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Op-Ed

Remembering How Black South Africans Won their Freedom

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A trip to South Africa provides painful reminders of the protracted struggle to establish democracy, how the United States propped up the White minority-rule government and the courage Black South Africans demonstrated to win Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: The Mythical Black Economy

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.”   Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.”  Yet another is “a system of interacting elements, especially when 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

New Efforts to Curb the ‘Debt Trap’ of Payday Lending

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The small-dollar loans that generate long-lasting debt for consumers and cost them billions of dollars each year are drawing the active attention of legislators and regulators alike. On April 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a white Read More

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Op-Ed

Learning to Teach Students How to Learn

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   African American students achieve at a different level than White students.  Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and Read More

Op-Ed

There’s Power in the Purse

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Depending on the day, what you’re reading or who you’re listening to, the economy is either still in the tank, in recovery, getting worse or is on the upswing.  Whatever the fluctuating state of the American economy, money is being spent.  Read More

Op-Ed

Like Cholesterol, Some Discrimination is Good

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” last week.  This is a weekly TV show that deals with Black political issues, among other things. The roundtable discussion was very lively, but I was amazed at my fellow panelists’ 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

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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

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Op-Ed

Blame a Dark-Skinned Man

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   I don’t know where CNN’s John King got the information that a suspect in the Boston bombing was “a dark-skinned male,” but beyond apologizing, he needs to explain himself.  How many sources gave him the false tip?  If it Read More

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Op-Ed

Understanding the NRA’s ‘Logic’

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Every time the National Rifle Association (NRA) or its political allies block any form of gun control, people throw up their hands in complete frustration trying to figure out why the NRA will, seemingly, never agree to any Read More

Op-Ed

Gun Vote Revives Civil Rights Memories

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   At first I wondered why I felt so powerful a sense of déjà vu last week when the Senate blocked gun control legislation drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators and supported by the Obama administration. That sensation Read More

Op-Ed

Message to Congress: Show Courage on Gun Safety

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “Sometimes I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day…But other times, I feel Ben’s presence filling me with courage for what I have to do…”Francine Wheeler, mother of 6-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Who Speaks for You?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Do you have anything to say about what’s going on in town, or across America?  What are your personal priorities and how do you put voice to them? It’s a good question that we all have to ask ourselves from 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

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Crime Pays – Literally

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   A recent report by Jason Jenkins, Investment U Research, shows that private prisons are earning even more money via warehousing prisoners and by establishing Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) with the land upon which their prisons are built.  Corrections Read More

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Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: The Abortion Holocaust

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Let me first say that I believe a woman should have the right to an abortion.  It is the law and each person has their own decision to make.  However, since the court decision, Roe V. Wade, the amount Read More

Health

Robin Roberts briefly hospitalized, will return to ‘GMA’ next week

[LOS ANGELES TIMES] Two months after resuming her duties on “Good Morning America,” Robin Roberts revealed she was hospitalized last week. Roberts offered the news on her Facebook page Thursday morning in addressing her absence from covering the Boston bombings. While on vacation in Key West, the “GMA” personality began to Read More

Technology

Digital Public Library With Vast Archive Opens

[ABC NEWS] Some of the country’s top research institutions have combined to launch a massive online archive. The Digital Public Library of America began beta testing Thursday, promising a site with millions of materials ranging from images of George Washington to footage of Freedom Riders Read More

Business

What your zip code reveals about you

[CNN MONEY] Every time you mindlessly give a sales clerk your zip code at checkout, you’re giving data companies and retailers the ability to track everything from your body type to your bad habits. That five-digit zip code is one of the key items data Read More

Entertainment

Film Review: 42

by Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Jackie Robinson’s life is lesson in courage. It’s a sobering but inspiring reminder of the barbaric cruelty of racism and those who rallied against it. This revealing film tracks his ascension from the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball.  Read More

Entertainment

Goldberg, Lopez Appear in Pryor Documentary

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) — George Lopez,Bob Newhart and Mike Epps will be seen in “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic,” a documentary to air in the United States on Showtime. Featuring appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Pryor Jr., Lily Tomlin and Mel Brooks, the film is to air May 31. Read More

Entertainment

Tracy Morgan to Host Billboard Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Musicians beware: Tracy Morgan will host the Billboard Music Awards. Billboard announced Wednesday that the 44-year-old will host the awards show on May 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” Read More

Entertainment

Actor’s Sister Wants Omarosa Investigated Over Will

Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer Omarosa Manigault and the late Michael Duncan Clarke/Courtesy Photo The sister of the late “Green Mile” actor Michael Clarke Duncan wants his fiancé investigated over his will. According to a report on Black America Web, Judy Duncan is Read More

World

Africa’s First Ladies Come to America

by Richard B. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Seeking partners, seeking progress Wives of presidents and government ministers attend major health summit in United States; welcome Black America’s help to make change, progress. The Second African First Ladies Health Summit in Read More

Sports

Rasheed Wallace Quietly Retires from NBA for a Second Time

[Los Angeles Times] Rasheed Wallace has been bothered by a left foot injury most of the season. New York Knicks Coach Mike Woodson told reporters Wednesday morning the veteran player was still struggling with soreness and might not be available for the playoff opener against Boston this weekend. Soon Read More

Sports

Pat Riley Enjoying Miami Heat Success from Afar

[Sun-Sentinel] MIAMI — For Pat Riley, it’s sort of a role reversal. He recently received a text message from Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra at 3 a.m. It read: “I’m jealous.” The fact Riley was comfortably sleeping at home while Spoelstra was probably on a Read More

National

Black Generals, Rich in Legacy, Make History

by Frank J. Phillips Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Generals Lloyd Austin (l) and Vincent Brooks (r). (Courtesy Photo) Two African-American generals made history this year by simultaneously taking charge of major regional commands. President Barack Obama nominated Generals Lloyd Austin and Read More

National

Pell Grant Changes Will Slow Black Graduation Rates

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent [Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories by NNPA Washington Correspondents Freddie Allen and Maya Rhodan examining how federal loan problems are hurting Black students in college.] WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In many ways, the route Bonita Rex Read More

National

New Loan Policies Fail Black Students in College

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two stories by NNPA Washington Correspondents Freddie Allen and Maya Rhodan examining how federal loan problems are failing Black students in college.] WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Like thousands of Black college students, Bethanie Read More

National

NUL: Blacks Slip on the Road to Parity with Whites

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Blacks have fallen behind in their efforts to reach parity with Whites in several key areas since 2010, according to the National Urban League’s new “State of Black America” report. Each year, the report computes an Read More

Politics

Rand Paul Relies on the Past in Hopes of Winning Black Votes in the Future

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Rand Paul, the conservative Republican senator from Kentucky, tried last week to pave the way for Blacks to vote for Republicans in the future by extolling the GOP’s accomplishments of the past. Speaking at Howard University, 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

Health

Computer tool may not boost mammograms’ accuracy

[REUTERS] Using a computer tool to help doctors analyze mammography images increases the number of early, non-invasive breast cancers that are caught, but also means more women without cancer have to undergo follow-up ultrasounds and biopsies, according to a new study. Researchers found use of Read More

Health

Study: ‘Western style’ diet can be a killer

[UPI] Eating a “Western-style” diet — fried food, processed and red meat, refined grains, sweets and high-fat dairy — can reduce lifespan, French researchers say. Lead investigator Tasnime Akbaraly of Inserm in Montpellier, France, and colleagues analyzed findings from the British Whitehall II cohort study, Read More

Health

Campaign to increase African-American moms breastfeeding

[UPI] The U.S. surgeon general said a public education campaign aims to raise awareness among African-American women on the importance of breastfeeding. Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, surgeon general, said breastfeeding offers mothers and their babies a healthy start. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read More

Business

Blacks Less Prepared for the Next Financial Crisis

[NNPA NEWS WIRE] By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Minorities clinging to the middle class have come out of the Great Recession at a higher risk for falling into poverty during the next economic crisis, according to a recent report by the Read More

Business

Focus is best-selling car in the … world!

[USA TODAY] What was the best-selling vehicle in the world in 2012? Americans might say a Ford F-Series pickup, since it’s the perpetual biggest seller in the U.S. Others, recognizing their international appeal, might say it’s a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. It’s not. The Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Political Maneuvering over the Budget

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   There has been much discussion about the big picture items in President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2014. If the devil is in the details, as politicians like to say, some parts of Obama’s budget will mean hell Read More

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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

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Op-Ed

The Shifting Sands of Sequestration

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Sequestration is like the sand in an hour glass.  When the sand starts falling, it does not seem to amount to much.  The full section of the hour glass seems not to change, at least at first.  Yet Read More

Op-Ed

Check in the Mail for Wronged Mortgage Borrowers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The old saying, “The check is in the mail,”  is often a ruse not worth heeding. But beginning April 12, checks will begin going into the mail for 4.2 million mortgage borrowers who were in the foreclosure process in Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Rolling with Roland Martin

By William Reed NNPA Columnist     CNN contributor Roland Martin, who departed the network on April 6, has been named the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) 2013 Journalist of the Year. In today’s American media, there are a number of Black faces on the Read More

Op-Ed

America’s Inconsistent Foreign Policy

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two years ago, President Obama instituted a policy towards Africa that most Americans are totally unaware of.  The policy sent shock waves throughout the continent of Africa that are still reverberating to this day. This policy was a direct Read More

Press Room

African American Investors Optimistic About Financial Future and the Economy, but Concerned About Retirement, According to Recent Wells Fargo Survey

Media: Matt Hurwitz 415-396-6964 Matthew.s.hurwitz@wellsfargo.com   Sarah Tonigan 505-818-7480 Sarah.h.tonigan@wellsfargoadvisors.com African American Investors Optimistic About Financial Future and the Economy, but Concerned About Retirement, According to Recent Wells Fargo Survey Saving for Retirement Moves to Back-Burner as Investors Focus on Day-to-Day Financial Challenges SAN FRANCISCO, April 10, 2013 Read More

Press Room

Morgan State University Wins Back-to-Back Academic Championships at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Morgan State University Wins Back-to-Back Academic Championships at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Torrance, CA. April 8, 2013 – After two days of intense competition among 250 students representing 48 competing teams, Morgan State University claimed its second National Championship title in a row at the Read More

Op-Ed

Everyone is Hopping on the Gay Rights Bandwagon

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist You can call it the “bandwagon effect,” or “political opportunism,” or, the “wake-up-call effect,” or, less cynically, an old American tradition. Whatever you call it, in the last month it seems everybody and their momma in the political arena Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

The Burden of Unemployment

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Unemployment rates were “little changed” in March 2013 – they were either holding steady or dropping by a tenth of a percentage point or so.  The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 to 7.6 percent representing a steady, if painstakingly Read More

Op-Ed

Advocates Push to Preserve Foreclosure Program

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A broad coalition of state and national organizations is pushing to preserve a key federal program that has helped more than 1.1 million troubled homeowners and reduced mortgage payments by a median savings of $546 each month. The Home Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Money Talk Falls on Deaf Ears

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Surely you’ve heard the saying, “Money Talks.”  But, have you ever wondered what is said about Black money? Obviously, understanding its power and the role it plays in this economy, money speaks loudly and clearly, and Black money speaks even louder.  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

Zero and Counting

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Are you a Zero-TV household?  No, I don’t mean restricting the kids’ TV viewing to the weekends or until after they’ve completed homework.  I mean – do you watch TV the traditional way or on any of the growing Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Political Dynasties

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   In American politics, many object to power flowing through blood rather than through the ballot. A “dynasty” is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Among Blacks, some prominent families regard politics as business operations. Blacks elected immediately Read More

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Press Room

New Report Shows Wells Fargo’s Progress on Corporate Social Responsibility Goals

Media Jessica Ryan 415-396-0560 New Report Shows Wells Fargo’s Progress on Corporate Social Responsibility Goals Achievements include support for environment, communities, and homeowners SAN FRANCISCO, April 5, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today issued its 2o12 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Interim Report, Read More

Technology

Obama outlines human brain-mapping initiative

[THE WASHINGTON POST] President Obama on Tuesday outlined a government-sponsored initiative to map the human brain, casting the proposal as a way to discover new cures for neurological disease and strengthen the economy. “Ideas are what power our economy,” Obama said as he announced the proposal Read More

Technology

The Cell Phone Turns 40. What’s Next?

[BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK] April 3, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the first call made from a handheld cell phone. But mobile communication had been around for a while. During World War II, soldiers used two-way radio transceivers (walkie-talkies) to communicate from the front line. Check Read More

National

Memphis Centerstage as World Reflects on Dr. King

by Karanja A. Ajanaku Special to the NNPA News Service from The New Tri-State Defender MEMPHIS – A billing for the evening read: “Mountaintop Speech Commemoration.” It was a summons to gather back at Mason Temple, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last oration Read More

Technology

Amazon Is the Cloud to Beat, but Google Has the Cloud to Watch. Here’s Why

[BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK] Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is by far the biggest and most experienced public cloud provider. Accepting that, the next question is: What cloud vendor can give AWS a run for its money? Increasingly the money is on Google (GOOG)—at least in computing capacity where Google Compute Engine is Read More

World

Coup Thwarts Search for Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony

[Los Angeles Times] JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Uganda‘s military has suspended its hunt for notorious warlord Joseph Kony after rebels toppled the president of the Central African Republic last month. Kony, indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, is believed to be hiding in the eastern Central Read More

Sports

Mike Rice Fired by Rutgers After Video Shows Coach Abusing Players

[CBS News] PISCATAWAY, N.J.Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice. The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie, Read More

Sports

Exonerated Brian Banks Signs with Atlanta Falcons

[Los Angeles Times] Brian Banks, the former Long Beach Polytechnic High School football standout who spent five years in prison before his rape conviction was overturned, has finally earned a spot with an NFL team. Banks, 27, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a linebacker, the team announced Wednesday on Read More

Sports

If Only Shaq, Kobe Said It in Public

Even now, years later, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal can’t seem to get together [Los Angeles Times] Shaquille O’Neal dominated the Staples Center court one more time Tuesday, in a halftime jersey retirement ceremony that perfectly mirrored his Lakers career. It was booming. It was poignant. It was funny. It Read More

National

Mandela Said to Be ‘Much Better’ Than a Week Ago

[New York Times] JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela’s health is improving after nearly a week in the hospital being treated for pneumonia, South Africa’s government said on Wednesday. “President Nelson Mandela continues to make steady improvement in hospital,” said a statement released by the office of Read More

Entertainment

Roger Ebert Takes ‘leave of presence’ to Deal with Recurrence of Cancer [Guardian]

[Guardian] Veteran movie critic Roger Ebert has announced that he is scaling back his workload to deal with a recurrence of cancer. Ebert, 70, wrote on his Chicago Sun-Times blog that he would be taking a “leave of presence” to focus on his health and an assortment of personal work Read More

Entertainment

Wrongful Death Trial to Revisit Michael Jackson’s Checkered Life [Reuters]

[Reuters] – Jury selection began on Tuesday in a Los Angeles civil trial that will revisit the checkered life and sudden death of superstar Michael Jackson before a planned comeback that he had hoped would revive his tattered personal and musical reputation. Jackson’s elderly mother Read More

Technology

Blackberry isn’t finished with tablets

[TG DAILY] Tentatively dubbed the B10, the roadmap offers no additional details about the potential iPad competitor, but it appears similar, at least in dimensions, to Google’s Nexus 10 and Apple’s full-sized Apple iPads. As AppleInsider’s Kevin Bostic notes, if the device were to actually materialize, it would represent BlackBerry’s Read More

Technology

US Trademark Office says the “mini” in iPad mini is “merely descriptive”

[ARS TECHNICA] Apple’s application for the “iPad mini” trademark must be more descriptive if the US Patent and Trademark Office is going to approve it. A document from the USPTO surfaced online over the weekend, indicating that the office was unlikely to give Apple the trademark based Read More

Technology

Microsoft, Google swap April Fools’ barbs

[CNET] Microsoft and Google have both gotten in some April Fools’ Day zingers against each other. The two competitors often trade insults about each other’s respective search engines, online office suites, and other products. But April Fools’ Day inspired them to create a couple of Read More

Health

Direct deposit keeps Social Security money safe

[THE TAMPA TRIBUNE] – Q What are the benefits of using direct deposit or electronic payments? A It’s safe, secure, convenient, your checks will not get lost in the mail, you choose the account where your payment is deposited; and you will get your benefits on time, Read More

Health

E. coli outbreak sickens 24 in U.S.: CDC

[REUTERS] A U.S. outbreak of E. coli has sickened 24 people, with Farm Rich frozen food suspected as a likely source of the infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli O121, or STEC Read More

Health

Chinese herbs may reduce hot flashes

[REUTERS] Women taking a Chinese herbal formula experienced less than half the number of menopausal hot flashes they had before the treatment, according to a new study from Hong Kong. Among women taking an herbal mix called Er-xian decoction (EXD), the frequency of daily hot Read More

Business

Chinese factories rise but U.S. manufacturing slows

[REUTERS] Strong demand at home boosted activity at Chinese factories last month, but U.S. manufacturing hit an unexpected speed bump after expanding rapidly in February, weakened by a slower pace of new orders. Other surveys released on Monday showed manufacturing sectors in South Korea and Japan growing as exports Read More

Business

Estate Planning 101:“DON’T WAIT TO PROBATE”

[LOS ANGELES SENTINEL] I was first introduced to the court proceeding called “probate” as a result of a frantic call I received soon after I began practicing law.  The caller, a real estate agent, was handling an escrow and found that the sale couldn’t be completed Read More