Detroit Makes Community Colleges Tuition-Free

Tuition-free college in the United States is becoming more likely as time goes on. The latest step to make what was once a far-fetched dream into a legitimate reality came in Detroit. The Detroit Promise Zone program that launched this part March will make attending any of Detroit’s five community colleges tuition-free for high school seniors who attended public, private or charter schools in the city. 

Judge Serves 24 Hour Jail Sentence With Fellow Veteran

It’s often said that the bond of those who serve in the military is unrivaled by any other. Even veterans that didn’t serve together often feel a connection because of their shared experiences and they sometimes look out for each other when the opportunity presents itself.

Well, that’s exactly what happened when Sgt. Joseph Serna walked into North Carolina District Court Judge Lou Olivera’s courtroom. Olivera, himself a Gulf War veteran, heard Serna’s trial for violating probation by lying about a urine test and chose to sentence him to 24 hours in prison, according to the Root. Not only did Olivera personally escort Serna to the next county, but he walked him to his one-man cell and spent the entire 24 hours with him. 

Detroit Students Win National Chess Competition

A group of girls from Detroit’s University Prep Science & Math’s chess team left the 13th annual KCF All-Girls National Championships with a victory in the Under 14 category.

“I was pretty amazed,” Jada Hamilton, 13, told the Detroit News. “It’s hard to describe how I felt that day because I was really happy.”

Hamilton’s win clinched the team’s surprise win after being viewed as underdogs, at least according to her coach, Kevin Fite. The team came out on top over more than 440 other competitors that all traveled to a Chicago hotel to face off against one another. 

Father Sees His Son Graduate After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned For 22 Years

For 22 years, Eddie Bolden served time in an Illinois prison for a murder he didn’t commit. As a result, he missed many moments in the lives of both of his sons, Antonio Johnson, 24, and Dominique Bolden, 21, but filled the void as best he could given his circumstances.

Fortunately, Bolden was released in time to see Dominique graduate from Goshen College this past Sunday through the tears of pride that filled his eyes. 

Chicago Twins Accepted To Nearly 60 Colleges, Offered $1.6 M In Scholarships

After months of anxiety and preparation, receiving a college acceptance letter may be one of the best feelings a high school senior can experience. Deprice and Shaprice Hunt, two twins from Chicago, know that feeling on a major scale.

Combined, the Hunt twins were accepted into 56 colleges and brought in $1.6 million in scholarships. Shaprice has been accepted to 35 schools with two full-ride offers as well as five schools recruiting her to play basketball and has received $1.3 million in scholarships. Deprice was accepted into 27 schools with two full-ride offers and $300,000 in scholarships, according to the Huffington Post.

Angela Davis Talks Black Liberation, History and the Contemporary Vision

Fifty years after the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, the agenda and style of the legendary Black revolutionary organization remains relevant in today’s public discourse. An end to “police brutality and the murder of Black people,” central to the Black Lives Matter movement, was laid out in the Black Panthers’ 10-Point Platform five decades ago. Both acclaim and condemnation erupted when their iconic black berets made an appearance recently in Beyoncé’s half-time show performance during the Super Bowl.

WATCH: Cathy Cohen Visits Princeton To Discuss African-American Studies

Dr. Cathy J. Cohen not only founded the Black Youth Project in 2004, she has been at the helm of research on Black youth for many years. Her work with BYP and BYP100 stems directly from her academic fortitude of investigating the ways that society engages with race, how institutions profit from the exploitation of ‘Others,’ and what this means to our generation. In this lecture, she discusses topics like neoliberalism, the killing of Michael Brown, and police occupation of minority communities.

Baltimore Students Walk Out To Protest Standardized Test

Last week, more than 100 Baltimore City school students walked out of classes to protest standardized tests. According to CBS, students have grown frustrated with the PARCC tests that they’re required to take.

The students had previously met with school officials to protest the test, which they feel doesn’t cover anything that they’re taught and is unfair. 

President Obama to Speak At Howard Commencement

President Barack Obama is one of the, if not the, most sought after speakers for college graduations in the country. So much so, that he denies far more requests than the three or so he schedules a year. This year, he’ll start off his final commencement speech tour at Howard University on May 7, according to CNN. This will be his third commencement at an HBCU.

24-Year-Old Chicagoan Launches Scholarship Fund For High School Students

Cassius Rudolph is only 24 years old, but he’s already accomplished a feat many people twice his age only dream of. The Southside Chicago native, currently studying at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary, is working as a sort of middle man between both his former alma maters: Harlan High School and Tougaloo College.