Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. (Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)
Atlanta Voice

Is Atlanta’s legacy at stake in the Airport battle?

ATLANTA VOICE — While an act of war is commonly defined as action by one country against another with an intention to provoke a war or an action that occurs during a declared war or armed conflict between military forces of any origin. In this case, the “faction” that has provoked Mayor Bottoms’s response is Republican State Senator Burt Jones of Jackson. […read more]

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l-r; Mrs. Florence Ueal, Mrs. Jimmie Leech and Mrs. Helen Turner. Photo by Darius B. Williams
The Tennessee Tribune

U of M Hosts Program Highlighting Women of the 1968 Santitation Workers Strike

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host a special event featuring first-hand stories of courage and survival from the women of the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike. The evening will feature select excerpts from the national video web series 1300 Men: Memphis Strike ‘68, produced by Striking Voices for TheRoot.com, as well as a panel of wives of 1968 strikers, moderated by journalist and Striking Voices founding producer, Emily Yellin. […read more]

When I ask myself which do I prefer, being in attendance at Juanita’s celebration of life to tell others how much I cared for her or sharing those expressions with her while she could hear me, I feel better. And while I didn’t get the opportunity to say farewell, I take solace in knowing that every conversation ended with expressions of love, respect and appreciation, strengthened by prayers. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: My Truth — Celebrating Women

NNPA NEWSWIRE — … you have to seize the moment, every moment! If you want to tell someone you love them, you need to do it. Don’t hesitate and don’t let anyone else make or take away your decision to express your feelings. If you want to tell someone you don’t like them, well, think again and also ask yourself “what do I hope to accomplish,” or “what is the end game?” We have to understand that there are consequences and repercussions for our actions and our inactions. We have to be accountable and also hold others accountable. […read more]

Los Angeles Sentinel

Chinese and Croatian National Teams To Join All 30 NBA Teams at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 will be an 11-day, 83-game competition that opens with all 32 teams playing four preliminary games each. The top eight teams are then seeded in a tournament, which culminates with a Championship Game on July 15. Teams that do not qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game. Every team will play at least five games and as many as seven at NBA Summer League. […read more]

Vietnam Veteran and Host Cliff Kelley converse with Navy Veteran 3rd Class Petty Officer Ken Porter about the significance of Millennials becoming educated and empowered through Civil Action.
Chicago Crusader

America’s Heroes Group talks with millennial veterans

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Veteran Marine Corps Corporal Claude Fields III was the call-in guest panelist on the America’s Heroes Group radio talk show on Saturday March 16. Fields conversed with host Cliff Kelley regarding his dissatisfaction with what he describes as his “horrible living conditions.” Fields resides in Riverside, CA, where he rents an apartment. […read more]

Cory McCray is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing the 45th District, which encompasses Northeast and East Baltimore City. (Courtesy Photo)
Afro

OP-ED: A Proactive Solution for Baltimore: Investing in our City’s Youth

THE AFRO — Like every major American city, the City of Baltimore has significant challenges. We continue to combat the issue of aging and vacant homes, a crumbling water infrastructure, and high rates of violent crime. Yet, there are a number of things that our city does well – and it is vital that we continue to build upon our strengths at the same time that we confront and resolve our difficulties. […read more]

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Advice

Hidradenitis suppurativa: hard to pronounce, hard to live with, and hard to treat

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — No one knows for sure what exactly causes HS. One theory is that HS is the result of an abnormality in hair follicles. HS tends to occur when hair follicles become blocked, leading to a clogged hair follicle. When the follicle is blocked, pressure builds up in the follicle, causing a rupture and leakage to the sides of the follicle, deep into the skin. The leakage produces a response by the immune system to the material in the skin. The immune response is in the form of inflammation. […read more]

This is Genesis’ newest compact entry and last car to join the line up, before a wave of much needed crossovers start to trickle in, making this a full-fledged luxury brand. The G70 is designed to go head-to-head with the likes of BMW’s iconic 3-Series. (Photo: JeffCars.com)
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Genesis G70 2.0 — The Luxury Brand’s BMW 3-Series Fighter

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The all-new G70 is a great vehicle to attract a youthful clientele to the brand. The midsize G80 and the flagship G90 are great vehicles, but they’re not going to capture the buyers the brand desperately needs. The G70 is a step in the right direction. It seems to be a well-built sedan that is on par with the competition in terms of the pricing, the styling, the warranty and the luxury accoutrements. […read more]

Ford said the all-new Explorer comes packed with more than a dozen new standard features for only $400 more over the previous model. Standard features now include a power liftgate, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with all-new 10-speed transmission, an 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC® 3, and FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices and more.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2020 Ford Explorer

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …pretty much the 2020 Ford Explorer is all-new from the ground up. That is no doubt true since engineers switched the vehicle from being front-wheel-drive to rear-wheel drive. In other words, the Explorer sits on an all-new chassis. And because of the switch, in addition to better handling, it will be better off-road and the towing capacity jumped by 600 lbs. to 5,600 lbs. […read more]

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visitwww.juliannemalveaux.com
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COMMENTARY: Toward a Living Wage

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The poverty line for a family of three (a working mom and two children) is $16,910. A woman working full time at the minimum wage is living below the poverty line. She qualifies for SNAP (food stamps), and possibly for federal housing aid if she can get it. All too often, the list for housing subsidies is full, as is public housing, so assistance is not an option. What is a woman earning such a low wage to do, then, living at the economic periphery? She house-shares lives with family or endures homelessness. She lines up to get food at food banks or from other charities. She struggles to make ends meet, while her Congressional Representative earns $174,000 a year whether they produce or not. […read more]

For Dave Matthews, keeping his Poor Man’s Store running in ZIP code 38126 for 40-plus years largely has been about being there for young people. (Courtesy photo)
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Rooted in 38126: Owner of Poor Man’s store rich with friends and neighbors

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Poor Man’s Store was built in 1947,” said Matthews. “I kept the original name of the store, and it became ‘Matthews Poor Man’s Store.’ I could have lived anywhere I wanted, but I chose to stay in this community. I felt it was God’s purpose for me to stay and do whatever I could to be a blessing to young people and their families.” […read more]

Money earned by schools during the famed March Madness tournament and the revenue generated from the College Football Playoff (CFP) series, will likely total $1 billion for the NCAA, according to the report. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Report Reveals How the NCAA Shortchanges Black Men

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington D.C.-based a nonpartisan research and educational institute, paints a vivid portrait of how college athletics distort the reality of black male experiences on college campuses and raises significant concerns about racial equity in college admissions and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). […read more]

Andreen Nicole McDonald/Courtesy Loop Jamaica (left) and Victoria S. Wright/NCMEC
Uncategorized

Missing & Forgotten: Bias and non-attention given to Black Girls who “disappear”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — As Trump cries that a border wall is needed to eliminate an imaginary crisis, organizations like the Black and Missing But Not Forgotten, the Black and Missing Foundation (BAM) in Landover Hills, Maryland, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Va., struggle to shed light on the real emergency that is of the nation’s missing. […read more]

Census data are inherently personal; the data record and codify individual stories, and help to paint a mosaic of rich racial, ethnic, cultural, and geographic identities (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Census 2020: For all to count, all must be counted

NNPA NEWSWIRE — … the census over-counted non-Hispanic Whites in 2000 and 2010. And because the people who are more likely to be missed do not live in the same neighborhoods as those more likely to be double-counted, some communities get more than their fair share of political representation and resources, while others get less than they deserve and need, said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant to many census stakeholders and former staff director for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Census and Population, adding that we then must live with those results for the next ten years. […read more]

Stacey Abrams (Photo by: Cass Teague)
Education

Stacey Abrams brings wisdom and inspiration to Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Stacey Abrams, minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives (2011-2017) and Democratic nominee for 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election visited Nashville’s Vanderbilt University this week. On Tuesday, March 19, she sat down with Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos in Langford Auditorium for a sold-out Chancellor’s Lecture event. Abrams’ visited the campus for a full day of activities, culminating in the one-on-one discussion with Chancellor Zeppos, followed by a book signing for her intriguing new book, now in paperback with a new Foreword, entitled Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change. […read more]

Senator Patty Murray, second from right, poses with staff members from Voices Of Tomorrow, a childcare center in Southeast Seattle. (Photo by: Aaron Allen)
Economy

Murray’s Bill Looks To Make Childcare More Affordable

THE SEATTLE MEDIUM — The rising costs of childcare is a growing concern in Seattle and throughout the country, especially African American and other marginalized communities. To address the issue, Sen. Parry Murray has re-introduced the Childcare For Working Families Act, a bold, comprehensive plan to make child care more affordable for low and middle-income families and strengthen federal investments in the child care industry to ensure everyone has access to high-quality, affordable child care in their area. […read more]

Lauren Eylise, of Cincinnati, sings the National Anthem to kickoff FC Cincinnati’s first home game in Major League Soccer. (Photo by: Ray Ball)
Cincinnati Herald

Major League Soccer makes historic debut in Cincinnati with a win

CINCINNATI HERALD — Major League Soccer is now a part of the Cincinnati sports venue, following FC Cincinnati’s home opening win of 3-0 over the Portland, Oregon, Timers, Sunday evening at a sold out crowd at Nipper Stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus. The  local futbol club, which gained Major League Soccer status  last summer, packed the stadium for its first home game in the majors, defeating the Portland, Oregon, Timberwolves 3-4. […read more]

Chinwendu L. Maduegbunam (Courtesy photo)
Uncategorized

COMMENTARY: Embracing My Imperfections Studying Abroad in London

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Growing up in North Carolina, I was shy and my need to be perfect in everything I did made it difficult to connect with others. I always thought I had to be perfect: playing basketball, earning high grades, being the perfect daughter, etc. I feared how others would judge me so I rarely opened up to others. But, traveling to London as a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow in the summer of 2017 was an opportunity for me to grow. […read more]

Tao Zhao in Ash Is Purest White
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FILM REVIEW: Ash Is Purest White

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Jia Zhangke is a consummate storyteller—an artist. He takes his time weaving his magic. His pacing is deliberate (Matthieu Laclau, editor). He drags you into a universe where people on the fringes, who menace each other, are no more than small-time crooks in a very big country. And the duet he’s created between the two scoundrels is filled with pauses and silent moments that give you time to explore them. […read more]

As tested it was $29,625, which at first I thought was a little pricey. But then I went back over the CX-3 equipment and thought that it is a small crossover with plenty of stuff. Things like all-wheel-drive, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring and lane departure alert made it well worth the price.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mazda CX-3

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The CX-3 was rated at 27 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. I stopped to gas up a few miles before I crossed into Indiana. I didn’t have a full tank of fuel when I left and the smaller the vehicle the smaller the gas tank; 11.9 gallons on the all-wheel-drive version, which is what I had. […read more]

Charles and Arsha Jones are a husband and wife duo that started the brand Capital City Mambo Sauce and recently collaborated with local Papa John’s locations. (Courtesy Photo)
Afro

Capital City Mambo Sauce Partners with Papa Johns to Add D.C. Flare

THE AFRO — Despite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s controversial denunciation of mambo sauce as a D.C. staple last November, most Washingtonians laud the flavor as a true District flavor that adds pizzazz to dishes from the carry out to homemade delights. Now, having recently teamed up with local husband and wife entrepreneurs Charles and Arsha Jones, owners of Capital City Mambo Sauce, Papa John’s chains in the DMV are giving residents a chance to have the District’s dip on wings, chicken poppers or on the side. […read more]

The Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter of Kappy Alpha Psi Fraternity celebrated its 40th anniversary with a ceremony at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park. (Courtesy Photo)
Afro

Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter Celebrates 40th Anniversary

THE AFRO — The Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity has been one of the most impactful in its community since its inception in 1979. Their 40th anniversary provided them with an opportunity to laud those who were pillars in the foundation and who have helped it become one of the most influential chapters in the nation during the ceremony at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park. […read more]

On loan from the Atlanta Hawks, George Turner — a former police chief for Atlanta Police and the City of Atlanta’s first Public Safety Commissioner, will continue to serve an additional 30 days before going back to his role as the Hawks’ VP of Safety. (Photo: City of Atlanta)
Atlanta Voice

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms commends the work of Public Safety Commissioner George Turner

ATLANTA VOICE — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Public Safety Commissioner George Turner will build the most robust summer youth engagements plans in recent Atlanta history as one of his last acts as an “executive on loan” from the Atlanta Hawks. For the Hawks, Turner serves as vice president of safety, security and parking; as part of the “executive on loan” partnership with the City of Atlanta, the Hawks agreed to cover his salary for at least a year. […read more]

Clark Memorial United Methodist Church
Nashville Pride

Clark holds special Lenten services on Wednesdays at noon

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Visitors, members and friends are always welcome to attend Clark Memorial United Methodist Church on Wednesdays at noon. However, during the Lenten season the United Methodist Women of Clark Memorial, are hosting the Mid-Week Mid-Day Meditation services. These noon services are offered each Wednesday with a word, lunch and music within a 30-minute period in order to accommodate persons coming on their lunch hour. […read more]

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Blacks On White Privilege

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — For many years many Black people have been denied opportunities for no reason other than the color of their skin. I’ve been guilty like many others who said, “It must be nice to have white privilege!” Now, I’m not so sure. I’d rather not have anybody knocking on my door with evidence that I’ve violated the law by cheating somebody to get something I didn’t deserve. In other words, I wouldn’t feel good about stealing something from someone who was more deserving via honest means than I was. […read more]

Alice Smith: The Sound of Freedom (Photo: facebook.com/VisionsAndVoices)
Los Angeles Sentinel

PRESS ROOM: USC to Host Event Marking the 80th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s Historic Lincoln Memorial Concert

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Held in honor of the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – often called “The Concert that Sparked the Civil Rights Movement” – and the generations of women who have and continue to fight for humanity, equity, and justice, the evening will feature an intimate conversation and performance exploring the legacy of music’s relationship to activism and social change. […read more]

George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic performing at the 2018 Love Supreme Jazz Festival. (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Entertainment

George Clinton to embark on final tour with Parliament Funkadelic

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is set to embark on his farewell tour with the legendary Parliament Funkadelic before he retires. After joining Red Hot Chili Peppers for a nine-city tour of Australia, George and P-Funk follow up with their own Australian headline tour in April where they will hit the legendary Bluesfest stage in Byron Bay, and a stint in Japan at Billboard Live. […read more]

Author Mary B. Morrison has built a 20-year career of women’s empowerment through literature with 26 books under her belt. (Photo courtesy Mary B. Morrison)
Atlanta Voice

Author Mary B. Morrison continues to inspire female empowerment through literature

ATLANTA VOICE — With 20 books in 20 years serving as the foundation of her career, Mary B. Morrison has built a legacy of empowering women, especially Black women as a New York Times-bestselling author. Through her books, the New Orleans-native and Atlanta resident has made it her mission to either showcase Black women in powerful positions or warn them of the repercussions of their missteps. […read more]

Dallas ISD poetry slam
Art

Students use the power of poetry to win grand slam scholarships

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — The inaugural Dallas ISD poetry slam was nothing short of a memorable night at the Edison Learning Center as infectious energy filled the auditorium with excited students, proud parents, and supportive peers. Participating students competed for $10,000 in scholarship awards through a generous donation from business entrepreneur, Roland Parrish. His charitable contribution provides a stepping stone for kids to achieve opportunities in higher education. […read more]

Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander (center) leads NSU and Norfolk CIty officials in historic ribbon cutting (Photo by: NSU)
Business

Norfolk And NSU Partner On Downtown Presence For University

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — Norfolk State University (NSU) has emerged as an important cog in the city of Norfolk’s and the region’s educational and job creation machinery. Members of NSU’s business school faculty and administration joined Norfolk city leaders recently to put that reputation on dismay as they cut the ribbon on the new Norfolk State University Innovation Center (NSUIC) – On the Main. […read more]

Beyoncé performing on The O2 in London. {Photo by: Idrewuk | Wiki Commons)
Los Angeles Sentinel

PRESS ROOM: Beyoncé and JAY-Z to be honored at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for Accelerating LGBTQ Acceptance on March 28, 2019, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor Beyoncé and JAY-Z together with the Vanguard Award for their LGBTQ allyship at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, March 28, 2019. […read more]

Pilot Malorie Ligons (Photo by: theoklahomaeagle.net)
Community

Native Tulsan Malorie Ligons Truly Flying The Friendly Skies

OKLAHOMA EAGLE — Native Tulsan Malorie Ligons is soaring above the earth, literally. As a pilot for United Airlines, she has gone were only a few African American women have gone before. Ligons a graduate from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa is one of Tulsa North’s greatest alumnus. Ligons story is one of courage and valor. We asked Malorie Ligons to share a brief biography of her journey to become a female pilot in a male dominated industry. […read more]

Black History

NAACP Celebrates 110th Anniversary

OKLAHOMA EAGLE — The National Association of Colored People (NAACP), Tulsa chapter will recognize its 110th Anniversary with three days of programs. All events will be held at Varick AME Zion Church, 2716 N. Yorktown Ave., with Rev. Kenneth Evans serving as host pastor. The national organization of the NAACP was founded in 1909. […read more]

Childhood Friends and Historic Noir Coffee Group owners Christopher Brown (l), Deron Moreman (c) and Ricardo Richardson (r) are interviewed by CBS 46's Trayce Hutchinson. (Photo Credit: Christopher Brown)
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Historic Noir Coffee Group: Three Men and a Dream

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Sixty-four percent of Americans have at least one cup of coffee a day. Of those surveyed (3000 people), 79 percent said they made coffee at home and 36 percent said they drink coffee at retail locations. According to Food & Wine, Americans spend more money on coffee each year than any other country. The average American spends $1,110 on coffee each year contributing to a $20 billion-dollar industry here in the states. […read more]

The 2019 Edge could park itself – perpendicular or horizontally. It rode on a slick set of 20-inch alloy wheels. And it had evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control, voice controls and a premium audio system.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Ford Edge

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The 2019 Edge had a suite of safety equipment that has been branded Ford Co-Pilot360™. It included pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a lane-keeping system, and a rearview camera with cross-traffic alert and automatic LED high-beams. The Edge is Ford’s first utility vehicle with post-impact braking; rain-sensing windshield wipers were also standard. […read more]

Jay-Z (Photo by: defendernetwork.com)
2018 NNPA DTU Journalism Fellowship

Jay-Z’s Album Inducted Into Library Of Congress

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — It’s undeniable that rap legend Jay-Z has left an indelible mark on the music industry and he recently received a huge honor for his contributions to hip-hop and beyond. According to Billboard, his album The Blueprint has been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry; making it the 10th hip-hop recording to join the collection. […read more]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
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OPINION: Democrats Are Anti-American

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When Raheem and Pookie get caught up in our criminal justice system, they get the book thrown at them, even for civil offenses like a parking ticket. But when it happens to someone in the country illegally, they get rewarded with a social security number, a job, free housing, free healthcare and free transportation to the American city of their choosing. And the possibility of American citizenship. All for committing a series of illegal acts. […read more]

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org Emails: halford@nationalbcc.org kdebow@nationalbcc.org
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The Biggest Afro Business Association in the World Visits Cali, Colombia

NNPA NEWSWIRE — NBCC is the biggest Afro business association in the world, established in 1993. It has more than 120 local headquarters in 40 states in 50 nations. The Chamber is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining Afro American communities, through the business spirit and capitalist activity within the United States and through the interaction with the Afro-Diaspora. Cali has the greatest concentration of Afro Colombian population in Colombia, with 1.1 million people; and it is the second in Latin America. […read more]

Kwame Kilpatrick (Photo by: Dave Hogg | Wiki Commons)
Crime

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Once Again Denied Motion to Vacate 28-Year Sentence

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds rejected the appeal from the former mayor of Detroit, who is in his eighth year in prison. Kilpatrick’s motion argued the court made errors during his trial. Among the issues he alleged were incorrect jury instructions, impermissible hearsay and his defense lawyer having a conflict of interest. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee
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Additional White Supremacists Convicted for Threatening to Kill Rep. Maxine Waters

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am pleased by the identification, arrest, and conviction of the men who threatened me, my family, and my staff in support of their racist, white supremacist, and hate-filled agenda. Let these convictions be a lesson to all those who would threaten to kill or cause bodily harm to us: you will be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law….” […read more]

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After Incarceration, Former Prisoners Face a Tough Journey Home to Find Work, Reunite with Family and Begin Again

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With tens of thousands of prisoners being released each year from jails and prisons across the country, experts agree that a major test on the journey home for these individuals is navigating rocky shoals of the transition between prison and society. Will they be productive citizens, or will they engage in a repeat offense and return to prison? Or will they end up homeless in the streets – or worse? […read more]

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.
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Wilson to Chair HELP Hearing on Protecting Workers’ Right to Organize

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We will explore the strengths and weaknesses in the current state of labor law and identify proposals that hold employers that violate the law accountable, protect collective action, and modernize labor laws for a changing economy,” Congresswoman Wilson will say in her opening remarks. “If Congress is truly on the side of American workers, we must protect their right to bargain for better wages and better working conditions.” […read more]

“Senior Political Correspondent” Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah of The Daily show
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COMMENTARY: White ISIS?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Senior Political Correspondent” Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah of The Daily Show are co-creators. After another man-made catastrophe, Minhaj, an American Muslim and Noah unveiled a name for White terrorists: “White ISIS” or “WISIS.” They pointed to the ugliness of terrorism, which somehow becomes more tolerable when a White male suspect is the perpetrator. […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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Chairwoman Waters Introduces Bill to End Homelessness in America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In the richest country in the world, it is simply unacceptable that we have people living in the streets,” said Chairwoman Waters. “Today, there are over a half million people experiencing homelessness nationwide. Nearly 160,000 of them are children and nearly 38,000 are veterans who we have failed to support after their service to our nation.” […read more]

Florida is a red state. The Republicans control the Governorship, Cabinet, Senate and House of Representatives. Most of the appointees are conservatives and Republicans. Decisions are made with one thought in mind, and that is to remain in power. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Are the Republicans Playing Games with Amendment 4 in Florida?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In order to remain in power, our leaders have no problem erecting barriers that make it difficult to make changes. However, nearly 65% of Floridians in 2018’s midterm elections voted to implement Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to approximately 1.5 million convicted felons who have completed their sentencing, parole and/or probation. […read more]

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Dallas Post Tribune

DEAR DIETITAN: Cancer and Nutrition

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Conversely, there is a lot of misinformation on nutrition, especially when it comes to cancer.  Cancer patients are sometimes afraid and vulnerable, which may make them susceptible to quack nutrition.  Remember we live in a “let the buyer beware” society, and there is nothing in the First Amendment that requires free speech to include the truth. […read more]

Photo by Tanaka Pendeke
Charleston Chronicle

PRESS ROOM: New Study Identifies Potential Treatment For Higher Rate Of Preterm Birth Among African American Women

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — It may be possible to lower the high risk of preterm birth among African American women with certain immune and bacterial factors in the microbiome of the cervix and vagina that appear to modulate this risk, according to new research published in Nature Communications. March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit for the health of moms and babies, sponsored research at their Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine that helped lay the foundation for these recently reported findings.  […read more]

Lori Luck, the global medical director for Pfizer Rare Disease, joined Beverley Frances-Gibson, the president and CEO of the SCD Association of America; and Angie Snyder, a professor at Georgia State University, to discuss the latest in Sickle Cell Disease advocacy during Black Press Week in Washington, D.C.
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Pfizer, Sickle Cell Advocates Address Disease During Black Press Week

NNPA NEWSWIRE — People with rare diseases, like sickle cell disease, have unique and complex challenges and the Pfizer partnership provides an opportunity for NNPA to inform and educate readers of Black-owned newspapers in more than 70 markets across the country on sickle cell disease, which NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., said is an often misunderstood disease that has a profound impact on the health and well-being of those affected. […read more]

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]

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]