HBCUs Archives

A lot of Jason Whitlock’s writing has a similar tic: even when he’s in the vicinity of right about some idea, he torpedoes that argument by turning it into a critique of the putative cultural deficiencies of Negroes. Take this essay, in which he looks at the financial troubles besetting Grambling State’s storied football program and Read More

This is what you do to prepare for homecoming: Get your hair done. Get your nails done. Shop for clothes. You arrange your hotel room near campus. What you don’t do, however, is plan to see a dead body.

In a post about some dope-looking charts made by W.E.B. Dubois for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris on the state of black life in America at the time, Adam offers up this aside: But you can get a hint from this of the days when teachers at black schools were among the best in Read More

Last week, Arne Duncan met with leaders and faculty from HBCUs to touted the financial support the White House had thrown behind black colleges, but also to press them to improve their graduation rates, which lag behind those of non-HBCUs (a disparity that is particularly pronounced among men). My blogmate Shani, a Howard grad, bristled Read More

The new Morehouse College dress code — or rather, attire policy, since a dress code tells people what to wear, not what not to wear — includes the following provisions, according to Kay Steiger at Campus Progress: • Caps, do-rags and hoods are banned in classrooms, the cafeteria and other indoor venues. Do-rags may not Read More

1. They couldn’t fill Cramton Auditorium? 2. Apparently, when Michael Steele isn’t being a buffoon talking about “bling,” and hip-hop republicanism, he is the most boring speaker in the world. 3. Shoutout to The Hilltop! 4. Why is it that protesters who are yelling in favor of health care reform are being rude and should Read More

Danielle Belton threw up a head-scratcher of a post earlier this week, in which she argued mostly by way of dubious assertion that integration came at great social cost to Black America, and to HBCUs in particular. [This] was the crux of a discussion two older black men had with me years ago for a Read More

blackink: In the lull between March Madness this weekend, try to fit in a viewing – or a re-viewing, if you will – of Spike Lee’s hoops-themed drama He Got Game. It would have been easy to write off the film, originally released in 1998, as a farfetched mishmash of traditional themes: a boy grasping for manhood in Read More

Damn. The school faces a deadline of today to pay $214,000 in previous bills or lose its water service. Interim Morris Brown President Stanley Pritchett said late Monday that the college had about $60,000 toward the debt. Pritchett said he hopes donors will come forward before 5 p.m. today to cover the full amount or, Read More