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Beyoncé‘s epic performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival blew our minds, took us on a journey through decades of her hits and made history in more ways than one. It marked the first time in Coachella history that a Black woman headlined the celebrated music festival. Queen Bey also made history curating a…

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Photo provided by Laverne McCartney Knighton Laverne McCartney Knighton is the area development director at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization offering scholarships and opportunities to over half a million Black students. Part of her responsibilities at the UNCF include empowering young women of color and…

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On Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, The Diaspora Day of Civic Hacking will gather technology evangelists and community leaders across four cities and three countries to devise innovative solutions in support of organizations that empower diaspora communities around the world. The event is organized by tiphub, the business accelerator and consultancy that supports seed stage technology…

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It’s one of Atlanta’s most talked about events of the holiday season; the UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball, and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. Co-hosted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax and UNCF EVP Maurice Jenkins, the 31st Annual charity event was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and…

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The Koch Brothers have contributed to many Republican causes.  It is also true that they have donated millions of dollars to cancer research, education, entrepreneurship, arts, science, and various other interests. Historically, various wealthy families have supported the research of educational leaders like Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Charles Hamilton Houston, and many others. In fact, many major historically…

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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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ATLANTA — The 35th annual airing of the United Negro College Fund’s “An Evening of Stars” will be televised tonight on BET. The nationally televised entertainment extravaganza, hosted by comedic actor Anthony Anderson, supports students matriculating through higher education.   The program will pair up UNCF’s own “rising star” students to focus attention on the importance…

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Former United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and past UNCF president William “Bill” Herbert Gray III dies at 71. Gray served six terms in Congress and was the highest-ranking African American during his tenure. A sterling politician, he held the following positions while in Congress: chair of the House Budget Committee, chairman of the Democratic caucus,…

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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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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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“When you give to the UNCF, everyone comes away a winner — the students, colleges and universities, local businesses and the community at large,” shares Miranda Mack McKenzie, the newly appointed area development director responsible for the organization’s fundraising campaign in the metropolitan Atlanta market and ambassador for UNCF Atlanta. McKenzie has volunteered and avidly…

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The creators, co-stars and executive producers of of VH1’s “The T.O. Show,” Monique “Mo” Jackson and Kita Williams, have created a 501(c)3 non-profit empowerment campaign entitled, Define Your Pretty. Established to empower women from the inside out, the campaign encourages dialogue and analysis of the way women are portrayed in the media. Jackson and Williams…

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So what exactly does a publicist do? It’s a question that isn’t easily answered since the responsibilities and duties vary from client to client. According to Michelle Huff, founder of Huff Events & PR, it entails more than escorting celebrities on the red carpet and writing press releases. Since 1999, Huff and her team have…

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