Metro Detroit students deliver spoken word at Detroit Auto Show

With a long-awaited return for the North American International Detroit Auto Show to be live, on Saturday, Sept. 17, the InsideOut Literary Arts Performance Troupe delivered powerful spoken word thoughts in the Toyota Exhibit Area in Detroit, MI.  Toyota and InsideOut Literary Arts, an award-winning organization headquartered in Detroit, showcased the 2022 Youth Performance Troupe […]

Usher makes surprise visit to students and staff at ‘Powered by Service Youth Volunteer Workshop,’ presented by Usher’s New Look Foundation

Usher made a surprise visit to a volunteer training workshop hosted by Usher’s New Look (UNL), the youth development foundation he launched 23 years ago to provide access, training, mentorship, and support of Black youth. Since then, UNL has evolved into one of the nation’s leading charitable organizations, having helped transform the lives of 50,000 […]

Braves speed through downtown Atlanta in 1st part of championship parade

Approximately 10 minutes. That’s how long it took for the Atlanta Braves‘ first portion of the 2021 championship parade to take place on Nov. 5. Fast or slow, Braves fans of all ages and backgrounds came out to celebrate the franchise’s first championship since 1995. “Man, we’ve been waiting a long time for this,” Atlanta […]

Toyota supports ‘Motor Bella’ in Detroit, features ‘Roc the Mic Poetry Slam’

Toyota Supports Detroit Students Through InsideOut Literary Arts Spoken Word Youth Competition – Winners Rise to the Top – Students Perform Live at Motor Bella InsideOut Literary Arts, an award-winning organization headquartered in Detroit, winners of its 2021 Performance Troupe supported by Toyota Motor North America will perform “live” at Motor Bella. The Performance Troupe […]

Dr. Fauci says vaccine mandates should be put in place for returning students

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci is the chief medical adviser on COVID-19 to the president. Dr. Fauci  has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and he has advised seven presidents on HIV/AIDS and other domestic and global health issues. He has been the voice that many Americans […]

The educational impact of COVID-19 on Black kids will be generational

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Black kids across the nation were not truly benefiting from participation in government public schools. In Baltimore, an analysis in 2017 of testing data of city schools found one-third of high schools in 2016 had zero students proficient in math. A recent report revealed that one student attending Baltimore Public […]

SCJR Productions presents scholarships, awards at back-to-school showcase

While some students and parents might be debating the options of remote or in-person learning, other families are struggling with the ability to afford an education during this global pandemic. Stanley Coleman Jr. Productions LLC has been alleviating that financial burden for families in Chicago by providing scholarships to high school and college students. This […]

Georgia teachers go viral with rap videos promoting virtual learning (watch)

With the state of Georgia reportedly now leading the nation with the highest number of coronavirus cases, the prospect of sending students back to school is fraught with peril and uncertainty. But two Albany, Georgia, teachers have gone viral producing videos that trumpet the value and virtue of virtual learning.  Monroe Comprehensive High School teachers […]

Keke Palmer and SCJR Productions host virtual workshop with Chicago students

Actress and vocalist Keke Palmer shared insights about struggles she has overcome in the entertainment industry with a group of Chicago high school and college students. On Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, the “hometown hero,” who grew up in Chicago and Harvey, Illinois, led a 30-minute question-and-answer session during a virtual workshop she hosted with Stanley […]

Nearly 100K students test positive for COVID-19 as schools begin to reopen

Americans must figure out a safe way to continue education for students in the 2020-21 school year. At this point, it appears that reopening schools will become a recipe for disaster in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, 97,078 […]

Atlanta teen debaters discusss the Harvard Diversity Project and making history

For many teenagers, attending a Harvard Unversity debate program and making history in a debate competition isn’t the first thing on their minds. However, for two Atlanta teenagers, it is in fact their reality. Madison Webb, a 17-year old Langston Hughes senior and Christian Flournoy, a 15-year-old Westminster Schools sophomore, are a part of the […]

Black child kicked out of daycare for wearing Black Lives Matter shirt

A Black child was forced to leave a daycare center because she wore a Black Lives Matter shirt. The incident occurred in Russellville, Arkansas, according to KARK. On June 25, Deval Brockman allowed her 6-year-old daughter to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt at the His Kids Learning Center. Brockman received a call from the […]

Oprah and other celebrities honor graduates in a special way

Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg surprised a number of students by appearing in video calls with them to mark their graduation. The 66-year-old media mogul and the acclaimed Hollywood director answered questions from the graduates on John Krasinski’s show “Some Good News,” with activist Malala Yousafzai and comedian Jon Stewart also answering questions from the […]

Stillman College president champions distance learning, possible virtual graduations

Cynthia Warrick, Ph.D., is the president of Stillman College, a historically Black college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator. Rolling out spoke with Warrick about her leadership during COVID-19. Share with us your vision for the new normal. Like everyone else, […]

Morehouse, Spelman, Howard and other HBCUs outline their coronavirus protocols

Amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the United States, large gatherings like festivals and sporting events are being canceled and postponed. Now, historically Black colleges and universities are following suit and implementing campuswide protocols to ensure the safety of faculty, staff and students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, […]

Parents caught spraying kids with disinfectant to stop spread of coronavirus

The coronavirus continues to cause hysteria around the world. On Monday, March 9,  2020, a school district in Memphis, Tennessee, decided to close schools after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a report aired by KWCH. During coverage from KWCH, footage emerged of individuals who attempted to take precautions against the pandemic. […]

Upset parents declare state of emergency to improve schooling for Black kids

A group of parents in California’s East Bay declared a state of emergency and is seeking $7.2 million to upend an education gap that has become glaringly apparent in Northern California’s West Contra Costa Unified School District. “For years now, this district has not seen or served African American, Black kids,” Golddie Williams said at […]

Comerica Bank gave the ‘gift of technology’ to 22 local teens this holiday

Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 teens has trouble finishing their homework because of a digital divide — often referred to as the “homework gap” — for teens who lack access to digital technologies, such as a reliable computer or an internet connection at home. This holiday season, Comerica Bank helped to close that […]

Teacher suspended again for allegedly saying she wanted to ‘bring back slavery’

A teacher who has a history of making racist comments has been suspended, again. According to the Los Angeles Times, the unidentified teacher at Space and Aeronautics Gateway to Exploration Magnet Academy was suspended for making racial comments about Blacks and Hispanics. The teacher, who is a reported supporter of Donald Trump, told her students […]