“The Science Princess” Maria Raquel Thomas is a 12-year-old entrepreneur specializing in science and stress relief with her business, Ria’s Slime Shop. (Courtesy Photo)
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The Science Princess Brings Business Savvy and Slime

THE AFRO — Entrepreneur Maria Raquel Thomas, 12, mixes science and stress relief with her business Ria’s Slime Shop […read more]

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“This campaign of disinformation is extremely disconcerting because black voter turnout declined in 2016 – for the first time in 20 years…” — CBC Statement on Russian interference in the 2016 election
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Congressional Black Caucus Issues Release on Russian Interference

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “During the 2016 presidential election cycle, hundreds of thousands of minority voters were disenfranchised before they even had a chance to walk into the voting booth. As today’s report produced for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence makes clear – this was a carefully orchestrated effort by Russian actors to exploit social media platforms in order to suppress turnout among black voters…” […read more]

Sen. Warren speaking at the 2016 Democratic National Convention(Photo: A. Shaker / Wikimedia Commons)
Community

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Appoints Black Woman as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON INFORMER — “Black women play a critical role in our democracy, and Senator Warren’s appointment of a talented staffer like Anne Reid recognizes that Americans from all backgrounds can serve in a leadership role at the highest levels of government. Other senators and House members should take notice,” said Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center. […read more]

RollingOut Magazine's Ultimate Review of Hip-Hop in 2018
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The ultimate review: 2018’s best hip-hop albums

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Through it all, hip-hop didn’t loosen its grip on dominating the charts and R&B bounced back into the discussion of relevance. You could sense something special was happening by the first quarter this year, as the pace of releases accelerated to the point that four or five projects were dropping every Friday. It was the year where veteran emcees returned to the charts, and a new generation cemented its position in the culture […read more]

Congressman Cedric L. Richmond represents the 2nd District of Louisiana, which includes parts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He is also the chair of the 48-member, bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which was established in 1971.Official Photo
Black History

OP-ED: Because of the CBC, the Farm Bill Includes Millions for HBCUs, Black Farmers, and Rural Communities of Color

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “According to federal law, states are required to match federal funding dollar-for-dollar for land-grant universities, but many HBCUs have not been getting what they are owed. In fact, a 2013 report by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities found that from 2010-12, 61% of the historically black land-grant universities did not receive 100% of the one-to-one matching funds from their respective states…” […read more]

Born on May 11, 1906, Richard Arvin Overton, a member of what is often called America’s “Greatest Generation,” died on December 27th in Austin, Texas.
Black History

IN MEMORIAM: Cigars and Whiskey – America’s Oldest Veteran, Richard Arvin Overton, Dies at 112

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God said former President Barack Obama in 2013 during a Veterans Day ceremony honoring Overton at Arlington National Cemetery. […read more]

Our dignity and respect must begin as Black people in our families, and then our community, our country, and then the world.(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Business

COMMENTARY: Living in America While Being Black Under the Trump Regime

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The buying power of the African American community is $1.1 trillion, but it only circulates 6 hours in our community, and the Asians keep a dollar in their community 120 times longer than African Americans. The Jewish keep the dollar in their community for 20 days, and the dollar in the White community circulates 17 days.” […read more]

McDougle has been recognized as one of the Most Influential African Americans in the state of Mississippi.(Photo: NASA)
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Sharon Caples McDougle, NASA’s Modern Day “Hidden Figure”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During her career she was recognized with the Astronaut “Silver Snoopy” Award, Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award, USA Employee of the Month Teamwork Award, USA Employee of the Month Community Service Award, and the coveted Women of Color in Flight Award from Dr. Mae Jemison recognizing her career as the first and only African American woman suit tech/crew chief in her field. She absolutely loved her job and is proud to have been a part of our nation’s historic Space Shuttle Program. […read more]

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) (Photo: YouTube)
Commentary

First Member of Congress Calls for Trump’s Resignation Amid Month of Chaos

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During an interview on the Scott Dworkin report, Rep. Gwen Moore said that President Trump “resigning is a dignified way for him to leave as opposed to being impeached or as opposed to being indicted or having the 25th amendment evoked. It’s really a very palliative approach to ask him to just go quietly and spare us all this pain.” […read more]

Dayne Jones (Photo: Dayne Jones Facebook page)
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NAACP Joins Ferguson Activist in Demanding Answers in Alleged Hanging Death of Son

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The St. Louis County NAACP is joining the McKinnies family in the call for transparency and justice regarding the murder of Danye Jones. “There’s too many unanswered questions that we are demanding answers to,” said John Gaskin III, St. Louis County NAACP President. “We support Mrs. McKinnies call for justice and transparency in the death of her son.” […read more]

A referee told a wrestler in Buena that he couldn't participate in a match unless he snipped his hair. (Photo: Screen capture CBS/YouTube)(Photo: Screen capture CBS/YouTube)
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Video of New Jersey of High School Wrestler’s Dreadlocks Being Cut Goes Viral

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “No-loc bans are designed to oppress and shame Black people not just for expressing Blackness, but *for* their Blackness. They have no place in our society and certainly not in our schools. Until we can abolish these discriminatory practices and norms, we are all complicit,” a message from the New Jersey ACLU read. […read more]

Cynthia Marshall - A Woman for all Seasons.Photos: Dallas Mavericks
Entertainment

Dallas Mavericks’ Cynthia Marshall: A Woman for All Seasons

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I wake up every morning to do the best I can do for people. I may not get it right every day. But I work hard to bring people together and be a light in this world and deal with the dark forces in the world. I feel uniquely equipped by God to bring pos¬itive things to this world. This is all I am trying to do. — Cynthia Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO […read more]

D.L. Hughley at the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon for "The Endangered List" Waldorf-Astoria Hotel / (Photo: Janafrench93/Wikimedia Commons)D.L. Hughley at the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon for "The Endangered List" Waldorf-Astoria Hotel / (Photo: Janafrench93/Wikimedia Commons)
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Hughley brings “the funny” to IMPROV

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Hughley’s smooth, come¬dic style and relevant material seemed flawlessly unscripted and was delivered with relat¬able honesty and perfection. The clever combination of nat¬ural comedic talent on Hugh¬ley’s tour was one for the his¬tory books. […read more]