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Crime

EXCLUSIVE: Experts Say, ‘Throw out Cosby Conviction’

“It is also a fact that Black men are more likely to be prosecuted and then given severe sentences than white men, even though rates of criminal activity are similar. This system bias is most evident in murder cases when offenders are black and victims are white but has been shown in other forms of violence. This is unjust, and it may be that victim impact statements are part of this problem…” […read more]

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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]

National

Hillary Clinton Up Close

By Kai EL’Zabar (Executive Editor, Chicago Defender) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came to Chicago on her Midwest campaign jaunt to address the Women’s International Luncheon at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition 45th Annual Convention. After the luncheon, the “Chicago Defender” sat down, up close Read More

Op-Ed

Nothing Essential About Essence

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I wrote a column three years ago titled, “Black Women No Longer Have Their Essence.” My point was that Essence, the pre-eminent magazine for Black women, had become irrelevant and an embarrassment to the Black community. Unfortunately, Essence has continued its decent into irrelevancy. Read More

National

St. Louis American Wins NNPA Best Newspaper Award

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PORTLAND, Oregon (NNPA) – The St. Louis American has won the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Russwurm/Senstacke Trophy for general excellence for the third consecutive year, it was announced Thursday night at the NNPA’s annual convention here. It was the Missouri newspaper’s Read More

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Op-Ed

The Power of the Black Press

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the “power” of Black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions. Such was the case recently when Richard Prince 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

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Op-Ed

Is the Recovery Stumbling or Soaring?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Although the overall unemployment rate still exceeds 7 percent, and the official Black unemployment rate is greater than 13 percent, there are some who insist that there is a robust economic recovery in progress.  Indeed, we were declared “post 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

Lean in to Leaning In

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist    One would be hard-pressed not to acknowledge that Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has had a spectacular business career, the kind that is often described as affirming the claim that America is a land of golden 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

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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

Putting the IRS ‘Scandal’ into Perspective

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges 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

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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

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Mel Watt Is “The Man”

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   President Obama has named Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.) as overseer of government-backed mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But, there’s rising skepticism, on both the left and right, about the affable Carolinian. Questions abound as to whether Watt will 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

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Op-Ed

Black Empowerment ‘At Last’ – or Last?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When Beyonce Knowles sang the Etta James song “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the song could have had several meanings.  At last we have an African American president?  At last, the muscle of the Black vote Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Al is Sharp, Ben’s not Jealous

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Dudley Randall’s poem, “It seems to me, said Booker T, I disagree, said W.E.B.” points out an issue that has plagued Black folks for generations. During Booker T’s time, some Blacks said he was working “for the man” as he Read More

Op-Ed

Our Era of Political Extremism

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Last year, James Porter, the recently-elected president of the National Rifle Association, declared that President Obama was a “fake president …[whose] entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.” Earlier this month, Adam Kokesh, a failed Republican candidate for 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

Entertainment

FAMU names alum as new band director [USA Today]

1969 grad to lead school’s marching and pep bands in wake of drum major’s hazing death. (Photo: Karl Etters, The Tallahassee Democrat) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M interim President Larry Robinson on Tuesday introduced Sylvester Young as the new director of the school’s marching and pep Read More