Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending’s Deputy Communications Director. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending.org.
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COMMENTARY: Black families have a dime for every dollar held by Whites

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Recent research by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition on housing affordability found that more than 8 million Americans spend half or more of their incomes on housing, including over 30 percent of Blacks, and 28 percent of Hispanics. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Skip the Work

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Too often, I see clients and others give up because life is not going their way, but then when asked, “Did you do XYZ?” they only did X. You can’t skip to the next level without mastering the level you are on currently. Often, we get wrapped up in someone else’s’ journey and want to compare theirs to ours. Truth is, you never know what work they did behind the scenes to get to where they are today. People only show you what they want to show you. The struggle and work are often left out.” […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: The Mueller Report and the Question of US foreign policy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The lesson from all of this? If we are going to oppose Russian electoral interference—which we should—then what is demanded of democratic-minded people in the USA is absolute opposition to interference in the internal affairs of countries trying to pursue their own paths, particularly when those paths are consistent with rule of law and democracy.” […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Coming together in Support for a Better New Orleans for All

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — It is again springtime in New Orleans. Which means people across our City will be outside using the many amazing parks and other outdoor facilities enjoying the Big Easy and all it has to offer its citizens. On May 4, 2019 there is millage proposal renewal on the ballot and Data News Weekly believes it is good for our City and we encourage our readers and citizens across the City to get out and vote YES to PW Parks and Recreation – 6.31 Mills Tax. […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]

Until all of us are willing to forego our color and cultural blindness, we perpetuate students being placed on an assembly line to mediocrity, frustration, and wasted, unacknowledged potential. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Color “Blindness”

NNPA ESSA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN — Our perceptions of the value of ourselves and others often determine our treatment of and reactions toward those we view as less than or not as valued. Wars are fought over cultural and religious differences. Regardless of the injury, all people’s blood is red and all of us can hurt or grieve, regardless of color. […read more]

When they are continually designated at “below basic” on standardized tests and their culture not understood by teachers and test makers, their behaviors are almost self-fulfilling prophesies. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Classroom Culture Clashes

NNPA ESSA MEDIA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN — …in answer to the question when cultures clash in the classroom, who suffers, we all do! Poorly educated students make for a society that alienates its young, one that is unable to retain skilled and experienced teachers, and a country frustrated with unemployment, under-employment, and an ever-growing culture of violence, fear, and intolerance. Court systems and privatized prisons, along with mortuaries, result when the classrooms act as prep schools for these expensive alternatives. […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]

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]

Lorraine Toussant (right) and Frankie Faison star in NBC’s “Brooklyn.” Toussaint is proud to bring this type of relationship to television – one with older black people loving each other and their neighbors unconditionally. Playing Patricia gives her an opportunity to show the complexity of black women. (Photo: NBC)
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Lorraine Toussaint: Veteran Actress Talks ‘The Village’ and Brooklyn

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “You know, there’s a point in your career where you take whatever you can get. And then early on in my career, I realized, oh, I don’t want to do that. I actually want to do certain kinds of roles,” says the Trinidadian born actress. “You then begin to be brave enough to begin to say no to certain things. And then there comes a time, when you reach a point in your career where you intuitively choose certain kinds of work. I’m so pleased to be at that point and that I’m still relevant,” she adds. […read more]

Next day, in a diner, Ruth is befriended by a mysterious man, Bill (Christopher Denham, Argo). He buys her a cup of coffee and offers her a ride. What she doesn’t know is that he’s been tracking her, and he plans to kidnap her. Why?
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FILM REVIEW: Fast Color

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Fast Color crosses too many genres to be good in any specific one and that wreaks havoc on an audience’s attention. There are wondrous sci-fi elements: the skies produce a multitude of colors somewhat like the Northern Lights. Thriller aspects fluctuate: Sometimes Ruth is scared by the number of trackers who follow her, and sometimes not. […read more]

James A. Washington is a father, husband, Christian, writer, entrepreneur and the owner/publisher of the Dallas Weekly.
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COMMENTARY: Don’t Go Out That Door Unarmed

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Spiritual warfare as my bible says (for believers), is fought in the mind, in the emotions and in the will. It is in these areas that we do battle and most times we think we’re struggling with ourselves, our own weaknesses of flesh and blood, and discipline and integrity, pride and envy. When in actuality, we’re really struggling against “the devil’s schemes.” […read more]

“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today. @IihanMN’s life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY).
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COMMENTARY: Omar Faces Rightwing Backlash as She Forces Uncomfortable Conversations About Israel, Palestine

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Trump, the New York Post and Fox News, each owned by media magnate and Trump friend Rupert Murdoch, and the Republican National Committee’s Ronna Romney McDonald, have led the way in the criticism, smears and deceptive coverage and which has triggered pushback and calls to cease this dangerous behavior from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, Women’s March creators Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory and a range of other women and activists, including Rashad Robinson of Color of Change, journalist and activist Shaun King and others.” […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.
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COMMENTARY: Meet National Black Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Among states, Georgia had the largest total number with 256,848 black-owned businesses and accounted for 9.9 percent of the nation’s black-owned businesses, according to Black Demographics. Black businesses comprise 26% of Georgia businesses which is the second largest percentage in the nation. In 2018 Georgia ranked number one in the U.S. for small business climate and number two for most startups by women. […read more]

Jin Zhang and Michelle Yeoh in Master Z The IpMan Legacy
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FILM REVIEW: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With Woo-Ping Yuen as the mastermind, the fight scenes are kinetic, wondrous and almost balletic. At times the combat is violent. Other times it’s as if the fighters are involved in highly elaborate and tightly constructed choreography. Imagine West Side Story told with an Asian twist, where the Jets and Sharks gangs go at it kung fu style. Then hold that thought and ponder if Master Z… would make a captivating theater piece. […read more]

The Nautilus does not scream at you but instead exudes an upscale, luxurious look. It has the corporate face shared by the Continental and Navigator, but for me seems to make the best use of the face.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus review

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…About those seats. If Lincoln gets out the car business, it should dive head first into the luxury furniture market. These seats were fabulous. The rear seats reclined and the manual controls to do so were so easy to reach it was scary. Why aren’t all automobiles built like this? The comfort level was something special.” […read more]

You couldn’t tell one story without telling the other, so the two main characters are intertwined. There’s archival footage of the real-life characters as they explain how a love/hate relationship became a true friendship.
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FILM REVIEW: Best of Enemies

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Best of Enemies is based on a true-life story. Taraji P. Henson plays Ann Atwater, a civil rights leader in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. Her rival in the movie is the Exalted Leader of the KKK, C. P. Ellis, a devout racist who spends most of his life spreading hate and separateness between the races. However, with their children in common, the two opposites eventually become friends. […read more]

James A. Washington is a father, husband, Christian, writer, entrepreneur and the owner/publisher of the Dallas Weekly.
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COMMENTARY: Play Ball, To the Victor Goes You

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Can you imagine any athletic event where the ball actually participates as an independent active component? Well, the truth is we are that ball in this high-stake game for our very own souls. Imagine that. We can stack the deck in our favor. But it can’t be happenstance. It must be deliberate, and we must be constant in making sure that the ball takes favorable bounces throughout the game. […read more]

Little is a guilty pleasure. The guilt comes as you watch a 14-year-old actress (Marsai Martin, Black-ish) behaving like a lustful 38-year-old female who flirts with a middle school teacher.
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FILM REVIEW: Little

NNPA NEWSWIRE — … only one artist can take credit for turning a seed of an idea into a bona-fide comedy, and that’s Marsai Martin. When obstacles were placed in front of her, she broke through them. She took on a challenging role and nailed it. The camera catches all of her weird facial expressions and mannerisms. Her comic timing is impeccable. She knows when to clown around, be demure, introspective and direct. This is a big first step in what should be a promising film career. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Is Baltimore City Broken?

THE AFRO — Between Baltimore City and the rest of the world, there is always a hint of an unasked and therefore unanswered question. It is a question that is rooted in anti blackness and framed by years of deliberate Black oppression and suppression. It is a question that is difficult to ask of a city that seems to move from one scandal to the next, without pausing for a moment to catch its collective breath. […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: Don’t Mess with Max: Mnuchin Madness

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Mnuchin is really above his Peter Principle as Treasury Secretary in any administration but 45’s. And those birds of a feather stick together because they share values and shady self-serving morals. Mr. Mnuchin boldly requested government planes to facilitate his honeymoon, is taking his cues from the man who has turned the Presidency into a profit center, operating government on a “pay-to-play” basis with possibly Russians, Saudis and who knows who else. […read more]

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
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COMMENTARY: Dr. King’s Assassination

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Since the death of Dr. King we’ve watched as a curious array of would be successors reached for the brass ring of his mythic popularity and oratorical prowess. We have watched as a series of pretenders have marched through our streets as little more than mascots of a neo-liberal political agenda largely leaving the foundation of an economic system that presupposes the immiserating of the masses for the enrichment of a few intact.” […read more]

Dr. Wimbish’s personal journey and voice on leadership is one that inspires, and results in a must-read book for every current and emerging leader. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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PRESS ROOM: Life-long educator authors book on Leadership

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Dr. Jennifer Wimbish, the first African American president of Cedar Valley College (CVC), of the Dallas County Community College District, in her recently released book “Leadership Wisdom For All Generations” takes you on a journey, including her walk with God, from her childhood in the segregated South, to her college presidency, as she shares character and leadership principles gleaned from her mentors –wise authentic leaders. […read more]

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OPINION: Trump, racism and low IQs

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “What I did not factor, was that Satan’s Jesus (Trump) had his own John the Baptist in the form of Rush Limbaugh. Rush had a prophecy too. He fed the sheep a hearty diet of White superiority and American Exceptionalism. All they needed was a personality to fill that empty wool suit. Donald John Trump was tailored made for Rush Limbaugh’s counter-cultural Couture.” […read more]

Rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle (Courtesy Photo) A peaceful vigil is set in front of THE MARATHON CLOTHING store, near Crenshaw and Slauson in South L.A., in honor of the slain rapper and beloved community leader. (vigil photo Brandon I. Brooks, Los Angeles Sentinel)
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Nipsey Hussle, Gun Violence and the Big Business of Weapons

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Guns contributed more than $52 billion to the U.S. economy and generated over $6.8 billion in federal and state taxes in 2018, according to a new WalletHub study that compared the economic impact of guns on each of the 50 states to determine which among them leans most heavily on the gun business, both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through ownership. […read more]

Earth Day is a stark reminder of the fact that African Americans and other minorities are often forgotten when it comes to the protection of their communities. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Environmental Racism is Real, Destructive and Deadly

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The problem with racism and society’s response to it is that we have failed to see this most basic thing: that in order to do that much damage to a community, one must so thoroughly objectify and dehumanize the people in it that they become things that can be discarded and forgotten about,” said Dr. Deborah J. Cohan, an associate professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. […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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Congresswoman Wilson’s Statement on Gen. John Kelly’s Use of a False Claim to Promote a New Career

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “If his actions weren’t so deplorable, I might feel sorry for him because despite his outward bravado, deep inside he knows the truth. When he looks in the mirror, even he can see the four stars he worked so hard for are forever tarnished as a result of his inexplicable decision on Oct. 19, 2017, to lie about me and lie to the American people.” […read more]

After her landslide victory, Lori Lightfoot speaks to her supporters as the Chicago’s first Black female mayor.
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What Does the Lightfoot Election Mean for Chicago’s Black Businesses?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “While Mayor Lightfoot will be in control, she faces decades of racism, sexism and corruption ingrained in the city’s systems. She will need continued support to affect real change,” In Our Own Voice founder, president and CEO Marcela Howell said. “Those who joined together to elect Lightfoot must now band with her to address the systemic oppression that cripples Chicago and threatens Black communities.” […read more]

Glenn Ellis is a Research Bioethics Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a health columnist and radio commentator who lectures, nationally and internationally on health-related topics
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African-Americans And Social Determinants Of Health: Is It Race? Or Is It Racism?

THE SEATTLE MEDIUM — Data and statistics reflect the dismal reality that if you are African-American, you will be more likely to die at birth, die giving birth, grow up sicker, be diagnosed of a life-threatening illness later, and die sooner. What is less known, and agreed upon, is the fact that the determining factors for all of these outcomes, is not because one is African-American, but because of what are known as social determinants of health. […read more]

“How do we ensure that future generations of all backgrounds live in neighborhoods rich with opportunity?” said Debby Goldberg, Vice President of Housing Policy and Special Project with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). “Fair housing. Fair housing can ultimately dismantle the housing discrimination and segregation that caused these inequities in the first place.” (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: After 51 Years, Fair Housing Still an Unfinished Journey

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, individuals filed 28,843 housing discrimination complaints in 2017,” said Waters. “Under the Trump Administration, fair housing protections are under attack…. According to news reports Secretary Carson proposed taking the words ‘free from discrimination’ out of HUD’s mission statement,” the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) […read more]

Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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The Fight for Equal Pay, Gender Parity Heats Up

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. This intersectional discrimination exacerbates those gender and race gaps, stymies Black women’s ability to access educational opportunities, and has a pervasive and corrosive impact on their careers and career advancement, experts say. […read more]

At Princeton, Black Studies has proven to be a popular and successful program. Dr. Eddie Glaude, chair of the Center for African American Studies at the New Jersey campus, believes the burgeoning interest in Black Studies may provide ground for a degree program. (Photo: RollingOut.com via Princeton University)
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OP-ED: Black Studies becomes major factor in social advancement

NNPA NEWSWIRE — At the modern HCBU campuses, most have established courses in Black Studies, but few have departments dedicated to the field. Only Howard and Clark Atlanta universities offer a Master of Arts in Black Studies. Howard is the only HBCU to offer a doctoral program in African Studies; eight traditionally White institutions (including Princeton and Yale) also offer a Ph. D in African Studies. […read more]

Photo: Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo/Courtesy analuciaaraujo.com
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Reparations for Descendants of the Slave Trade Emerges as Democrats’ Campaign Platform

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In this context, new organizations such as ADOS (American Descendants of Slavery) also emerged and certainly contributed to the visibility of the debate on reparations,” Dr. Araujo said. “Unlike previous movements, ADOS gained more visibility through the presence of its founders on social media that helped disseminating the #ADOS hashtag,” said Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo, who authored the groundbreaking 2017 book, “Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History.” […read more]

Barbara Love is the local organizer for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo – but she's better known as "Miss Kitty," pictured here in a TSD file photo with her horse Silver.
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Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo provides rare glimpse at African American cowboys, cowgirls

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The main event – playfully named “The Greatest Show on Dirt” — is the rodeo itself. Thousands of spectators gather to watch black cowboys and cowgirls compete in eight major rodeo events. Among them (abbreviations intact): Bare Back Ridin’, Bull Doggin’, Calf Ropin’, Steer Undecoratin’, Barrel Racin’, Kid’s Calf Scramblin’, Relay Racin’, and Bull Ridin’. “Nobody ever leaves disappointed,” said Barbara “Miss Kitty” Love. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Elderly Abuse

NASHVILLE PRIDE — We all must acknowledge that if we are fortunate, we will live a long and productive life and hopefully be taken care of in our old age with the overseeing of our children or closely related family members. In an idealistic world, you would think that the children or family members of elders convalescing or bedridden would prioritize the treatment and care of their loved ones […read more]

Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)
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COMMENTARY: In Memoriam of My Favorite Person In the World

THE AFRO — Beatrice Portia Robinson Yoes was born April 23, 1917 in Chester, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. She came to Baltimore when she was a little girl with her mother Ada and her sister Elizabeth. Let me give you a sense of how long she lived and what she witnessed in the history of this country. In 1934, when she was 17 President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his official capacity as President of the United States, honored the last living Confederate veterans of the Civil War. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Start Earlier-Child Care

THE AFRO — Imagine the fear and anger you would experience upon hearing from your child care provider that your child has been exposed to toxic chemicals. Over ten years ago, this was the reality for hundreds of parents in the New Jersey metropolitan area as they received news that their children were exposed to toxic mercury vapors 30-50 times beyond acceptable limits. […read more]

New York Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer has continued to call out President Donald Trump and his administration’s assault on the Affordable Care Act.
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Senator Schumer: Trump and Barr Threaten African American Gains Under Obamacare

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Schumer noted that African American gains under the health care legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, are threatened by Trump and Attorney General William Barr as the Justice Department has argued in federal court that the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down – “Not just vital insurance reforms like protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, as they had first argued last year,” Schumer said. […read more]

As Cosby sits in prison pending appeal, unanswered questions remain.
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COMMENTARY: One Year Later Experts Still Concerned Bill Cosby Didn’t Receive Fair Trial

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Specifically, the trial court abused its discretion, erred and materially infringed on Cosby’s constitutional rights to Due Process of Law under the Constitution of the United States. The judge should not have allowed the admittance of five prior ‘bad act witnesses,’” said attorney David Reischer, CEO of LegalAdvice.com. “The witnesses’ allegations were too far remote in time and too dissimilar to the Plaintiff’s allegations.” […read more]

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Commentary: Remembering Dr. King and Adam Clayton Powell

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Today, 51 years later, we have a generation that knew not Dr. King nor Congressman Powell. And what is even more tragic is that this generation is so social media-addicted that they don’t want to read or hear about anything that is not about them. We must remember Dr. King beyond ‘I have a dream.’ We must remember that he died because of his commitment to our future and life as we now know it.” […read more]

James A. Washington is a father, husband, Christian, writer, entrepreneur and the owner/publisher of the Dallas Weekly.
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Knock Knock. Don’t Open That Door.

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I don’t get the impression that Jesus was screaming at the devil in the desert trying to keep His courage up in the face of temptation — the likes of which most of us will never see, let alone experience firsthand. At every turn, it was the devil who was way out of his league because when he came calling, Jesus merely let His father answer the door.” […read more]

Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending’s communications deputy director. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending.org. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Education Department helps loan servicers instead of borrowers

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …a newly-released audit report finds fault with how the Department of Education (Department) is managing both its loan funds and its 15 contract student loan servicers. According to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released on February 12, “borrowers might not have been protected from poor services, and taxpayers might not have been protected from improper payments.” […read more]

Aml Ameen stars in Yardie
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FILM REVIEW: Yardie

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Actor Idris Elba turns a lifelong fascination with the book Yardie, by Victor Headley, into his directing debut. His passion for the story, Jamaican, its music and an immigrant’s life is evident in every frame. Though the film’s direction and script do not live up to his enthusiasm, there are memorable moments buried in this 1hr 41min island/urban tale. […read more]

"It has become clear that our only value to Nexstar was diversity optics at the FCC," said MBG president and CEO Pluria Marshall Jr. (pictured) "Ever since the deal was signed, Nexstar has gone to great lengths to constantly interfere, undercut our authority and sabotage our business, with little regard for the agreements in place with us or the FCC."
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Nexstar sued by minority-owned Marshall Broadcasting Group for Sabotage Efforts

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In addition to explaining how Nexstar undermined MBG, the lawsuit outlines MBG’s efforts to work in good faith with Nexstar to try and resolve the behaviors in question and create a strong and prosperous partnership between the two companies. The filing makes clear that the commitment to resolving the issues was not mutual. As such, MBG decided that the only appropriate recourse was through the legal system. […read more]

Dr. Harry L. Williams is the president & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. Prior to joining TMCF, he spent eight years as president of Delaware State University.
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OP-ED: Student Loan Debt is a Crisis!

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Finances should never be a barrier to graduation, nor should the financial impact of earning a college degree be a barrier for buying a home, saving money, starting a family, and having a good credit score. TMCF prides itself on building pipelines into good paying jobs but we also have to work to ensure that those students are able to truly reap the financial benefits of their achievements without having to pay off years of student loan debt. […read more]

Currently, Byron Bradford (pictured) is facing two opponents in his bid for Place 5 on the Plano City Council. Ron Kelley and Shelby Williams are also on the ballot for the election which will be decided on May 4. (PHOTO: Briget Murphy/NDG)
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After serving country for 28 years, Bradford seeks to serve residents of Plano

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The upcoming municipal elections will not be Byron Bradford’s first go-around in the political arena. During the 2018 election cycle, Bradford challenged Republican Duncan Webb for the Precinct 4 chair on the Collin County Commissioners Court. He fell 5 points short in that bid against an incumbent who had run unopposed twice previously, but says the experience prepared him well for future runs. […read more]

2019 MINI Cooper Countryman S E AWD Plug-In Hybrid: The Brand’s Only Alternative Fuel Vehicle (Photo: Jeff Fortson / JeffCars.com
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman S E AWD Plug-In Hybrid: The Brand’s Only Alternative Fuel Vehicle

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Besides this being a hybrid, the Countryman continues to be the roomiest vehicle in the brand’s portfolio. The quirky styled vehicle is almost a whopping 8 inches longer and 3 inches wider than its typical British sibling. The extra length and width allow the vehicle to compete against crossovers, which are car-based utility vehicles. […read more]

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Symone Sanders Challenges Individuals to Use and Activate Everyday Spaces to Make Change

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Awarded with the auspicious “Impact Leader Award,” an honor, which recognizes individuals committed to public service in spite of tremendous personal risk, Symone Sanders, a CNN Political Commentator and the former National Press Secretary for Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, spoke candidly during a fireside chat at the 46th Annual Whitney M. Young Memorial Gala. […read more]

The Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.
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PRESS ROOM: Detroit Medical Center and Meharry Medical College Expand Medical Student Training Affiliation

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “DMC’s focus on serving as a leading academic medical institution remains as strong as ever with training and education core to our mission,” said Anthony Tedeschi, M.D., DMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to all of our academic partner relationships, and this expanded affiliation with Meharry provides even more medical students with an optimum learning environment. There are few other instructional settings with the type of patient diversity found at the Detroit Medical Center.” […read more]

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Colin Allred: His Own Man

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…refusing to expand Medicaid is also the wrong thing to do. It’s just not who we are as people. To me, this is all about values and it should be a value of ours to try and make sure that as many of our neighbors as possible can go see a doctor when they need to.” […read more]

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is a civil rights leader and the President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) based in Washington, DC.
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COMMENTARY: Stop Invisible Lynchings in America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Disproportionately, young African male college students and others are being summarily expelled from college based solely on mere allegations of sexual misconduct violations of Title IX rules without any due process of law or findings of fact. College administrators are arbitrarily determining that these targeted students are guilty and expendable until their innocence is proven. […read more]

Russell Simmons takes a selfie with a student from the Community Coalition’s Freedom School, during RushCard’s “Keep The Peace” initiative at the University of Southern California. (File Photo: Andre L. Perry/Los Angeles Sentinel)
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COMMENTARY: Spirituality, Activism and Social Transformation

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The black community in America has not lashed out with retribution, violence or hate. We remain the most abused, but have maintained a commitment to Dr. King’s principle of nonviolence. As a people we are still the most non-harming collective. Throughout the centuries we have been God-fearing and compassionate. But Scripture says, “faith without works is dead.” We must as a collective come together and where necessary, partner with others who have the same concerns and stand up. […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]

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]

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]

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]