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Op-Ed

Building Forever Capacity at and Beyond Morehouse College

  By John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. NNPA Guest Columnist Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, the first African American president of Howard University, had a keen and prophetic understanding of the challenging context within which the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities [HBCUs] must operate. Back in 1928, Read More

National

China Emerges from Shadow of the U.S.

With 1.3 billion people in China, residents in urban areas live in high-rise apartments similar to this one in Beijing(Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA). First grade students in Xi’an, China eagerly practice their English on NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell, Jr. (Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA) Starbucks Coffee Read More

Health

Happiness tends to increase with age

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) — Overall  happiness and satisfaction with life tend to increase with age, but a person’s  well-being depends on when he or she was born, U.S. researchers say. Angelina R. Sutin of the Florida State University College of Medicine  conducted the Read More

Business

Congress Starts to Take the Internet Seriously

One day last October, more than 100 congressional staffers crammed into a room on the second floor of the Rayburn House Office Building to listen to four lawyers discuss smartphone and tablet patent litigation. The chief of staff for the House Judiciary Committee came a Read More

Entertainment

More than Comic Relief: Apollo ‘Executioner’ Carries Historic Torch

For many African-American musicians, performing on the legendary Apollo stage is a rite of passage. The Apollo Theatre is where jazz artist Ella Fitzgerald made her debut at 17, and performers like James Brown, Patti Labelle, and Destiny’s Child launched their careers. Aside from the Read More

Entertainment

Jermaine Dupri on How Arrogance Cost Him Success, and His Best Career Decisions

Jermaine Dupri didn’t become the award-winning, veteran multi-million-dollar-making music producer he is without making some pivotal mistakes. As the president and CEO of So So Def Recordings for the past twenty years — responsible for launching the careers of such notables as Xscape, Bow Wow Read More

Politics

Mississippi outlaws slavery

Mississippi finally outlawed slavery. The Jackson Clarion Ledger: “There was an asterisk beside Mississippi. A note read: ‘Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, but because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official.’” With the Supreme Court this year deciding Read More

National

Excessive TV watching in childhood linked to increased risk of criminal behavior, say researchers

Researchers found that the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by approximately 30 percent with every hour that children spent viewing television on an average weeknight. Researchers from the University of Otago have found that children and adolescents who watch excessive amounts Read More

Press Room

Flowers Communications Group President Rashada Whitehead Elevated to CEO Post

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katrina Parker Flowers Communications Group 312-228-8805 kparker@flowerscomm.com FLOWERS COMMUNICATIONS GROUP PRESIDENT RASHADA WHITEHEAD ELEVATED TO CEO POST Structures deal with founder Michelle Flowers Welch for equity stake. CHICAGO (February 19, 2013) – Flowers Communications Group (FCG), one of the country’s Read More

Press Room

Wells Fargo ATMs Know You Better

Media Richele Messick651-205-6560 Richele.j.messick@wellsfargo.com   Wells Fargo ATMs Know You Better ATM becomes more personalized to deliver innovative, fast, easy customer experience; ATM Cash Tracker remains an industry first   SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that Read More

National

Executive, charged with slapping baby on Delta flight, loses job

[youtube id=”KelDQj_6P7Y” width=”620″ height=”360″] By Matt Pearce February 18, 2013, 5:42 p.m.  Rough flight. A 60-year-old business executive accused of drunkenly slapping a 2-year-old and referring to him with a racial slur has been fired, according to a statement issued Sunday by his company. Joe Read More

Religion

Challenging the Vatican: Progressive Catholics say reform must begin with church governance

To progressive Canadian Catholics, reform of their church ultimately means ordination of women, married priests and freedom of birth control. None of these will be on the table when their next pope is chosen next month. In a church that has become so deeply conservative, Read More

World

Zimbabwe president announces referendum date

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe issued an official proclamation on Friday setting March 16 as the date for the nation to vote on a new constitution ahead of national elections later this year. A government notice formally published on Friday leaves a Read More

World

Israel violated ‘laws of war’ in Gaza, says Human Rights Watch

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Human Rights Watch said Israeli airstrikes during the most recent Gaza Strip conflict last November “violated the laws of war.” Field investigations, which the group said were not comprehensive, found 14 instances in which Israeli unmanned drones or fixed wing aircraft hit areas Read More

Politics

U.K. flies Ghana troops, kit to Mali

LONDON: Britain’s military has flown troops and heavy equipment from Ghana  to Mali  to support the international intervention in  the West African nation, the British Defense Ministry  said Thursday. A C-17 aircraft is carrying more than 120 members of a Ghanaian engineering  company with vehicles Read More

Health

Improper Efforts to Limit Competitive Drugs

Two big biotechnology companies, Amgen and Genentech, are lobbying state legislatures to limit competition to their biological drugs that will lose patent protection in the next several years. Before taking any action, lawmakers should wait for guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency Read More

Health

Health Buzz: Emergency Contraception Use Rising

CDC: 1 in 9 Sexually-Active Women Have Used “Morning After” Pill More and more women have been using emergency contraception pills, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006 through 2010, 11 percent of sexually-active women Read More

Health

Device offers partial vision for the blind

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first treatment to give limited vision to people who are blind, involving a technology called the artificial retina. The device allows people with a certain type of blindness to detect crosswalks on the street, the presence Read More

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Business

Is Buffett overpaying for Heinz?

Berkshire and 3G’s $28 billion bid for the ketchup maker could be Warren Buffett’s richest deal yet. FORTUNE — Part of the mystique, and down-home charm, of Warren Buffett is the belief that most of all he is always looking for a good bargain. Did Read More

Entertainment

Lil Wayne: Is anything sacred to him?

Lil Wayne has set social media ablaze once again. But this time, he’s done more than insult the morality police who often take him to task for his controversial rhymes. On a leaked version of the rapper Future’s remixed “Karate Chop” song, Lil Wayne raps that Read More

Sports

Alabama bars arrested players from campus

TUSCULOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama has barred three football players from campus after their arrest on robbery charges. The players are suspended from school pending a judicial review conducted by faculty, staff and members of the Student Judicial Board that is expected Read More

Sports

GM: Redskins won’t change their name

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) — General Manager Bruce Allen said the Washington  Redskins are proud of their name and have no intention of changing it despite  increased criticism. A long-running controversy over the team’s nickname is resurfacing due to  next month’s hearing on a lawsuit Read More

Politics

DNC chief likely pick as ambassador to South Africa

Democratic National Committee executive director Patrick Gaspard, formerly the Obama White House political director, appears to be the administration’s pick to be the next ambassador to South Africa. Gaspard, a major player in New York City  politics — he worked on former Mayor David Dinkins’ Read More

Politics

Fox News hires Herman Cain

Fox News announced Friday that it has hired Herman Cain, the spirited former presidential candidate and ex-pizza CEO, as a contributor for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Cain joins former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as the latest addition to the network, which has Read More

Politics

The Morning Plum: Over 100 House Dems tell Obama — no cuts to entitlement benefits

Yesterday, Senate Democrats released their plan to avert the sequester for the rest of the year — it contains $110 billion in deficit reduction, evenly divided between spending cuts and new revenues. The new revenues are derived from a 30 percent minimum tax on income Read More

National

Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty to federal charges

Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will plead guilty to conspiring  with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal  expenses, including a $43,000 Rolex watch, fur coats and memorabilia associated  with Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Read More

National

Missouri Has Highest Black Murder Victim Rate

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For the third year in a row, Missouri ranks as the state  with the highest homicide victimization rate, with 33.86 per 100,000, double the  national average of 16.32 for Black homicide victims, according to an annual  Read More

National

Warren Ballentine Fights for His ‘Good Name’

Warren Ballentine says that he is innocent. Photo credit: Ann Ragland/NNPA by George E. Curry Special to the NNPA from The Final Call WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Syndicated radio talk show host Warren Ballentine did not knowingly participate in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders of $9.7 million and Read More

Press Room

Fighting Injustice from the Classroom

Fighting Injustice from the Classroom Omari Todd Senior Vice President for Regional Operations, Teach For America As we enter Black History Month, I can’t help but think of my childhood growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. In the city where Dr. King penned his famous Letter Read More

Press Room

Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America Help 1,600 Successfully Buy Homes through ‘LIFT’ Programs

Media contacts: Wells Fargo Chris Hammond 415-222-4106 chris.l.hammond@wellsfargo.com NeighborWorks America Lindsay Moore 202-220-6317 lmoore@nw.org Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America Help 1,600 Successfully Buy Homes through ‘LIFT’ Programs $170 million Effort Offers Home-buying Education, Down Payment Assistance for Moderate Income Buyers in 20 U.S. Housing Markets San Francisco and Read More