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African American Network Against Alzheimer’s to Partner with Award-Winning Playwright Garrett Davis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 29, 2013 CONTACT: KYLE MOLER KMOLER@MRSS.COM 202-478-6173 African American Network Against Alzheimer’s to Partner with Award-Winning Playwright Garrett Davis Davis, Founder of the Forget Me Not Project, Brings Innovative Approach to Advocacy in Effort to Fulfill Network’s Mission to End Alzheimer’s […read more]

Technology

Facebook Rolls Out Shared Photo Albums

[PC Mag] Facebook on Monday began rolling out shared photo albums, letting friends collaborate on the same album. “Hundreds of millions of photos are uploaded onto Facebook each day and today, we’re making it even easier for friends to share photos with the rollout of […read more]

Technology

Yahoo Acquires Image-Recognition Startup IQ Engines To Improve Flickr Photo Organization & Search

[TechCrunch] Oh, so you thought Yahoo’s acquisition spree was over? Not even close. A Yahoo spokesperson has confirmed that the revitalized web giant has snapped up yet another company — this time it’s an image-recognition startup called IQ Engines. Yahoo has declined to disclose the terms […read more]

Religion

Islam – A Religion of Peace?

By Eric E. Vickers Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American If Islam is ever to be understood and appreciated by Americans, then Muslims will need to stop trying to convince them that it is a “religion of peace.”  Having just completed my […read more]

Religion

Atheists seek end to clergy home tax break

[UPI] The U.S. Justice Department says in a legal filing leaders of an atheist group qualify for the same housing tax exemption priests receive. The paradoxical position comes in response to a lawsuit by the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., which seeks to […read more]

World

Black Students Embrace Education Abroad

by Tamerra Griffin Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Last week’s anxiously awaited numbers showed that only 31 percent of Common Core test-taking math and English students were proficient in the subjects. The Internet may have afforded its users the ability […read more]

Business

Microsoft Needs Innovator-in-Chief

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s looming retirement sets the stage for a successor who can infuse sorely needed innovation into the once-dominant software maker. The company has suffered in recent years from its inability to move quickly and come up with exciting new […read more]

Sports

Tracy McGrady Retires from NBA

Leaving open the door to play overseas, seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady retired from the NBA on Monday. “It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end,” McGrady said on ESPN’s “First Take.” […read more]

Health

Program may help black women avoid weight gain

[REUTERS] A program including self-monitoring, gym access and occasional counseling calls helped black women maintain their weight in a new study. Black women who are overweight or slightly obese are known to have a lower risk of weight-related health problems than white women at the […read more]

Sports

Bills Sign Matt Leinart After Rash of Quarterback Injuries

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Aug. 26 (UPI) — The Buffalo Bills, seeking to replenish their injury-depleted quarterback corps, Sunday signed former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart. Leinart, who has spent the last three seasons as a backup with the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders, will take over behind center after […read more]

Sports

Tiger Woods, Nursing Back Injury, Expected to Continue 2013 FedExCup Playoffs in Boston

[Philly.com] Tiger Woods, bad back and all, plans to make his regularly scheduled start in this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. “He is expected to play,” Rachel Rees, public relations manager for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which runs the second of four FedExCup playoff tournaments, told […read more]

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Op-Ed

Marching Orders for the Future

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Now that we’ve had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beyond his “I Have a […read more]

Op-Ed

50 Years Later: The President’s Response

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist On August 28, on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “Dream” oration, President Barack Obama spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, joined by former presidents William Clinton and Jimmy […read more]

Entertainment

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Records Gospel Hip Hop Song “Joy Comes In The Morning” With T-Dogg

WATCH: Trayvon Martin’s Mom Records Gospel Hip Hop Song “Joy Comes In The Morning” With T-Dogg Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton recently visited Hot 105 in L.A. where it was revealed that she recorded a song with […read more]

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Op-Ed

After the March on Washington

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice.  More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by buses, trains, and occasionally planes. They came despite the […read more]

Op-Ed

Dr. King Not Universally Liked

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its Chairman, Reince Priebus hosted a great 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington.  It was truly wonderful to see the best of what America stands for.  In attendance were Blacks, […read more]

Op-Ed

Low Home Down Payment Builds Family Wealth

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In the midst of varying proposals for housing reform, civil rights leaders are publicly calling for lawmakers to keep mortgage lending affordable and accessible. A recent letter jointly signed by the NAACP, National Urban League, National Council of LaRaza, National […read more]

Politics

Rep. Hank Johnson Honors School Hero Antoinette Tuff at Life Christian Center

Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World On Sunday, Congressman Hank Johnson presented DeKalb County resident Antoinette Tuff with a Congressional proclamation and poem at her church – The Way, The Truth and Life Christian Center on Miller Road in Decatur.   “It […read more]

National

Latest March on Washington More Diverse

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 50th Anniversary for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom celebrated a more diverse coalition and needs, but the central themes resonated around voting rights, jobs, gun violence and equality in minority communities. At […read more]

National

NAACP keeping up pressure in Trayvon Martin case

[LAS VEGAS SUN] NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Justice to pursue charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida court […read more]

Press Room

Small business optimism improves to highest levels since Great Recession, but recovery is slow

  Media                                             Alice Hartnett                                           Jim Seitz 704.715-9115                                […read more]

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My Retirement Plan Available to the Public on WellsFargo.com

My Retirement PlanSM Available to the Public on WellsFargo.com Online Savings Tool Provides a Tailored Realistic Savings Goal CHARLOTTE, NC, August 19, 2013 –Wells Fargo today announced that My Retirement PlanSM, an online savings tool, is now available to the general public on wellsfargo.com.  My Retirement Plan can be accessed by customers and […read more]

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Op-Ed

Why We’re Still Marching

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist For a while, it looked like the 50th anniversary observance of the March on Washington would expose a sharp split in the Civil Rights Movement. Al Sharpton jumped ahead of his colleagues by cornering Martin Luther King III and the […read more]

Op-Ed

March on Washington: Then and Now

Norman Hill, former president A. Philip Randolph Institute By Norman and Velma Murphy Hill NNPA Guest Columnists Fifty years ago, 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to call for justice and equality for all Americans. As the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and […read more]

Op-Ed

King’s Unfinished Symphony of Freedom

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist This weekend, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best known for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Dream.” Fifty years later, the dream challenges us yet. It is alive because it […read more]

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: National Urban League to Mark 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “The hour is late. The gap is widening. The rumbles of the drums of discontent resounding throughout this land are heard in all parts of the world.”  –        Whitney M. Young, Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington Fifty […read more]

Op-Ed

A Brand New Problem for Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist During the past year, we have watched monumental change take place all over the world; not just in terms of democracy, but in terms of culture, law, and politics, etc. Our major institutions have not been immune from this change […read more]

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Minimum Reasoning on Minimum Wage

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Some phones were ringing; others were on hold as Real Christian Radio’s host was well into his 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. program set. The subject was “Is minimum wage enough to live on?” and syndicated radio personality Lonnie Hunter’s job was letting the audience “have […read more]

Op-Ed

Credit Card Debt Drops to $850 Billion

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In a recent report to Congress, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shared the progress accomplished in lowering the nation’s credit card debt. By the end of 2012, cardholder debt was lowered to $850 billion, a significant […read more]

Technology

Samsung Said to Introduce Watch-Like Phone Next Month

[Bloomberg] Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will introduce a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear next month that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating […read more]

Technology

YouTube Lines Up Its Latest Hit

[CNet] A major YouTube mobile update allows people to browse other videos while watching, to search and watch playlists, and to queue videos on connected devices. Google began a slow rollout on Monday of a major update to its YouTube app for Android, with other […read more]

Technology

Facebook Ignored Security Bug, Researcher Used it to Post Details on Zuckerberg’s wall

[The Verge] If your Facebook profile isn’t public, others aren’t supposed to be able to post content on your wall. Khalil Shreateh, a self-professed IT expert from Palestine, claims to have discovered a vulnerability that lets anyone post a link to other Facebook walls. Shreateh […read more]

World

An Egypt Arrest, and a Brotherhood on the Run

[New York Times] CAIRO — Egypt’s authoritarian government has harassed and repressed the Muslim Brotherhood for most of its existence. But for the last three decades the authorities stopped short of touching the group’s revered leader, the supreme guide, who oversaw the country’s most effective […read more]

Health

Plastic Can Make You Sick

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Dr. Gerald Deas What did we do before we had plastic? How did we survive? We have plastic cups, dishes, bottles and wrappings for food. If it wasn’t for plastic shower curtains, we would not […read more]

Health

Copper Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

[BBC] A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, US scientists say. However, research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain. The latest study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed high levels […read more]

Business

WWT Tops Black Enterprise Business List for 2013

[St. Louis American] St. Louis based World Wide Technology Inc. ranked number one on BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine’s 41st Annual list of largest black businesses. “Our report on the largest African American-owned businesses in the U.S. highlights the achievements of intrepid entrepreneurs at the helms of […read more]

Business

Tips on How to Negotiate Your Credit Card Debt

[Black Enterprise] Credit card debt continues to rise. According to recent Federal Reserve data, revolving consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 2%. Non-revolving credit increased by more than 7%. Here’s the good news: if you’re struggling to pay down credit card debt, you can […read more]

Business

Few Americans Invest in Startups

[Small Biz Trends] Few Americans finance new companies, particularly those founded by non-relatives, recent studies by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Babson College reveal. That’s part of the reason why entrepreneurship advocates are frustrated by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) failure to […read more]

Sports

Obama Honors Negro League Players at White House

by Perry Green Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Barack Obama hosted a special meeting with former Negro League players and representatives at the White House on Aug. 5 to honor their contributions to the nation’s history, civil rights, and professional baseball. […read more]

Sports

Usain Bolt the Most Successful Athlete in History of IAAF World Championships

[Associated Press] MOSCOW (AP) — And with three gold medals in Moscow, Usain Bolt, the Jamaican great, became the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships. The 4×100-meter relay gold Sunday erased the memories of the 100 title he missed out […read more]

Entertainment

Ex-Disney Superstar Dead SUICIDE

[TMZ] Lee Thompson Young — who played the main character on Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” — has committed suicide, TMZ has learned.  He was 29. Young’s body was discovered inside his North Hollywood home Monday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources. It’s unclear […read more]