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New loan policies fail African-American students in college

New loan policies fail African-American students in college

WASHINGTON – Like thousands of African-American college students, Bethanie Fisher, a psychology major at Howard University, depended heavily on the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students program that allows parents to borrow the full amount of college tuition and fees.

During, the 2007-08 school year, an estimated 33 percent of undergraduate students that earned degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities received Parent PLUS loans, double the rate of all undergraduate students nationwide.

"My mom, my dad, my aunt and my uncle would all apply every single year," said Fisher.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

In Zimbabwe, learning Chinese is a lucrative investment

In Zimbabwe, learning Chinese is a lucrative investment

Ni hao, Chinese for "hello," or ting bu dong, meaning "I hear you, but I don't understand," are two expressions one often overhears today in Zimbabwe's capital. It is one of the results of tenacious efforts by governments, private companies and individuals across Africa, but in Zimbabwe particularly, to learn the Chinese language and understand China's culture.

Learning Chinese as a second or third language has been a global trend in the last few years. In Africa, the rapid increase of Chinese investments and trade (China is currently the continent's biggest trading partner) has spurred the trend.

Zimbabwe's government has been very deliberate in enhancing its bilateral relationship with China. It launched the Look East Policy in 2003 to give priority to investors from China, Japan, Singapore and other countries from that region. As a result, trade between China and Zimbabwe has been growing exponentially – China is now the biggest buyer of Zimbabwe's tobacco.

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  • Written by Tonderayi Mukeredzi
  • Category: News

Why Angela Davis matters

Why Angela Davis matters

Angela Davis (Getty Images); Shola Lynch (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

by Hillary Crosley

The Root

In 1972, Angela Davis’ struggle as a political prisoner became an example of the black

power movement, the Black Panthers and the political unrest of the time. Even her Afro

became a symbol of black people’s work against oppression in America. Moreover,

her trial and acquittal of suspected involvement in the Soledad brothers’ August 1970

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  • Written by Hillary Crosley
  • Category: News

Flying doctor takes to the skies after sister’s death

Flying doctor takes to the skies after sister’s death

 

by Teo Kermeliotis

for CNN

Ola Orekunrin was studying to become a doctor in the UK a few years ago when her

younger sister fell seriously ill while traveling in Nigeria. The 12-year-old girl, who’d

gone to the West African country on holiday with relatives, needed urgent care but the

nearest hospital couldn't deal with her condition.

Orekunrin and her family immediately began looking for an air ambulance service to

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  • Written by Teo Kermeliotis
  • Category: News

Magic Johnson supports son ‘in every way’

Magic Johnson supports son ‘in every way’

Magic Johnson loves his kids, no matter whom his kids choose to love.

The 53-year-old basketball legend and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers said as much to TMZ after the celebrity website posted a video of Johnson's son, Earvin Johnson III, out in Los Angeles with his reported boyfriend.

The video depicts 20-year-old Earvin, who goes by E.J., walking along Sunset Boulevard hand-in-hand with an unidentified gentleman. E.J., a New York University student who's one of Johnson's three kids, didn't discuss his sexuality or his companion in the video, whom TMZ refers to as his boyfriend. Instead, he chatted about the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

High-definition voice: coming to your phone

High-definition voice: coming to your phone

Smartphone makers have long touted the appeal of their high-definition display screens. Soon they'll be able to add high-definition sound to the mix, too.

"HD Voice," also known as wideband audio, is a technology designed to make a caller's voice, and other noises, sound on phone calls as close as possible to how they do in person.

On Monday, AT&T Senior Vice President Kris Rinne confirmed that the company plans to roll out HD Voice later this year, making it the latest major player officially adopting a mobile feature that, unlike many in recent years, actually has to do with making phone calls.

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  • Written by Doug Gross/CNN
  • Category: News

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