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COMMENTARY: “The Magnificent Seven” – Donald is Denzel

FLORIDA STAR — “The Magnificent Seven” is fiction, the modern-day remake of a classic Western. In real life, however, a rich villain has taken over the town—your town and towns all across America. He promised to reopen mines in West Virginia, steel mills in Pennsylvania, build a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and drain the swamp, but instead he’s robbing the country blind for his family, himself, and his rich compadres. […read more]

Kanye West visits the Oval Office Oct. 11 to meet with President Trump. As he had on Saturday Night Live and other occasions, as dozens of camera rolled, he stressed the need to end prison slavery by removing the slavery exception clause in the 13th Amendment that enslaves prisoners.
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COMMENTARY: The Kanye conflict over the slavery exception clause: Amending the amendment that ‘abolished’ slavery

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — “While Kanye is a clown in many senses of the word, his buffoonery can be used to our advantage. Right now he has everyone’s attention, so instead of writing off his statements as if they’re all idiotic remarks, it’s time to critically take a look at the claims he’s making because prisoners have been resisting and fighting to abolish the 13th Amendment for decades and now a magnifying light is amplifying that call.” […read more]

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THE RELIGION CORNER: Take Domestic Violence Month Seriously

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Statistics show that every nine seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten; around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family. […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.
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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]

With 40% of Americans supporting the president’s rhetoric and policies, America remains extremely divided. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
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COMMENTARY: Are Blacks Warming Up to Trump?

WASHINGTON INFORMER — For the record, since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking unemployment statistics based on race in the 1970s, the rate of Black unemployment today, 5.8 percent (compared to the overall unemployment rate of 3.8 percent) is at its lowest percentage ever. However, economists emphasize that the downward trend first began under President Barack Obama, further noting that the numbers do not take into consideration those who have stopped looking for work, many of whom are Black. […read more]

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

Official photo of United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
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Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Judge Kavanaugh the American people saw before the Judiciary Committee does not have the character, the temperament, or the judgment to sit on the highest court in our land. His own partisan, evasive, dishonest, and aggressive testimony demonstrates that we cannot trust him to be a fair and unbiased jurist. He is simply unfit. The Senate should have put partisanship aside and demanded better. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.
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COMMENTARY: Time stopped for me on September 27th

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…the continuous suggestion that there must have been something wrong with Dr. Ford and others who have brought forward allegations against Judge Kavanaugh because they failed to raise their concerns earlier is specious. It is an allegation that can only be made by someone(s) who has not faced ridicule, harassment and self-doubt in response to their experiences with sexual harassment or assault.” […read more]

Jennifer Carroll, Former Florida Lieutenant Governor
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OP-ED: A Matter of Trust

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…we the voters are now faced with a collection of suspiciously bundled, intentionally confusing and misleading amendments. The CRC conducted its business in a thoroughly irresponsible manner, under the heavy influence of special interest groups, and we are the recipients of their political game to embezzle us from our votes to support their hidden agenda.” […read more]

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties.
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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Death of Sgt. La David Johnson

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “October 4 marks one year since the tragic ambush in Niger that resulted in the death of four U.S. service members, including my constituent, Army Sgt. La David Johnson. The circumstances surrounding the attack have been muddled, raising questions about both the mission, which led to a firefight with insurgents, and the chain of events that separated Sgt. Johnson from his unit…” […read more]

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COMMENTARY: The deafening drumbeat of the unfree

CALIFORNIA VOICE — Dehumanized by the labels “prisoner,” “inmate” and “convict,” even reduced to serial numbers like Victor Hugo’s Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables,” these men and women are, just like you and me, or any mortal – irrespective of flaws, frailties, even felonious acts and misdemeanors – endowed with the right to be treated with dignity, decency and respect. […read more]

Marker in Front of Tutwiler Funeral Home, Photo: Thomas R Machnitzki (thomas@machnitzki.com)/Wikimedia Commons
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COMMENTARY: Emmett Till, Violence, Voting Rights and Education Policy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — ESSA represents an opportunity to establish a more equitable playing field but the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposes cutting $3 billion from the Education Department while investing over a billion dollars in school choice programs. More than 90 percent of students in the United States attend public schools, and, as of 2014, attendance in America’s public schools is majority-minority. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Wakanda Now!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Marvel movie, Black Panther, has been an outstanding cultural phenomenon. It has broken records at the box office and has shown doubters that a movie about Black people can be economically powerful. The movie also provided an opportunity for a number of African Americans to advance their acting careers. It has some tried and true regulars, as well as some newer faces who will no doubt be seen again. […read more]

Anyone can be a dad for a day, but being a real father is a completely different challenge.
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COMMENTARY: When a Father…

NNPA NEWSWIRE — We sons observe our fathers in awe at first, because of the size differential. But as the luster of the bluster wears off, sons see exactly what kind of man their fathers are by the way they treat and care for the women in their lives – their wives, their sons’ mothers, other relatives. […read more]

Elliot Twins in Minneapolis
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COMMENTARY: Mpls. Mayor and City Council Can Stop MPHA’s Plan to Privatize Elliot Twins

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN – RECORDER — The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) is currently attempting to privatize the Elliot Twins, two mid-rise public housing buildings in Elliot Park, using a HUD program called RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration). These buildings are located in South Minneapolis’ Ward 6 where Abdi Warsame serves as a city council member. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.
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Trump and South Africa

Let’s stop for a moment and discuss the question of “seizure.” Beginning with the Dutch colonization of South Africa starting in the 17th century and furthered by the English introduction in the 18th century, there was the systematic seizure of land from the indigenous population. That’s why they call it colonization. […read more]

Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)
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COMMENTARY: Baltimore City Schools, Throwback to Jim Crow Era

AFRO — During the era of Jim Crow it was not unheard of to have Black children sitting in hot classrooms with no regard for their health. It was not unheard of for a system to intentionally work to poorly educate Black children and force them to endure the type of conditions that were designed to break their spirit. It was not unheard of to expect Black parents to quietly complain but publicly comply with the law. It was not unheard of to have overcrowded classrooms, dark and dingy hallways, dust and asbestos, and very few resources and innovative designs. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Official photo / waters.house.gov
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PRESS ROOM: Waters: Trump Would Rather Put Children in Cages Than Prepare Nation for Natural Disasters

“The Trump Administration’s transfer of $9.8 million in FEMA emergency preparedness funding to ICE for its detention centers at the beginning of this year’s hurricane season is a travesty. This President is more interested in cruel policies that put children in cages and separate them from their parents than ensuring that our nation is prepared for natural disasters.” […read more]

Christopher G. Cox, publisher and managing editor, www.realesavvy.com
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PRESS ROOM: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Offering Mortgages for as Little as 3 Percent Down

PASADENA JOURNAL — One of the biggest obstacles confronting low- and moderate-income home buyers is coming up with the 20 percent down payment that many financial advisors recommend they have in the bank prior to entering the housing market. Under Fannie Mae’s Home Ready and Freddie Mac’s Home Possible programs, it might be possible to obtain a mortgage with substantially less cash on hand. […read more]

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, (D-FL)
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PRESS ROOM: Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Response to Recording of President Trump Joking About Niger Ambush

“I wish I could say that I’m surprised by President Trump’s attempt to make light of a tragic event that led to the deaths of four American heroes, but I am not. It is appalling, but this is the same man, after all, who told the widow of my constituent, Sgt. La David Johnson, during his so-called condolence call that her husband knew what he was signing up for…” […read more]

Black women are the vast majority of the student population at HBCU’s earning more higher degrees.  Black women online has surged 30% over the past three (3) years, with 60% using the internet.  Black women are among the most engaged users of social media.
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COMMENTARY: Who are Black Women Voters?

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — We must never forget that black women voters in Birmingham, Alabama, voted  and supported Doug Jones for Senate over the forever seated ‘self entitled’  Roy Moore, the Republican rival. It is important that we remember that the voter turnout was 98%. An unmistakable message indeed! The overwhelming reason was a simple one:  they did not want the clock turned back. […read more]

Black History

COMMENTARY: Getting The Spirit in the Dark

BLACKVOICE NEWS — No one with any idea of the cultural importance of Black Music, American Music, can deny the impact of the Queen of Soul on the world. In recognition of her great gifts Aretha Franklin was, for most of her life, a touchstone of Black American culture and therefore world culture. Her catalog orchestrating, punctuating, and exclaiming the unique experience of a people. She sang the experience of survivors, the descendants of slaves.  […read more]

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COMMENTARY: The Abuse Won’t Stop Until We Change Police Culture

THE PASADENA JOURNAL — Baltimore, a city already under a federal consent decree to reform its police department after a Justice Department investigation into the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police found rampant, systemic abuse of black residents by cops. Contrary to the usual response to such recordings, police and city officials acted quickly after Officer Arthur Williams was caught on camera Saturday, Aug. 11, savagely beating a defenseless DaShawn McGrier. […read more]