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]

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Michael Jackson lawyer calls new sex abuse claim ‘outrageous’ [Reuters]

[Reuters] The attorney for Michael Jackson’s estate on Wednesday described as “outrageous and pathetic” a fresh claim of child molestation against the dead pop star, made by one of his close friends. Choreographer Wade Robson, who testified in defense of the “Thriller” singer in a […read more]

Entertainment

‘The Butler’ Trailer: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker Star in Lee Daniels Flick [HNGN]

[HNGN] Producer Lee Daniels is back with another film sure to rack up Oscar nominations. Daniels, best known for “Precious” and “The Paper Boy” has produced another movie “The Butler.” The movie is adapted from a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood. It’s based on the […read more]

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Samuel L. Jackson complained about being too old to play Django [UPI]

NEW YORK — Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson admits he was initially disappointed to learn he was too old to play the lead in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained.” Jamie Foxx, 45, was eventually cast in the role of Django — a freed American slave who assists Christoph Waltz‘s Dr. King […read more]

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South Africa’s Best Kept Secret

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress comrades were plotting to overthrow the White minority-rule apartheid regime in South Africa, Lilies Farm in Rivonia, just north of Johannesburg, served as their secret hideout. […read more]

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Blacks Underepresented in Immigration Debate

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   The Senate’s Gang of Eight have put together an 844-page monstrosity known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, legislation that President Obama says he “basically approves” of.  The crafters of this essentially unreadable bill was […read more]

Op-Ed

Heterophobia is the New Black

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Last week, I had to make one of the most difficult announcements of my life—I told my family that I liked women, err, love women.  Not knowing how my mother would react, I was relieved when she looked at […read more]

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Study Prompt calls for Policy Reforms to Eliminate Racial Wealth Gaps

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   According to a new research report, America’s racial wealth gaps will persist until public policy reforms provide every family the opportunity to build wealth. Less than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation, from the Urban Institute’s Opportunity and Ownership […read more]

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Remembering How Black South Africans Won their Freedom

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A trip to South Africa provides painful reminders of the protracted struggle to establish democracy, how the United States propped up the White minority-rule government and the courage Black South Africans demonstrated to win […read more]

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The Economy’s Invisible People

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems – the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions – and none of the committee members showed up? That’s almost […read more]

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Learning to Teach Students How to Learn

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   African American students achieve at a different level than White students.  Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and […read more]

Op-Ed

Like Cholesterol, Some Discrimination is Good

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” last week.  This is a weekly TV show that deals with Black political issues, among other things. The roundtable discussion was very lively, but I was amazed at my fellow panelists’ […read more]

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Obama is Hostile Toward Venezuela

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   When President Obama was first elected, in 2008, much of the world waited to see what sort of changes he would introduce in the relationship of the U.S. towards the rest of the planet. In fact, he was prematurely […read more]

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Understanding the NRA’s ‘Logic’

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Every time the National Rifle Association (NRA) or its political allies block any form of gun control, people throw up their hands in complete frustration trying to figure out why the NRA will, seemingly, never agree to any […read more]

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Gun Vote Revives Civil Rights Memories

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   At first I wondered why I felt so powerful a sense of déjà vu last week when the Senate blocked gun control legislation drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators and supported by the Obama administration. That sensation […read more]

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Who Speaks for You?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Do you have anything to say about what’s going on in town, or across America?  What are your personal priorities and how do you put voice to them? It’s a good question that we all have to ask ourselves from […read more]

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Political Maneuvering over the Budget

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   There has been much discussion about the big picture items in President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2014. If the devil is in the details, as politicians like to say, some parts of Obama’s budget will mean hell […read more]

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“Obama” as a Prefix

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   The right wing seems determined to associate President Obama with any government program that helps people on the bottom. Thus, the term Obamacare was used to attack the health care program that President Obama fashioned and worked with Congress to […read more]

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The Shifting Sands of Sequestration

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Sequestration is like the sand in an hour glass.  When the sand starts falling, it does not seem to amount to much.  The full section of the hour glass seems not to change, at least at first.  Yet […read more]

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Rolling with Roland Martin

By William Reed NNPA Columnist     CNN contributor Roland Martin, who departed the network on April 6, has been named the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) 2013 Journalist of the Year. In today’s American media, there are a number of Black faces on the […read more]

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The Burden of Unemployment

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Unemployment rates were “little changed” in March 2013 – they were either holding steady or dropping by a tenth of a percentage point or so.  The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 to 7.6 percent representing a steady, if painstakingly […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]

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Blackonomics: Money Talk Falls on Deaf Ears

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Surely you’ve heard the saying, “Money Talks.”  But, have you ever wondered what is said about Black money? Obviously, understanding its power and the role it plays in this economy, money speaks loudly and clearly, and Black money speaks even louder.  […read more]

Op-Ed

Zero and Counting

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Are you a Zero-TV household?  No, I don’t mean restricting the kids’ TV viewing to the weekends or until after they’ve completed homework.  I mean – do you watch TV the traditional way or on any of the growing […read more]

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The 1963 March on Washington, Black Labor and Today

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   August 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.  Publicly associated with Dr. King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech, this march brought more than 250,000 people to Washington, D.C. to demand freedom and jobs.   Initiated […read more]

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Blackonomics: Including Us in Economic Inclusion

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Thomas Boston, noted economist and author of Affirmative Action and Black Entrepreneurship, in which he called for a strategy that would establish and grow Black-owned businesses to the point of having the capacity to employ 20 percent of the Black […read more]

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Medical Condescension Can be Deadly

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Anna Brown, a St. Louis-based homeless woman, needed treatment for a sprained ankle.  She went to three emergency rooms seeking treatment.  In the third hospital, St. Mary’s Health Center, Brown was emphatic about needing care.  Instead of being treated, […read more]

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CHILD WATCH: The NRA is Afraid of the Truth

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation is no accident. For years the NRA has […read more]

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Republicans Have Learned a Lesson

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Several of my readers of have questioned why I am writing positive articles about my Republican Party.  The simple answer is that they deserve it.  In the past, I have been very critical of my party because they have […read more]

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Republican Trailblazers

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   The top Black Republicans in the country recently joined Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as he honored “Black Republican Trailblazers” in his latest attempt to make inroads into the Black community. During the event at the National Republican […read more]

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Can March on Washington’s Unity be Duplicated?

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In five months, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In 1963, the March was jointly called by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Big Six” – A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whitney […read more]

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Can We All Just Get Along?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point.  Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee […read more]

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Blackonomics: Black Voters are Back in Style

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   The push for the Black vote is on. Black folks are back in style.  Black is beautiful – again.  Since the last election, the mantra has become, “Get more ‘minorities’ to vote Republican” and Black voters are at the […read more]

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Stopped and Frisked–and Innocent

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Every year for the past decade, under the agency’s “stop-and-frisk” program, New York City police officers have stopped 500,000 to nearly 700,000 citizens on the city’s streets. Nearly 90  percent of those stopped are Black and Hispanic men, […read more]

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Bank Continue to Peddle Payday Loans

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   In today’s challenging financial times, the cost of living finds many consumers with an ongoing financial challenge to hold on until their next payday arrives. Even worse, when banks peddle predatory payday loans, they pose serious threats to their […read more]

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To Be Equal: The Empowerment of Women

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.” Sheryl Sandberg In a stroke of marketing genius befitting the Chief Operating Officer of the social media phenomenon, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg chose Women’s […read more]

Politics

Valerie Jarrett Named “Newsmaker of the Year”

by George Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been named the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s “Newsmaker of the Year.” Jarrett was presented the award last week during NNPAF’s annual Black Press Week celebration in Washington, D.C. Former North […read more]

Op-Ed

Being Moral Only When it’s Convenient

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As a result of Ohio’s Republican Senator Rob Portman’s declaration last week that he now supports homosexual marriage, I am once again compelled to ask: Why are Christians and conservatives constantly apologizing for what they believe? Portman said he […read more]

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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]

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To Be Equal: Trayvon Martin: One Year Later

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist     “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin   A […read more]

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Time to Stop Appeasing AIPAC

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   When I saw in the news that Vice President Biden had gone out of his way to assure the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that the Obama administration was completely serious about military action against Iran if […read more]

Entertainment

Fantasia Fiasco Forces ‘Jet’ to Apologize

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Last week Fantasia Barrino raised a stink after Jet Magazine chose to use a 10 year old picture for her cover story. Things went from bad to worse when Jet editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller posted a disparaging Facebook […read more]

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Time to Repeal the War on Drugs

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Why do Black Americans allow the war on drugs’ unfair toll on people of color to continue? Instead of putting a stop to the racial disparities and arrests, prosecutions, imprisonments, and lack of rehabilitation programs, Blacks have unknowingly allowed the status […read more]

Press Room

NNPA Foundation Names Six Business Leaders to Advisory Board

NNPA Foundation Names Six Business Leaders to Advisory Board WASHINGTON – The National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation has named six prominent business leaders to its newly-created Corporate Advisory Board, Foundation Chairperson Karl B. Rodney has announced. “We’re pleased that such outstanding corporate citizens have agreed […read more]