National

Jesse Jackson: U.S. Must Make Next Move to Return Vet from Colombia

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief [FIRST OF TWO PARTS] HAVANA, Cuba (NNPA) – Jesse Jackson says now that Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected an unconditional offer from rebels to turn over a captured former military veteran to the civil rights leader, it Read More

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National

SCLC Veteran Evelyn Lowery Dies by David Stokes

By David Stokes Special to the NNPA from The Atlanta Inquirer ATLANTA – Evelyn Gibson Lowery, a civil rights activist and wife of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) co-founder Joseph E. Lowery, died in her southwest Atlanta home Thursday morning from complications from a stroke. Read More

World

Charles Taylor War Crimes Convictions Upheld

[BBC] A UN-backed special court in The Hague has rejected an appeal against war crimes convictions by lawyers representing former Liberian President Charles Taylor. It ruled that his convictions had been proved beyond doubt. Taylor appeared impassive in court as the judge upheld his convictions Read More

National

Marissa Alexander Will Get a New Trial

[MSNBC] Marissa Alexander, the African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years for discharging a firearm in Florida despite pleading Stand Your Ground against her husband, will get a new trial. Alexander, 32, said she fired a bullet at the ceiling because she was afraid of Read More

Religion

Navy Yard Shooting: Why It’s Not a Religion Story

[RELIGION DISPATCHES] At yesterday’s memorial for the victims of last Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Obama spoke about the tragedy of gun violence, saying “It ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation.” But while the tragedy instantly became Read More

Religion

What Role Do Egyptians Want for Religion?

[THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION] The ousting of ‘former’ President Mohammed Morsi by the military, and the interim government’s resolve to rewrite the 2012 constitution, raise questions about the use of religion in public life. The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has asked for Read More

Entertainment

Battered Wife’s Emotional Rollercoaster Proves Lovin’ Two Ain’t Nothing Healthy

by Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from The Call & Post Miserably-married Kalindra (Shanola Hampton) hasn’t yet found the strength to leave her abusive husband, Ronnie (Elimu Nelson), even though the last time the creep put his hands on her, she ended up in Read More

Politics

Obama Reignites Push for Gun Legislation

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and  Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Read More

Business

Layaway Makes Comeback in Holiday Shopping Plans

by Alonzo Kittrells Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune This year is going extremely fast. Some homeowners have already started to put up their Halloween decorations. Merchants, far ahead of themselves, are advertising Thanksgiving food items. Here in September, some of you may Read More

Business

Smithfield Foods Shareholders Approve Chinese Purchase

[Los Angeles Times] Shareholders of Virginia-based pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. approved a $4.7 billion takeover by China’s Shuanghui International Tuesday, clearing the last major hurdle for a deal that would mark the largest purchase of an American company by a Chinese firm. More than 96% of Read More

World

Egyptian Minister Postpones Dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood

[The Washington Post] CAIRO — An Egyptian minister said Tuesday that the government would “postpone” the court-ordered dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the state-run Middle East News Agency. The statement comes after an obscure court issued a sweeping but legally questionable decision Monday Read More

National

Black Children Among the Nation’s Poorest

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the American economy stumbles through an uneven  economic recovery, Black children continue to suffer record levels of poverty, including 1 in 4 Black children under 5 years of age that live in extreme poverty, Read More

Technology

Facebook, Other Banned Sites to be Open in China Free Trade Zone: Report

[Reuters] Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be accessible in a planned free-trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, the SouthChina Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Hong Kong newspaper also said authorities would welcome bids Read More

Technology

New iPhones Are a Gold Mine on eBay

[ABC News] Gold is selling at over $1,300 per ounce. But what about gold-colored iPhones? A quick search for “iPhone 5s gold” yields devices priced as high as $1,500, a significant markup above store prices. One eBay seller, going by the username Papakar, recently sold an Read More

Technology

Want To Comment On YouTube? You’ll Need A Google+ Account First

[ReadWrite] YouTube announced a new way of filtering out annoying comments on videos. Starting this week, YouTube comments will be powered by Google+, Google’s social network. The video site is notorious for users who down-vote videos en masse or post vicious replies, so YouTube is taking action Read More

Sports

Broncos, Peyton Manning Are Flirting with NFL History

[Los Angeles Times] Peyton Manning and the undefeated Denver Broncos are on such a roll, they’re approaching some historic numbers. The Broncos have scored 127 points, tied with the 1966 Dallas Cowboys for the second-highest total inNFL history for a team in its first three games. Only the 1968 Cowboys scored Read More

Sports

NCAA to Gradually Restore Penn State Scholarships

[USA Today] The NCAA’s executive committee announced Tuesday it would gradually restore football scholarships to Penn State University due to “continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity.” “This action provides an opportunity to recognize Penn State’s significant momentum,” said Nathan Hatch, president of the NCAA Board Read More

Entertainment

Michael Jackson Judgment Day Nears as Final Arguments Begin

[Los Angeles Times] Final arguments in the nearly five-month Michael Jackson wrongful death trial began Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom where jurors will be asked to decide whether one of the country’s most powerful entertainment firms is responsible for the pop star’s drug overdose death. Read More

Entertainment

Jermaine Paul Finds His ‘Voice’

by Cyril Josh Barker Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Jermaine Paul Jermaine Paul took America by storm when he won the second season of NBC’s “The Voice.” But what people might not know is that he’s a dedicated father and Read More

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus on ‘Racist’ VMA Criticism: ‘I Don’t Keep My Dancers Around ‘Cause it Makes Me Look Cool’

[Hollywood Reporter] Miley Cyrus is still talking about the twerking VMA performance that launched a thousand complaints. This time, she lashes out at critics who think her performance was racist or a “minstrel show,” in which she used her black dancers as props. “I don’t keep Read More

Entertainment

Hip Hop’s Savior? Atlanta’s Newest Rap Star Lecrae Prepares to Put on His Church Clothes Again

by Dion Rabouin Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World How do you follow up the most important Christian hip hop album of all time? That’s the question standing before 33-year-old rapper Lecrae, a freshly minted addition to Atlanta’s hip hop community. After Read More

National

NNPA Honors Rep. Marcia Fudge and NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of nearly 200 Black newspapers, named Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) and NAACP Board Chairwoman Rosyln M. Brock as recipients of is 2012 Leadership Awards. The presentations were made last Read More

Op-Ed

Keep Hope Alive with a new War on Poverty

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of the Rev. King’s last birthday, Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

U.S. Doesn’t Care about Poor People

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When the poverty data was released on September 17, comparing the poverty situation in 2011 to that in 2012, many hoped that poverty levels would drop as an indication of economic good news.  But while the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Our Rotten Probation System

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist Back in the good old days, probation was publicly funded. The process was simple and probation officers’ mission was to assist offenders and help them assimilate into the general population.  Rehabilitation was the goal – a noble goal indeed.  Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Kudos to the CBC Foundation

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist In a recent article I posed the question, “Hey, Chocolate City, where da money at?”   Well, the CBCF gave a resounding answer to that inquiry on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Starting a new campaign to strengthen the economy in Black communities, Read More

Op-Ed

Payday Loans Still a Deliberate Debt Trap

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Payday loans – the small loans that come with big fees and triple-digit annual interest rates – pose serious threats to the financial well-being of borrowers. That was the conclusion reached  by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). “Whether they Read More

Press Room

African-Americans Bear More Than One-Third of U.S. Alzheimer’s Costs

CONTACT: Keith Blackman 202-730-5753 keith@blackmanmediasolutions.com Kyle Moler 202-478-6173 kmoler@mrss.com  AFRICAN AMERICANS BEAR MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF U.S. ALZHEIMER’S COSTS AfricanAmericanNetworkAgainstAlzheimer’s Launches with New Report on Alzheimer’s Disparities WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2013)—A new report released today finds that African Americans bear more than one-third of Read More

Press Room

U.S. Army Partners with 100 Black Men of America’s Local Chapters to Provide Leadership Development for African-American Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Pauline Barfield Barfield Public Relations, Inc. 212-736-0404 / 917-620-1311 Ron Campbell Gravity Phone: 917-783-1501 E-mail:  ron@findrinteractive.com  U.S. Army Partners with 100 Black Men of America’s Local Chapters to Provide Leadership Development for African-American Youth  Army ‘Leadership Institute’ will be offered in 10 Read More

Health

Report links antibiotics at farms to human deaths

[SF GATE] The Centers for Disease Control on Monday confirmed a link between routine use of antibiotics in livestock and growing bacterial resistance that is killing at least 23,000 people a year. The report is the first by the government to estimate how many people die annually of Read More

Religion

Does Religion Promote Violence?

[THE HUFFINGTON POST] Does religion promote violence? In our post 9/11 world this is a question that people are increasingly asking. Does religion make you a better person, or does it in fact do the opposite, and instead foster hate, fear, and violence? One does Read More