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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.

Black US presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 election to the Oval Office led many to believe he is this country’s first Black president, some “historians” reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents were of African ancestry.

White House reports high school graduation rates at all-time high

According to a new report from the White House, high school graduation rates are at an all-time high in America, with college enrollment increasing as well.

Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidant

My daughter Maya arrived in town the other day to attend and possibly participate in the currency that vibrates with Fashion Week. An artist and fashion designer based in Miami, she often makes this annual pilgrimage, where women of her ...

Photographer behind HONY helps raise money for Brooklyn middle school

The photographer behind the popular blog Humans of New York managed to help raise over $1 million for a Brooklyn middle school, which would fund yearly trips to Harvard University, summer programs and scholarships for its students.