The National Trust for Historic Preservation is ensuring that historic places on HBCU campuses are preserved. After announcing that Howard University’s Founders Library will be named a national treasure in February, it was recently revealed that Morgan State University will receive the same honor. The institution and the National Trust will team up to create a strategy to preserve Morgan State’s historic buildings. According to Dale Green, a professor of architecture and historic preservation at Morgan State, the project will be a blueprint that other historically Black colleges and universities can follow. “They have significant rich legacies that most people are unaware of,” said Green. “They’re more than black schools. … They are the only institutions that never barred other races. They very much reflect the American story.” Morgan State University was founded in 1867 and the school’s northeast Baltimore campus was built in 1917. President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Stephanie Meeks believes the project will illustrate how HBCUs are an integral part of American history. “We are proud to partner with Morgan State University — a nationally recognized innovator and education leader — to demonstrate how the preservation of their remarkable older buildings can be a springboard for growth, rejuvenation and revitalization.” Morgan State University will receive an $110,000 grant from the National Trust for the project. Read more.
Donald Trump Cinco de Mayo Post Receives Backlash
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump had an epic fail on social media on Thursday. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, he took to Facebook and Twitter to share a photo of him eating a taco bowl in his office with the caption “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!” The statement was inconsistent with the outlandish remarks Trump has been making about Latinos along his campaign trail. Trump proposed building a wall to keep Mexican immigrants out of the United States. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” said Trump. People on Twitter dragged Trump after his taco bowl post went viral. “Not only is this racist, IT IS ALSO EMPIRICALLY NOT TRUE! Best taco bowls in Trump Tower?” tweeted one person. “A taco bowl is just a taco with a big, beautiful wall around it,” tweeted another. Read more.
‘Dear White People’ to be Adapted into TV Series for Netflix
Dear White People will be adapted into a television series for Netflix. Netflix has ordered a 10-episode series for a comedy inspired by the 2014 movie. Like the film, the show will capture the experiences of students of color as they attend a primarily White Ivy League school. Justin Simien will write and direct the first episode of the series and Julia Lebedev, Stephanie Allain Bray, and Devon Shepard will serve as executive producers. “I’m so grateful to have this platform — not only to give a voice to those too often unheard in our culture, but to also tell great stories from new points of views. From Day 1, Lionsgate has been remarkably supportive of the vision for the show, and working with Netflix is every bit as harmonious as I’d imagined it would be. Bringing this show to such a vibrant platform is an honor I don’t take lightly,” said Simien. Production is slated to begin this year and the series will debut in 2017. Read more.
Arsenio Hall Sues Sinead O’Connor Over Prince Drug Allegations
The fight for Prince’s estate isn’t the only legal battle related to the singer’s death. After being accused by singer Sinead O’Connor of supplying Prince with drugs, comedian Arsenio Hall has filed a defamation lawsuit. Hall filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles on Thursday. He is seeking damages that are a minimum of $5 million. “Desperate, attention seeker Sinead O’Connor has maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies about comedian Arsenio Hall, falsely accusing him of supplying illegal ‘hard drugs’ ‘over the decades’ to the recently deceased music artist, Prince, and of spiking her with drugs once years ago,” read the lawsuit. “Hall will not stand idly by while O’Connor attempts to get attention for herself by recklessly spreading malicious, vile lies that he engaged in egregious criminal conduct which falsely links Hall to Prince’s death.” O’Connor’s team has yet to release a statement about the lawsuit. Read more.
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