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Donald Trump is steadfast on trying to persuade the Black community that he has done so much. Now he’s taking credit for “saving” our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

During the final presidential debate he asserted that he “saved” the predominantly minority institutions after he signed a bill that would provide permanent federal funding.

Trump then claimed that HBCU’s were repeatedly sending representatives to the White House to speak with him, adding that those same reps told him they had “no funding,” Politifact reported.

“President (Barack) Obama would never give them long-term funding, and I did,” Trump said. “Ten-year, long-term funding, and I gave them more money than they asked for because I said, ‘I think you need more.’ … But I saved historically Black colleges and universities.”

The bill he referred to is the FUTURE Act that he endorsed in 2019, the bill allocates an annual $255 million for colleges who serve minorities and has set aside $85 million for HBCUs.

But thanks to Trump, his claims have now come under scrutiny and it’s vague how much leg work he contributed to the act. In fact, it’s safe to say his statement that HBCU didn’t have funding is false, they did under the same Title III program when forever President Barack Obama was in office.

“The only words the president contributed were his signature, ‘Donald J. Trump,’” Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., an original sponsor of the bill said in August.

“President Trump did no more for HBCUs than any other U.S. president, but I don’t know of anything that he has done that has had a disproportionately negative impact on HBCUs,” said Ivory Toldson, who is a professor at Howard University and served as an HBCU liaison for the Obama administration. Toldson noted that presidents have limited powers over the federal budget.

Prior to the FUTURE Act HBCUs had to ask congress to renew the mandatory funding each year, the signed bill no longer requires that but the credit is something Trump should proclaim, it’s result are the collective efforts of organizations that support HBCUs.




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Nike Executive Steps Down After Son’s Sneaker Resale Business Was Attached To Her

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After her son’s lucrative sneaker-flipping company was attached to her, a top Nike executive has stepped down.

According to a brief statement released by the company, Ann Hebert, Nike’s vice president and general manager for North America, stepped down on Monday after more than 25 years at the company.

It is unclear why Nike didn’t give the reason behind Hebert’s resignation, but her departure came four days after the Bloomberg Businessweek reported on her 19-year-old son Joe Hebert making huge profits by buying Nike and other companies’ coveted sneakers and reselling them to websites like StockX.

According to the story, Herbert’s son got his start flipping Supreme T-shirts in high school and went on to create West Coast Streetwear, which made $600,000 in sales in a single month last year.

The teen told Bloomberg in a statement that he had some help from his mom: at least one of West Coast Streetwear’s American Express credit cards was set up in Ann Hebert’s name. He then used the card to purchase limited-edition sneakers that he could resell for a profit.

Hebert is estimated to have spent more than $200,000 on around 2,000 pairs of shoes he bought from Nike stores, as well as mom-and-pop shops and other retailers such as Foot Locker and Champs Sports.




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RIP: Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Dead at 75

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer passed away from natural causes in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, March 2, his manager, Maxine Stowe, confirmed to the Jamaica Observer newspaper. He was 75.

The musician struggled with speech impediments following his first minor stroke in 2018. He suffered his second stroke in July 2020.

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Born Neville O’Riley Livingston in Kingston, Bunny (in black tee) is best known as an original member of The Wailers, along with his childhood pal Bob Marley (in green jacket) and Peter Tosh (not pictured), in the early 1960s.

He sang on tracks like “Reincarnated Souls”, “Burnin'”, “Pass it On”, and “Hallelujah Time.” He went solo in 1973, following the success of the band’s major-label debut album Catch a Fire.

Bunny released singles including “Dreamland”, “Dancing Shoes”, “Searching For Love”, “Life Line” and “Bide Up”, while he also reworked a string of The Wailers’ hits for his 1980 project Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers.

Bunny won three Grammy Awards (Best Reggae Album) for 1991’s Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and 1997’s Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary.

Bunny was considered a national treasure in his native Jamaica, and was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2012, and the Order of Merit in 2017.
 

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RIP: Civil Rights Activist Vernon Jordan Dead at 85

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Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan passed away on Monday, according to a statement from his family. He was 85.

Jordan was a power broker and an influential figure in American politics. He was a former president of the National Urban League and was a close advisor and counselor to President Bill Clinton.

Jordan, who was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, was rejected for a summer internship with an insurance company after his sophomore year in college because of his race.

Jordan graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1957. He was the only Black student in a class of 400.

He received a J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law in 1960.

Jordan returned to Atlanta, where he rose to prominence as a civil rights activist after joining the law office of Donald L. Hollowell.

The law firm sued the University of Georgia for racial discrimination in its admission policies. The suit was settled out of court when the school agreed to admit two Black students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton E. Holmes.

Jordan personally escorted Hunter past a group of angry white protesters to the university admissions office.

After leaving private law practice in the early 1960s, Jordan was named the Georgia field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In 1970, Jordan became executive director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). He served as president of the National Urban League from 1971 to 1981.

On May 29, 1980, Jordan was shot and seriously wounded while accompanied by a white woman, Martha Coleman, outside the Marriott Inn in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was visited in the hospital by then-president Jimmy Carter. The visit was the first story ever covered by the new cable network CNN.

Joseph Paul Franklin, a white man, was acquitted in 1982 of charges of attempted murder. He later admitted he was the shooter. Franklin was convicted of several murders and received six life sentences, as well as two death sentences. He was executed by lethal injection in 2013 at age 63.

Jordan leaves behind his second wife, Ann Jordan, and a daughter from his first marriage, Vickee Jordan Adams, in addition to nine grandchildren, seven by Ann Jordan’s three children, Janice, Mercer, and Toni.


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