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De Blasio pushing successful ‘Pre-K for All’ program

Almost 22,000 families have applied for seats in the city’s expanded universal pre-k program during the first day of registration, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during a press conference last week.

Toni Stone, first female professional baseball player

With major league baseball currently in spring training and Women’s History Month nearing its end for this year, we throw the spotlight on Toni Stone, the first woman to ever play in a men’s professional league.

NAN preparing for annual convention

The National Action Network is hosting its 17th annual National Convention April 8 through April 11 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.

Praising phenomenal women

Celebrating Women’s History Month, makeup artist Marsha Page, the CEO of Marsha’s Makeovers, is hosting an event that will empower young girls and adolescents. March 31, at Brooklyn Ballroom of Bric Arts Media House, Page presents “A Celebration of Phenomenal ...

VIDEO: Highlights from the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

Check out highlights from the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World.

White House: Black and Hispanic graduation rates rising

Graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

Teens learn life lessons at 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

ORLANDO, Fla.—Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine last week for four days of inspiration and empowerment.

Beauty mogul Rose Morgan

Since this is Women’s History Month, the “Classroom” column will keep its focus on the contributions of Black women. Last week, “Stagecoach Mary” led the way in opening the West, and on the eastern front, wielding not a rifle but ...

Harlem School for the Arts president Yvette L. Campbell leaving post

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) announced Monday that President and Chief Executive Officer Yvette L. Campbell is leaving her post and headed for United Arab Emirates for a career in international arts management.

The crisis of bullying

I believe that bullying is a prevalent disease. It is present in schools, workplaces, online and especially among the teenage population. Despite infecting society, I believe this disease has a cure.

The intrepid Mary Fields

Fortunately, the “Classroom” column has a number of knowledgeable readers, and a few of them, from time to time, send in suggestions of historic figures who need wider recognition. Recently, one from B.J., requested a profile on Mary Fields, someone ...

Finding and filling cracks in the pipeline

“The pipeline is leaking.” This sentiment was added by William Floyd and summarizes the Tuesday panel on “Ensuring a Diverse Flow in the STEM Pipeline,” hosted by the New York Urban League. The event was held at the CUNY Gradu- ...

Dare to demand a Black plebiscite

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of revolutionary Black nationalist El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, the December 12th Movement launched the campaign for a plebiscite for African people in the United States. The House of the Lord Church ...

Biden announces $25 million in funding for cybersecurity education at HBCUs

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and White House Science Advisor John Holdren recently announced that the Department of Energy will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support cybersecurity education.

Dr. Charles H. Wesley: The eminent historian on Black labor

A few weeks ago, we profiled Dorothy Porter Wesley, the premier librarian, and promised to do one on her scholarly husband, Dr. Charles H. Wesley.