During his career, Georgia’s Secretary of State and Republican candidate for governor, Brian Kemp, has been a proponent of Voter ID laws and voter purges. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
National

Former President Jimmy Carter Calls on Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to Step Down

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The conflict of interest regarding Kemp’s role as Georgia’s Secretary of State and as statewide candidate entered a new phase after it was discovered that Kemp was silent on the “exact match” law in Georgia. […read more]

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“His unique social media power makes him incredibly dangerous for the country,” — Republican strategist Rick Wilson(Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Week of Trump-Connected Violence Once Again Sets Off Alarms on His Words and Policies

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Trump made his self-defining statement on October 22 in Houston, saying, “They have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist.” […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com. And look for his new novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: The rise of anti-Semitism has nothing to do with those who are pro-Palestinian!

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When neo-fascists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and chanted “Jews will not replace us!” Trump was silent. His later comments that there were allegedly good people on “both sides” excused away the actions of these fascists. Therefore, no surprise when former President Obama and others said that Trump’s words of condolence in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh massacre rang hollow. […read more]

Black History

Georgia NAACP Files Voter Complaint Against Secretary of State Brian Kemp Over Voting Machine Irregularities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Georgia NAACP has received complaints from several voters on touch screen irregularities when attempting to select Stacey Abrams as their choice for governor – the machines instead chose Secretary of State Brian Kemp. In other instances, machines showed ballots being cast before any the person actually voted. […read more]

Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Florida, has been charged with five Federal crimes, including mailing an incendiary device and threatening a former president. (Photo: Cesar Altieri via Twitter)(Photo: Cesar Altieri via Twitter)
#NNPA BlackPress

Black Press of America On National Alert in Wake of Domestic Terrorism

NNPA NEWSWIRE — NNPA National Chairman Dorothy Leavell emphasized, “I am deeply disturbed by the recent bomb threats that have been sent to many of our national leaders and now includes The Black Press of America. Our freedoms and peace of mind that we have enjoyed for so long seems to now be threatened and if it continues will be a thing of the past.” […read more]

Comcast continues to offer “an unmatched internet experience that combines gigabit speeds with wall-to-wall WiFi, personalized tools and controls, and enough capacity to stay ahead of tomorrow’s innovations,” says Dana Strong, Comcast’s president of Consumer Services.(Courtesy image)
National

PRESS ROOM: Comcast Becomes Nation’s Largest Provider of Gigabit Internet

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We’re now the nation’s largest gigabit Internet provider and we’ll continue to be a leader when it comes to providing the fastest speeds to the most people. Nearly all of our 58 million homes and businesses passed in 39 states and the District of Columbia can access our ultra-fast Xfinity Gigabit Internet and Comcast Business Gigabit services,” Steven V. Restivo, VP Corporate Communications, Comcast […read more]

Teachers go to great lengths to identify what percentage quizzes, homework, tests, extra credit, and class participation count towards the overall grade, but the seemingly objective way educators determine grades are often inaccurate, hide student achievement, and actually perpetuate achievement gaps. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black Children

NNPA ESSA MEDIA CAMPAIGN — “Grades determine so many decisions made about our children: whether they are promoted, qualify to play on the athletic field, graduate, receive scholarships, and get accepted to college. Unfortunately, in too many schools and classrooms, teachers often unwittingly assign grades in ways that are unfair and make success more difficult for black and other underserved children.” […read more]

During a congressional hearing in 2015, Mulvaney reportedly said the CFPB can’t combat discriminatory lending practices if the Bureau has internal discrimination issues of its own. (Photo: Mick Mulvaney, Official Photo / whitehouse.gov)(Photo: Mick Mulvaney, Official Photo / whitehouse.gov)
National

CFPB Staff Said to Rebel Over Racist Blog Posts by Eric Blankenstein

NNPA NEWSWIRE — [Mick] Mulvaney brushed aside calls by Allied Progress and dozens of consumer advocacy organizations and civil rights groups for the ouster of Eric Blankenstein and a return to the CFPB’s robust fair lending enforcement, writing, “I am not going to let any outside group dictate who works here or how I structure the Bureau.” […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial ServicesOfficial Photo
National

PRESS ROOM: Congresswoman Waters Statement on GOP Plan to Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…It is a testament to their moral depravity and endless greed that the Republicans and Donald Trump would once again attempt to break the social safety net to pay for their GOP Tax Scam law. Through their actions and words, the Republicans and Trump have made it abundantly clear that they are willing to break the backs of working families and America’s seniors to serve and enrich powerful corporations and Wall Street banks.” […read more]

(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Black History

Black Women Voters Seek to Shake up Midterms

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Trump presidency has repeatedly undermined the Affordable Care Act and other health programs that benefit the health of Black women. Black women will step up and vote for those who will work together with us to create health equity so that our families and communities can thrive…” — La’Tasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice […read more]

Dr. Elizabeth Primas is the program manager for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign.
Commentary

Do children all need to succeed the same way?

NNPA ESSA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN — Unlike widgets, children will never fit perfectly into standardized molds. They learn to walk at different ages. They learn to talk at different ages. And each child has a different set of interests and learning style. Students’ ability to demonstrate mastery in one area over another has a lot to do with their previous knowledge and exposure to out-of-the-classroom experiences. […read more]

Photo: Bill Cosby with publicists Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson (Photo: Ebonee Benson / Facebook)(Photo: Ebonee Benson / Facebook)
Crime

VIDEO: Bill Cosby’s Life in Prison – Comedian Gets First Visit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Mr. Cosby said Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela helped him prepare for this chapter of his life. He said they told him that if he was going to continue to fight for civil rights, something like this was bound to happen and he’s been prepared for it and he knows he’s in prison not for rape, but for infidelity. He knows he’s innocent and he’s kept his head up.” […read more]

– The Rainbow PUSH/CEF Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, convenes for its 19th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, November 1-2, 2018 at the Motor City Casino Hotel and Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan.
National

PRESS ROOM: 19th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our presence in the automotive industry is vitally necessary for the advancement of minority suppliers, dealers and other professional vendors,” Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said, president and founder of Rainbow PUSH. “We plan to work with automakers to develop concrete goals and timetables, as we collectively define the critical path for ethnic minority growth. With the integration of technology in the automotive industry and advancement of mobility, minority suppliers and automakers must adjust their game plans accordingly.” […read more]

Featured

Election Day countdown: The war for maximum voter turnout in Nov. 6 election is on

THE MISSISSIPPI LINK — The suit alleges that Georgia’s “‘no match, no vote’ voter registration scheme violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” according to a statement from the organization.The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over the state’s “discriminatory and unlawful ‘exact match’ voter suppression scheme.” […read more]

Sen. Kamala Harris questions Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh (screen capture / YouTube)(screen capture / YouTube)
Featured

Senators Urge Trump Administration to Halt Deportation of Mauritanians

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Between 1989 and 1991, tensions between Arab-Berbers and black ethnic groups in Mauritania resulted in the government-led displacement, expulsion, and denationalization of over 70,000 black Mauritanians. According to Human Rights Watch, these injustices were also accompanied by a litany of other abuses, including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture, rape, property theft, and destruction of legal documents. […read more]

Launched in May, the “Be the Difference. Vote,” campaign relies on studies that show voters 50 and older are the most reliable. (Photo: AARP)(Photo: AARP)
Featured

AARP’s ‘Be the Difference. Vote.’ stresses the importance of voting in this year’s midterms

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “‘Be the Difference. Vote.’ is a non-partisan campaign whose goal is mobilizing African Americans voters — and all voters 50 and older — to exercise your power and vote,” says Edna Kane-Williams, the senior vice president of Multicultural Leadership at AARP. “Critical issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs and family caregiving are on the line and older voters need to show up and protect what they’ve earned.” […read more]

Kanye West visits the Oval Office Oct. 11 to meet with President Trump. As he had on Saturday Night Live and other occasions, as dozens of camera rolled, he stressed the need to end prison slavery by removing the slavery exception clause in the 13th Amendment that enslaves prisoners.
California Voice - San Francisco Bay View

COMMENTARY: The Kanye conflict over the slavery exception clause: Amending the amendment that ‘abolished’ slavery

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — “While Kanye is a clown in many senses of the word, his buffoonery can be used to our advantage. Right now he has everyone’s attention, so instead of writing off his statements as if they’re all idiotic remarks, it’s time to critically take a look at the claims he’s making because prisoners have been resisting and fighting to abolish the 13th Amendment for decades and now a magnifying light is amplifying that call.” […read more]

His convictions could put the murderer behind bars for the rest of his life if Judge Vincent Gaughan brings down the hammer at Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing on Halloween, October 31. (Photo: Trial Press Pool Photo)(Photo: Trial Press Pool Photo)
Black History

“The Trial of the Century” from a Black journalist’s view

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I couldn’t believe it was happening, but it was. A justice system that for decades was viewed as broken by thousands of Blacks and minorities had finally worked and convicted a Chicago police officer of killing a Black teenager. My assignment was over, but an exciting moment for Black Chicago was just beginning…” […read more]

Derrick Johnson is the President and CEO of the NAACP. Follow him on Twitter at @DerrickNAACP or @NAACP. Pledge to vote by Texting NAACP to 40649.
#NNPA BlackPress

PRESSROOM: NAACP Monitoring Possible Voter Suppression Tactics in Georgia Gov. Race

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s a stain on our system of democracy when less than a month before an election which could produce the first African-American female governor in our nation’s history, we are seeing this type of voter suppression scheme attempted by a state official whose candidacy for the governorship produces an irremediable conflict of interest,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. […read more]

With 40% of Americans supporting the president’s rhetoric and policies, America remains extremely divided. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Are Blacks Warming Up to Trump?

WASHINGTON INFORMER — For the record, since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking unemployment statistics based on race in the 1970s, the rate of Black unemployment today, 5.8 percent (compared to the overall unemployment rate of 3.8 percent) is at its lowest percentage ever. However, economists emphasize that the downward trend first began under President Barack Obama, further noting that the numbers do not take into consideration those who have stopped looking for work, many of whom are Black. […read more]

President Barack Obama (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
#NNPA BlackPress

Obama Issues Second Round of Midterm Endorsements

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” said President Obama. […read more]

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh in the Justices’ Conference Room, Supreme Court Building. Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible. Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Law

Meet Kim Jackson, Brett Kavanaugh’s Black Supreme Court Law Clerk

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — Kim Jackson, who is Black, joined Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen as Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court law clerks. She is a Yale Law School alumnus just like her boss, according to the Washington Post, which also reported that “two of the three African Americans clerking at the Supreme Court this term previously worked for Kavanaugh.” […read more]

As a vocal outspoken opponent to President Trump, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has received death threats.NNPA
Commentary

Rep. Maxine Waters Pushes Back Hard Against Unsubstantiated “News” From the Right

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Lies, lies, and more despicable lies. I am utterly disgusted by the spread of the completely false, absurd, and dangerous lies and conspiracy theories that are being peddled by ultra-right-wing pundits, outlets, and websites who are promoting a fraudulent claim that a member of my staff was responsible for the release of the personal information of Members of the United States Senate on Wikipedia…” […read more]

Official photo of United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).Official photo of United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
#NNPA BlackPress

Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Judge Kavanaugh the American people saw before the Judiciary Committee does not have the character, the temperament, or the judgment to sit on the highest court in our land. His own partisan, evasive, dishonest, and aggressive testimony demonstrates that we cannot trust him to be a fair and unbiased jurist. He is simply unfit. The Senate should have put partisanship aside and demanded better. […read more]

Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder and all 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of police misconduct. (Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)(Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)
#NNPA BlackPress

GUILTY!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday, October 5, by a jury at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, ending decades of frustration in Chicago’s Black community and marking a significant turning point involving police misconduct in the police department’s notorious history. […read more]

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Chicago Defender

Here’s Why Black Unemployment Fell In September and (Hint) Trump Has Nothing To Do With It

CHICAGO DEFENDER — The African-American unemployment rate went from 6.3 percent to 6 percent, the second lowest on record behind 5.9 percent in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department who released the report on Friday. The decline suggests that Blacks had a less tough time with finding work. However, the change was little compared to August’s job report. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: Time stopped for me on September 27th

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…the continuous suggestion that there must have been something wrong with Dr. Ford and others who have brought forward allegations against Judge Kavanaugh because they failed to raise their concerns earlier is specious. It is an allegation that can only be made by someone(s) who has not faced ridicule, harassment and self-doubt in response to their experiences with sexual harassment or assault.” […read more]

#NNPA BlackPress

Government-sponsored race discrimination has suppressed Black homeownership and generational wealth

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — An example of “de facto” segregation would be white concentration in a particular school district, simply because the surrounding neighborhood is predominately white. “It’s a myth that  unlike all the other segregations I’ve described, segregation in housing wasn’t created by government. And we tell ourselves that residential segregation will happen by accident; unlike the other kinds of segregations I’ve described.” […read more]

Photo Credit: IBWPPI WebsitePhoto Credit: IBWPPI Website
#NNPA BlackPress

Premiere Black Women’s Organization Spearheads International Change

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our mission is to convene hearings and conversations that evaluate the impact of current public policy and initiate new policies that address major threats to the well-being of Black women, their families and communities. We are a membership driven organization with a seat at the table for all those who believe as we do, that it is our duty to help make life better for others.” […read more]

Dr. Ben Chavis
Charleston Chronicle

Norton to Introduce Bill Requiring Federal Agencies to Advertise with Minority-Owned Media

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that she will introduce a bill to require all federal agencies to include in their annual budget requests to Congress the amount they spent in the most recent fiscal year on advertising contracts with newspapers and media companies owned by minorities and women. […read more]

Photo Credit: San Antonio CurrentPhoto Credit: San Antonio Current
#NNPA BlackPress

Betsy DeVos Slammed for Wanting to Use ESSA Funds to Purchase Guns in School

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights… we write to share our significant concern regarding the Department’s reported contemplation of the use of Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants provided to states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for purchasing firearms and firearms training for school staff…” […read more]

White House correspondent April Ryanaprildryan.com
National

White House Reporter Cites Lack of Transparency in Oval Office

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Has Donald Trump intentionally kept American citizens in the dark? That’s what veteran White House correspondent April Ryan declared as an irrefutable fact while speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. […read more]

East Texas Review

Trump Pushes the Ethanol Blend Wall

EAST TEXAS REVIEW — President Donald Trump intends to hand out $12 billion to various farmers to offset the financial losses they are facing due to his trade war. That’s his attempt at directly padding his supporters’ pockets. He announced his plan to indirectly help farmers during a recent visit to Iowa, saying he may issue a “12-month E15 waiver.” […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Official photo / waters.house.gov / waters.house.gov
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Waters: Trump Would Rather Put Children in Cages Than Prepare Nation for Natural Disasters

“The Trump Administration’s transfer of $9.8 million in FEMA emergency preparedness funding to ICE for its detention centers at the beginning of this year’s hurricane season is a travesty. This President is more interested in cruel policies that put children in cages and separate them from their parents than ensuring that our nation is prepared for natural disasters.” […read more]

The Cure Sickle Cell Initiative seeks to develop cures for a far broader group of individuals with the disease, and it is initially focusing on gene therapies that modify the patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which make red and other blood cells.National Institutes of Health/Cure Sickle Cell
Featured

NIH launches initiative to accelerate genetic therapies to cure sickle cell disease

“This initiative is giving patients, families, and communities a reason for hope. I’m particularly pleased that we are able to make this announcement during Sickle Cell Awareness month, when we are shining a spotlight on the toll of this devastating disease,” — ADM Brett Giroir, M.D. Asst. Sec. for Health, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) […read more]