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Josephine Baker, the ‘Bronze Venus’

The recent death of Jean-Claude Baker, while a sad occasion, is an opportunity to renew our acquaintance with his “mother,” Josephine Baker, famously known as the "Bronze Venus".

Touro College graduates sixth pharmacy class

The sixth graduating class of the Touro College of Pharmacy took their oaths and received their PharmD degrees at commencement exercises held at Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium last week.

Shirley Horn, an unforgettable voice and superb pianist

Most fans of vocalist/pianist Shirley Horn were probably seduced by her recordings and concert engagements toward the end of her career, with her rendition of “Here’s to Life,” her signature song. But there’s plenty more to Horn’s remarkable journey and ...

Educators raise $10K to sponsor 20 SHSAT prep scholarships in the Black community

Students who want to attend specialized high schools are required to pass the schools’ admissions tests.

Violet T. Lewis, educational trailblazer and founder of Lewis College of Business

Whenever there’s discussion of historically Black colleges and universities, the mind drifts to the southern states.

Michael Brown's mom will finally receive her high school diploma

Lesley McSpadden always wanted to finish school, but the timing was never right.

How can I pay off $175,000 in student loans and still have a life?

I am 27 and just graduated from law school with about $175,000 in student loans.

Why parents in tough Chicago neighborhoods fear after-school program cuts

Rachel Norwood doesn't like her 10-year-old son walking home alone through their Chicago neighborhood. In Englewood, a distance of a few blocks can make a huge difference.

St. Francis College celebrates new graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College’s Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

Daniel A.P. Murray, an eminent librarian and bibliophile

Not until Elizabeth Dowling Taylor published her book, “The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era” (Amistad Press, 2017) was I aware of Murray and his role in the Black elite of Washington, D.C. as ...

NYCLU report: NYPD racially profiling kids in public schools

A report released by the New York Civil Liberties Union May 8 reveals that the NYPD in city schools are handcuffing Black and Hispanic students disproportionately to their Caucasian counterparts.

Brotherhood/Sister Sol nets $1 million at recent gala

The stars were out last Wednesday as Brotherhood/Sister Sol hosted its ninth annual VOICES benefit gala. This year’s event was held at Gotham Hall in Midtown and honored actor Jeffrey Wright and famed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems.

Report urges New York school districts to better protect immigrant students and families

With more than 190,000 immigrant students across New York State in public school, the recent scare of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers looking for a student at a Queens school has undocumented immigrants living in more fear.

What it's like to be the target of racist incidents on campus

Taylor Dumpson was elated. On May 1, she became student government president at American University -- the first African-American woman ever to hold the job.

State education department seeks public comment on new education plan

The New York State Education Department this week presented to the Board of Regents and released for public review and comment the draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.