Business

Uphill battle begins for Mel Watt’s nomination to head mortgage regulator

By Kevin G. Hall © McClatchy Washington Bureau June 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the federal agency that oversees mortgage finance faces an uphill battle Thursday at a Senate confirmation hearing. Many Republicans are happy with the current caretaker and […read more]

Press Room

Wells Fargo Makes Text Receipts Available at ATMs

    Media     Richele Messick651-205-6560 Richele.j.messick@wellsfargo.com     Wells Fargo Makes Text Receipts Available at ATMs First Financial Services Company to Offer Customers Text Receipts SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that in addition to […read more]

Health

Obamacare starts in 99 days. These 99 things need to happen before then.

[The Washington Post] Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and […read more]

Sports

Jay-Z’s Agency Lands Kevin Durant

[ESPN] Roc Nation Sports, the sports agency founded in April by Jay-Z, on Monday officially scored its most marketable name in Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. The firm’s spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed the news, and Durant later tweeted out a picture on Monday afternoon of he and […read more]

Sports

Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp Feud Continues; Implies Good Morning America Host’s NFL Career Is Overhyped

[HNGN] Soon-to-be NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp questioned former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan’s credentials to join the greats in Canton.  Sapp blasted Strahan and said the current “Good Morning America” host made a career of playing football against “the weak guy,” the […read more]

Sports

Contract Holds Up Doc Rivers Deal

[ESPN] The official completion of the deal that will send Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers is being delayed because Rivers and his representatives are still negotiating the language in the coach’s new contract, league sources told ESPNBoston.com’s Jackie MacMullan. The NBA has not approved the […read more]

Entertainment

George Lucas Marries Mellody Hobson After Six-Year Courtship

[UPI] Writer-director-producer George Lucas and Mellody Hobson. UPI/Jim Ruymen Star Wars creator George Lucas married his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson at the director’s Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif. on Saturday. Celebrity guests at the ceremony included Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Howard, both of whom shared […read more]

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Op-Ed

Affirmative Action Polls Show Deep Racial Gulf

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In the months leading up to this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action in college admissions. However, a poll conducted […read more]

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Op-Ed

Domestic Spying is Nothing New

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Forgive me if I come across as cynical, but why is anyone surprised by our domestic spying?  I am not talking about the ridiculous situation with the IRS.  That is a tempest in a teapot, and everyone knows that.   […read more]

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Op-Ed

A Housing ‘Black Tax’

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist If home ownership is, overwhelmingly, the foundation of individuals’ and families’ economic security in America, Black Americans face a profoundly difficult predicament. For when it comes to that signal marker, the wrenching economic shocks of the past half-decade have […read more]

Op-Ed

What it Means to be an American

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization. One of the major issues confronting the U.S. is what it means to be an American.  This may sound a bit trite, […read more]

Op-Ed

Shopping ‘til We Drop

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I have a black belt in retail therapy, so I was thrilled when I first saw Nielsen’s new in-depth report, Brick by Brick: the State of the Shopping Center, because it confirms two very important things:  our economy is growing stronger because […read more]

Op-Ed

Inner Cities Need Disaster Relief, Too

By Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago on disaster recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The natural disaster  caused an estimated $39 billion in damage in New Jersey. […read more]

Politics

Nelson Mandela Remains in Critical Condition, South Africa’s President Say

JOHANNESBURG –  Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition Monday in a Pretoria hospital, described by South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma as being “asleep” when he visited the stricken anti-apartheid hero Sunday evening. Zuma told at least 60 foreign and South African […read more]

Politics

L.A. City Council OKs $4.2 Million Settlement for Women Hurt During Dorner Manhunt

Ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The City Council signed off today on a $4.2 million payout for two women newspaper deliverers injured by Los Angeles police officers who fired on their pickup in Torrance as […read more]

Politics

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker (Courtesy Photo/Facebook) by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper The Anti-Defamation League on June 18 derided Pulitzer Prize-winning author and essayist Alice Walker over the “fervently anti-Jewish ideas” that they say permeates her latest book. Walker’s The Cushion in the […read more]

National

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back to Lower Court

Clarence Thomas would have voted to eliminate affirmative action By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The United States Supreme Court sidestepped making a decision on whether a University of Texas admissions plan that allows the limited consideration of race is unconstitutional by […read more]

National

Affirmative Action Ruling a Relief to Many

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Civil rights leaders greeted the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin with lukewarm optimism. “It is not a victory, but it is not a defeat either. It’s in that gray […read more]

Op-Ed

Child Watch: We Can Do Better on Guns

by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Guns killed more preschoolers in one year than they did law-enforcement officers in the line of duty. Ask yourself if this is really what we as Americans meant by putting our children first? American companies manufacture enough bullets each […read more]

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: The ‘Colored Entrance’ to White-Owned Businesses

by Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist For the most part, corporate America employees are satisfied with their careers.  There is usually a chart to review in terms of responsibility.  Is the employee moving up the “ladder” and heading towards more executive responsibility?  That is correlated with salary.  The greater […read more]

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Op-Ed

Health Disparities: A Function of Assets, Access and Attitudes

by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C.  This is an important effort because Washington is such a […read more]

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Economic Freedom Riders

by James Clingman NNPA Columnist “I was tired of giving in.” – Rosa Parks It is always interesting to reflect on certain events that took place in days gone by, especially when it comes to economic issues.  In my entrepreneurship classes, I often use the example […read more]

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Sports

Blake Griffin to Lakers for Dwight Howard?

[UPI] The talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers may send star forward Blake Griffin and young guard Eric Blesdoe across the Staples Center in a sign-and-trade exchange for superstar Dwight Howard. Sources close the process say the two Los Angeles […read more]

Technology

Sony’s Waterproof Tablet Makes a Splash

[BLOOMBERG] Once on the cutting edge of consumer electronics, Sony (6758) lost its mojo years ago. But every so often, it still comes up with something that reminds you of what it was, and maybe could be again. Meet the new Xperia Tablet Z, the sleekest Android tablet […read more]

Religion

Mega Church Pastor and Bestselling Author T.D. Jakes Receives Prestigious Award

By Elena Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly Mega church pastor and bestselling author, T.D. Jakes, along with his communications department, comprised of Regina Lewis, Kayla Tucker Adams and Zakiya Larry with Zunoraine Holmes of TDJ Enterprises and Yona Deshommes of Simon […read more]

Op-Ed

Overdraft Fees are Still a Problem

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that overdraft fees continue to pose high risks to consumers, despite recent regulatory changes. The report focuses on the dreaded overdraft charge, the fees banks and credit unions collect for […read more]

Op-Ed

Cartoonish College Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist When I read the recently released report by The College Republican National Committee (CRNC), titled, “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” I immediately thought of two cartoons:  the Flintstones and the Jetsons. The Flintstones was an animated, prime-time TV show […read more]

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Juneteenth is Worth Celebrating

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Did you know that the official African-American holidays are: Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth? What do you, and your family, do to celebrate Juneteenth? Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, the Juneteenth holiday is an abbreviated […read more]

Op-Ed

I am A Citizen of Hip Hop

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist I am a Citizen Of Hip Hop. That bold declaration, which has developed into an international movement, has created buzz and touched off badly needed introspection. Over the centuries, citizenship has been elusive for people of color and a constant source of […read more]

Op-Ed

LBJ’s War on Poverty still only Partly Won

By Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist Fifty years ago, Medgar Evers, the NAACP regional secretary in Mississippi, was murdered by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Evers’ death received national attention, serving only to strengthen the movement for civil rights. Two years later, President Lyndon […read more]

World

Mali and Tuareg Rebels Sign Peace Deal

[BBC] Mali’s government has signed a peace deal with Tuareg rebels to help pave the way for elections next month. The accord calls for an immediate ceasefire and for government troops to return to the rebel-held northern town of Kidal, officials said. The rebels captured […read more]

World

Brazil’s President Salutes Brazil Protests, Cities Cut Bus Fares

[NBC News] Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy SAO PAULO — President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday sought to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping Brazil, acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance as demonstrations continued […read more]

Sports

Diving Great Greg Louganis to Marry in Fall

[Associated Press] Former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis plans to get married this fall. People magazine says the 53-year-old Louganis will marry paralegal Johnny Chaillot. The four-time gold medalist is the only man to win consecutive Olympic titles in springboard and platform diving — in […read more]

Entertainment

The Apollo Honors Chaka Kahn

By Dwight Brown NNPA Entertainment Critic The legendary lady of funk and soul Chaka Kahn was recently inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame in celebration of her 40th anniversary in the music business. Kahn follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and other world-renown musicians who have […read more]

Entertainment

Dave Chappelle to Lead Comedy Tour

[UPI} David Chappelle is coming back as the headliner comedian for Funny or Die’s “Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival” following an eight year hiatus from the public eye. “Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival” will begin on August 23 in Austin, Texas and will run through 13 cities […read more]

Entertainment

Winfrey and Perry: A Match Made at OWN

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly His first dramatic series, “The Haves and Have Nots” premiered May 28. The hourlong drama series became OWN’s most watched premiere show to date. And the comedy-driven “Love Thy Neighbor” premiered the following night, May […read more]

Politics

Obama Bristles at Suggestion He’s Shifted on Snooping

[CNN] Critics who have compared President Barack Obama’s stance on government surveillance to that of hawkish former Vice President Dick Cheney are missing his insistence on proper systematic balances, Obama said in an interview that aired Monday. Defending at length the recently revealed government programs […read more]

Politics

Jesse Jackson Wants to Serve His Prison Time First; Government Resisting Break for His Mental Illness

[Chicago Sun-Times] WASHINGTON — Jesse Jackson Jr. wants to serve his time first if he and wife Sandi are sent to prison, with the request on Monday coming as prosecutors said the couple does not deserve any sentencing breaks because of the “good works” they […read more]

Health

Cheating Ourselves of Sleep

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep. Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. […read more]

Health

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin Stepping Down

[Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer] U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin announced Thursday that she will resign in July, four years after President Obama nominated her for the position. Benjamin, who oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers around […read more]

Business

Report: Pregnant workers face routine discrimination

[CBS NEWS] Pregnant women, especially those in low-wage jobs, are denied basic accommodations and routinely fired, according to a new report released Tuesday. Employers continue to refuse to provide pregnant workers accommodations that they routinely give employees with disabilities – despite federal laws designed to […read more]

National

EEOC Sues BMW, Dollar General Over Background Checks

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws, filed lawsuits against BMW and the discount retailer Dollar General alleging that the companies broad use of criminal background checks discriminate against Black […read more]

National

A Fathers Reflection: One on One with Tracy Martin, Father of Slain Florida Teen Trayvon Martin

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from the LA Watts Times The trial of George Zimmerman, neighborhood watchman to himself, but reckless vigilante to others, began on June 10 for his killing of Black teenager Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.  […read more]

National

Zimmerman Trial Opens with Curse Words, Jokes

[USA Today] SANFORD, Fla. — In its opening statement in the Travyon Martin murder trial, the prosecution Monday portrayed defendant George Zimmerman as a trigger-happy, policeman wannabe who saw the teenager as a suspicious person and considered it his right to “rid the neighborhood of […read more]

Health

Most Consumers Don’t Wash Their Hands Correctly

[FOOD POISONING BULLETIN] A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health found that only 5% of consumers wash their hands correctly. Scientists trained 12 college students in the field of data collection. They then observed 3,749 people washing their hands in public toilets. The […read more]