College admissions scam highlights diversity at elite colleges

The college admission bribery scandal that’s rocking several of the nation’s top schools and resulted in dozens of people being arrested by the FBI is putting a spotlight on the lack of opportunities for Black students in higher education.

Mary B. Talbert, women’s rights advocate and clubwoman

Well, Imhotep Gary Byrd, I have a most prestigious Black woman with roots in Buffalo, N.Y., that many Americans may not know much about but who provides an important link from the late 19th to the early 20th century, particularly ...

NNPA leadership and other prominent Black voices speak out on college exam scandal

National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. was among several prominent African Americans who said they view the recent $25 million college admissions scam as “affirmative action for the rich” and yet another example ...

Few Black, Hispanic students admitted to NYC’s specialized high school

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempts to diversify the New York City’s specialized high schools, only a small number of Black and Hispanic eighth graders received admission offers to those schools this year.

Demands met after Bronx students locked staff out of school to protest racism on campus

A group of students at an elite private school in the Bronx who staged a lock-in that lasted several days have effectively made their demands heard regarding a “culture of bias” in the school.

The Black women jailed for ‘stealing' an education

Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam that ABC News said has prompted repercussions ...

Students compete in ‘Leggo My Lego’ robotics contest vying for a spot in the semifinals

In a competitive, but friendly competition on Saturday, March 9, more than 250 fourth through eighth-graders from citywide Department of Youth and Community Development funded afterschool programs rivaled each other in the “Leggo My Lego” qualifier youth robotics contest.

Meet the Disney Dreamers: Local students head to Disney World for inspiring trip

Eleven local high school students from New York and New Jersey are preparing for the 12th annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine March 21-24 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

CCTV inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown

Any discussion with Imhotep Gary Byrd is multidirectional with conversations about current events, political developments, and African-American history and culture.

Dr. Michael Lomax and the UNCF continue to champion HBCUs

For 75 years, the United Negro College Fund has been lighting the way to better futures for young people and leaving little doubt to the importance of its catchy but all-too serious slogan: “A mind is a terrible thing to ...

New Yorkers disgusted by alleged college-admissions cheating scam

At least 50 people have been charged in a nationwide college-admissions cheating scam, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

Howard University observes 152nd anniversary

It was a day of big names, powerful voices and lasting words during the Howard University Charter Day Convocation, as the university commemorated the 152nd anniversary of its founding.

Sigma Gamma Rho partners with Sen. Kevin Parker for youth symposium

Members of the Eta Nu Sigma Brooklyn and Queens Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. are partnering with New York State Sen. Kevin Parker to host the sorority’s annual Youth Symposium .

Bronx students learn about real estate in mock development competition

Approximately 60 students from the Bronx recently completed a competition where they showed off what they learned in a real estate based education program and got the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of judges that included Bronx ...

Dorothy Bolden, civil rights activist and visionary labor leader

In this column over the years we’ve featured such notables as Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Association of Colored Women; Fannie Peck and the National Housewives League; and now we discuss the equally important and often overlooked National Domestic ...