His Excellency The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, SLD, was installed as the seventh Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. (Courtesy Photo)
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Wilton D. Gregory Installed as Archbishop of D.C.

THE AFRO — It was a ceremony that was heavy on style, formality and tradition as The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory was installed as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. Gregory’s official title is “His Excellency The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, SLD, as Seventh Archbishop of Washington.” […read more]

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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]

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]

“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]

“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]

“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]

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]

“There are tremendous career opportunities in the energy sector for African Americans,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO of the NNPA. “The future is going to be determined by how well humanity utilizes science to solve our problems, and I encourage young people in the Black community to get involved with STEM programs at a young age. One thing I intend to do with NNPA is to raise more public awareness about the opportunities in the energy sector for Black Americans.”
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Energy, Media Professionals Offer STEM Advice to Indy Youth at National Conference

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In addition to meeting energy professionals, the students received advice on creating and maintaining a successful career in STEM. Several companies, including Southern California Edison, American Petroleum Institute (API), British Petroleum (BP), and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), entertained questions and offered advice to attendees. […read more]

Jamestown to Jamestown represents one of the most powerful moments in the history of the Black Experience. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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OP-ED: Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

NNPA NEWSWIRE — To commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in the United States, NAACP leaders, activists and entertainers will travel from Jamestown, Virginia, to Jamestown, Accra, as part of Ghana’s “Year of Return” initiative. Jamestown to Jamestown represents one of the most powerful moments in the history of the Black Experience. […read more]

Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst, (Photo: Courtesy biowikis.com)
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Black Women Dominate Miss USA Pageant

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The winner and finalists, which also included another woman of color in the top 5, was also a not-so-subtle reminder and rebuke of President Donald Trump, who once owned the pageant but sold it after he ran for office in 2015 and after he famously disparaged immigrants and individuals of color. […read more]

President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama record a message for ABC "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, in the Library of the White House., February 2013. (Photo: Pete Souza / Wikimedia Commons)
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Obamas Go Hollywood, Set to Launch Films with Netflix

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The former president and First Lady have announced seven projects that are scheduled to be developed and released in the years to come. The projects include “American Factory,” a documentary from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that examines the clash of cultures in Ohio when a Chinese billionaire sets up a new factory in the old General Motors plant and hires some 2,000 blue-collar Americans. […read more]

In addition to the cash and access to an amazing car, full-time sophomores, juniors and seniors attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are at least 18 years old, will also experience exciting challenges while discovering and documenting inspirational stories about the African American community. (Pictured from left: 2018 Chevrolet DTU Fellows: Tyvan Burns, Denver Lark, Ila Wilborn, Daja Henry, Diamond Durant, Natrawn Maxwell)
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Chevrolet and NNPA Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship Launches its Fourth Year!

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Each year since 2016, General Motors’ Chevrolet brand has partnered with the NNPA, a trade association that represents more than 200 African American-owned newspapers and media companies around the country. The Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship provides a $10,000 scholarship, $7,500 stipend and the road trip of a lifetime to between six and eight students selected for the honor. […read more]

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Chevrolet Partners with America’s Black Publishers to Help HBCU Students Discover the Unexpected

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship (DTU), now entering its fourth consecutive year, provides six HBCU students with scholarships ($10,000 each), stipends ($5,000 each), an eight-week fellowship with two of the nation’s leading Black news publications, and the “road trip of a lifetime” in the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. […read more]

Know your numbers, take your medication, educate your children, and adult family members, and talk about your health. Visit a physician on a regular basis. Take control of your health, your life depends on it. Remember at any age a person can have a stroke, but as you get older you are more susceptible to having a stroke. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Learn Your Numbers During Stroke Awareness Month

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “When I had my stroke, I was well aware that I had hypertension, but I was still not taking my prescribed medication. I was walking around with a time bomb. At any time I knew the bomb could explode but I took a chance. Eventually, it exploded, but I lived, and now part of my responsibility is to educate Americans about strokes with a primary focus on African Americans.” […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: To Commemorate Brown, Support Our Teachers

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court tackled the issue of segregation in our nation’s school systems. The Brown v. Board of education decision changed the law, but not the structure of racial gaps in education. And it did not foresee the many ways that those who deliver the educational product, our nation’s teachers, have been disrespected and disadvantaged by the structural indifference to classrooms that serve poor and Black students. […read more]

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SC Historical Society Offers Free Exhibit Celebrating 350th Anniversary of State

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — In honor of the 350th anniversary of the European settlement of South Carolina in 2020, the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is proud to announce its new traveling exhibit showcasing early life in the state. With the generous support of the City of Charleston and Sun Trust Foundation, the exhibit can be loaned to any museum, school or institution for one month free of charge. […read more]

Harriet Tubman (Public Domain | Wiki Commons)
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Elijah Cummings and John Katko Shaheen Issue Bipartisan Statement Urging Trump Administration to Move Forward with Tubman on the $20

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Representatives Cummings and Katko have introduced the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act in 2015, 2017, and most recently in February.  The bill, as currently written, directs the Secretary of the Treasury to place the likeness of Harriet Tubman on $20 Federal Reserve notes printed after December 31, 2020. […read more]

Senator Harris originally introduced the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act during the 115th Congress.
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Harris Introduces EQUAL Defense Act to Boost Pay and Resources, Limit Workload of Public Defenders

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “After spending my career around the criminal justice system, I’ve seen up close how it can fail to ensure that poor defendants receive a fair trial and due process, as guaranteed to all of us in our Constitution,” said Sen. Harris. “All too often, our public defenders are overworked and lack sufficient resources. This makes public defense unsustainable over the long haul. And the person who suffers is the defendant, whose liberty is on the line. It’s wrong, and it’s the opposite of justice.” […read more]

MLK Day Commemorative March 2016 (Photo credit: Sistarazzi for Steed Media Service)
Black History

6 must-visit Black museums in Atlanta

ROLLINGOUT.COM — There is no question that Atlanta is the best city to visit for a real Black history lesson. With Atlanta playing a major role in the history of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and of the Civil Rights Movement, it comes as no surprise that the largest museum of primary resources for both are housed in Atlanta. Five out of six of the museums are located in the epicenter of African American history on Auburn Avenue. Whether you live in Atlanta or are planning on a visit in the near future, these six landmarks should be on your list. […read more]

“The GAO’s findings make it clear that there is still much progress to be made,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
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Norton’s Congressional Bill Ensures U.S. Government Includes Black and Women-Owned Media in Advertising Contracts

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In 2017, the GAO examined spending on advertising contracts with minority-owned businesses by five agencies – the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of the Interior, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – and found that only five percent of the $4.3 billion available for advertising contracts went to minority businesses,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). […read more]

Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the Ambassador of the African Union Mission, speaks to the media about the Grand African Run/Photo by Stacy M. Brown
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Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The more I thought about this idea of the Grand African race I began to see how we can bring the African diaspora and friends of Africa together, to promote our togetherness, to promote that which binds us and to promote all the wonderful accomplishments and the amazing things that are getting ready to come to Africa,” said Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the Ambassador of the African Union Mission. […read more]

In early April, with his FOX Sports contract having expired at the conclusion of the 2018 BIG3 campaign, the league inked a new deal to have games televised on the CBS network. However, armed with a high-profile group of investors with deep pockets of their own, Ice Cube has a much bigger vision. But reaching that goal won’t come without challenges, or a fight.
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Changing the game: Ice Cube’s battle to buy regional sports networks

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …Ice Cube is looking to take the next step in not only raising the profile of his professional basketball brand, but his personal profile as a Black business mogul. In early April, with his FOX Sports contract having expired at the conclusion of the 2018 BIG3 campaign, the league inked a new deal to have games televised on the CBS network. However, armed with a high-profile group of investors with deep pockets of their own, Ice Cube has a much bigger vision. But reaching that goal won’t come without challenges, or a fight. […read more]

Actor Ted Lange praised the 40-year legacy of Blues City Cultural Center (BCCC) and reminded the crowd of just how many other such entities were no longer in existence.
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‘Love Boat’ link helps Blues City Cultural Center turn 40

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our true mission is art for a better way of life,” said Joyce Cox, Blues City Cultural Center (BCCC) board chair. “When we see the character of women come alive as they are creating the dolls, and we see the effect our work has on the lives of homeless people and women, we know that they are given a little ray of hope. We need some help. Catch the vision. Believe in what we see and what we do.” […read more]

Terri Carmichael Jackson, the executive director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association.
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Terri Carmichael Jackson: Mom of NBA star is a sports powerhouse in her own right

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I always say that if you’re in a boardroom or a meeting and you’re the only girl at the table, celebrate that moment; but then realize that you have a responsibility to make sure that never happens again,” Terri Carmichael Jackson, the executive director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association, told The New Tri-State Defender during an interview before the annual Tribute Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. […read more]

FedEx, which spent $9.5 billion with minority suppliers across the U.S. in 2018, is seeking to expand local minority supplier contracts since Memphis is home to FedEx headquarters and the expanding FedEx Logistics operation.
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FedEx partnership aims to grow 75 black businesses

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The capacity-building plan is the result of an alliance between FedEx, Regions Bank, City of Memphis and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national driver of urban economic prosperity. ICIC began its Memphis work in 2014 with Regions Bank providing capital coaching. In 2015, the partnership expanded to include FedEx. […read more]

Photo: Rodney Robinson/Courtesy NEA
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Virginia Educator Wins 2019 National Teacher of the Year

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Rodney Robinson, who teaches at Virgie Binford Education Center which is a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Justice Center, was commended by CCSSO for creating “a positive school culture by empowering his students – many of whom have experienced trauma – to become civically-minded social advocates who use their skills and voices to affect physical and policy changes at their school and in their communities.” […read more]

The St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond was one of the first Black-owned banks in the United States. (National Park Service; Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site)
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The Untold Stories of Blacks in Business

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — While most Black businesses showed surprising growth and diversity leading up to the Civil War, what enabled their success was the Black participation in the banking system. Leading into the early twentieth century, Black-owned insurance companies, caterers, funeral homes and burial services were among the emerging industries for Black entrepreneurs. […read more]

When the trailer for ‘Homecoming,’ her Netflix documentary dropped, the first thing I heard was Dr. Maya Angelou saying: “What I really want to do is be a representative of my race.” As if Queen Bey didn’t already have my heart. (Screen Capture from ‘Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé,’ Netflix/YouTube)
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COMMENTARY: What a Time to Bey

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It is a magnificent time to be alive in this, the Beyoncé Era. Yes, she breaks records…all the records. Yes, she took command of Vogue hiring the first Black photographer to shoot a cover—ever. Yes, the first Black woman to headline Coachella dedicated her performance to us through an epic celebration of our culture and beloved HBCUs. Yes, when choosing a partner to relaunch Ivy Park her decision is said to have been made based on corporate diversity, representation, and seats at the decision-making table. Yes, she is all of that and a bag of spicy chips, but when I look at Beyoncé, I see so much more.” […read more]

Photo Credit: NCNW
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NCNW Hosts National GirlTech Town Hall and Forum

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With a vision to drive more Black females into the fields of STEM, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, the newly elected president and CEO of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), recently lead a major National Town Hall with a special focus on Black millennial women and career development at the NCNW headquarters, located in Washington D.C. […read more]

Wilhelmina Thomas (left) and Edwina Taylor, members of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, during a sewing session at the Birmingham Museum of Art. (Photo by: Erica Wright | The Birmingham Times)
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Bib & Tucker Sew-op to recognize Alabama’s unsung heroines

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Every year since the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches in 2015, members of the Bib and Tucker Sew-Op have selected a human-or civil-rights theme around which they design quilts and foster open discussion. This year commemorates Alabama’s bicentennial, and the group will spend the year recognizing the state’s unsung heroines through its March Quilts project. […read more]

Photo: Courtesy of Kentucky Athletics (@KentuckyMBB/Twitter)
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Parrish McDonald’s Student-Athlete of the Week

NNPA NEWSWIRE — PJ Washington jumped onto the national basketball scene when he transferred from Frisco High School to the renowned basketball powerhouse, Findlay Prep in 2014. The son of two former college basketball players, Washington appeared a boy amongst men at 6-foot 8-inches. A perineal AAU star, Washington rose to a number 12 national ranking and being named to the McDonald’s All-American Team. […read more]

With the average borrower earning $25,000 to $30,000 a year, whatever difficulty led them to a payday loan store or web site, made their lives even worse. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Capitol Hill hearing takes up the war between the needy and the greedy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Any universe with payday lending is answering the question of how to make poverty a sustainable profitable enterprise,” noted Boston’s Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). “Well a lot of people are getting rich off of keeping people poor. And so how do we reform anything that’s based on that premise? The short answer is, we don’t.” […read more]

Singleton launched the acting careers of several young African Americans on his way to notoriety. They included Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Cuba Gooding, Regina King, Janet Jackson, Taraji P. Henson, and Tyrese Gibson. (Photo: John Singleton / George Pimentel Wikicommons)
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IN MEMORIAM: Remembering the Legacy of Director John Singleton

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Time and time again, John drew upon his unique life experiences as a South Los Angeles native to skillfully showcase the African American experience in his highly acclaimed roster of films, which include ‘Higher Learning,’ ‘Poetic Justice,’ and ‘Baby Boy.’ John forced our country to reckon with the ills of our troubled history with the issue of race in ‘Rosewood,’” wrote Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) who was also a personal friend of Singleton. […read more]

The Omaha Star is the oldest black female founded and owned newspaper still publishing in the U.S.
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MDBMSC has Acquired the Omaha Star

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center (MDBMSC) intends to build on the legacy of the Omaha Star’s past publishers, starting with founder Mildred D. Brown, her niece Marguerita Washington and most recently Phyllis Hicks, to help the oldest black female founded and owned newspaper still publishing in the U.S. meet the challenges of a digital age while maintaining and growing its print publication base. […read more]

Singleton launched the acting careers of several young African Americans on his way to notoriety. They included Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Cuba Gooding, Regina King, Janet Jackson, Taraji P. Henson, and Tyrese Gibson. (Photo: John Singleton / George Pimentel Wikicommons)
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IN MEMORIAM: John Singleton Dead at 51

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Singleton was a father to seven children including Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis and Seven Singleton. In addition to Boyz N the Hood, which received two Oscar nominations, Singleton also directed classic films and shows like Poetic Justice, Baby Boy, Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Billions and many others. […read more]

Urban Radio Network White House Correspondent April Ryan (right) and AARP’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership Edna Kane Williams.
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NNPA President Represents Black Press at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We are assembled together from across the nation as the media of America at a time when the Trump administration continues to have a frontal assault on the freedom of the press,” said Chavis, who received an invitation from Urban Radio Network White House Correspondent April Ryan and AARP’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership Edna Kane Williams. […read more]

Heeding a call to feed “the last, the least and the lost,” Gray (third from right) delivered dozens of meals to people with no place to call home. (Courtesy photos)
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Homeiletics in Service: Retired pastor serves a different ‘congregation’ on Easter – Memphis’ homeless

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During Holy Week, I was excited about the choices I had to worship in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus the Christ. For the first time in my ministry, I did not have a waiting congregation to hear of the victory of Resurrection Morning. I retired from pastoring in 2018 and now I am free to worship wherever the Holy Spirit leads me. […read more]

The right to a jury trial is a hallmark of the American criminal justice system and defendants generally have the right to be tried by a jury of their peers. (Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Experts: ‘Jury of your Peers’ Rarely Applies to African Americans

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Race has a tremendous impact in criminal trials, at least one African American juror can help even the playing field when it comes to verdicts. Race matters in the courtroom and race relates to perception and judgment – especially when a case is about race,” said Waukeshia Jackson, founder of the Atlanta-based Jackson & Lowe Law Group. […read more]

The result is a continuing cycle of poverty and incarceration that has a devastating impact on families for generations. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Black Men Still Incarcerated at Disproportionate Levels

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Systemic racism drives both poverty and the mass incarceration of low-income people, especially people of color. This cycle of poverty and criminal justice involvement feeds on itself and creates herculean barriers to achieving economic and social advancement, for those who have been justice involved and for their loved ones,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, FPWA CEO and Executive Director. […read more]

Black Americans have been the most frequent victims of hate crime in every tally of bias incidents generated since the FBI began collecting such data in the early 1990s… (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Hate Crimes and Solutions offered by Activists

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Phyllis G. Williams, the co-host of the podcast “Living the Principles,” said one reason hate crimes are increasing is that criminals of those actions typically gain notoriety. “Hate crimes with mass media exposure are nothing shy of a recruiting tool. This is why we have seen an increase over the last few years,” Williams said. […read more]

Brian Diggs (center) is pictured with Milwaukee Brewers Community Relations Vice President Katina Shaw (left) and Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore(right). (Photo by: Yvonne Kemp)
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Milwaukee Brewers celebrate 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier

MILWAUKEE TIMES WEEKLY — On Monday, April 15, 2019, The Milwaukee Brewers celebrated the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier during their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. As part of the celebration, players donned jerseys sporting the number 42. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Brian Diggs(center), Milwaukee’s Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship winner. […read more]

Photo: Ida B. Wells Society
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Underrepresented: The Ida B. Wells Society Provides Investigative Reporter Training to Black Journalists

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Challenging these disparities and presenting new opportunities for journalists of color, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, is embarking on a nationwide training program. The program’s primary goal is the development of Black investigative journalists, the specialty where Blacks are most underrepresented within newsrooms throughout the United States. […read more]

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Overlooked History Made at NCAA Final Four

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — There was some overlooked history made at this year’s NCAA Final Four. It wasn’t just that Virginia finally won an NCAA men’s title, or that they went from being the first number one seed to lose to a 16th seed one season and then the next year become a champion. No, the real history came at the top of the ladder for the respective schools. Both Virginia and Auburn, who played a thrilling one-point semifinal game decided on a controversial call, had Black athletic directors. […read more]

New Orleans African-American Museum (Photo by: ladatanews.com)
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New Orleans African American Museum Reopens after Six Years

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — New Orleans has many historical traditions, however, when the African-American Museum in Tremé closed in 2013, due to financial problems, it was considered an important loss for the Black community. When it first opened in 2000 on 1417 Gov. Nicholls Street, the museum served as a space to house the history and culture of Black people in the city. Residents and supporters showed up at the Historic Building of the Villa Meilleur as the museum reopened on April 12, 2019. […read more]

This case is part of a nationwide movement against the criminalization of homelessness, spearheaded by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and more than 850 groups and individuals who have endorsed the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishes

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Judge Berzon, in her opinion, notes that the decision, while important, is unlikely to impose dire consequences on cities. “The distressing homelessness problem…has grown into a crisis for many reasons, among them the cost of housing, the drying up of affordable care for people with mental illness, and the failure to provide adequate treatment for drug addiction. The crisis continued to burgeon while ordinances forbidding sleeping in public were on the books and sometimes enforced.” […read more]

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PRESS ROOM: Professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Launches “Conversation Peace,” His First-Ever Tour of HBCUs

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Conversation Peace” is designed to illuminate the historical and current relationship between African Americans and Jews, and spur spirited discussion and dialogue among student guests. The “Conversation Peace” HBCU tour is a presentation of the Philos Project, a national organization part of whose vision and objective is to reach young people—notably future black thought-leaders—to build stronger alliances and foster a better understanding of Israel and geo-political issues. […read more]

Buffalo Soilders admire a picture of Audrey Patrick Johnson-Thorton (Photo by: Adbul R. Sulayman | Philadelphia Tribune)
Black History

Saying goodbye to a local legend

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — The Belmont Mansion Museum, a historic stop on the Underground Railroad, was transformed into an appropriate homage on Friday to the person responsible for its existence. The body of Audrey Patrick Johnson-Thornton lay in state Friday afternoon inside the museum atop the Belmont Plateau as a steady stream of visitors paid their final respects to the former director who saved the site from demolition more than 30 years ago. […read more]

Author Mignette Dorsey
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Author Mignette Dorsey takes top prize

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — A dispute over a parking spot turned into a racially-charged, savage beating at the hands of three white police officers. What followed next shocked an entire community and sparked outrage that some say led to the start of the Civil Rights Movement. It was also the basis for Mignette Dorsey’s book, “Speak Truth to Power, the story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer.”  […read more]

Photo: From L-R: Angela Marshall, Chair, Board of Directors, BWHI, Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO, BWHI, Virginia Harris, President, NCBW, Seretha Tinsley, 1st Vice President of Programs, NCBW, Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes, and Mia Keeys, Health Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL)/Courtesy of The Black Women’s Health Imperative
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Black Women’s Health Imperative Announces Strategic Partnership

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our strategic partnerships with progressive and powerful organizations like the National Coalition of 100 Black Women are vital to achieving our mission because they provide the amplification needed to reach more Black women with life-saving information and resources,” said Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO, The Black Women’s Health Imperative. […read more]

“I want my music to be an inspiration of individual growth in the economic sector. That is the path I took as I grew up and I want to put it in music. My life is different from when I first came out as a teenager with expressions from the teenage perspective of young men in the streets. Now, as I grew older and became successful in music and business my perspective changed accordingly. And so my art evolved with it.” — Nipsey Hussle
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COMMENTARY: Nipsey’s life: A hussle that motivates, resonates around the globe

THE FINAL CALL — From buying up the block, to creating businesses that employed Black people, aimed to educate them, and give them a space to be creative and help develop and realize their dreams, Nipsey Hussle was a man of the people because he was a man who saw what their needs were and took it upon himself to do what he could to help provide opportunities and a platform for others, because at one point in his life, he was looking for someone to give him the same opportunities and guidance. His death has seemed to galvanize the Black community, and this was evidenced by the recent gang truce that happened in the wake of his death. […read more]

20-year-old Carolyn Janiece Miller (left) was last seen by family on Tuesday, April 9 when she left her Quintana Drive home in the Potomac area. Police said Carolyn was driving her 2019, red Toyota Corolla with Maryland temporary tag: T889737 when she was last seen.The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Dakota Elliott Kelly (right) was reported missing On Monday, April 15. Dakota is black, 5’2″ tall, weighs 140 pounds, with brown eyes and short, black hair.
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Is More Attention Finally Being Given to Missing Black Girls?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…while this nation espouses the valuing of children in general, this does not appear to be the reality as evidenced by the failure to act in the face of the onslaught of mass school shootings from Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas where the majority of those killed were middle class white youth,” said Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn, associate professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University. “Therefore, we see less media attention paid to missing children, particularly those of color.” […read more]

Latino brother wept on Min. Muhammad’s shoulder at the memorial site for Nipsey Hussle “You’ve been my father figure. I listened to you in prison, and you’re a father figure of more Latinos than you realize,” he told Min. Muhammad.
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Student Minister Tony Muhammad, rooted in love for a community that loves him too

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Brother Tony Muhammad has been very impactful, not only in this situation with Nipsey Hussle, but he has been consistent. His consistent effort, working with Crips and Bloods, dating back to ’92, so the measurement of success for me is through his consistency,” said Skip Townsend, former gang member who founded 2nd Call, a gang intervention organization in South Central. […read more]

New research has revealed that 78 percent of African Americans believe the country has not gone far enough on the issue of making sure blacks have equal rights with whites
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In Black and White: Key Findings of American’s View on Race in 2019

NNPA NEWSWIRE — According to a recent study by Pew Research, 84 percent of black respondents said people not seeing racial discrimination where it exists is a bigger problem than people seeing racism where it doesn’t exist. Whites were the only group where a majority, 52 percent, said the opposite was true – that the bigger problem is people seeing racism where it really does not exist. […read more]

The lawsuit further claims violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the farmers’ civil rights, and a federal law for packaging, labeling and the transporting of certified seeds. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Mediation a ‘no go’ for ‘Black Farmers’ and Stine Seed Co.

NNPA NEWSWIRE — U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. set the March 15 deadline for mediation. BFAA filed a lawsuit last year against billion-dollar, seed-breeding giant Stine, alleging that the company systematically engaged in racial discrimination by selling African-American farmers fake soybean seed as a pattern of behavior. Stine rejects the discrimination assertion. […read more]