National

Proposed Tobacco Settlement Excludes Black Media

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies that requires them to spend more than $30 million advertising with the three major television networks and Read More

Politics

Preserving Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

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

Politics

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

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

Politics

Website Contractors Point Fingers at Obama Admin.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration’s health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site’s crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going Read More

Politics

Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

Employees Began Returning Thursday By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats Read More

Politics

Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Because government Read More

National

SCLC Veteran Evelyn Lowery Dies by David Stokes

By David Stokes Special to the NNPA from The Atlanta Inquirer ATLANTA – Evelyn Gibson Lowery, a civil rights activist and wife of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) co-founder Joseph E. Lowery, died in her southwest Atlanta home Thursday morning from complications from a stroke. Read More

Op-Ed

Obama’s War Stance Exposes Liberal Hypocrisy

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Last week, Americans commemorated the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on 9/11/2001. During this crisis, Americans become one and put aside their differences for a season. As I reflected on that occasion, I also thought about Read More

National

Trayvon’s Mother: ‘Use My Broken Heart’ to Prevent Future Tragedies

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – With her voice laced with emotion, Sybrina Fulton, the soft-spoken mother of Trayvon Martin, urged delegates to the National Urban League’s annual convention here to use her personal tragedy to prevent the recurrence of unjustified youth Read More

Politics

Morial Calls for New Civil Rights Movement

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – National Urban League President Marc H. Morial has called for “a new civil rights movement,” one that will focus on economic empowerment and justice. Morial, now in his 10th year as president and CEO of the Read More

Business

Uphill battle begins for Mel Watt’s nomination to head mortgage regulator

By Kevin G. Hall © McClatchy Washington Bureau June 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the federal agency that oversees mortgage finance faces an uphill battle Thursday at a Senate confirmation hearing. Many Republicans are happy with the current caretaker and Read More

National

First lady Michelle Obama serves as fashion icon

By Robin Givhan Washington Post Published: January 21 First lady Michelle Obama stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during President Obama’s second-term swearing-in, holding the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s black leather Bible in her magenta-gloved hands. The smaller Lincoln Bible rested atop Read More

Op-Ed

New Gun Legislation is Not the Answer

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist I really had not planned on writing anything about the shooting in Newtown, Conn. because I didn’t have anything fresh or thought provoking to write. As I have indicated before, I can’t muster any extra sympathy for the tragic events Read More

National

Blacks Key to Obama’s Victory

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINTON (NNPA) – Despite efforts in some states to suppress the Black vote and predictions that African-Americans would not turn out at the rate they did in 2008, Blacks overcame all obstacles and were key to Obama’s re-election to Read More

Politics

Waters Cleared of House Ethics Charges

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After three years of steadfastly declaring her innocence, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been finally exonerated of allegations that she violated ethics codes in connection with her role in advocating for the inclusion of minority-owned banks Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Now, the Real Work Begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Read More

National

New Miss Black USA ‘Ready’ for the Future

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Thirty young, Black women shimmering platinum and white evening gowns, silver, sapphires and dandelion yellows, rubies lit the Theater of Performing Arts at the University of the District of Columbia. They prayed through perfect pageant smiles thinking: Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Sick of Healthcare Lies

Sick of Healthcare Lies By Bill Fletcher NNPA Columnist The on-going debate about healthcare reform hit me this week when I became quite ill. I am one of the lucky ones. I have an employer-provided healthcare plan so I was ultimately able to go to Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Making Results Match Rhetoric

Blackonomics Making Results Match Rhetoric By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Talk is cheap!” “Talkin’ loud and sayin’ nothin’!” Black folks do a lot of talking, rappin,’ espousing, pontificating, and philosophizin’. No matter the subject, we seem to know all about it and are more than Read More

Op-Ed

Where’s the Black Agenda?

BUSINESS EXCHANGE Where’s the Black Agenda? By William Reed NNPA Columnist We declare our right to be respected as human beings and we intend to bring these rights into existence by any means necessary. – Malcolm X Is there a Black agenda in America? Will Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Blame Republicans for High Unemployment

Blame Republicans for High Unemployment By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The unemployment rate has hovered above 8 percent for several months, most recently holding ground at 8.2 percent, the same as last month. Meanwhile, the African American unemployment rate went up, officially to 14.4 percent, Read More

Op-Ed

So Many Choices, So Many Screens

So Many Choices, So Many Screens By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I’ve said it before: we are spoiled rotten. Reviewing Nielsen’s latest Cross-Platform Report, How We Watch from Screen to Screen, I can’t help but smile and remember the earlier days of “watching television.” (You, Read More

Op-Ed

America’s Broke Priorities

America’s Broke Priorities By Wilmer J. Leon III NNPA Columnist On July 5, 1852 Frederick Douglass gave his famous speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Douglass asked, “Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Read More