Entertainment

If Kerry Washington’s Pregnancy Is Written Into Scandal, Who Should Be Olivia Pope’s Baby Daddy?!

[E! Online] Kerry Washington is pregnant. Which is not so scandalous on account of she’s a married woman and there have been rumors swirling for months that she might maybe is probably pregnant. Olivia Pope may or may not be pregnant. Sources say it’s “unlikely” Kerry’s Read More

Entertainment

Marvin Gaye’s Children Sue Over ‘Blurred Lines’

by ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two of Marvin Gaye’s children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song “Blurred Lines” on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father’s legacy. Read More

Sports

Many High School Athletes at Greater Concussion Risk Than College Counterparts: Report

[CBS News] The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council report that in many sports, high school athletes have a higher risk of getting a concussion than college players. In a joint report published on Oct. 30 by the research organizations, a panel of medical experts found Read More

Politics

Congress Begins Talks on Food Stamps, Farm Aid

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have begun talks on crafting a compromise farm bill, including cuts to the food stamp program. The talks opened Wednesday afternoon, just two days before food stamp recipients will see a separate, unrelated Read More

National

Settlement Ends Suits Over Ala Immigration Law

by JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Look Who’s ‘Lazy’ and ‘Crazy’

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Voter suppression is alive and well, especially in the state of North Carolina, where a Republican official, Don Yelton, proved himself to be at best intellectually limited, and at worse, downright crazy. While discussing North Carolina’s new voter ID law, Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Don’t Repeat the Shutdown

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” –        Dwight D. Eisenhower After 16 days of a costly and unnecessary government shutdown, America is open for business again. More than 800,000 furloughed Read More

Op-Ed

Bullying Does Not Lead to Suicide

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Hardly a week goes by when there is not a tragic story of a teenager committing suicide.  Tragic as these deaths are, there is absolutely no causation between bullying and suicide.  The media’s simplistic and sensational coverage of these Read More

Op-Ed

Coping With Student Loan Repayment

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often Read More

Op-Ed

It’s Not Rocket Science

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “In the 1960s, when my grandfather was teaching me to drive in his little red Ford Falcon, there was an epidemic of deaths on the highways in the United States, and young people were dying in very large numbers.” Read More

Op-Ed

Black Disrespect in Suburbia

NNPA Guest Columnist   Having spent my youth and adult years actively engaged in civil rights advocacy, not much surprises me when I hear of incidents that have racial undertones. Still, I must confess I was taken aback when I received a call from my Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Ask Alma

By Alma Gill NNPA Columnist  Should I Get Involved or Mind my Business? Dear Alma, A male friend of mine moved to my city for a 6-month work assignment. To welcome him to the area, I took him to dinner and introduced him to my local Read More

World

South Africa Prison Investigated Over Abuse Claims Involving Electroshocks, Forced Injections

[The Republic] JOHANNESBURG — Staff at a South African prison allegedly administered electroshock as punishment to inmates and injected them against their will with anti-psychotic drugs, an investigative group reported, leading to a government pledge that it will investigate. The maximum security Mangaung Correctional Centre Read More

Health

Terrible Tally: 500 Children Dead From Gunshots Every Year, 7,500 Hurt, Analysis Finds

[NBC News Health] About 500 American children and teenagers die in hospitals every year after sustaining gunshot wounds — a rate that climbed by nearly 60 percent in a decade, according to the first-ever accounting of such fatalities, released Sunday. In addition, an estimated 7,500 Read More

Health

Medicare Monthly Premium to Stay at $104.90

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says the “Part B” premium most seniors pay for outpatient care will stay the same in 2014, at $104.90 a month. That’s good news for beneficiaries, following a $5-per-month increase this year. The Part B deductible, the annual amount beneficiaries pay before Medicare outpatient coverage starts, will Read More

Health

Breast Cancer: A Major Health Concern for Black Women

by Zachary Lester and Maria Adebola Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper When Linda Williams first learned that she had breast cancer, she felt doomed. “Cancer seems always associated with death,” Williams said. “I was feeling defeated, like I had to succumb.” October Read More

Technology

Docs to Parents: Limit Kids’ Texts, Tweets, Online

by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids‘ tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat. The recommendations are bound to prompt eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group says parents need to know Read More

Religion

Americans Favor More Religion in Schools

[Sunshine State News] According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, most Americans feel there is not enough religion in the public schools and favor prayer in those schools. Only 11 percent of Americans think there is too much religion in the public schools today, while Read More

Religion

Brazil’s Police Take Bible Classes to Reduce Stress

[Religion News Service]   RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) Amid concerns about police brutality, Brazilian military police officers are taking Bible study classes during their working hours to help them deal with stress and improve their personal and family lives. The initiative teaches officers how to Read More

Religion

The Rise of Pop Culture in Religious Studies

[Publisher’s Weekly] by A. David Lewis If academic conferences and scholarly panels give a glimpse of books to come, then the program for the 2013 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion signals the continuing rise of popular culture as a topic in religious Read More

Sports

Penn State to Pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky Victims

[USA Today] Penn State will pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the school said Monday. The terms of the settlements include confidentiality agreements, the school said in a press release. Of the 26 settlements, 23 are Read More

Entertainment

New Jimi Hendrix Film on the Way

Late Legend is Focus of PBS Documentary, DVD by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Jimi Hendrix (Courtesy photo) More than 43 years after his death and 46 years after the seminal “Purple Haze” recording, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix will Read More

Entertainment

Nigeria Producing African Desperate Housewives

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV and Disney Media Distribution EMEA say they will co-produce a new series called Desperate Housewives Africa. EbonyLife TV’s CEO Mo Abudu says the series will have “an African soul” featuring a cast of new and established pan-African talent Read More

Politics

Fed Judge: Texas Abortion Limits Unconstitutional

CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge determined Monday that new Texas abortion restrictions place an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy, a ruling that keeps open dozens of abortion clinics across the state while officials appeal. The Read More

Politics

Health Insurance Website Stumbles on Launch

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Last week, President Barack Obama said what many people who visited healthcare.gov to browse and buy affordable health insurance already knew: The website, tied so heavily to the success of the Affordable Care Act, wasn’t working Read More

Politics

Colombian Rebels Release U.S. Vet

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – FARC, the Colombian guerrillas, freed former U.S. veteran Kevin Scott Sutay Sunday after more than four months of captivity. According to a joint statement by Cuba and Norway, Sutay, 27, was handed over to U.S. officials Read More

National

The Humanity of Malcolm X in His Own Words

by Patrick Delices Special to NNPA Award winning journalist Herb Boyd and the daughter of Malcolm X, human rights activist Ilyasah Al-Shabazz will launch to the public the long awaited diary of Malcolm X. The anticipated launch date is set for November 10 on the Read More

Press Room

Wells Fargo to Donate $6 Million Across 67 Nonprofits to Help Stabilize Communities

Media Chris Hammond 415-222-4106 Wells Fargo to Donate $6 Million Across 67 Nonprofits to Help Stabilize Communities New 2013 Leading the Way Home® program Priority Markets Initiative Grants Announced DES MOINES, October 28, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced it will Read More

Politics

Website Contractors Point Fingers at Obama Admin.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration’s health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site’s crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going Read More

Entertainment

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Are Engaged

MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kardashian’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged. E! News first reported that West proposed to Kardashian Monday — her 33rd birthday — in front of family and friends at Read More

Entertainment

Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora Join ‘Power’ Cast

[UPI] BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 23 (UPI) — Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora have joined the cast of the upcoming hour-long New York-set drama series “Power,” Starz announced. The show is executive-produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Read More

Sports

Five Things to Know About This World Series

BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer BOSTON (AP) — Weather permitting, the World Series is set to start Wednesday night at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams have come a long way since they met on a sunny Florida field in Read More

Sports

Browns Bench Weeden; Campbell to Start

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jason Campbell didn’t get passed over a second time. He’s all Cleveland has left. Campbell is finally getting a chance to start at quarterback for the reeling Browns, who are turning to the veteran to settle things Read More

Sports

Vote Is Unanimous to Change Finals

[ESPN NBA] NEW YORK — NBA owners voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 after nearly 30 years of a 2-3-2 format. The change will take place effective for the 2014 Finals in the spring. Commissioner David Stern called it an “easy Read More

World

Dutch Push Back Against “Black Pete” Criticism

TOBY STERLING, Associated Press AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the “Black Pete” clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays has become the fastest-growing Dutch-language page ever, receiving 1 million “likes” in a single day. The Read More

Technology

T-Mobile to offer free data service for tablets

ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones. The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month —enough to upload about Read More

Technology

Apple Gears Up for Holidays with New Macs, iPads

BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Inc. is refreshing its iPad lineup in hopes of reclaiming lost ground in the tablet market and slashing the prices of its Mac computers to intensify the pressure on the beleaguered makers Read More

Business

Liggett Group to Pay $110 Million in Tobacco Settlement

(Reuters) – Liggett Group announced Wednesday that it would pay $110 million to settle thousands of Florida lawsuits accusing the tobacco company of concealing the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The out-of-court settlement will resolve nearly 4,900 of the 5,300 lawsuits pending in Florida against Liggett and its Read More

Politics

White House Steps Up Damage Control on Healthcare Rollout

(Reuters) – The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s healthcare website on Wednesday as Republicans increased the pressure to delay parts of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy. Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in Read More

Politics

How Many Votes Do the Democrats Need to Retake the House? Maybe Less Than You Think

[The Washington Post] In the wake of the government shutdown and declining Republican popularity, Democrats are growing more optimistic about winning a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014.   Several recent polls show Democrats leading the “generic ballot” for Congress by eight or nine points.  Yet they still Read More

National

2 Miss. Museums to Take on its Turbulent History

by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi breaks ground Thursday on side-by-side museums that are expected to break ground of their own in how they depict the Southern state once rocked by racial turmoil, one promising a frank focus on civil Read More

Press Room

Wells Fargo Connects with Blogger Owned Businesses, Hosts “The Perfect Pitch” Competition

Media Valerie Williams 704-383-8025   Wells Fargo Connects with Blogger Owned Businesses, Hosts “The Perfect Pitch” Competition A new breed of small business owners face expert judges while vying for top prize at the Blogalicious 5 conference  CHARLOTTE, Oct. 18, 2013 – Wells Fargo joined with Read More

World

Caribbean Nations United for Reparations

    By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a move  that has  implications for Blacks throughout the U.S., more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin Read More

Business

US Employers Add 148K Jobs; Rate Falls to 7.2 Pct.

by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting that employers held back on hiring before a 16-day partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. Still, hiring last month was enough to lower the unemployment Read More

World

Tens of Thousands of Haitian in the DR Now Declared People without a Nationality

by Tony Best Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News “Heartlessness!” Harry F’ouche’, a former Haitian Consul-General in New York, was expressing outrage triggered by a decision of the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court that stripped tens of thousands, perhaps as many as Read More

World

Beautiful China Tourism Pitch Misfires Amid Smog

BEIJING (AP) — Forget all the headlines about eye-watering pollution in Beijing and Shanghai — the Middle Kingdom’s latest tourism slogan invites visitors to “Beautiful China.” Adorning buses and trains in cities such as London, the international marketing effort has been derided as particularly inept at a time Read More

Health

Ruben Studdard Could Be The Biggest Loser

by Michael McGee Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Examiner Singer Ruben Studdard joins cast of The Biggest Loser. NBC In the decade since Ruben Studdard won the top prize on American Idol, he has garnered great success. He has recorded five albums – with Read More

Sports

Grambling Players End Boycott, Have No Regrets

by DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Naquan Smith and his Grambling football teammates have no regrets about a nearly weeklong boycott that forced the university to forfeit its game against Jackson State on Saturday. Grambling players stood behind Smith Monday during Read More

Health

U.S. to Test if Vitamin D Prevents Diabetes

[Xinhua English News] WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said Monday that it’s to launch a large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes, and are Read More

Health

New Breast Milk Policy Planned for Online Exchange

[BloombergBusinessweek] CHICAGO (AP) — An online breast milk exchange linked to bacteria contamination in a new study says it is changing its policies. Researchers found high amounts of bacteria that could potentially sicken babies in three-fourths of samples they bought from women who advertised on Read More