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  • Johnson C. Smith Receives Gift to Strengthen University’s Student Employment Program

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on September 19, 2014
    Johnson C. Smith University, a private, four-year research college in Charlotte, North Carolina, was awarded $500,000 by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help build up the university’s new College-to-Career student employment program. The historic Dr. George E. Davis House, which is located a block away from Johnson C. Smith, will also be renovated with a portion of the bank grant, school […]
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  • How Howard U. Keeps Setting the Standard

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on September 10, 2014
    There’s no other Black college in the nation more famous, more prominent, more respected and more cherished than ‘The Mecca,’ Howard University. 5 of the 9 Black Greek Lettered Organizations, commonly called the “Divine 9,” are located on Howard’s prestigious grounds, and many notable Black lawyers, educators, doctors and athletes can thank their time spent on Howard’s yard for some […]
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  • Winston-Salem Rams Unveils New Helmets

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on September 10, 2014
    When the Winston-Salem Rams was last on-field they wore regular, plain white helmets. What may have seem ordinary to the Rams fans, and probably most of us, was clearly strange to the people paying attention at HBCU Gameday. The Sports blog was among the first to report about the Rams brand new look and says the new decals will be […]
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  • 654 Students at Kentucky State Sent Home for Unpaid Tuition, Room & Board Bills

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on September 8, 2014
    About 25 percent of the student population at Kentucky State University are being forced out of their studies because of nonpayment on tuition and room and board bills—that’s 654 KSU students kicked out while tuition keeps going up. Students were able to re-enroll into school without paying previous bills, and “broken policies” are to blame at the Black college, according […]
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  • Marauders Hosts Scrimmage for ‘Fan Appreciation Day’

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on August 27, 2014
    “C-H-A…R-G-E… Marauders charging up for victory!” On a blazing hot Saturday in Wilberforce, Ohio the Central State University Marauders held a ‘Fan Appreciation Day’ scrimmage for students, faculty, staff and friends and supporters of the football team at McPherson Stadium on campus. Hoping this year will be better than the last, students came out on Aug. 23 to support the […]
  • 5 Tips to Tame Your Temper at Financial Aid Offices

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on August 19, 2014
    One, two, three, four, five, six people… I’m counting six people currently ahead of me in line for financial aid questions, concerns and issues that needs to be addressed for the new academic year. And I’m annoyed. No. I’m pissed, actually. (Insert any “wtf” gif that relates to my, and several other students attending historically black colleges and universities, situation.) […]
  • Open Letter: Shaken by Black Teen Gunned Down by Police

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on August 10, 2014
    I am taken aback. The death of Michael Brown, a 17-year-old African-American male said to be heading to college on Monday, indubitably brings a certain sense of loss. Not too long ago I too was leaving home for the first time to attend college and to perhaps become a notable distinction in my family. I feel quite shaken, because, perhaps […]
  • 5 Things to Know About New NAACP President Cornell William Brooks

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on July 6, 2014
    Cornell William Brooks, the man who just taken top office at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is only 53 years-old yet has achieved an impressive career prior to being named the new president and CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s 64-person board of directors picked Brooks to lead a new […]
  • How Morgan State Failed a Gay Student

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on July 5, 2014
    If you followed the events leading up to the suspension of the Kappa Alpha Psi chapter at Morgan State University you might remember Brian Stewart. The suspension of the Alpha Iota chapter by Morgan State administration was to demonstrate that all students should be treated equal. The chapter could not participate in any university sponsored events or activities, university officials […]
  • How a Hampton Grad Turned an On-Campus Workout Regimen to a Personal Brand

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on July 1, 2014
    Some black college student’s first interactions with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is rooted within the family–a father who graduated from Fisk, or a sister that pledged Delta Sigma Theta sorority during undergrad. Like a family doctrine, many says the individual experiences shared by different family members who attended one particular black institution is what lures future HBCU students into the black college tradition. The […]
  • Fayetteville State Alumnus Gives $1 Million to Alma Mater

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on June 17, 2014
    With his $100,000 donation to Fayetteville State University in 2012, Nicholas Perkins, a 2003 graduate of the historically black university in North Carolina, was already the record holder for biggest individual gift in school history. On Monday, the president of Charlotte-based Perkins Management Services announced a gift of $1 million to his alma mater, which will help Fayetteville State allocate […]
  • Does “Drumline” and “Stomp the Yard” Influence Present-day HBCU Students?

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on June 12, 2014
    The hit television sitcom “The Cosby Show” and its spin-off “A Different World” almost surely helped increase the amount of students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). From the debut of “The Cosby Show in 1984 until the season finale of “A Different World” in 1993 black colleges attendance grew by 24 percent, according to ‘hip-hop president’ Dr. Walter […]
  • Central State Welcomes Class of 2018 at New Student Orientation

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on June 9, 2014
    WILBERFORCE—Central State University welcomed its class of 2018 to campus on Saturday, June 7 in one of four New Student Orientation dates scheduled for incoming freshmen students. About 75 members of the class of 2018 (does that make you feel old?) arrived early at the 127-year-old historically black university located in Wilberforce, Ohio for a full-day event that the university […]
  • Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s friend, Graduates High School—Will an HBCU be Next?

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on June 3, 2014
    Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, was in attendance as Rachel Jeantel walked across stage dressed in a white cap and gown to collect her high school diploma. “Her coming is like having Trayvon there saying, ‘You did it. You proved people wrong,’” said Jeantel. Jeantel, the close friend of Trayvon Martin and key witness in his trial, keeps the commitment […]
  • Former HBCU Standout Kyle O’Quinn Named Magic’s “Most Competitive Player”

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on June 2, 2014
    The Orlando Magic’s Kyle O’Quinn, who led the Norfolk State Spartans to a major upset over Mizzou in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, was named the team’s “Most Competitive Player” by the Bleacher Report. Micky Shaked of the Bleacher Report almost certainly owes O’Quinn for his latest article titled “Each NBA Teams’ Most Competitive Player,” which now […]
  • Howard University Professor Responds to Pharrell’s “New Black” Theory

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on May 27, 2014
    Rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams, or simply Pharrell, has a new theory that is, well, difficult to understand or explain fully. The “new black” phenomenon, according to Pharrell, is a mindset thing; the “new black” does not blame other races for issues facing the black community, he says. Yesha Callaha of Clutch Magazine wrote: “Last time I checked being […]
  • Norfolk State to Raise Tuition

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on March 31, 2014
    “I plead with you; let’s work together,” said faculty senate president of Norfolk State University Suely Black addressing board members. It’s uncertain how many of the 400 full- and part-time instructors at historically black Norfolk State in Virginia will be laid off. But due to a decline in university enrollment, fewer teachers will be needed, said President Eddie Moore Jr. […]
  • Simmons College in Kentucky Named the Nation’s 107th HBCU

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on March 26, 2014
    Since no place in the United States would allow their doors to be opened to educate freed slaves, freed blacks, supporters  and the like took the obligation upon themselves to educate the freed race to read and write. Inasmuch, that’s the story of the founding of Simmons College in Louisville, Kentucky, and several other institutions of higher education across the […]