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Fitness Company Peloton and Beyoncé Partner HBCUs to Give Students Free Memberships
Fitness company Peloton and award-winning musician Beyoncé are partnering with 10 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to provide memberships to students so that they can use the Peloton app to learn yoga, meditate and exercise at home while listening to inspirational music. “I’m proud to celebrate the students at HBCUs with this donation, to […]
November 10, 2020
Beyoncé’s Father Teaches Entertainment Marketing at Prairie View A&M University
Founder, president and CEO of Music World Entertainment Dr. Mathew Knowles – also known as Beyoncé’s father – is teaching a business class at Prairie View A&M University this fall. Knowles earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in business administration at Cornerstone Christian University. In the course – Sports, Event and Entertainment Marketing – he […]
November 22, 2019
What Beyoncé Can Teach Us About Race, Identity and Social Justice
In higher education, we talk a lot about diversity, but all too often students, faculty and staff can find themselves at a loss, and ill-equipped to talk openly, constructively and authentically about issues of culture, privilege, power, gender and race.
July 11, 2019
When Blackness is on Full Display
It’s graduation season for the nation’s colleges and universities, including the little more than 100 institutions that bear the federal designation as historically Black colleges and Universities (HBCUs).And we feel good. I mean, we are Black excellence and Black joy unparalleled—for ourselves, our institutions, and for our people.
May 12, 2019
Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ Brings HBCU Culture to the Forefront
From paying homage to the historic marching bands and dancers at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to demonstrating the resiliency, beauty and sacrifice embedded in the Black experience, Beyoncé’s newly released documentary Homecoming is a testament to the vivacity of Black culture that is celebrated at HBCUs.
April 24, 2019
UNCF and Diverse: Our Work Remains Unfinished
This has probably been overstated, but the times in which we live feel like a critical juncture in American history. The rise of previously silenced or ignored voices that assert themselves daily through democratizing channels like social media or personal blogs significantly contribute to greater representation of and respect for Black issues across society, particularly in education. The advancement of educational aspirations for Black Americans has been facilitated by key individuals and organizations for decades, two of which celebrate milestone anniversaries this year.
April 23, 2019
Eight HBCU Students Awarded Beyoncé-Google Scholarships
Texas Southern University (TSU) student Jordan Davis is one of eight recipients of the 2018-19 BeyGOOD Homecoming Scholars Award. Superstar singer-actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter created the initiative in April alongside Google.org, the philanthropic site of Google, in order to provide scholarships to students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Davis will receive $25,000 in scholarship […]
July 27, 2018
Scholars: Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer is a Sign of Hip-Hop’s Impact
While the announcement of Kendrick Lamar’s selection for a Pulitzer Prize came as a surprise to some, it confirmed what many African-American and hip-hop studies scholars have known for years: that hip-hop and rap have had a profound social impact on the Black community and broader society.
April 17, 2018
Beyonce Gives $100,000 to Four Historically Black Schools
NEW YORK — Beyonce paid tribute to historically Black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four Black universities. The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman […]
April 16, 2018
For Marching Bands at Historically Black Schools, It’s ‘About the Showmanship’
ATLANTA — Five drum majors approach midfield and snap into high-stepping formation, capes swirling as they spin and drop into splits before hopping up and bending backward until their hats scrape the ground. When they dart toward the sideline, Bethune-Cookman University’s 300-piece marching band and its 14 Karat Gold Dancers surge onto the field, performing […]
April 11, 2018
Music Therapy Proving to be Sound Choice for Howard Student
Maya Rogers, a graduate student focusing on music therapy at Howard University, has been named one of four student recipients of the $25,000 Beyoncé Knowles-Carter Formation Scholars Award.
July 27, 2017
Majoring in Beyoncé: A True Higher Education
The Beyoncé effect has once again taken hold of our visual, auditory, and emotional centers in a vise-like grip, refusing to relent, refusing to weaken. It can be felt in fashion, film, politics, and even in the higher realms of academia.
May 4, 2016
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