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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Choosing the Right College

Written by Featured Organization on 30 April 2013.

Choosing the right college can be a hassle and in some cases overwhelming. These are the most crucial four years of your life and it is important that you choose the institution that suits you best. It is never an easy task to choose a college to go to. After all, this will be a new experience for you and many times you go in blindly. There are numerous factors that play in the decision-making. Some of them include family preferences, distance from home, peer pressure, the reputation of the college, costs and what programs they offer, to name a few. But what is really important when choosing a college?

“When I was looking for a college, to go to FAMU was not my first choice,” said Antonio Williams, a graduate of Florida A&M University. “Honestly I just filled out a ton of applications and picked one based on who had the most dance troupes. I guess you can say that wasn’t the best idea but it worked out great. I loved FAMU.”

There are numerous articles that have been written by experts as to what a student should look for when choosing the right college. Although none of them are for sure, there are some factors that remain the same. According to Martha O’Connell, author of Choosing the Right College, the top five factors to consider when choosing the right college are acknowledging who you are and why you’re going, taking into consideration the size of the college, deciding if you want to go to a “name brand college” or not, keeping in mind that you don’t have to choose your major before attending the school, and finally, to not let stories deter your decision. 

“The men in my family all attended Howard University, so the pressure was on me when it was my turn to choose,” said Marcus Brown, a sophomore biology student at FSU. “When I chose to go to FSU they were a tad disappointed, but in the end I know this was the best decision for me.” 

No matter what school you decide, it is important that you are happy with your decision. According to a Harvard study, the top three reasons that students drop out of college are financial stresses, social anxiety and failure to complete coursework. So what does this mean for college hopefuls? 

“Overall, it’s important that you make the decision that suits you,” said Tyia Branker, a senior psychology student at FAMU. “FAMU is the second college that I have attended. I went to South Carolina State for two years because that’s what my friends did but that didn’t work for me. I finally listened to myself and I couldn’t be happier at FAMU.”

Be sure when choosing a college that you take yourself into consideration first. There is nothing that cannot be fixed, including cost and admission. There are plenty of scholarships, grants and loans that you can qualify for. For schools that have stricter admission policies, many times there are Excel programs that allow you to get into the school. If you are having problems with keeping up with your classes, there are tutors and extra courses that you can take. •

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