Health

Valeant to Buy Bausch & Lomb for $8.7 Billion

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] Bausch & Lomb, the eye care company, agreed on Monday to sell itself to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International of Canada for about $8.7 billion, sidestepping the lengthier process of an initial public offering. Under the terms of the deal, Valeant will pay $4.5 billion Read More

Business

Modern Etiquette: The power of business networking

[REUTERS] There’s an old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” That adage couldn’t be more appropriate in today’s competitive job market. And networking (especially when you’re employed) can be the key to staying employed and staying on a clear career track. Read More

Business

U.S. trails Europe on paid vacation time

[THE WASHINGTON POST] Oh, to be Austrian. On a weekend when thoughts officially turn to summer, fruity cocktails and ways to skip work, it is an apt time to remember: Not everyone is able to laze around on Memorial Day. Or looking forward to a Read More

World

China and U.S. Urged to Work More Closely

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – With China and the United States on track to become each other’s largest trading partner by 2022, leaders of the nation’s two largest economies need to work more closely to remove barriers that hamper trade between Read More

Business

Local Businesswoman Continues to Meet Needs of Black Girls Through Doll Line with New Chocolate Skin Addition Read

[NNPA News Wire Service] Special to the NNPA from the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint SAN DIEGO – CEO of World of EPI, Dr. Lisa Williams, recently announced the new addition of DIVAH Taylor to the Positively Perfect doll family.  Launched a few years ago, Positively Read More

World

Fierce Fighting Between Sudan Troops and Rebels

[Associated Press] Sudanese government troops clashed with rebels in the conflict-wracked state of Southern Kordofan near the border with South Sudan, and each side claimed Monday it inflicted heavy losses on the other. The clashes erupted Sunday in the Dandor area, 500 kilometers (300 miles) Read More

World

Mexico Special Police Unit to Search for Missing

[Associated Press] Mexico’s government says it has created a special investigative unit to search for missing people. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says the unit will include 12 federal investigators and a group of federal police agents as support. He said Monday the unit will Read More

Sports

Rutgers Stands by New AD Despite Abuse Allegations

Rutgers is standing by its incoming athletic director despite allegations she humiliated and verbally abused players during her coaching days, with the embattled president of the prominent university saying he is looking forward to her first day on the job. It’s the latest in a Read More

Sports

Woods to Play in New $7 Million Turkish Open

(Reuters) – World number one Tiger Woods is to compete in the inaugural Turkish Open in Antalya in November, the European Tour said on Tuesday. The $7 million event at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course in Belek will form part of the new Final Series on the Read More

Politics

AUDIO: Adrian Peterson ‘Not With’ Gay Marriage Despite Having Gay Relatives

[NESN] Sunday night marked a milestone for gay rights, as Robbie Rogers made his debut with the L.A. Galaxy, becoming the first recognized openly gay athlete in a major American sport. Earlier in the day, however, Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson reminded everyone that tolerance Read More

Politics

Black Mayors Rally to Reclaim their Organization

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – With some embarrassing internal issues addressed and its sights set firmly on expanding its global impact, the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) kicks off its 39th annual convention in Atlanta this Thursday. The theme of Read More

Politics

Many Blacks Don’t Like Obama’s Role as ‘Lecturer-in-Chief’

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The condescending, lecturer-in-chief rhetoric that President Obama reserves for Black audiences is beginning to irritate an increasing number of African-Americans, his most loyal voting bloc. Through intermittent rain, President Obama implored Morehouse College graduates to commit Read More

Politics

Medicaid Disconnect between Leaders and Voters in South

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As more and more provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out, the disconnect between what leaders in pockets of the country want for their constituents and what the citizens actually want becomes more clear –and Read More

National

Tornado-Stricken Oklahoma Community Rebounds

by Herb Boyd Special to the NNPA MOORE, Oklahoma (NNPA) – Whenever high winds arise in Tornado Alley, this corridor of the state with a history of disasters, residents pay attention.  On Sunday evening beneath overcast skies there were slight gusts of wind but it Read More

National

‘Food Stamps’ Cuts Will Hurt Poor Black Families

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would reduce funding of the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called food stamps, but the extent of the cuts will not become known until negotiators from Read More

National

Black Teen Birth Rate Falls 60 Percent in 10 Years

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –  A new report by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the teen birth rate for African Americans has declined by 60 percent between 1991 and 2011 – a rate 10 percent greater than Read More

Entertainment

Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran are dating again [UPI]

[UPI] Chris Brown has reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and they are living together at the singer’s Hollywood Hills home, TMZ reported. Tran is keeping her own apartment, but has already moved most of her clothes and other personal belongings into Brown’s house, the report said. Read More

Entertainment

Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’ Screening Shut Down by Houston Police [Rolling Stone]

[Rolling Stone] A screening of Kanye West’s “New Slaves” video in Houston came to an early end last night when police arrived to shut down the projection. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston police broke up an “upbeat, respectful crowd” who had gathered to watch the display at Read More

Entertainment

Will Smith Raps Fresh Prince Theme Song with Son Jaden [People.com]

[People] It wasn’t Bel-Air, or even West Philadelphia, but Will Smith grabbed a microphone in London and proved he hasn’t forgotten hisFresh Prince roots. The megastar and son Jaden pleasantly shocked The Graham Norton Show audience Friday when they stood up during their appearance to promote After Earth and rapped the theme Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Take a Recess from Closing Public Schools

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced plans to close at least 50 schools as a cost-cutting measure. But before any other urban school system follows suit, it should take an extended recess and reflect on what Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Putting the IRS ‘Scandal’ into Perspective

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

In Jobs, we’re in a Race to the Bottom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study Read More

Op-Ed

Obama at Morehouse: Black Americans’ Responsibility

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Speaking to the newly-minted graduates of Atlanta’s historically Black and all-male Morehouse College May 19, President Obama urged them to use the power and advantage of their diplomas “for something larger than yourself.”  “It betrays a poverty of Read More

Op-Ed

Homeowner Bills of Rights Emerge as Remedies to Foreclosure

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A few days ago, HUD released data showing that more 620,000 troubled homeowners received more than $50 billion in principal reductions and savings. These actions were the direct result of the National Mortgage Settlement, negotiated by America’s largest banks, Read More

Op-Ed

CHILDWATCH: ‘Numb, Spiritually Dead Nation’

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Ka’Nard Allen has been shot twice in his 10-year-old life. On May 12, he went with his mother to the annual Mother’s Day second line parade in New Orleans. When two gunmen shot into the line of participants—men, Read More

Op-Ed

Endless Entertainment Options

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Remember back-in-the-day when you used to poke your mouth out, bug your parents (or whatever adult was in charge) about being bored?  Well, today’s kids can’t use that tired, old excuse. Neither can we, as grown folks, for that Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: End the War on Drugs Now

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   There is no easy way or walk to freedom; no shortcuts to justice; no quick fix for conceiving and constructing the good and sustainable society and world we all want and deserve. Indeed, to achieve the good we all Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Urban League Tackles Unemployment

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are. Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life.” -President Barack Obama If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve Read More

World

South Africa Withdraws Award to Ex-Prez

by Bert Wilkinson Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News This week, Guyana’s main opposition party blasted the South African government for withdrawing a post-Apartheid award to a former Guyana president, saying the Caribbean nation did more than any in the hemisphere Read More

World

Guatemala Top Court Overturns Genocide Conviction

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s top court overturned the genocide conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and ordered on Monday that his trial restart, throwing into disarray proceedings that had been hailed as historic for delivering the first such guilty verdict for a Latin Read More

Sports

Texas Southern Alum Strahan Receives Honorary Degree

by Max Edison Special to the NNPA from The Houston Defender HOUSTON (NNPA) – Texas Southern University recently held its spring commencement, and one of the highlights was the presentation of an honorary doctorate of humane letters to alum Michael Strahan. Strahan, now a TV personality, Read More

Religion

US names envoy to combat anti-Semitism, warns of rising incidents

[REUTERS] The United States on Monday appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism as a new State Department report warned about incidents in Venezuela, Egypt and Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry named Ira Forman, a long time director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, as special Read More

Politics

Zimbabwe on Path to Regain International Acceptance

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief HARARE, Zimbabwe (NNPA) – With several low-key, but unmistakable gestures, the United States has signaled that it is moving toward normalizing relations with Zimbabwe, the former White minority-rule nation once known as Rhodesia. In March, former United Nations Ambassador Read More

Business

Dr. J. Visits Phoenix Black Chamber Mixer

[NNPA] by Floyd Alvin Galloway Special to the NNPA from the Arizona Informant Before there was Air, there was the Doctor. On May 9, Dr. J., Julius Erving made a house call to Phoenix, for  the multi- chamber and organizational mixer sponsored by the Greater Read More

Politics

Gosnell Case Looks at Both Sides in Abortion Debate

by Larry Miller Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune The case against Kermit Gosnell was, initially, an investigation into a prescription pill mill. Eventually, that escalated to one of the most grisly and horrific murder cases in Philadelphia history. From the beginning, when Read More

Business

Study: Five Percent of Consumers Had Errors on Their Credit Reports, Results in Less Favorable Terms for Loans

[NNPA] by William Garth Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Citizen A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit reporting industry found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports that could lead to them paying Read More

Politics

China’s Xi Will Meet Obama Earlier Than Expected

BEIJING (AP) — China’s new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than expected, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying to North Korea. The June 7-8 meeting at Read More

Entertainment

Brady to Guest Judge ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

by Kimberly Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Versatile entertainer Wayne Brady, winner of both Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, will be among the celebrated guest judges when “So You Think You Can Dance,” (SYTYCD) returns to Fox for its tenth season Read More

Entertainment

The One: Central Park Five’s Korey Wise

by Mea Ashley Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Korey Wise sits smirking through a one-man play, saying “hmph!” and “ummm” now and then. Youth groups, activists, and college students have packed the auditorium at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Wise will Read More

Entertainment

Candice Glover Named ‘American Idol’ for Season 12

American Idol Candice Glover was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday after defeating country singer Kree Harrison. The 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she was victorious over 22-year-old country singer Harrison from Woodville, Read More

National

Adding Shakur to Most Wanted List Baffles Activists

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Jersey State Police called a press conference to name Assata Shakur, a 65-year-old-Black women and political refugee living in Cuba, to the FBI’s Most Wanted Read More

Entertainment

Cee Lo Green announces plans for three albums [LA Times]

[LA Times] Who needs sleep when you’re Cee Lo Green? Fresh off a recently wrapped Las Vegas residency, the multi-hyphenate performer announced plans for a new album — three of them, actually. Green revealed in an interview with Billboard that the highly anticipated return of his crew Goodie Read More

National

Retired Mailman Wins Lottery For The Fourth Time

Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Chronicle Retired postal worker Melvyn Wilson (pictured) is probably one of the luckiest men on earth, because on Wednesday, he picked up his fourth winning lottery check, and this time, it was for a whopping $500,000, reports The Washington Times. The Woodbridge, Read More

National

College: ‘The Best Four or Five Years of Your Life’

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent Howard University Provost Wayne Frederick Extols Value of HBCUs WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When Mecala Holmes was a freshman at Howard University in 2008, she recalls seeing a t-shirt in the school’s book store that read “Howard University, the best Read More

National

Activist to Hand Out Free Shotguns to Chicago Residents

Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Citizen Founder of Armed Citizen Project Kyle ACP Coplen is preparing to establish a headquarters in Chicago and arm citizens who pass a background check and ACP’s requirements with brand new one pump action shotguns. David Handschuh/New York Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Obama’s Troubles Aren’t Comparable to ‘Watergate’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at Read More

Op-Ed

Racists Don’t Like Being called Racists

By Julian Bond NNPA Guest Columnist   I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Placing Athletics Above Academics

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Why does sports play such a prominent role in college education?  Does it crowd out the attention we pay to other aspects of college life?  Why are student athletes treated like slaves or gladiators, playing to pay colleges for Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Discrimination against the Unemployed

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It will strike many of you as counter-intuitive, but there has been a rising phenomenon of unemployed workers suffering discrimination when they have sought work because…they have been unemployed.  This is not an exaggeration.  In fact, the situation Read More

Op-Ed

Protecting Black Americans’ Right to Compete

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s no coincidence that in the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a challenge to affirmative action in higher education and also a challenge to the most important provision of the Voting Rights Act Read More

Op-Ed

HIP HOP CONNECTION: Respect is a Two-Way Street

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   As Memorial Day approaches, I can’t help but think about Miami’s unofficial Urban Beach Week.  It’s the largest urban festival in the world, drawing about 350,000 guests to South Beach.  Of the 14 years of its existence, I have Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Common Sense Leads to Common Cents

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Some people say “common sense is not common,” which may be the main reason Black people are not as far up the economic ladder as we should be.  Having been in this country since it started, having provided the Read More

Op-Ed

Michigan: Where Democracy Used to Live!

By Wendell Anthony NNPA Guest Columnist   One Hundred- and 80 years ago in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: We Were Right about Swing Voters

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “The findings represent a tipping point for blacks, who for much of American history were disenfranchised and then effectively barred from voting until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.” Associated Press Last July, the National Urban League released Read More

Op-Ed

Blacks Schooled to Stay in a Daze

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was flipping through the TV channels last week and came across one of Spike Lee’s best movies, School Daze.  This was a 1988 film written and directed by Lee.  The movie took an inside look at some of the Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Mel Watt Is “The Man”

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   President Obama has named Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.) as overseer of government-backed mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But, there’s rising skepticism, on both the left and right, about the affable Carolinian. Questions abound as to whether Watt will Read More

World

Kenya: Demonstrators Release Pigs in Protest of Kenyan Lawmakers’ Monetary Demands

Kenyan demonstrators released two dozen piglets at the gates of parliament on Tuesday (May 14th), pouring blood on the pavement to protest wage hike demands by newly-elected members of parliament. “We will not allow members of parliament to increase their salaries at will,” shouted protest Read More

World

South Africa: Winnie Mandela’s Items to be Sold

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dozens of paintings, a silver tea set and other items belonging to Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie will be auctioned next week to pay off debts she owes to a South African school. The sale will happen at the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Read More

World

Nigerian Troops on New Offensive Against Islamists

(Reuters) – Nigeria launched a military campaign on Wednesday to flush Islamist militants out of their bases in remote border areas, after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast. Nigerian troops deployed in large numbers, part of a plan to rout Read More

Sports

Packers Hope for Brett Favre Reunion

Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said Tuesday that the team hopes to have Brett Favre “back involved in the organization soon.” Murphy made his comments to FoxSportsWisconsin.com during the Packers’ Tailgate Tour. “We want to have [Favre] back in the family,” Murphy Read More

Politics

White House Pushes for Media Shield Law

[The New York Times] WASHINGTON — The Obama administration sought on Wednesday to revive legislation that would provide greater protections to reporters from penalties for refusing to identify confidential sources, and that would enable journalists to ask a federal judge to quash subpoenas for their Read More

National

South Africa: ‘Free but not Equal’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (NNPA) – When international icon and former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994, it marked a watershed moment for the former minority-ruled country. Mandela, the standard bearer for the African Read More

National

Blacks are Still Majority of the Wrongfully Convicted

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When a Baltimore grocery store employee fingered 26-year-old Michael Austin for the murder of a security guard in the spring of 1974, Austin didn’t even match the police sketch. The wanted suspect was less 6 feet Read More

National

Abortion Doctor Gets 3rd Life Sentence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. abortion doctor was sentenced Wednesday to a third life term for killing an aborted baby that he described as so big it could “walk to the bus.” The case has made Dr. Kermit Gosnell a flashpoint in the nation’s bitter Read More

Business

More tax lobbyists working Washington’s hallways

[REUTERS] The ranks of lobbyists are growing in Washington again as Congress flirts with a possible overhaul of the complex U.S. tax code. After declining for two years, the number of companies that hired a tax lobbyist, or lobbied on tax issues using in-house staff, Read More

Business

U.S. Budget Deficit Shrinks Far Faster Than Expected

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] WASHINGTON — Since the recession ended four years ago, the federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion every year. But now the government’s annual deficit is shrinking far faster than anyone in Washington expected, and perhaps even faster than many economists think is Read More