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Many blacks balance work, school

Sixty-five percent of African-American undergraduates attend college as independent students, balancing work and family responsibilities in addition to their academic pursuits.

Legendary author, poet Maya Angelou dies at 86

In true Maya Angelou form, the poet’s last words to the public were as profound as any others the great wordsmith had previously uttered.

Men want ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ expanded to include black females

More than 200 African American men, ranging from a taxi driver to university professors, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to expand his Black male initiative to include Black girls and women, saying they were “surprised ...

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at 86

A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Gwen Ifill honored for journalism excellence

There is little argument about Gwen Ifill’s standing as one of the most successful female African American newswomen in U.S. journalism history.

Paulette Brown, first Black woman president-elect of powerful American Bar Association

This August, another glass ceiling will be shattered when Paulette Brown begins her term as president-elect of the American Bar Association and becomes the first Black woman to ever ascend to the position.

Sterling asked: What has Magic Johnson done? Answer: Quite a lot

Perhaps the oddest part of Donald Sterling's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper was the way he unloaded on Magic Johnson.

NFL draft: Reactions heat up after Michael Sam kisses boyfriend on TV

Not long after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, some made clear his reaction was not welcome.

Applications open for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey

High school students nationwide can now apply at www.disneydreamersacademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

Library of Congress Launches Civil Rights History Project Portal

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress will officially launch the online component of the Civil Rights History Project on Monday, May 19, 2014 with an afternoon of programming.

Give a Mother’s Day gift with meaning

In time for Mother’s Day, Walmart expands its Empowering Women Together product offering of unique and meaningful gifts that will celebrate moms everywhere while supporting small women-owned businesses from around the world.

Ryan tries to clear air with Black Caucus, but poverty divide remains

It was a much-anticipated summit between Rep. Paul Ryan and the Congressional Black Caucus.

White House addresses college rape

The Obama administration has taken another step in its effort to combat rape on college campuses with the release of a new report.

NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling for life

Basketball Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine Tuesday over racist remarks attributed to Sterling.

NBA players protest racist talk attributed to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling

The players in the National Basketball Association spoke out Sunday about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.