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At Florida’s only public HBCU, students are wary of political influence on race education

  By SHARON JOHNSON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A core mission of Florida A&M University from its founding over a century ago has been to educate African Americans. It was written into the law that established the school along with another college, in Gainesville, reserved for white students. At Florida's only public HBCU, some students now fear political constraints might get in the way of teaching parts of […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024 12


Colman Domingo will play Joe Jackson in ‘Michael,’ the Michael Jackson biopic

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off his Oscar nomination, Colman Domingo has joined the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic "Michael" to play the pop star's domineering father, Joe Jackson. Lionsgate announced Thursday that Domingo has been cast in Antoine Fuqua's currently-in-production film. On Tuesday, Domingo was nominated for best actor by the Academy Awards for his performance as the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in "Rustin." Joe Jackson, who died in […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024 7


A Texas school’s punishment of a Black student who wears his hair in locs is going to trial

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered that a trial be held next month to determine whether a Black high school student in Texas can continue being punished by his district for refusing to change his hairstyle. Darryl George has been kept out of his regular classroom at his Houston-area high school in Mont Belvieu since August. The Barbers Hill school district says […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024 16

Art and Culture

Why do people have different tastes in music? A music education expert explains why some songs are universally liked, while others aren’t

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jane Kuehne, Auburn University (THE CONVERSATION) Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to Why do we have a certain taste in music, different than others? – Shirya R., age 11 When you turn on the radio, you might hear […]

todayJanuary 22, 2024 15


In ‘Origin,’ Ava DuVernay and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor seek the roots of racism

NEW YORK (AP) — Ava DuVernay kept hearing she had to read “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.” She had Isabel Wilkerson’s book in galleys before it was published in 2020. Oprah Winfrey kept telling her to read it. But she put it off. It seemed an imposing read. Copies kept proliferating in her home. “At one point, a high-profile director said to me, ‘I heard you got the book,’” DuVernay says. […]

todayJanuary 19, 2024 25


More CEOs fear their companies won’t survive 10 years as AI and climate challenges grow, survey says

By COURTNEY BONNELL AP Business WriterLONDON (AP) — More executives are feeling better about the global economy, but a growing number don't think their companies will survive the coming decade without a major overhaul because of pressure from climate change and technology like artificial intelligence, according to a new survey of CEOs by one of the world's largest consulting firms, PwC.The survey of more than 4,700 CEOs worldwide was released […]

todayJanuary 17, 2024 10

International News

At Davos, conflict, climate change and AI get top billing as leaders converge for elite meeting

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Earth is heating up, as is conflict in the Middle East. The world economy and Ukraine's defense against Russia are sputtering along. Artificial intelligence could upend all our lives. The to-do list of global priorities has grown for this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum gabfest of business, political and other elites in the Alpine snows of Davos, Switzerland. It gets going in earnest Tuesday and runs […]

todayJanuary 17, 2024 8


An ice storm is bearing down on the Pacific Northwest as other US regions battle bitter cold 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of the Pacific Northwest suffered through more misery as an ice storm bore down on the region Wednesday, threatening to turn mountain highways treacherous and zap power in bitterly cold temperatures. Much of the region was under an ice storm warning through the morning, promising only to add to the damage brought by a powerful winter storm that hit over the weekend. Parts of southwest Washington and […]

todayJanuary 17, 2024 4