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

Politics

Obama Lacks Black Support on Syria

by Charles Ellison Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Before giving his national address on Syria — one of the most consequential speeches of his presidency — Barack Obama barnstormed six major cable networks. Yet major networks of color weren’t on the list. Read More

Politics

Selma SCLC Protests Closing Legal Services Office Serving Black Belt Region

by Rev. Franklin Fortier Special to the NNPA from the Greene County Democrat The Selma Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is protesting the Legal Services Corporation, of Alabama’s  recent announcement that it will close two of its nine offices and terminate eight of Read More

Politics

Why Occupy Wall Street fizzled

[CNN MONEY] It’s been two years since the launch of Occupy Wall Street, the New York-based social movement that quickly spread to encompass headline-grabbing protests around the globe. Occupy Wall Street stayed in the news for several months, drawing both fascination and criticism for its Read More

National

Aaron Alexis had extensive disciplinary problems, official says

[LOS ANGELES TIMES] WASHINGTON – Aaron Alexis, the gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday before being fatally shot by law enforcement officials, had a Navy record that included several unauthorized absences from duty, instances of insubordination and disorderly conduct, one Read More

Technology

Android vs iPhone for Kids: How to Choose

[USA Today] Thinking about buying your child a smartphone? With the arrival of the lower-cost iPhone 5C ($79 at Walmart with a contract), it may seem the logical choice. The iPhone has a simple interface, parental controls, all sorts of apps and, now, cool bright colors. But is Read More

Technology

What Is The Biggest Opportunity For iTunes Radio?

[Hypebot] As iTunes Radio is launches this Wednesday, September 18th, what is it’s biggest opportunity? Kyle Bylin, a user researcher at Live Nation Labs and former Hypebot editor, recently conducted a Sidewinder survey about iTunes Radio. We’ve gathered together some of the outstanding comments regarding the future of Apple and Read More

Technology

The Four Biggest Mistakes We’re Making in the Climate Change Debate

[Catholic.org] LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – I commonly write on climate change as a favorite topic and have interviewed several climatologists about the issue. My coworkers engage me in friendly discussions and the recent report in the Daily Mail that proved the surface area of Arctic Read More

World

Libya Justice Put to the Test, U.N. Says

[UPI] UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 17 (UPI) — The judicial system in post-war Libya is being tested by human rights and national security concerns, the U.N. envoy to Libya said. Human Rights Watch reported last month Libya hasn’t been able to establish a functioning justice system since Read More

World

Rousseff Calls Off U.S. Visit Over NSA Surveillance

[Bloomberg] Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff yesterday called off her state visit to Washington as allegations of U.S. espionage damage relations between the two biggest economies in the Americas. Rousseff canceled the October meeting less than a day after President Barack Obama called her in an attempt to Read More

National

Yes, the Rich are Getting Richer

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A new report confirms the old saw: The rich are getting richer. According to a report titled, “Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States by researchers at the University of California Read More

Business

Census: Household Incomes Holding Steady

[USA Today] Americans’ household incomes still haven’t caught up to where they were before the recession, but they’ve stopped losing ground to inflation, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Median household incomes after inflation stabilized in 2012, following two annual declines, the bureau reported. Adjusted for Read More

Sports

As Miami Heat Goes for No. 3, Here are Six Teams That Stand in the Way

[Los Angeles Times] Three-peat is so 1988. The term purportedly coined by Byron Scott and definitively trademarked by Pat Riley amid the Lakers’ failed bid for a third consecutive NBA title in the late ’80s should be discarded like the faded T-shirts bearing the slogan that were once standard attire inside Read More

National

Judge grants new trial for ex-New Orleans police officers convicted in notorious Danziger Bridge slayings after Hurricane Katrina

[THE TIMES-PICAYUNE] Citing the “grotesque” misconduct of federal prosecutors, a judge on Tuesday granted a new trial for five former New Orleans Police Departmentofficers convicted in the deadly shootings at the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent cover-up. In a 129-page order that strongly Read More

Entertainment

Arsenio Hall: Back is Beautiful

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly By the time you read this article Arsenio Hall will be hosting his fourth episode on the Arsenio Hall show. This article reflects my impression of Arsenio’s premiere show on Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 Read More

Entertainment

Back in the Day – Today with The Dealers

By Janice Malone Special to the NNPA They shared the stage with Kool and The Gang, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Pointer Sisters, Ray Charles, Teddy Pendergrass, the Eagles, Eddie Kendricks, the Supremes and other music legends. They recorded an album for CBS Records in Read More