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NORTHWEST NEWS

New, Long-Term Black Lives Matter Public Art Piece Installed at Seattle City Hall

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture today announced that a new, long-term Black Lives Matter public art piece has been installed at Seattle City Hall.

Black Man Fatally Shot Outside Bend Nightclub, Man Arrested

A Black man was shot and killed outside a bar by a white man in central Oregon

Cascadia Names New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Bukhosi Dube will lead innovative “integrative health” model

How to Tell DEQ to Step Up Its Emissions Caps – And Go Further

Two activists created a website to inform the most climate-vulnerable on how to take action.

NEWS BRIEFS

5th Annual Yard Tree Giveaway Events to Begin

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Oregon Announces Stabilization Grant Opportunity to Assist Child Care Providers

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TriMet Plans Weekend Construction Along MAX Red Line to Help Keep Trains Running Efficiently

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Larsen Chairs Hearing on Surge in Air Rage Incidents, Effects on Workers, Airlines, Airports

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Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

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Oregon school board ban on anti-racist, LGBT signs draws ire

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school board has banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols, prompting a torrent of recriminations and threats to boycott the town and its businesses. Newberg, a town of 25,000 residents situated 25 miles (40...

Boston College hosts Missouri in juicy ACC-SEC matchup

BOSTON (AP) — ACC vs. SEC. It’s a juicy interconference matchup when Boston College (3-0) hosts Missouri (2-1) on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. BC, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, will be hosting the first Southeastern Conference school since...

College Football Picks: Neutral sites for 2 ranked matchups

Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State. Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about. This week, not so much. The...

OPINION

Homelessness, Houselessness in the Richest Country in the World: An Uncommon Logic

When and why did the United States of America chose the wealth of a few over the health, wealth, and well-being of so many ...

American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

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Waters Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

Twenty years ago today, our nation suffered devastating terrorist attacks on our soil and against our people that wholly and completely changed the world as we knew it. ...

Letter to the Editor: Reform the Recall

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

COVID at the UN: One topic, used to make many points

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Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

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Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's “crisis standards of care” guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group Justice in Aging asked the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Bad Bunny tops Billboard Latin Music Awards with 10 trophies

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Bad Bunny is the champion of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking home artist of the year honors and a whopping 10 trophies. Among the awards received Thursday by the urban music superstar were Hot Latin Song of the Year for “Dákiti” and...

X Ambassadors push boundaries with new multimedia project

NEW YORK (AP) — To say the third, full-length album from X Ambassadors has a lot going on would be a little bit of an understatement. It’s a concept album about a fledgling superhero but also a trip into Jungian psychology and a valentine to old-fashioned radio dramas. It...

Former ABC News executive says Chris Cuomo harassed her

NEW YORK (AP) — A television executive who accused Chris Cuomo of groping her at a party 16 years ago says the CNN anchor needs a public education about sexual harassment and if he did that, “he'd be a hero instead of a cad.” The executive, Shelley Ross, said Friday she's...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Oregon school board ban on anti-racist, LGBT signs draws ire

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Harris 'View' interview delayed, hosts positive for COVID-19

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House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

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His country mired in crises, Lebanese leader calls for help

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To protect Afghan girls, UN panel urges conditions on aid

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The Latest: Group files civil rights complaint against Idaho

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NNPA from the Afro-American Newspapers

As a growing number of students opt to pursue online degrees instead of attending traditional universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities are looking to build their online offerings, according to The Associated Press. 

Lincoln University administrator Marcus Hill, for example, is working to adopt online degree programs after obtaining an online doctorate degree himself.  Spearheading the movement is syndicated radio show host Tom Joyner, who launched HBCUsOnline.com with his son last September.

"My father noticed very early on that a lot of the students doing the online education boom were members of his listening audience," Tom Joyner Jr. told the AP. "Those listeners could be better served by HBCUs."

HBCUs have long been hailed by the Black community for their rich traditions and legacies, and experts believe that the universities should attempt to recapture Black students from online, for-profit universities such as the University of Phoenix.

According to the American Council of Education, though Blacks comprised nearly 12 percent of total enrollment in higher education in 2007, 21 percent attended for-profit universities, many of which were online.

Nearly one-third of the country's 4,500 universities offer online degrees, the Sloan Consortium points out. But just 10 percent of the nation's 105 HBCUs offer similar programs, according to the White House Initiative on historical Black institutions.

Education officials believe that finances have been the primary roadblock for HBCUs obtaining online programs, as many of the institutions usually have small endowments and are mainly tuition-reliant.

Some experts also believe that the Black institutions' implementation of online degrees could sharply reverse sagging graduation and retention rates that are linked to financial difficulties for many of its students,

But some fear that the celebrated "HBCU experience" will be lost in translation when attending online classes.

Joyner's HBCUsOnline boasts 25 online programs from Hampton and Texas Southern Universities. With other institutions expected to join in the future, Joyner says the site will also utilize social media to help students capture the essence of the Black college experience.

"Everyone knows I'm passionate about my HBCUs, and I'm working hard to find ways for my beloved Black colleges to survive well into--and beyond--the 21st century," Joyner told BlackAmericaWeb.com.

"HBCUsOnline is offering a convenient, easy-to-use way for students to complete their undergraduate degrees or better yet, get a graduate degree," Joyner said in a statement. "We're going to treat every student as if they're on an HBCU Campus. They'll be part of a community that will be with them from registration to graduation!"



PHOTO: Students at Johnson C. Smith University, 2007 Courtesy of www.blackpast.org

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