Diversity Growing at American HBCUs

  In the United States, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are designated by Congress as institutions that provided higher education to African American students prior to 1964. In March 2017, Howard University, the most iconic HBCU, celebrated 150 years of advancing knowledge with a positive announcement: enrollment statistics were on the rise and diversity…

André Alexis: Seeing Canada In a New Light 

André Alexis, one of Canada’s premier playwrights and novelists, is now recognized for the scope of his bibliography as the winner of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. This coveted American literary prize, known for awarding one of the richest literary prize amounts in the world, recognizes Alexis’ entire body of diverse creative works. Alexis was born in…

Tyehimba Jess Brings Important Voices to the Forefront 

As a deeply modern poet who effortlessly mixes literary style with contemporary slam, Tyehimba Jess is one of the most celebrated American wordsmiths of his generation. After receiving quiet praise for his previous poetry endeavors, Jess received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2016 collection, OLIO. Jess was born in Detroit and raised by…

Queen of Generosity: Nicki Minaj Pays Fans’ Tuition 

Nicki Minaj has promoted a number of causes over the years and has made some huge donations. Her latest act of philanthropy took place unexpectedly on Twitter this Saturday night. While tweeting about a lip-synching contest, she mentioned that she makes plenty of money, enough to fly a winner out from anywhere in the world. A user…

Neem Foundation: Supporting Boko Haram Victims

  The Neem Foundation program focuses on helping the former captives of Boko Haram. This terrorist group, widely known for its mass kidnappings—most sensationally  the 2014 kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls—uses various violent means to fuel its terrorist organizations, as well as spread its zealous ideology. Some kidnapped girls have even been forced…

Easter: A Time for Renewal, Contemplation, and Helping Others

The Easter holiday has profound meaning in the Christian faith for it represents the mystery of the Resurrection, a great symbol of hope that the Savior will one day return to unite humanity and make everything holy for eternity. Although news headlines closely follow Easter celebrations conducted by the Roman Catholic Church, it is important…

Ben Stiller and Vine’s Jérôme Jarre to Deliver Food Aid to Somalia

Comedian Ben Stiller is back in the news, this time teaming up with Vine sensation Jérôme Jarre to spread awareness about the famine in Somalia and to help bring aid to the devastated region. Jarre and Stiller have teamed up with American Refugee Committee (ARC), a non-governmental organization, to help raise money and deliver much-needed…