BE SMART Hackathon Showcases HBCU Talent With ‘Tech Superheroes’ Theme Inspired by Chadwick Boseman

(Howard University’s) legacy is not wrapped up in the money that you will make but the challenges that you choose to confront. As you commence to your paths, press on with pride and press on with purpose.” — Chadwick Boseman

When Chadwick Boseman, cinema’s Black Panther, delivered these words at his alma mater’s 150th commencement in 2018, the public was unaware of the actor’s cancer battle, which claimed his life just weeks ago. The HBCU alumnus may have inspired millions with his historic portrayal of a Black superhero, yet it was the heroism he displayed off-screen that will prove to be his ultimate legacy.

“Chadwick Boseman encouraged young people to proceed with pride and purpose, as he did in life, despite his personal struggles,” says Earl Barnes, a senior executive at American Airlines, which is partnering with BLACK ENTERPRISE for its 6th annual BE SMART Hackathon, … Read the rest

FAFSA Opens on Oct 1st – What You Should Know

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that current and future college students need to fill out each year. The FAFSA determines individual eligibility for student financial aid and unsubsidized federal loans, so it’s incredibly important for any student looking to reduce the price tag on their college education.

This year’s FAFSA opens on October 1. Here’s what you need to know – why it’s important, how to fill it out and what problems you could run into along the way.

Why You Should File the FAFSA Quickly

The FAFSA is open starting October 1, 2020, and technically isn’t due until June 30, 2022. However, students should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible, even if they haven’t finished applying to college yet. Many universities require that students fill out the FAFSA to be eligible for their scholarships and grants.

Many of these have a limited … Read the rest