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Female genital mutilation survivor amps up call for an end to cutting in U.S.

Female genital mutilation survivor amps up call for an end to cutting in U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC – Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), today will ask the Obama administration to develop a plan to end FGM in the United States.
Dukureh is an advocate for other women who have experienced FGM. She launched a Change.org petition to end the practice and 200,000-plus people have joined.
 
“I’m taking my fight to Washington, DC to call on the Obama Administration to do more to end female genital mutilation in the US – starting by conducting the first FGM prevalence study in this country since the 1990s,” said Dukureh.

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Black unemployment rate continues to fall

Black unemployment rate continues to fall
WASHINGTON – For the second month in a row, the black unemployment rate decreased, and the economy added more than 200,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department.
The unemployment rate for blacks decreased slightly from 11.6 percent in April to 11.5 percent in May and was two percentage points lower than the 13.5 percent rate recorded a year ago. Meanwhile, the jobless rate for whites barely rose from 5.3 percent in April to 5.4 percent in May.
 
While the jobless rate for black men over 20 years old increased from 10.8 percent to 11.5 percent in May, the unemployment rate for white men decreased from 5.1 percent to 5.0 percent.

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Koch Brothers donate $25 million to the United Negro College Fund

Koch Brothers donate $25 million to the United Negro College Fund
The ultra conservative Koch Brothers have announced that they have donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), whose members include 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
The donation from the Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation will provide nearly 3,000 merit-based awards to African-American undergraduate, graduate and post-doctorate students. 
 
Key elements of the donation include:
 
•$18.5 million is directed to the UNCF/ Koch Scholars Program and its administration. Funds will be provided for exemplary students with demonstrated financial need and an interest in the study of entrepreneurship, economics and innovative ways to contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities and society. The funds also will be used to provide an annual summit, mentorship opportunities and school programs;

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Students: Postsecondary education of the future should focus on employability and career growth

Students: Postsecondary education of the future should focus on employability and career growth
BALTIMORE (PRNewswire) – Students believe postsecondary education must focus in the future on graduates’ employability and career growth, according to what is described as the largest global survey of university students’ attitudes ever conducted.
 
Laureate Education, Inc., commissioned Zogby Analytics, an international opinion research firm, to survey students at 37 Laureate network institutions in 21 countries. More than 20,800 students responded to the survey, the basis for declaring it the largest international survey ever of student attitudes.
 
“Gone are the days of an individual staying with the same company for his or her entire career; the future belongs to innovators and those who can succeed in an ever-evolving marketplace,” said Douglas L. Becker, chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education, Inc.  

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The color of change: The Army’s 1st black, female 2-star eneral on diversifying the Army

The color of change: The Army’s 1st black, female 2-star eneral on diversifying the Army
Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson knows a thing or two about leadership and diversity in the Army, and so she should, as the most senior-ranking black woman in the military, a badge she has worn since 2011, when she became the first black, female two-star general.
 
Being in the position that she is in, and knowing what she knows, Anderson is determined to see the military become more reflective of American society – rich, diverse and inclusive in a healthy way – starting with bumping up the representation of women, who account for only about 15 percent of the whole Army.

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‘A Time for Action’ – stepping up to expand opportunities for young men of color

 ‘A Time for Action’ – stepping up to expand opportunities for young men of color
WASHINGTON – (PRNewswire) – Eleven of the nation’s leading philanthropies now have a plan of action to maximize the potential of the private sector to improve life outcomes for America’s boys and young men of color.
 
The plan is bolstered by $194 million in initial investments in key initiatives, including programs to enhance school learning environments and reduce the overrepresentation of young people in the justice system. The investments build on existing efforts by foundations to expand educational opportunities, increase access to technology, and build pathways to jobs and economic opportunities in underserved communities.
 
The collaboration and plan were announced Friday.

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Gamers virtually raise thousands for St. Jude

Gamers virtually raise thousands for St. Jude
 
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is powering up a new videogame charity program with help from some of the top streaming gamers.
The helping hands include Johnathan Wendel (Fatal1ty), “Ellohime,” “CohhCarnage,” Danielle Mackey (Panser), actress Zelda Williams, a team from Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, and GameStop, the world’s largest videogame retailer and official PLAY LIVE gaming sponsor. 
 
Several of the gamers recently visited the hospital, bringing their passion for games, along with their controller skills, to help St. Jude prepare to launch a summer gaming season designed to excite and engage players and raise funds to “zerg” (defeat) childhood cancer. 

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