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How American Muslims give back during Ramadan

Muslims typically make a special effort to increase their charitable activities throughout Ramadan. Learn about what some American Muslims are doing.
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Oceanographer casts wide net for young talent

Ashanti Johnson, the first African American to earn a degree in marine science from Texas A&M University-Galveston, knows about breaking barriers.
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How American art was shaped by World War I [video]

World War I had a lasting impact on the American art scene, from recruitment posters to novels and movies. Here's a glimpse into some of that art.
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Hip-hop: Reshaping youth culture worldwide

Hip-hop music, pioneered by African-American and Hispanic youth in New York in the 1970s, has since spread across the U.S. and around the world.
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Meet some noteworthy Arab Americans

Arab Americans constitute about 1 percent of the U.S. population, but they've made important contributions to science, the arts and many other disciplines.
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Serving up rich flavors with a side dish of history

Jerome Grant, Washington native and executive chef of the Sweet Home Café, tells the story of African-American culture through food.
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Diaspora Voices

On March 8 the State Department will host #DiasporaVoices, a live-streamed interactive video webchat for diaspora communities.
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How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day traditions around the world range from card exchanges and flowers to romantic dinners, mass wedding ceremonies and more.
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You don’t have to be black to attend a historically black...

Historically black colleges are committed to social justice and view themselves as part of a historical legacy. What else makes them appealing?