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Black AIDS Institute Re-Launches Black Leadership Program To Strengthen The HIV Workforce, End The Epidemic

Black AIDS Institute (BAI), the nation’s only Black-led organization focused on ending HIV in Black communities, has re-launched its renowned “African American HIV University” (AAHU) program. Aligned with BAI’s “We The People: A Black Strategy to End HIV,” which is rooted in Black empowerment, the reinvigorated and expanded AAHU program aims to build Black leadership and mobilization…

Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today

A.D. Carson Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop, University of Virginia     Not long after the July 20, 1969, Moon landing, Gil Scott-Heron – a poet hailed as the “Godfather of Rap” – released a scathingly critical song called “Whitey on the Moon.” While others lauded the lunar landing as a “giant leap for mankind,” Scott-Heron lamented the Moon…

Restaurant U To Connect At-Risk Houston Kids With World-class Eateries

A new program will introduce some of Houston’s most vulnerable children to a world of culinary possibilities. Entitled Restaurant U, the initiative is a partnership between local non-profit Homemade Hope and the Greater Houston Texas Restaurant Association that will take area at-risk kids aged 4-18 years old on immersive field trips to top-tier eateries, where they will eat delicious food as they…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Reignite Partnership to Empower Young Men of Color Through Mentorship

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated announce the renewal of its long-standing partnership to empower young men of color. Both organizations recognize a shared commitment to developing leaders, promoting brotherhood and academic excellence, and with 30 years of existing partnerships across the country, BBBSA and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity…

To Combat COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Community, Twin Sister Doctors Develop Strategy

As the nation continues to increase vaccination rates, Drs. Delana Wardlaw and Elana McDonald, known as the Twin Sister Doctors, today released a special report offering insightful strategies to combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, particularly in Black communities. In the report, “The COVID-19 Treatment: Debunking Myths & Maximizing Participation,” the Twin Sister Doctors, who are African-American women who grew up in Philadelphia,…

Damage to Children’s Education — And Their Health — Could Last a Lifetime

By Liz Szabo Before the pandemic, 16-year-old Na’ryen Cayou had everything he needed. He had his own room. A partial scholarship to a boys’ prep school. A spot playing trombone in the marching band, performing in parades all over New Orleans. Then covid-19 blew through the Big Easy like a hurricane, washing away nearly everything that…

Southern University tackles food deserts with Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

LLENA (AI) Health Solutions Inc. recently announced a partnership with Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to support their “Center of Excellence for Nutrition, Health, Wellness, and Quality of Life” initiative to address diet-related health disparities in African Americans by increasing the capacities of 1890 institutions through nutrition research, teaching and extension. The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension…

Silk® Soymilk and World Champion Plant-Powered Athlete Carl Lewis Pass the Torch to Support HBCU Athletes Through New “Silk Team Protein” Initiative

While summer is in full swing, college athletes who practice year-round are already looking toward the season ahead – and many rely on key equipment, uniforms, and transportation to keep them performing at their best. These activities require funding, and while universities such as Big Ten schools can average over $50 million in revenue per school, historically…

Guinea-Bissau Swim Federation Alleges FINA Discrimination Against African-American Olympic Hopeful

In a strongly worded letter to international swimming’s governing body, Fédération Internationale De Natation (FINA), the Guinea-Bissau Swim Federation disputes FINA’s refusal to allow Siphiwe Baleka to swim in the Olympics on behalf of the small African nation. The dispute hinges on the interpretation of ambiguous language about FINA deadlines for participation in “qualifying events,” and for countries’…

Spelman College Joins Blackstone LaunchPad Partnership With Atlanta Historically Black Colleges to Expand Access to Entrepreneurship

Spelman College, along with Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, announces a new partnership with Blackstone LaunchPad to make the development of entrepreneurial skills more accessible to students in the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Developed with support from United Negro College Fund Inc., the largest scholarship provider for students of color, Blackstone LaunchPad’s expansion to Spelman, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta is the latest…

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