No Picture
Op-Ed

My New Year Wishes

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Happy New Year!  January first and second are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on January 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks withy Read More

Op-Ed

Winners and Losers of 2013

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Well, it’s that time of year once again for me to pick my biggest winners and losers for 2013.  Unlike most of the year end lists, mine will not be based on polling data, or popularity. Rather, it’s from Read More

No Picture
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

National

Obama’s Library, Advisers’ Dream

[New York Times] WASHINGTON — This spring, a longtime staff member for President Obama, Alyssa Mastromonaco, let a friend in on a secret. Mr. Obama had assigned her to begin planning his post-presidential library and foundation. It was a plum task. Amid a worsening crisis in Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

The Obama–Castro Handshake

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In the tradition of the Black Church in America, the right hand of fellowship handshake is extended as sign of welcome into the church community.  Usually, a handshake between two world leaders at a memorial service is Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Shaking Hands with Raul Castro

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I have had difficulty believing the uproar in right-wing circles over President Obama shaking hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro.  For goodness sakes, it was at the memorial for Nelson Mandela!  Should Obama have spat in the face Read More

National

Photographer Who Took Obama Selfie Picture Says We’re All Reading It Wrong

[The Huffington Post] The man who took the picture showing President Obama posing for a selfie said Wednesday that the world was getting a very skewed interpretation of his snapshot. Roberto Schmidt, a photojournalist for Agence France-Presse, caught Obama goofing around with British prime minister David Cameron Read More

Politics

Obama Praises Mandela as ‘Great Liberator’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief     SOWETO, South Africa (NNPA) – President Barack Obama described Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black elected president, as “the last great liberator of the 20th century” and thanked the grieving nation for sharing their beloved former leader Read More

Politics

Obama Reveals $100 Million HIV Research Initiative

LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV, saying his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies. Read More

Op-Ed

Black Voters Are Now Up for Grabs

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I had an extensive conversation last week with a prominent Republican political operative about next year’s congressional elections.  This operative is one of the godfathers of Republican politics and has played at the highest level for more than 30 Read More

Politics

How Liberal is President Obama, Really?

[The Washington Post] “I’m not a particularly ideological person,” President Obama told a group of Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Seattle on Sunday night. Republican eyes’ rolled.  This president, they believe, is one of the most ideological — and liberal — chief executives in Read More

Politics

Senate’s Filibuster Rule Change Should Help Obama Achieve Key Second-Term Priorities

[The Washington Post] The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change and financial regulation, that have faced intense opposition from Republicans in Congress. The Read More

Politics

Nine Reasons The Filibuster Change is a Huge Deal

[The Washington Post] 1. The change the Senate made today is small but consequential: The filibuster no longer applies to judicial or executive-branch nominees. It still applies to bills and Supreme Court nominations. 2. Well, technically it still applies to all bills and Supreme Court Read More

Politics

Third Time Not the Charm: Senate GOP Rejects Another Obama Judicial Nominee

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Monday stymied President Barack Obama’s latest judicial nominee, leaving one of the nation’s top appellate courts shorthanded and escalating the endless confirmation war. Facing a nearly unified GOP front, U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins failed to secure the 60 votes necessary Read More

Politics

Reid Considering Change to Nominations Rules

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he’s considering changing his chamber’s rules to make it harder for minority Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominations, a warning shot that suggested Democrats might soon use their power Read More

Politics

Website Contractors Point Fingers at Obama Admin.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration’s health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site’s crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going Read More

Politics

Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

Employees Began Returning Thursday By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Time to Consider Impeaching Obama

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist Throughout history every civilization owes its existence to its military.  Societies exist because they are adequately protected against outside sources by the strength of their soldiers and strategy of their military leaders – field officers.  The Israelites were enslaved Read More

Politics

Republicans Are Losing The Shutdown Blame Game

[Washington Post] Americans are blaming congressional Republicans more than President Obama for causing Tuesday’s federal government shutdown, according to the first polls conducted since Washington came to a halt at midnight Monday. While the initial reaction is worse for Republicans, their share of blame is Read More

National

Obama Opts for Diplomacy Instead of War

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Speaking to a war-weary nation Tuesday night, President Barack Obama asked Congress to postpone a vote authorizing him to launch an air attack against Syria while he explores a Russian diplomatic proposal that could rid Syria Read More

National

30 years of US military attacks on other nations

[LAS VEGAS SUN] President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack another nation without robust international support or in direct defense of Americans, if the U.S. launches military action to punish Syria for alleged chemical weapons attacks against its Read More

National

Obama: Economic Fairness our ‘Great Unfinished Business’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After repeatedly praising Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr., for leading a movement in the 1950s and 1960s that demolished America’s apartheid-like treatment of African-Americans, President Obama told those attending an observance of the 1963 March on Read More

Business

Obama Urges Regulators to Enact Wall Street Rules

[CBS News] Three years after President Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of lending and high-finance rules, scores of regulations are yet to be written, let alone enforced. In a private meeting on Monday, the president prodded bank regulators to execute the law swiftly. The president’s Read More

Sports

Obama Honors Negro League Players at White House

by Perry Green Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Barack Obama hosted a special meeting with former Negro League players and representatives at the White House on Aug. 5 to honor their contributions to the nation’s history, civil rights, and professional baseball. Read More

Politics

Real-Life “The Butler”: The White House Employee who Served from Eisenhower through Obama

[Yahoo] The president and administration changes every four to eight years, but behind the scenes at the White House, there is a staff of employees who serve the presidents and their families through the years, regardless of who wins the election. Lee Daniels’ new movie, Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: A Tale of Two Presidents

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The contrast between the attitudes of China’s President Xi Jinping and our President Barack Obama is absolutely shocking.  President Xi is straight up about business.  In fact, he is very aggressive.  President Obama seems to be reticent about the Read More

Op-Ed

Obama is a ‘Do-Nothing’ (For Blacks) President

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In the 2008 presidential election, Blacks were the largest voting bloc for Obama (as a percentage)—96 percent.   In 2012, Obama received 93 percent of the Black vote, again the largest percentage of any voting bloc. What type of return on Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Obama’s Gay Advocacy Agenda

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Due to Supreme Court rulings that were occurring in the United States, President Barack Obama’s advocacy for gay rights took place in Africa within 24 hours of arriving in Senegal. “I want the African people just to hear what I Read More

Op-Ed

Obama: ‘First Gay President’

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist President Obama has concluded his three-country tour of Africa.  He visited Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.  Most presidential trips overseas have a pre-determined outcome:  to sign an agreement, to promote a foreign policy objective, or to reward an ally, etc.  Read More

Politics

Obama Bristles at Suggestion He’s Shifted on Snooping

[CNN] Critics who have compared President Barack Obama’s stance on government surveillance to that of hawkish former Vice President Dick Cheney are missing his insistence on proper systematic balances, Obama said in an interview that aired Monday. Defending at length the recently revealed government programs Read More

Politics

Poll: Obama’s Ratings Slip Following Recent Controversies

[ABC News] The series of controversies in Washington over the last month have taken a political toll on President Barack Obama, according to one new poll released Monday that showed his ratings slipping. Even as Americans mostly back the National Security Agency’s controversial practices involving Read More

Politics

The Jury is Out on Obama’s Fight to Confirm Judges

by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The next major showdown in Washington may not be over how best to reduce the deficit or involve another Obama cabinet appointment. Look for sparks to fly over the president’s constitutional prerogative to nominee federal judges and the Senate’s Read More

National

Document: Major Resources Needed for Obama Africa Trip

[The Washington Post] When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa Read More

No Picture
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

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

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

No Picture
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

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

Politics

Many Blacks Don’t Like Obama’s Role as ‘Lecturer-in-Chief’

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The condescending, lecturer-in-chief rhetoric that President Obama reserves for Black audiences is beginning to irritate an increasing number of African-Americans, his most loyal voting bloc. Through intermittent rain, President Obama implored Morehouse College graduates to commit Read More

No Picture
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

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

Politics

China’s Xi Will Meet Obama Earlier Than Expected

BEIJING (AP) — China’s new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than expected, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying to North Korea. The June 7-8 meeting at Read More

No Picture
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

Politics

White House Pushes for Media Shield Law

[The New York Times] WASHINGTON — The Obama administration sought on Wednesday to revive legislation that would provide greater protections to reporters from penalties for refusing to identify confidential sources, and that would enable journalists to ask a federal judge to quash subpoenas for their Read More

Op-Ed

Mel Watt is Ideal Choice to Lead FHFA

By  Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   President Obama recently nominated Melvin (Mel) Watt, a long-time North Carolina Congressman, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). While major news media reported on the development, few mentioned exactly what the new job would entail or the Read More

Op-Ed

Clarence Thomas’s Deep-Seated Jealousy

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   For someone who seems to revel in being silent during the Supreme Court’s traditionally lively oral arguments – when a public display of his professional competence would be appropriate – Clarence Thomas’s out-of-court comments are extraordinarily revealing.  They Read More

National

Cross Words between Pastor, Morehouse President

by Larry Miller and Ayana Jones Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – What started out as a respectful article critical of the lack of qualified African-American appointees in President Barack Obama’s cabinet and a perceived lack of policies specifically designed Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: We Ache for Boston – and All Communities

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “No more hurting people. Peace.” – Eight-year-old Martin Richard, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing   Acts of terror like the ones committed in Boston are reprehensible and without moral or logical explanation. They rock us to our core. Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

Black Leaders Have Sold Out

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Once again the Black community has been shown how irrelevant they have become in the U.S.  Most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the media appointed Black leadership for selling out their people. And we’ve Read More

Politics

Arrest Made in Ricin Case; Mailings are an Eerie Echo of 2001 Anthrax Attacks

[The Washington Post] Fire crews arrive at the unmarked postal building by the Beltway every few days, donning protective rubber suits and carrying away suspicious letters addressed to members of Congress. At a similarly secret building in the District, agents set aside letters once or Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

“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

Op-Ed

African Leaders Avoid U.S. Blacks

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two weeks ago, President Obama met with three African presidents—Koroma (Sierra Leone), Sall (Senegal), Banda (Malawi), and Prime Minister of Cape Verde Jose Maria Pereira Neves.  This was the White House’s way of rewarding these leaders for their examples Read More

Op-Ed

VANTAGE POINT: End the ‘War on Drugs’ Now

By Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist   On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped to the podium of the Riverside Church in New York to vigorously proclaim his opposition to the War in Vietnam. It was one of the most powerful orations Read More

Op-Ed

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

No Picture
Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

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

Entertainment

Ray Chew now musical director of ‘Idol’ [Philly Tribune]

Composer and producer Ray Chew, also an accomplished keyboardist, is in his third season as musical director of “American Idol.” — SUBMITTED PHOTO Having put his musical stamp on such major productions the 2008 Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s Inaugural Neighborhood Ball, the Grammy Awards Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Black Unemployment has not Improved

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When unemployment numbers were released on Friday, commentators reacted joyfully.  Alan Krueger, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisors, described the creation of 247,000 jobs as a victory because the predictions were that the economy would only Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

Where is the American Dream?

By Gary L. Flowers NNPA Columnist     At the banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you take and you keep what you can hold.  If you can’t take anything you won’t get anything, and if you can’t hold Read More

Politics

The Elusive ‘Black Agenda’

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent Rep. Marcia Fudge says Blacks Need to Press their Case WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A few weeks after President Barack Obama won four more years in the White House, dozens of Black leaders crowded around a podium in the Congressional Read More

Op-Ed

An Apology to Jesse Jackson

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   It’s time to man up – I was wrong about Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. First, some background. I wrote a column in 2008 under the title, “Winners and Losers from Election ’08” in which I listed Jesse Jackson, Sr. as one Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Ending Violence Against Women

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist March is the official month to “discuss” women and it could not arrive too soon.  What is sad about both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Month (March) is that too many of us think that those are 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

Business

Immigration Reform: A Bid to Attract Workers Who Will Boost the Economy

[Christian Science Monitor] As a bipartisan group of US senators and President Obama lead a push to enact sweeping immigration reform this year, they are boosting the idea with a rationale that is economic as well as social. Reform isn’t just about reuniting families, better securing the border, or Read More

Politics

CBC Member Says Obama Disrespects Blacks

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief Rep. Alcee Hastings is Upset with Obama (Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (NNPA) – Rep. Alcee L. Hastings says President Obama of consistently disrespects the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Black Press, and graduates of historically Black Read More

Politics

Republicans Hit Obstacles to Altering Electoral College

[Los Angeles Times] WASHINGTON — A concerted Republican effort to alter the balance of power in presidential elections by changing the rules for the electoral college is facing significant hurdles — including from some GOP officials in the affected states. All but two states currently award electoral Read More