NNPA President and CEO, Dr Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., (far right) invited Kettie Kamwangala (far left) and other Malawian women leaders for an open discussion while the ballots were being counted after a historic voter turnout across Malawi.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Women Play Key Role in Ensuring African Democracy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — While the top three candidates this year are all men, women have again taken a leadership role in ensuring free and fair elections and they’ve been largely responsible for what’s believed to have been an electoral race free of determinative manipulation. […read more]

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A sea of red t-shirts descends upon the Metro Courthouse in support of a 10% raise for MNPS employees. (photo courtesy of Twitter)
Economy

MNPS teachers hold rally demanding higher pay

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Last Thursday, over 1,000 Metro Nashville Public School teachers called in sick and descended on the courthouse in a march to protest of the current school funding proposal. Wearing red t-shirts in support for education funding, many held signs protesting the proposed three percent raise—saying that it is not enough to meet the cost of living in Nashville. […read more]

Maryland Rep. Anthony Brown (at podium) speaks during a May 23 town hall event at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Landover to discuss the state's proposal to expand Interstates 495 and 270 in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Government

Residents Recoil at Plan to Expand Beltway with Toll Lanes

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Dozens of area residents railed Thursday against a proposal to expand the Capital Beltway in Maryland, as the state mulls seeking out a private firm to add toll lanes to the roadway. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Maryland) led the charge during a town hall session at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, urging Gov. Larry Hogan and the state Department of Transportation to support more transit options in lieu of the proposal. […read more]

Walk Bike Nashville hosted mayoral candidates (l to r) Mayor David Briley, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and Dr. Carol Swain at Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Nashville Pride

Walk Bike Nashville hosts first 2019 Mayoral forum

NASHVILLE PRIDE — In preparation for the 2019 Mayoral Elections, Walk Bike Nashville held a forum featuring the top four candidates. On Wednesday morning, Mayor David Briley, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and Dr. Carol Swain were on the same stage for the first time. The focus of the forum was to find out the candidates vision for walking, bicycling, reducing traffic fatalities and ensuring our streets serve all Nashvillians. […read more]

Dante Brown (Photo by Elton Anderson)
Chicago Crusader

Native Chatham resident’s work spans Davis, Wayans and now Spencer

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Dante Brown, 19, was born and raised in Chicago, and his most recent past television credit includes playing the son of Damon Wayans’ character Roger Murtaugh on the hit Fox series “Lethal Weapon.” Brown, who is also a rapper and a dancer, is now embarking on another big screen acting gig, playing alongside Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the upcoming feature film “MA,” which starts in theaters everywhere on Friday, May 31. […read more]

April Reign (Photo by: http://wavenewspapers.com)
Film

With a simple tweet, April Reign launched a diversity movement

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Reign, a writer, editor and a former attorney who frequently tweets about race, politics and pop culture, said she was compelled to tweet in 2015 watching the Academy Awards nominations being announced on national television and being disappointed about the lack of diversity in the nominations. Her tweet #OscarsSoWhite went viral and a movement was underway. […read more]

Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) and Seeds of Change have partnered to offer a “food-focused” accelerator program to narrow the food gap in D.C. (Courtesy of Lawrence Green, Time Travel Media)
Afro

Food Focused Program Narrows Gap

THE AFRO — Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) and Seeds of Change are partnering up to create a “food-focused” accelerator program to narrow the food gap in the District, especially in Wards 7 and 8. The collaboration, strengthened by a $115,000 grant from Mars, Inc., the organization behind the Seeds of Change Project, will provide food literacy programs, nutrition and farming workshops through the upcoming months at THEARC and several other locations. […read more]

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Houston Forward Times

OP-ED: An important First Amendment legal battle here in Texas is continuing to weave its way up through the courts

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — An important legal battle here in Texas is continuing to weave its way up through the courts and could eventually land a significant national blow to public access that has been historically secured by the First Amendment. The case, which also has major implications for American intellectual property law, was heard April 29 by a panel of three judges from the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and www.billfletcherjr.com. He is the author of the new mystery The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
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COMMENTARY: Trump seems to be intent on an Israeli/Palestinian peace plan…without the Palestinians!

NNPA NEWSWIRE— “The most recent component of this story has been the leak that a special conference is to be hosted in Bahrain to unveil the bribe…excuse me…the economic package. The Palestinian National Authority, the political state structure in the occupied territories, was not invited to participate. Some Palestinian businesspeople have been invited, however. Reportedly they are choosing not to attend.” […read more]

Many scholars have since tried to explain the dichotomy between the brutality of slavery and the benevolence of the Gospels. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Biblical silence about slavery leaves lasting questions today

NNPA NEWSWIRE — ‘By the mid 19th Century, the majority of slaves had been introduced to Christianity, although most still could not read the Bible based on illiteracy and the fact that in several states in the Deep South, the White aristocracy discouraged Black persons from meeting in prayer. In 1832, the Rev. Charles Colcock Jones published the book “How To Make A Negro Christian,” a sort of guide to slave owners on how to introduce the precepts of Jesus while instilling abject servitude upon their property. […read more]

Black people make up to nine percent of the population of L.A., but more than one-third of its population is homeless. To end homelessness, it will require a collective commitment to address racial disparities. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Homelessness in Los Angeles: A racial issue

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “A lot of people come here from other states, and they’re sleeping in their car, and they have to figure out how to make ends meet to survive,” said “E-3,” a veteran and former homeless individual. “Rents are just too high. Unless you’re getting some type of government assistance, you are basically left to struggle, you are basically on your own.” […read more]

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the Chamber. Website: www.nationalbcc.org Emails: halford@nationalbcc.org kdebow@nationalbcc.org
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COMMENTARY: The DNC is a Ball of Confusion

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Hillary appears to be out of the picture – at last! With that being the case, then who is in contention for the presidential nomination in 2020? Who is going to stand up face to face with President Donald Trump? Right now, we have over two dozen contestants to consider. Some are vague and not well known and others are hangers-on that are approaching 80 years in age.” […read more]

Rep. Wilson is the founder of the 50 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project of Miami and Jacksonville, Fla. The Role Models Excellence Project coordinator Marcus Bright and a student are scheduled to participate in the announcement of H.R. 1636 with Rep. Wilson.
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Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson Puts Focus on Social Status of Black Men and Boys

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s not easy being black and male in America. Despite historic gains made in the last 50 years, black males from all walks of life continue to face challenges and hardships that have created significant disparities in the areas that are most critical to ensuring that our boys have equal opportunities to develop the skills required to become successful men,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson in a statement on May 13. […read more]

Chairwoman Waters has consistently worked to defend the Consumer Bureau and ensure the agency is upholding its mission.
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House Passes Consumers First Act

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In February, Chairwoman Waters and Congressman Al Green, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger to request documents relating to recent settlements that do not require companies that have violated the law to provide redress to consumers who have been harmed. […read more]

Bill Duke and William Michael Barbee (Courtesy photo)
Film

Actor Bill Duke and Filmmaker William Michael Barbee Attend Didi Hirsch’s 23rd Annual Erasing the Stigma Awards

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — On Thursday, April 25th, Actor Bill Duke and Filmmaker William “Michael” Barbee attended the 23rd Annual Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actor Bill Duke, who starred in Barbee’s film “Beyond the Silence,” presented William “Michael” Barbee with the Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award for all he has done to erase the stigma of mental illness. […read more]

More than 4,800 people took the Parks’ resident survey, and more than 75 percent said Marin County Parks is doing a great or good job.
Oakland Post

Resident Survey Shows Strong Support for Parks

OAKLAND POST — Marin County residents have noticed recent improvements in Marin County Parks properties and facilities and want to see the work continue, according to results from an online survey. More than 4,800 people took Marin County Parks’ five-minute survey between February 11 and March 25, answering questions about the programs and facilities they enjoy, priorities for where the department is spending its resources, and barriers to enjoying parks. […read more]

“Mighty Mighty” art installation by Devan Shimoyama is the centerpiece of “The Barbershop Project,” at the THEARC. This piece is called “Bobby.” (Courtesy Photo)
Afro

Mighty Mighty Art Installation is Centerpiece of Barbershop Project at THEARC

THE AFRO — The barbershop has long been a safe space for certain parts of the Black community – particularly Black men. Artist Devan Shimoyama wanted to take an in-depth look at that relationship in his art installation “Mighty Mighty,” which is the centerpiece of “The Barbershop Project,” a decked out fantastical barber shop offering free haircuts to the community. […read more]

Among these Stinson Beach homes are short-term rentals that are subject to transient occupancy taxes paid to the County of Marin. Photo by Lauren Armstrong, CDA.
Government

West Marin Group to Advise on Tax Revenue Uses

OAKLAND POST — With a new transient occupancy tax (TOT) for West Marin in place since the start of this year, a public working group is being formed to help recommend uses for the tax revenues to support community housing needs. Applications are being accepted until May 28 for the Measure W Working Group, convened and overseen by the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA). […read more]

Commentary

COMMENTARY: Wisconsin Must Shift Youth Justice Policy to Promote Transformative Change

MILWAUKEE COURIER — As Wisconsin looks to establish a new correctional system for youth, it is incumbent upon us to act with great urgency to respond to the immediate crisis at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools. We must take deliberate action to promote youth justice system reforms that are most effective, safe, sustainable and support proper care and treatment of our youth. […read more]

Courtesy of the Frank Art Gallery
Art

New Art Exhibition: “Into Africa”

SOUTH FLORIDA TIMES — Developed in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund and the Smithsonian Institution, and organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society, “Into Africa” is an exhibition that features the work of one of National Geographic’s most prolific and visionary nature photographers, Frans Lanting. […read more]

The Port of Seattle (Photo by: portseattle.org)
Business

Port Hires First Senior Director For Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion

THE SEATTLE MEDIUM — The Port of Seattle announced that Bookda Gheisar will serve as the Port’s first Senior Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and lead the Port’s first ever Equity Department, beginning June 12.  Prior to joining the Port, Gheisar served as Policy Advisor for King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice, in the office of King County Executive, Dow Constantine. […read more]

“We are impressed that multi-party dispensation has been enhanced in Africa and people have been accorded a chance to express their democratic rights to vote,” said National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Millions of Malawians Vote in 2019 Presidential Elections

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With lines stretching as far as the eye can see, the overwhelmingly peaceful voting process in several parts of the country was witnessed by the European Union Elections Observer Mission, The National Initiative for Civic Education Public Trust and several other observers, including an independent African American delegation led by National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. […read more]

Karen Carter Richards
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Karen Carter Richards, CEO/Publisher Houston Forward Times, Seeks NNPA Chair

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Karen Carter Richards, CEO and Publisher of the Houston Forward Times, is running for the chairmanship of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the country’s largest Black Press advocacy group with more than 200 newspapers. Richards has a long and distinguished journalistic career, and is last year’s winner of the NNPA Publisher of the Year award. […read more]

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest project MALVEAUX! On UDCTV is available on youtube.com. For booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com.
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COMMENTARY: Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Robert Schaffer, Public Education Director of Fair Test says, “Schools do not need the SAT or ACT – with or without ‘adversity scores’ – to make high-quality, admissions decisions that promote equity and excellence.” In fact, more than 1000 colleges and universities, including half for the top 100 liberal arts colleges, do not use the SAT to evaluate applicants. […read more]

In addition to music and spirited events, the Culturefest arena also plans to lend its stage to highlight and support many important causes including the New Hope Horizon Foundation and the Lupus Foundation/Color Me Happy Fund.
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Culturefest Connects the Black Diaspora with an International Music Fest

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Scheduled to launch June 8 at the National Harbor, from 1–9 p.m., Culturefest features international artists, including Reggae icons Aidonia; Romain Virgo & The Unit Band; Tanto Metro and Devonte; and SOCA superstars Patrice Roberts; Skinny Fabulous; and Afrobeat legend Timaya and the image band. Culturefest’s Co-founder Freka Scott says, “This one, will be one for the books.” […read more]

Blood found in home of mother’s fiancé.
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Justice for Maleah! 4-Year-Old Still Missing

NNPA NEWSWIRE — There have been prayer vigils, balloon releases, news conferences, community-wide searches in the area where she was staying, but there has still been no sign of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis. The disappearance of little Maleah has members of the Greater Houston community outraged, as well as fervently searching for answers as to what actually happened to her. […read more]

This Year Real Men Cook will celebrate 30 years of celebrating men on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, 2019, with cookouts in three major cities. It has become one of the premiere events for African American men and their families to participate in or attend in Chicago.
Chicago Crusader

Real Men Cook to celebrate generosity at 30-year Father’s Day milestone

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Real Men Cook–Chicago’s premiere urban Father’s Day charity event — marks its 30-year  milestone this year. The food-tasting event’s purpose is to uplift families, promote wellness and highlight positive Black male engagement. This year’s celebration is being held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Hales Franciscan, an all-male high school located at 4930 S. Cottage Grove, in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. […read more]

Artist Arthur Monroe sits below his son and exhibit organizer Alistair Monroe with Winona Lewis, left, and Alpha Lewis. Photo by Sara Herrera.
Art

The Beat Generation Exhibition Gallery Hosts Retrospective of Oakland Artist Arthur Monroe

OAKLAND POST — A special celebration of Oakland’s African-American abstract expressionist artist Arthur Monroe runs through May 26th with a series of events at 54 Washington Street in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Begun in February, this three-month celebration of Arthur Monroe’s lifetime achievements is in preparation for inclusion in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. It is sponsored in partnership with Visit Oakland. […read more]

The congregation at The Philadelphia Masjid, Inc. (Photo by: Abdul R. Sulayman | Tribune Chief Photographer)
Community

The Philadelphia Masjid, Inc.: Reclaiming a bastion for Black Muslims

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — As one of the nation’s most historic Islamic sites, The Philadelphia Masjid, Inc. has a deep and textured history that’s seen highs and lows — from the building of a thriving religious community to having its very existence threatened. The Masjid was established in 1976 as a congregation of eight temples that were formerly apart of the Nation of Islam, and is known for fostering a robust Black Muslim community that produced devout followers, operated businesses and maintained an independent school. […read more]

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Advice

Home Decor 101

FLORIDA COURIER — From dark and moody to vibrant and bold, colorful design is gaining favor among homeowners ditching safe, neutral palettes to create more daring, dramatic spaces. Decorating with deeply saturated colors can be intimidating. Explore these ideas to welcome more bold colors into your home and create inviting spaces for living and entertaining. […read more]

Anissa Keyes (Submitted Photo)
Business

SBA honors Arubah Emotional Health Services

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Arubah Emotional Health Services, P.A. the 2019 Minnesota Minority Owned Small Business of the Year. Anissa Keyes founded Arubah (which means “restoration to sound health” in Hebrew) in 2012 to help make mental health services accessible — especially for the African American and low-income communities in and around North Minneapolis. […read more]

Graduates of the Spelman College Class of 2017 (Photo Credit: Spelman College)
HBCU

Atlanta HBCU commencements targeted by racist Westboro Baptist Church

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Over the past four years students of Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark-Atlanta University have labored for educational and personal development in pursuit of their degrees. But this year the upcoming commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies at these Atlanta HBCUs have been targeted for a hateful protest by the religious hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church. […read more]

“People set to die in prison are now free. Our clients weren’t even on this selective list the Sentencing Commission sent out or on federal defenders’ radars. In fact, we have copies of letters federal defenders sent some of our clients telling them they weren’t even eligible for relief under the First Step Act – but we got them free. Our work in 90 days is historic. We picked some up from prison. We gave re-entry stipends. We continue to support them upon release.” Said Anne Branigin. (Photo: The Decarceration Collective)
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“Black Girl Magic”: Black Women Lawyers Freed 17 Inmates Serving Life Sentences, Receive Financing Assistance from Kim Kardashian

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Let’s pause here to give a little credit where credit is due. Freeing 17 prisoners – all of whom were serving life sentences without parole – is impressive and commendable and the result of a campaign – 90 Days of Freedom – launched by Kardashian’s attorney, Brittany K. Barnett, a black woman,” Anne Branigin wrote for The Grapevine. The Decarceration Collective’s MiAngel Cody, another black female lawyer, also collaborated on the project. “If we wanted to go back even further, it’s worth knowing the viral Mic video on Alice Marie Johnson that moved Kardashian to act was facilitated by – you guessed it – a black woman, Topeka Sam.” […read more]

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Art

2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition Winners

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the 2019 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 1-5 as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. […read more]

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Environment

Communities of color speak out in push for Green New Deal

LOUISIANA WEEKLY — On Tuesday, May 7, hundreds gathered at Congo Square and marched to Mahalia Jackson Theater as part of the national Green New Deal tour. The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy and more than forty other local organizations sponsored the event, in conjunction with the Sunrise Movement, a group of youth advocates dedicated to advancing climate change legislation. […read more]

“Four years after the brutal arrest and death of Sandra Bland, we just now learned that she filmed her arrest,” Journalist and Activist Shaun King wrote on his blog for Black America Web.
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New Cellphone Video Deepens Concerns about Sandra Bland’s Death

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “When Sandra Bland saw that Officer Brian Encinia had crossed multiple lines, and was there to do much more than simply give her a ticket, she grabbed her phone and began filming him. The video is just 39 seconds long, but it’s literally the most important piece of evidence in the case not just against Brian Encinia, but against the Waller County jail, and the local prosecutors who concealed it.” Activist Shaun King wrote on his blog for Black America Web. […read more]

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Black Voice News

Hennessey Fellows Program Commits $10 million to HBCU’s

BLACK VOICE NEWS — Last month, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Hennessy & Co., introduced the Hennessy Fellows Program. The new initiative commits an unprecedented $10M to be awarded to high-achieving graduate students. The fellowship awards will be available to students in a variety of undergraduate majors from liberal arts to sciences and engineering. To apply students must be from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). […read more]

(l-r) Attorneys Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody (Photo by: defendernetwork.com)
Crime

Black attorney responsible for freeing 17 inmates sets the record straight over Kim Kardashian

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Kim Kardashian has been making headlines as of late after reports said she is responsible for freeing 17 inmates in 90 days. but what hasn’t been highlighted are the Black women doing the work behind the effort. That changed Tuesday when attorney Brittany K. Barnett, who along with fellow Black woman lawyer MiAngel Cody, established the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, posted a lengthy post on Facebook that set the record straight. […read more]

MC Lyte stands with scholarship recipients/ Courtesy Hip Hop Sisters Network
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MC Lyte Making Dreams a Reality for African American Scholars

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…once I received the MC Lyte #EducateOURMen Scholarship to Dillard, I knew that I was destined to have a fulfilling college experience that was beyond my wildest dreams and I cannot thank MC Lyte, Lynn Richardson and the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation enough for investing in me and being one of my strongest support systems,” said Joshua Williams, a valedictorian at historically Black Dillard University. […read more]