HBCU Review: FAMU to Launch Black 24-Hour News Network

Plus, Hampton's Lady Pirates Make NCAA history.

FAMU Attempts to Make TV History - Charges dropped against FAMU hazing student, plus Alcorn State University announced its new president and more. ?Dominique Zonye? (@DominiqueZonyee)The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) was approved to enter into an 11-year contractual partnership which will launch Black Television News Channel (BTNC), a 24-hour, multi-platform news network. In addition to empowering the Black audience the new network will also create more than 100 new jobs.(Photo: Black Television News Channel)

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FAMU Attempts to Make TV History - Charges dropped against FAMU hazing student, plus Alcorn State University announced its new president and more. —Dominique Zonyeé (@DominiqueZonyee)The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) was approved to enter into an 11-year contractual partnership which will launch Black Television News Channel (BTNC), a 24-hour, multi-platform news network. In addition to empowering the Black audience the new network will also create more than 100 new jobs.(Photo: Black Television News Channel)

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Charges Dropped Against FAMU Hazing Defendant - Florida prosecutors dropped the manslaughter and hazing charges against Henry Nesbitt in the 2011 hazing death of Robert Champion. Nesbitt called 911 after Champion was beaten to death and prosecutors did not have enough evidence to move forward. Nesbitt remains on the state’s witness list to potentially testify at the trial of the remaining defendants, White said.(Photo: Andrew Innerarity/Reuters)

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Morris Brown and Atlanta Revive Property Sales Talks - A year after Morris Brown College turned down a $10 million offer from the city of Atlanta, the two parties are in talks again. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said on March 14 that the city is willing to negotiate with Morris Brown's realtors. Morris Brown faces about $30 million in debt and has been embroiled in bankruptcy hearings over the past several months.(Photo: AP Photo)

FAMU Announces New Advanced Degree Program - Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, FAMU?s College of Education will offer a master?s degree in education. The program, which was three years in the making, is designed to address the state university system?s goal of increasing productivity and efficiency along with addressing the need for more highly trained teachers.(Photo: Courtesy of Florida A&M University)

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FAMU Announces New Advanced Degree Program - Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, FAMU’s College of Education will offer a master’s degree in education. The program, which was three years in the making, is designed to address the state university system’s goal of increasing productivity and efficiency along with addressing the need for more highly trained teachers.(Photo: Courtesy of Florida A&M University)

Jackson State Univ. Students Partner With Univ. of Wyoming - Students at Jackson State University in Mississippi will travel to the University of Wyoming this summer to participate in research projects on hydrology, ecology and geophysics, JBHE reported. (Photo: Courtesy of Jackson State University)

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Jackson State Initiative to Boost Black Male Educators - Jackson State is looking to boost the number of Black male educators up from 2 percent with the JSU Call Me Mister program, dedicated to providing academic and financial support to men who want to become public elementary school teachers in Mississippi. The program is in its first year and is offered to graduating high school seniors who are accepted to JSU and meet several requirements.(Photo: Jackson State University)

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Grambling State Researchers Score $1.8 Million in Grants - Yenumula B. Reddy, a computer science professor, and Naidu Seetala, a physics professor at Grambling State University, were awarded two research grants totaling $1.8 million from the U.S. Air Force. The grants are a part of the Air Force?s research program to develop and implement war-fighting technologies in air and cyberspace.(Photo: BET)

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Grambling State Researchers Score $1.8 Million in Grants - Yenumula B. Reddy, a computer science professor, and Naidu Seetala, a physics professor at Grambling State University, were awarded two research grants totaling $1.8 million from the U.S. Air Force. The grants are a part of the Air Force’s research program to develop and implement war-fighting technologies in air and cyberspace.(Photo: BET)

Hampton?s Women?s Basketball Team Makes NCAA Tourney History - Fresh off of a fifth consecutive MEAC Championship win, the Hampton University Lady Pirates won the No. 12 seed for the Stanford Region, the highest seed the women?s basketball team has ever earned. The Lady Pirates will face No. 5 seed Michigan State on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 12:30 p.m.(Photo: Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

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Hampton’s Women’s Basketball Team Makes NCAA Tourney History - Fresh off of a fifth consecutive MEAC Championship win, the Hampton University Lady Pirates won the No. 12 seed for the Stanford Region, the highest seed the women’s basketball team has ever earned. The Lady Pirates will face No. 5 seed Michigan State on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 12:30 p.m.(Photo: Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Alcorn State Honors Civil Rights Icon's Legacy - On June 13, civil rights activists, celebrities and other top African-Americans of influence will convene for the Medgar Evers Torch of Justice Awards Luncheon at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. PBS and NPR host Tavis Smiley will deliver the keynote address at the luncheon, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, civil rights icon and Alcorn alum. (Photo: Alcorn State University)

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Alcorn State Gets a New President - After the former president resigned amid a purchasing scandal, the Mississippi College Board elected Alfred Rankins Jr. as the next president of Alcorn State University. Rankins, an Alcorn State graduate, said, he was “ready to come back home and get to work.” There is no word as to when his term will officially begin, but Rankins predicts it will be a speedy transition.(Photo: Alcorn State University)