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Author archive for Tommy Meade Jr.

  • 5 Things to Know About New NAACP President Cornell William Brooks

    By Tommy 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 […]
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  • How Morgan State Failed a Gay Student

    By Tommy 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 […]
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  • How a Hampton Grad Turned an On-Campus Workout Regimen to a Personal Brand

    By Tommy 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 […]
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  • Fayetteville State Alumnus Gives $1 Million to Alma Mater

    By Tommy 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]
  • Wiley College Women’s Basketball Team Advances to NAIA Fab Four

    By Tommy Meade Jr. on March 24, 2014
    It’s not whether or not they win or lose Monday night against a worthy opponent that counts. For the women’s basketball team at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, the players and coaches recognizes that the team has already accomplished something no other HBCU has done in over a decade. The Lady Wildcats will be the first historically black college or […]
  • 6 Reasons Why Every HBCU Student Should Attend TMCF Leadership Institute

    By Tommy Meade Jr. on March 21, 2014
    “If I could describe the TMCF Leadership Institute in one word, I would say motivational,” said Tony Innouvong, a student at Alcorn State University. Several other “carefully selected” students brought together to this four-day conference has similar responses about the 2013 Leadership Institute. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) hosts the annual, premier recruitment conference for public HBCU students that […]
  • When Fashion Comes Across Art: Christian Drye, Fashionably Late Presents “Greek Fashion Week”

    By Tommy Meade Jr. on March 15, 2014
    By Tommy Meade Jr., HBCU Buzz Black Greeks, get ready to wear your Sunday’s best. With the intent to dispel the myth that blacks show lack of taste in selection of their dress, Christian Drye, a Central State University alumni and fashion designer, is certain that his latest endeavor will turn heads. The independent fashion blogger and founder of the […]
  • Ex-FAMU Coach Says HBCU Money Games is “Shameful”

    By Tommy Meade Jr. on February 26, 2014
    Operating on a budget of about $4.5 million that covers everything from coaching salaries to equipment, game operations and scholarships, Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia is struggling to stay afloat. To survive the existing financial climate, Savannah State, like most other HBCU football programs, have to find different ways to make money. Next season one of Savannah State’s largest […]
  • HBCU Fun Fact: 61 Percent of Black Colleges Students Give Back

    By Tommy Meade Jr. on February 20, 2014
    For some of us, coming home from school without any homework was no good. Inexcusable. Downright offensive. To go home without homework meant either two things: you did it ahead of time (glory to you) or, reasonably condemning, you weren’t serious about your education. To parents, being black and not serious about education is a violation to everything ever worked […]
  • Eight HBCU Students Featured on The Root’s 2014 Young Futurists

    By Tommy Meade Jr. on February 13, 2014
    HBCU Buzz – “Homeless to Howard” teen James Ward, a 19-year-old Los Angeles native who launched an online crowdsourcing campaign in 2013 to support his dream to attend historically black Howard University, is one of eight HBCU students featured on The Root’s 2014 Young Futurists list that celebrates young African-American men and women who are forging a path to future […]
  • Anthony Hyland, Mr. Voorhees College, Wins Mr. HBCU Competition

    By Tommy Meade Jr. on February 10, 2014
    HBCU Buzz – On Sunday, Feb. 9 a new Mr. HBCU was crowned at the 10th annual Kings’ Leadership Conference and Competition in Jefferson City, Missouri. There was a lot of Buzz about the event on social media with the hashtag #KingsCOMP2014. This year Anthony Hyland, Mr. Voorhees College, one of the 16 Kings represented from the nation’s 106 historically […]