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My Decision: Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA

My Decision: Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA

    In the end, my decision boiled down to two questions -- and the answer to both was the NBA.   After losing in the NCAA tournament, I needed to clear my mind. I was incredibly disappointed and blamed myself. I didn't watch basketball or go to the gym for several days. But I soon realized the real test is how we handle defeat and I laced my shoes and headed to the student rec center to play... Read more

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Obama announces $600 million in grant programs to prepare workforce for jobs

Obama announces $600 million in grant programs to prepare workforce for jobs

President Obama, joined by Vice President Biden, outlines the grant programs during a speech at a community college near Pittsburgh. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20140417_Obama_announces__600_million_in_grant_programs_to_prepare_workforce_for_jobs.html#TroTqRdxSMGvibTz.99 President Obama, joined by Vice President Biden, outlines the grant programs during a speech at a community college near Pittsburgh. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20140417_Obama_announces__600_million_in_grant_programs_to_prepare_workforce_for_jobs.html#TroTqRdxSMGvibTz.99   President Obama on Wednesday announced a pair of grant programs designed to bring academic institutions and businesses closer together to help prepare the American workforce for jobs that may otherwise go... Read more

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Jesse Jackson: Beating of motorist in Detroit 'a sin against humanity'

Jesse Jackson: Beating of motorist in Detroit 'a sin against humanity'

  Steven Utash, left, and his 20-year-old daughter, Felicia Utash, right.    Rev. Jesse Jackson said today that the brutal beating of a motorist in Detroit was a “sin against humanity” and he called for metro Detroit to come together in the wake of the attack. “It was an act of meanness and evil that must be handled,” Jackson said in a phone interview. “What they did was wrong.” Steve Utash, 54, was severely beaten by a mob on April... Read more

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America’s Status As A Democratic Society 'Seriously Threatened'

America’s Status As A Democratic Society 'Seriously Threatened'

U.S. Policies Favor The Wealthy, Interest Groups, Study Shows   U.S. government policies reflect the desires of the wealthy and interest groups more than the average citizen, according to researchers at Princeton University and Northwestern University. "[W]e believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened," write Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page in an April 9 article posted... Read more

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Young Black Men Debunk Negative Racial Stereotypes In Awesome Music Video

Young Black Men Debunk Negative Racial Stereotypes In Awesome Music Video

  A group of young Black and Latino men are letting the world know that they are far from the image of violent, uneducated and unkempt individuals that the media often makes them out to be.   Dressed in suits, button-down shirts and bow ties while serving plenty of bravado, 34 juniors and seniors from Illinois’ Central High School recently created a short video called “Suit & Tie In The 217″ to combat the negative stereotypes they face... Read more

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Obama's New Health Secretary Nominee Draws Early Republican Fire

Obama's New Health Secretary Nominee Draws Early Republican Fire

U.S.Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina     President Barack Obama's new nominee for health secretary drew some early political fire from Republicans on Sunday in what could foreshadow a stormy election-year confirmation debate in the U.S. Senate over the future of the law known as Obamacare. Two days after Obama nominated his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Republican lawmakers alleged the new nominee could help the White House... Read more

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How an HBCU Prepared Me for Harvard

How an HBCU Prepared Me for Harvard

Mia Hall   As a Harvard School of Education graduate, I was elated and moved to see the global conversation that the creators of the recent I, Too, Am Harvard and Being Black at the University of Michigan campaigns sparked about the experience of underrepresented groups on college campuses, including the one where I earned my master’s degree. There’s no doubt that top institutions can feel unwelcoming to students of color. On top of the expected academic challenges, we have... Read more

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