Politics

How Rackspace is taking on Amazon now

[CNN MONEY] When it comes to cloud computing services, Amazon (AMZN) is the clear leader. But San Antonio-based Rackspace Hosting (RAX) has been gaining traction with OpenStack, the open-source cloud computing platform it helped develop. Earlier this month IBM (IBM) announced that all of its Read More

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Op-Ed

Can March on Washington’s Unity be Duplicated?

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In five months, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In 1963, the March was jointly called by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Big Six” – A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whitney Read More

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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

Op-Ed

Stopped and Frisked–and Innocent

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Every year for the past decade, under the agency’s “stop-and-frisk” program, New York City police officers have stopped 500,000 to nearly 700,000 citizens on the city’s streets. Nearly 90  percent of those stopped are Black and Hispanic men, Read More

Op-Ed

Bank Continue to Peddle Payday Loans

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   In today’s challenging financial times, the cost of living finds many consumers with an ongoing financial challenge to hold on until their next payday arrives. Even worse, when banks peddle predatory payday loans, they pose serious threats to their Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Street Gangs – L.A. Style

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   All major cities have street gangs.  Some can be violent and many can be criminal organizations.  Los Angeles, without a doubt, is the world hub of ethnic street gangs.  Blacks have the Bloods, Crips and Pirus while Asian Read More

Op-Ed

White Media Masquerading as Black

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, released his long awaited report last week called the Growth and Opportunity Project.  It is basically a post mortem of last November’s election results and lessons learned. The report stated the Read More

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Op-Ed

Race, Venezuela and the Legacy of Chavez

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In January 2004, as the president of TransAfrica Forum, I had the honor of leading the first African American delegation to meet with the leaders of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.  It was important for us to conduct this visit Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: The Empowerment of Women

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.” Sheryl Sandberg In a stroke of marketing genius befitting the Chief Operating Officer of the social media phenomenon, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg chose Women’s Read More

Health

National Abortion Rates Highest Among African-American Teens and Twice the National Average

[ATLANTA DAILY WORLD] A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that African American teen abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average. According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000 women among 15-19-year olds. The Read More

Business

U.S. Companies Stashing More Cash Abroad As Stockpiles Hit Record $1.45T

[FORBES] Corporate America has dramatically increased its cash piles over the past few years, stashing more and more Benjamins every year since 2007.  In 2012, U.S. non-financial companies filled their coffers with an additional $130 billion, taking their total cash to a record $1.45 trillion Read More

Business

Southwest, AirTran: All flights are now linked

[USA TODAY] All Southwest and AirTran flights can now be booked together as part of a connecting itinerary. That development marks a significant milestone in the merger of the two carriers. However, it has taken nearly two years for Southwest to make that happen. Southwest Read More

Press Room

Top Scholars Prepare to Take On Reigning National Academic Champion at 2013 Honda Campus All Star Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Top Scholars Prepare to Take On Reigning National Academic Champion at 2013 Honda Campus All Star Challenge Nation’s only HBCU academic competition brings best and brightest to Los Angeles area Torrance, Calif., March 20, 2013 – After hundreds of hours of studying, countless practice Read More

Sports

Dominican Republic Wins World Baseball Classic

Jose Reyes of the Dominican Republic celebrates in the dressing room after his team defeated Puerto Rico in the final to win the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, March 19, 2013. Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam (Reuters) – The Dominican Republic capped off an unbeaten campaign Read More

Sports

Report: Ed Reed Asking for $7 Million a Season, Which May Explain Why He Hasn’t Found a Team Yet

[NESN.com] If the Patriots thought Wes Welker was asking for too much, wait until they get a load of what Ed Reed thinks he should make. The free agent who has played his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens is apparently not ready to take Read More

Politics

Valerie Jarrett Named “Newsmaker of the Year”

by George Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been named the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s “Newsmaker of the Year.” Jarrett was presented the award last week during NNPAF’s annual Black Press Week celebration in Washington, D.C. Former North Read More

Politics

Ben Carson: Candidate-in-Waiting? Or New GOP Toy?

by Adrienne Washington Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Dr. Ben Carson (Courtesy Photo) A major television network anoints him “The New Conservative Folk Hero.” A Wall Street Journal editorial and a T-shirt available online hail “Ben Carson for President.” Well, maybe not for president, but Read More

Politics

CBC Offers its Budget Plan

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Congressional Black Caucus opposes a proposed House Republican budget for fiscal 2014 and instead offered an alternative budget that it said is faired to the voters the CBC represents. Referring to the Republican plan CBC Read More

National

Education Chief: Schools Failing Black Students

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of being the traditional ticket to success, many of our nation’s troubled schools hinder opportunity for upward mobility, especially for students of color, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Black publishers in a private meeting Read More

National

Former N.C. Governor Stands Up for Justice

by Maya Rhodan Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – They were Southern governors who shared the same last name – Perdue – but took different approaches in two high-profile race-sensitive cases.  Despite a direct appeal from Pope Benedict XVI, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue did not spare Read More

National

Unemployment May Worsen for Black Workers

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The economy beat expectations in February by adding 236,000 jobs nearly, doubling 119,000 jobs created in January, according to the Labor Department. Overall, the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, but the Black jobless rate stalled Read More

Entertainment

[TMZ] Rapper Too $hort Arrested for DUI

[TMZ] Rapper Too Short has just been arrested for DUI … after allegedly attempting to run from police, TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ,  Short — real name Todd Anthony Shaw — was pulled over in L.A. a couple hours ago for some traffic violation … and Read More

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Op-Ed

A Southern Governor Breaks with the Past

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   There are some painful things from my childhood in segregated Tuscaloosa, Ala., that I will never forget. At the top of the list is Gov. George C. Wallace’s June 11, 1963 “Stand in the School House Door” at Read More

Op-Ed

Credit Check can be a Barrier to a Job or Promotion

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   As Black America continues to struggle with high unemployment rates, a new research report by Demos, a public policy organization titled, Discredited: How employment credit checks keep qualified workers out of a job, unveils how the use of credit history Read More

Op-Ed

Being Moral Only When it’s Convenient

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As a result of Ohio’s Republican Senator Rob Portman’s declaration last week that he now supports homosexual marriage, I am once again compelled to ask: Why are Christians and conservatives constantly apologizing for what they believe? Portman said he Read More

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Op-Ed

Are Labor Unions Too Strong?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The other day I found myself engaged in a casual discussion with someone next to me on an airplane.  In the course of the conversation, I mentioned that I had written two books on labor unions. The man Read More

Op-Ed

Women are Wired Differently

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   As I write, Chaka Khan’s empowering “I’m Every Woman” loops in my head – like a soundtrack. (By the way, have you seen her lately? All slim, trim and more fabulous than ever).  It’s Women’s History Month and the lyrics to Read More

Op-Ed

Racist Incidents at Oberlin College

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   On March 4 Oberlin College in Ohio, which has always had an outsized role in the history of Black higher education, cancelled classes for a day and instead held a “Day of Solidarity” in response to a month-long Read More

Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: Missing Leadership and Core Values

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “It will not be sufficient for Morehouse College, for any college, for that matter, to produce clever graduates, men fluent in speech and able to argue their way through; but rather honest men, men who can be trusted Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Trayvon Martin: One Year Later

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist     “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin   A Read More

Health

It’s time to take Mental Health seriously

[NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER] Though attitudes are changing slowly, many people still don’t like to talk about mental illness. Yet, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans 18 and older (about one in four adults) suffer from some kind Read More

Health

Protein and Weight Loss

[THE CALL AND POST] A COMMENTARY BY MIESHA WILSON – In my field of weight management, 90 percent of the participants I come in contact with are women so this article will be geared toward the ladies this week. Many of us women are truly misinformed Read More

Health

Hair Shedding

[THE CALL AND POST] As for one of those little nuances that works your last nerve, you can check shedding hair off the list. Shedding hair is one of those nuances that irritates most just like those little white lint balls. Where do they come Read More

Business

Colleges find a new way to get grads hired

[CNNMONEY] A handful of colleges think they’ve found the secret to closing the gap between the types of graduates they’re turning out and the types of workers employers are looking for: spiders. Not the hairy, creepy kind, but rather artificial-intelligence spiders that crawl through search Read More

Business

Few NYC Ad Dollars Spent on Ethnic Media

[THE NEW YORK CARIB NEWS] The Center for Community and Ethnic Media, which is housed at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, is releasing a report today on the advertising practices of New York City’s government. The report documents how little of the city’s ad Read More

World

Kenyan Mantle Could Pass from Father to Son

Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network Uhuru Kenyatta Mar. 5 (GIN) – Kenyans by the millions turned out to vote Monday in a much-anticipated poll that was the first under a new constitution. Pollsters predicted a win for Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Read More

National

China Prepares to Become the World’s Largest Economy

China Prepares to Become the World’s Largest Economy by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief (LAST IN A SERIES) SHANGHAI (NNPA) – In less than 15 years, according to projections by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs and the United States National Intelligence Council, China will overtake Read More

National

Philly Coming to Grips with Mass School Closings

[Philadelphia Tribune] When ninth-grader Zach Kaufmann found out his school was one of 27 targeted for closure in Philadelphia, he fought back. He joined a youth activist group, attended numerous community gatherings and even addressed district leaders at a public meeting. But his passion for Read More

National

N-Word Incident at Wash U

by Rebecca Rivas Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Aggressive supporters of the Washington University fraternity pledges involved in the racial incident last week bombarded social media after the Association of Black Students released a statement requesting that the administration take “unequivocal Read More

National

Howard Students to Volunteer During Spring Break

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Four hundred Howard University students are planning to forego frolicking in the tropics or just resting and relaxing at home to work as volunteers in seven major U.S. cities as part of the school’s Alternative Spring Break 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

Entertainment

Punch TV’s Joseph Collins Sets Sight on Airwave Domination [Wave Newspapers]

With the proliferation of Black TV networks — partly as a result of Com-cast/NBC Universal’s backing a number of minority start ups following diversity pressure from lawmakers like Rep. Maxine Waters — it’s shaping up to be a competitive fight for survival. The field includes Read More

Entertainment

Updates from the Hip-Hop World [LA Sentinel]

Suge Knight recently appeared on the Howard Stern show and he had some really crazy things to say about Dr. Dre, as he accuses the good doctor of being gay, and a snitch. During the interview, Suge said Dre recently went to his P.O. and Read More

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Op-Ed

The Rich are Treated Differently

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   F. Scott Fitzgerald got it right when he said the rich are different. We are witnessing that in the sequester fiasco and we heard it in another form last week when Attorney General  Eric H. Holder offered an Read More

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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

Op-Ed

America’s Racial Wealth Gap Triples over 25 Years

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist As long as most of us can remember, Black communities have taught and believed that a college education is the key to social and economic advancement. But according to a new research and policy brief by Brandeis University scholars, that Read More

Op-Ed

Keep Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist “I risked my life defending that right. If we are ever to actualize the true meaning of equality, effective measures such as the Voting Rights Act are still a necessary requirement of democracy.” Georgia U.S. Rep. John Lewis In commemoration of Read More

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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

CHILD WATCH: An All-American Crisis

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote those words in Read More

Op-Ed

Hopeful Signs for Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Despite all the infighting going on within my Republican Party, I am seeing reason for great hope as we go forward, especially with regards to the minority community. Many minority Republicans have become extremely frustrated with the constant lip 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

Op-Ed

Justice Scalia’s Hurtful Words

Gary Bledsoe NNPA Guest Columnist   Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson NNPA Guest Columnist   The two of us sat in utter shock and disbelief as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, with a simply bizarre oral utterance, insulted an entire race of Read More

Press Room

Wells Fargo Launches National Art Exhibit in San Francisco Honoring The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

Media Media Valerie Miller Williams 704-383-8025 C. Nicole Pierce 312-228-8820       Wells Fargo Launches National Art Exhibit in San Francisco Honoring The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation National exhibition recognizes art as a voice for history and culture [San Francisco, March 7, Read More

Technology

Browsing Web on iPad stinks, and Apple likes it that way

[USA TODAY] When iPads were first introduced in 2010, an Apple press release promised that the “iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer.” The implication was that the web via the Read More

Technology

Evernote Limits Hack Damage with Good Security Practices

[CIO TODAY] Evernote has been hacked, forcing the online note-taking software to reset passwords for its 50 million users, although any password data that was accessed was protected with encryption. What does this mean for enterprise IT security ? “In our security investigation, we have Read More

Religion

Mobile Device Management: BYOD gets religion

[ZDNET] Around 1.2 billion Catholics will wait on pins and needles as the Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel in Rome’s Holy See during conclave in order to elect the new Supreme Pontiff, for as much as two weeks or maybe even a month, according to Read More

Religion

Bishop Eddie Long Sued Over Alleged Ponzi Scheme

[HUFFINGTON POST] Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long is facing a suit from former parishioners who say he encouraged them to invest in a company that was operating an alleged Ponzi scheme. A dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., Read More

Health

Working out before bedtime may mean better sleep

[CBS NEWS] The best way to ensure a good night’s sleep might be breaking a sweat. The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America poll showed that people who reported exercising said they snoozed better than those who didn’t work out, even if they got Read More

Business

Coca-Cola executive Saunders Jones retiring

[THE ATLANTA VOICE] ATLANTA – Longtime activist and civic leader Ingrid Saunders Jones is retiring from Coca-Cola after 30 years of notable service with the company, officials announced this week. Jones, senior vice president of Global Community Connections and chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation, will Read More

Entertainment

Movie Review: War Witch (***)

Rachel Mwanza as a child solider in War Witch. By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “You will come out of my belly one day. I don’t know if God will give me strength to love you.” That’s the lament of an expectant mother, a child Read More

Entertainment

Fantasia Fiasco Forces ‘Jet’ to Apologize

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Last week Fantasia Barrino raised a stink after Jet Magazine chose to use a 10 year old picture for her cover story. Things went from bad to worse when Jet editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller posted a disparaging Facebook Read More

Entertainment

D.L. Hughley Joins ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Cast

  by Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Suggesting that he has what it takes to hold his own outside of the comedy film and stand-up arena, comedian D.L. Hughley officially joined the cast for season 16 of “Dancing with the Read More

Sports

Clark Atlanta Lady Panthers Win SIAC Basketball Tournament

by Erika Benton-Martin Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World Clark Atlanta’s Lady Panthers became champions on Saturday night in convincing fashion, defeating Benedict College’s Lady Tigers in a 75-58 point victory. The Lady Panthers were named the Women’s Champions in the 2013 Read More

Politics

Detroit Mayor Bing “Not Surprised” At State Finding Financial Emergency

by Minehaha Forman Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Chronicle   Mayor Dave Bing DETROIT—After nearly three months of examining Detroit’s finances, a six-member state review team declared Tuesday that Michigan’s largest city is in a state of financial emergency. “Certainly I am not Read More