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Gospel Singer Yolanda Adams Offers Tips on How to Stay in Charge of Your Diabetes This Holiday Season

Gospel Singer Yolanda Adams Offers Tips on How to Stay in Charge of Your Diabetes This Holiday Season NEW YORK, NY (December 20, 2012) – Holiday meals and traditions don’t have to disrupt your diabetes control. With a little preparation, you can be ready to face this holiday Read More

National

Violence is ‘as American as Cherry Pie’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the late 1960s, Black revolutionary H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, was often quoted as saying violence is “as American as cherry pie.” More than 40 years after the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Read More

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One Week, Two Sides of Obama

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. This first was political, involving Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name as a candidate for Secretary of State. The second Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Dear God! When Will It Stop?

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist The horrendous news from Newtown, Conn. has pierced our hearts. A black-clad man in his 20s armed with two semi-automatic handguns, entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School and made an elementary school for kindergartners through fourth graders the scene Read More

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Passionate about the Wrong Things

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I was in a cab just the other day when the driver chided me for not knowing football.  He was a big Redskins (I call them the Deadskins because they need to change their name) fan, and was obsessed with Read More

Op-Ed

White Democrats Abandon Strong Black Women

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist What is it about Democratic presidents and Black women that result in the women always being thrown under the bus? Black women gave President Obama 96 percent of their vote in 2012 – compared to 87 percent for Black men Read More

Op-Ed

Our Children Deserve Better

By Benjamin Todd Jealous NNPA Guest Columnist Every generation believes their children deserve to be better off than they were. This belief inspired the first slave rebellion in 1663, when a new law dictated that children of African slaves would not be able to rise Read More

Op-Ed

Predatory Lending Practices Continue to Weaken Blacks and Hispanics

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In the first report of its kind, the Center for Responsible Lending has examined consumer lending markets across-the-board and found that despite recent regulatory reforms – predatory lending continues to undermine American households trying to rebuild their finances after the Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Black Leadership or Pleadership?

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”  This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth Read More

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Black to the Future

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was recently in South Africa for a conference.  While there, I had two interesting experiences that raised the complications and politics of race. In the first case I was on a shuttle bus. The driver, ethnically South Asian Read More

Op-Ed

Opportunity and Diversity One Industry at a Time

by Benjamin Todd Jealous Special to the NNPA from the North Dallas Gazette   There is a missing component to the national discussion concerning how to strengthen and rebuild the American economy.  It is true that high unemployment, a weak national infrastructure, the need for Read More

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Redefining Conventional Financial Wisdom

by Damon Carr Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier When I first began writing a financial column, I would end almost every column with conventional financial wisdom that’s been past down from generation to generation—pay yourself first, live below your means and Read More

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The Show Must Go On: Wells Fargo and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Brave Hurricane Sandy to Support Student Scholars

Media Media Valerie Miller Williams 704-383-8025 C. Nicole Pierce 312-228-8820 The Show Must Go On: Wells Fargo and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Brave Hurricane Sandy to Support Student Scholars Wells Fargo sponsors the 25th Annual TMCF Leadership Institute [CHARLOTTE, December 13, 2012] – Last month, Read More

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National

Black Unemployment Drops Faster than for Whites

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate fell to 13.2 percent in November, down from 14.3 percent the previous month. The decrease of 1.1 percent was a sharper drop than for Whites (6.8 percent, from 7 percent in October) Read More

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NNPA Foundation Retires Mortgage on National Headquarters

German “Gerry” Jordan assistant vice president at Industrial Bank congratulates Karl Rodney, NNPA Foundation chair on the signing. by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Karl B. Rodney, chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation and Lenora Alexander, the treasurer, signed the Read More

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Word and Number Games Played in Fiscal Showdown

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   It should be embarrassing enough that President Obama and House Republicans postponed making tough fiscal decisions by kicking the can down the road to New Year’s Day – when certain automatic budget cuts will go into effect unless Read More

Op-Ed

Republicans are Driving in the Wrong Direction

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to Read More

Op-Ed

Blacks, Latinos Two-Thirds of Under-Banked

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   More than 37 million American households were either unbanked or under-banked in 2011, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). African-American households represent 34 percent of all under-banked consumers, the highest percentage among demographics Read More

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Blackonomics: Experimenting with Poverty

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Newark, New Jersey Mayor, Corey Booker, following the example of Phoenix, Arizona Mayor, Greg Stanton, is accepting a challenge to live on a $35 food stamp budget for one week.  Mr. Mayor will add to his resume of shoveling Read More

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What about Kasandra Perkins?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   By now, it’s old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter. By now we’ve read about how great a teammate Belcher was, Read More

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Corruption on ‘Steroids’

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Most people think of corruption belonging exclusively to the Third World. Actually, corruption is everywhere. Sometimes it is rampant and sometimes it is subtle and, by definition, very hard to detect.  Let me tell you about corruption that Read More

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An African American Voice on Israel and Gaza

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Angela M. Gilliam NNPA We, as African Americans, simply could not remain silent when word broke of the Israeli bombings of Gaza.  Along with Cornel West and others, we circulated a petition condemning the aggression and demanding an end to Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Determined to Make a Difference

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   This year, New York is facing the worst homeless crisis since the Great Depression. The city homeless population included a record-breaking 42,888 children. The many ways poverty scars a child today and long into the future are well-documented. Read More

Op-Ed

Lady in the Sky with Diamonds

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Shine bright like a diamond Shine bright like a diamond Shining bright like a diamond We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky – Diamonds by Rihanna   Why did one of the world’s biggest pop stars feel the need to host Read More

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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

National

Wilmington Ten Prosecutor Called ‘Delusional’ for Defending ‘Racist’ Actions

Wilmington Ten Prosecutor Called ‘Delusional’ for Defending ‘Racist’ Actions By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C – Former New Hanover County prosecutor James Jay Stroud is “delusional” for still defending his “frame-up” of the Wilmington Ten 40 years ago, Read More

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HIV/AIDS Take Heavy Toll on Black Youth

By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although Black and Latina youth represent only 35 percent of all U.S. teenagers, they accounted for 84.4 percent of all newly HIV-infected teenagers in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blacks ages Read More

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National Black Caucus of State Legislators Kick Off 36th Annual Legislative Conference

MEDIA ADVISORY Contacts GDK Associates PR Gabrielle King, 770-389-1437 or NBCSL National Office LaKimba B. DeSadier, 202-624-5457 National Black Caucus of State Legislators Kick Off 36th Annual Legislative Conference Maryland Residents Share Story of Tragedy Leading to National Policy Action WHAT: The National Black Caucus of State Legislators Read More

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Op-Ed

The Right-Wing Witch Hunt Against Susan Rice

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Media Matters, the media monitoring group, has published a report titled, “Myths And Facts About The Right-Wing Witch Hunt Against Susan Rice.” It is a point-by-point rebuttal of some of the most flagrant lies being about United Nations Ambassador Susan Read More

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Cashing in on the “Lootery”

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years of age, the two elderly ladies who lived downstairs from my family would give me a ladies’ handkerchief tied in a knot with some coins and a piece of paper Read More

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The Season to be Careful

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Okay, I’ll admit it.  I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas.  It takes me until about December 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family.  I Read More

Op-Ed

There is a Reason for the Season

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   With the Christmas season in full bloom, I am amazed how such a simple celebration has now become so controversial.  How can people find a way to criticize the meaning of Christmas that I grew up with? Christmas has Read More

Op-Ed

We’re More Connected Everyday

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I love this time of the year.  Oh, yes – the holidays, too – but, I am referring to the release of the newest Nielsen Cross-Platform Report. The latest edition is called A New Connected Community, analyzing the constant shifting in how and Read More

Op-Ed

African American Leaders Convened in Washington

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist President Obama’s decisive victory in this year’s presidential election signaled a shift in both demographics and attitude in America. While 93 percent of African American voters supported Obama, his victory reflected a cross-section of America, including substantial numbers of Read More

Op-Ed

Demanding Full-day Kindergarten

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist About 4 million American children celebrated a very big milestone this fall—their first day of kindergarten. Far too many were already a step or more behind their peers. If we want all of our children to be school-ready so Read More

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Troubled Waters on the Mighty Mississippi

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The Mississippi River is a great blessing from God. Besides being the largest river in our nation, it is a major vehicle of commerce.  It borders the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Read More

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Another Look at the Republican Party

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   “Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that can’t keep promises it made you during election time and you’re dumb enough to continue to identify with that political party, you’re not only a chump but traitor Read More

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Aspirations: Purposeful Giving

By Michelle Thornhill NNPA Columnist We’ve all heard the adage, “the more you give, the more you receive.”  I believe that most people are willing to give, but uncertain about how to make the most meaningful contributions.  It’s perfectly fine to give as opportunities arise. Read More