Victor McElhaney
Crime

USC music student killed in apparent robbery attempt

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — An Oakland City Council member March 12 hailed the life of her slain son — a USC student who was gunned down near campus in an apparent robbery attempt — saying he was a musical prodigy who will be remembered as more than just a homicide statistic. Speaking to reporters at USC, Lynette Gibson McElhaney said her 21-year-old son Victor, who was fatally shot just after midnight March 10 near Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard, is “not a homicide number or statistic.” […read more]

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Community

NCNW View Park Section to Award Multiple College Scholarships at “The Purple Hat Affair High Tea” Fundraiser

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — California students rank well below the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading. According to research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade are more likely to fall behind academically and dropout of high school compared to their peers who are reading at grade level. Volunteers from NCNW tutor students 6-12 years of age on a weekly basis to ensure students are reading at grade-level proficiency according to the California of Student Assessment Performance and Progress standards. […read more]

State Rep. Eric Johnson
Dallas Post Tribune

Rep. Eric Johnson Files Bill to Address Homelessness Caused by Gentrification

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Rep. Johnson filed House Bill 4394 in order to clarify that Texans who lose their homes due to economic development in their neighborhoods are eligible for state funds intended to assist with homelessness prevention. Currently, the state distributes those dollars to cities, which then use them to help residents avoid becoming homeless. But there is ambiguity in the current law over whether someone qualifies for that assistance if their home loss is due to gentrification. […read more]

William T. Robinson, Jr
Black History

COMMENTARY: ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan reeks with insensitivity

NASHVILLE PRIDE — The ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan is shown on caps and shirts worn by many of Trump’s supporters or base. Many Americans find this slogan to be offensive and racist, referring to a time of history of great wealth, prosperity and power for some White Americans made possible by the exploitation of African Americans. The displaying of the slogan is seen as a slap in the face to many African Americans, depicting times in history when Blacks were subjected to slavery. […read more]

Actor Ross Fleming (Photo courtesy of Ross Fleming)
Movies

Ross Fleming shares advice for budding actors

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Ross Fleming is an Atlanta native who has entered the entertainment world ready to take it by storm. He was drawn to the arts at a young age and is now pursuing acting and producing full time. Fleming began acting in stage plays in 2013 and has already appeared in more than 15 films, including a starring role in the movie Boy Bye, which was released on Netflix in 2017. We caught up with the actor when he stopped by Rolling Out studios to discuss his acting career and share some advice with aspiring young thespians. […read more]

Centric and Joc Scholar of Grand Opus in Richmond
California Voice - San Francisco Bay View

Hip hop and culture: ‘High Power’ by Grand Opus

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — In the African American community, hip hop serves as a musical culture and an instrument to voice the struggles and hardships of the African American race in the United States, such as discrimination, poverty and other social injustices. This implies that hip hop goes beyond the music level like other songs whose focus is on amusement. […read more]

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Law

Losing driver’s license to debt — 43 states allow suspensions due to unpaid court debt

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or suspended? […read more]

Rochelle Hamm
Film

The National Geographic Visits Jacksonville To Recognize Rochelle Hamm, Widow of El Faro Victim

THE FLORIDA STAR — On February 20, 2019, The National Geographic crew flew from London to Jacksonville, FL to interview Mrs. Rochelle Hamm, the widow of Able Body Seaman Frank Hamm, who was aboard the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro. On October 1, 2015, the El Faro, in route to San Juan, Puerto Rico sailed into the Category 3 hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas and sank, 33 crew members on the ship perished. […read more]

MC Lyte
Defender News Network

MC Lyte will join cast of ‘New York Undercover’ reboot

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Hip hop veteran MC Lyte is joining the cast for the reboot of the 90’s cop drama New York Undercover. The Brooklyn spitter will be starring alongside Malik Yoba and Lauren Velez who starred in the original series over 20 years ago. Lyte will be starring as Lt. April Freeman, a no-nonsense boss that keeps her officers on their toes, Deadline reports. […read more]

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Business

Black UPS Employees in Ohio Subjected to Racist Company Culture for Decades: Lawsuit

WASHINGTON INFORMER — A lawsuit filed March 13 in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas in Toledo states that 19 Black employees at a Maumee location have been subjected to racial harassment and discrimination from white co-workers. This lawsuit included allegations of being passed over for promotions, use of the N-word, and a lack of accountability and disciplinary actions taken by the USP upper management team at the Maumee branch. […read more]

Hillsboro High School students at TSU’s Honors Week.
Education

High achieving students from Hillsboro High School interact with TSU’s best and brightest during honors week

NASHVILLE PRIDE — The Tennessee State University Honors College recently hosted 31 high achieving students from Nashville’s Hillsboro High School as part of TSU Honors Week celebration. The Honors College and Hillsboro High are partners in a two-year exceptional student acceleration program called IBDP, or Academy of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, that nurtures students to excel in higher education. […read more]

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Economy

The high costs of student loan debt

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — For the Class of 2018, the average student borrower graduated with a debt of $29,800 in private and federal loans over the course of a bachelor’s degree. This is in addition to $35,600 in federal Parent PLUS loans approximately 14 percent of parents took out to support their children. […read more]

Doris Hill (third from left) teaches a message of empowerment born out of adversity. “If you want to live, we have to act like we want to live. We can’t sit around waiting to die. Live every minute that the Lord gives you breath,\" she said. (Courtesy photo)
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Amid adversity, Doris Hill says, ‘act like we want to live’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Mark Twain said the two most important days in a person’s life is the day they were born, and the day they figure out why,” Doris Hill told those gathered for an event hosted by Pink With A Purpose, a non-profit offering support and resources for cancer patients.. “I am so grateful that a year before my husband was tragically killed, I figured out my ‘Why.’ The Lord wanted me to plant the seeds that became the ESPN Academy, our after-school program for students on all grade levels.” […read more]

Tour guide Sakura Konē explaining the history of Buddy Bolden’s statue
Black History

Black history tour focuses on history, wellness and walking

LOUISIANA WEEKLY — On March 14, in honor of Black History Month, health benefits company Aetna sponsored a historic walking tour for older adults. The tour started at the Treme Recreation Center and progressed to Congo Square. Aetna arranged the tour in order to not only educate residents about the history of the city and its vibrant Black music culture, but to also provide older adults with an activity that keeps them physically active. […read more]

“What an honor to receive this affirmation from what I refer to as the source,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has fought to help the Black Press receive advertising from the federal government, whose various agencies has spent nearly $5 billion on ads over the past decade but just 5 percent of those dollars spent with African American-owned media.
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Norton, Garza Receive NNPA Awards at Black Press Week Ceremony

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “What an honor to receive this affirmation from what I refer to as the source,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has fought to help the Black Press receive advertising from the federal government, whose various agencies has spent nearly $5 billion on ads over the past decade but just 5 percent of those dollars spent with African American-owned media. […read more]

Community

Bike hub opens at Culver City Expo Line station

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Bringing secure bicycle parking to one of the highest demand rail stations on the Westside, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority celebrated the opening of a new Bike Hub at the Expo Line Station March 1. The $1.4-million, 1,600-plus square-foot facility is located near the city of Los Angeles and Culver City Expo Line bikeways for convenient access to and from local destinations. […read more]

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during a March 18 press conference in Annapolis on the state's fiscal 2020 budget. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Government

Hogan Blasts Legislature as Assembly Nears End

WASHINGTON INFORMER — With less than a month before the Maryland General Assembly’s 90-day session ends, Gov. Larry Hogan didn’t mince words Monday at a press conference. He pleaded with the majority Democratic legislature to approve legislative that hold school systems accountable, cut taxes and eliminate mandate spending that would cause an average $7,000 tax hike for homeowners. […read more]

Queen Quet
Charleston Chronicle

Barbados to Welcome the Queen of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will journey to the island of Barbados with co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™, Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™).  They have put out a global call for others of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora and those that support the continuation of the rich cultural African heritage of the islands to join them in celebration June 21-23 on the island of Barbados.  […read more]

Centinela Valley Union High School District students learned the post-high school life skills needed to handle the unique challenges in today's society 
Community

Defying the Odds Black History Educational Experience, Kinecta Federal Credit Union Empowered African American Male Students

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — There has been a decline in African-American men transitioning successfully into and through college.  As part of its commitment to the advancement and strengthening of the communities it serves, Kinecta Federal Credit Union hosted Defying the Odds Black History Event to shed light on the history of the struggles and successes of African-Americans while helping to equip young men with the necessary tools and contacts to define their own path of success. […read more]

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at L.A.'s Families Belong Together March in June 2018. (Photo by: Luke Harold | Wiki Commons)
Defender News Network

Kamala Harris wants federal ban on Death Row executions

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says there should be a federal moratorium on executions. The senator from California discussed the matter on National Public Radio on Thursday, a day after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California granted reprieves to 737 death row inmates and signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions. […read more]

“Reparations is a conversation that is in-depth and involved and it’s a long and necessary conversation,” Garvey said.
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Dr. Julius Garvey Still Seeking Redemption for his Father and Africans

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In recent years, Dr. Julius Garvey has worked to secure a pardon for his famous father. “The charges against others involved were dropped, but my father was convicted by an all-white jury on charges that were widely considered politically-motivated and in a trial tainted by misconduct.” After spending nearly three years in jail, President Calvin Coolidge, under public pressure in 1927, commuted Garvey’s sentence but still deported him. […read more]

Health

Aspirin’s Risks May Outweigh Benefits: Report

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Heart disease experts assert in a new report that taking a daily dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks may not be as productive as previously believed. The report, from the American College of Cardiology, states that aspirin “should be used infrequently” for the purpose of preventing cardiovascular disease “because of lack of net benefit” for most adults. […read more]

Shannon LaNier
Defender News Network

Shannon LaNier joins CW39

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Veteran television host, social media influencer and author Shannon LaNier is the new anchor at CW39. LaNier previously co-hosted “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that aired on Centric. He is also known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise’s nationally-syndicated shows “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise.” […read more]

Government

Dutchess Legislature Approves Term Limits

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — The Dutchess County Legislature has had a de facto term limit, without enacting one. Only two of the current 25 legislators have been around for more than 12 years – Republican Marge Horton and Democrat Barbara Jeter-Jackson. The third senior member, Republican James Miccio will step down in December, after three terms. […read more]

Atlanta Voice

After 37 years, Raycom bids farewell to the ACC

ATLANTA VOICE — Saturday night, Raycom Sports signed off for the last time as the ACC Tournament concluded in Charlotte, North Carolina. The network was the bedrock for ACC football and basketball throughout Atlanta, the Carolinas and throughout the ACC footprint for the past 37 years. However, their humble story from small beginnings to sports industry giant was amazing. […read more]

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Business

AmEx VP Mikeisha Anderson Jones on importance of workplace diversity

ROLLINGOUT — Mikeisha Anderson Jones has become a connoisseur of inclusion. She has studied and observed how diversity enhances and beautifies the corporate culture. There is empirical and hard data that proves authentic inclusion improves the bottom line of a corporation. Furthermore, inclusion raises morale in the workplace when all demographics are given authentic opportunities for upward mobility in the workplace. […read more]

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Uncategorized

Camp Imagination is designed just for 
children and teens who are deaf or blind

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Children and teens who are deaf or blind will have a great time this summer at an imagination camp designed just for them. Scheduled for June 16-20, 2019, Camp Imagination will focus on STEAM Based Learning: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. It will also offer field trips, goalball, and other adapted games in a fun environment. […read more]

A committed community can achieve food security so that all children have all the delicious, nutritious food they can eat. (Photo by: Guardian of Nigeria)
California Voice - San Francisco Bay View

Food insecurity increases in the Bayview

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — We all need access to healthy food. Food insecurity, not knowing where your next meal will come from, contributes to multiple risk factors: low birth weight babies and childhood learning difficulties; and hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions in adults. […read more]

Dr. Anisa Shomo is the Director of Family Medicine Scholars at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a health columnist for the NNPA.
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African American Heart Health Is Vital

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black and White women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. About 610,000 men and women die of heart disease each year and it accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in both genders. Coronary Heart Disease is the most common type and accounts for over half of these deaths. Coronary heart disease increases the risk for heart attacks and over 700,000 Americans have heart attacks each year. […read more]

The letter was signed by House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel.
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement on the New Zealand Terror Attack

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the horrific and hate-filled terrorist attacks that took place in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 49 people and seriously injured 20 people. This merciless shooting targeted innocent Muslim worshipers during Friday prayers. My heart goes out to all of the victims, their families, and the Muslim community in New Zealand as they recover from this senseless act of violence. […read more]

Jeneea’s passion is enabling people to reach the best version of themselves! Her toolbox includes empathy for understanding your needs, encouragement to help achieve your goals and coaching to incrementally show you how to change your life for the better.
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COMMENTARY: Mirror, Mirror

NNPA NEWSWIRE — It’s hard to hold up that mirror and examine yourself. That painful, examination forced me to ask, and answer, hard questions. Letting existing research, my own research, and personal experience guide me, I found my weight loss path from 175 to 145 pounds from December 2015 to June 2016. Now, over age 40, I wake up with less pain. […read more]

“This inequity isn’t just about wealth, it’s about race, ethnicity, culture and history,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO.
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NNPA Leadership and Other Prominent Black Voices Speak Out on College Exam Scandal

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The rich have one standard of education and everyone else has another standard,” National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., added in a story written by Black Press journalist Barrington M. Salmon, who also interviewed other prominent African Americans including Virginia entertainment attorney Elva Mason and Former Florida A&M University Law Professor Cori Harvey. […read more]

Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes (left) with Urban One President and CEO Alfred Liggins III (Center) and Cleo TV “New Soul Kitchen” Star Chef Jernard Wells
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Comcast Formally Launches Afro and Cleo, Two New Black-Centric Networks

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I’m excited that this is by us, for us and there’s going to be a lot of great content that reflects our lifestyle,” said Michelle Rice, the general manager at Cleo TV, who joined cast members from various Cleo TV shows, executives from Comcast Afro and others to celebrate the launch of the new channels at the Newseum on Thursday, March 14. […read more]

Dr. Willie W. Herenton was the first African American elected mayor of Memphis in 1991, serving until 2009. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)
#NNPA BlackPress

Yes, Dr. Willie W. Herenton is serious about wanting to be mayor of Memphis again

NNPA NEWSWIRE — It’s been almost a year since Willie W. Herenton, who has been elected Memphis mayor five times, declared that he wanted back in. Since then, incumbent Jim Strickland has formally launched his reelection bid. And last week, District 7 Commissioner Tami Sawyer staked her mayoral claim, one that would make her the first woman to serve, if she navigated a path to victory. Lesser-known announced candidates include Pam Moses and Lemichael Wilson. […read more]

Armstrong Williams is a conservative columnist. To find out more about Armstrong Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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OPINION: Press the Pause Button on College Admissions Outrage

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The reality in many of these universities is that by the time you subtract preferences for minorities, the spots reserved for athletes, the preferences given to the children of donors, the places taken by children of the well-connected, college admissions is a process where the only people seemingly ‘guaranteed’ a spot, are people who have the system rigged in their favor. It’s clear, from reading some of the emails, that many of these parents were trying to ‘rig’ a guaranteed spot for their kid. […read more]

Brie Larson in Captain Marvel
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FILM REVIEW: Captain Marvel

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Brie Larson, an excellent dramatic actress, injects humanity, doubt and imperfection into her Vers. It’s just enough to make what could have been a cliché character somewhat intriguing. Not much more. Jackson as Fury buddy’s up to the lead and adds comic relief. Jude Law is miscast and too British and reserved for his mentor role. Mendelsohn fares slightly better as the green monster Talos. Other supporting actors don’t get enough screen time to show their real talent: Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto and Djimon Hounsou. […read more]

You or your child may disregard subjects like science, technology, engineering and math in school now, but they could be the ticket to a better life.
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HOLLIE: STEM — Another Way Out for African Americans

WASHINGTON INFORMER — STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math are subjects being touted by the educational sector to help propel kids into careers that will soon, if not already, dominate industries across the country. Real jobs, with real salaries, and a real path to develop a sustainable future. Contrary to what some people say – it’s not nerds who hold these positions – it’s smart people, making a good living. […read more]