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‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Throws Black Students for a Loss

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist Last week, the Obama Administration declared war on 1 million underserved students pursuing higher education throughout the United States. While the president and first lady launched their campaign to make it easier for low-income minority students to access college, the Department of Education has launched an unprecedented assault on this same community through a new propo ...

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Michelle Clark HIgh School presents The 1st annual Black History Museum Project

The 1st annual Black History Museum project was the brainchild of Shilanda Hall, a Parent Advocate employee who works for the “Center for College Access and Success” formerly known as the Chicago Teachers’ Center of Northeastern Illinois University. Michele Clark’s counselor, Ms. Joyce Jordan and the program Manger of GEAR UP, Rhonda Thomas spearheaded the idea of showcasing the Michele Clark students’ tale ...

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’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Oscar for Best Film; Lupita Nyong’o Nabs Best Supporting Actress Award

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Lupita Nyong’o won the Academy Award for best supporting actress on March 2 for her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” her first role in a feature film. The captivating 2013 drama “12 Years a Slave,” a harrowing tale of a freed Black man kidnapped into slavery in the 1800s, won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday night in Los Angeles, capping an even ...

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Whitaker’s Wonderful Wit and Wisdom

by Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Forest Whitaker, in a scene from his new film Repentance, portrays the grief of his character, Angel Sanchez. Photo by Patti Perrett (Courtesy Photo/Rottentomatoes.com) Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and since ...

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New Academy President Pushes For More Diverse Voting Members

This year’s nominees are diverse, but the people who vote for the Oscars are not. Cheryl Boone In fact, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to be an exclusive club that is 93 percent white, 76 percent male, with an average age of 63, “I think people assumed the Academy was pretty homogeneous, and it turned out it was even more so than the worst assumptions,” says journalist John Horn. ...

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The 1st annual Black History Museum Project

The 1st annual Black History Museum project was the brainchild of Shilanda Hall, a Parent Advocate employee who works for the “Center for College Access and Success” formerly known as the Chicago Teachers’ Center of Northeastern Illinois University. Michele Clark’s counselor, Ms. Joyce Jordan and the program Manger of GEAR UP, Rhonda Thomas spearheaded the idea of showcasing the Michele Clark students’ tale ...

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The Grammys: Were We (Africans Americans) Really There or Covered Fairly?

by Brandon I. Brooks Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel As the 2014, 56th Annual Grammy Awards came to a close in downtown Los Angeles last Sunday the night, it left me with mixed reactions – some great moments, some snubs of legends and the public’s gasping reaction to the multiple same sex marriage ceremony that seemed to overshadow the ultimate purpose of the awards. Twitter feeds and soci ...

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Jennifer Hudson: “People Are Different Toward Me Because I’m Smaller”

Jennifer Hudson is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood and living proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. Last year, Hudson was back in front of the camera with a trio of challenging roles: Winnie Mandela in the eponymous biopic of the South African leader, a single mother in Black Nativity and a drug-addicted absentee mom in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which is on DVD today ...

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Angelou’s Tribute to Mandela to be Soon Published as Book

by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Maya Angelou, one of America’s leading poets, wrote a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela that has recently been published. (Photo Credit/Dwight Carter) Maya Angelou’s moving tribute to fallen South African leader Nelson Mandela, called “His Day Is Done,” will be preserved in book format just in time for Black History Month. “I’m delighted, ...

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