94-Year Old Rosanell Eaton Speaks at NC's America's Journey for Justice Rally (Photo: YouTube)
Black History

IN MEMORIAM: Rosanell Eaton, Queen Mother of Voting Rights, Dies at 97

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Ms. Rosanell Eaton was the 97-year-old matriarch in our four-year successful court fight against voter suppression, from 2013 to 2016,” Rev. Dr. William Barber, the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, and president of the North Carolina NAACP, said in a statement early Sunday. […read more]

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Rep. Karen Bass and House Democrats hosted a press conference to discuss the Trump administration's proposal to separate migrant families and place separated children in foster care. (courtesy photo)
Black History

Rep. Bass Elected New Chairperson of Congressional Black Caucus

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Bass has continued to represent the 37th congressional district of California by being an active voice for criminal justice reform, fighting for America’s foster care system, and strengthening the United States ties with Africa. Now Bass will have the opportunity to continue making change in her new role as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). […read more]

“I am utterly disgusted by the evidence of voter fraud in the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.” — Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA43)
Commentary

Rep. Maxine Waters Statement on Republican Voter Fraud in North Carolina

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…we are witnessing Republican-led efforts to suppress the votes of Americans in minority communities by passing strict voter identification laws in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina; closing down 868 polling places from Arizona to North Carolina; thwarting early voting in Indiana, Florida, Nebraska, and Ohio; and creating a so-called exact match policy that disqualified voters if their names did not precisely match records because of typos, missing hyphens, or clerical errors in Georgia.” […read more]

“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color,” Camille Cosby said.
Chicago Crusader

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby Speaks to the Black Press About Hate Groups, Racism, History and Voting Rights

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Following the murder of her only son, Ennis Cosby, more than 20 years ago in Los Angeles, Mrs. Cosby wrote an essay in which she spoke fiercely about America’s hate and racism. She blamed America for teaching her son’s killer, Mikail Markhasev, to hate black people because of the various and pervasive forms of racism in our society. […read more]

Sharon Cooke from Bethel AME Church in Chico, CA gives a hug to Robert Miller who lost his home in the Camp Fire. For the last three weeks, Northern California residents have come together to assist the thousands of people affected by the wildfire in Butte County, just 120 miles north of Sacramento. (OBSERVER photo by Robert Maryland)(OBSERVER photo by Robert Maryland)
Community

Northern California Seeks Relief from Fire and Rain

NNPA NEWSWIRE — It is being called the worst disaster in California’s history. The Camp Fire, which has destroyed more than 150,000 acres of land in mostly Butte County, began Thursday, November 8 at 6:33 a.m. Since then, more than 80 people have been confirmed dead while rescue workers and volunteers feverishly search for hundreds of missing people. […read more]

Thomas Farr (Photo: Screen Capture MSNBC)(Photo: Screen Capture MSNBC)
Derrick Johnson

U.S. Senate’s Only Black Republican Blocks Tom Farr from Becoming a Federal Judge

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination,” said Scott. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services
Commentary

Maxine Waters: If Donald Trump is not Offering Prayers, Sympathy & Assistance to Californians, He Should Keep His Mouth Shut

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Donald Trump’s absolutely outrageous response to the California wildfires is yet another example of his lack of knowledge, his lack of compassion, and his inability to provide the type of leadership this country deserves in the midst of a crisis. How dare this president blame ‘gross mismanagement of the forests’[2] for these devastating wildfires without presenting any facts or any special knowledge? Instead of running his mouth about things he knows nothing about, he should learn to show some empathy and sympathy for the suffering of others.” — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) […read more]

Criminal justice reform for Black America is long overdue. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and can be reached at dr.bchavis@nnpa.org
#NNPA BlackPress

COMMENTARY: Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — For 40 long years, until North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed “Pardons of Innocence” documents for each member of the Wilmington Ten (including myself), the issues of unjust and disproportionate mass incarceration, bail reform, racism in the judiciary, prosecutorial misconduct, and reentry challenges were not matters of partisanship, but were matters of fundamental civil and human rights. […read more]

Thomas Farr (Photo: Screen Capture MSNBC)Thomas Farr (Photo: Screen Capture MSNBC)
Black History

NAACP Strongly urges Senate Rejection of Farr Nomination

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Even among dangerous Trump nominees, Farr stands out for his decades-long crusade to disenfranchise African Americans. He learned how to intimidate Black voters from segregationist Senator Jesse Helms and helped turn North Carolina into ground zero for voter suppression tactics. His nomination is a travesty. His confirmation would be heresy. […read more]

Democrat Stacey Abrams, candidate for Govenor of Georgia and her opponent Brian Kemp, current Georgia Secretary of State.thewestsidegazette.com
Atlanta Tribune

Northern District of Georgia Court Orders Full Counting of Absentee Ballots

ATLANTA TRIBUNE — These are ballots which were cast in good faith by thousands of Georgians attempting to exercise their fundamental right to vote, and which were among the countless votes Brian Kemp attempted – but ultimately failed – to suppress in this year’s election. Judge Jones is the fourth Federal judge in the past three business days to find that portions of the Secretary of State’s administration of the 2018 election violate the United States Constitution. […read more]

(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

Is the FBI Underreporting the Surge in Hate Crimes?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Anti-Black or African American” bias accounted for nearly half of all crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, which rose 18 percent according to the FBI data, while “Anti-American Indian or Alaska Native,” “Anti-Multiple Races, Group,” and “Anti-Hispanic or Latino” hate crimes all increased over 20 percent (251, 180, and 427 incidents, respectively). […read more]

Official ballot for the 2000 United States Presidential election, November 7, 2000, from Palm Beach County, Florida. (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)(Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)
Featured

The Florida Election & the Ghost of Gore-Bush

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote,” Andrew Gillum said. “We’ve learned in various parts of this state that there are still votes that are outstanding. There’s even still in parts of this state some uncertainty around the total number of votes that are remaining to be cast.” […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial ServicesOfficial Photo
Commentary

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Salutes Veterans & Military Families

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to millions of courageous veterans and military families in California’s 43rd District and across the country,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “Our veterans are real-life heroes, and we will forever be indebted to these brave men and women who have answered the call to serve in our nation’s military.” […read more]

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

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

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

Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD.-7) . (Courtesy Photo)Courtesy Photo
Afro

Cummings Statement Commemorating Veterans Day

THE AFRO — “On Veterans Day, as on every other day, we must never forget that human freedom remains America’s first principle and the ultimate source of our strength. What is also critical to remember, however, is that the freedoms we enjoy are not free,” said Cummings.  “Many have made tremendous sacrifices to ensure our safety, comfort, and way of life.” […read more]

Too many on both sides of the political aisle and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue feel we are beyond the ability to honesty work for national healing. God help us to keep it from becoming part of this ongoing American tragedy.iStockphoto / NNPA
Commentary

COMMENTARY: A nation dangerously divided

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The deaths of those two African Americans in Jeffersontown were just as significant. Yet, it was difficult for the current administration in Washington to classify these murders as acts of terror. In fact, there are strong feelings that if it were not for the Jews murdered in Pittsburgh, the Jeffersontown murders would not have even been considered newsworthy. […read more]

Black History

Power of the Gavel: Five Black Caucus Members Set to Chair Committees in Congress

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Rep. Maxine Waters is slated to chair the powerful House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Bobby Scott will be the Chairman of Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings will Chair the Government Oversight Committee, Rep, Bennie Thompson will Chair Homeland Security and Texas Eddie Bernice Johnson will Chair the committee on Science, Space and Technology. […read more]

“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color,” Camille Cosby said.
Commentary

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby says, “Vote for Justice, Equality and Democracy”

NNPA NEWSWIRE EXCLUSIVE — “On the eve of this very important election day, these examples remind me of the dangers we faced during Mr. Nixon’s presidency. Both then and now, the American people have been dangerously close to being governed by a dictatorship…a dictatorship intent on serving its own greedy interests even when it results in eradicating the laws that protect humanity. […read more]

Race was also a factor in the first debate, when Tallahassee Mayor, Andrew Gillum confronted Representative Ron DeSantis about his earlier “monkey it up” comment.
Miami Times

Race issues big part of Florida governor’s race

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…race became a theme throughout the contest between the two candidates, reflecting a national tone of intolerance between Americans with ideological and obvious differences such as skin color and place of origin. The bitter battle between Gillum and DeSantis was overshadowed last week when intolerance manifested itself on Oct. 24, the day of the scheduled, second debate.” […read more]

Through the campaign, volunteers will download a mobile app and chat with voters to get out the vote, with hopes of reaching 600K infrequent Black American voters, during this critical election period. (Photo: NAACP) (Photo: NAACP)
Featured

NAACP Launches “Text the Vote!” Campaign

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our lives are on the ballot this year, so it is absolutely crucial that Black Americans as a whole, participate in these midterms elections at rates that reflect our true voting power,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement. “We are urging everyone to use their power to register and mobilize new voters and get involved in one of the most important elections in our nation’s history.” […read more]

Former President Barack Obama, Vice President Pence and Oprah Winfrey have traveled to Georgia to campaign for Stacey Abrams, turnout votes and focus on early voting.
Black History

Election Day 2018: Three key statewide contests featuring an African American running for Governor

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In a race marred by blatant examples of voter suppression and voting machine irregularities the NAACP Georgia State Conference partnering with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law won an injunction against the use of the controversial voter regulating software – Exact Match,” noted the NAACP in a November 2 press release. […read more]

Polls proved to be wildly inaccurate and the numbers completely misread how well Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, would eventually fare in the primary. He won.
Commentary

A Black man who could become Florida’s next governor

NNPA NEWSPAPER — “Nationally, a confluence of factors, including a surge of political grassroots activism, resistance to the odious policies emanating from the White House and record numbers of women – particularly Black women and women of color – has resulted in these groups and individuals not just mobilizing and organizing but also running for office. This groundswell has changed the face of the election landscape.” […read more]

Willie McCovey attempts to tag Cincinnati Reds' shortstop Dave Concepcion out at first base (Photo: Sheldon Dunn/Wikimedia Commons)(Photo: Sheldon Dunn/Wikimedia Commons)
Black History

IN MEMORIAM: Baseball Great Willie McCovey Dies at 80

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants – as one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.” — Giants CEO Larry Baer […read more]

“His unique social media power makes him incredibly dangerous for the country,” — Republican strategist Rick Wilson(Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Week of Trump-Connected Violence Once Again Sets Off Alarms on His Words and Policies

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Trump made his self-defining statement on October 22 in Houston, saying, “They have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist.” […read more]

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

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

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

Black History

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

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

Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Florida, has been charged with five Federal crimes, including mailing an incendiary device and threatening a former president. (Photo: Cesar Altieri via Twitter)(Photo: Cesar Altieri via Twitter)
#NNPA BlackPress

Black Press of America On National Alert in Wake of Domestic Terrorism

NNPA NEWSWIRE — NNPA National Chairman Dorothy Leavell emphasized, “I am deeply disturbed by the recent bomb threats that have been sent to many of our national leaders and now includes The Black Press of America. Our freedoms and peace of mind that we have enjoyed for so long seems to now be threatened and if it continues will be a thing of the past.” […read more]

Comcast continues to offer “an unmatched internet experience that combines gigabit speeds with wall-to-wall WiFi, personalized tools and controls, and enough capacity to stay ahead of tomorrow’s innovations,” says Dana Strong, Comcast’s president of Consumer Services.(Courtesy image)
National

PRESS ROOM: Comcast Becomes Nation’s Largest Provider of Gigabit Internet

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We’re now the nation’s largest gigabit Internet provider and we’ll continue to be a leader when it comes to providing the fastest speeds to the most people. Nearly all of our 58 million homes and businesses passed in 39 states and the District of Columbia can access our ultra-fast Xfinity Gigabit Internet and Comcast Business Gigabit services,” Steven V. Restivo, VP Corporate Communications, Comcast […read more]

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

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

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

During a congressional hearing in 2015, Mulvaney reportedly said the CFPB can’t combat discriminatory lending practices if the Bureau has internal discrimination issues of its own. (Photo: Mick Mulvaney, Official Photo / whitehouse.gov)(Photo: Mick Mulvaney, Official Photo / whitehouse.gov)
National

CFPB Staff Said to Rebel Over Racist Blog Posts by Eric Blankenstein

NNPA NEWSWIRE — [Mick] Mulvaney brushed aside calls by Allied Progress and dozens of consumer advocacy organizations and civil rights groups for the ouster of Eric Blankenstein and a return to the CFPB’s robust fair lending enforcement, writing, “I am not going to let any outside group dictate who works here or how I structure the Bureau.” […read more]

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

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

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

(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Black History

Black Women Voters Seek to Shake up Midterms

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Trump presidency has repeatedly undermined the Affordable Care Act and other health programs that benefit the health of Black women. Black women will step up and vote for those who will work together with us to create health equity so that our families and communities can thrive…” — La’Tasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice […read more]

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

Do children all need to succeed the same way?

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

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

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

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

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

PRESS ROOM: 19th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit

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

Featured

Election Day countdown: The war for maximum voter turnout in Nov. 6 election is on

THE MISSISSIPPI LINK — The suit alleges that Georgia’s “‘no match, no vote’ voter registration scheme violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” according to a statement from the organization.The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over the state’s “discriminatory and unlawful ‘exact match’ voter suppression scheme.” […read more]

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

Senators Urge Trump Administration to Halt Deportation of Mauritanians

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

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

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

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