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Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and comedian and political commentator Larry Wilmore have both written compelling essays in the aftermath of Donald Trump becoming president-elect. Theirs are among 16 published by the New Yorker, that offers each writer’s perspective on Trump’s America. In her essay titled, “Mourning for Whiteness,” Morrison asserts Trump’s win was based on “cowardice”;…

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Hampton University’s graduates wore their colors with pride — Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Theta’s wore kente stoles to represent their sororities this past weekend. A few famous AKAs: Toni Braxton, Jada Pinkett Smith, Maya Angelou, Phylicia Rashad, Toni Morrison, Iyanla Vanzant, Alicia Keys, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. A…

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African Americans have made numerous contributions to America and the world — too many to list singly. As Black History Month begins, let’s take a look at some historic firsts achieved by African Americans. Check out these moments in Black history.

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Set during the years of turmoil after the Civil War, Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” is considered an American treasure by many. Morrison begins the novel in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1873. One of the leading characters, Sethe, a former slave, has been living with her eighteen-year-old daughter Denver. As readers learn about Sethe’s harrowing journey out of…

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities are pretty much synonymous with greatness. It is no accident that HBCUs graduate African American students in science, medicine and mathematics at a much higher percentage than at other institutions of higher learning, and that a higher percentage of students go onto to become prominent figures or go on to enjoy award-winning…

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In its 11th year, the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., had more than expanding to 115 authors to celebrate. Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel, Pulitzer and most other literary prizes of note, attended as an author and to receive the festival’s Creative Achievement Award. The two-day festival was geared toward participants who have…

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When word got out that my latest film, Jumping the Broom, was a romantic comedy, people asked me, “Why this genre of film — why a comedy?” I understand the question given that my first film, Woman Thou Art Loosed virtually sealed my reputation for dealing with serious matters. While there’s a modicum of truth…

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It’s a slap in the face that was heard throughout all of academia. Rutgers University paid Nicole Polizzi, aka Snooki, more than it will pay Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. According to reported figures, Snooki received $32,000 for an hour-long comedic interview and speaking engagement yesterday, and Toni Morrison will receive $30,000 to deliver the…

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