Sports

Ray Lewis Denies Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

[ESPN.com] NEW ORLEANS — Ray Lewis said Wednesday he was “agitated” due to the controversy over the magazine report linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray containing a banned performance enhancer (IGF-1) and strongly denied using the product. “I’m never angry. I’m too Read More

National

14-Year Old Student Shot at Atlanta Middle School

[11Alive.com] ATLANTA — Atlanta Police said a 14-year-old student was shot at Price Middle School, near the Lakewood Heights neighborhood south of downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon. According to Atlanta Fire Department Capt. Marian McDaniel, there was a 14-year-old student who had been shot in Read More

Sports

Baylor’s Brittney Griner Breaks Yet Another Record

by Kyle S. Yeldell NNPA Correspondent Baylor center Brittney Griner broke the all-time Big 12 career scoring record Wednesday night, leading the top-ranked Lady Bears to a 90-60 victory over Texas Tech. It was Griner’s fourth career 40-point performance. She also grabbed 15 rebounds for Read More

Health

Vegetarians ‘Cut Heart Risk by 32%’

[BBC] Ditching meat and fish in favour of a vegetarian diet can have a dramatic effect on the health of your heart, research suggests. A study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment Read More

Health

Viruses Engineered to Attack Themselves

[San Francisco Gate] Leor Weinberger calls it hijacking the hijacker. In his lab at the Gladstone Institutes, he’s developed a technique for harnessing stray bits of HIV – a virus that infects and ultimately kills immune cells – and using them to attack the virus itself. His work, still preliminary 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

Entertainment

Super Bowl Countdown: Beyoncé’s 10 Best Songs Ever

[E! News] Though there’s been much ado about which songs Beyoncé—and possibly Destiny’s Child, assuming Michelle Williams isn’t too busy—will sing when she performs this Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime show. But there’s one thing we’re positive of: Queen B has enough hits to guarantee a flaw-free Read More

Politics

Mass. Governor Names Ex-Aide William “Mo” Cowan as Interim Senator to Replace John Kerry

[Los Angeles Times] WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has named his former chief of staff to temporarily fill the Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry, and called a special election for June 25 for voters to choose a permanent replacement for the incoming secretary of State. Read More

National

Hadiya Pendleton Murder: Chicago Teen Who Participated in Inauguration Gunned Down After School

[Chicago Tribune] Ten-year-old Nathaniel Pendleton Jr. recalled the way his big sister Hadiya would often greet him with a few gentle slaps on his cheeks whenever she came home from school. “She said it was with love,” he said. Nathaniel etched “I miss you” and Read More

Business

Charlotte Cheers $163M DNC Boost

[Politico] The results are in and the 2012 Democratic National Convention was the largest event in Charlotte, N.C.’s history. The September event — at which, President Barack Obama officially accepted his party’s nomination for reelection — had an economic impact of $163.6 million for the Read More

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Business

Why Apple is Worth Less Than Netflix

[MarketWatch] On Wednesday, both Apple AAPL +0.14%  and NetflixNFLX -0.55%  reported earnings after the close. Apple earned $13.81 per share for the quarter; Netflix earned $0.13 for the quarter. Apple stock promptly fell over $50; Netflix stock went up about $40. The differential between the performance of two stocks after Read More

Religion

Latino Minister Fires Up Ebenezer on King Day

[CNN] Atlanta (CNN) – In all the 45 years of a commemorative service on the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., there had never been a Latino delivering the keynote address. That changed Monday as the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez took the podium and belted out Read More

Religion

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Abortion Foes Are Winning — and Losing

(RNS) Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, many opponents of the decision are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights are glum, feeling that momentum is turning decisively against them. Tens of thousands of anti-abortion protesters Read More

Religion

Poll Shows a Double Standard on Religious Liberty

[Religion News] WASHINGTON (RNS) Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square. The findings of a poll published Wednesday (Jan. Read More

Health

Your Mobile Phone Could Possess The Flu Virus

[KPHO.com] SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) – The flu has been spreading fast across the country this year, with more than half of states reporting widespread activity. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that in fact, this year’s flu outbreak is one of the worst in Read More

Health

Sex With Condoms Just As Satisfying As Unprotected Sex, Indiana University Study Finds

[Huffington Post] Newly unwrapped research suggests that sex with condoms is just as earth-shaking as sex au naturel, HealthDay News reports. A cross-section of nearly 6,000 18- to 59-year-old Americans — women, men, gay and straight — revealed as much in data analyzed by the Center for Read More

Entertainment

Rick Ross Confirmed As Drive-By Target In Florida Shooting

[MTV News] While some still question the validity of the Florida drive-by involving Rick Ross, Fort Lauderdale police released an official statement confirming that the Maybach Music head was in fact driving the targeted Rolls Royce early Monday (January 28) morning. The statement also reveals that Rozay’s 28-year old girlfriend, 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

National

Wilmington Ten Team Thanks Black Press for Pardons

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief Wilmington Ten Leader Benjamin F. Chavis thanks Black Press (Photo by George E. Curry/NNPA) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (NNPA) – Nearly two years ago, an emotional Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. stood before the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s annual Black Read More

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Op-Ed

The Emancipation of the Wilmington Ten

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the outgoing governor of North Carolina, Beverly Perdue, issued an historic “Pardon of Innocence” to each member of the Wilmington Ten after a 40-year struggle for Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama Races Away from the Issue of Race

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   When Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in Denver on August 28, 2008 – the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” – excitement filled Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama Slights his Loyal Following

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   President Barack Obama has the opportunity, in this second term, to put his feet on history.  He won an election that his opponent had essentially claimed, he has been firm about that which he would negotiate on, and he Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Borrowing? Read the Fine Print

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Have you noticed the television commercials that offer loans of various kinds or another enticements such as auto leases and insurance policies for the elderly?  These commercials are laden with information that appears on the screen for a few seconds Read More

Op-Ed

Credit Card Reform Fears Never Materialized

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   Since the enactment of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, consumers have benefited from more transparent pricing and improved ability to manage credit card debt. Although 68 percent of consumers had a credit card Read More

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Op-Ed

Clearing the Air on Climate Change

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In response to a commentary I wrote, I received a note the other day from a reader.  Among other things they were most concerned about what they believed to have been the dismissal of those who challenge the Read More

Press Room

Nobel Laureate Speaks at Statewide Social Business Plan Competition

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE Contact: Teri Sumbry Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing 334-724-4552 334-339-1928 tsumbry@mytu.tuskegee.edu TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 21, 2013) – College students from around the State of Alabama gathered at the Tuskegee University to offer their solutions to some of the area’s Read More

Business

Recycling Black Dollars

by Brian Carter Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel (From Left to Right): Jacque Bee, co-executive director of Recycling Black Dollars and Dr. Jewel Diamond Taylor. (Photo by Brian W. Carter) Recycling Black Dollars forum kicks off the new year with Dr. Read More

Business

Here Are the Business Cards of Famous People

[Gizmodo] Even though business cards seemed like they would be one of the first things to get killed by some fancy techwiznology, they’ve managed to survive even though the use of dead paper is dying. Everybody has business cards—even the super rich and super famous. Read More

Sports

Jim Harbaugh’s Intensity Carries San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl

[Fox Sports] ATLANTA – 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman looked somewhat bemused as he started to watch a GIF of his coach, Jim Harbaugh, reacting to a failed fourth-quarter challenge on a reporter’s phone. Until we reached the high point. Then Bowman got geeked up. It was a huge moment, Read More

Sports

Kobe Bryant Thinks He Could Beat LeBron James One-on-One, ‘No Question’

[Sports Illustrated] It’s around this time every year that attentions naturally start to drift away from the slow development of the NBA season and toward more hypothetical matters. Some fiddle with the trade machine. Others have abstract arguments about this player or that, divorced from Read More

Sports

Lance Armstrong Ex Sheryl Crow Breaks Her Silence On His Doping Confession

[Business Insider] Celebrities ranging from Joan Rivers to Donald Trump have already tweeted their reactions to Lance Armstrong’s doping confession to Oprah, but for the first time since the groundbreaking interview, Armstrong’s former fiancé Sheryl Crow has broken her silence. “I think that honesty is always the best bet Read More

Sports

NBA Analyst Jeff Van Gundy Blasts Dwight Howard

[Los Angeles Times] On Wednesday, ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, giving his take on Dwight Howard and the Lakers. The Lakers have lost three straight games, most recently in Chicago to the Bulls, 95-83.  Howard expressed dissatisfaction after taking just five shot attempts. “When you lose games Read More

Entertainment

If Beyonce Lip-Synched, She’s Not Alone

[MTV News] A day after her show-stopping national anthem performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, the debate rages on over whether Beyoncé lip-synched the whole thing. But, given just how pervasive lip-synching is in the world of pop music, and how big of a scale the inauguration is, it wouldn’t Read More

National

First lady Michelle Obama serves as fashion icon

By Robin Givhan Washington Post Published: January 21 First lady Michelle Obama stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during President Obama’s second-term swearing-in, holding the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s black leather Bible in her magenta-gloved hands. The smaller Lincoln Bible rested atop Read More

Entertainment

Beyonce Lip-Synced National Anthem at Obama’s Inauguration

According to the New York Times, Beyonce’ was lip synching during her Inauguration rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Beyoncé’s performance of the national anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday was everything it should be: soaring, moving, symbolic and musically superlative. It also wasn’t live. Read More

Entertainment

Dick Gregory: Spike Lee is a Punk and a Thug

Special to the NNPA from the Tri-State Defender DICK GREGORY (LEFT) AND SPIKE LEE Legendary social activist, comedian and author, Dick Gregory, has weighed in on the controversial Quentin Tarantino film, “Django Unchained,” and he did so in explosive fashion. In an interview posted to Read More

Entertainment

Chris Brown’s Mansion Stormed By Cops After ‘Swatting’ Prank

[MTV] Looks like Chris Brown is the latest victim of the new “swatting” craze that’s taking over Hollywood. “Swatting” is a new prank which entails reporting a fake crime or emergency at someone’s home, resulting in the SWAT team showing up. Not actually that funny. According to reports, authorities Read More

Entertainment

Kim Kardashian Opens Up About Fertility Worries As She Reveals She Ditched Birth Control

Kim Kardashian stopped taking birth control due to fertility issues, according to EntertainmentWise.com. During a recent episode of Kourtney and Kim Take On Miami, Kim revealed that her fear of infertility after a visit to her doctor. “When I went to the doctor a couple months ago, Read More

Politics

Black State Lawmakers Fight for Relevancy

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As conservative southern Democrats – once known as Dixiecrats – switched to Republicans, Black state lawmakers have seen their power evaporate in the South. “Virtually all Black elected officials in the region are outsiders looking in,” Read More

Politics

Obama Gun Control Initiative Draws Impeachment Threat

Republicans Respond with Apoplectic Rage by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper The White House’s proposal to curb violent gun-related crime has provoked conservatives into a state of near-apoplexy, with at least one Republican House member suggesting he would bring impeachment Read More

Politics

NRA Spent $2.5M Lobbying in 2012

[Politico] The National Rifle Association spent $2.5 million lobbying the federal government in 2012, on par with its activity in 2011 new lobbying reports show. The powerful gun rights group spent $655,000 lobbying in the last three months of 2012, slightly down from the fourth quarter of Read More

National

Some Black Men Escape the Mean Streets of Chicago

by Cassiette West-Williams NNPA Special Contributor (Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, the New York Times ran a front-page story on homicides in Chicago, a story that began by recounting the day Sherman Miller, 21, was shot to death on the steps of St. Columbanus Catholic Church while Read More

Sports

Jacqui Carpenter Becomes First Female Commissioner of CIAA

[Black Enterprise] Hampton University graduate Jacqui Carpenter was recently named the new commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the largest athletic conference for African-Americans. The HU alum is the first woman to be named commissioner in the CIAA since its inception. Thrilled to be Read More

Entertainment

Oprah Turns to Black Viewers For OWN

Black viewers have caused a spike in viewership for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, according to Black America Web. As a result of programs like “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (734,000 viewers) “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (742,000 viewers) and high-profile guests including Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina (3.5 million Read More

Business

Inaugural Corporate Donors Include Bank Of America, Coca-Cola, Microsoft

[Huffington Post] President Obama’s second welcome into office will be brought to you by Bank Of America, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. Those three companies are among the many backers of Obama’s inaugural festivities, according to a list posted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Other corporations donating to fund the Read More