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More Students Are Deciding To Attend HBCU’s For The 2018-2019 School Year

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The graduation hype is settling and the 2018-2019 academic year is on its way. Students are making their big decision on which college they are going to attend and it’s looking like more of them are turning to historically black college, especially in the metro area of Atlanta.

Last year, Clark Atlanta said it saw nearly 18,000 applications with only 8,075 admitted and 914 enrolled. Spelman saw more than 9,100 students apply for the upcoming school year which was a 9 percent increase from the previous year. Morehouse College saw their number of application rise by 40 percent.

Outside of the numbers advisors saw through essays written for admission that students desired to attend HBSU’s because of the political and social issues involved race. From police brutality to racial profiling on campuses with a majority of white students.

“I think that with the political climate today, students are interested in being in an environment where they understand that they’re nurtured, appreciated, and that they’re in an environment where they won’t be marginalized,” Darryl Isom the Morehouse Director of Admissions and Recruitment said.

Warren Hawkins III who is a proud student at Clark Atlanta University told 11Alive.com said that those are the main reasons why he decided to attend an HBCU along with the extra push from his mother.

“If I’m surrounded by those who look like me, who are succeeding, who are doing great things, where I’m drowned in black excellence then she knew that the best would come out of me,” Hawkins said.

We love to see this black magic happen and want to wish all of the graduate’s luck in their future educational endeavors.

“If I’m surrounded by those who look like me, who are succeeding, who are doing great things, where I’m drowned in black excellence then she knew that the best would come out of me,” Hawkins said.

We love to see this black magic happen and want to wish all of the graduates luck on their future educational endevours.

Beyoncé Follows HBCU Inspired Coachella Performance With Scholarship Announcement

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Beyoncé turned popular California music festival Coachella into “Beychella” for her highly anticipated 2018 set. The global pop star became the first black woman to headline the festival in Coachella’s 19 year history when she took the stage, a performance she postponed with the annoucement of her 2017 pregnancy with twins Sir and Rumi.

“Thank you Coachella for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline…ain’t that ’bout a bit*h” Beyoncé said to the excited audience.

Of course a Beyoncé show always entertains yet the Coachella set was empowering, nostalgic and legendary for several reasons. Many are singing Beyoncé’s praises naming her one of the best musicians to ever take the stage if not the the GOAT (greatest of all time). Her performance began with the melodic recital of Lift Every Voice And Sing, also known as the “Black national anthem” and from then continued to dazzle the audience in the crowd and watching via livestream with a show paying homage to Black culture.

Beyoncé included her most popular songs from the past and present. She reunited with her Destiny Child groupmates, danced with her sister Solange and even invited husband Jay Z. Throughout four costume and even nail changes Queen Bey slayed the stage, as expected. What wasnt expected: a full on tribute to Historically Black College and University or HBCU culture.

Featuring a marching band, majorette inspired dance routines, a super dope baton twirler Beyoncé brought some HBCU vibes to the Coachella Stage. Beyoncé also included the Swag Surf , a classic moment during HBCU events and introduced her “fraternity”  BAK and essentially staged a probate featuring stepping in homage to Black Greek Letter Organizations, a key factor of HBCU culture. Many of her marching band, majorettes and stepping partners themselves graduated from HBCUs and pledged BGLO’s.

Beyoncé is taking her HBCU celebration further with the announcement of her latest Homecoming Scholars Award Program. Students at Tuskegee University, Xavier University, Wilberforce University and Bethune Cookman University, all HBCUS, will all be eligible to receive scholarship funds from the BeyGOOD Foundation.

“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: says Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment. He continues, “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintianing culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

One student from each HBCU will be rewarded with $25,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Unlike the 2017 Formation Scholars which recognized young women, the Homecoming scholarship is applicable for all qualifying students regardless of gender.  Applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA and disciplines recognized include literature, creative arts, communications, African-American studies, science, education, business, social science, computer science and engineering. Winners will be announced this summer.

2018 ‘Mandela Washington Fellowship’ For New Generation Of African Leaders To Be Hosted At Clark Atlanta University

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For the fifth time, Clark Atlanta University will host the brilliance of the Mandela Washington Fellows as an institute partner for a portion of their United States based activities.  Black Enterprise reports that “according to a statement released by CAU, the university will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging business and entrepreneurial leaders for a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, beginning June 20.

While at Clark Atlanta University, fellows will complete the following:

  • Site visits and collaborative projects with local business partners, including: The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and UPS;
  • Community service opportunities at local partner non-profit community organizations, such as Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta and MedShare International, among others;
  • Campus-based events, including the President’s Welcome Reception; and
  • Faculty and community members are invited to host YALI Fellows as a group or individually in their homes for an American family dinner experience.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders began in 2014 through the Young African Leaders Inatiative (YALI) and empowers young people academically, providing leadership training and both networking and educational opportunities.

“The 2018 fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.” YALI reports.

These young leaders range in age from 25 to 35 and have already soared as leaders in their home countries.  The fellows will take place in a six week Academic and Leadership institute followed by the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington D.C. From there, 100 select participants will be chosen to remain in the U.S. an additional six weeks for a Professional Development Experience. All fellows will continue to build on their developed skills upon returning to their home countries.

For more information on the Mandela Washington Fellowship click here.

Miss KSU, Dorian Wright, Fosters Leadership And Tradition At Her HBCU


Campus queens reign at historically black colleges and universities goes beyond pageantry. HBCU queens are not only the face of the institution yet serve an entire school year carrying out their platform and pushing their universities toward excellence.  At Kentucky State University a land-grant HBCU Frankfort, KY, the narrative does not shift.  The 88th Miss KSU Dorian Wright radiates black girl magic as a driven student, dedicated mother and campus leader. 

Originally from Indianapolis, running for Miss KSU almost came naturally. “I’ve always been a leader on campus, Ive held executive positions in the student government association as well as other organizations and I️ felt as if it was my obligation to ‘level up.’”says Wright.  A leader since her freshman year, Wright was able to translate those skills into queendom.  Using her leadership position as more than just a title, Dorian Wright has encouraged sisterhood and growth among the thorobred women of KSU.

“I have been promoting growth amongst my fellow Thorobred ladies through my platform, “Under Pressure We Create Black Diamonds… We are black diamonds not only because of the melanin in our beautiful skin but because of the historical value associated with the black diamond. We are rare, we are strong, we are adamant, we are resilient, we are the original state of the outcome of the sparkly diamond, we can NOT be broken.”

Her support of women across campus goes beyond her empowering message. Dorian Wright hopes to serve as an indication of the importance of culture and tradition at not only Kentucky State University yet HBCUs across the country.

“Campus Queens are as important as us Queens make them out to be. To be a Queen is to be real, relatable, and reliable. To be a Queen is to never forget where you come from and to always embrace who God is grooming you to be…HBCU Queens are friendly reminders to all black women what it looks like to be collegiate, black and strong”

Wright, whose grandparents met and graduated from the illustrious Kentucky State University played a significant role in her desire to not only represent her institution but her family as Miss KSU. Very aware that the royal lineage does not begin nor end with her administration, Wright takes her platform seriously as a role model for future campus queens, including her infant daughter.

“I️ see how closely she pays attention to her mommy queenin’ with and without the physical crown. I love to see her point and scream, “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” And what’s even more amazing is to see her point to other beautiful black women in magazines and again she screams, ‘Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!’ [Lol] although it’s not me in the magazine, I feel more than accomplished because I know I’m teaching my daughter self love and love for her own culture.”

Honored to serve as the 88th Miss Kentucky State University, Dorian Wright credits her ability to lead and serve as a testament of her drive and faith.

“With all the adversities I had witnessed/ overcome in my short, now 23 years, I knew it was time for me to work for God. It was time for me to be courageous enough to be that living testimony of growth, strength and courage. I needed to put myself in a position where I could motivate and uplift others. I’ve always known my capabilities but to see God’s work come into fruition through this platform has been amazing.

Dorian Wright plans to continue reigning supreme beyond her regime as Miss KSU. Post-grad, she plans to continue organizing events that provide a platform for African American children and adults, guiding others on finding their inner diamond.



‘Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities’ Trailer Release

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Stanley Nelson, the preeminent storyteller of the African-American experience and Firelight Films, recently released a new full-length trailer for the upcoming documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The trailer provides a fast-paced, rousing overview of the complex history of how HBCUs, havens for black intellectuals, artists and trailblazers, offered a path of promise toward the American dream, educated the architects of freedom movements throughout the decades and cultivated leaders in every field. 


Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities premieres on the Independent Lens on PBS on Monday, February 19th 2018 at 9p ET (check local listings).


Maryland HBCUs Win Lawsuit To End Inequality In Funding

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities, collectively known as HBCUs have existed for decades and throught their rich legacies, the institutions have long been underfunded.  Alumni of Bowie State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University and Morgan State University joined forces to combat the disparities in funding between their HBCUS and their non-HBCU counterparts.

The coalition formed in 2006 presented the issues of racial biases in school funding, allleging the state of Maryland underfunded HBCUs while allowing other state schools to duplicate academic programs, causing enrollment tension.  This past week, a judge ordered in favor of the coalition, ruling that  “The state must establish a set of new, unique and high-demand programs at each historically black institution” as reported by the Washington Post.

Maryland will now have to appoint a monitor who will oversee the development of programs depended on the strengths of each institution.  This appointed monitor will direct “will be able to provide annual funding for marketing, student recruitment, financial aid and any related initiative over the next five to 10 years” according to the order. 

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled in the coalition’s favor and issued an injunction against that state that puts an end to “maintaining vestiges of the prior . . . system of segregation in the form of unnecessary program duplication in the public higher education system.”

HBCUs have historically existed and remain standing as campuses providing opportunities to many young adults who would not be afforded the privilege of higher education elsewhere. HBCUs grant more degrees to lower income black students than non-HBCUs.  These insitutions full of tradition and pride are also responsible for 40% of black members of congress, 80% of black judges, 50% of black lawyers and 40% of black engineers. 

Despite the success of HBCU alumni, HBCUs across the country are plagued by lesser funds.  Diverse Education reports “a September 2013 report published by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) found that, from 2010 to 2012, states were failing to meet the required 100 percent match of federal funding to 1890 land-grant institutions (all public HBCUs). In the same period, the 18 HBCUs covered under this provision did not receive almost $57 million in extension or research fees, as a result of the failure of the states to provide the required funds.”

“The remedial order issued by the court is truly historic and places Maryland on a long overdue path to achieving racial desegregation and more equitable outcomes for students,” says Kristen Clarke the president and executive director for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law , also a party to the case.






Spelman And Morehouse Students Go On Hunger Strike To Bring Change To Their Campuses

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Spelman and Morehouse have historically housed legendary advocates for change through their college matriculation and current students are upholding the tradition of speaking out. A group of about 25 students from both Atlanta HBCUs are on a hunger strike, with hopes of changing school policy.

“Can I get a swipe” a phrase echoed throughout the semester as students without meal plans try to make their way into the cafeteria.At many colleges and universties students who do not have meal plans or live off campus hang around university cafeterias, asking students with meal plans for swipes for entrance and food, in order to eat for the day.

The hunger strike began on November 2, aims to push the campus food vendor Aramark to establish procedures to allow students who purchase meal plans yet do not consume the meal to donate the unused meal swipes to hungry students unable to afford the pricey meal plans.

As with most undergraduate instititutions, students residing in campus dormitaries are required to purchase a university meal plan, whether they need it or not.  Spelman College junior Lillian Thomas a vegan who does not eat most of what the campus chefs dish out participates in the hunger strike.

“Out of the 21 meals I get per week, I might use about 5, so it would be easy for me to donate my unused swipes to Spelman students who are actually in need of the food,” says Thomas, reported by Crossroads News. 

Those on strike are hoping that their consumption of only water and vitamins will last about two weeks yet they are willing and prepared to go the long run and revive hunger strikes next semester if need be.  The students participating in the strike will be monitored by doctors for the duration of the protest to not jeopardize physical health.  Students unable to particpate by abstaining from eating will protest by not eating their campus provided meals.

Spelman and Morehouse are just two of thousands of college campuses with hungry students and not the only ones taking action.  The Swipe Out Hunger program began at the University of California, Los Angeles back in 2009 and has spread to campuses across the country.  The program partners with colleges and food providers to allow students to donate from their meal plans to students and people in need.  Bringing the Swipe Out Hunger program to Spelman and Morehouse would allow many students who experience financial hardships a comfortable college experience.



Rashaan Everett’s Quest to Support Black Owned Businesses with ‘The Greenwood Project’

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Howard University graduate Rashaan Everett took advantage of his educational experience to bring knowledge and financial support to black-owned business owners across the country.

In a world where there is no hiding the disadvantage minorities face, The Greenwood Project is the investment game-changer that many have been waiting for. By starting the company, Rashaan has created the much needed step in building the Black market: finding investors. The GoFundMe –styled organization gives aspiring business owners the ability to earn the financial boost needed to form their independent startup company. Not only does the savy self-starter take pride in being able to help his community monetarily, but he also enjoys knowing he can help their self confidence as entrepreneurs.

Take a look at how The Greenwood Project came about and how Rashaan plans to boost both your self-esteem and wallets!

Hillary Clinton Says She Will Invest $25 Billion in HBCUs If Elected

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Historical black colleges build leaders and give thousands of African-American students a place to learn, grow, and make something out of themselves even though all odds are against them. A main concern in the HBCU community is funding, and lack of resources. Hilary Clinton, our Democratic nominee and hopeful soon-to-be President, has plans on changing this by investing upwards of $25 billion to support the country’s 107 historically black colleges and universities.

Clinton believes that HBCUs are one of the last cultural gems that black people have left in this country, and that they deserve to be respected and treated fairly.


“HBCUs are a big part of this story,” Clinton writes. “Over the course of the campaign, I’ve visited nearly a dozen historically black schools—not just to show my support for their mission, but to shine a spotlight on many of their talented and inspiring students. In a Clinton-Kaine administration, we’d ensure that HBCUs can continue to remain a pivotal force in our society—not just for African-American students, but for all the students that attend them.”


She added, “…we’ll make a historic $25 billion investment across all HBCUs—public and private—so that each one has the funding to keep creating opportunities and providing more support services for underserved students. That includes expanding on-campus child care and creating more scholarships for students who are also parents to make it easier for them to obtain a degree.”

Clinton was introduced to America’s College Promise Act in Congress in July by Rep.Bobby Scott and credits her for inspiring her to take action.

“So, on Nov. 8, I hope you’ll stand with us. Vote for the kind of country we want to be. And remember that all it takes is a small mark on a ballot to make a huge mark on our nation’s future.”  – Hilary Clinton


Source: (HBCUBuzz.com)

Nate Parker Honored With Drama School in His Name

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Wiley College is a historically black college that will be opening up a drama school dedicated to Nate Parker.

Though The Birth of a Nation actor graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Wiley decided to honor him by announcing the Nate Parker School of Film and Drama. After the school thanked Nate for his services, they were also happy to say he that he will be part of the Board of Trustees.

Nate later continued to inform that the school will be open for the Fall 2016 semester.

Shout out to all the HBCU’s encouraging black empowerment!

#BlackGirlMagic Moment: Ebony Magazine Gathers Popular HBCU Queens for Annual Photoshoot

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For your daily dose of #BlackGirlMagic we present to you Queens that represent some of the most notable Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across this nation.

Each year Ebony Magazine highlights the 10 most popular Queens that represent HBCUs and this year they took their photoshoot to the illustrious Howard University.

A recent tweet by Twitter user @Anti_Intellect shows 10 beautiful women posing for a shot and it’s quite evident why they were crowned queens.

If they photo wasn’t heartwarming enough, the responses to the tweet served as total inspiration.


Apple and Thurgood Marshall Fund Launch Scholars Program for HBCU Students

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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund partnered with technological powerhouse Apple to create one of the most comprehensive scholarship efforts in HBCU history. Together the two organizations will award thirty scholarships to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBI). 

In addition to financial support scholars will receive  year-long mentorships by Apple employees and a paid internship at Apple headquarters next summer. Students will also serve as Apple Ambassadrs on their respective HBCU campuses and participate in post-graduation career development programs. 

“This program is about exposing gifted students from HBCU’s to a career in technology. We’re big believers that innovation will be strongest when talented people from diverse backgrounds are part of the creative process,” said Denise Young Smith, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources. “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with TMCF to help us find the next generation of innovators.”

Click here for more information about this innovative program and to apply. Also, be sure to pass this along to any HBCU student you may know.