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America's 'Painful' Times Inspire One CEO to Take Action

Reed Hastings and wife Patty Quillin donate $120M

(Newser) - The top guy at Netflix and his wife just made a major donation to black colleges and say they hope others will do the same, NBC News reports. Company CEO Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin said Wednesday they're giving $120 million to two historically black colleges and the United... More »

Obama Makes Waves in His Speech to Black Colleges

The former president says officials 'aren't even pretending to be in charge'

(Newser) - The media was waiting for this one—and Barack Obama didn't disappoint. The former president, who's been making headlines with his jabs at the Trump administration, rolled out new quotes Saturday in an online commencement speech to historically black colleges and universities, the New York Times reports. So... More »

Billionaire Stuns Grads With Commencement Pledge

Robert F. Smith will pay off the loans of Morehouse College students

(Newser) - Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith received an honorary degree from Morehouse College during graduation ceremonies Sunday—and he told the rest of the Class of 2019 that they wouldn't have to worry about repaying student debt. "This is my class and I know my class will pay this... More »

Small Debts Blocked Their Graduation. A Historic Church Stepped In

Black church donates $150K to historically black colleges and universities

(Newser) - Debts between $100 and more than $3,000 stood between 34 Howard University seniors and graduation. Unless the debts, for things like tuition and fees, were paid, the students likely wouldn't receive their diplomas from the historically black university in Washington, DC. Then Alfred Street Baptist Church stepped in.... More »

Kevin Hart Surprises 18 Kids With College Scholarships

The comedian's charity teamed with the United Negro College Fund to pledge $600K

(Newser) - Kevin Hart has surprised 18 students with scholarships to college totaling $600,000. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer , the comedian's Help from the Hart Charity has teamed up with the United Negro College Fund and the Knowledge is Power Program to help students from eight US cities who are attending... More »

Mom Warned Beyonce Crowd Wouldn't Get Her Coachella Set

Tina Knowles writes she 'stands corrected'

(Newser) - Beyonce plans to make some generous donations to the historically black colleges she honored in her headline performance at Coachella on Saturday. The singer's BeyGOOD initiative will award $100,000 through its new Homecoming Scholars Award program to four institutions, the Los Angeles Times reports. One student each at... More »

Angry Students Drown Out DeVos During Graduation Speech

The education secretary was speaking at a historically black university in Florida

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos was drowned out by boos when the education secretary attempted to deliver the commencement speech Wednesday at Florida's Bethune-Cookman University, Politico reports. According to Business Insider , students and audience members at the historically black university booed DeVos for nearly the entirety of her speech, even continuing to... More »

DeVos Accused of Accidentally Praising Segregation

DeVos says historically black colleges gave students 'more options'

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos is being accused by experts of being "embarrassingly ignorant" and inadvertently praising segregation and Jim Crow in a statement on historically black colleges and universities released Monday night, Politico reports. "HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice," the education secretary said in... More »

Obama Calls on Black College Grads to Be Role Models

Speaking at Hampton U., president says education helps break down barriers

(Newser) - President Obama delivered the commencement address at a historically black college today for the first time since taking office. He called on the graduates of Hampton University in Virginia to "be role models for your brothers and sisters, to be mentors in your communities and, when the time comes,... More »

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