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Charles and David Koch

In a stunning act of philanthropy, the well known, very Republican leaning Koch brothers announced a gift of $25 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Charles and David Koch are billionaires with hugely profitable companies that range from paper to textiles. They are also anti-Obamacare, anti-welfare anti-abortion and by all accounts hardcore businessmen.…

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The Buick Achievers scholarship winners have already exemplified their self-starter capabilities and perseverance to get a top-notch education. But Kevin Williams imbued the undergraduates on hand for the UNCF Awards weekend in Atlanta with a powerful tale of how education not only transformed his life but also altered the direction and trajectory of his family…

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Because of misinformation and stereotypes promulgated through media and other information outlets, you don’t often publicly hear these words floating out of the mouths of young African American girls and women: “I love math. Math is everything,” Thus proclaimed Spelman College senior Nartezya Dykes, a Buick Achiever Scholarship winner who was honored at the star-studded…

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Jay Z and Barneys have managed to get into a pickle given their new partnership for the 2013 holiday collection: “BNY SCC Gallery” (standing for Barneys New York and Shawn Corey Carter). This probably would not be a point of contention or discussion if it weren’t for the recent racial profiling of aspirational black shoppers…

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On Saturday, Nov. 17, Houston’s finest looked on as the United Negro College Fund held its annual Reveillon Gala at the Hilton Americas. Celebrating a rich history of education, mentoring and achievement, the UNCF treated gala attendees to an awe inspiring evening. KPRC Local 2 anchors, Khambrel Marshall and Rachel McNeill, served as emcees for the awards…

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American Airlines, in partnership with The United Negro College Fund has launched the travel industry’s first gift card. From now through May 1. 2013, when an American Airlines UNCF Gift Card is purchased, $5 of every $50 will be contributed to UNCF. The American Airlines UNCF Gift Card is the latest addition to the American Airlines Kids…

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Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, has demolished the oceanfront mansion she bought a year ago. Nordegren planned to renovate, but decided to turn the 1932 property into a “tear down” and rebuild a state-of-the-art home for her and her two children. Two stories high with eight bathrooms and an in-ground pool, Nordegren was granted a…

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When HBCU opponents and the ignorant broach the topic of whether black colleges are still relevant, UNCF senior vice president Dr. Karl Reid simply floats the stunning statistics into the atmosphere, and steps back to let the words marinate in their minds. The stats are formidable, daunting and undeniable. “HBCUs produce 28 percent of all…

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