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Nia Franklin Wins Miss America

“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.” […read more]

Op-Ed

Climate Change and Black America

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., says that climate change for African Americans is a matter of life and death. By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist Why are millions of Black American youth and elders suffering disproportionately from asthma and other respiratory illnesses much Read More

Op-Ed

The Legacy of Julian Bond

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   There is an old African proverb that says “The spirit of a freedom warrior will never die in the enduring life of the village, yet that valued spirit will be passed on to future generations.” Julian Bond Read More

Op-Ed

Attacking Economic Racism

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Despite ill-intended efforts to do it for us, Black Americans have a responsibility to define our own reality. It is a fundamental human right recognized and respected by the United Nations. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to Read More

Op-Ed

Time to End Mass Incarceration

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Mass incarceration in the United States is counterproductive and disproportionately causes a long-term injury to Black Americans and others who remain trapped in poverty and disillusionment. How is it that the richest nation on earth and the Read More

Op-Ed

Systematic Racism in America

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department sheds a brighter light on a serious racial injustice malignancy that is not isolated or unique to that besieged city. What the Justice Department Read More

Op-Ed

50 Years of Black Progress

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Has Black America made significant progress politically, socially and economically over the past 50 years? This is not only an important question to pose, it is equally important to answer. And the answer is a resounding yes. Read More

Op-Ed

Yes, Marching Still Makes a Difference

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”  “No Justice, No Peace”  “I Can’t Breathe” “Black Lives Matter” Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue to characterize marches, die-ins, sit-ins and other non-violent actions in more than 50 cities Read More

Op-Ed

The Legacy of Marcus Garvey

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist This year marks the 100 anniversary of the founding of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  I believe it is important for all people, especially for 45 million Black Americans, to remember Read More

Op-Ed

Tasting a “Taste of Soul”

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Black Americans are blessed, not cursed. I say that because it is true and verifiable. As a people we are blessed with intellectual genius, creativity, ingenuity and a vast multitalented reservoir of human resources, energy and spirit. Of Read More

Op-Ed

Jesse Jackson Makes a Difference

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist I know about Black American leadership from both a personal and a professional perspective that spans more than five decades of observation and involvement. After recently the participating in the 2014 Rainbow Push Automotive Summit in Detroit, I Read More

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Op-Ed

The CBC—Then and Now

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Too often people who have experienced and endured long term oppression and suffering take for granted some of the socioeconomic and political indicators of progress. In other words, it is important periodically to assess both the setbacks and Read More

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Op-Ed

Nov. 4: A Day of Reckoning

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Black Americans and others who want to contribute to the future progressive transformation of our nation and world have an upcoming strategic opportunity to make the critical difference. In less than 60 days, the November elections will be Read More

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Op-Ed

Marching to the Ballot Box

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist It is inaccurate for newscasters to say, “In the aftermath of the recent racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., calm and peace has now been restored.” Peace is not the absence of violence, war, inhumanity or oppression. Peace is Read More

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Op-Ed

African Leaders Summit in America

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist The importance of President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held this week in Washington, D.C. should not be underestimated. This is historic event for all Americans, but   especially for 45 million Black Americans who all are direct or Read More

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Op-Ed

Celebrating Black Fathers

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   As we approach Fathers’ Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their Read More

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Op-Ed

Support our Black Colleges

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   There is a critical and long overdue discussion about the fate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) now finally taking place around the nation.  Yes, this is the time of year where annual government allocations and Read More

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Op-Ed

2016 Dream Ticket: Hillary and Michelle

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The 2016 national elections are not that far away. It is timely and important that we not wait until then to begin having constructive discussions about who should be given the opportunity and responsibility to  succeed President Read More