#BlackExcellence: 83-Year-Old Earns Ph.D. From Louisiana State University

An 83-year-old man is living proof that it’s never too late to bring your goals to fruition. After dropping out of school in the sixth grade, Vietnam War veteran Johnnie Jones received his doctorate degree on Friday from Louisiana State University, WFAB reported.

The milestone was historic as he became the eldest student to receive a graduate degree during a fall commencement at the school and the oldest Black person to ever receive an LSU degree. When he was 18 years old, Jones joined the Marine Corps. While deployed in Vietnam he decided that he wanted to get back on track with his education. He noticed that individuals who had high school diplomas and college degrees were getting better employment opportunities. After earning his diploma, he took junior college classes and was then able to take advantage of a program offered by Louisiana State University while serving. [Read more]

WWII All Black Women Unit Honored With Monument

A group of trailblazing Black women are finally getting the recognition that they deserve. The women who were a part of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion—the U.S. Army’s only all-Black all-women unit during WWII—were honored with a monument in Kansas, Radio.com reported.

The group—which was made up of over 800 Black women—was responsible for organizing mail in a segregated unit, the news outlet writes. They served during a time where the Women Army Corps were separated by race and women of color were rarely allowed to serve overseas. [Read more]

Michelle Obama Surprises Black College Students In Detroit

While traveling across the country for her Becoming book tour, former first lady Michelle Obama has been leaving a trail of inspiration in every city that she’s visited. During a recent stop in Detroit, a group of Black students from Wayne State University were in for a surprise when Obama gave them an unexpected visit, the Detroit Free Press reported.

With every tour stop for her best-selling book, Obama has made the effort to go beyond the Q&A sessions about her memoir and interact with individuals in local communities. A group of young Black men from Wayne State was invited by her Reach Higher initiative to have an intimate discussion with her brother Craig Robinson and actor Keegan-Michael Key about the importance of education at the Motown Museum. Unbeknownst to them, Obama would be joining the conversation too. [Read more]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Childhood Home Sold To The Government

The childhood of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been in the King family since 1909. The home was purchased by Dr. King’s grandfather on his mother’s side, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was also the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Now his Atlanta, Georgia home has been sold to the federal government.

CBS46 reports, “CBS46 learned Wednesday the Federal Government purchased the historic site. The King Center would not confirm the price of the sale, but sources tell us the home sold for $1.9 million.” [Read more]

That Time Nancy Wilson Slayed On ‘The Cosby Show’

Nancy Wilson was a lot of things to many people: a daughter; a mother; a wife. But the legendary singer, who died Thursday at the age of 81, will surely go down in history as one of the greatest jazz performers of all time.

However, there was another role that Wilson carved out during her lifetime: an actress.

The woman with the inimitable golden voice starred or appeared in nearly two dozen TV shows over the course of more than four decades, according to IMDB. But it was one cameo appearance, in particular, that many on social media were remembering fondly Friday, when news of her death was officially announced. [Read more]

Last Minute Gift Guide 2018

You have one week and two more weekends before Christmas. And that means you better get started. Yes we’re talking to you – the last-minute procrastinators, the disorganized, the busy or the ones ‘waiting on the next paycheck before I can knock off this gift list’ types. We’re here to help – we’ve got the last-minute gift guide for everyone on your list.

No need to say thank you. – we understand. Keep in mind, online is the easiest way to order if you’ve waited this long, but check each website for their latest ordering date for delivery for Christmas. Also keep in mind these are the busiest times of the year for all retailers, so if you want to be absolutely sure the gifts arrive on time, pick them up in person, as there are no guarantees. Big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target will allow you to shop online and pick up at the store. [Read more]

Donnie McClurkin Says ‘Two Human Angels’ Saved Him After Near Fatal Car Accident

Gospel superstar Donnie McClurkin had a near death experience that almost cost him his life. Thankfully, the three-time Grammy was in a car accident, which he revealed on Facebook.

The “We Fall Down” singer wrote yesterday, “Was in a serious accident at 12:50am this morning…passed out while driving on the highway. Totaled the car…hospitalized, going through a myriad of tests.”

He continued, “Lost consciousness driving…but two human angels followed my swerving car with their emergency blinkers onto stop traffic ….drove behind me until my car crashed into the middle concrete island. I remember none of it except those two angels pulling me out of the passengers side of the crumbled TOTALED car..airbags deployed…crushed metal and Fiberglass!” [Read more]

Buying Black This Holiday? Consider Empower Spirits, Founded By A Black Woman

Tiffany Hall was a lawyer working for Pernod a huge spirits company Pernod Ricard, parent company to spirits like Jameson and Absolut and wines like Jacob’s Creek and Kenwood. While there, she noticed a voice in the spirits market – spirits weren’t created to appeal specifically to women, despite a growing market for female consumers. Hall’s entrepreneurial instincts kicked in and she set about creating one.

The result is Empower Cocktails, a ready-to-pour vodka that can be consumed straight or with other mixers to create different drink options. We caught up with Tiffany to find out what made her feel that she could compete in the lucrative – but crowded – spirits market and how she made it happen. [Read more]

Healthy Living During The Holidays

Dr. Susan Reinhard, a registered nurse, senior vice president, and director of AARP public policy institute, joins us this morning on behalf of AARP to discuss healthy living during the holiday season and beyond.

She is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care, with extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change.

Q&A

WHAT IS AARP’S APPROACH ON HEALTH?

AARP’S HEALTHY LIVING INITIATIVE, WHICH I AM EXCITED TO BE LEADING, IS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE 50-PLUS TO LIVE THEIR HEALTHIEST LIVES POSSIBLE. [Read more]

New CBC Chair: Impeaching Trump ‘Is Not Going To Be Top On Our Agenda’

Paramount Pictures Presents a Special Screening of 'Instant Family' in Washington DC

Source: Paul Morigi / Getty

Democrats as recently as Sunday appeared ready to pounce on President Donald Trump after the latest evidence from Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe suggested the president’s hands were filthy from Russian dirt. And with House Democrats in January taking control of committees directly involved with investigating the president, some incoming committee chairs have talked about the possibility of impeachment.

But going after Trump in 2019 was not a priority of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the group’s newly elected chair Rep. Karen Bass told NewsOne on Monday. [Read more]