Op-Ed

Cities Pressured to Subsidize Sports Stadiums

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says that Washington Nationals baseball owner Theodore Lerner has pitched him a fast ball and wants the city to build a retractable roof over Nationals Park.  Gray said that he “soundly rejected” Lerner’s $300 Read More

Op-Ed

Winners and Losers of 2013

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Well, it’s that time of year once again for me to pick my biggest winners and losers for 2013.  Unlike most of the year end lists, mine will not be based on polling data, or popularity. Rather, it’s from Read More

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Op-Ed

A Civil War Looming in South Sudan

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The escalating crisis in the South Sudan, a country only constituted in 2011, has brought with it growing concerns that a nation-state formed with such hope may now be on the verge of civil war.  The crisis involves Read More

Op-Ed

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – One of GMC’s advertising tag lines for its pickup trucks is “Professional Grade.” It appears that designers and engineers took that to heart in creating the 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck. The truck was a hybrid Read More

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Op-Ed

Ask Alma by Alma Gill

Ask Alma     Co-worker Constantly Complains Dear Alma, I have a co-worker who is unhappy with his job and isn’t too shy to say it. If you greet him in the morning he will say, “Man I hate this job. I’m sick of this Read More

Politics

Preserving Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Nearly a month after his death, there is a bitter struggle to define – and, in many instances, re-define – the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president. “There is an Read More

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Op-Ed

2016 Dream Ticket: Hillary and Michelle

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The 2016 national elections are not that far away. It is timely and important that we not wait until then to begin having constructive discussions about who should be given the opportunity and responsibility to  succeed President Read More

Op-Ed

What Color Is Your Santa Claus?

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   In case you haven’t noticed, ‘tis the season … to have another controversy illuminating America’s race-driven fault lines. This time we can thank Fox News’ talk-show host Megyn Kelly for responding to a December 12 essay by writer Read More

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Op-Ed

Walking in Mandela’s Footsteps

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   PRETORIA, South Africa – It’s not easy walking in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, the nation’s first democratically elected president. No one knows that better than the two men who succeeded him as president of South Africa. A Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Selfishness over Sacrifice

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   “I assumed that with knowledge, sacrifice would automatically follow.  In my youth and idealism I did not realize that selfishness is even more natural than sacrifice.”   W.E.B. DuBois spoke those words when he reflected on the failure of Read More

Op-Ed

What a Christ-mess

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of the year.  But, political correctness has turned Christmas into Christmess. One way of dissecting the word is Christ-Mas, which in Spanish would be more Christ.  If we had more of Read More

Op-Ed

Feds Likely to Rein in For-Profit Colleges

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   As higher education costs continue to increase faster than most consumers’ income, college loan debt has now topped $1.2 trillion. Even so, most consumers would agree that its cost is worth the chance to climb the ladder of economic Read More

Op-Ed

Pope Wants End to Economic Inequality

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.  Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural.  It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.  Read More

Op-Ed

Which Gifting Consumer Were you this Year?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Okay, hopefully, we can all sit back and catch our breath for a few minutes before 2014 rolls in.  Our adrenaline levels should be getting back to normal.   Most of the holiday hustle and bustle is over.  The gifts Read More

Op-Ed

‘The Devil is a Lie’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   What’s the greatest trick the devil ever pulled?  Convince the world he didn’t exist.  Rick Ross and Jay Z released a new single, “The Devil is a Lie.” On first glance, I thought it read, “The Devil is Alive.”  Read More

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Op-Ed

Fed to Player Lesser Role

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   There are two ways to end a recession.  One is to increase federal spending on the theory that people will spend more money when they have more money.  Obviously this Congress doesn’t care about economic stimulation.  They’ve cut budgets, Read More

Op-Ed

Removing the Punch Bowl Too Fast

By William Spriggs NNPA Guest Columnist   Last week the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee announced it will ease back on its “pedal to the metal” monetary easing policy. The Fed will remain in an expansionary mode, just slower. To an optimist, this is Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: A History of Union Racism

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   It was the early 1970s and my mentor, the late Arthur Fletcher, received the “green light” from Secretary of Labor George Schultz and President Richard Nixon to integrate the construction workforce on federally regulated projects.  Construction unions were Read More

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Op-Ed

Ask Alma

By Alma Gill NNPA Columnist   My Unfaithful Brother-in-Law Dear Alma, My BIL has been unfaithful to his wife for years. Everybody knows, and I’m sure she did, too but she never said anything to me about it. I told my BIL that if she Read More

Politics

U.S. Supported White Minority-Rule in South Africa

NEWS ANALYSIS By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – President Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush flew to South Africa to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela, the country’s first democratically elected president who died Read More

Press Room

LIFT Programs Help 5,000 People Achieve Dream of Homeownership

Media: Chris Hammond Media: Douglas Robinson 415-222-4106 202-870-3583 chris.l.hammond@wellsfargo.com drobinson@nw.org LIFT Programs Help 5,000 People Achieve Dream of Homeownership  Collaboration between Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks America provides homebuyer education and down payment assistance SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, DC — December 19, 2013 — Wells Fargo & Read More

Press Room

Americans Get Their Financial Houses in Order for 2014 According to a New Wells Fargo Survey

Media: Kate Pulley Media: Natalie Brown 917-260-1673 775-689-6123 catherine.b.pulley-dennison@wellsfargo.com natalie.m.brown@wellsfargo.com  Americans Get Their Financial Houses in Order for 2014 According to a New Wells Fargo Survey Americans are focused on their credit score and debt; survey also reveals that generations approach borrowing differently SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. Read More

National

Urban Schools Improving Faster Than Rest of US

BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Public school students in the nation’s largest cities are improving their performance in reading and math faster than their counterparts in suburban and rural schools, according to federal data released Wednesday. The biggest gains by far were in Read More

National

Man Who Shot Woman on Porch Will Face Murder Trial

ED WHITE, Associated Press DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man who fatally shot a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch will stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge said Thursday, rejecting a self-defense argument for the killer’s “bad choice.” There is no dispute Read More

Technology

Facebook Testing Video Advertisements

BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more Read More

National

Obama’s Library, Advisers’ Dream

[New York Times] WASHINGTON — This spring, a longtime staff member for President Obama, Alyssa Mastromonaco, let a friend in on a secret. Mr. Obama had assigned her to begin planning his post-presidential library and foundation. It was a plum task. Amid a worsening crisis in Read More

National

Latino, African-American Applicants Unfairly Denied Sandy Relief Funds?

[NBC Philadelphia] Local housing rights organization Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) says it has obtained data from the Christie Administration that shows that Latino and African-American residents applying for two major Sandy relief programs were denied by the state at higher rates than their Caucasian counterparts. According Read More

Op-Ed

The ‘Indispensable’ Nelson Mandela

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   “The cemeteries are full of indispensable men,” Charles De Gaulle, the great, imperious hero of World War II and subsequent president of France, is said to have remarked in the late 1950s to an aide who had just declared Read More

Entertainment

Beyonce Sells 617,000 Albums in 3 Days on iTunes

MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce’s surprise album has sold surprisingly well: Her fifth solo effort sold more than 600,000 units in its first three days, setting a record for first-week domestic digital sales. Beyonce’s self-titled album was released early Friday Read More

National

Stop Saying Santa is White

[Salon] In case you thought Megyn Kelly was an isolated example of the ferocious, ridiculous lengths to which some people will go to maintain an imaginary figure’s whiteness — a New Mexico teacher was disciplined last week for challenging an African-American’s student’s Santa costume. Christopher Read More

Entertainment

Box Office: Has Madea Lost Her Mojo?

[Moviefone] Turns out there are no exceptions to screenwriter WIlliam Goldman’s famous adage about Hollywood: “Nobody knows anything.” Even the supposed Madea exception — that any Tyler Perry movie in which he puts the name of his gun-toting granny character in the title is guaranteed an opening Read More

World

UN Panel: Brazil Racism Still ‘Institutionalized’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Institutionalized racism persists in Brazil despite government efforts to tackle the issue, members of a United Nations panel examining conditions among black Brazilians said Friday. Two members of the U.N.’s working group on Afro-descendants said their 10-day fact-finding mission to Read More

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Op-Ed

The Obama–Castro Handshake

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In the tradition of the Black Church in America, the right hand of fellowship handshake is extended as sign of welcome into the church community.  Usually, a handshake between two world leaders at a memorial service is Read More

Op-Ed

Mandela and the Unfinished Freedom Struggle

By Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist   As chairman of Freedom, Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio, a community-based, Pan Africanist organization, I was privileged to be among a small group of activists/organizers who launched the mobilization to hold the first African Liberation Day (ALD) in the Read More

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Op-Ed

Where Bipartisanship is Out of Order

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was recently presented with an award that is named after him. The World Food Program USA’s first George McGovern and Bob Dole Leadership Award, is named after the Senator Read More

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Op-Ed

Shaking Hands with Raul Castro

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I have had difficulty believing the uproar in right-wing circles over President Obama shaking hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro.  For goodness sakes, it was at the memorial for Nelson Mandela!  Should Obama have spat in the face Read More

Op-Ed

Student Loan Bill of Rights

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   In the aftermath of a recent report that found the lack of student loan servicing standards and information on monies owed, two U.S. Senators will work as a team to create a Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights. Sponsored Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Political Poverty Pimps

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist An article published on nky.com, titled, “Running for Senate not job for paupers, stated: “The average household in the United States has a net worth of $69,000, but the average wealth of a U.S. senator is about $12 million, according Read More

Op-Ed

Young Black Republicans who deny their Blackness

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Last week, Joyce Jones, a columnist for BET.com wrote an article titled, “The Loneliness of the Black Republican: What attracts young African-Americans to the GOP?”  Although the article was off-base on so many points – No I won’t waste Read More

Op-Ed

Business Exchange: The A-B-Cs of Job Creation

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Black Americans are often misled when politicians and pundits refer to the ability of the president of the United States (POTUS) to “create jobs” during their terms in office. But, in the reality of America’s economy, the private sector Read More

Op-Ed

Auto Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST was firecracker of a little car. Under the hood was a direct injected1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that made 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed manual gear-box, Read More

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Op-Ed

Ask Alma

By Alma Gill NNPA Columnist   I am Featured in Pastor’s Sermons   Dear Alma, I’m not sure how to handle this problem. My sister in-law is a pastor of the church we, and our family attend. I often confide in her because we’re friends Read More

Politics

Past and Present Converge at Mandela’s Burial

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   QUNU, South Africa (NNPA) – With a rich mixture of ceremonial military pomp and ancient tribal customs, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, was buried here Sunday in the village of his youth, culminating 10 days Read More

National

Photographer Who Took Obama Selfie Picture Says We’re All Reading It Wrong

[The Huffington Post] The man who took the picture showing President Obama posing for a selfie said Wednesday that the world was getting a very skewed interpretation of his snapshot. Roberto Schmidt, a photojournalist for Agence France-Presse, caught Obama goofing around with British prime minister David Cameron Read More

Entertainment

’12 Years,’ ‘Hustle’ Lead Globes Nominations

JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer The harrowing historical epic “12 Years a Slave” and the con-artist caper “American Hustle” led the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each, setting up two very different films as Academy Awards front-runners. One outlandish and farcical, the other Read More

Entertainment

List of Nominees for 71st Golden Globe Awards

The Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nominees for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: MOTION PICTURES — Picture, Drama: “12 Years a Slave,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”Gravity,” ”Philomena,” ”Rush.” — Picture, Musical Read More

Entertainment

’12 Years a Slave’ Tops SAG Awards With 4 Noms

  JESSICA HERNDON, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve McQueen’s historic saga “12 Years a Slave” topped the nominations list for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday, cementing it as a solid Academy Awards prospect with four nominations. John Wells’ dysfunctional Read More

World

Desmond Tutu Home Robbed; Was at Mandela Memorial

RAY FAURE, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed while he was away to attend the memorial honoring Nelson Mandela, police said Wednesday, marking the third time in recent years thieves have targeted him. Robbers hit Tutu’s home in Cape Read More

Press Room

Aio Wireless™ Launches Retail Stores in Cleveland and Columbus in Time for Holiday Promotions

Aio Wireless™ Launches Retail Stores in Cleveland and Columbus in Time for Holiday Promotions New customers can get a free* ZTE Prelude smartphone or their third month free if they activate their own device Alpharetta, GA – Dec. 11, 2013 – Aio Wireless’ first-class service with no Read More

Politics

Obama Praises Mandela as ‘Great Liberator’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief     SOWETO, South Africa (NNPA) – President Barack Obama described Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black elected president, as “the last great liberator of the 20th century” and thanked the grieving nation for sharing their beloved former leader Read More

National

Judge Backs Snyder, Orr in Bankruptcy

by T. Kelly and Zenobia Jeffries Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s determination to have Detroit under emergency management; Mayor Dave Bing’s years of deliberate inaction; a reduced tax base; and questionable financial deals with banks brought the Read More

National

Girlfriend Wants Charges Dropped Against Zimmerman

CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors are considering whether to move forward with domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman even though his girlfriend is asking them not to do so. Without a witness willing to testify, prosecutors can Read More

Politics

GOP Event for African-American Outreach Featured Largely White Audience

[The Root] It seems that the Republican Party’s latest attempt to embrace African Americans is off to a shaky start. The audience at a Detroit event celebrating the opening of anAfrican-American Engagement Office appeared to consist mainly of white people, a video snippet shows. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Read More

Health

Medicaid Expansion Can Aid African Americans, Report Says

[Hattiesburg American] WASHINGTON – About six out of 10 uninsured African Americans may be eligible for free or greatly reduced health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to a new report the government issued Tuesday. The announcement comes as the Obama administration continues Read More

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Op-Ed

Mandela’s Road to Freedom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist     If I close my eyes, I can remember 1984. I am among those running from meeting to meeting working to pass Proposition J, the San Francisco ballot initiative that required the city to divest pension funds from companies Read More

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Op-Ed

The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist     As millions of people throughout world mourn and celebrate the life and living legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, it is important to focus on some of the most enduring and meaningful leadership attributes of Madiba’s long Read More

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Op-Ed

Mandela Opponents Trying to Re-write History

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Many conservatives who actively opposed Nelson Mandela’s protracted struggle to establish democracy in White minority-ruled South Africa are trying to rationalize their past criticism by either ignoring their earlier public statements or trying to place the struggle for a Read More

Op-Ed

Cracking Down on Payday Lenders

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   Just in time for the holiday season, three federal regulators have taken two separate actions against payday lending. One seeks to remedy outrageous wrongdoing by refunding money to past customers. The other will protect existing or new borrowers from Read More

Op-Ed

Misguided Attack on a Young Republican

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Last week, the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart wrote a column titled, “Token support for GOP’s Orlando Watson.” In his meandering, misguided piece; he attempted to ridicule Watson, the Republican National Committee’s communications director for Black media, for the erroneous Read More