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  • 5 Things You Need to Know Wednesday in the HBCU Community

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on October 22, 2014
    1. A “reversal of a generations-long injustice” Central State University, the only public historically black college or university (HBCU) in the state of Ohio, recently achieved land-grant status—allowing the University to apply for federal agriculture research funds and for construction funds. 2. Wilberforce gets new president The nation’s oldest private HBCU has named Algeania Warren Freeman as its new president. […]
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  • Wilberforce University, Nation’s Oldest Private HBCU, Names New President

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on October 16, 2014
    Wilberforce University, the country’s oldest historically black college and university, recently named Algeania Warren Freeman as its new president. Freeman, who is known as a “great fundraiser with tremendous vision,” will arrive at the University in the coming weeks in hopes to turn the struggling institution around. In a press release Mark Wilson, chairman of the Wilberforce board of trustees, said the […]
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  • 5 Things You Need to Know Wednesday in the HBCU Community

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on October 15, 2014
    1. Top HBCU Homecomings announced It is that time of the year again. The Buzz is asking students, faculty, alumni and supporters to vote your choice HBCU as the 2014 “Top 5 HBCU Homecomings.” For more information and to vote, click here. Right now, PVAMU, TSU and Southern leads the top 3 spots on the poll. 2. Ebola “ruled out” […]
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  • West Virginia State Prez, Brian O. Hemphill, Announces Major Fundraising for the University

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on October 13, 2014
    After raising $10 million as part of its ongoing, and first-ever capital campaign, West Virginia State University President Brian O. Hemphill just announced a major increased fundraising goal to $18 million by 2017. According to the Charleston Gazette, campaign funds will go toward scholarships, academic programs, campus improvements and other initiatives. “This outstanding achievement tells us all that we can […]
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  • Jackson State Fans Wants Football Head Coach, AD Out

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on October 12, 2014
    After the 27-23 Homecoming loss to Mississippi Valley State, a petition surfaced on the web to fire Jackson State Head Coach Herald Jackson and AD Vivian Fuller. Last week the JSU Tigers decided not to show up in the second half against the Prairie View Panthers, losing 48-30 at home–the first time since 1970 has PVAMU defeated Jackson State at Mississippi […]
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  • Prairie View Panthers Gets Big Win Over Jackson State

    By Tommy G. Meade Jr. on October 6, 2014
    The Prairie View A&M Panthers first win of the football season against the Jackson State Tigers was awesome for two reasons: 1. Not since 1970 has the PVAMU Panthers been able to defeat its arch foe in enemy territory. The Panthers, after the Tigers jumped ahead to a quick 14-0 lead, was able to overcome the early deficit to win 48-30 at Mississippi Veterans […]
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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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]