Polls proved to be wildly inaccurate and the numbers completely misread how well Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, would eventually fare in the primary. He won.
Commentary

A Black man who could become Florida’s next governor

NNPA NEWSPAPER — “Nationally, a confluence of factors, including a surge of political grassroots activism, resistance to the odious policies emanating from the White House and record numbers of women – particularly Black women and women of color – has resulted in these groups and individuals not just mobilizing and organizing but also running for office. This groundswell has changed the face of the election landscape.” […read more]

MS Politicians at Espy's 'Meet & Greet' (l-r) Kenneth Walker, Sheila Jackson Lee, Mike Espy, Deborah Gibbs, Sollie Norwood
Mississippi Link

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee stumps in Mississippi for U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Espy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — As an African American Democrat in Mississippi, Espy needs a strong voter turnout among black people, who make up 38 percent of the state’s population. “When you go to the polls, I want you to close your eyes and pretend as if you’re voting for Barack Obama,” Espy said to a cheering crowd at a recent campaign event. “Although, I’m not as handsome and perhaps don’t speak as well as he does, we need that type of support. […read more]

#NNPA BlackPress

Government-sponsored race discrimination has suppressed Black homeownership and generational wealth

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — An example of “de facto” segregation would be white concentration in a particular school district, simply because the surrounding neighborhood is predominately white. “It’s a myth that  unlike all the other segregations I’ve described, segregation in housing wasn’t created by government. And we tell ourselves that residential segregation will happen by accident; unlike the other kinds of segregations I’ve described.” […read more]

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]

Featured

CBC Members Met with FBI Director Christopher Wray about the FBI’s Controversial “Black Identity Extremists” Report. This Is What They Learned.

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) FBI Director Christopher A. Wray failed to explain why the agency he leads changed the name of a domestic terrorism designation from “Black Separatist Extremists” to “Black Identity Extremist,” during a recent meeting with a group of Congressional Read More

Op-Ed

Remember the Chibok Girls

By Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) Three years ago, Boko Haram terrorists burst into dormitory rooms at the Government Secondary School in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok and kidnapped nearly 300 girls simply because they dared to get an education. In the days leading Read More

Op-Ed

The Cost of a Vote

By Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.) Fifty-one years ago, on March 24, 1966, the United States Supreme Court struck down the last poll taxes in this country. It was a victory for the American people and for the case’s lead plaintiff, Annie A. Harper, an Read More

Op-Ed

Speak Out to Protect Your Health

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of Read More

Politics

Obama Lauds Black Women at CBC Dinner

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During his speech at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner, President Barack Obama celebrated the critical role that Black women have played in “every great movement in American history” and pledged to Read More

Politics

Biden to Court Black Caucus

Edward-Isaac Dovere, POLITICO   WASHINGTON (Politico) — Continuing his pre-presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden will head to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation convention in Washington this weekend, according to sources familiar with the planning. Biden’s expected to attend the Phoenix Awards dinner on Saturday Read More

National

New Congressional Caucus Champions HBCUs

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A little help may be on the way for historically Black colleges and universities struggling against falling financial support and an increasingly skeptical public. The Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus was launched last week, with Congressional members 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

Our Own Worst Enemy

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Black Democrats are the most despised people on the face of this earth and they have worked hard to deserve this designation. They vote upwards of 90 percent for Democratic candidates for president and get very little in exchange for Read More