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Kelvin Sterling Scott/iStockBy KIARA BRANTLEY-JONES, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Six historically Black colleges and universities received eight-figure donations all thanks to philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, granted millions of dollars to several HBCUs. Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Tuskegee University are […]

Darren MitchellBy NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC NEWS (DEKALB, Ill.) — A 17-year-old who has been named valedictorian is the first Black female to achieve the honor in her high school’s 159-year history. Nina Mitchell graduated from DeKalb High School in DeKalb, Illinois, with a 4.549 GPA. “I was very humbled and honored,” Nina told Good Morning […]

Courtesy of NetflixNetflix is continuing to bring important Black narratives to the forefront. On Wednesday, the streamer announced it had acquired the rights to seven classic Black sitcoms that will launch beginning next month. “Time to pop bottles,” Netflix tweeted, before adding the official list of shows and launch dates.  The additions include Moesha, premiering on August […]

iStock/z1bBY: CHRISTINA CARREGA (HILLSBOROUGH, Fla.) — A former Florida theme park security guard has been arrested for allegedly acting like a “vigilante” when he “racially profiled” and falsely detained a Black teen who was on his way to basketball practice, prosecutors said. The 18-year-old was riding his bicycle during the early morning hours of June […]

Milan Zrnic  Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has been tapped to executive-produce a documentary to celebrate six iconic Black female entertainers for PBS.   The documentary, titled American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free, will tell the legendary stories of some of entertainment’s leading ladies, including actresses and entertainers Cicely Tyson, Pam Grier, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, and Nina Simone.  The doc will feature interviews and archival performances with […]

Lt. J.g. Luke Redito/U.S. NavyBy HALEY YAMADAVIA, GMA (WASHINGTON) — One woman is soaring to new heights as the first Black female tactical jet pilot for the U.S. Navy. “I don’t think the goal in my life is to necessarily be the first at anything. That was never something that I set out to do, […]

Police in Aurora, Colo. have shared this image of a person of interest in a shooting involving protesters on highway I-225, July 25, 2020. – (Aurora Police Department via Twitter)By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (AURORA, Cold.) — A 23-year-old protester has been arrested for allegedly shooting two fellow demonstrators during the Black Lives Matter freeway […]

We celebrate the birth of a few babies, but it looks like Meek Mill is moving on from Milano, only a few months after having a child together. In other news, the release of Beyoncé’s new trailer ‘Black Is King’ was surrounded by praise & controversy. Lore’l has the details in The Lo Down! See […]

Luke GilfordLizzo has switched up her look once again by dying her her hair a gorgeous emerald green.  The “Truth Hurts” singer unveiled her new ‘do on Wednesday. True to fashion, Lizzo chose to celebrate her emerald locks by also promoting body positivity.  The 32-year-old opted to pose topless and covered her upper body in a sprinkling […]

kuzma/iStockBy BILL HUTCHISON, ABC NEWS(SEATTLE) — The suspect in a hit-and-run on a closed Seattle freeway that left a Black Lives Matter protester dead and another seriously injured was arraigned on Wednesday as demonstrators stood outside the courthouse chanting the victims’ names. Dawit Kelete, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault, […]