Calif. Leaders Invest in President Obama’s Initiative to Boost Young Men of Color

President Barack Obama visits with students and counselors from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama met with the students in April 2013 to discuss youth violence. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., listen as President Barack Obama talks with them about the Emancipation Proclamation hanging in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON – California public and private stakeholders are backing an historic, national call to arms by President Obama that will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in providing opportunities for young men of color. On Thursday at the White House, Obama and members of his cabinet will announce an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. It […]

Former Miss America Recalls Prison Visit; Makes Bid For Congress

Main photo — Erika Harold, right, after relinquishing her 2003 Miss America crown, took a tour of Angola Prison in Louisiana in March 2004. She is shown here touring the facility with Angola Prison warden Burl Cain, left (photo courtesy of The Angolite).

Left photo —  Harold, a Republican, is vying for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. If she gets to the general election and claim victory, Harold would be the first Black female Republican elected to Congress. The primary election is March 18 (AP photo).

Right photo — Harold's reaction after she won the Miss America crown in September 2002 (photo courtesy of Erika Harold).

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN — When she was crowned Miss America on Sept. 21, 2002, Erika Harold never imagined she would be entering an United States penitentiary a year later. Surrounded by hardened criminals, a majority that have committed heinous crimes, Ms. Harold, her mission dear — provide hope to those many have written off as hopeless. She’s […]

New Report Shows Child Poverty Escalating in U.S.

Although food stamps can only be used to purchase food, the GOP believes food stamps create welfare dependency. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON – One of five children in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to a new report from a children’s advocacy organization. The report, conducted by Children’s Defense Fund, also found that one in every 10 children, or 7.1 million children, is extremely poor. “We are in a very dangerous time right now,” Dr. Marian […]

Wells Fargo & First Generation Films Announce “Go College!” Initiative

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SAN FRANCISCO – Wells Fargo Education Financial Services and First Generation Films today kicked off the “Go College!” national community event initiative that will present 70 film screenings of the award-winning documentary First Generation to tens-of-thousands of high school students, parents, educators and civic and community leaders in 10 major cities across the United States throughout 2014. Go College! […]

Dr. Michael Drake Selected as Ohio State University’s Next President

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COLUMBUS – Ohio State University trustees picked a California educator as the school’s next president Thursday, ending a search that began with the former president’s retirement following remarks critical of Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools. Trustees voted unanimously in favor of University of California, Irvine chancellor Michael Drake to become the 15th president of […]

Obama Group Airing TV Ad on Minimum Wage Hike

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WASHINGTON – A group supporting President Barack Obama’s agenda is airing a new television ad bolstering his call for an increase in the federal minimum wage. Organizing for Action was formed from the remnants of Obama’s re-election campaign. The group operates as a nonprofit and raised more than $26 million last year. The ad shows […]

Is Mediocrity the New Standard for Black Students?

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MIAMI – While many thought Jim Crow politics ended with the Civil Rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges otherwise in their most recent complaint against the Florida Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the Department of Education adopted a discriminatory strategic plan that sets lower academic expectations for Black and Hispanic students […]

Obama Hopes to Sidestep Congress to Have ‘a Year of Action’

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WASHINGTON – With a largely uncooperative, highly-partisan Congress headed into a mid-term election, President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that he will have ‘a year of action’ by expanding economic opportunity through executive orders and other action that do not require legislative approval. “I’m eager to work with all […]

Gallup Poll Finds Modest Drop in Uninsured Rate

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WASHINGTON – The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The […]

White House Seeks to Help Expand Education Opportunity

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WASHINGTON – Thirty years ago, one year of tuition, room, and board at a nation’s four-year, degree-granting institution cost $8,756 on average (or $3,499, when adjusted for inflation). As of 2010, that figure had almost tripled to $22,092 – and that’s just for one year. To meet this economic hurdle, 39.6 million Americans have turned […]