“If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her. U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy will head to a runoff against incumbent Republican Hyde-Smith on Nov. 27. (Photo: Official Senate Photo / Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

NAACP Calls Mississippi Candidate Hyde-Smith’s Hanging Comments “Sick”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about ‘hanging,’ in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful…” — Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO […read more]

Community

With “Add-ons,” Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

SPEAKING OUT WEEKLY NEWS — “…NCLC cites previous research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) that determined car buyers who financed vehicles at the dealership in 2009 paid $25.8 billion in interest rate mark-ups. That same study also found that more than half of Black car purchasers (54 percent) were also charged loan kickbacks, compared to only 31 percent of Whites.” […read more]

Beto Rally at the Pan American Neighborhood Park, Austin (Photo: crockodile/Wikimedia Commons)
Houston Forward Times

The BETO Effect

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Every single Democratic winner who picked up a new seat in Texas, especially one that has been under Republican-control prior to the 2018 midterm elections, should personally pick up the phone and say “Thank You” to Rep. Beto O’Rourke for creating a “blue wave” that has given them the opportunity to serve and make a difference for their respective constituents and the community at large. […read more]

Mike Espy
Community

Espy’s Path to the U.S. Senate Includes Black, White and ‘Purple People’ of Mississippi 

Mike Espy, the first African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi since Reconstruction, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and now a practicing attorney, is running for a U.S. Senate seat against two Republican candidates in a special election. To win outright, a candidate needs 51 percent of the total vote or else the top two vote-getters will compete again in a run-off. […read more]

MS Politicians at Espy's 'Meet & Greet' (l-r) Kenneth Walker, Sheila Jackson Lee, Mike Espy, Deborah Gibbs, Sollie Norwood
Mississippi Link

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee stumps in Mississippi for U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Espy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — As an African American Democrat in Mississippi, Espy needs a strong voter turnout among black people, who make up 38 percent of the state’s population. “When you go to the polls, I want you to close your eyes and pretend as if you’re voting for Barack Obama,” Espy said to a cheering crowd at a recent campaign event. “Although, I’m not as handsome and perhaps don’t speak as well as he does, we need that type of support. […read more]

Rosamund Pike in “A Private War”
Dwight Brown

FILM REVIEW: A Private War

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Rosamund Pike has the difficult task of making a stalwart tough-as-nails writer an empathetic character. She does so gracefully by displaying an underlying sense of vulnerability that hides under a callous surface that protects Colvin from an onslaught of the kind of grave danger that would scare a hardened war vet. […read more]

Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), returned to her hometown of Mims, Florida, to join NCBCP state-affiliate leader, Salandra Benton, State Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation (FCBCP)/FL BWR, and Desmond Meade, Founder of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), to encourage Black voters in Brevard County to vote “Yes” on Amendment 4
Politics

PRESS ROOM: NCBCP President/CEO Melanie Campbell Returns to Hometown to Join FRRC #LetMyPeopleVote GOTV Bus Tour in Historic Brevard County, Florida

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote for individuals with prior non-violent felony convictions in Florida, who have fully completed their entire sentences, including any probation, parole, and restitution. The Amendment specifically excludes those people who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com. And look for his new novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: The rise of anti-Semitism has nothing to do with those who are pro-Palestinian!

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When neo-fascists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and chanted “Jews will not replace us!” Trump was silent. His later comments that there were allegedly good people on “both sides” excused away the actions of these fascists. Therefore, no surprise when former President Obama and others said that Trump’s words of condolence in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh massacre rang hollow. […read more]

Black History

Georgia NAACP Files Voter Complaint Against Secretary of State Brian Kemp Over Voting Machine Irregularities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Georgia NAACP has received complaints from several voters on touch screen irregularities when attempting to select Stacey Abrams as their choice for governor – the machines instead chose Secretary of State Brian Kemp. In other instances, machines showed ballots being cast before any the person actually voted. […read more]

“The Man Who Fell From the Sky,” Hard Ball Press; 350 pages
Bill Fletcher Jr.

PRESS ROOM: Announcing a new crime novel from award-winning journalist Bill Fletcher, Jr. – ‘The Man Who Fell From the Sky’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Set within a Cape Verdean American community undergoing a transformation of its own consciousness, Fletcher’s crime novel dives deep into two timely questions: Is revenge ever a moral form of justice, and when does silence become complicity as criminal acts are committed before your own eyes? […read more]

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties.
Commentary

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on Ruling to Block Deportation of TPS Beneficiaries

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The ruling to block the Trump administration’s effort to end Temporary Protected Status for 300,000 immigrants who are living and working legally in the United States, including thousands of Haitians in my district, is good news. It is, however, only a temporary reprieve, which is why I will continue to fight to extend, not end, TPS. […read more]

Members of the Majestic Knights football team asked to take a photo with Valerie Castile, center, mother of Philando Castile, her first born son who was killed in 2016 by police during a traffic stop. She gave them advice on ways to stay safe when confronted by the police. / Photo by DR Barnes.
#NNPA BlackPress

Mother of Philando Castile brings a hopeful message to D.C. students

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Castile’s firstborn son Philando worked in the Minnesota school system as a cook until he was killed by police during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016. The incident was highly controversial as the police alternately claimed that Castile had a broken taillight and also that he “fit the description” of a robbery suspect who had a wide-set nose. […read more]

Teachers go to great lengths to identify what percentage quizzes, homework, tests, extra credit, and class participation count towards the overall grade, but the seemingly objective way educators determine grades are often inaccurate, hide student achievement, and actually perpetuate achievement gaps. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black Children

NNPA ESSA MEDIA CAMPAIGN — “Grades determine so many decisions made about our children: whether they are promoted, qualify to play on the athletic field, graduate, receive scholarships, and get accepted to college. Unfortunately, in too many schools and classrooms, teachers often unwittingly assign grades in ways that are unfair and make success more difficult for black and other underserved children.” […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services
National

PRESS ROOM: Congresswoman Waters Statement on GOP Plan to Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…It is a testament to their moral depravity and endless greed that the Republicans and Donald Trump would once again attempt to break the social safety net to pay for their GOP Tax Scam law. Through their actions and words, the Republicans and Trump have made it abundantly clear that they are willing to break the backs of working families and America’s seniors to serve and enrich powerful corporations and Wall Street banks.” […read more]

Dr. Elizabeth Primas is the program manager for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign.
Commentary

Do children all need to succeed the same way?

NNPA ESSA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN — Unlike widgets, children will never fit perfectly into standardized molds. They learn to walk at different ages. They learn to talk at different ages. And each child has a different set of interests and learning style. Students’ ability to demonstrate mastery in one area over another has a lot to do with their previous knowledge and exposure to out-of-the-classroom experiences. […read more]

Photo: Bill Cosby with publicists Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson (Photo: Ebonee Benson / Facebook)
Crime

VIDEO: Bill Cosby’s Life in Prison – Comedian Gets First Visit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Mr. Cosby said Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela helped him prepare for this chapter of his life. He said they told him that if he was going to continue to fight for civil rights, something like this was bound to happen and he’s been prepared for it and he knows he’s in prison not for rape, but for infidelity. He knows he’s innocent and he’s kept his head up.” […read more]

Willie Mack of Tuscaloosa contacted CLC's Blair Bowie two weeks ago because he had tried to register to vote and had been denied. Blair, who works with the Alabama Voting Rights Project, a joint project with CLC and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help Alabamians with past convictions restore their voting rights, checked his record and it showed that he had a trafficking conviction in 1990, which is disqualifying.
Cincinnati Herald

I have a felony conviction. Can I vote?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — While many states have some restriction on felon voting rights, most states restore the right to vote to people after they complete their sentences. In fact, up to 17 million Americans with past convictions can vote right now – they just don’t know it – because the felony disenfranchisement laws in every state can be confusing. […read more]

– The Rainbow PUSH/CEF Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, convenes for its 19th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, November 1-2, 2018 at the Motor City Casino Hotel and Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan.
National

PRESS ROOM: 19th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our presence in the automotive industry is vitally necessary for the advancement of minority suppliers, dealers and other professional vendors,” Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said, president and founder of Rainbow PUSH. “We plan to work with automakers to develop concrete goals and timetables, as we collectively define the critical path for ethnic minority growth. With the integration of technology in the automotive industry and advancement of mobility, minority suppliers and automakers must adjust their game plans accordingly.” […read more]

Dr. Kevin Williams is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Pfizer Rare Disease. In this role, he leads a Medical Affairs organization of approximately 150 medical colleagues around the globe supporting Pfizer’s efforts and portfolio in Rare Disease.
Commentary

ASK DR. KEVIN: Shedding Light on the “Invisible Symptoms” of Sickle Cell Disease

NNPA NEWSWIRE — What I’ve heard time and time again from people living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is that they often feel isolated in their journey. Kyle, a patient living with SCD, recently summed it up nicely when he said, “Sometimes it is hard to just get out of bed. What it means to live in pain is not something that many can truly understand.” […read more]

Sen. Kamala Harris questions Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh (screen capture / YouTube)
Featured

Senators Urge Trump Administration to Halt Deportation of Mauritanians

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Between 1989 and 1991, tensions between Arab-Berbers and black ethnic groups in Mauritania resulted in the government-led displacement, expulsion, and denationalization of over 70,000 black Mauritanians. According to Human Rights Watch, these injustices were also accompanied by a litany of other abuses, including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture, rape, property theft, and destruction of legal documents. […read more]

Launched in May, the “Be the Difference. Vote,” campaign relies on studies that show voters 50 and older are the most reliable. (Photo: AARP)
Featured

AARP’s ‘Be the Difference. Vote.’ stresses the importance of voting in this year’s midterms

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “‘Be the Difference. Vote.’ is a non-partisan campaign whose goal is mobilizing African Americans voters — and all voters 50 and older — to exercise your power and vote,” says Edna Kane-Williams, the senior vice president of Multicultural Leadership at AARP. “Critical issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs and family caregiving are on the line and older voters need to show up and protect what they’ve earned.” […read more]

#NNPA BlackPress

Art Films Dominate the 2018 New York Film Festival

If Beale Street Could Talk is a lushly created, gorgeously crafted work of art. At times the style outweighs the storyline, but most people looking for art films won’t care. The same can be said about a lot of the slate at the 56th annual New York Film Festival: Visually transporting but lacking in the consistently engaging storytelling that can add pep and momentum to what’s on view. […read more]

Derrick Johnson is the President and CEO of the NAACP. Follow him on Twitter at @DerrickNAACP or @NAACP. Pledge to vote by Texting NAACP to 40649.
#NNPA BlackPress

PRESSROOM: NAACP Monitoring Possible Voter Suppression Tactics in Georgia Gov. Race

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s a stain on our system of democracy when less than a month before an election which could produce the first African-American female governor in our nation’s history, we are seeing this type of voter suppression scheme attempted by a state official whose candidacy for the governorship produces an irremediable conflict of interest,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. […read more]

President Barack Obama (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
#NNPA BlackPress

Obama Issues Second Round of Midterm Endorsements

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” said President Obama. […read more]

As a vocal outspoken opponent to President Trump, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has received death threats.
Commentary

Rep. Maxine Waters Pushes Back Hard Against Unsubstantiated “News” From the Right

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Lies, lies, and more despicable lies. I am utterly disgusted by the spread of the completely false, absurd, and dangerous lies and conspiracy theories that are being peddled by ultra-right-wing pundits, outlets, and websites who are promoting a fraudulent claim that a member of my staff was responsible for the release of the personal information of Members of the United States Senate on Wikipedia…” […read more]