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Commentary

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Shuts the Door on Discriminatory Political Climate

“From the tone of the presidential campaign, to where the Klu Klux Klan makes their appearances regularly, to the deportation of hundreds of immigrants, to the ban on Muslims, to the children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border—that is where the CBC steps in.” […read more]

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Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Response to Recording of President Trump Joking About Niger Ambush

“I wish I could say that I’m surprised by President Trump’s attempt to make light of a tragic event that led to the deaths of four American heroes, but I am not. It is appalling, but this is the same man, after all, who told the widow of my constituent, Sgt. La David Johnson, during his so-called condolence call that her husband knew what he was signing up for…” […read more]

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

Trump’s approval rating drop could be a disaster for the GOP in 2018

DEFENDER NEWS SERVICE — We don’t know if this is the beginning of a trend or not. Three polls are just three polls, though Trump’s approval rating has declined to its lowest level since April, according to the FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics trackers. Still, the President’s approval rating did not shift in the Gallup’s weekly tracker. […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]

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]

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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]

Black History

PRESS ROOM: NNPA Honors Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. with 2018 Lifetime Legacy Award at Annual Convention

Civil rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., will receive the NNPA’s Lifetime Legacy Award at at the Lifetime Legacy Award Black Tie Gala at 7:30 PM at the Hilton Norfolk The Main. Congressman Robert C. Scott will receive the 2018 National Congressional Leadership Award during Friday’s luncheon session at the 2018 NNPA Annual Convention. […read more]

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Business

Real Estate Industry Insiders Work to Educate Potential Home Buyers during National Homeownership Month

Christopher Cox, the publisher and managing editor of realesavvy.com, says that June is a great month for African Americans to learn more about homeownership. June is recognized by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) as National Homeownership Month. […read more]

National

Open Letter to Starbucks

…the Starbucks decision to fix this public relations problem with “diversity training” is not the Howard Schultz or even the Starbucks way. Rather than work with the Black community towards a solution to this potentially international issue, Starbucks turned to themselves and created a program for diversity training that includes closing their stores for one day and hiring the highest-priced diversity trainers money can buy. […read more]