Spelman Sees Influx In Applicants Amid Supreme Court Ruling Ending Considering Race In The Admissions Process

Spelman Sees Influx In Applicants Amid Supreme Court Ruling Ending Considering Race In The Admissions Process

Spelman College has witnessed a remarkable surge in applications since George Floyd’s murder in 2020, including a 13% influx within the last year.

Bloomberg noted the all-women’s HBCU in Atlanta saw applicant submissions grow by nearly a third between 2020 and 2024, which physician and Spelman President Dr. Helene Gayle credited to Floyd’s murder. The surge within the past year comes amid the Supreme Court’s ruling on race, which BLACK ENTERPRISE previously mentioned, the high court decided to cease considering race in college admissions.

“It has changed the way young people feel about being in an environment that’s nurturing, that they know that they are valued, that they see people that reflect who they are, understand the cultures that they came from,” Gayle told Bloomberg TV. “The Supreme Court decision had a chilling effect, whether or not it’s yet had the time to have a practical impact.”

As colleges share admission decisions for the first application season since the Supreme Court ruling, some institutions face financial constraints due to enrollment declines and demographic shifts like Birmingham-Southern College, which stated it would cease operations on May 31, 2024, due to a lack of funding.

However, Spelman’s surge in applicants defies the nationwide trend of declining enrollments that has forced some smaller colleges to shut down. The college has recently received substantial donations, including a historic $100 million gift from businesswoman Ronda Stryker and her husband, William Johnston. Of this amount, $75 million will fund endowed scholarships to attract top students, while $25 million will support public policy and democracy studies, housing improvements, and strategic needs. This is the largest single donation to a Historically Black College or University.

In 2022, Spelman announced it received a $5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation for faculty development and interdisciplinary programs. The previous year, a $5 million grant from Google aimed to increase diverse representation in STEM fields. These followed two $40 million donations in 2020 from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Patty Quillin, who donated with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

2 Chainz Rushed To Miami Hospital By Ambulance Following Horrific Car Crash

2 Chainz Rushed To Miami Hospital By Ambulance Following Horrific Car Crash

2 Chainz was in Miami on Saturday morning (December 9) when he was involved in a serious car accident. According to TMZ, the Welcome 2 Collegrove rapper was driving down I-95 when he attempted to take an exit. At that point, a Tesla slammed into his vehicle, causing a significant crash. Police believe the driver of the other car was possibly under the influence and simply lost control.

2 Chainz was rushed to the hospital by ambulance with, at the very least, neck injuries. He’s reported to be in stable condition. 2 Chainz posted an Instagram video of himself being wheeled into the back of the ambulance shortly after the incident, a good indication his injuries weren’t too severe. The Georgia native was in town for Miami Art Basel and had been partying at a local strip club called B#### Trap.

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne just unleashed their joint album, Welcome 2 Collegrove, last month. The project follows the 2016’s ColleGrove, which was solely credited to 2 Chainz due to Lil Wayne’s issues with his label, although hes featured prominently throughout the album. The word “Collegrove” is a portmanteau of 2 Chainz’s hometown, College Park, Georgia, and Lil Wayne’s hometown, Hollygrove, Louisiana. The 21-track project run roughly 60 minutes and includes guest appearances by 21 Savage, Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Benny the Butcher, Marsha Ambrosius and Vory.

2 Chainz opened up about the anxiety he felt making the album alongside Lil Wayne during a recent interview with Apple Music. He said, “I think me and him just have that chemistry. We enjoy working with each other a lot, and it’s a lot of respect there. And as I always say, steel sharpens steel. So, it’s always that little piece of anxiety of knowing that this verse has to be better than the last one. I think it’s healthy. I think competition is healthy in any and everything that we do.”

 

André 3000 Has New Solo Album On The Way According To Killer Mike

André 3000 Has New Solo Album On The Way According To Killer Mike

André 3000 has an album coming according to his friend and frequent collaborator, Killer Mike.On Monday (June 20), Killer Mike sat down with SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning on his current press run in promotion of his new album, Michael. During the 30-minute conversation about the project, the often inspirational Atlanta MC also discussed his philanthropic work, connecting with God and his recent collab with André 3000, “Scientists & Engineers”, which also features Future. However, as the chat continued, Killer Mike confirmed to Sway that believe it or not, the reclusive OutKast legend actually has an album in the tuck