Congressman Cedric L. Richmond represents the 2nd District of Louisiana, which includes parts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He is also the chair of the 48-member, bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which was established in 1971.Official Photo
Black History

OP-ED: Because of the CBC, the Farm Bill Includes Millions for HBCUs, Black Farmers, and Rural Communities of Color

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “According to federal law, states are required to match federal funding dollar-for-dollar for land-grant universities, but many HBCUs have not been getting what they are owed. In fact, a 2013 report by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities found that from 2010-12, 61% of the historically black land-grant universities did not receive 100% of the one-to-one matching funds from their respective states…” […read more]

Congress of Racial Equality and members of the All Souls Church, Unitarian located in Washington, D.C. march in memory of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims. The banner, which says “No more Birminghams”, shows a picture of the aftermath of the bombing. (Photo: US News & World Report Collection, US Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons)(Photo: US News & World Report Collection, US Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons)
Black History

COMMENTARY: White churches have a moral responsibility to stand up

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The nation is facing many morally relevant social, economic and political crises — voter suppression, income and wealth inequality, criminal justice reform and climate change — that now pose an existential threat to the next generation. Why does the white church remain so silent in the face of these mounting crises and denial of justice and opportunity? […read more]

The rule undermines the Administration’s own Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, issued just a few months ago, which calls for an increased focus on preventing homelessness, including by “Improv[ing] access to federally funded housing assistance by eliminating administrative barriers and encouraging targeting and prioritization of affordable housing to … populations that are especially vulnerable to homelessness.”(photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Public Charge Rule Undermines Human Rights, Harms Families and Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…Let us be clear: human rights and human needs do not disappear based on immigration status. Everyone needs a safe, secure place to live, nutritious food, and access to adequate health care. Keeping poor families out of housing and denying them food will only force them into deeper poverty and potential homelessness. This hurts them, their children and our communities.” […read more]

“…the fact that these beverage taxes are masquerading as public health initiatives means that they can often come at the expense of effective community health programs that have a positive impact on the lives of working-class people.” (Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)(Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)
Commentary

OP-ED: Beverage Taxes Are Not the Health Solution that Working Families Need

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Despite being portrayed as public health solutions, [beverage taxes] end up harming the exact residents that they are supposed to help – primarily working-class African-Americans and Latinos. There are no health benefits to making someone a dollar poorer, and the fact that beverage taxes overwhelmingly affect minorities only makes them more dangerous and disingenuous. […read more]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
Commentary

My Legacy with George Herbert Walker Bush

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Bush was tapped on the shoulder many more times, like when he created a Yale chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in 1948, gave royalties from his book to the UNCF, and had his brother Jonathan serve as chairman of the board of directors for the UNCF in the early nineties. He was the U.S Envoy to China, headed the CIA, and served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, vice president, and president. […read more]

“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color,” Camille Cosby said.
Chicago Crusader

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby Speaks to the Black Press About Hate Groups, Racism, History and Voting Rights

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Following the murder of her only son, Ennis Cosby, more than 20 years ago in Los Angeles, Mrs. Cosby wrote an essay in which she spoke fiercely about America’s hate and racism. She blamed America for teaching her son’s killer, Mikail Markhasev, to hate black people because of the various and pervasive forms of racism in our society. […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 Congressional Black Caucus needs to get to work on the Western Sahara

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …the conflict in the Western Sahara is an inner-African struggle… it represents a struggle over the future of Africa not only because it may explode once again but because it calls into question the terms under which peace and justice can truly emerge on a continent divided as it has been by boundaries originally established by European colonial powers. […read more]

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties.Official Photo
Commentary

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson on World AIDS Day 2018

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am deeply concerned by disproportionately high HIV/Aids rates in low-income and African-American communities. In 2016, 47 percent of all AIDS diagnoses in the United States were given to African Americans and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention people in urban areas who live below the poverty line are twice as likely to become HIV-infected.” […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: Trump, the Republicans and the Neo-Confederate Objective

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When [Trump] and his followers suggest that their way of life is being threatened, they mean that the privileged status of whites and men—compared with people of color and women, respectively—has been called into question by those of us who believe in democracy and justice. […read more]

Thomas Farr (Photo: Screen Capture MSNBC)Thomas Farr (Photo: Screen Capture MSNBC)
Black History

NAACP Strongly urges Senate Rejection of Farr Nomination

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Even among dangerous Trump nominees, Farr stands out for his decades-long crusade to disenfranchise African Americans. He learned how to intimidate Black voters from segregationist Senator Jesse Helms and helped turn North Carolina into ground zero for voter suppression tactics. His nomination is a travesty. His confirmation would be heresy. […read more]

“Wisconsin is the most extreme partisan gerrymander in the United States in the post-2010 cycle. It’s about as far out from what you would consider to be fair as you can imagine.” (Attorney Gerry Hebert, who’s the executive director of the Washington, D.C.- based Campaign Legal Center. Wisconsin Public Radio, May 24, 2016)(Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Partisan Gerrymandering at its Worse

MILWAUKEE COURIER — “Based on the Democrats’ [Wisconsin] statewide success in Tuesday’s election, it’s safe to say that more voters came out to support Democratic candidates than their Republican counterparts. With that being the case, how did the Republicans increase their firm grip on the Legislature while losing five statewide contests?” […read more]

Too many on both sides of the political aisle and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue feel we are beyond the ability to honesty work for national healing. God help us to keep it from becoming part of this ongoing American tragedy.iStockphoto / NNPA
Commentary

COMMENTARY: A nation dangerously divided

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The deaths of those two African Americans in Jeffersontown were just as significant. Yet, it was difficult for the current administration in Washington to classify these murders as acts of terror. In fact, there are strong feelings that if it were not for the Jews murdered in Pittsburgh, the Jeffersontown murders would not have even been considered newsworthy. […read more]

“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color,” Camille Cosby said.
Commentary

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby says, “Vote for Justice, Equality and Democracy”

NNPA NEWSWIRE EXCLUSIVE — “On the eve of this very important election day, these examples remind me of the dangers we faced during Mr. Nixon’s presidency. Both then and now, the American people have been dangerously close to being governed by a dictatorship…a dictatorship intent on serving its own greedy interests even when it results in eradicating the laws that protect humanity. […read more]

Former District Attorney Bruce Castor: …there was “no question that Cosby relied upon my representation when he submitted to depositions in the civil case related to the allegations made by Constand.” (Photo: Screen capture from 2016 Reuters report video)(Photo: Screen capture from 2016 Reuters report video)
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COMMENTARY: Why Camille Cosby Opened up to the Black Press

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With Tuesday’s midterm elections carrying such import, particularly among African Americans and other minorities, Mrs. Cosby not only wanted to convey her thoughts about her husband’s plight, but she felt it critical and urgent that she reach out to voters – some of whom probably can relate to what she and her family are now going through. […read more]

No Picture
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Bill Cosby, White Women and American History

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — “In the years of Cosby’s foolishness it’s hard to believe he would believe he could do the same things as the big time White boys, but it is impossible for me to believe that those women couldn’t find anyone in the country who would listen to or believe them if they had accused Cosby of sexual assault. Most press organizations would have jumped all over such charges with wall-to-wall coverage. I will not speculate as to why they didn’t go public with their accusations against Cosby…” […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]

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]

Jennifer Carroll, Former Florida Lieutenant Governor
Commentary

OP-ED: A Matter of Trust

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…we the voters are now faced with a collection of suspiciously bundled, intentionally confusing and misleading amendments. The CRC conducted its business in a thoroughly irresponsible manner, under the heavy influence of special interest groups, and we are the recipients of their political game to embezzle us from our votes to support their hidden agenda.” […read more]

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COMMENTARY: The deafening drumbeat of the unfree

CALIFORNIA VOICE — Dehumanized by the labels “prisoner,” “inmate” and “convict,” even reduced to serial numbers like Victor Hugo’s Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables,” these men and women are, just like you and me, or any mortal – irrespective of flaws, frailties, even felonious acts and misdemeanors – endowed with the right to be treated with dignity, decency and respect. […read more]

Chicago Crusader

COMMENTARY: Wakanda Now!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Marvel movie, Black Panther, has been an outstanding cultural phenomenon. It has broken records at the box office and has shown doubters that a movie about Black people can be economically powerful. The movie also provided an opportunity for a number of African Americans to advance their acting careers. It has some tried and true regulars, as well as some newer faces who will no doubt be seen again. […read more]

Anyone can be a dad for a day, but being a real father is a completely different challenge.
#NNPA BlackPress

COMMENTARY: When a Father…

NNPA NEWSWIRE — We sons observe our fathers in awe at first, because of the size differential. But as the luster of the bluster wears off, sons see exactly what kind of man their fathers are by the way they treat and care for the women in their lives – their wives, their sons’ mothers, other relatives. […read more]

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Op-Ed

Op-Ed: From Reconstruction Amendments To The Present Day Pursuit Of Democracy

THE WEEKLY CHALLENGER — The United States Constitution, which includes the Bill of Rights, or the first 10 amendments, was signed and became the supreme law of the land in 1787. After much debate and compromise, it was established as the structural foundation of laws that would guide the new nation. Within a 13 year period, two more rules of law were added. […read more]

Monica Simpson, the executive director of SisterSong, says that the work of Black women will help us understand and combat Trump’s agenda, with Black women leading the fight.Monica Simpson/SisterSong
Featured

Op-Ed: Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

SAN DIEGO VOICE & VIEWPOINT — There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led by courageous truth-tellers who are sick and tired of a violent and largely ignored status quo. […read more]

Christopher G. Cox, publisher and managing editor, www.realesavvy.com
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Offering Mortgages for as Little as 3 Percent Down

PASADENA JOURNAL — One of the biggest obstacles confronting low- and moderate-income home buyers is coming up with the 20 percent down payment that many financial advisors recommend they have in the bank prior to entering the housing market. Under Fannie Mae’s Home Ready and Freddie Mac’s Home Possible programs, it might be possible to obtain a mortgage with substantially less cash on hand. […read more]