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Koch Brothers donate $25 million to the United Negro College Fund

Koch Brothers donate $25 million to the United Negro College Fund
The ultra conservative Koch Brothers have announced that they have donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), whose members include 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
The donation from the Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation will provide nearly 3,000 merit-based awards to African-American undergraduate, graduate and post-doctorate students. 
 
Key elements of the donation include:
 
•$18.5 million is directed to the UNCF/ Koch Scholars Program and its administration. Funds will be provided for exemplary students with demonstrated financial need and an interest in the study of entrepreneurship, economics and innovative ways to contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities and society. The funds also will be used to provide an annual summit, mentorship opportunities and school programs;

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Students: Postsecondary education of the future should focus on employability and career growth

Students: Postsecondary education of the future should focus on employability and career growth
BALTIMORE (PRNewswire) – Students believe postsecondary education must focus in the future on graduates’ employability and career growth, according to what is described as the largest global survey of university students’ attitudes ever conducted.
 
Laureate Education, Inc., commissioned Zogby Analytics, an international opinion research firm, to survey students at 37 Laureate network institutions in 21 countries. More than 20,800 students responded to the survey, the basis for declaring it the largest international survey ever of student attitudes.
 
“Gone are the days of an individual staying with the same company for his or her entire career; the future belongs to innovators and those who can succeed in an ever-evolving marketplace,” said Douglas L. Becker, chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education, Inc.  

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The color of change: The Army’s 1st black, female 2-star eneral on diversifying the Army

The color of change: The Army’s 1st black, female 2-star eneral on diversifying the Army
Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson knows a thing or two about leadership and diversity in the Army, and so she should, as the most senior-ranking black woman in the military, a badge she has worn since 2011, when she became the first black, female two-star general.
 
Being in the position that she is in, and knowing what she knows, Anderson is determined to see the military become more reflective of American society – rich, diverse and inclusive in a healthy way – starting with bumping up the representation of women, who account for only about 15 percent of the whole Army.

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‘A Time for Action’ – stepping up to expand opportunities for young men of color

 ‘A Time for Action’ – stepping up to expand opportunities for young men of color
WASHINGTON – (PRNewswire) – Eleven of the nation’s leading philanthropies now have a plan of action to maximize the potential of the private sector to improve life outcomes for America’s boys and young men of color.
 
The plan is bolstered by $194 million in initial investments in key initiatives, including programs to enhance school learning environments and reduce the overrepresentation of young people in the justice system. The investments build on existing efforts by foundations to expand educational opportunities, increase access to technology, and build pathways to jobs and economic opportunities in underserved communities.
 
The collaboration and plan were announced Friday.

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Gamers virtually raise thousands for St. Jude

Gamers virtually raise thousands for St. Jude
 
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is powering up a new videogame charity program with help from some of the top streaming gamers.
The helping hands include Johnathan Wendel (Fatal1ty), “Ellohime,” “CohhCarnage,” Danielle Mackey (Panser), actress Zelda Williams, a team from Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, and GameStop, the world’s largest videogame retailer and official PLAY LIVE gaming sponsor. 
 
Several of the gamers recently visited the hospital, bringing their passion for games, along with their controller skills, to help St. Jude prepare to launch a summer gaming season designed to excite and engage players and raise funds to “zerg” (defeat) childhood cancer. 

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Don Davis – an intersection for entertainment and the banking industry – passes away

Don Davis – an intersection for entertainment and the banking industry – passes away
DETROIT (PRNewswire) – Roll through the credits for the 1968 hit “Whose Making Love” and the mega-hit “Disco Lady” and the name Don Davis pops up as producer. Davis, a Grammy Award-winning producer who made historical contributions to the music industry, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 75.
 
A lifelong entrepreneur, Davis was CEO and chairman of First Independence Bank, Michigan’s only African-American owned and operated commercial bank, with multiple branches around the City of Detroit. With $204 million in assets (as of Dec. 31, 2013), First Independence Bank ranks as one of the top ranked African-American owned banks in the United States, according to Black Enterprise Magazine. 

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Why Democrats are losing the voter-ID message war

Why Democrats are losing the voter-ID message war
Voter-ID laws must not be all that bad if black folks like them, right?
 
That’s the new political wolf ticket that the Republican rank and file want you to buy. Conservative activists, as jumpy as “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants, have hit the media trail with their latest talking point: Black folks heart voter ID, courtesy of freshly baked polling numbers, courtesy of Fox News—the king of unapologetically biased networks. 
 
Per Fox, 51 percent of African Americans are down with voter ID when they’re asked: “Supporters of these laws say they are necessary to stop ineligible people from voting illegally. Opponents say these laws are unnecessary and mostly discourage legal voters from voting. What do you think?” 

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