Simmons College professor Afaa Michael Weaver wins prestigious poetry award

Some might be surprised that the most recent winner of the prestigious $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 62-year-old Afaa Michael Weaver, grew up in one of the most notoriously dangerous neighborhoods in America — the Baltimore ‘hood immortalized in ...

U.S. government paying to undermine Internet security

The Heartbleed computer security bug is many things: a catastrophic tech failure, an open invitation to criminal hackers and yet another reason to upgrade our passwords on dozens of websites. But more than anything else, Heartbleed reveals our neglect of ...

Projections show rapidly changing U.S. racial makeup

By 2042, so-called racial minority groups will make up the majority of the U.S. population.

African Americans say parent involvement key to education success

The “lack of parental involvement” is the biggest issue affecting black students’ quality of education.

Children of undocumented unaware of amnesty program

Cynthia Tejeda was both nervous and hopeful as she waited in a long line at the Mexican Consulate Office in Los Angeles last week to speak with an immigration attorney.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship preps minorities for careers in academia

As he was finishing his doctorate at Brown University, Gene Andrew Jarrett received job offers from Boston University and the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2002, Jarrett chose Maryland to start his teaching career.

Coalition pushing for criminal justice reform

Prison reform advocates in the state are gearing up for a busy month. The Jobs Not Jails Coalition has a Boston rally planned on April 26 and will return four days later to present a petition to Massachusetts Legislature — ...

Startup journalism thrives but it’s a very white world

It’s a fascinating and bizarre development to watch, an emerging clique of the world’s smartest, snarkiest and data-driven geek-journalists battling for domination as Masters of the Wonkverse. While it’s been happening for some time, recent elections and the constant cycle ...

Boston South End shop purveys homemade delicacies

When Sofi Mercedes Madison opened Olives & Grace in 2012, she intended to spread her love and respect for homemade products within the entire Boston community. As the store moves through its second year and to a new location, that ...

Startups lured to Oakland by low rents, skilled workers

Oakland-based Mindblown Labs put gaming into education and garnered the largest Kickstarter campaign for any mobile game ever. E-commerce site Mayvenn found an unserved market and is growing 40 percent to 60 percent a month in revenues, and GroupFlix is ...

U.S. temporary workers face low pay, exploitation

Across the country, farms full of migrant workers have been replaced with warehouses full of temp workers, as American consumers depend more on foreign products, online shopping and just-in-time delivery. It is a story that begins at the ports of ...

Report flags executive wages for government contractors

The CEOs of some private firms that have taken over government functions are earning as much as $8 million a year, according to a new report titled, "Exposed: America’s Highest Paid Government Workers."

Latino groups urge Obama to ease up on deportations

The National Council of La Raza had been one of the few remaining Latino advocacy groups to not openly criticize President Obama’s deportation policy. However, its president, Janet Murguía, now has turned the lens on the president by calling him ...

Harry Belafonte to receive 2014 Living Legend Award today from Museum of African American History

Harry Belafonte will speak to the press at 6pm tonight at the Four Seasons Hotel about receiving the award.

Juvenile solitary confinement blocks education, lawsuit claims

The Obama administration has a message for juvenile detention facilities: All kids — even youth with disabilities held in solitary confinement — are entitled to appropriate public education.