NPR – For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. And he’s been showing up in some unexpected — for a Republican — venues, including historically black colleges.
ABC News – “…HBCU’s only account for 4 percent of all higher education institutions, yet we graduate 25 percent of all bachelors, 40 percent of all masters, and 50 percent of all doctorates that are earned and awarded in this nation,” Dr. George T. French, President of Miles College, explains.
Time – Lupita Nyong’o has been named People‘s “Most Beautiful”, landing a cover shoot for this week’s issue. The actress, 31, was People‘s 25th “Most Beautiful” star. The magazine has been naming the 50 most beautiful celebrities in the world since 1990, when Michelle Pfeiffer was named most beautiful.
The Dartmouth – When College President Phil Hanlon flew to Los Angeles to meet with her and then called a week later to ask her to address the Class of 2014, she said, time and perspective gave her the confidence to accept.
Business Green – Bloomberg’s charitable arm has invested $5m (£3m) in Little Sun, a social enterprise that distributes solar lamps across Africa to help reduce communities’ dependency on polluting kerosene lamps.
The Business Journals – Johnson CEO Desiree Rogers said that effective immediately, Mitzi Miller is the new editor-in-chief at Ebony. Miller succeeds Amy Barnett, who had held the top editorial post at Ebony since 2010. Barnett plans to leave Johnson Publishing.
CNN – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, a key decision in an unfolding legal and political battle nationally over affirmative action.
HPE – According to a study published by the National Kidney Foundation, while African-Americans account for more than one-third of the people on kidney waiting lists, they received only 14 percent of the living kidney transplants performed in 2011.
NY Daily News – A young boy kidnapped from his Atlanta home sang a gospel song for nearly three hours until the suspect kicked him out of the car. The man used cash to lure little Willie Myrick close enough for him to grab and shove into his car the night of March 31. The boy, now 10 years old, repeated the song “Every Praise” during the hellish ride.
ABC News – President Barack Obama went one-for-three shooting basketballs at the White House Easter Egg Roll, an improvement over his 2013 performance, as he and First Lady Michelle Obama applied a health and activity theme to the colorful annual springtime South Lawn ritual.
Los Angeles Times – The 20-year-old actress who has appeared in “Akeelah and the Bee,” “The Longshots” and was featured in the title role of Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, VP,” has been signed to host a new daily talk show being produced by BET Networks and Telepictures that is scheduled to debut in July.
S2S – “Whatever money they put in your pocket, it’s not going to be worth the hell that comes with it. It’s not going to be worth your reputation. It ain’t going to be worth your image. It ain’t gonna be worth nothing as it lives in cyberspace forever.”
Time – Attorney General Eric Holder expects “thousands” of prisoners to apply for the reduced sentences as a result of new rules that would expand the pool of eligibility, a bid that would also lower the number of prisoners serving long sentences due to federal drug laws.
The Epoch Times – Al Sharpton, the Baptist minister, has drawn ire online after he made a statement about President Barack Obama–comparing the president’s political resurrection with the resurrection of Jesus Christ depicted in the Bible.