Black QBs gain position in NFL
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Black QBs gain position in NFL

by Kevin Alexander Jr. Marlin Briscoe became the first African American quarterback to play for an NFL team during the modern Super Bowl era when he started for the Denver Broncos in 1968. More than five decades later, Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes II became just the third African American quarterback to win the … Continue reading

CLIR and HBCU Library Alliance form national partnership
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CLIR and HBCU Library Alliance form national partnership

Collaboration will build awareness of African American contributions to history and culture by improving access to HBCUs’ unparalleled collections Arlington, VA, July 30, 2019—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the HBCU Library Alliance have entered into a long-term partnership that aims to position historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as centers of … Continue reading

Politics / Virginia

Northam signs Virginia African American Advisory Board legislation

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 2767, sponsored by Delegate Lamont Bagby, creating the Virginia African American Advisory Board. The board will be composed of 21 non-legislative citizen members appointed by the Governor, and at least 15 of the members must be African American. The Secretaries of the Commonwealth, Commerce and Trade, Education, Health … Continue reading

Hampton Roads Voices: Mass Incarceration, Present Day Slavery to air Friday, May 5
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Hampton Roads Voices: Mass Incarceration, Present Day Slavery to air Friday, May 5

Over the past quarter-century, U.S. incarceration rates have nearly doubled, while crime rates have been cut in half. In fact, One out of three Black men of all ages can expect to serve time at some point in his life. The controversy of mass incarceration and its effects on private businesses, the community, and you … Continue reading

MCJR students bring awareness to HIV and AIDS in minorities
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MCJR students bring awareness to HIV and AIDS in minorities

Students enrolled in a Norfolk State University public relations course have decided to host an HIV/AIDS awareness panel discussion in honor of Project Choices’ ibook release. The event will take place on the campus of Norfolk State University in the Student Center, room 138B from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. The student body will be able to receive … Continue reading

Black lawmakers to confront Trump on policies in meeting
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Black lawmakers to confront Trump on policies in meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus plans to push President Donald Trump on the changing priorities of the Justice Department’s monitoring of police departments and cuts in education funding for college students. The Congressional Black Caucus’ leadership will meet with Trump on Wednesday at the White House, and chairman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said … Continue reading

Norfolk State University closing the African American science gap
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Norfolk State University closing the African American science gap

by Barry X. Campbell In 2014, there were more than 99,000 engineering graduates from American colleges. Among them, only 3,500 were African American. African Americans are a rarity in the tech space and it’s calling for a change. This low statistic of involvement has even prompted the government to involve themselves. Why are blacks not … Continue reading

‘Hidden Figures,’ Henson among top NAACP Image Award winners
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‘Hidden Figures,’ Henson among top NAACP Image Award winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Hidden Figures” and Taraji P. Henson had a big night at the NAACP Image Awards, where Hollywood glamour shared the stage with somber remarks from the director of Washington’s new African-American museum. “Hidden Figures,” the fact-based drama about the contributions of black female mathematicians to the U.S. space program, won the … Continue reading

Old farmstead’s history runs from John Brown to James Brown
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Old farmstead’s history runs from John Brown to James Brown

DARGAN, Md. (AP) — From John Brown’s raid to James Brown’s wail, a stream of hot-blooded American history runs through a 19th-century farmstead in the Appalachian foothills of western Maryland. The John Brown connection is well known. The restored log farmhouse near Dargan is where the abolitionist launched his ill-fated, 1859 seizure of a federal … Continue reading

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GOP lawmakers to meet with leaders of black colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are planning to meet with leaders of historically black colleges and universities in the nation’s capital to discuss ways to help the schools survive in challenging times. The meeting, spearheaded by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, will bring leaders from the nation’s 100-plus HBCUs … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education / Lifestyle / Virginia

African-inspired art exhibit opens in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — To kick off Black History Month, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is exhibiting four decades of work by Murry DePillars, an artist known for his vivid colors and geometric shapes as well as his political commentary and African-inspired patterns. “Murry DePillars: Double Vision,” which features 37 pieces … Continue reading

Norfolk Public Library celebrates African American history
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Norfolk Public Library celebrates African American history

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Public Library (NPL) will kick off a month-long celebration of African American history on Saturday, February 4 with a series of events including a special keynote address by Norfolk Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander during the Opening Celebration at 3PM at Slover Library. This inaugural event will also recognize the recipients of … Continue reading

“Hidden Figure” speaks on campus Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12:30
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“Hidden Figure” speaks on campus Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12:30

Dr. Christine Darden, one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures” as highlighted in the recent movie, will speak in the Student Center, room 149, on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 12:30 p.m. The presentation, discussion and book signing is sponsored by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the Norfolk State University Black History Month Committee. Dr. … Continue reading

Trump’s election energizes Congressional Black Caucus
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Trump’s election energizes Congressional Black Caucus

WASHINGTON (AP) — For almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president. They praised President Barack Obama’s achievements while at the same time pushing him to do more for their constituents who overwhelmingly supported his history-making campaign and administration. But with Obama set to … Continue reading

Black musicians reflecting turmoil of the times in music
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Black musicians reflecting turmoil of the times in music

NEW YORK (AP) — When he entered the recording studio this spring, Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper Common had plenty to vent about — and it all came out. Police shootings. Institutionalized racism. Mass incarceration. Fouled water supplies. White privilege. Wage gaps. Black Lives Matter. Inner-city violence. “Things just felt more urgent for me,” Common said … Continue reading

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy
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Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) –€” Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, Oct. 11, that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s … Continue reading