Home Schooling is a Growing Trend for African American Families


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World These days, public schools are not exactly the safest place for children. Little elementary school children get caught with guns in their backpacks. Drugs can run rampant, and kids have even been caught having sex in classrooms. But, these are not the main reasons black families are increasingly moving toward […]

High School Allegedly Refuses to Recognize Black Valedictorian


Avyaunn Penn, Your Black World Kymberly Wimberly, an African-American young lady out of Arkansas, has the highest GPA at McGehee Secondary School according to court documents. Despite this young lady’s achievement, her family has filed papers in court claiming the school denied her rightful valedictorian status because she is black.  According to The Huffington Post, Wimberly’s lawyer […]

UConn Says Genius Child Was Never Accepted; Her Father Disagrees


NEW YORK — For weeks the media has been abuzz covering the story of Autum Ashante, a 13-year-old whiz kid who was accepted to the University of Connecticut, but later told by the university that her acceptance had been rescinded. Last week, NewsOne reported that Josephine Minnow, a UConn alumna started a petition to get […]

13-Year Old Accepted into College Has Her Admission Revoked


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World A crushing ending  has devastated the 13-year-old African-American prodigy child who was accepted into the University of Connecticut for this coming school year. When Autum Ashante’s good news went public, her name buzzed across the internet making her something of a household name for her great accomplishment of being accepted […]

“Harlem’s Sweetheart,” 17-Yr Old Girl Gets 90 Days for Involvement with Violent Crack Gang


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Harlem’s 17-year-old Afrika Owes,  named “Harlem’s sweetheart” by her mother, was arrested February 16th for her involvement with a violent crack gang called “137th Street Crew.” According to reports from NYDailyNews.com, “Owes spent two months in jail before the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church posted $25,000 bail.” Although Owes will not be privileged to […]

Mother of Cornell Student Sues Frat After Son Dies of Alcohol Poisoning


Marie Lourdes Andre learned a lesson about college that far too many parents have yet to understand.  College, while it is the place that can make your child’s dreams come true, is also a place where they can live out their worst nightmares.   Ms. Andre, the mother of a sophomore at Cornell University, is suing […]

Black Students Beaten and Killed by Latinos Receive $725K Settlement


A Union City school district has agreed to pay $725,000 to 12 African American students and their families who accused the district of failing to protect them from racial harassment and violence, including the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old classmate. “The violence against African American youth in Union City has been going on unchecked for […]

A Star is Born: 13-Year Old Girl Heads to College


Autum Shante is not your typical 13-year old.  She’s a poet with a high IQ who has mastered three different languages, has a strong sense of her culture and is headed to college this fall.   Shante is going to be a Freshman at The University of Connecticut after being home schooled by her parents. […]

The 10 Most Profitable College Degrees for Black Students


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World According to the findings of philosopher and college professor Dr. Mark Hebert, only 30 percent of the U.S. population attends college. Out of this percentage, the smaller portion is African Americans. With this in mind, one can easily understand the value of having a college degree. Although having a college […]

Study: College Majors are Segregated by Race


Nyshia Taylor, YourBlackWorld.com According to a new study by Georgetown University in Washington D.C., college graduates will make 84 percent more in their lifetime than those with only high school diplomas.  The study also shows different majors  can lead to significantly different median wages, and that majors are highly segregated by race and gender. Anthony Carnevale, […]

Organization Recognizes the Achievements of Black Students


From The News Tribune PASCO — There are certain things that stick with Clarence Alford as he recalls the inception of Afro-Americans for an Academic Society back in the 1970s. He remembers that   it was a fall day when a group of teachers struck up a conversation about trying to change the way black students […]

Dr. Boyce Spotlight: Meet the First Black National Debate Champion, Dayvon Love


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.com You never know what you’ll discover during a casual review of your Facebook inbox on a Saturday morning.  Today, I had the pleasure of receiving a message from Dayvon Love, an impressive graduating senior at Towson University who also happens to be an outstanding young man. Dayvon and his partner, Deven […]

15-Year Old Girl Gets Accepted Into Harvard


Your Black World reports. Saheela Ibraheem applied to 14 universities across the country, not an extraordinary number of applications, but enough to give her some options.  One thing that clearly makes Ibraheem different from the other applicants is her age, 15 years old. “It’s the age thing. I wanted to make sure I had options,” […]

Update: White Philly Teachers Sue; Told They Can’t Teach Black Kids


Your Black World reports The price that the four white Philadelphia teachers want to be paid for their woes has been released. These instructors of Thomas Mifflin Elementary School are suing their black headmaster for $150,000. Patricia Heenan, the lawyer representing the Philly 4, said, “These four teachers were systematically harassed over the entire academic […]

White Philly Teachers Told They Can’t Teach Black Students


Your Black World reports Racism used to largely be white on black, but it looks like the tables have turned in Philadelphia. As of last week, four white teachers at Thomas Mifflin Elementary School filed lawsuits with complaints of being discriminated against in ways that inhibited their work. As part of their professional development training, teachers at this […]

15-Year Old College Graduate is Now Bound for Law School


BALTIMORE- Ty Hobson-Powell, a Baltimore 15-year-old is preparing for law school after completing four years of college in record time. On Monday, Hobson-Powell became one of the youngest students in history to graduate from The University of Baltimore. “I mean I don’t consider myself a genius, I just say that I’ve capitalized on my experiences, […]

Woman Goes Back To School 55 Years After Being First Student to Integrate University


Your Black World Reports. Burlyce Logan has had a 55-year path to getting her college degree.  The University of North Texas graduate will get her cap and gown on Saturday after she was one of 11 students who integrated the campus over a half century ago. “Nigga go home, pigs before nigs, burheads go home, […]