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Yesterday, CBS This Morning teased an interview with Tim Cook in which the Apple CEO would be making a “big announcement” concerning not an Apple product, but a new initiative from the company.

MacKenzie Scott, a novelist and philanthropist, has donated $25M to Mississippi’s Alcorn State University. This is the largest single donation that the HBCU has received in the school’s 149-year history. Scott was once married to Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos.

Billionaire Robert Smith announced in May the ultimate graduation gift: a grant to pay off student loan debt for all Morehouse graduates in the Class of 2019. That gift just got bigger because now Smith will also pay for Parent PLUS Loans, which are federal student loans that parents borrow to help fund their children's higher education.

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The career I have was birthed out of rejection. Rejection—and all its pain—has served as a compass to my current career path. A career where I am now making offers, paying invoices, […]

The post ‘Rejection Gave Me A Compass For My Current Career’ appeared first on Essence.

The career I have was birthed out of rejection. Rejection—and all its pain—has served as a compass to my current career path. A career where I am now making offers, paying invoices, […]

The post ‘Rejection Gave Me A Compass For My Current Career’ appeared first on Essence.

Clifton Powell’s remarkable acting career spans over 30 years with renowned roles in Ray, Eve’s Bayou and Woman Thou Art Loosed. Now, the actor is candidly speaking out on how […]

The post Clifton Powell Says He’s Repeatedly Been Told He’s ‘Too Black’ For Roles appeared first on Essence.

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