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Georgetown University Renames Building after Isaac Hawkins, an Enslaved Person Sold in 1838 to Pay Off School Debts

The effects of slavery are still being felt in 2017 and, in an effort to make amends for profiting from the sale of 272 Maryland enslaved people in 1838 to pay off school debts, Georgetown University has renamed two buildings ...
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Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: 'Mentally and emotionally I'm not here'

Isaiah Thomas' shoulders heaved. He sat on the Boston Celtics sideline at TD Garden, sobbing.
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Strayer University Leadership Under Fire for Racial Discrimination and Abuse of Power

In separate complaints filed in Virginia and Tennessee, employees at Strayer University, one of the largest for-profit college systems in the US, have alleged systematic racial discrimination and sexual harassment by the institution’s leadership. The suits further allege that Strayer ...
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Pence Says US Won't Negotiate Directly With North Korea -- for Now

The United States will not be negotiating directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un anytime soon, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN in an exclusive interview.
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Nunes Says He Was On WH Grounds Day Before Revealing Trump Surveillance Info

It has been something of a mystery, the whereabouts of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes on the day before his announcement that he saw information suggesting that communications of then-President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers may have been ...
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Deputies Cuff Rapper Wyclef Jean After Mistaking Him for a Robbery Suspect

Sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles handcuffed rapper Wyclef Jean after mistaking him for a robbery suspect.
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R & B Starlet Coline Creuzot Lives the “High Life” with New Single

Houston’s own and one of R&B’s most promising voices, Coline Creuzot is soaring high today with her hot single, “High Life”. Fresh off the heels of her hit 2016 single “Truth Is” which climbed to #24 on the Billboard Adult ...
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130-year-old Harvard Law Review Elects Its First Black Woman President

In 130 years of existence, the Harvard Law Review had never elected a black woman as president. ImeIme Umana has changed that.
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Missouri City Church Receives Historical Marker

St. John Missionary Baptist Church has received a historical marker from the state nearly a decade after parts of the building were ravaged by a fire.
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Houston Ballet’s First African American Principal Dancer Honored with State Award

Poised and full of grace, Houston Ballet alum and native Houstonian, Lauren Anderson, amongst the legends and rising stars to be honored Wednesday, February 22nd at the esteemed 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards in Austin, Texas.
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Harriet Tubman National Historical Park Becomes Reality

Federal parks officials have formally established the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in upstate New York. Members of the state’s congressional delegation joined U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Washington, D.C., for the official signing ceremony last month that makes ...
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Inspiring Stories of African Americans to Air on Disney Channel this February

To cultivate kids’ deeper interest in history and inspire them to feel their own significance in the present and future, stories about distinguished men and women including the Tuskegee Airmen Chief Civilian flight instructor Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson, the history-making ...
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Black Lady Liberty On a Coin for the First Time

A new commemorative coin from the U.S. Mint and Treasury features a fresh depiction of Lady Liberty
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Four Reasons Why HIDDEN FIGURES Should Be #1 AGAIN!

HIDDEN FIGURES blew expectations with movie-goers making the film #1 opening weekend, beating ROGUE ONE at the box office and bringing in $22.8 million!
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San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Donates Shoe Collection to Bay Area Homeless Shelters

Colin Kaepernick is known for three things. His abilities as an NFL quarterback, his activism and his massive shoe collection. Now, he is taking steps to give back in a new way, by donating most of his shoe collection to ...
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