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North Carolina Senior Gets Accepted Into 45 Colleges, Receives More Than $4 Million In Scholarships

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North Carolina Senior Gets Accepted Into 45 Colleges, Receives More Than $4 Million In Scholarships

What a way to end senior year! A North Carolina graduating senior has a lot to be excited about, getting accepted into 45 colleges and receiving more than $4 million in scholarships, WTVD reports. Ive Jones is a senior at Apex Friendship High School in North Carolina. While commencements everywhere have been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones is still celebrating, and rightfully so. The 17-year old is graduating summa cum laude, with acceptance letters to 45 out of the 50 schools she applied to and $4 million in academic scholarships.  “Being awesome was being authentically me, and...

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Mississippi Twins Named Valedictorian and Salutatorian With Identical 4.1 GPA

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Mississippi Twins Named Valedictorian and Salutatorian With Identical 4.1 GPA

This is a double dose of Black girl magic! A set of twins from Yazoo City, Mississippi are graduating at the top of their class, both finishing with a 4.1 GPA, WAPT reports. La’nisha and Ron’nisha Richardson are graduating seniors at Yazoo City High School in Mississippi. La’nisha was named valedictorian of her class with her sister Ron’nisha was named salutatorian. The twins said that this is the moment they’ve been waiting for, the official confirmation of all their hard work.  “I actually have a goals list and on the top of that list it says ‘valedictorian of Class of 2020,’...

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Actor Michael K. Williams Is Helping NYC Youth Secure Summer Jobs

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Actor Michael K. Williams Is Helping NYC Youth Secure Summer Jobs

This is what young people need! Veteran actor Michael K. Williams is helping New York city youth find summer jobs in the midst of COVID-19, Black Enterprise reports. Williams has teamed up with the nonprofit NYC Together to help youth in New York find summer jobs in an effort to prevent violence in the city. The Brooklyn native understands the importance of keeping youth active, even in the midst of social distancing, especially in under resourced communities. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, funding had to be pulled from NY’s summer youth program and re-directed toward more urgent matters....

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Taraji P. Henson Will Give Virtual Commencement Speech For Maryland Graduates

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Taraji P. Henson Will Give Virtual Commencement Speech For Maryland Graduates

This is going to be great! Taraji P. Henson was just announced as the commencement speaker for a virtual graduation honoring students in her hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state is hosting a virtual graduation celebration featuring the Academy Award nominated actress. Other special guests include comedian Joe Clair, singer Kenny Lattimore, NFL player Joe Haden, and news anchor Taylor Thomas. Henson will address more than 8,0000 seniors who are graduating from the county’s public, charter and alternative high schools. Monica Goldson, chief executive officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools spoke...

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Truth Tellers Ida B. Wells and Nikole Hannah-Jones Of 1619 Project Honored With Pulitzer Prize

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Truth Tellers Ida B. Wells and Nikole Hannah-Jones Of 1619 Project Honored With Pulitzer Prize

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” - Ida B. Wells In the late 1890s Ida B. Wells went on a crusade against lynchings as an investigative journalist. This week she received a special posthumous pulitzer citation for her “outstanding and courageous reporting.” The granddaughter of the civil rights icon, Michelle Duster, took to Twitter to express her appreciation of the award saying, “What an amazing honor for my great-grandmother [Ida B. Wells] to be recognized by Pulitzer Prizers almost 90 years after she gained her wings! Her life is a testament to...

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