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]

African American News & Issues

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Testifies EXACTLY what Kavanaugh Confirmation means for Black America

AFRIAN AMERICAN NEWS & ISSUES— Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record on criminal justice is “entirely unsatisfactory for a country persistently struggling to hold law enforcement accountable for mass incarceration and police brutality.” […read more]

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Op-Ed

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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Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Diluting Black Business

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   We have these programs from the blood, sweat and tears of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other giants of the Civil Rights Movement. They saw the vision of having a new and improved civil rights act.  Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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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Op-Ed

A Closer Reading of Obama’s Terrorism Speech

By Bill Fletcher,  Jr. NNPA Columnist   I read the speech.  I read it carefully.  Again, an excellent speech; as a result, you have to read it closely to see what it is actually saying and what it is not saying. The Obama administration is Read More

Op-Ed

“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

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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

Entertainment

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

Entertainment

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

Entertainment

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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Op-Ed

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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Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

CHILDWATCH: ‘Numb, Spiritually Dead Nation’

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Ka’Nard Allen has been shot twice in his 10-year-old life. On May 12, he went with his mother to the annual Mother’s Day second line parade in New Orleans. When two gunmen shot into the line of participants—men, Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: End the War on Drugs Now

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   There is no easy way or walk to freedom; no shortcuts to justice; no quick fix for conceiving and constructing the good and sustainable society and world we all want and deserve. Indeed, to achieve the good we all Read More

Op-Ed

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

Entertainment

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

Entertainment

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

Entertainment

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

Entertainment

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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Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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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Op-Ed

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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Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

Protecting Black Americans’ Right to Compete

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s no coincidence that in the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a challenge to affirmative action in higher education and also a challenge to the most important provision of the Voting Rights Act Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Common Sense Leads to Common Cents

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Some people say “common sense is not common,” which may be the main reason Black people are not as far up the economic ladder as we should be.  Having been in this country since it started, having provided the Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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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Op-Ed

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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Op-Ed

Black Revolutionary Assata Shakur is no Terrorist

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist When the FBI announced that they were placing fugitive Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard) on the list of most wanted terrorists and that they were offering an additional $1 million for her capture, it caught most of the world by Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

HIP HOP CONNECTION: A Proud Citizen of Hip Hop

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   I’ve often debated with myself over the obvious ramifications the Hip Hop lifestyle imposes on society.  Still, I proudly raise my flag and declare:  I Am a Citizen of Hip Hop.  But what does that mean?  Does it mean Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

Check in the Mail for Wronged Mortgage Borrowers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The old saying, “The check is in the mail,”  is often a ruse not worth heeding. But beginning April 12, checks will begin going into the mail for 4.2 million mortgage borrowers who were in the foreclosure process in Read More

Op-Ed

America’s Inconsistent Foreign Policy

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two years ago, President Obama instituted a policy towards Africa that most Americans are totally unaware of.  The policy sent shock waves throughout the continent of Africa that are still reverberating to this day. This policy was a direct Read More

Op-Ed

Advocates Push to Preserve Foreclosure Program

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A broad coalition of state and national organizations is pushing to preserve a key federal program that has helped more than 1.1 million troubled homeowners and reduced mortgage payments by a median savings of $546 each month. The Home Read More

Op-Ed

Women are Wired Differently

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   As I write, Chaka Khan’s empowering “I’m Every Woman” loops in my head – like a soundtrack. (By the way, have you seen her lately? All slim, trim and more fabulous than ever).  It’s Women’s History Month and the lyrics to Read More

Entertainment

Updates from the Hip-Hop World [LA Sentinel]

Suge Knight recently appeared on the Howard Stern show and he had some really crazy things to say about Dr. Dre, as he accuses the good doctor of being gay, and a snitch. During the interview, Suge said Dre recently went to his P.O. and Read More

Op-Ed

Black American’s Never-Ending Challenge

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Within a matter of days late last month, four controversies erupted that acutely underscore the crux of Black Americans continuing challenge in this land. In one, Emory University President James W. Wagner seemed to suggest that the bargaining among Read More

Op-Ed

Power at your Fingertips

  By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Did you know that tens of thousands of new products are introduced to consumer markets around the world every year? It could be a new flavor of ice cream, a fancy new electronic gadget or the latest shade Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Shielded by Legal Shield

By Harry C. Alford   NNPA Columnist       Legal Shield was first known as PrePaid Legal and that is where this story begins.  This is a story of a relationship between the National Black Chamber of Commerce and this network of top legal Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Business Tools for Success

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   No business can guarantee success.  In fact, the vast majority of business ventures fail by the second year. Yet, entrepreneurship is the backbone of our economy and the few who succeed provide more than 70 percent of all Read More

Op-Ed

1885 Haitian Book Predicted a Black U.S. President

By Gershom Williams NNPA Guest Columnist   Perhaps because Antenor Firmin wrote in French and not English, or perhaps because he was Haitian and not French, his work was ignored, became obscure and was out of print even in Haiti until 1968. -Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban Professor Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: RGIII Takes Care of Business

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   African-American sports pundit, Rob Parker created a clamor and got himself suspended for saying on live television: “My question is … Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?  He’s not real… He’s kinda Black, but he’s Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: National Urban League Launches $70 Million Jobs Rebuild America Initiative

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “We urge that a comprehensive jobs program be developed and executed by way of a partnership that includes government, the private sector and the nation’s non-profit community.” November 7 National Urban League letter to President Obama, John Boehner and Nancy Read More