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24 Inspiring College Grads Who Exemplify Black Excellence

With graduation season comes black excellence.

Black graduates have worked tirelessly toward obtaining degrees that will help them make a positive impact on the world, and that deserves to be celebrated.

HuffPost Black Voices is highlighting 24 inspiring black graduates, some whose stories we came across and some who submitted their photos with our #BVBlackGrads campaign. 

Check out their photos below and give them a round of applause.

Continue the celebration of black graduates using the hashtag #BVBlackGrad on Twitter and Instagram.

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Fox News Personalities Praise Roger Ailes After His Death

Media personalities who worked with Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes reacted to news of his death on Thursday with an outpouring of condolences and praise. 

Ailes, 77, was the CEO and chairman of the network before he was pushed out last year following multiple sexual harassment allegations.

His wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed Thursday morning that he had died. In a statement, she praised him as a loving husband and father, a loyal friend and a patriot.

Fox News host Sean Hannity also spoke of Ailes? patriotism, sharing his condolences in more than dozen tweets and issuing a warning to Ailes? ?enemies.?

Hannity also called Ailes a ?second father.?

?In 1996 he took a huge risk on an inexperienced, young, local radio talk show host in Atlanta,? Hannity wrote on Twitter. ?He saw something in me and many others he hired that we never saw in ourselves, and he forever changed the trajectory of thousands of [people?s] lives.?

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox, called Ailes a ?brilliant broadcaster? who ?played a huge role in shaping America?s media over the last thirty years.?

?Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs,? Murdoch said in a statement.

Others called Ailes a ?genius? and heralded his achievements at Fox News, which he helped start in 1996 and turned into the top cable news network. 

Others in the media shared condolences for Ailes, as well as criticism.

Matt Drudge, founder of influential conservative media site the Drudge Report, broke the news of Ailes? death on Twitter. Then he shared his respects and recounted recently spending a ?magical day? with the newsman. 

Rick Folbaum, an anchor for CBS?s local news station in Miami who previously worked for Fox News, reflected on Alies and the sexual harassment scandal that dominated the past year.

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Stephen Colbert Finally Agrees With Donald Trump On Something

NEWS FLASH: ?Late Show? host Stephen Colbert actually agrees with Donald Trump on one issue.

Colbert has made his negative views on the president crystal clear in recent months, and Trump?s feelings on the late night TV host appear to be mutual.

But on Tuesday, Colbert said he and Trump both shared the same opinion on something Trump had said on the campaign trail for the 2016 election.

Find out what they concur on in the clip above.

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Russian Outlet Claims NASA Took An Amazing, Totally True Image Of 3 UFOs

Whenever a story comes out claiming to show real pictures or video of UFOs, hope springs eternal that maybe, just maybe, this might be that elusive smoking-gun evidence of alien technology.

Not a day goes by, either, without something in the news questioning the honesty of certain Americans or Russians. Now it seems that UFOs have been added to that media storm.

The innocent image above is from a collection called Pixabay, which offers many free stock photos to use for practically anything you?d like. This one shows our sun with a circular black dot, reportedly the planet Mercury, making a transit across our home star.

Still, how would Pixabay feel if a Russian news site, Pravda.ru ? ironically, the name means ?truth? ? took that same picture, added two more black dots, called them all UFOs and claimed this was, in fact, a picture captured by a NASA ?STEREO spacecraft??

Wow!

If you compare the two images, it doesn?t take long to figure out that the sun in the two pictures is identical and all that Pravda.ru did was finish it off with two more ?UFOs? and a headline that reads: ?NASA spacecraft captures three huge UFOs silhouetted against the Sun.?

That deserves another ?Wow!?

When HuffPost reached out to a NASA spokesman to comment about all of this, he said, ?I?m not aware of this photo being released. Certainly not from NASA. There is no official or unofficial NASA posting of the image.?

For what it?s worth, this isn?t the first time that UFO charlatans have tried to convince the public that extraterrestrial ships are getting a little too close to our sun.

Here?s a video of an alleged alien ship refueling, according to a source that is definitely not NASA:

NASA generally has well thought-out explanations for these types of ?UFO? incursions into our solar system.

For its part, Pravda.ru, which is separate from the Communist Party paper, has a history of extremely creative ?journalism.? But the truth is out there.

Just not Pravda.ru?s truth. 

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The Uninsured Rate Has Never Been Lower. Don’t Get Used To It.

A larger share of Americans had health insurance coverage last year than ever before. Get ready for that trend to reverse.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its most-recent survey report on the uninsured, which shows 9 percent of the U.S. population, or 28.6 million people, lacked health coverage in 2016. That rate is virtually the same as the previous year?s. The finding is also consistent with surveys from the U.S. Census Bureau, Gallup and others over the past four years.

The role of the Affordable Care Act in bringing about this change is clear from the data. Since the law?s coverage expansion began in 2014, 20 million more people have gained insurance, and the national uninsured rate has fallen from 14.4 percent in 2013, the CDC found.

The decline in the uninsured was seen across all age groups, all racial and ethnic groups, and in every state, with larger effects in the 31 states and the District of Columbia where policymakers opted to expand Medicaid under the law.

The Affordable Care Act caused the biggest expansion in health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. It?s probably over now ? and the trend will begin moving in the opposite direction if President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress get their way.

American Adults Insured and Uninsured, 1997-2016

The House passed the American Health Care Act earlier this month. The Congressional Budget Office had projected that an earlier version of that bill would lead to 24 million fewer Americans having health coverage over the coming decade; there is no score yet of the language the House approved.

The legislation would end the Medicaid expansion, reduce overall federal Medicaid spending by one-quarter, and replace the Affordable Care Act?s tax credits for low- and middle-income households with smaller tax credits pegged to age. Senate Republicans are currently working to revise the House?s text, but the general structure of their bill is expected to be consistent with the House version, and thus lead to millions fewer Americans having health coverage.

Already there are signs that actions taken by the Trump administration could suppress health coverage even before Congress sends an Obamacare repeal-and-?replace? bill to the White House.

Shortly after Trump became president, the Department of Health and Human Services canceled ads and outreach efforts that the Obama administration had scheduled for the end of the annual sign-up period for coverage through the insurance exchanges. The last sign-up days proved crucial to attracting more customers during the first three open enrollment periods, with reminders of the pending deadline driving procrastinators to HealthCare.gov and the state-run exchanges.

This year enrollment on the exchanges was lower than in 2016, and people couldn?t help blaming, in part, the Trump administration halting those efforts to reach people. Gallup found that the uninsured rate ticked up during the first quarter of 2017.

Looking ahead to the open enrollment period for 2018, which is set to begin in November, other steps taken ? or not taken ? by the administration could further discourage enrollment.

  • Trump issued an executive order on Inauguration Day instructing agencies to relax Affordable Care Act rules and enforcement.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services halved the duration of the 2018 sign-up campaign to six weeks.

  • The administration has sent mixed messages to health insurers and consumers about whether it will enforce the law?s individual mandate that most U.S. residents obtain health coverage.

  • Trump repeatedly threatens to withhold money the federal government owes insurance companies that serve poor customers, increasing the risk that those firms will dramatically hike rates to make up for the lost money or abandon the exchanges entirely.

Combined with the steeply rising prices and diminishing competition predicted in many states before Trump took office, the administration?s approach to Obamacare could result in more uninsured Americans, even if Congress fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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