Community organizer Shirley Sharp hands out bags of books and school supplies at the Milwaukee Times table to attendees of the Northwest Funeral Home Back-to-School Book Bag Give-a-Way on Saturday, August 25, 2018
Commentary

OP-ED: The power of positive community action

MILWAUKEE TIMES — Many local businesses have viewed back-to-school season as an opportunity to reach out to the community which helps them prosper and give back in a simple but significant way. They invite the community into their establishment for a back-to-school open house and school supply give-away. […read more]

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The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s first elected female bishop, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Stellar award-winning artist Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, will headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Prayer Breakfast on September 15, 2018.(Courtesy photo/Facebook)
Entertainment

PRESS ROOM: Bishop Vashti McKenzie and Stellar Award-Winning Recording Artist Kurt Carr to Headline CBCF Annual Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON—The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s first elected female bishop, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Stellar award-winning artist Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, will headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Prayer Breakfast on September 15, 2018. […read more]

Commentary

COMMENTARY: The Abuse Won’t Stop Until We Change Police Culture

THE PASADENA JOURNAL — Baltimore, a city already under a federal consent decree to reform its police department after a Justice Department investigation into the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police found rampant, systemic abuse of black residents by cops. Contrary to the usual response to such recordings, police and city officials acted quickly after Officer Arthur Williams was caught on camera Saturday, Aug. 11, savagely beating a defenseless DaShawn McGrier. […read more]

Atlanta Tribune

PRESS ROOM: State Farm Gets Naming Rights to Former Philips Arena

THE ATLANTA TRIBUNE — The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and State Farm announced a 20-year collaboration that will benefit the Atlanta metropolitan area aimed at building stronger communities through mentorship, volunteerism and the principle of being a good neighbor. A nationally-renowned company and one of Georgia’s top employers, State Farm will join forces with the Hawks, displaying their iconic red logo and marks atop and throughout the best sports and live entertainment venue in Atlanta – the new State Farm Arena – and building new community engagement programs and philanthropic initiatives. […read more]

“Tiger Woods” (Simon & Schuster), co-written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian(Simon & Schuster)
Books

New Book Illuminates Tiger Woods’ Life

TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Those who weren’t around to witness Tiger Woods in his heyday might wonder why do people still care what happens to a 42 (43 in December) year-old golfer coming off multiple back operations who hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008, and hasn’t won anything at all since 2013. But when Woods surged in both the British Open and PGA Tournaments during the late rounds, ratings went through the roof. […read more]

Alice Dunnigan was a schoolteacher, political activist, and journalist. The daughter of sharecroppers, she showed an early desire for an education. Despite her parents' protest, she went to grade school and eventually to Kentucky State College.The Black Women Oral History Project interviewed 72 African American women between 1976 and 1981. With support from the Schlesinger Library, the project recorded a cross section of women who had made significant contributions to American society during the first half of the 20th century. Photograph taken by Judith Sedwick/Wikimedia Commons
Black History

Newseum Honors First African American Woman to Cover White House

On Friday, Sept. 21, a new sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first African American woman to receive press credentials to cover the White House and Congress, is scheduled to go on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. […read more]

Education forum gears up to explain changes in the Texas laws to help citizens exercise their rights to voteiStock Photo / NNPA
Community

Vote 2018 Town Hall

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — DENTON, TX – The St. James A.M.E. Church partners with the Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Board to present the Vote 2018 Town Hall. It will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 7-9 p.m., at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, located at 1300 Wilson in Denton. This forum wants to ensure that eligible voters are informed about the changes in the Texas voting laws, and that they are able to cast their votes in the November 6 Election. […read more]

According to the Independent Review Board’s report, Det. Sean Suiter, who died last November, likely committed suicide. (Courtesy photo)(Courtesy photo)
Afro

Panel: Suiter Likely Committed Suicide

THE AFRO — According to WBAL-TV, the report, which was officially released today (Aug. 28) by the Baltimore Police Department, concludes Detective Sean Suiter most likely killed himself with his own service weapon. The conclusion that Suiter committed suicide is in stark contrast to the preliminary assertions made within 48 hours of his death in an alley in the Harlem Park community of West Baltimore. […read more]

Beyoncé performing on The O2 in London. Photo by idrewuk (originally posted to Flickr as Hello hubbie!) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsPhoto by idrewuk (originally posted to Flickr as Hello hubbie!) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Education

Jay Z, Beyoncé Awarding $1M in Scholarships to ‘Exceptional’ High School Students

Hip-hop superstar Jay Z and his wife, Beyoncé, have announced a new scholarship program that will award 10 scholarships worth $100,000 each to “exceptional” high school seniors who demonstrate financial needs. […read more]

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Crime

Black Prisoners Join National Prison Strike

“I think we have as a country has been involved for so long in the War on Drugs and the War on Crime that we have forgotten that it’s not normal. We have a whole generation of children for whom it’s normal to be pulled over, be arrested and shuttled into the system. We have been in a catastrophic prison crisis for decades now. And conditions have gotten even worse. South Carolina was a wake-up call for people.” […read more]

Aretha Franklin sings "My Country 'Tis Of Thee'" at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force
Entertainment

Star-Studded Musical Tribute Saluting Aretha Franklin Will Be Held August 30 at Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — More than 20 performing artists, activists, and family members will celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Louise Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, during a Musical Tribute event at Chene Park Amphitheatre in downtown Detroit on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m ET. […read more]

Carl Van Vechten - Van Vechten Collection at Library of CongressCarl Van Vechten - Van Vechten Collection at Library of Congress
Black History

Josephine Baker Documentary Headlines African Diaspora Film Festival in Washington, DC

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — “Streetlight Harmonies,” by Brent Wilson and the documentary “Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World,” count among the highlights of the 12th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival which opens on Friday, August 17 at the Marvin Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. […read more]

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Atlanta Tribune

EDITORIAL: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Introduces Sweeping Transparency Reforms in Legislative Package

ATLANTA TRIBUNE — Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took another critical step in leading Atlanta to becoming one of the most transparent cities in the country, introducing a legislative package to the City Council that would amend the City Code to create a new Transparency Officer, restrict usage of City-issued credits cards, and establishing procedures for the registration of persons engaged in lobbying the City of Atlanta. […read more]

2018 NNPA DTU Journalism Fellowship

MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem Is Working to Increase Diversity on the Field and in the Front Office

NNPA DTU Journalism Fellows Tyvan Burns of Norfolk State University, Diamond Durant of Morgan State University, and Denver Lark of North Carolina A&T University, interviewed MLB Deputy Commissioner for Baseball Administration Dan Halem about diversity in Major League Baseball during All-Star Week in Washington, D.C. […read more]

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Press Room

PRESS ROOM: Toyota Establishes the John W. Mack Scholarship Fund Through the National Urban League

National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial and Toyota’s Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer Al Smith talk during a NUL press conference, earlier this month. During the NUL Awards Gala, Toyota announced the newly established John W. Mack Scholarship Fund to be administered through the National Urban League. […read more]

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Featured

PRESS ROOM: New Study Provides Critical Insights On Unique Health Needs Of African Americans

According to the African American Health Engagement Study (AAHES), a collaboration of Pfizer, the National Medical Association (NMA) and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), 75 percent of African American respondents claimed to be taking some action to stay healthy, compared to only 52 percent of non-African American respondents. […read more]