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Few benefit from Obama's student loan program

Amid great fanfare, President Obama on Monday announced plans to use his executive pen to help more graduates tackle student loan debt.

Police: Driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash was awake 24 hours

A truck driver charged in a weekend crash that killed a man and injured comedian Tracy Morgan and others in New Jersey was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the incident, a criminal complaint filed in the case ...

Award-winning journalist talks about old and new struggles

Moses J. Newson, 87, has interviewed and covered some of the most memorable figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement. Reflecting back over his historic career, Newson chuckled as he recalled a story he wrote in 1961 regarding a ...

Can the President really make progress for boys and men of color?

The OSI-Baltimore Series "Talking About Race" brings together two experts to discuss what President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative— and the community— can really do to help young African-American and Latino men succeed.

Food stamp soda ban can save 141,000 children from obesity

Banning soda and other sugary drinks from food stamps would lead to significant drops in obesity and diabetes rates among the poor, according to a new study.

Movie inspires students to think about college

Every day of Dontay Gray’s senior year began at 5 a.m. The early start gave him enough time to catch the two buses and two trains to David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach, California.

Device can save thousands of children from drowning

Pastor George A. McKinney and his family were hosting a pool party four years ago. Several children and families were gathered, fellowshipping and having a good time. Nothing out of the ordinary for this annual event, which Pastor McKinney had ...

New NAACP president says protest in His DNA

When Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III of Dallas, Texas learned that the NAACP Board of Directors had chosen Cornell William Brooks over him, Attorney Barbara R. Arnwine and several other better known candidates to succeed outgoing president Benjamin Todd Jealous, ...

Braving the segregated South to get the story

Moses Newson and other members of the black press constantly subjected themselves to racial slurs, beatings, and other forms of attack as angry whites demonstrated their disapproval of integration. En route, they would brave the dark, winding roads of the ...

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.