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Bad News for Low Income College Students in Trump's 2017 Budget

Donald Trump making budget cuts

As President Donald Trump continues to make changes to the nation’s budget, his most recent cut to the U.S. Department of Education is bad news to millions of low-income students […]

Jesse Jackson's 2017 PUSH Excel Scholarship Program Now Open to African American Students

Jesse Jackson

PUSH Excel Scholarship Program awards a number of scholarships each year to deserving students who plan to attend college but do not have the resources to pay for tuition. Each […]

2017 NBNA Scholarship Program For Black Nurses Now Open

NBNA Black Nurse Scholarship Program

The NBNA Scholarship Program offers 14 scholarships each year to students pursuing a career in nursing who are members of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. The scholarships are based […]

The Danger of Drinking Alcohol While Your Skin is Exposed to the Sun -- Many Blacks Still in Denial

African American drinking alcohol outside

Most skin cancers are caused by direct exposure to the UV rays in sunlight, according to the American Cancer Society. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage DNA in […]

Civil Rights Leaders Confront Korean Store Owner Who Choked Black Woman Because He Thought She Was Stealing

Korean Beauty Supply Owner Attacks Black Woman

Charlotte, NC — Members of the NAACP and the Nation of Islam (NOI) recently confronted Sung Ho Lim, a Korean beauty supply store owner, after a cell phone video of […]

How President Trump's Tax Cuts Will Affect Low Income Housing in a Really Bad Way

Donald Trump in a low income housing area

The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that there is now a shortage of affordable homes in every state and major metropolitan area in the country. It is considered a […]

Book Review: "Having Her Say" -- The 21st Published Book by Dr. Rosie Milligan, Described By Many as a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman

Having Her Say By Dr. Rosie Milligan

Reviewed by Dr. Maxine Thompson Nationwide — Having Her Say: A Compilation of Articles by and About Dr. Rosie – Time Keeper, Almanac and Score Keeper for Black America is […]

The #1 Killer of Black People in America is Not Black on Black Crime -- It's This!

African American patient with high blood pressure

About 75 million American adults (29 percent) have high blood pressure, or 1 in every 3 American adults, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. It greatly increases the […]

Social Worker Turned Author Shares Powerful Lifelong Insights in New 3-Part Book Series

Jo-Lynn's Written Expressions by Jo-Lynn Herbert

Nationwide — Jo-Lynn’s Written Expressions, a 3-book series written by social worker turned author Jo-Lynn Herbert, is a journey that has been guided on life terms that continues a bond […]

This Non-Profit Leader and Educator Has Authored More Than 10 Books That Empower African Americans

Olive Peart

Nationwide — Olive Peart is an established lecturer, educator and radiographer, and the author of more than 10 young adult novels and professional text books. She gives motivational lectures to […]

African American Author, Family Strategist, and Mother of 7 Releases Powerful New Book to Help People Communicate Effectively

Charlotte Avery, family strategist and mother of 7 children

— The Family Strategist™, entrepreneur and author Charlotte Avery, mom of 7 and married for 14 years transparently shares her personal journey of learning how to communicate in love and […]

Poor Women With Breast Cancer Are 4 Times More Likely To Lose Their Jobs -- But Why?

Poor woman with breast cancer

Statistics show that about one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. But only one-fourth of low-income women are as likely to keep their […]

Justice, Anyone? -- Book Explores How the American Judicial System Perpetuates Discrimination

Race Justice book by Roger Hicks

“The likelihood of incarceration for minorities is twice as high as that of similarly situated whites, and sentences up to five times as severe, inevitably leading to correctional institutions populated […]

Underground Railroad History Project to Host Liberty Con 2017 - "Americans@Risk: Race, Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters"

Liberty Con 2017

Nationwide — Liberty Con 2017 – Americans@Risk: Race, Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters, the 16th annual public history convention organized by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, is […]

Nationally Acclaimed Visual Artist Shanequa Gay Brings the Plight of Black Men to Canvas

Shanequa Gay's Plight of Black Men Exhibit

— Upcoming Shanequa Gay exhibit portrays the contemporary African-American experience. — Spartanburg, SC — In celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Wofford College presents a solo exhibition […]

Physicians Medical Forum Hosts Conference to Increase Pipeline of African American/Black Students to Attend Medical School

Physicians Medical Forum

— High School, Community College, University/College, Pre-med, and Post-Baccalaureate Students Invited to Attend at NO COST | Sat., March 18, 2017 — Bay Area, CA — Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) […]

Real Men Charities Ushers in a New Generation of Leadership with New Executive Director and Expanded Board of Directors

Ayinde Cartman, Executive Director of Real Men Charities

Chicago, IL — As part of an overarching mission to build on its legacy for decades to come, Real Men Charities, Inc.’s co-founders, Kofi and Yvette Moyo, have appointed 27-year-old […]

"Pay What You Can" Says Milwaukee Restaurant Owner to Low Income Residents

Trickle Bee Cafe in Milwaukee

As a nation, Americans eat out frequently. According to the U.S. Healthful Food Council, Americans buy a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week. This, however, is […]

The True Meaning of "Bruh-therly" Love: One Black Man's Story - Part Two

Jeff Hayes, True Meaning of Bruh-therly Love

By Jeff Hayes Nationwide — Any one will tell you that a prostate exam is right up there with having your taxes audited; somewhat evasive and not very flattering. And […]

Black College Student From Chicago Discovers A Breakthrough For Colon Cancer Cure

Keven Stonewall, Black college student studying colon cancer

When Keven Stonewall was in the fifth grade, he received four microscopes for Christmas from his parents. They did not realize then that his interest in biology would eventually lead […]

Innovative New Toolkit for Black Church Leaders Designed to Help Reduce Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Black pregnant teen

Washington, DC — For many in the African-American community, the Black church has historically been a place where tough community issues are addressed, and that is why The National Campaign […]

CopCritic Mobile Application May Be the Solution to Police Violence on Unarmed Minorities

Cop Critic Mobile App

Nationwide — Victor Holman, creator of a new mobile app called CopCritic, comments, “Our brothers and sisters’ freedom is at great risk. Our president is contemplating instating stop and frisk […]

Nearly 50% of U.S. Children Now Live in Poverty -- And Trump Wants to Cut These Programs!

American child living in poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) reports that 43 percent of all children in the U.S. now live in low-income families. This includes 30.6 million children, including 5.2 […]

Highly-Anticipated Documentary Explores Women, Trauma and Success

No More Chains Documentary

— “No More Chains: Succeeding Against The Odds” documentary set for red carpet premiere and national screening tour to help women thrive post-trauma — Fredericksburg, VA — No More Chains: […]



Unprecedented Proposed Law Provides African Americans Reparations and Opportunities to Better Their Lives

John Cheeks submits proposed legislation to DC Board of Elections

Washington, DC — On February 10, 2017, proposed legislation was submitted to the DC Board of Elections. It is a model for legislators to provide opportunities for previous slave owners, […]

The True Meaning of "Bruh-therly" Love: One Black Man's Story - Part One

George Hughes, True Meaning of Bruh-therly Love

By George M. Hughes, Jr. Nationwide — There’s nothing more private than discussing health issues related to your “man- parts”. But there’s also nothing more healing than connecting over a […]

Top 2017 African-American, Minority and Diversity Summer Internship Programs

Minority Interns

Nationwide — Many companies and organizations are already announcing that they are accepting applications for their upcoming internship programs. Here’s a list of the top 2017 summer internship programs for […]

Monthly Subscription Box Teaches Children About Black History Year Round -- Not Just in February!

Heritage Box

— Heritage Box celebrates one year of delivering culture, history, and pride! — Nationwide — What if year round we could impart our history to our children? We would raise a […]

"Mommy, Please Help Me Get My Baby Back" -- The New, Captivating Novel By Shaquana Jackson Is Now Available

Shaquana Jackson, author of Mommy Please Help Me Get My Baby Back

— Author Shaquana Jackson announces the launch of her latest, breathtaking novel ‘Mommy, Please Help Me Get My Baby Back’. This amazing book is now available to order at Amazon.com […]

Great Granddaughter of First President of Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa, Set to Share His Legacy For Peace During Black History Month

Stephanie Gregoire-McKinney, granddaughter of the first President of Cote D'voire (West Africa)

Nationwide — African-born linguist, global liaison and cultural connector, Stephanie Gregoire-McKinney, is on a mission to continue in the legacy of her great grandfather, Feu Felix Houphouet Boigny, the First […]

Blacks in Poorer Neighborhoods Have a Higher Risk of Getting This!

Black woman in hospital

Where you live can have a significant impact on your overall health. According to a new government-funded study, Blacks who live in poor neighborhoods are at greater risk for heart […]

Russell Simmons Closes $167 Million Deal For His RushCard Debit Card Business

Russell Simmons, founder of RushCard

Green Dot and RushCard are two of the oldest prepaid debit cards in the marketplace. Russell Simmons’ RushCard increased popularity for prepaid cards while Green Dot pioneered the reloadable prepaid […]

440 Historical Documents Including a Recently Discovered Letter of George Washington Selling Off 90 Slaves to Be Auctioned in New York

George Washington

Yonkers, NY — A long-lost letter of George Washington, reporting on an auction he held of ninety Virginia slaves, will appear in a New York sale on his birthday, February […]

MAYNARD, the Documentary Film About the Life and Times of Maynard Jackson, the First Black Mayor of Atlanta, Moves into Final Production

Maynard Documentary Film

Atlanta, GA — MAYNARD, the much-anticipated documentary film, which is being made about the life and times of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, is turning the power on and […]

Top Black History Month Scholarship Programs For African-American Students

Black History Month Scholarships

Nationwide — Every year, many companies and organizations give away scholarships to African American students as a way of celebrating and honoring Black History month. Some of these programs have […]

Join the Fight Against Prostate Cancer by Honoring the 9th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Observance Day

Brown Byrd Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness

Nationwide — How far would you go to protect yourself and your family? What if it was a matter of life and death? And what if the answer was a […]

Study Reveals Shocking Reasons Why Puberty Is More Difficult For Low Income Teen Girls

Teenage Low Income Girl

What happens to children when they are young often affects them for the rest of their lives. This includes that awful growing up stage called puberty. Recent research published in […]

Black Attorney Launches New Program to Encourage Entrepreneurs and Help Them Turn Their Ideas into Products

Start Pursuing Your Passion Today By Darcell Walker

— “Urban Brilliance” Program Helps Individuals Start the Process of Developing Their Ideas — Nationwide — According to Attorney Darcell Walker, TV shows like ABC’s “Shark Tank” and CNBC’s “Make […]

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Comes to Life in New Play, "An Adam Experiment," This Black History Month

An Adam Experiment One-Man Play Starring Michael Chenevert

— U.S. Tour of Beloved Civil Rights Crusader and Prince of Harlem Kicks-Off in New York This February — New York, NY — In celebration of Black History Month, a […]

Atlanta Community Activist Encourages the NFL to Open up the Georgia Dome for the Super Bowl to Unite Football Fans of All Races and Cultures

Orrin Hudson

— Orrin C. Hudson, founder of Be Someone, believes that sports is a powerful element that can dissolve a lot of the racial tension that exists in the United States […]

Children’s Book Company Joins Forces to Combat Sickle Cell Disease -- Releases New Book, “Breaking The Sickle”

Breaking the Sickle book

Fort Worth, TX — Melanin Origins LLC, a children’s book company that writes biographies of African-American leaders, has partnered with Sickle Cell Disease Association of North Texas (SCDANT) in effort […]

14-Year Old Girl, Naika Venant, Hangs Herself Live On Facebook

Naika Venant

Naika Venant from Miami, Florida, was only 14 years old when she methodically planned and carried out her suicide for two hours, and the whole event was live on Facebook. […]

The Real Reason Why Asthma Can Be More Serious (and Deadly) for African Americans

African American boy with asthma

According to The U.S. Centers For Disease Control, black adults are more likely to have asthma than white adults. The National Institutes of Health reports that African Americans have more […]

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) STEM Scholars Program Now Open

United Negro College Fund STEM Scholarship

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has partnered with The Fund II Foundation to establish a scholarship program to help African American students seeking careers in STEM fields – science, […]

African American Smokers Vs. White Smokers -- Who is More Likely to Get Diabetes?

African American and white smoker

The risk of diabetes is 77 percent higher among African Americans than among non-Hispanic white Americans, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. But that risk can be even […]

This State Offers Free Tax Preparation For Low Income Families

Low income family getting a free tax preparation

The state of Illinois is now offering free tax preparation to low-income families. The announcement was made recently through the state’s Department of Human Services. Families with incomes up to […]

Black History Matters! Celebrate Black History With a Reflection on the 100 Years Leading Up to Barack Obama Winning the Presidency

A Reflection By Karen Sloan-Brown

Nationwide — At the end of the historic tenure of a black president and the recent resurgence of “white supremacy,” there is no better time to reflect and remember the […]

Alpha RX Plus, an All-Natural Product For Men With Erectile Dysfunction, Shares Results of Their 50 Man Product Test Trial

African American man with prescription

San Diego, CA — Alpha RX Plus LLC is thanking all participants in their recent product test trial of their all-natural product for erectile dysfunction. J.R. Scroggins, founder of the 5-year […]