Sarah Mapps Douglass, ardent abolitionist, teacher and painter

In his voluminous biography of Paul Robeson, author Martin Duberman dips into the Bustill family, mainly to connect them to the Robeson clan.

Homeless education: How the city struggles to school homeless kids

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on every aspect of life in New York City. It has particularly affected public education. Plans involving “blended-learning” (splitting time between in-person and remote learning) and complete remote learning have been met with mixed ...

Former UPS driver gives Morgan State University $20 million

Morgan State University today announced receipt of a $20 million commitment from alumnus and philanthropist Calvin E. Tyler Jr. and his wife, Tina, increasing an endowed scholarship fund previously established in the Tylers’ name.

Scholarship opportunities for African American students during Black History Month

Scholarship and financial aid information website Fastweb is celebrating the achievements of African Americans throughout history during Black History Month with a spotlight on scholarship opportunities available for students.

Trailblazing Black Women: Susie Cayton and Elizabeth Flood

Biddy Mason, Mary Fields, and Mary Ellen Pleasant are three Black women who are often cited when there is a discussion of such notables in the western parts of the nation

Report reveals NYC racial gap in degree attainment

A new study outlines the size of the education gap between Black and Hispanic people when compared to white people.

Renowned comedian Eddie “Rochester” Anderson

Last week we featured actress Gertrude Howard in the column and she had an amusing male counterpart in the early Hollywood years—Eddie “Rochester” Anderson.

Actress Gertrude Howard, whose potential was limited in Hollywood

Recently Turner Classic Movies (TCM) devoted several days to films featuring Mae West.

Energy company partners with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine to support minority youth STEM program

Consolidated Edison is partnering with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Harlem in support of MedAchieve, the school’s popular afterschool STEM program that mentors underrepresented minority youth who want to become doctors or other health science professionals.

Nipsey Russell, comedic genius and master of rhyme

Unlike Redd Foxx, Slappy White, Dick Gregory and Moms Mabley, Nipsey Russell had an easier and safer welcome to the living rooms of America.

De Blasio & Carranza look to upend the admissions process

COVID gave them an opening to make changes, and the mayor and schools chancellor are taking advantage.

Microsoft presents powerful and historic virtual experience to empower students this Black History Month

Learning, and celebrating Black History has never been more important. Microsoft understands this fact and has committed to providing a platform for schools, students, and youth organizations for this year’s Black History Month celebration.

Mother Mathilda Beasley, Georgia’s first Black nun

With Georgia so much a recent epicenter of political flashpoints it may be important to take a step back and recall another period when the state was in the news, mainly then, as now, because of the courage and commitment ...

Arthur Schomburg: contributing to African unity

This Sunday marks the 147th bornday anniversary of renowned activist, historian, writer, Arthur Schomburg. Born Jan. 24, 1874, in Santurce, Puerto Rico he encountered intense racism while growing up, prior to becoming a key Pan-Africanist as an adult.

Dr. Lester Young Jr. elected first Black board of regents chancellor

his week, the board of regents unanimously elected Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. as chancellor, the first African American to serve in this position, the State education department announced.