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“YOLO” Added to the Oxford Dictionary

By D. Janell Perry     August 18th, 2014

The acronym “Y.O.L.O.,” which stands for “You Only Live Once,” has received one of the highest honors in the English language. Oxford Dictionaries, the component of the Oxford family that focuses on current English, revealed the newest words to be officially added to the ranks, and “Y.O.L.O” made the cut. There’s been many debates on [...]

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Happy 103rd Birthday Amelia Boynton Robinson!

By Savoy Staff     August 18th, 2014

Amelia Boynton ­Robinson, the oldest of the surviving veterans of the 1965 Selma, Alabama Civil Rights Movement, will celebrate her 103rd  birthday this coming August 18. Still completely mentally alert and combative, Boynton­Robinson states that not only does she intend to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration of the passage of the Voting Rights Act this coming March 7, 2015, [...]

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President Obama Appoints Dr. Michael Nettles to Key Administration Post

By Savoy Staff     August 8th, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced the appointment of Dr.Michael Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Nettles is the Senior Vice President and Edmund W. Gordon Chair of the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at Educational Testing Service (ETS). He was previously Vice President of Policy Evaluation and Research from 2004 to 2006 and Executive [...]

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Discovery Communications To Produce TV Special To Support White House My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, Discovery Education To Host Town Halls To Deepen Learnings

By Savoy Staff     July 23rd, 2014

Discovery Communications announced a comprehensive program to support the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a White House program that seeks to improve the expected life outcomes of boys and men of color — while simultaneously altering public perception of them – through public-private partnerships. Discovery has committed to produce and air a TV special and host town [...]

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JUST CONFIRMED: NE-YO Performing At Fenway Park July 27th

By Savoy Staff     July 18th, 2014

 GRAMMY Award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter NE-YO will bring the hits to Fenway Park on July 27th for a benefit to kick-off a $1 millionfundraising campaign launched by HealthBridge and CareOne Management to support employees and their families in fighting cancer. The campaign was developed after HealthBridge executive Dan Grimes, 42, ofCarver, MA, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. [...]

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Alice Coachman, First Black Woman to Win Olympic Gold Medal Passes

By D. Janell Perry     July 16th, 2014

The first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, passed away early Monday in southern Georgia. The 90-year-old former Olympian’s death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones. Davis was the recipient of the Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games hosted in London with an American and [...]

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Phi Beta Sigma Announces Centennial Week Activities July 16-20, 2014

By Savoy Staff     July 16th, 2014

Jonathan A. Mason, International President of Phi Beta Sigma, one of the country’s largest African American men’s organizations, kicked off the organization’s Centennial Week activities with the unveiling of the organization’s “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” a 2014-2015 program to address issues impacting men of color, inspired by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, a [...]

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Bermuda’s City Of Hamilton To Host The 40th Annual Conference Of Black Mayors

By Savoy Staff     July 11th, 2014

Bermuda’s Corporation of Hamilton has announced it will host the 40th annual Conference of Black Mayors Convention later this year. The event, which will take place on November 12 – 16, 2014, at The Fairmont Southampton, will convene the largest gathering of Mayors and local officials from around the world. Mayors from cities, towns and villages [...]

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Rev. Al Sharpton, Will Packer, Iyanla Vanzant, Among Those Honored at 11th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards in New Orleans

By Savoy Staff     July 9th, 2014

Notable community leaders, celebrities and entertainers were out in full force at this year’s McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They were joined by a full house of spectators who converged to salute this year’s recipients of the distinguished award, including civil rights activist the Rev. [...]

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Michelle Howard Becomes Navy’s First Female Four-Star Admiral

By D. Janell Perry     July 2nd, 2014

The U.S. Navy elected its first female four-star admiral. Michelle Janine Howard was promoted Tuesday to the service’s highest rank. She was presented with this honor during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon. Howard will serve as the vice chief of naval [...]

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