Friday July 31 2015, 07:19:32 AM


New NNPA Officers Elected; Denise Rolark Barnes Elected Chair

DETROIT (NNPA) – Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer, has been elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers. Rolark Barnes succeeds Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., publisher of the Arizona Informant, who served two, 2-year terms. After graduating from Howard University with a degree in communications,… Read more »

Partnership with Howard Students, Black Press Reaffirmed

NNPA Rededicates Media Lab at HU’s School of Communications by Sarafina Wright Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer The National Newspaper Publishers Association rededicated Howard University’s School of Communications media lab as a further testament to the commitment to the partnership between the organization and the school’s journalism department. The ribbon cutting took… Read more »

Black Press Faces Challenging, but Hopeful Future

by Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Jordan Shanks, a sophomore English major at Howard University admitted that before Black Press Week, he didn’t know much about the Black Press or the Richmond Free Press, the Black newspaper published in the Virginia city where he grew up. “The state of the Black Press is impacted… Read more »

Hezekiah Walker Honored with NNPA Torch Award

By Elaina Johnson Howard University News Service WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Grammy Award-winning artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker can add the 2015 Torch Award for religion to his list of accomplishments as a gospel music artist and pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle, a mega church in Brooklyn, N.Y. The National Newspapers Publishers Association honored him last week… Read more »

Ben Crump: NNPA Newsmaker of the Year

  By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who skyrocketed to national prominence by representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was followed, confronted and shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., said that since the 4th grade, he always knew that he… Read more »

188 Years of Black Press Excellence in the United States

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America. For the past 188 years Black Americans have labored diligently and responsibly… Read more »

Black Press Called ‘Essential’ to Future Progress

  By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NASSAU, Bahamas (NNPA) – A top Bahamas official praised the Black Press last week as essential to truthfully and creditably chronicling African American progress from one generation to the next. Philip E. Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, commended the National Newspaper Publishers… Read more »

Chavis: Civil Rights Movement Needed More Now Than Five Decades Ago

By Nathan Hardin Special to the NNPA from The Fayetteville Observer PEMBROKE – Civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis kicked off a week-long Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Pembroke on Friday by saying a civil rights movement is of greater need in the state now than it was nearly five decades ago. “One of… Read more »

The Michigan Citizen Shuts Down The Presses

(The Daily Detroit) – For years, it’s been the Michigan Citizen and the Michigan Chronicle who have been voices from Detroit’s black community. The Citizen has had a progressive profile and a story selection that is sometimes different than the mainstream media … a perspective that was birthed from the eyes of a community organizer, and billed themselves… Read more »

Statement by NNPA President, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. on Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson, MO about the Killing of Michael Brown 

For Immediate Release: November 24, 2914 Today’s announcement that the Grand Jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO Police Officer Darren Wilson who killed unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown in August 2014 is yet another systematic and tragic slap in the face of equal justice in the United States. On behalf of the National Newspaper… Read more »


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