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Working hurts finances of African Americans working way through college

Working hurts finances of African Americans working way through college

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – More than 60 percent of African-American students could receive greater financial aid for college through the Pell grant program, if they were enrolled full-time, according to a new report by the National Urban League.

The report, which focused on the profile of a typical African-American student and the uphill battle they fight to get to college and earn a degree, found that 62 percent of African-American students receive funding for college through the Pell grant program, but many more would qualify if they didn't have to work supporting themselves, their families or young children.

Sixty-five percent of African-American students are independent, compared to 49 percent of white students.

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Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel graduates from high school

Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel graduates from high school

Rachel Jeantel was struggling. She was on the witness stand as an unsuspecting key figure thrust into a national case involving her friend's death, race, racism, "Stand your ground" laws and more. She was the last person to talk to Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, before his deadly encounter with George Zimmerman.

Her testimony was key to a case that she wasn't prepared for. Her demeanor and mix of English, slang and Haitian Creole dialect made her hard to decipher. Add to that mix the relentless grilling from a defense attorney who saw fresh meat on the stand and went in for the kill.

The Internet was even worse.

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Housing forums emerge from Wells Fargo, NAACP, National Urban League partnership

Housing forums emerge from Wells Fargo, NAACP, National Urban League partnership

Wells Fargo, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League are partnering to host housing forums in nine select markets during National Homeownership Month in June.

The forums are designed to provide aspiring homeowners with information and resources to help navigate the path to homeownership successfully.

The NAACP and Wells Fargo will offer the forums in St. Paul, Minn.; Washington, D.C.; Ft. Lauderdale; and Las Vegas. The National Urban League and Wells Fargo will host forums in Phoenix, Chicago, Minneapolis and in the Hampton Roads, Va. area. Both organizations will join with Wells Fargo to offer a forum in Houston.

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RGIII helps special needs student get asked to prom

RGIII helps special needs student get asked to prom

Earlier this week, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) helped one Virginia high school student ask a special needs friend to prom.

At a recent Centreville High School lacrosse game, 17-year-old Juwaan Espinal, who is non-verbal due to cerebral palsy, was asked to prom in an extraordinary way, reports WJLA.

Thanks to his group of friends, who enlisted the help of Espinal's favorite NFL player, classmate Morgan Assel asked the big question.

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My Brother’s Keeper initiative release 90-day task force report

My Brother’s Keeper initiative release 90-day task force report

President Barack Obama‘s “Year Of Action” plans have been part of an aggressive push by the administration not to fall into lame-duck status. My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at promoting the success of young men of color, was launched in February. On Friday, the Presidential Task Force for My Brother’s Keeper unveiled a report compiled by suggestions and input from a variety of community leaders, government officials, and other individuals.

 The Task Force’s 60-page report is replete with facts, figures, and personal accounts of those who are the target area for My Brother’s Keeper. NewsOne was present for a media call held Thursday, regarding My Brother’s Keeper. Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser; Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of Domestic Policy; and Broderick Johnson, White House cabinet secretary and chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, presented the aims of the.

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National HIV Testing Day and the push for awareness

National HIV Testing Day and the push for awareness

National HIV Testing Day is less than a month away and the free-testing opportunities in Memphis that day will include one created by a partnership between Walgreens and Greater Than Aids.

 Across the country, myriad awareness efforts will be in high gear on National HIV Testing Day, which will be observed on June 27th. The Walgreens-Greater Than AIDS collaboration will yield free HIV testing over a three-day period.

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