Half of All Black Student Borrowers Default on Their Student Loans

Nearly half (49%) of all black student borrowers default on their student loans 12 years after entering college. This is true even of students who earned a bachelor’s degree and includes 75% of borrowers who dropped out of for-profit colleges.

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That’s according to data from the U.S. …read more

Family Of Slain Sergeant Says Trump Showed ‘Disrespect’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed “disrespect” to the soldier’s loved ones as they drove to the airport to meet his body. Trump, engulfed in controversy over the appropriate way for …read more

Kickstarter Launched For Smithsonian’s 9-Disc ‘Anthology Of Hip Hop And Rap’

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), has turned to crowdsourcing for its next ambitious project – a nine-disc chronological compendium of over 120 songs from hip-hop and rap.

The “Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap” will contain tracks painstakingly selected by …read more

‘This Is Us’ Creator On The Subtle Racism Of Rebecca’s Mother

On the episode of NBC’s “This Is Us,” that aired October 18, 2017, viewers were again subjected to the “casual” racism of Rebecca’s mother.

Janet, played by Elizabeth Perkins, stopped by for a visit and found herself staying longer than expected when her car became buried in a snowstorm. As …read more

3 Killed, 2 Wounded At Maryland Office Park Shooting

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He said Prince opened fire with a handgun and …read more

Master P On Colin Kaepernick: ‘I’ll Help Him Start His Own League’

Master P was asked to weigh in on Colin Kaepernick’s lawsuit alleging collusion among NFL owners to keep him off the field.

He offered an immediate solution.

“I’ll help him start his own league. I think he should, I mean he’s a great football player. I think the NFL should …read more

Atlanta Man Wanted For Assaulting A Woman

The search is on for an Atlanta man who allegedly assaulted a woman.

According to WSB-TV news, a sketch of the suspect has been released by authorities.

On October 5, 2017, at around 2:30 am a woman called police officers on patrol and told them that she had been sexually …read more

On ‘The Real’: What Karrueche Tran Would Tell Her Younger Self

Tuesday, October 17, “The Real” hosts talk about everything from still sleeping with a blanket or stuffed animal to if they’ll be purchasing a pair of “Loubibabys” – Louboutin baby red bottom shoes.

Also, co-host Adrienne Houghton shares her cheetalicious ideas for a Cheetah Girls reboot and Tamera Mowry-Housley assigns …read more

Toni Braxton And Birdman Did Not Get Married, Rep Claims: ‘Toni Is Dating’

Reports surfaced Tuesday claiming Toni Braxton and Birdman had secretly gotten married. But a rep for the singer says the rumors are not true.

“Toni is dating,” Braxton’s spokesperson told Us Weekly before quickly pivoting to promote her client’s next release. “She has a new single called ‘Deadwood’ from …read more

U. S.: Trump Says Fallen Soldier Knew What He Signed Up For

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump told the widow of a slain soldier that he “knew what he signed up for,” according to a Florida congresswoman.

Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body …read more

Baltimore Workers Remove ‘Fatberg’ Of Grease From Sewer Pipe

BALTIMORE (AP) — A “fatberg” that may have taken beyond half a century to grow below Baltimore has been removed.

News outlets report the city’s Public Works department used a camera, pressure washer and truck-mounted industrial vacuum to clear the mass of curdled grease, wet wipes and other waste. Workers resorted …read more

Philando Castile Fund Wipes Out Student Lunch Debt

Before his untimely death at the hand of St. Paul police officer Jeronimo Yanez, Philando Castile was a popular nutrition services supervisor at the JJ Paul Montessori school in St. Paul, Minnesota. After his death, his friends and family vowed to keep his memory alive in a …read more

Black Women Beauty Company Co-Founders Score $1 Million in Funding

K.J. Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, the founders of Mented—a cosmetics brand for diverse beauty—just became the 15th and 16th, respectively, African American women to ever raise $1 million in capital for their business, according to an emailed press release.

(Mented co-founders; K.J. Miller, left; and Amanda Johnson, right. …read more

Solange Leads The 2017 Soul Train Awards Nominations

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The nominations are in for BET’s 2017 Soul Train Awards and one soulful Knowles sister leads the pack.

Solange racked up seven nominations this year, including best R&B/soul female artist, video of the year, and song of the year for “Cranes in the …read more

Meet Ruth Carter: The Costume Designer Behind Marvel’s Black Panther (Part 1 of a 2-Part Interview)

Ruth Carter is an award-winning costume designer behind some of the most iconic black films of all time—Malcolm X, Amistad, Do the Right Thing, and Selma, to name a few. So it should come as no surprise that Carter was tapped to lend her incomparable talent to design costumes for …read more

Designer Mychael Knight Of ‘Project Runway’ Fame Dead At 39

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Numerous sources are reporting that Project Runway alum Mychael Knight has died.

The talented designer was a fan favorite on season three of the popular Bravo fashion show and later appeared on Project Runway: All Stars on Lifetime.

According to a report from Obvious Mag, who claims …read more

Facebook Adds South Side Chicago Based Series ‘Five Points’ From Kerry Washington

Facebook has announced that Indigenous Media and Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street are teaming to produce “Five Points,” an original dramatic series created and written by Adam Giaudrone (“Being Mary Jane,” “Black Lightning”) for Watch, Facebook’s new platform for shows.

“Five Points” is about five students at a South …read more

New Fires Break Out In California As Wine Country Fires Dim

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory Tuesday and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Firefighters on …read more

Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith Bids Farewell From ‘The Price Is Right’

Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith will take her final walk on “The Price Is Right” today and head straight for the history books as the longest running model of color on the longest-running game show currently on air.

Born in Bath, United Kingdom of Jamaican and British ancestry, Gwendolyn caps an 11-year run …read more

Tamar Braxton & Vincent List Mediterranean Mansion For $15M

Tamar Braxton and her music executive husband Vincent Herbert, founder of Streamline Records, have listed their glamorous Mediterranean mansion in Calabasas, Calif., for sale at $15 million.

This news can only add to the current tongue wagging by a lot folks about the celeb couple’s reported financial problems. As …read more

Jordan Peele & ABC’s Channing Dungey To Receive AAFCA Honors

The African American Film Critics Association has named “Get Out” writer-director Jordan Peele and ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey among the recipients of its special achievement honors.

Alcon Entertainment’s co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove and Los Angeles Film Festival president Claudia Puig will also be …read more

Floyd’s Retired But The Money Team Is Definitely Not

If you hadn’t heard about Floyd Mayweather’s recent fight with MMA superstar Conor McGregor back in August, we hope you enjoyed your Mars vacation and welcome back to the home planet. To get you caught up, the brash boxer had himself a great day by winning the fight …read more

Morehouse College Names New President

Morehouse College, the historically black college in Atlanta, recently named David A. Thomas its new president. Thomas, a Harvard professor and former dean at Georgetown University, will assume the role in January. Thomas is one of the few Morehouse presidents to lead the storied institution who did not graduate from …read more

Trump Warns ‘I Fight Back’ After McCain Hits Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Sen. John McCain that “I fight back” after McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America’s foreign policy.

McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent 5½ years in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp and is battling brain cancer, offered a …read more

Las Vegans Help Tragedy With Garden, Free Services

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The day after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival from a high-rise Las Vegas hotel, a local landscaper was at City Hall with an idea for remembering the 58 people killed in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

Jay Pleggenkuhle (PLAY-ghen-kool) of …read more

Sunny Anderson Under Fire For Victim Shaming Other Sexual Assault Victims

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Food Network host Sunny Anderson is facing backlash after posting a series of insensitive tweets about the sexual assault victims who came forth after she told her story.

“When I reported my 1st radio boss for sexual harassment, I felt brave,” she tweeted late Saturday …read more

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