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Music, movement are new realms for classic ‘Fantasia’ [USA Today]

[USA Today] The creators of the Rock Band and Dance Centralvideo games are teaming up with Disney for a game that inserts you into the world of Fantasia. As apprentice to sorcerer Yen Sid, Mickey Mouse experimented with magic in the 1940 animated classic. In Fantasia: Music Evolved,Yen Sid tutors […read more]

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Cavemen Keep Sexism Alive

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Women serve in almost every high-powered job in the United States: CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Senators, university presidents, race car drivers and even astronauts. Yet, there are some male bozos who think women should be treated as […read more]

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Is the Recovery Stumbling or Soaring?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Although the overall unemployment rate still exceeds 7 percent, and the official Black unemployment rate is greater than 13 percent, there are some who insist that there is a robust economic recovery in progress.  Indeed, we were declared “post […read more]

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Blackonomics: Obama Not Singing ‘You Have a Friend’

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist                                                                                                 The aphorism, “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” is especially relevant to the conversations being held among Black people vis-à-vis our president and our lack of economic progress in this country. The “friend in need” is the […read more]

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Lean in to Leaning In

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist    One would be hard-pressed not to acknowledge that Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has had a spectacular business career, the kind that is often described as affirming the claim that America is a land of golden […read more]

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CHILD WATCH: Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “’I’m learning that milestones are a very difficult thing to get through in this first year . . . Everything has become ‘after Noah’s death,’” said Jodi Sandoval through a stream of tears. Jodi lost her 14-year-old son, […read more]

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“No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family–mother, father, and children.  There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit.  Susie […read more]

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Susan Rice’s Discredited Story

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Do you still believe what U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was saying during her infamous five Sunday show appearances?  By now, we all know that these appearances contained “inaccurate information.” Clearly, President Obama and Congressional Democrats went to great lengths […read more]

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To Be Equal: Raise the Minimum Wage Now

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn’t right.” – Rep. George Miller In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the Occupy […read more]

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Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran are dating again [UPI]

[UPI] Chris Brown has reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and they are living together at the singer’s Hollywood Hills home, TMZ reported. Tran is keeping her own apartment, but has already moved most of her clothes and other personal belongings into Brown’s house, the report said. […read more]

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Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’ Screening Shut Down by Houston Police [Rolling Stone]

[Rolling Stone] A screening of Kanye West’s “New Slaves” video in Houston came to an early end last night when police arrived to shut down the projection. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston police broke up an “upbeat, respectful crowd” who had gathered to watch the display at […read more]

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Will Smith Raps Fresh Prince Theme Song with Son Jaden [People.com]

[People] It wasn’t Bel-Air, or even West Philadelphia, but Will Smith grabbed a microphone in London and proved he hasn’t forgotten hisFresh Prince roots. The megastar and son Jaden pleasantly shocked The Graham Norton Show audience Friday when they stood up during their appearance to promote After Earth and rapped the theme […read more]

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Take a Recess from Closing Public Schools

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced plans to close at least 50 schools as a cost-cutting measure. But before any other urban school system follows suit, it should take an extended recess and reflect on what […read more]

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Putting the IRS ‘Scandal’ into Perspective

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges […read more]

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In Jobs, we’re in a Race to the Bottom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study […read more]

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Obama at Morehouse: Black Americans’ Responsibility

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Speaking to the newly-minted graduates of Atlanta’s historically Black and all-male Morehouse College May 19, President Obama urged them to use the power and advantage of their diplomas “for something larger than yourself.”  “It betrays a poverty of […read more]

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Homeowner Bills of Rights Emerge as Remedies to Foreclosure

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A few days ago, HUD released data showing that more 620,000 troubled homeowners received more than $50 billion in principal reductions and savings. These actions were the direct result of the National Mortgage Settlement, negotiated by America’s largest banks, […read more]

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Endless Entertainment Options

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Remember back-in-the-day when you used to poke your mouth out, bug your parents (or whatever adult was in charge) about being bored?  Well, today’s kids can’t use that tired, old excuse. Neither can we, as grown folks, for that […read more]

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To Be Equal: Urban League Tackles Unemployment

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are. Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life.” -President Barack Obama If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve […read more]

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Brady to Guest Judge ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

by Kimberly Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Versatile entertainer Wayne Brady, winner of both Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, will be among the celebrated guest judges when “So You Think You Can Dance,” (SYTYCD) returns to Fox for its tenth season […read more]

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The One: Central Park Five’s Korey Wise

by Mea Ashley Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Korey Wise sits smirking through a one-man play, saying “hmph!” and “ummm” now and then. Youth groups, activists, and college students have packed the auditorium at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Wise will […read more]

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Candice Glover Named ‘American Idol’ for Season 12

American Idol Candice Glover was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday after defeating country singer Kree Harrison. The 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she was victorious over 22-year-old country singer Harrison from Woodville, […read more]

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Cee Lo Green announces plans for three albums [LA Times]

[LA Times] Who needs sleep when you’re Cee Lo Green? Fresh off a recently wrapped Las Vegas residency, the multi-hyphenate performer announced plans for a new album — three of them, actually. Green revealed in an interview with Billboard that the highly anticipated return of his crew Goodie […read more]

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Obama’s Troubles Aren’t Comparable to ‘Watergate’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at […read more]

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Racists Don’t Like Being called Racists

By Julian Bond NNPA Guest Columnist   I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” […read more]

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Placing Athletics Above Academics

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Why does sports play such a prominent role in college education?  Does it crowd out the attention we pay to other aspects of college life?  Why are student athletes treated like slaves or gladiators, playing to pay colleges for […read more]

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Discrimination against the Unemployed

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It will strike many of you as counter-intuitive, but there has been a rising phenomenon of unemployed workers suffering discrimination when they have sought work because…they have been unemployed.  This is not an exaggeration.  In fact, the situation […read more]

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HIP HOP CONNECTION: Respect is a Two-Way Street

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   As Memorial Day approaches, I can’t help but think about Miami’s unofficial Urban Beach Week.  It’s the largest urban festival in the world, drawing about 350,000 guests to South Beach.  Of the 14 years of its existence, I have […read more]

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Michigan: Where Democracy Used to Live!

By Wendell Anthony NNPA Guest Columnist   One Hundred- and 80 years ago in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not […read more]

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To Be Equal: We Were Right about Swing Voters

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “The findings represent a tipping point for blacks, who for much of American history were disenfranchised and then effectively barred from voting until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.” Associated Press Last July, the National Urban League released […read more]

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Blacks Schooled to Stay in a Daze

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was flipping through the TV channels last week and came across one of Spike Lee’s best movies, School Daze.  This was a 1988 film written and directed by Lee.  The movie took an inside look at some of the […read more]

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Mel Watt Is “The Man”

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   President Obama has named Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.) as overseer of government-backed mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But, there’s rising skepticism, on both the left and right, about the affable Carolinian. Questions abound as to whether Watt will […read more]

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Rapper Drake Nominated for 12 BET Awards [UPI]

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) — Canadian rapper Drake was nominated Tuesday for 12 BET Awards, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year. Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz followed close behind with eight nominations apiece. A$AP Rocky earned five nominations, while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and […read more]

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Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or Hero?

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   When some of us saw the first video of Charles Ramsey, the colorful Black dishwasher in Cleveland who is being celebrated as a hero for rescuing three White women captives from horrid conditions in a Cleveland house, we […read more]

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Black Empowerment ‘At Last’ – or Last?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When Beyonce Knowles sang the Etta James song “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the song could have had several meanings.  At last we have an African American president?  At last, the muscle of the Black vote […read more]

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Blackonomics: Al is Sharp, Ben’s not Jealous

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Dudley Randall’s poem, “It seems to me, said Booker T, I disagree, said W.E.B.” points out an issue that has plagued Black folks for generations. During Booker T’s time, some Blacks said he was working “for the man” as he […read more]

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Our Era of Political Extremism

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Last year, James Porter, the recently-elected president of the National Rifle Association, declared that President Obama was a “fake president …[whose] entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.” Earlier this month, Adam Kokesh, a failed Republican candidate for […read more]

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Mel Watt is Ideal Choice to Lead FHFA

By  Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   President Obama recently nominated Melvin (Mel) Watt, a long-time North Carolina Congressman, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). While major news media reported on the development, few mentioned exactly what the new job would entail or the […read more]

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New Wall Street Threat to Homeownership

  By Stella J. Adams NNPA Guest Columnist   Private-equity firms, hedge funds and other Wall Street investors are seeking to develop a Real Estate Owned (REO)– to- Rent Securitization Market with the blessing of the FED and FHFA.   A year ago, the Federal Reserve Board issued […read more]

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The Destruction of the Black Family

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I have travelled all over the world and have spent many years of my life studying the history of the world and can’t recall any instance of a surviving civilization without an intact family structure—mother, father, and children. I […read more]

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FAMU names alum as new band director [USA Today]

1969 grad to lead school’s marching and pep bands in wake of drum major’s hazing death. (Photo: Karl Etters, The Tallahassee Democrat) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M interim President Larry Robinson on Tuesday introduced Sylvester Young as the new director of the school’s marching and pep […read more]

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Michael Jackson lawyer calls new sex abuse claim ‘outrageous’ [Reuters]

[Reuters] The attorney for Michael Jackson’s estate on Wednesday described as “outrageous and pathetic” a fresh claim of child molestation against the dead pop star, made by one of his close friends. Choreographer Wade Robson, who testified in defense of the “Thriller” singer in a […read more]

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‘The Butler’ Trailer: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker Star in Lee Daniels Flick [HNGN]

[HNGN] Producer Lee Daniels is back with another film sure to rack up Oscar nominations. Daniels, best known for “Precious” and “The Paper Boy” has produced another movie “The Butler.” The movie is adapted from a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood. It’s based on the […read more]

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Samuel L. Jackson complained about being too old to play Django [UPI]

NEW YORK — Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson admits he was initially disappointed to learn he was too old to play the lead in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained.” Jamie Foxx, 45, was eventually cast in the role of Django — a freed American slave who assists Christoph Waltz‘s Dr. King […read more]

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Kerry Washington Lands First Fashion Cover [GLAM]

Olivia Pope has finally made it! Scandal star Kerry Washington has finally landed her first fashion cover for Elle’s June 2013 issue. Though the star has been a regular on Ebonyand Essence (covering the March 2013 and March 2012 issues, respectively), she has only been featured inside the pages of mainstream magazines like InStyle. […read more]

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Beyonce Talks Career, Family, New Movie and ‘Shock’ Over Reaction to Cuba Trip [ABC News]

  Now on her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, Beyonce is on top of the music world, and the singer/actress is also taking on the role of Queen Tara in the upcoming animated film, “EPIC.” In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach on the London leg of […read more]

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Michael Jackson had skin disease at time of death [LA Times]

Personal details about Michael Jackson were revealed Monday during his family’s lawsuit against entertainment giant AEG. Christopher Rogers, the Los Angeles County deputy medical examiner, testified Monday that the 5-foot-9 Jackson weighed only 136 pounds at the time of his death and that X-rays showed he suffered from arthritis in […read more]

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Clarence Thomas’s Deep-Seated Jealousy

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   For someone who seems to revel in being silent during the Supreme Court’s traditionally lively oral arguments – when a public display of his professional competence would be appropriate – Clarence Thomas’s out-of-court comments are extraordinarily revealing.  They […read more]

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South Africa’s Best Kept Secret

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress comrades were plotting to overthrow the White minority-rule apartheid regime in South Africa, Lilies Farm in Rivonia, just north of Johannesburg, served as their secret hideout. […read more]

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Blacks Underepresented in Immigration Debate

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   The Senate’s Gang of Eight have put together an 844-page monstrosity known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, legislation that President Obama says he “basically approves” of.  The crafters of this essentially unreadable bill was […read more]

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Heterophobia is the New Black

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Last week, I had to make one of the most difficult announcements of my life—I told my family that I liked women, err, love women.  Not knowing how my mother would react, I was relieved when she looked at […read more]

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Study Prompt calls for Policy Reforms to Eliminate Racial Wealth Gaps

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   According to a new research report, America’s racial wealth gaps will persist until public policy reforms provide every family the opportunity to build wealth. Less than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation, from the Urban Institute’s Opportunity and Ownership […read more]

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Consumer Power has no Age Limit

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   I believe our future is in good hands, despite what recent news headlines would have us otherwise believe.  You are as familiar as I am with the barrage of negative stories of violence, drugs, teen pregnancy, bullying and other […read more]

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Military Expansion in Mali and Syria?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The Obama administration is preparing for an expansion of U.S. military involvement into areas from which it should keep its nose clear:  Syria and Mali.  The news reports are unsettling even as there are attempts by the administration […read more]

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Remembering How Black South Africans Won their Freedom

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A trip to South Africa provides painful reminders of the protracted struggle to establish democracy, how the United States propped up the White minority-rule government and the courage Black South Africans demonstrated to win […read more]

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Blackonomics: The Mythical Black Economy

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.”   Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.”  Yet another is “a system of interacting elements, especially when […read more]

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The Economy’s Invisible People

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems – the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions – and none of the committee members showed up? That’s almost […read more]

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Learning to Teach Students How to Learn

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   African American students achieve at a different level than White students.  Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and […read more]

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There’s Power in the Purse

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Depending on the day, what you’re reading or who you’re listening to, the economy is either still in the tank, in recovery, getting worse or is on the upswing.  Whatever the fluctuating state of the American economy, money is being spent.  […read more]

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Like Cholesterol, Some Discrimination is Good

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” last week.  This is a weekly TV show that deals with Black political issues, among other things. The roundtable discussion was very lively, but I was amazed at my fellow panelists’ […read more]