For the second consecutive year, Miss District of Columbia, a black woman and HBCU graduate, has been crowned Miss USA. Outgoing 2016 Miss USA Deshauna Barber crowned her fellow Washington, D.C., resident, Kára McCullough, 25, Sunday night in Las Vegas.
The NAACP Florida State Conference was right. As Bethune-Cookman University graduates loudly booed U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her remarks at the school’s commencement ceremony Wednesday morning, university President Edison Jackson threatened to withhold their degrees.
Oh, Omarosa, what will you now tout as your justification for aligning with our anti-black commander in chief?
Students at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn., have 80 million reasons to be proud of their academic endeavors because its graduating class has secured more than $80 million in scholarships.
Little more than a week after The Root’s investigative piece “The War at Morehouse” revealed the yearslong tension at the famed historically black institution, Morehouse College’s board of trustees announced that the chairman of the board, all of its officers and the college’s president will step down.
When it comes to portraying the black college experience on television or on the silver screen, most people will cite School Daze and A Different World as points of reference. Both of these put a fictional spin on life at an HBCU, and were way ahead of their time when it came to touching on topics such as sexual…
There is an old African proverb that has been passed down from the ancestors through generations of black people that goes like this: “Never trust anyone who lets people put their feet on the couch.”
On Tuesday, when President Donald Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on the White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, black college leaders and advocates were hoping for two things: more funding for HBCUs and a higher profile for the…
2017 is a strange time for America’s HBCUs. In the rearview mirror is President Barack Obama, whom African-American college students loved and voted for in historic numbers. At the same time, Obama was tone-deaf to the concerns of many HBCUs, and his policies gutted schools across the nation.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is so out of her depth, it’s not even funny anymore; it’s embarrassing. And pretty much this is what everyone who didn’t vote for President Asshat expected.
HBCUs have a rich history and powerful mystique that continue to shape African-American culture and inspire academic success. In popular culture, HBCUs have provided the context for movies, such as School Daze and Drumline, and television series, such as A Different World and The Quad.
If there’s ever been anyone who can speak on the ins and outs of being a television writer and producer, it’s Felicia D. Henderson. Henderson’s newest show, The Quad, BET’s HBCU drama, which she co-writes and executive-produces, has received rave reviews since its premiere. The New York Times said that the show puts…
In a clearly calculated move, Betsy DeVos’ first stop to a postsecondary institution as the newly minted U.S. secretary of education was to an HBCU—Howard University, “the Mecca” of black education in the United States.
Since its debut, BET’s The Quad has been the topic of debate for both fans and critics alike. The show, which focuses on life at the fictional Georgia A&M University, seemingly offers a glimpse into life on the campus of an HBCU, but many have said that its portrayals grossly exaggerate what HBCU life is really about.…
In her very first meeting in her new gig, embattled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Howard University on Thursday to meet with university leaders.
Given President Donald Trump’s recent interest in historically black colleges and universities and the rumored executive order supporting them, a group of Republican leaders plans to meet with HBCU heads in the coming weeks.
Perhaps after the now infamous Frederick Douglass debacle kicking off Black History Month, President Donald Trump wants to make it right with the blacks.
It’s been 30 years since we saw Denise Huxtable go to Hillman College, a fictional HBCU in Virginia, where she would meet Dwayne Wayne and the prissy Whitley Gilbert in The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. BET’s new show The Quad takes us on the campus of the historically black Georgia A&M University, home of…
Of the 4,726 degree-granting institutions, 100 institutions educate and train almost 10 percent of black college students. Yet since their inception, HBCUs have been in a war for their very existence, whether facing Congress or state legislatures.