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Study: Black Students Who Attend HBCUs More Successful in Math, Technology

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By Andy Moore, Black Web 2.0

According to a recent study done by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

On Monday, The Commission released its annual briefing report  on The Educational Effectiveness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)and Encouraging Minority Students to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers. The study found that students at historically black colleges and universities reported higher levels of academic involvement in their studies and in faculty research projects than black students at non-HBCUs.

According to The Commission, the success of these programs comes from the lack of “academic mismatch” that is often found at non-HBCUs. Academic mismatch occurs when an admitted student’s credentials fall below those of the median student in that program.

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December 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

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Bass Spreads Holiday Cheer at Florida Hospital for Children

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By Dan Savage, Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic always make an extra effort to increase their immense number of off-the-court endeavors around the holiday season.

This year is no different.

Prior to heading on his team’s west coast trip, the Magic’s Brandon Bass paid a visit to pediatric patients at Florida Hospital for Children to spread some holiday cheer.

The 6’8” power forward did his best impersonation of Kris Kringle, donning a Magic-themed Santa cap as he popped into the rooms of countless children throughout the evening.

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December 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Obama Signs Bill Settling African-American Farmers’ and Native Americans’ Lawsuits

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Signing a law that he says closes a “long and unfortunate chapter” in the nation’s history, President Obama put his signature on the bill Wednesday to settle African-American farmers’ and Native Americans’ lawsuits against the federal government.

“This is one of those issues where you don’t always get political credit, but it’s just the right thing to do,” Obama said at the bill signing surrounded by multiple members of Congress in Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The legislation authorizes $1.15 billion for black farmers who say they were discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is a bill that was introduced by then-Senator Obama. The legislation also authorizes a $3.4 billion settlement with American Indians who say the U.S. Interior Department mismanaged trust accounts for natural resource royalties.

“Now, after 14 years of litigation, it’s finally time to address the way that Native Americans were treated by their government. It’s finally time to make things right.”

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December 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Six Degrees of Jeffrey Wright

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By Armond White, NY Press

When Jeffrey Wright’s unforgettable performance as Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records was overlooked by movie prize-givers in 2008, he moved on. Ahead of him was A Free Man of Color, a play that theater visionary George C. Wolfe had commissioned in 2003 during his tenure at The Public Theater, and is currently being produced by Lincoln Center Theater. Playwright John Guare created a lead role—Jacques Cornet, the 19th-century Louisiana freed slave—commensurate with Wright’s talent and political awareness. The role of Cornet, whose transition to freedom coincided with the Louisiana Purchase and the territorial exploration of Lewis and Clark, showcases Wright’s talent. In other words, Wolfe and Guare were situating Wright in history in a way that makes up for the marketplace neglect of Cadillac Records and the achievement it represented for the cultural appreciation of black artists from Muddy Waters to Wright himself.

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December 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Muskegon Heights African-American museum expanding

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By Clayton Hardiman,

In the building at Peck Street and Center Avenue, opposite Muskegon Heights City Hall, the past is gaining a future.

Alongside the building, a new addition has sprung up. When it opens officially, probably some time in December, visitors will find new exhibit space, a small auditorium and multimedia enhancements.

Board members of the Muskegon County Museum of African American History say the $110,000 addition will help them fulfill their mission of recounting history and paying tribute to the lives of giants.

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December 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

‘We have big hearts, and we do big things’

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By Lisa Thornton, Charlotte Observer

In 1978, a thousand dollars was a small fortune.

Back then, minimum wage stood at $2.65 an hour, a movie ticket cost a dollar and a gallon of gas ran around 63 cents.

That year, to nearly 80 local black men, a thousand dollars bought a home for a legacy both rich and unique.

Along Concord’s Old Speedway Drive, the men purchased a little better than an acre of wooded land surrounded by pastures of grazing cows and fields of soybeans.

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December 9, 2010 at 6:44 am

Holt honored as Business Person of the Year by Central La. Business League

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SOURCE: The Town Talk

Sibal Suarez Holt of S. Holt Construction LLC has been honored by the Central Louisiana Business League as its 2010 Jimmie Rax Sr. Business Person of the Year.

The award was presented Friday night at the league’s annual meeting and Christmas gala.

Since her relocation to Alexandria from Baton Rouge, Holt has built several homes in Alsace Loraine, a subdivision in South Alexandria. Her company’s motto is “We Build Dreams.”

“We do what we say we will do, always in an effective, cost-efficient and high-quality manner,” Holt said.

She is the first female African-American general contractor in the city of Alexandria, according to a news release from the Business League.

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December 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm