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How Many Bots Are on TWITTER? The Question Is Difficult to Answer and Misses the Point

Twitter reports that fewer than 5% of accounts are fakes or spammers, commonly referred to as “bots.” Since his offer to buy Twitter was accepted, Elon Musk has repeatedly questioned these estimates, even dismissing Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal’s public

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A Quest for Significance Gone Horribly Wrong – How Mass Shooters Pervert a Universal Desire To Make a Difference in the World

Agonizing questions are being raised by the recent tragic mass shootings at a school in Texas and a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. As in the recent years’ similar acts of horror at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, a Walmart in

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Replacement Theory Isn’t New – 3 Things To Know About How This Once-fringe Conspiracy Has Become More Mainstream

The recent grocery store mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, is placing a spotlight on white supremacy. Eighteen-year-old Payton Gendron drove three hours from his home in Conklin, New York, to the Tops grocery store on May 14, 2022, and

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Culture War Politics Intensifies, Partisan Conflict and Division Have Spread Far Outside Their Usual Boundaries

As our culture war politics intensifies, partisan conflict and division have spread far outside their usual boundaries. Increasingly, virtually any sphere of life has grown politicized, shaded in either red or blue. Neighbors become online adversaries online, and once-independent institutions

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Thirteen Mass School Shootings – 146 Children and Adults Killed – And the Gunmen Who Carry Them Out

When the Columbine High School massacre took place in 1999 it was seen as a watershed moment in the United States – the worst mass shooting at a school in the country’s history. Now, it ranks fourth. The three school

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When Governments Fail to Act: ‘It’s Easier to Get a Gun than Baby Formula.’ Athletes, Celebs Boil Over Latest Mass Shooting

“It’s been enough. We’ve been at ‘enough’ for centuries,” actress Gabrielle Union tweeted following the May 24 massacre. Nineteen children lost their lives at what was supposed to be one of the safest places in the world: school. The May

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Black Press Journalist Katherine Massey Eulogized As ‘Queen Mother,’ and ‘Community Mayor’

Katherine Massey counted among the 10 African Americans killed on May 14, when self-proclaimed white supremacist Payton Gendron donned body armor, entered the Tops Supermarket with an assault rifle, and opened fire. National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO

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HBCU Grad Launches Online Course Platform That Empowers Experts to Teach Online

Nationwide — Meet Christina Moody, an HBCU grad turned entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Goalmentum, an online course platform that streamlines group coaching programs. The knowledge economy has exploded over the past 10 years, and one glaring

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New Jersey Officials Propose Police Licensing Bill to Hold Officers Accountable

As police reform bills like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act remain defeated at the federal level, New Jersey officials may have found one solution to police accountability. Governor Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin have

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With Inpatient Psychiatric Services in Short Supply, America’s Teen Mental Health Emergency Deepens

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates among teenagers rose almost 60 percent from 2007 to 2018. The CDC and other federal agencies describe a crisis that includes surging mental health disorders among the country’s young.

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All-black New Orleans Graduating Class Earns $9.2 Million in Scholarships With 100 Percent Acceptance Rate

New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School, which accomplished many firsts for African Americans during the 1950s and 1960s, again enjoyed a historical moment for its 2022 graduating class. The entire graduating class at the all-boys college preparatory school received acceptance

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Supreme Court Decision Heavily Diminishes Ineffective Counsel Defense

Although Justice Sonia Sotomayor called the decision perverse and illogical, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday, May 23, that state prisoners may not present new evidence in federal court to support claims that their counsel was ineffective in violation

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Campus and Larger Community Gather at Quarry Amphitheater to Usher in the Era of John R. Lewis College

Hundreds of campus and regional community members gathered beneath the redwoods encircling Quarry Amphitheater to watch the former College Ten make history, rededicating itself as John R. Lewis College in memory of the legendary civil rights leader. “Naming is a

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Plaque Unveiled in NYC to Honor Headquarters of NAACP, Other Progressive Groups

On May 11, Village Preservation and The New School were joined by historians David Levering Lewis, Amy Aronson, Brian McGrath and Stephen Brier for the unveiling of a plaque marking 70 Fifth Ave. as the historic headquarters of the NAACP,

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CBT? DBT? Psychodynamic? What Type of Therapy Is Right for Me?

Since ancient times, cultures across the world have understood that human suffering can have psychological causes. At its core, psychotherapy is working with another person to help identify and address emotional challenges that matter to you. It involves trying to

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What You Need To Know About the Defense Production Act – The 1950s Law Biden Invoked

U.S. President Joe Biden on May 18, 2022, announced he is invoking the Defense Production Act to help end the shortage of baby formula stressing out parents nationwide. He said he will direct suppliers of baby formula ingredients to prioritize

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Racism Is Different Than Colorism – Ronald Hall Speaks About His Experience Researching Colorism

Why does your research matter and why do you study it? Hall: This research matters as the nation and indeed the world assume a more multiracial demographic. I study it to correct some of the errors made by “experts” and

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The Stigma Around Male Domestic Violence

How Male Abuse is Minimized In an op-ed by Neffer Kerr titled, “Strong & Silent: Breaking the Stigma of Abuse Because Black Men Are Victims, Too,” by Ebony Magazine, Kerr recalls learning that her male friend, who was over six

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EPA Administrator, Michael S. Regan, Focused on Clean Air and Water for Communities of Color

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan remains on a journey to justice. He said President Joe Biden’s historic bipartisan infrastructure bill provides an opportunity to finally rid America of poisonous lead pipes and free communities of color of

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Calm after the Racist Storm, Buffalo Shootings Cease Following Massacre

Eight days before the self-avowed white supremacist Payton Gendron’s mass shooting in Buffalo, detectives laid out a hoard of weaponry that they seized in less than a week. The weapons included ghost guns, automatic pistols, assault rifles, and revolvers confiscated

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Buffalo Mayor to Appear on NNPA Live Morning Show

Mayor Byron Brown, the first African American mayor and the longest-serving mayor in Buffalo’s history, plans to appear on the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s live daily news program, “Let It Be Known,” at 7:30 a.m. Friday, May 20. Brown, who

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Erica Loewe Helping to Open Doors for Black Press, Others at White House

  As Karine Jean-Pierre prepares to make history as the first Black press secretary at the White House, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have continued to ensure that African Americans – particularly Black women, helm crucial posts.

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Officials Release Names of those Killed in Racist Buffalo Massacre

The victims of the racist massacre at a Buffalo, New York supermarket have been identified and their ages range from 32 to 86. Avowed white racist Payton Gendron allegedly put together a 180-page manifesto that revealed his hatred for Black

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Black Businesses Leaders Undervalued in America

  When is the last time that you read a national news story in the so-called mainstream media about a successful Black business in America that has achieved unprecedented excellence and profit in today’s marketplace? I know it has been

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Congressional Black Caucus Members Push Biden Administration on Advertising with Black Media

Four years after D.C. Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton publicly condemned federal agencies after a Government Accountability Office report revealed they spend very little of their advertising dollars with Black-owned media, another member of the Congressional Black Caucus has openly

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Increased Early Voting in NC Battleground State

We say this, it seems, every election cycle, but this primary election vote may be the most consequential ballot that a voter casts in his or her lifetime. Almost 250,000 North Carolinians appear to think so too, as they cast

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Wilmington Housing Authority Names Tyrone Garrett As Executive Director

WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) announced that it has named Tyrone Garrett as its new Executive Director. His appointment was approved by the Authority’s Board of Commissioners at its May board meeting. He began his position on

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Shaw University Announces New Partnership with Yardi Systems to Award Full Scholarships

Major Gift from Yardi will Fund Four-Year Education for Five Incoming Freshmen Starting in Fall 2022 RALEIGH, N.C. – On May 17, 2022, Shaw University announced a major gift from Yardi® Systems to fund five, four-year scholarships for selected freshmen

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The Left Behind: Why Are White American Christians So Racist?

Robert Jones, founder of the Public Religion Research Institute, has been doing the op-ed thing recently to publicize his new book: White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. Jones articulates a thesis that’s sure to make

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BSU Leadership Plans to Strengthen Ties With Administration, Local Universities Next Year

Continuing community traditions, building connections with the GW community and increasing professional events will be among the Black Student Union’s top priorities as a newly elected executive board prepares for a new year of leadership ahead. BSU re-elected junior Gianna

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More Mass Shootings Are Happening at Grocery Stores – 13% Of Shooters Are Motivated by Racial Hatred, Criminologists Find

An apparently racially motivated attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, resulted in 10 deaths on May 14, 2022, with the teenage suspect allegedly targeting Black shoppers in a prominently African American neighborhood. Mass public shootings in which four

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U.S. Schools Are Not Racially Integrated, Despite Decades of Effort

Nearly seven decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the court’s declared goal of integrated education is still not yet achieved. American society continues to grow more racially and ethnically diverse.

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The Fight Against School Segregation Began in South Carolina, Long Before It Ended With Brown v. Board

When it comes to the case of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that outlawed school segregation, the focus is often on Topeka, Kansas, the home of the Brown family and the school board that it

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Abortion Rights Activists Swarm National Mall, Other Locations

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country to rally for abortion rights in the wake of the leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The groups at the National Mall and

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America’s White Supremacist Murders of Black People

Buffalo, New York Mayor Byron Brown called the massacre at a Buffalo supermarket an unimaginable nightmare, while Erie County Sheriff John Garcia framed the onslaught as pure evil. Put plainly, the deadly shooting by a white 18-year-old whose manifesto revealed

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Creating a Culture of Excellence and Accountability – GDN Exclusive Part I

On Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) campuses, student engagement is just as significant to those institutions as their academic programs and student achievement in all other areas that those institutions make available. The title of this article reflects the

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Erica Loewe Helping to Open Doors for Black Press, Others at White House

As Karine Jean-Pierre prepares to make history as the first Black press secretary at the White House, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have continued to ensure that African Americans – particularly Black women, helm crucial posts. Alongside

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HBCU Grad Turned Entrepreneur Launches Museum for Black Children, Global Celebration

Spelman alumna Veronica N. Chapman is a social entrepreneur and children’s book author on a mission to help make the world better for Black children. In an effort to achieve this goal, Veronica has launched Black Children’s Book Week (BCBW),

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Report Shows America’s Major Cities are Pricing Out Black Residents

At the onset of the pandemic, there wasn’t a single state, region, or county in America where a full-time worker earning the minimum wage could afford a two-bedroom rental home, and nearly half of Black and Latinx renters (and more

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HBCU Grads Celebrate One Year of Supporting Black and Women Entrepreneurs in the Food Retail Industry

Allen and Subriana Pierce, the founders of the Navigator Lighthouse Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Orange County, California that supports minority and women entrepreneurs in the food retail industry, are celebrating the one year anniversary of their foundation.

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Black Woman CEO Honored By President Joe Biden, Receives Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Honoring her remarkable leadership and service, Dr. Velma Trayham, a native of Houston, Texas, has become one of few Black female entrepreneurs to have been awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Joe Biden. The annual awards honor a

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Magic Johnson & Mike Tyson to Address Black Business Owners at Recession Proof Convention May 27-28th in Las Vegas

Sharing their competitive fire and strategies for success, professional athletes Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mike Tyson have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the upcoming 4th annual Recession Proof Convention. Slated for May 27-28 at The Mirage in Las Vegas,

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Innovative Health Program Provides Alternative for Sick Employees

  Get sick at work and you have to take off to see a doctor or visit the emergency room or you can just call it a day and go home in hopes your condition gets better. Medical experts are

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Women Find A Winning Solution in Dealing with Hair Loss

After Actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock during the Oscars for making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, one word was echoed around the world – alopecia. From break rooms to the morning talk shows, people were

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COMMENTARY: Is Religious Freedom Free?

The late Fannie Lou Hamer said, “If I am truly free, who can tell me how much of my freedom I can have today?” That is the question that The United States Supreme Court wrestled with last week in the

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Dr. Lisa Cook Confirmed as First Black Woman on Federal Reserve Board

Michigan State University Economics Professor Lisa Cook is the latest Biden-Harris administration nominee to break the glass ceiling, this time on the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. Cook, well-known for her work on racial and gender equality, won Senate confirmation as

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Wisdom Cole: Paving the Way for a New Generation of Black Leaders

Wisdom Cole (Oakes ’15, Chemistry), the National Director of the National Association of Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Youth & College Division, is a steadfast advocate for Black youth and students—championing campaigns in Black youth voter turnout, removing police from

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An open letter to President Hanna and Provost Rogers-Adkinson

*Editor’s note: The following letter is an open letter received from Dr. Safa Saracoglu of the Bloomsburg University Dept. of History regarding the controversy and confusion surrounding the proposed Black Studies minor. According to the BU NAACP chapter, the “Black

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Office of Black Student Development Holds Open House for New Office Suite

  The UC Santa Barbara Office of Black Student Development celebrated the opening of its office suite — which offers a physical space to support and advocate for Black students — with an open house on April 30. The Office

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Meet the Entrepreneur Teaching Black Women How to Become Bosses in the Boardroom

Ever sold yourself short in an interview? Chickened out of asking for that raise? Creeped your Instagram friends with envy — the ones who took the plunge and started their own business? Odds are, you aren’t alone. “Women want to

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