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Mavis Staples


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HBCUs grad rates disappointingly low
Thursday, December 18, 2014
A recent analysis of black graduation rates at a large group of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education found at least half had graduation rates of 34 percent or lower. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average national graduation rate is 59 percent while the
Black Caucus holds panel with law enforcement
Thursday, December 18, 2014
RALEIGH – The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both at the hands of law enforcement, and subsequent national protests in their names have dominated our television sets. The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus held a panel discussion last week with local law enforcement to discuss what the community can do to combat such events from
Republican diversity: Blacks need not apply
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Unlike the Republican National Committee, our national party apparatus, most of the 50 state party committees are stuck in the 1960s when it comes to the black community. Exhibit A for this was the annual weekend gathering for the Republican Party of Virginia that took place two weeks ago in Dulles, about 25 miles outside of Washington, D.C. This is a
Raleigh welcomes Smashburger location
Thursday, December 18, 2014
RALEIGH – As the slogan goes, “the secret is in the Smash,” as the Smash sauce is what makes Smashburger burgers so delectable. In addition to the restaurant that opened in Durham in March, the Triangle now boasts a Raleigh location of the fast-growing burger joint chain at 6679 Falls of Neuse Road in the Falls River shopping center.
Tougher laws needed to rein in for-profit college abuses
Thursday, December 18, 2014
We’ve all had that moment when we see a television commercial for a for-profit college like the University of Phoenix or ITT Technical Institute. Suddenly, we’re overcome by a feeling that something’s not quite right, but very few of us realize how deep the for-profit college scam really runs. For-profit colleges, a term that in itself
íTis the season to mix and mingle
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
If you aren’t a natural connector, you’re probably dreading the coming deluge of holiday events and parties. Sure, you know you should take advantage of the opportunity to network at these gatherings (especially if they’re work-related), but small talk and introductions just aren’t your forte. You’re much more comfortable
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
N.C. CENTRAL NCCU will offer a new major in environment and geographic sciences beginning in fall 2015 following the University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s recent approval of the new program for the College of Arts and Sciences. The degree will provide a comprehensive approach for students planning careers as environmentalists and
NC abortion debate looms
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
CHAPEL HILL – The future of reproductive health in North Carolina is in the hands of the general public. This month, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services proposed new regulations for abortion clinics, and now the public has an opportunity to comment. If 10 or more people object to the rules, the General Assembly will have to make the
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