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This 159-year-old college is spending millions of dollars in a last-ditch effort to stay alive

A decade ago, Wilberforce University was struggling but stable.

The storied historically black university (HBCU) was in debt, and enrollment was beginning to decline. But it didn't seem like Wilberforce — the oldest private HBCU in the county — would soon be in danger of closing.

However, following …

College & University

A New York City taxi tycoon threw his kid an epic bar mitzvah with a private Nicki Minaj concert

A New York taxi cab medallion mogul threw his son an epic bar mitzvah party this weekend complete with a private Nicki Minaj performance.

The lucky kid's name is Matt Murstein.

Matt's father is Andrew Murstein is the founder, president, and largest shareholder of Medallion Financial Corp. — a …

New York

REVEALED: A Breakdown Of The Demographics For Each Of The Different Social Networks

The demographics of who's on what social network are shifting — older social networks are reaching maturity, while newer social messaging apps are gaining younger users fast.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we unpack data from over a dozen sources to understand how social media demographics are …


Here's why Marvel made Nick Fury look like Samuel L. Jackson — and the actor's awesome response

Nick Fury was white, but, in a 2002 re-envisioning of the character, comic book writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch made him black. What's more, they made him look like Samuel L. Jackson.

"Ultimates," which offered a modern version of Marvel's Avengers, has been cited as a major influence for …


Conductor Helps Customers Figure Out If They’re Ready For Google’s “Mobile Friendly” Update

Last week, Google updated its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results — a move that could affect 40 percent of Fortune 500 websites.

If you’re worried about the update, Conductor has built a new tool to help. The company says Mobile Visibility can help businesses …


Nobel-Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz Says the American Dream is a Myth

"Our economic system is not working."

Keynesian Economics

Bragging Rights: 20 Years Later, Who Owns ‘Friday’?

Bragging Rights is a new Grantland series with a single goal: to determine which member of a cast, a team, a band, or a presidential cabinet is killing it the most, years later. Grantland writers will take turns giving their take on who has the bragging rights from the posse of their choosing. This

Sports Blogs

Fair or Foul: Chicago's Black Nightlife Owners Speak Out

Owners Wilbur and Dawn Millhouse of MVie Restaurant

A great deal of the attraction to the Windy City centers around the restaurants and nightlife …


Louis Farrakhan, rising: With rap’s superstars at his side, the Nation of Islam leader steps forward in the new fight for civil rights

Rappers disenchanted with Obama and impatient with feuding West and Dyson are turning to Farrakhan for leadership

Lord only knows what sort of paranoiac frenzy Glenn Beck would spiral into were he to discover this recent trend in hip-hop: Rappers are increasingly seeking the wisdom and counsel of …

Rap Music

Koch Industries to stop asking about job candidates’ criminal history

Updated 4/27/15 3:02 PM EDT

Koch Industries Inc. will stop asking job applicants whether they’ve ever been convicted of a crime, a move that fits into the billionaire Koch brothers’ larger push on criminal justice reform.

The $115 billion conglomerate is the latest company to “ban the box,” joining …


Deep, deep south: Brazilians proudly celebrate their Confederate ancestry

It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and Confederate flags adorning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps.

But Sunday’s party …

Confederate States of America

Freddie Gray Is Only the Latest Apparent Victim of Baltimore Police Violence

Years of abuses are every bit as egregious as what the Department of Justice documented in Ferguson, Missouri, and as deserving of a national response.

In Baltimore, where 25-year-old Freddie Gray died shortly after being taken into police custody, an investigation may uncover homicidal misconduct …


Why Austin isn’t— and never will be — Silicon Valley

Christopher CalnanStaff WriterAustin Business JournalEmail | Twitter

The UpTake: From the startup’s perspective, venture capitalists’ pockets in …

The Most Dangerous Book in Dallas

When Jim Schutze was working at the Dallas Times Herald, in the mid-’80s, he wrote a book called The Accommodation, a history of the city’s racial …


Right-wing media exploits unrest in Baltimore to push ‘race war’ narrative

When Breitbart’s Matt Boyle isn’t framing xenophobia as “pro-worker” or rambling on about a big gay hate machine (don’t ask), he’s attending baseball …

Race War

Floyd Mayweather paid $750,000 to get out of his contract in 2006, and it made him hundreds of millions

Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands to make well over $100 million in his fight with Manny Pacquiao.

To put that in perspective, Mayweather was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2014 at $105 million. He's going to surpass that in a single night.

The reason Mayweather is far and away the highest-paid …

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

11 Images Show the Hypocrisy of America's Reaction to Baltimore Riots

The city of Baltimore, Maryland, has been besieged by riots Monday night — and police are on the scene ready to serve, protect and subdue.

This has …


‘Black-Ish’ Creator Kenya Barris To Script ‘Good Times’ Film

EXCLUSIVE: Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris is riding high on his freshman sitcom about an upscale African-American family. Now, he has been set by Sony …


Black Lives Matter Protesters Stock Forever 21 With \'Never 21\' T-Shirts

(Never 21)

Posing as employees at Forever 21 Union Square, a group of Black Lives Matter protestors managed to clothe the front-window mannequins in …

D'Angelo Announces 'The Second Coming' U.S. Tour

D’Angelo & The Vanguard have slowly but surely made their way across the pond and back again, but today, all the d’sciples can rejoice in the …

Forest Hills

Nine Months After He Filmed Eric Garner's Killing, the Cops Are Trying to Put Ramsey Orta Behind Bars

"At first I didn't think it would blow up this big," Ramsey Orta told me. He was describing the video he took of his friend Eric Garner being killed by the NYPD. His voice was nearly too soft to hear.

I interviewed Orta on April 10, nine months after Officer Daniel Pantaleo had choked Eric Garner to …


Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on why he is backing weight-loss drink Celsius

Teresa NovellinoUpstart Business Journal Entrepreneurs & Enterprises EditorEmail | Twitter

The UpTake: Russell Simmons is tapping into his network to …

Detroit Audience Pretty Mad Over Allegedly Drunk Dave Chappelle Stand Up

Comedian Dave Chappelle had a less-than-spectacular night in Detroit last week, audience members are complaining.

Chappelle did two shows in one night …


Diverse campuses, but still few black students

As the number of international students surges at major Boston colleges, the percentage of black students remains small by comparison, a trend that …


Jay Z Goes On A Tidal Rant & Twitter Drags Him From Pillar To Post

Too little too late?

A lot of these #TidalFacts should've been dispensed during the press conference a month ago. They gave folk time to speculate. To …


The 25 Best Hip-Hop Instagram Pictures Of The Week

Kanye West wines and dines with Ralph Lauren, Nicki Minaj stuns at Coachella, and more.

Ralph Lauren

The day my bullies apologized: Race, the South and a reconciliation decades in the making

I was beaten for embracing black classmates when my school was integrated in 1964. Decades later an apology arrived

On a cool morning in early May, Greg Wittkamper got in his Subaru Outback and started up the gravel road leading from his house in the mountains of southern West Virginia. He was going …

West Virginia

Common Rumored As Black Manta For Suicide Squad

Full trailer gets released April 27th.

Has read the Civil War and New Avengers comics...

Image still of footage from the movie.

Episode will feature …


What Has Happened to Tyler the Creator?

This month, with a week between the announcement and the release, we were gifted with a surprise new album from Odd Future front man Tyler the …

Is DeStorm Facebook’s First Video Star?

As Facebook increases its focus on video, a man who has already established himself across the social web is once again building up his audience, and …