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Op-Ed

Focus on Poverty, Not the Middle Class

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. This is […read more]

Op-Ed

A Glimmer of Hope

By Stephanie Jones NNPA Columnist Stephanie Jones In the midst of the anger and disappointment at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, I sought a glimmer of hope and first found it, paradoxically, in the reaction to the […read more]

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Op-Ed

Figments of the Racist Imagination

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Hold the presses! Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, those bad “Black militant” leaders who all these years have exercised a Svengali-like influence over the masses have lost their clout. So says Black conservative pundit John McWhorter in the July […read more]

Op-Ed

Boycott Florida: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist Ron Daniels In a recent article I called for economic sanctions against Florida to compel business and political leaders in that state to change the “Stand Your Ground Law” that provided the basis for the acquittal of George Zimmerman […read more]

Op-Ed

North Carolina’s Tea Party Nightmares

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist North Carolina — once poster child for the New South — now displays the nightmares spawned by the Tea Party right no longer restrained by the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s conservative gang of five disemboweled it […read more]

Op-Ed

The State of Black Men, Part II: Justice for Trayvon is About Justice for All

To Be Equal By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” — President Barack Obama In the weeks since the not-guilty verdict in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, widespread outrage and legitimate questions about the treatment and […read more]

Op-Ed

Don’t Let Auto Dealer Markups Take You for a Ride

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a warning to banks, finance companies and credit unions that they will be held accountable for discrimination in auto lending. In announcing its intention to hold auto lenders accountable for illegal, discriminatory […read more]

Op-Ed

Viewing Trends from Coast to Coast

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist Have I told you how much I love being part of the cutting edge research of the latest and greatest in technology and how consumer trends and behaviors impact that technology; or how much I especially love sharing that knowledge with you? […read more]

Op-Ed

No D.C. Bargain for Wal-Mart

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Over the past few weeks, the D.C. City Council has been in the news quite a bit, though but for all the wrong reasons.  They recently passed a law that would prevent thousands, yes you heard me right, thousands of […read more]

National

Trayvon’s Mother: ‘Use My Broken Heart’ to Prevent Future Tragedies

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – With her voice laced with emotion, Sybrina Fulton, the soft-spoken mother of Trayvon Martin, urged delegates to the National Urban League’s annual convention here to use her personal tragedy to prevent the recurrence of unjustified youth […read more]

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Op-Ed

Finally, the Barack Obama I Voted For

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor who led him […read more]

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: On What Ground are We Standing?

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist What has become our mantra in this post-George Zimmerman are U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder’s words to the NAACP last week; “We must stand our ground” against injustice.  Holder drew cheers, “Amens,” and a standing ovation when he spoke those […read more]

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Op-Ed

Blacks are the ‘Other’ Americans

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was told a story the other night.  Apparently on the evening of the Zimmerman acquittal, in a bar in South Carolina, a group of White patrons were talking.  Some of them, upon hearing the news, shouted “Free at […read more]

Op-Ed

What Should We Tell Our Sons?

By Gary L. Flowers NNPA Columnist Last week’s injustice to the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin takes its infamous place in the annals of United States history, along with the 1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court ruling, the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson court ruling, the 1955 Emmett […read more]

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Op-Ed

A Retrograde Supreme Court

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist No matter how much some commentators try to spin the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman as an example that the legal system worked properly, the freeing of Trayvon Martin’s killer actually underscores multiple bitter truths. One is that […read more]

Op-Ed

Child Watch Column: Ready for School?

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Is your child ready to start school? For parents and children trying hard to enjoy at least a few weeks more of downtime before beginning back to school shopping and school year routines all over again, the answer is […read more]

Op-Ed

Hip Hop is No Path to American Dream

HIP HOP CONNECTION By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction.  Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and […read more]

Religion

People, Pulpit & Pews

By Pastor-Teacher Julius R. Malone Special to the NNPA from the Milwaukee Courier Julius R. Malone “ In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths” -(Prov. 3:6) Three of the most well known attributes of God are love, grace, and mercy.  The […read more]

Religion

Survey Finds Surprising Results on Religion, Politics

[Deseret News] Most white evangelicals think capitalism is working, but half of them also think it is incompatible with Christian values. Sixty-two percent of Hispanic Americans think that the decline of the two-parent households and family instability are primary causes of economic stress in America. […read more]

World

President Obama’s International Argument Against Rising Income Inequality

[TheWorld.org] President Obama is scheduled to give a speech tomorrow in Illinois addressing the US economy. Home prices, stock prices, and retail sales have all rebounded since the depths of the recession in 2009. But unemployment remains stubbornly high. And the gap between rich and […read more]

World

Police Scandal Rocks Black Britain

by Trevon Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Spying, deceit and questions about thwarting justice efforts LONDON (FinalCall.com) – Recent revelations that the Metropolitan Police sanctioned spying and a smear campaign against relatives of slain teenager Stephen Lawrence to derail his family’s battle […read more]

Business

Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

[Black Enterprise] The City of Detroit’s filing of Chapter 9 bankruptcy may be a blessing in disguise for Detroit’s business community, according to Michigan Business and Professional Association President and CEO Jennifer Kluge. “The business community long ago committed to re-developing the City of Detroit,” said Kluge. “With the City’s path […read more]

Business

Starbucks to Enter Yogurt Business

[USA Today] Starbucks has big plans for you to enjoy a big spoonful of designer yogurt with its designer coffee drinks. The coffee kingpin Tuesday announced plans to strategically align with French yogurt maker Danone and create yogurt products labeled with the Starbucks-owned Evolution Fresh […read more]

Health

FDA Cracks Down on Illegal Diabetes Remedies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal treatments for diabetes, ranging from bogus dietary supplements to prescription drugs sold online without a prescription. All of the products aim to cash in on […read more]

Sports

Dwyane Wade Divorce Drama Over, Maybe!

[Gossip Extra] Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade‘s post-divorce drama could be over! A judge in Wade’s native Chicago signed off on a settlement that includes the ball player giving ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches $5 million, the couple’s marital home near the Windy City and four cars. The settlement also calls for […read more]

Entertainment

Rae Dawn Chong Calls Oprah Winfrey A ‘Field N*gger’ & Brown-Noser’ In A Recent Radio Interview

[Huffington Post] Throughout her career, Oprah Winfrey has managed to land on top of various lists acknowledging her benevolence and business acumen. However, one of Winfrey’s former costars, Rae Dawn Chong, recently painted the media mogul in a different light. During a candid June 27 interview with […read more]

Politics

Morial Calls for New Civil Rights Movement

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – National Urban League President Marc H. Morial has called for “a new civil rights movement,” one that will focus on economic empowerment and justice. Morial, now in his 10th year as president and CEO of the […read more]

Entertainment

Back in the Day – Today: Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne is all jazzed up. (Photo by Janice Malone/Tennessee Tribune) By Janice Malone Special to the NNPA from the Tennessee Tribune For almost three decades R&B singer/recording artist Jeffrey Osborne has been a force on the music scene, either as a member of the great R&B […read more]

Entertainment

Toronto Film Festival to Debut Films on Mandela, Assange

(Reuters) – The world premiere of “The Fifth Estate,” a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, which typically yields a number of Oscar contenders. Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the 2013 festival […read more]

Politics

The George Zimmermans Always Get Away

George Zimmerman gets away from justice By Akwasi Evans Special to NNPA from NOKOA “Knock, knock, who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Congratulations (your skin is White) you’re on the jury.” That joke was the opening remark of attorney Don West as he addressed […read more]

Politics

Carlita Kilpatrick Loses Job, Lease on Texas Home

[Detroit Free-Press] With her husband behind bars, Detroit’s former first lady, Carlita Kilpatrick, has fallen on hard times in Texas, losing her job and her lease on the family’s extravagant 5,000-square-foot home in suburban Dallas. According to neighbors, some of the Kilpatricks’ furniture and numerous […read more]

National

Zimmerman Verdict Poll: Stark Reaction by Race

[The Washington Post] The not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman has produced dramatically different reactions among blacks and whites, with African Americans overwhelmingly disapproving of the jury’s decision and a bare majority of whites saying they approve of the outcome, according to a new […read more]

National

The Rise and Fall of Mayor Kevin Johnson – Part II

Mayor Kevin Johnson in fight to keep his title as president of Black mayors’ group By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – National Conference of Black Mayors Executive Director Vanessa R. Williams usually looks forward to the week immediately following the organization’s […read more]

National

Saint Paul’s College Proceeds to Close Its Doors

[DiverseEducation.com] This time of year, signs welcoming students back to Saint Paul’s should be ready to roll out, but instead, quiet fills the campus air. For those making the drive along the rolling hills and backroads of rural Lawrenceville, Va.’s Brunswick County to the sprawling […read more]

Technology

iPhone 6 and Samsung: Not Much in Common

[CNet] What do the iPhone 6 and Samsung have in common? Not much, according to a report. Samsung will not be making processors for Apple’s iPhone 6, so says the Korea Economic Daily in a report dated Wednesday. To counter the “damage caused” by “Apple shunning Samsung” […read more]

Technology

Microsoft: We Don’t Give NSA Direct Access to Email

[PC World] Microsoft does not give the National Security Agency direct access to its customers’ email or instant messages, contrary to previous news reports, a company executive said. News reports last week suggested that Microsoft has helped the NSA circumvent the company’s own encryption in order to […read more]

Entertainment

Ebony Details Denzel and Pauletta Washington’s 30-Year Marriage

An Enduring Union of Two Black Celebrities Defies Infidelity Rumors by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper Denzel and Pauletta Washington (Courtesy Photo) In an industry where love and marriage is as inconstant as the latest box office or Billboard ratings, Denzel and […read more]

Entertainment

Kiara’s Big Comeback

By Walter Greene Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News Model Kiara Kabukuru. a ninety’s super-model with a Vogue cover, a Cover Girl contract and numerous editorial spreads under her belt is back on the scene shooting for several top photographers and […read more]

World

Ndileka Mandela: ‘Feud Has Been Hard’

[BBC] As Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital, his first granddaughter has given the BBC a rare interview. On the eve of Mandela’s 95th birthday, Ndileka Mandela says that it has been a difficult period for the family, especially with […read more]

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Health

A Quarter of NYC Adults Ages 18-44 Report Hearing Loss

NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) — New York City Health Department data show nearly 1-in-4 18- to 44-year-olds who frequently listen to loud headphones report hearing problems, officials say. “Though hearing loss is preventable, more and more people are having trouble hearing,” Dr. Thomas Farley, New York […read more]

Health

What Makes You So Tasty to Mosquitoes?

[USA Today] Whether you’re one of those people who gets eaten alive by mosquitoes depends on some pretty tangible factors, and Smithsonian Magazine runs down the reasons that make an estimated 20% of us especially delectable to those buzzing little bloodsuckers. Without ado: — How much […read more]

Health

Prostate Cancer Hormonal Therapy Tied to Kidney Risks

(Reuters Health) – Men who are treated for prostate cancer with hormone-targeted therapy have a higher risk of developing kidney problems, a new study suggests. The treatment, known as androgen deprivation therapy, lowers the risk of death among men with advanced, aggressive prostate cancer. However, […read more]

Health

Will Medicare’s ‘Two Midnights’ Rule Endanger Patients By Distracting Doctors?

[Forbes] Dr. Kavita Patel and John Rother A fundamental principle of the American health care system has always been that your medical care is driven by two things: your own choices and your doctor’s judgment. It’s what’s right, and it’s what works. But if a […read more]

Business

NAACP Signs Agreement with FEMA

FEMA’s Craig Fugate and the NAACP’s Ben Jealous shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding. (PHOTO: DUANE C. FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY) by James Harper Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and other areas along America’s Gulf Coast, […read more]

Sports

Jason Kidd Gets Probation for DWI

[USA Today] HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) — Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was placed on interim probation nearly a year after he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island. In […read more]