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President Obama and First Lady Spotlight Higher Education Improvements at White House Summit

January 23, 2014 in Editorials, National News, News, Opinion, opinion/columns

By John W. Boyd Jr.

President, Black Farmers Association

President Obama is far out in front of our stale, stubborn Congress on the issue of expanding college education to more under-represented Americans, just as on many progressive programs this administration struggles to promote.

Last week the President announced his proposals to improve the college education system, but once again he has to use his executive powers to circumvent Congressional resistance and urge college presidents to do more to reach underserved populations. Why?…


August 13, 2012 in News, Point Of View, Top Stories

…Many black women have criticized 16-year-old Gabby Douglas’s hairstyle, via social media outlets.
Why do you think some African American women would make that an issue instead of focusing on her historical accomplishment?

America’s most popular baby names

July 3, 2012 in Education, Featured, Global, News, Opinion, Uncategorized

By Phylis Dills
Each year, Social Security announces the top baby names for boys and girls, based on Social Security card applications for babies born in the previous year. If you have children or you’re friends or relatives with those who do, chances are you might know a few babies with the “in” names.
This year, the most popular babies in the playpen are Jacob and Sophia, followed by Mason and Isabella. You can visit them in their online “crib” at…..

Baseball and Social Security numbers tell stories

June 18, 2012 in Business/Financial, Education, Featured, Global, News, Opinion, Uncategorized

By Phylis Dills Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Just as Social Security is an American cornerstone, baseball is America’s pastime. Baseball is an annual rite of summer and a game [...]