 graduates of Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College (EWC). Most recently, Senator Smith proposed a bill that would create a police academy at Edward Waters College to help alleviate the racial disparities among law enforcement agencies, foster […]

Sorority awards $18,000 in scholarships during May Week

Sorority awards $18,000 in scholarships during May Week

As part of May Week 2015, the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DSTTA) and DELTA, Inc. presented 25 scholarships totaling $18,850 to students in Hillsborough County. “Created in 1920, May Week is a national program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. that sets aside one week in May to host free or low-cost community programs […]

WRITE FIELD / POYNTER INSTITUTE

WRITE FIELD / POYNTER INSTITUTE

Young, gifted, in black On May 1, 41 boys became the fourth class to participate in the Write Field’s graduation ceremony at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. Speaker Will Packer, a St. Petersburg native, Florida A&M University graduate and filmmaker, told them they must learn how to overcome failure. The Write Field program improves […]

Homeland Security leader addresses Florida Memorial grads

Homeland Security leader addresses Florida Memorial grads

Jeh Johnson shares life experiences at Miami Gardens commencement FROM STAFF REPORTS Florida Memorial University graduates received a lesson on successfully navigating through life by the country’s security leader on Saturday, May 2. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the commencement speaker, had some sage advice for the graduates of the Miami Gardens-based HBCU. […]

‘A BALM IN GILEAD’

‘A BALM IN GILEAD’

In Part 2 of an exclusive interview, Bethune-Cookman University’s current president describes his grand vision for the school. BY JENISE GRIFFIN MORGAN FLORIDA COURIER Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) has had its share of trials and tribulations lately, but its president, Dr. Edison O. Jackson, is steadfast in his belief that the small, Daytona Beach-based historically Black […]