HBCU Review: Howard University Exec Sued for Using "N" Word

Plus, Sharpton rallies FAMU and more.

Four Letters, Big Problem -  Former Howard executive's "grading system" on trial, Rev. Al Sharpton addresses FAMU grads, plus more headlines from the past week. ? Britt Middleton  James Jones, a former human resources executive at Howard University, is being sued by a former co-worker because he used the title H.N.I.C. ? short for "head n***** in charge" ? to distinguish himself among other employees, the Washington City Paper reported this week. Jones also used the questionable acronym to judge other employees, according the filing. (Photo: WikiCommons)

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Four Letters, Big Problem - Former Howard executive's "grading system" on trial, Rev. Al Sharpton addresses FAMU grads, plus more headlines from the past week. — Britt Middleton James Jones, a former human resources executive at Howard University, is being sued by a former co-worker because he used the title H.N.I.C. — short for "head n***** in charge" — to distinguish himself among other employees, the Washington City Paper reported this week. Jones also used the questionable acronym to judge other employees, according the filing. (Photo: WikiCommons)

MDMA Blamed in Alleged Rape - The Spelman College student who accused three Morehouse students of rape is facing accusations of taking the drug MDMA (street name "Molly"), a powerful form of ecstasy, prior to the alleged attack. Defense attorney Jackie Patterson said in a recent interview the incident was "a case where a young lady used very bad judgment" by being high on the drug. (Photo: Courtesy Fulton County Sherriff Department Atlanta)

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MDMA Blamed in Alleged Rape - The Spelman College student who accused three Morehouse students of rape is facing accusations of taking the drug MDMA (street name "Molly"), a powerful form of ecstasy, prior to the alleged attack. Defense attorney Jackie Patterson said in a recent interview the incident was "a case where a young lady used very bad judgment" by being high on the drug. (Photo: Courtesy Fulton County Sherriff Department Atlanta)

Reverend Al Sharpton - If you're going to fight a zombie apocalypse, you need a little leadership! Who better than the good reverend?  Rev. Sharpton would get people organized and ready to take on those evil-doers trying to take away our basic human freedoms. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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The Rev. Speaks - Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the commencement address to Florida A&M graduates over the weekend, urging students to rise above adversity. "If I come down off this stage and knock you down out of your chair, that’s on me. But if we come back next Saturday and you’re still lying on the floor, then that’s on you," Sharpton said. "Even if you’re not responsible for being down, you’re responsible for getting up." (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

A New Leader for Bennett College - Rosalind Fuse-Hall has been named the new president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She previously worked as executive director of Title III Programs at Florida A&M University and chief of staff under former President James H. Ammons. (Photo: Courtesy of Bennett College)

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A New Leader for Bennett College - Rosalind Fuse-Hall has been named the new president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She previously worked as executive director of Title III Programs at Florida A&M University and chief of staff under former President James H. Ammons. (Photo: Courtesy of Bennett College)

Coppin State University Expands - Baltimore's Coppin State University will soon be the home of a 150,000-square-foot, $80 million science and technology center. The groundbreaking is set for May 14 and completion is expected in early 2015, the Baltimore Sun reported last week. (Photo: Coppin State University)

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Coppin State University Expands - Baltimore's Coppin State University will soon be the home of a 150,000-square-foot, $80 million science and technology center. The groundbreaking is set for May 14 and completion is expected in early 2015, the Baltimore Sun reported last week. (Photo: Coppin State University)

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HBCU Benefit Helps High School Students Reach their Dreams - It's not too late to burn calories for a good cause. Registration is still open for the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K Run/2K Walk on June 29, which raises money for high school students aspiring to attend a HBCU in the Washington, D.C., area. Visit http://www.dchbcu.org/5krunwalk for more information. (Photo: DC Metro)

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HBCU Benefit Helps High School Students Reach their Dreams - It's not too late to burn calories for a good cause. Registration is still open for the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K Run/2K Walk on June 29, which raises money for high school students aspiring to attend a HBCU in the Washington, D.C., area. Visit http://www.dchbcu.org/5krunwalk for more information. (Photo: DC Metro)

VSU Rolls Out Anti-Hazing Policies - Following the recent drowning deaths of two Virginia State University students, the school has announced a new task force to combat hazing to support its existing zero-tolerance policy. "We will be a positive example for others to follow," VSU President Dr. Keith T. Miller wrote in a letter posted on the school's website. (Photo: WikiCommons)

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VSU Rolls Out Anti-Hazing Policies - Following the recent drowning deaths of two Virginia State University students, the school has announced a new task force to combat hazing to support its existing zero-tolerance policy. "We will be a positive example for others to follow," VSU President Dr. Keith T. Miller wrote in a letter posted on the school's website. (Photo: WikiCommons)

Former North Carolina A&T Univ. Band Director Johnny Hodge Dies at 73 - Johnny Hodge, the former North Carolina A&T University band director who held his post from 1980 until retirement in 2003, passed away from undisclosed causes on May 5. He was 73. (Photo: WFMY News 2)

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Former North Carolina A&T Univ. Band Director Johnny Hodge Dies at 73 - Johnny Hodge, the former North Carolina A&T University band director who held his post from 1980 until retirement in 2003, passed away from undisclosed causes on May 5. He was 73. (Photo: WFMY News 2)

Tennessee State University Keeps on Growing - Tennessee State University is moving forward with plans for a 4,800-square-foot, $4 million agricultural research facility. The building is expected to be completed in September and was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Photo: Public Domain Courtesy of The Peep Holes)

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Tennessee State University Keeps on Growing - Tennessee State University is moving forward with plans for a 4,800-square-foot, $4 million agricultural research facility. The building is expected to be completed in September and was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Photo: Public Domain Courtesy of The Peep Holes)

Clark Atlanta University Now Has a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter - Clark Atlanta University is the first HBCU to be granted a chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Kappa Phi was found in 1875 at the University of Maine. It is the oldest and one of the most selective honor societies in the U.S. (Photo: REUTERS/Tami Chappell /Landov)

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Clark Atlanta Univ. Professor Gets "ACE" Status - Charles Wesley Richardson Jr., Ph.D., of Clark Atlanta University, was honored recently with one of six American Council on Education (ACE) fellowships, which are awarded to business professors and prepare them for roles of senior leadership in higher education. (Photo: REUTERS/Tami Chappell /Landov)