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Op-Ed

Focus on Poverty, Not the Middle Class

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. This is Read More

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Op-Ed

Business Exchange: A Trayvon Martin Fashion Statement

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Do you feel George Zimmerman is “a racist?” Make a fashion statement to let the world know how you feel. The issue of “race in America” was clearly illustrated in the attention African Americans paid to the Zimmerman trial. Nowadays, Black Americans are Read More

Op-Ed

A Glimmer of Hope

By Stephanie Jones NNPA Columnist Stephanie Jones In the midst of the anger and disappointment at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, I sought a glimmer of hope and first found it, paradoxically, in the reaction to the Read More

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Op-Ed

Figments of the Racist Imagination

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Hold the presses! Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, those bad “Black militant” leaders who all these years have exercised a Svengali-like influence over the masses have lost their clout. So says Black conservative pundit John McWhorter in the July Read More

Op-Ed

Boycott Florida: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist Ron Daniels In a recent article I called for economic sanctions against Florida to compel business and political leaders in that state to change the “Stand Your Ground Law” that provided the basis for the acquittal of George Zimmerman Read More

Op-Ed

North Carolina’s Tea Party Nightmares

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist North Carolina — once poster child for the New South — now displays the nightmares spawned by the Tea Party right no longer restrained by the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s conservative gang of five disemboweled it Read More

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Op-Ed

Student Loan ‘Solution’ is Not Good Enough

by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The United States Senate finally stepped up to ensure that student loan rates would not double. There have been weeks of back and forth, but now Senators says they will tie student loan rates to the federal funds rate, which means Read More

Op-Ed

The State of Black Men, Part II: Justice for Trayvon is About Justice for All

To Be Equal By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” — President Barack Obama In the weeks since the not-guilty verdict in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, widespread outrage and legitimate questions about the treatment and Read More

Op-Ed

Don’t Let Auto Dealer Markups Take You for a Ride

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a warning to banks, finance companies and credit unions that they will be held accountable for discrimination in auto lending. In announcing its intention to hold auto lenders accountable for illegal, discriminatory Read More

Op-Ed

Viewing Trends from Coast to Coast

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist Have I told you how much I love being part of the cutting edge research of the latest and greatest in technology and how consumer trends and behaviors impact that technology; or how much I especially love sharing that knowledge with you? Read More

Op-Ed

No D.C. Bargain for Wal-Mart

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Over the past few weeks, the D.C. City Council has been in the news quite a bit, though but for all the wrong reasons.  They recently passed a law that would prevent thousands, yes you heard me right, thousands of Read More

National

Trayvon’s Mother: ‘Use My Broken Heart’ to Prevent Future Tragedies

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – With her voice laced with emotion, Sybrina Fulton, the soft-spoken mother of Trayvon Martin, urged delegates to the National Urban League’s annual convention here to use her personal tragedy to prevent the recurrence of unjustified youth Read More

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Op-Ed

Finally, the Barack Obama I Voted For

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor who led him Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: On What Ground are We Standing?

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist What has become our mantra in this post-George Zimmerman are U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder’s words to the NAACP last week; “We must stand our ground” against injustice.  Holder drew cheers, “Amens,” and a standing ovation when he spoke those Read More

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Op-Ed

Blacks are the ‘Other’ Americans

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was told a story the other night.  Apparently on the evening of the Zimmerman acquittal, in a bar in South Carolina, a group of White patrons were talking.  Some of them, upon hearing the news, shouted “Free at Read More

Op-Ed

What Should We Tell Our Sons?

By Gary L. Flowers NNPA Columnist Last week’s injustice to the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin takes its infamous place in the annals of United States history, along with the 1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court ruling, the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson court ruling, the 1955 Emmett Read More

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Op-Ed

What Blacks Can Learn from South Africa

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18.  He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa.  Read More

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Op-Ed

A Retrograde Supreme Court

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist No matter how much some commentators try to spin the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman as an example that the legal system worked properly, the freeing of Trayvon Martin’s killer actually underscores multiple bitter truths. One is that Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Juice on Only One Side of the Aisle

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist In the past, there were so many hangings, beatings, shootings and bombings.  They went without justice being applied.  During the past few decades we have shown national outrage from Emmett Till, Mississippi civil rights workers shootings, Rodney King, etc. Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch Column: Ready for School?

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Is your child ready to start school? For parents and children trying hard to enjoy at least a few weeks more of downtime before beginning back to school shopping and school year routines all over again, the answer is Read More

Op-Ed

Hip Hop is No Path to American Dream

HIP HOP CONNECTION By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction.  Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and Read More

Op-Ed

We Won the Fight to Confirm Richard Cordray

by Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Life poses a series of challenges for individuals, families and communities. But every now and then, a real victory comes along that reminds us that what is fair and just will eventually prevail. That was the lesson of the two-year Read More

Religion

Trayvon Martin Verdict Calls For Spiritual Change

By Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard  ‘I Am Rizpah’ Urges Constant, Relentless Demand for Justice Like so many, I was deeply saddened that a young man, who was innocent of any wrong doing, had been Read More

Religion

People, Pulpit & Pews

By Pastor-Teacher Julius R. Malone Special to the NNPA from the Milwaukee Courier Julius R. Malone “ In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths” -(Prov. 3:6) Three of the most well known attributes of God are love, grace, and mercy.  The Read More

Religion

Survey Finds Surprising Results on Religion, Politics

[Deseret News] Most white evangelicals think capitalism is working, but half of them also think it is incompatible with Christian values. Sixty-two percent of Hispanic Americans think that the decline of the two-parent households and family instability are primary causes of economic stress in America. Read More

World

U.S. Tells Rwanda to Stop Support for M23 Rebels in Congo

(Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday called on Rwanda to end support for M23 rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, saying there was evidence Rwandan military officials were involved. It is the first response by Washington to recent M23 clashes with Congolese government forces Read More

World

Police Scandal Rocks Black Britain

by Trevon Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Spying, deceit and questions about thwarting justice efforts LONDON (FinalCall.com) – Recent revelations that the Metropolitan Police sanctioned spying and a smear campaign against relatives of slain teenager Stephen Lawrence to derail his family’s battle Read More

Business

U.S. Housing Recovery Pricing Out First-Time Buyers

CHICAGO, July 23 (UPI) — The U.S. housing recovery is increasingly pricing first-time home buyers out of the market, data provided by the National Association of Realtors indicates. NAR released a home sales report indicating people in their late 20s and early 30s accounted for only Read More

Business

Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

[Black Enterprise] The City of Detroit’s filing of Chapter 9 bankruptcy may be a blessing in disguise for Detroit’s business community, according to Michigan Business and Professional Association President and CEO Jennifer Kluge. “The business community long ago committed to re-developing the City of Detroit,” said Kluge. “With the City’s path Read More

Business

Starbucks to Enter Yogurt Business

[USA Today] Starbucks has big plans for you to enjoy a big spoonful of designer yogurt with its designer coffee drinks. The coffee kingpin Tuesday announced plans to strategically align with French yogurt maker Danone and create yogurt products labeled with the Starbucks-owned Evolution Fresh Read More

Health

Better Healthcare for Less Money, if You Can Find It

(Reuters) – Consumers intrigued by the new model of accountable healthcare – which promises better-coordinated care that could save lots of money – are going to have to actively seek out participating providers. A tenet of accountable care is better quality: doctors are paid to Read More

Health

No Breakfast, Midnight Snacks May Hurt Heart

[Med Page Today] Skipping breakfast or eating late at night should top the not-to-do lists of men in middle age and beyond; not only do they have metabolic effects, they may also put men at higher risk for coronary heart disease, researchers found. Over a Read More

Health

FDA Cracks Down on Illegal Diabetes Remedies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal treatments for diabetes, ranging from bogus dietary supplements to prescription drugs sold online without a prescription. All of the products aim to cash in on Read More

Sports

Dwyane Wade Divorce Drama Over, Maybe!

[Gossip Extra] Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade‘s post-divorce drama could be over! A judge in Wade’s native Chicago signed off on a settlement that includes the ball player giving ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches $5 million, the couple’s marital home near the Windy City and four cars. The settlement also calls for Read More

Entertainment

Rae Dawn Chong Calls Oprah Winfrey A ‘Field N*gger’ & Brown-Noser’ In A Recent Radio Interview

[Huffington Post] Throughout her career, Oprah Winfrey has managed to land on top of various lists acknowledging her benevolence and business acumen. However, one of Winfrey’s former costars, Rae Dawn Chong, recently painted the media mogul in a different light. During a candid June 27 interview with Read More

Politics

Morial Calls for New Civil Rights Movement

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – National Urban League President Marc H. Morial has called for “a new civil rights movement,” one that will focus on economic empowerment and justice. Morial, now in his 10th year as president and CEO of the Read More

Entertainment

Back in the Day – Today: Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne is all jazzed up. (Photo by Janice Malone/Tennessee Tribune) By Janice Malone Special to the NNPA from the Tennessee Tribune For almost three decades R&B singer/recording artist Jeffrey Osborne has been a force on the music scene, either as a member of the great R&B Read More

Entertainment

Toronto Film Festival to Debut Films on Mandela, Assange

(Reuters) – The world premiere of “The Fifth Estate,” a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, which typically yields a number of Oscar contenders. Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the 2013 festival Read More

Politics

The George Zimmermans Always Get Away

George Zimmerman gets away from justice By Akwasi Evans Special to NNPA from NOKOA “Knock, knock, who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Congratulations (your skin is White) you’re on the jury.” That joke was the opening remark of attorney Don West as he addressed Read More

Politics

Carlita Kilpatrick Loses Job, Lease on Texas Home

[Detroit Free-Press] With her husband behind bars, Detroit’s former first lady, Carlita Kilpatrick, has fallen on hard times in Texas, losing her job and her lease on the family’s extravagant 5,000-square-foot home in suburban Dallas. According to neighbors, some of the Kilpatricks’ furniture and numerous Read More

Politics

Beyonce And Jay Z Rally For Trayvon Martin

Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Crowds gathered today across the nation in 100 different cities throughout the United States to lend voice to prayer vigils and rallys in honor of Trayvon Martin’s memory. In New York City chants of “I am Trayvon Read More

National

Zimmerman Verdict Poll: Stark Reaction by Race

[The Washington Post] The not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman has produced dramatically different reactions among blacks and whites, with African Americans overwhelmingly disapproving of the jury’s decision and a bare majority of whites saying they approve of the outcome, according to a new Read More

National

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, All Bets Are Off

by Bankole Thompson Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr today asked a federal judge to place Detroit in chapter 9 bankruptcy, a move that, if allowed, would make the city the largest municipality in the history of the Read More

National

The Rise and Fall of Mayor Kevin Johnson – Part II

Mayor Kevin Johnson in fight to keep his title as president of Black mayors’ group By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – National Conference of Black Mayors Executive Director Vanessa R. Williams usually looks forward to the week immediately following the organization’s Read More

National

Saint Paul’s College Proceeds to Close Its Doors

[DiverseEducation.com] This time of year, signs welcoming students back to Saint Paul’s should be ready to roll out, but instead, quiet fills the campus air. For those making the drive along the rolling hills and backroads of rural Lawrenceville, Va.’s Brunswick County to the sprawling Read More

Religion

Abandoned Church Will Be Tranformed Into Vibrant School

[NBC Philadelphia] With financing in place and zoning approval obtained, work is underway to transform a vacant Germantown church into a private school. Developer Ken Weinstein has purchased the former St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Harvey Street, and Read More

Technology

IPhone Microsoft Office Not Worth Wait: Rich Jaroslovsky

[Bloomberg] Microsoft’s long-anticipated Office Mobile app for Apple (AAPL)’s iOS operating system turns out to be a total non-event. Ever since the iPhone ushered in the era of ubiquitous mobile computing — and especially since the release of the first iPad began a shift away from Read More

Technology

iPhone 6 and Samsung: Not Much in Common

[CNet] What do the iPhone 6 and Samsung have in common? Not much, according to a report. Samsung will not be making processors for Apple’s iPhone 6, so says the Korea Economic Daily in a report dated Wednesday. To counter the “damage caused” by “Apple shunning Samsung” Read More

Technology

Microsoft: We Don’t Give NSA Direct Access to Email

[PC World] Microsoft does not give the National Security Agency direct access to its customers’ email or instant messages, contrary to previous news reports, a company executive said. News reports last week suggested that Microsoft has helped the NSA circumvent the company’s own encryption in order to Read More

Entertainment

Ebony Details Denzel and Pauletta Washington’s 30-Year Marriage

An Enduring Union of Two Black Celebrities Defies Infidelity Rumors by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper Denzel and Pauletta Washington (Courtesy Photo) In an industry where love and marriage is as inconstant as the latest box office or Billboard ratings, Denzel and Read More

Entertainment

Rapper Nas Gets Fellowship in His Name at Harvard

[Newsday] NEW YORK – (AP) — Nas has rapped his way to Harvard University. The Ivy League school announced Tuesday that the 39-year-old rapper is being honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at its W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. It’s a joint venture with Harvard’s Read More

Entertainment

Kiara’s Big Comeback

By Walter Greene Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News Model Kiara Kabukuru. a ninety’s super-model with a Vogue cover, a Cover Girl contract and numerous editorial spreads under her belt is back on the scene shooting for several top photographers and Read More

World

Ndileka Mandela: ‘Feud Has Been Hard’

[BBC] As Nelson Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital, his first granddaughter has given the BBC a rare interview. On the eve of Mandela’s 95th birthday, Ndileka Mandela says that it has been a difficult period for the family, especially with Read More

World

Zimbabwe: AU Calls Zim Summit After Pleas From MDCs

[AllAfrica.com] The African Union will convene a summit on the Zimbabwe election on Friday, after the continental leadership bloc was petitioned by the MDC formations. This was revealed by Robert Mugabe at a rally in Marondera on Monday, where he vowed that the elections will Read More

World

Ethiopian Troops Leave Somali Town, Leaving Gap

[Las Vegas Sun] A military spokesman in Somalia says that government forces will help to replace Ethiopian troops who vacated a Somali town in recent days. The pull-out by Ethiopian troops from the town of Baidoa on Sunday and Monday increases the pressure on African Read More

World

Africa: Child Hunger Takes Heavy Toll On Africa’s GDP

[AllAfrica.com] Child undernutrition costs African nations up to 16.5 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP), according to a series of reports looking at social and economic consequences of child undernourishment in 12 African countries. The first reports from the Cost of Hunger in Read More

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Health

A Quarter of NYC Adults Ages 18-44 Report Hearing Loss

NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) — New York City Health Department data show nearly 1-in-4 18- to 44-year-olds who frequently listen to loud headphones report hearing problems, officials say. “Though hearing loss is preventable, more and more people are having trouble hearing,” Dr. Thomas Farley, New York Read More

Health

What Makes You So Tasty to Mosquitoes?

[USA Today] Whether you’re one of those people who gets eaten alive by mosquitoes depends on some pretty tangible factors, and Smithsonian Magazine runs down the reasons that make an estimated 20% of us especially delectable to those buzzing little bloodsuckers. Without ado: — How much Read More

Politics

Walnuts May Help Prevent or Slow Prostate Cancer

SAN ANTONIO, July 17 (UPI) — Eating a modest amount of walnuts — about 2 ounces, or two handfuls, a day — may protect against prostate cancer, U.S. researchers suggest. Senior author Russel Reiter of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Read More

Health

Prostate Cancer Hormonal Therapy Tied to Kidney Risks

(Reuters Health) – Men who are treated for prostate cancer with hormone-targeted therapy have a higher risk of developing kidney problems, a new study suggests. The treatment, known as androgen deprivation therapy, lowers the risk of death among men with advanced, aggressive prostate cancer. However, Read More

Business

4 Ways to Build Credit Without Credit Cards

[PatriceWashington.com] So you want to avoid credit cards, eh?   Honestly, when you realize that a credit card is just a little plastic card with your name on it and an imprint of a banking institution you take away its power.  Credit cards are not Read More

Business

NAACP Signs Agreement with FEMA

FEMA’s Craig Fugate and the NAACP’s Ben Jealous shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding. (PHOTO: DUANE C. FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY) by James Harper Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and other areas along America’s Gulf Coast, Read More

Sports

Jason Kidd Gets Probation for DWI

[USA Today] HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) — Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was placed on interim probation nearly a year after he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island. In Read More