Press Room

African American Network Against Alzheimer’s to Partner with Award-Winning Playwright Garrett Davis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 29, 2013 CONTACT: KYLE MOLER KMOLER@MRSS.COM 202-478-6173 African American Network Against Alzheimer’s to Partner with Award-Winning Playwright Garrett Davis Davis, Founder of the Forget Me Not Project, Brings Innovative Approach to Advocacy in Effort to Fulfill Network’s Mission to End Alzheimer’s Read More

Technology

Facebook Rolls Out Shared Photo Albums

[PC Mag] Facebook on Monday began rolling out shared photo albums, letting friends collaborate on the same album. “Hundreds of millions of photos are uploaded onto Facebook each day and today, we’re making it even easier for friends to share photos with the rollout of Read More

Technology

Yahoo Acquires Image-Recognition Startup IQ Engines To Improve Flickr Photo Organization & Search

[TechCrunch] Oh, so you thought Yahoo’s acquisition spree was over? Not even close. A Yahoo spokesperson has confirmed that the revitalized web giant has snapped up yet another company — this time it’s an image-recognition startup called IQ Engines. Yahoo has declined to disclose the terms Read More

Technology

Study: 70 Percent of US Residents Have Broadband Access

[PC World] As of this past May, 70 percent of U.S. residents ages 18 and older access the Internet via high-speed broadband, although the rate of broadband adoption has been sluggish, according to survey results released Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. Read More

Religion

Islam – A Religion of Peace?

By Eric E. Vickers Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American If Islam is ever to be understood and appreciated by Americans, then Muslims will need to stop trying to convince them that it is a “religion of peace.”  Having just completed my Read More

Religion

Atheists seek end to clergy home tax break

[UPI] The U.S. Justice Department says in a legal filing leaders of an atheist group qualify for the same housing tax exemption priests receive. The paradoxical position comes in response to a lawsuit by the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., which seeks to Read More

World

Black Students Embrace Education Abroad

by Tamerra Griffin Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Last week’s anxiously awaited numbers showed that only 31 percent of Common Core test-taking math and English students were proficient in the subjects. The Internet may have afforded its users the ability Read More

Business

Bust to Boom: Can Strippers Save Atlantic City?

[AP] What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City’s real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing? Scores, the famous New York strip club, will open a satellite establishment inside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort next Read More

Business

Microsoft Needs Innovator-in-Chief

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s looming retirement sets the stage for a successor who can infuse sorely needed innovation into the once-dominant software maker. The company has suffered in recent years from its inability to move quickly and come up with exciting new Read More

Sports

Tracy McGrady Retires from NBA

Leaving open the door to play overseas, seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady retired from the NBA on Monday. “It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end,” McGrady said on ESPN’s “First Take.” Read More

Health

Program may help black women avoid weight gain

[REUTERS] A program including self-monitoring, gym access and occasional counseling calls helped black women maintain their weight in a new study. Black women who are overweight or slightly obese are known to have a lower risk of weight-related health problems than white women at the Read More

Health

Fewer school districts promoting junk food, soda

[THE TAMPA TRIBUNE] There’s been a big shift in how many school districts take money from soda companies and ban junk food from vending machines, health officials say. A government survey found 44 percent of school districts banned junk food from vending machines last year, Read More

Health

3 Tips For A Tastier, Lower-Fat Smoothie

Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Defender There is a huge difference between a fruit smoothie you blend up at home and the concoctions you can get at your local retail shop. Yes, smoothies are loaded with fruit, and fruit is healthy. They can Read More

Sports

‘Bama Players Dismiss Talk of 3-Peat, Expectations

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron offers a primer for what it takes to fit in with the top-ranked Crimson Tide football team. For starters, don’t fixate on the shot at a historic three-peat, BCS-or-bust expectations or the anointment by pollsters as the team to beat. Read More

Health

Minute Meditation: Prayer For Working Parents

Today is the day that the working parents should know that you are appreciated.  Working parents in particular struggle to meet the  hardest demands of every day living.  Raising a responsible well-rounded adult may be the hardest job anyone has to do in life. When Read More

Sports

Bills Sign Matt Leinart After Rash of Quarterback Injuries

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Aug. 26 (UPI) — The Buffalo Bills, seeking to replenish their injury-depleted quarterback corps, Sunday signed former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart. Leinart, who has spent the last three seasons as a backup with the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders, will take over behind center after Read More

Sports

Tiger Woods, Nursing Back Injury, Expected to Continue 2013 FedExCup Playoffs in Boston

[Philly.com] Tiger Woods, bad back and all, plans to make his regularly scheduled start in this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. “He is expected to play,” Rachel Rees, public relations manager for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which runs the second of four FedExCup playoff tournaments, told Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Marching Orders for the Future

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Now that we’ve had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beyond his “I Have a Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch “Where Do We Go From Here?”

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to Read More

Op-Ed

50 Years Later: The President’s Response

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist On August 28, on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “Dream” oration, President Barack Obama spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, joined by former presidents William Clinton and Jimmy Read More

Entertainment

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Records Gospel Hip Hop Song “Joy Comes In The Morning” With T-Dogg

WATCH: Trayvon Martin’s Mom Records Gospel Hip Hop Song “Joy Comes In The Morning” With T-Dogg Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton recently visited Hot 105 in L.A. where it was revealed that she recorded a song with Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

After the March on Washington

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice.  More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by buses, trains, and occasionally planes. They came despite the Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The March on Washington at 50

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Fifty years to the day that Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, President Barack Obama was scheduled to the same steps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights Read More

Op-Ed

Dr. King Not Universally Liked

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its Chairman, Reince Priebus hosted a great 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington.  It was truly wonderful to see the best of what America stands for.  In attendance were Blacks, Read More

Op-Ed

Low Home Down Payment Builds Family Wealth

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In the midst of varying proposals for housing reform, civil rights leaders are publicly calling for lawmakers to keep mortgage lending affordable and accessible. A recent letter jointly signed by the NAACP, National Urban League, National Council of LaRaza, National Read More

Op-Ed

Nielsen: Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist Isn’t it fascinating how a person can have a single idea or dream planted, take root and change the world as we know it?  Well, that’s exactly how Nielsen came to be. This week, Nielsen will celebrate its 90th anniversary. So, Read More

Politics

D.C. Residents Press for Statehood at Pre-March Rally

[THE WASHINGTON INFORMER] Hundreds of District residents attended an early morning rally leading up to the commemorative March on Washington to voice their outrage over their political rights being trampled upon and pledged to become far more proactive in their efforts to get a vote Read More

National

Black Americans more concerned about civil rights

[UPI] U.S. black Americans say more civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against blacks in the wake of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal, a poll found. In an August poll, Gallup found 61 percent of black respondents said there is a need for more civil rights Read More

National

Latest March on Washington More Diverse

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 50th Anniversary for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom celebrated a more diverse coalition and needs, but the central themes resonated around voting rights, jobs, gun violence and equality in minority communities. At Read More

National

Whites Who Kill Blacks More Likely to Escape Punishment

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When the Florida jury found George Zimmerman, a White neighborhood watchman, not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year-old African American, the scales of justice had been tipped Read More

National

NAACP keeping up pressure in Trayvon Martin case

[LAS VEGAS SUN] NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Justice to pursue charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida court Read More

Press Room

My Retirement Plan Available to the Public on WellsFargo.com

My Retirement PlanSM Available to the Public on WellsFargo.com Online Savings Tool Provides a Tailored Realistic Savings Goal CHARLOTTE, NC, August 19, 2013 –Wells Fargo today announced that My Retirement PlanSM, an online savings tool, is now available to the general public on wellsfargo.com.  My Retirement Plan can be accessed by customers and Read More

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Op-Ed

Why We’re Still Marching

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist For a while, it looked like the 50th anniversary observance of the March on Washington would expose a sharp split in the Civil Rights Movement. Al Sharpton jumped ahead of his colleagues by cornering Martin Luther King III and the Read More

Op-Ed

March on Washington: Then and Now

Norman Hill, former president A. Philip Randolph Institute By Norman and Velma Murphy Hill NNPA Guest Columnists Fifty years ago, 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to call for justice and equality for all Americans. As the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Read More

Op-Ed

King’s Unfinished Symphony of Freedom

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist This weekend, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best known for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Dream.” Fifty years later, the dream challenges us yet. It is alive because it Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: National Urban League to Mark 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “The hour is late. The gap is widening. The rumbles of the drums of discontent resounding throughout this land are heard in all parts of the world.”  –        Whitney M. Young, Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington Fifty Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Russell Simmons Violates Harriet Tubman

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Every time I hear the voice of Russell Simmons, I hear a cool, clean, clear meditative voice, especially on Twitter where he drops his yoga knowledge in a reflective way. I guess he wasn’t folding his legs and saying a Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: “We Need a Change”

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “Dear President Obama . . . Guns are really easy to get and people think they need them to protect themselves, but most times they’re showing off and making more problems and adding to the violence . . . Read More

Op-Ed

A Brand New Problem for Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist During the past year, we have watched monumental change take place all over the world; not just in terms of democracy, but in terms of culture, law, and politics, etc. Our major institutions have not been immune from this change Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Minimum Reasoning on Minimum Wage

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Some phones were ringing; others were on hold as Real Christian Radio’s host was well into his 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. program set. The subject was “Is minimum wage enough to live on?” and syndicated radio personality Lonnie Hunter’s job was letting the audience “have Read More

Op-Ed

Credit Card Debt Drops to $850 Billion

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In a recent report to Congress, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shared the progress accomplished in lowering the nation’s credit card debt. By the end of 2012, cardholder debt was lowered to $850 billion, a significant Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Agent Orange and the Continuing Vietnam War

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In a 2009 visit to Vietnam I asked a retired colonel in the Vietnam People’s Army about the notorious toxin “Agent Orange.”  The colonel, who was also a former leader in a Vietnamese advocacy group for Agent Orange’s victims, spoke Read More

Religion

What the Bible Says About Money (Shocking)

[Money News] Most people know Sean Hyman from his regular appearances on Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg Television, but what they don’t know is that Sean is a former pastor, and that his secret to investing is woven within the Bible. Perhaps that can explain Read More

Technology

Samsung Said to Introduce Watch-Like Phone Next Month

[Bloomberg] Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will introduce a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear next month that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating Read More

Technology

YouTube Lines Up Its Latest Hit

[CNet] A major YouTube mobile update allows people to browse other videos while watching, to search and watch playlists, and to queue videos on connected devices. Google began a slow rollout on Monday of a major update to its YouTube app for Android, with other Read More

Technology

Facebook Ignored Security Bug, Researcher Used it to Post Details on Zuckerberg’s wall

[The Verge] If your Facebook profile isn’t public, others aren’t supposed to be able to post content on your wall. Khalil Shreateh, a self-professed IT expert from Palestine, claims to have discovered a vulnerability that lets anyone post a link to other Facebook walls. Shreateh Read More

World

An Egypt Arrest, and a Brotherhood on the Run

[New York Times] CAIRO — Egypt’s authoritarian government has harassed and repressed the Muslim Brotherhood for most of its existence. But for the last three decades the authorities stopped short of touching the group’s revered leader, the supreme guide, who oversaw the country’s most effective Read More

World

CIA Documents Acknowledge its Role in Iran’s 1953 Coup

[BBC] The CIA has released documents which for the first time formally acknowledge its key role in the 1953 coup which ousted Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq. The documents were published on the independent National Security Archive on the 60th anniversary of the coup. They Read More

Health

Plastic Can Make You Sick

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Dr. Gerald Deas What did we do before we had plastic? How did we survive? We have plastic cups, dishes, bottles and wrappings for food. If it wasn’t for plastic shower curtains, we would not Read More

Health

Copper Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

[BBC] A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, US scientists say. However, research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain. The latest study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed high levels Read More

Business

WWT Tops Black Enterprise Business List for 2013

[St. Louis American] St. Louis based World Wide Technology Inc. ranked number one on BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine’s 41st Annual list of largest black businesses. “Our report on the largest African American-owned businesses in the U.S. highlights the achievements of intrepid entrepreneurs at the helms of Read More

Business

Obama Urges Regulators to Enact Wall Street Rules

[CBS News] Three years after President Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of lending and high-finance rules, scores of regulations are yet to be written, let alone enforced. In a private meeting on Monday, the president prodded bank regulators to execute the law swiftly. The president’s Read More

Business

Tips on How to Negotiate Your Credit Card Debt

[Black Enterprise] Credit card debt continues to rise. According to recent Federal Reserve data, revolving consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 2%. Non-revolving credit increased by more than 7%. Here’s the good news: if you’re struggling to pay down credit card debt, you can Read More

Business

Few Americans Invest in Startups

[Small Biz Trends] Few Americans finance new companies, particularly those founded by non-relatives, recent studies by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Babson College reveal. That’s part of the reason why entrepreneurship advocates are frustrated by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) failure to Read More

Sports

Obama Honors Negro League Players at White House

by Perry Green Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Barack Obama hosted a special meeting with former Negro League players and representatives at the White House on Aug. 5 to honor their contributions to the nation’s history, civil rights, and professional baseball. Read More

Entertainment

Ex-Disney Superstar Dead SUICIDE

[TMZ] Lee Thompson Young — who played the main character on Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” — has committed suicide, TMZ has learned.  He was 29. Young’s body was discovered inside his North Hollywood home Monday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources. It’s unclear Read More