The Benefits of Attending an HBCU 

by Zipporah Osei

art by Kerly Noisette

When historically black colleges and universities were first created, they were a safe haven for black students who wanted to get a higher education but could not attend them without putting themselves at risk. Times have changed since the first HBCU opened its doors in 1837, but HBCUs remain great choices for black students and other students of color as well. Aside from providing some of the best programs in the country, HBCUs create a positive environment of support and community–something anyone could use when heading off to college.

I spoke to Howard University freshmen, Anaja Pinnock-Williams and Meghann Davis, and Howard alum Evyan Durham about why they chose to go to an HBCU and why they love their decision.

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Meet The Brothers Behind the Diverse Emoji App, WeMojis

The Howard graduates and brothers Trey and Donovan Brown created WeMojis, the most comprehensive mobile app showcasing Black and Latino culture. We caught up with co-founder and CEO Trey Brown to learn about their journey, how Apple’s latest emoji update affected their success + more. 

Read the full interview HERE.

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Yall celebrating them taking down a flag while they shutting down a #HBCU . South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state’s #only public historically black college, South Carolina State University, for 2 years. “We are looking at a bankrupt institution,” state House Rep. Jim Merrilltold reporters. “No one takes any pleasure in recommending this.” And indeed, the school is in rough shape. It owes millions, enrollment has plummeted over the past 8 years, and only 14% of its students graduate in four years.

But a group of students and alumni has filed a federal suit blaming state officials for the school’s current woes. They say the state has been illegally discriminating against the black university, first by underfunding it, then by allowing well-heeled nearby colleges, like the University of South Carolina, to offer academic programs very similar to those at S.C. State. That left prospective students with little reason to pass up a tonier school with the same offerings, they say, and enrollment dried up.

In essence, they say, South Carolina State was set up to fail.

But duplicative programs and falling enrollment aren’t S.C. State’s only problems. The school was established as a land grant university, on federal land given to the state with the condition that any amount given to the school by the federal government each year would have to be matched by the state. There are more than 100 of these universities;Florida A & M and Tuskegee Universityare a couple of the better-known traditionally black schools in the bunch.

But a 2013 report found that South Carolina hasn’t been playing by the land grant rules. After a number of presidents at historically black colleges and universities complained their states weren’t putting in their fair share, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities looked into it. Sure enough, their research found that between 2010 and 2012, historically black land grant universities in 17 states — including South Carolina — had been shortchanged by a total of $56 million in state funding, while several predominantly white land grant colleges had gotten more than they were owed. ♻️ @

Edward Waters Oldest ‘Student’ Celebrates 100th Birthday

By: Edward Waters College Media Relations - @ewctigers

The Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Resource Center hosted a celebration in honor of Ms. Bertha Adams 100th birthday. Adams was among the first group of seniors to join the first fitness class in the Senior Wellness Program which began at the Schell Sweet Community Resource Center in 2010.

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