A conversation last week with South Korea’s president apparently showed President Obama the stark difference between how Asian nations and the United States value education. Obama said Monday that the U.S. needs to restore the nation’s leadership in educating children in math and science to meet future challenges, and he announced a new Educate to […]

  In early 2007, Rob Sherer approached Market Street in The Woodlands to see about launching in the center his comfort footwear concept, All About Feet. There wasn’t much interest, Sherer says, so he opened his first store in the Vintage Park shopping center in northwest Houston. But in the summer of this year, a […]

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik ventured out on his first spacewalk on Saturday, just hours before his daughter was born 220 miles below. Waking up early this morning aboard the International Space Station to the song “Butterfly Kisses,” mission specialist Bresnik was informed that his wife Rebecca had given birth to daughter Abigail Mae Bresnik at […]

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Michael Jackson‘s famous white glove sold for $350,000 at a memorabilia auction on Saturday, soaring far past pre-sale estimates, while a black jacket he wore during a 1989 world tour fetched $225,000. The Jackson memorabilia was the highlight of an auction of hundreds of rock’n’roll items, including many not associated with […]

Source: blackfacts.com 1990 – The Piano Lesson, a play by August Wilson, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 1984 – Desmond Tutu was elected as the first Black Bishop of Johannesburg, South Africa. 1980 – Around 1,000 people from 25 states gathered in Philadelphia, PA, and formed the National Black Independent Party. 1907 – Alice […]

After less than four months on the job, the new president of the University of Houston-Downtown has launched an agenda to reshape the school’s future. First up: creating admission standards for a school that historically has accepted anyone with a high school diploma or GED. William Flores, who arrived on campus last summer, said he […]

LAS VEGAS — Michael Jackson’s former personal physician is returning to work at his Houston clinic for the first time since before the pop singer’s death, his lawyer said Sunday. Dr. Conrad Murray is set to resume office hours Monday at his Armstrong Medical Clinic in Acres Homes, attorney Edward Chernoff said. “He has not […]

  For the Whispers, the beat continues to go on. Known for their velvet harmonies and beautiful love songs, the core group of twins Walter and Wallace “Scotty” Scott got their star in the Los Angeles area. Throughout the years, the group has maintained its place as a link to the doo-wop era while still […]

Orthopedic surgeon Robert Satcher put his considerable skills to work in space, repairing a robotic arm on NASA’s International Space Station. Colleague Randolph Bresnik told Satcher his work was “the highest recorded orthopedic surgery — ever.” And there was another first. Satcher is the first orthopedic surgeon in space. A much honored scholar and researcher, […]

Source: blackfacts.com 1989 – Colonel Frederick D. Gregory becomes the first African American to lead a space mission 1986 – George Branaham is the first African American to ever win a Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title. 1963 – John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas 1942 – Guion S. Bluford, Jr., Ph. D. (Colonel, […]

Words like “scam,” “fraud,” and “arrest” filled the air during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that focused on the controversial marketing companies that allegedly dupe consumers into paying monthly fees to join online loyalty programs. Vertrue, Webloyalty, and Affinion generated more than $1.4 billion by “misleading” Web shoppers, said members of the U.S. Senate Committee […]

This football season, the debate about head injuries has reached a critical mass. Startling research has been unveiled. Maudlin headlines have been written. Congress called a hearing on the subject last month. As obvious as the problem may seem (wait, you mean football is dangerous?), continuing revelations about the troubling mental declines of some retired […]