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The Disappearing White Vote (and 3 Other Observations from the 2012 Election Census Report)

[The Washington Post] The U.S. Census Bureau released a treasure trove of information about the size, shape and look of the 2012 presidential election on Wednesday, a veritable embarrassment of riches for political nerds, er, junkies. Lots and lots of people watch President Obama being sworn in. Read More

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New Zimmerman Motions: Defense Wants Anonymous Jury; State Wants to Question Shellie

[Orlando Sentinel] The day before the deadline for pre-trial motions in the George Zimmerman case, there was a flurry of filings Thursday. George Zimmerman’s attorneys filed paperwork asking his judge to allow trial jurors to visit the scene of Trayvon Martin‘s shooting, and also to sequester his jury Read More

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Jobless Claims Hint at Strengthening Labor Market

(Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless aid fell last week to its lowest level in nearly 5-1/2 years, signaling labor market resilience in the face of fiscal austerity. The job market buoyancy, flagged last week by a relatively strong April Read More

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Angela Davis: FBI Targeting Assata Shakur ‘Reflects Very Logic Of Terrorism’ [VIDEO]

[Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle] Legendary activist, scholar, author and former political prisoner Angela Davis (pictured left), who is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is still speaking truth to power, specifically as it pertains to revolutionary freedom fighter, Assata Shakur (pictured right). In an Read More

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Medal Moves Closer to Alabama Bombing Victims

by Gale Horton Gay Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer The tragedy occurred weeks after the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech/Courtesy Photo National recognition of one of the darkest days in American Read More

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Race Activists Claim Past to Improve the Future

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent ASHVILLE, N.C. (NNPA) – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded $75 million in grants for a 5-year project called the American Healing Initiative. But in an unusual and unexpected move, the foundation assembled some of the grantees here recently Read More

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Social Security Changes Could Hurt Blacks Most

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Social Security changes proposed by Obama could hurt African Americans more than other groups, a new report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions finds. In this fiscal year 2014 budget, President Obama proposes switching the Read More

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More Protests to Come, Vows NC NAACP

Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C. – Seventeen people, including eight ministers, civil rights leaders, and students, were arrested for a prayerful protest at the state legislature in Raleigh on Monday. They promise to return again. The activists were handcuffed and taken Read More

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George Zimmerman’s Decision Leads to Summer Trial

[ABC News] Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. US News | Entertainment News | More ABC News Videos A Florida judge questioned George Zimmerman today on his decision to waive a hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which means that he is Read More

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Jesse Jackson Honored for Anti-Apartheid Work

Jesse Jackson honored in South Africa (Photo by Butch Wing). by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Human rights activist Jesse L. Jackson has been presented the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award, the highest award a non-South African can receive, for Read More

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Cross Words between Pastor, Morehouse President

by Larry Miller and Ayana Jones Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – What started out as a respectful article critical of the lack of qualified African-American appointees in President Barack Obama’s cabinet and a perceived lack of policies specifically designed Read More

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New Guidelines Issued to Improve Cultural Competency

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its standards for cultural competency in health care, hoping to narrow the racial and ethnic health disparities common throughout the United States. “This provides another opportunity to Read More

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Black Generals, Rich in Legacy, Make History

by Frank J. Phillips Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Generals Lloyd Austin (l) and Vincent Brooks (r). (Courtesy Photo) Two African-American generals made history this year by simultaneously taking charge of major regional commands. President Barack Obama nominated Generals Lloyd Austin and Read More

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Pell Grant Changes Will Slow Black Graduation Rates

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent [Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories by NNPA Washington Correspondents Freddie Allen and Maya Rhodan examining how federal loan problems are hurting Black students in college.] WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In many ways, the route Bonita Rex Read More

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New Loan Policies Fail Black Students in College

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two stories by NNPA Washington Correspondents Freddie Allen and Maya Rhodan examining how federal loan problems are failing Black students in college.] WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Like thousands of Black college students, Bethanie Read More

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NUL: Blacks Slip on the Road to Parity with Whites

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Blacks have fallen behind in their efforts to reach parity with Whites in several key areas since 2010, according to the National Urban League’s new “State of Black America” report. Each year, the report computes an Read More

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Memphis Centerstage as World Reflects on Dr. King

by Karanja A. Ajanaku Special to the NNPA News Service from The New Tri-State Defender MEMPHIS – A billing for the evening read: “Mountaintop Speech Commemoration.” It was a summons to gather back at Mason Temple, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last oration Read More

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Mandela Said to Be ‘Much Better’ Than a Week Ago

[New York Times] JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela’s health is improving after nearly a week in the hospital being treated for pneumonia, South Africa’s government said on Wednesday. “President Nelson Mandela continues to make steady improvement in hospital,” said a statement released by the office of Read More

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Blacks Don’t Have Same Views on Same-Sex Marriage

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent Rev. Amos Brown supports same-sex marriage. Rev. Anthony Evans opposes same-sex marriage. WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, and Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Read More

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Diversity Increases Among Students, but Not Teachers

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the pool of students in American schools grows more diverse, those studying to be teachers remain mostly White. According to a new report by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a national organization Read More

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White Men Have Much to Discuss About Mass Shootings

[The Washington Post] Imagine if African American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we’d have political debates demanding that African Americans be “held accountable.” Then, if an atrocity such as Read More

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Urban Prep Seniors All Accepted to College

Special to the NNPA from the Chicago Defender Urban Prep Academy co-founder Tim King, second left, was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at a special assembly where it was announced that 100 percent of the 2013 graduating class has Read More

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KKK Specter May Already Have ‘Helped’ Memphis

by Tony Jones Special to the NNPA from the Tri-State Defender While the long buildup to Saturday’s Ku Klux Klan rally in downtown Memphis has helped the event draw national attention, public and political watchers here say the KKK’s impending visit has served to bring Read More

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Education Chief: Schools Failing Black Students

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of being the traditional ticket to success, many of our nation’s troubled schools hinder opportunity for upward mobility, especially for students of color, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Black publishers in a private meeting Read More

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Former N.C. Governor Stands Up for Justice

by Maya Rhodan Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – They were Southern governors who shared the same last name – Perdue – but took different approaches in two high-profile race-sensitive cases.  Despite a direct appeal from Pope Benedict XVI, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue did not spare Read More

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Unemployment May Worsen for Black Workers

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The economy beat expectations in February by adding 236,000 jobs nearly, doubling 119,000 jobs created in January, according to the Labor Department. Overall, the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, but the Black jobless rate stalled Read More

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China Prepares to Become the World’s Largest Economy

China Prepares to Become the World’s Largest Economy by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief (LAST IN A SERIES) SHANGHAI (NNPA) – In less than 15 years, according to projections by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs and the United States National Intelligence Council, China will overtake Read More

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Philly Coming to Grips with Mass School Closings

[Philadelphia Tribune] When ninth-grader Zach Kaufmann found out his school was one of 27 targeted for closure in Philadelphia, he fought back. He joined a youth activist group, attended numerous community gatherings and even addressed district leaders at a public meeting. But his passion for Read More

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N-Word Incident at Wash U

by Rebecca Rivas Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Aggressive supporters of the Washington University fraternity pledges involved in the racial incident last week bombarded social media after the Association of Black Students released a statement requesting that the administration take “unequivocal Read More

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Howard Students to Volunteer During Spring Break

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Four hundred Howard University students are planning to forego frolicking in the tropics or just resting and relaxing at home to work as volunteers in seven major U.S. cities as part of the school’s Alternative Spring Break Read More

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China in Denial about its Race Problem

Julia Wilson discusses recent changes in China with Jiang Haishan, vice president of the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong in Shanghai. (Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA) Atlanta native Carl Humphrey says image of Blacks has improved in China (Photo courtesy of Carl Humphrey). Lynne Coleman (right) Read More

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Black Women See Dramatic Fall in Incarceration Rates

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent Kemba Smith’s case highlighted problem of Black women in prison. WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After years of being on the rise, the number of Black men locked behind bars in state and federal prisons decreased 9.8 percent between 2000 and Read More

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Supreme Court Justice Equates Black Voting Rights with ‘Racial Entitlements’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief Justice Scalia Equates Black Voting Rights with ‘Racial Entitlements’ WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court to determine whether a key section of the Voting Rights Act should be upheld, Justice Antonin Scalia Read More

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China Emerges from Shadow of the U.S.

With 1.3 billion people in China, residents in urban areas live in high-rise apartments similar to this one in Beijing(Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA). First grade students in Xi’an, China eagerly practice their English on NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell, Jr. (Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA) Starbucks Coffee Read More

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Excessive TV watching in childhood linked to increased risk of criminal behavior, say researchers

Researchers found that the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by approximately 30 percent with every hour that children spent viewing television on an average weeknight. Researchers from the University of Otago have found that children and adolescents who watch excessive amounts Read More

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Executive, charged with slapping baby on Delta flight, loses job

[youtube id=”KelDQj_6P7Y” width=”620″ height=”360″] By Matt Pearce February 18, 2013, 5:42 p.m.  Rough flight. A 60-year-old business executive accused of drunkenly slapping a 2-year-old and referring to him with a racial slur has been fired, according to a statement issued Sunday by his company. Joe Read More

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Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty to federal charges

Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will plead guilty to conspiring  with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal  expenses, including a $43,000 Rolex watch, fur coats and memorabilia associated  with Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Read More

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Missouri Has Highest Black Murder Victim Rate

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For the third year in a row, Missouri ranks as the state  with the highest homicide victimization rate, with 33.86 per 100,000, double the  national average of 16.32 for Black homicide victims, according to an annual  Read More

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Warren Ballentine Fights for His ‘Good Name’

Warren Ballentine says that he is innocent. Photo credit: Ann Ragland/NNPA by George E. Curry Special to the NNPA from The Final Call WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Syndicated radio talk show host Warren Ballentine did not knowingly participate in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders of $9.7 million and Read More

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14-Year Old Student Shot at Atlanta Middle School

[11Alive.com] ATLANTA — Atlanta Police said a 14-year-old student was shot at Price Middle School, near the Lakewood Heights neighborhood south of downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon. According to Atlanta Fire Department Capt. Marian McDaniel, there was a 14-year-old student who had been shot in Read More

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Hadiya Pendleton Murder: Chicago Teen Who Participated in Inauguration Gunned Down After School

[Chicago Tribune] Ten-year-old Nathaniel Pendleton Jr. recalled the way his big sister Hadiya would often greet him with a few gentle slaps on his cheeks whenever she came home from school. “She said it was with love,” he said. Nathaniel etched “I miss you” and Read More

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Wilmington Ten Team Thanks Black Press for Pardons

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief Wilmington Ten Leader Benjamin F. Chavis thanks Black Press (Photo by George E. Curry/NNPA) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (NNPA) – Nearly two years ago, an emotional Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. stood before the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s annual Black Read More

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First lady Michelle Obama serves as fashion icon

By Robin Givhan Washington Post Published: January 21 First lady Michelle Obama stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during President Obama’s second-term swearing-in, holding the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s black leather Bible in her magenta-gloved hands. The smaller Lincoln Bible rested atop Read More

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Some Black Men Escape the Mean Streets of Chicago

by Cassiette West-Williams NNPA Special Contributor (Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, the New York Times ran a front-page story on homicides in Chicago, a story that began by recounting the day Sherman Miller, 21, was shot to death on the steps of St. Columbanus Catholic Church while Read More

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Unemployment Remains at ‘Status Quo’

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As lawmakers battled over tax rates and budget cuts, 155,000 Americans found work in December, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. The gains were right in line with the average of 153,000 Read More

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Next Budget Showdown Could Lead to More Cuts

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After blinking during in a New Year’s Day showdown with President Obama that could have triggered across-the-board spending cuts and significant tax increases, Republicans are poised to seek deep cuts in spending that would violate the Read More

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Wilmington Ten Cheered and Honored

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal   WILMINGTON, N.C. – For Mary Alice Thatch, publisher of the Wilmington Journal, it was a sight she wasn‘t sure she’d ever see. But it was because of her efforts, and the team that she put Read More

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Violence is ‘as American as Cherry Pie’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the late 1960s, Black revolutionary H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, was often quoted as saying violence is “as American as cherry pie.” More than 40 years after the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Read More

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Black Unemployment Drops Faster than for Whites

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate fell to 13.2 percent in November, down from 14.3 percent the previous month. The decrease of 1.1 percent was a sharper drop than for Whites (6.8 percent, from 7 percent in October) Read More

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NNPA Foundation Retires Mortgage on National Headquarters

German “Gerry” Jordan assistant vice president at Industrial Bank congratulates Karl Rodney, NNPA Foundation chair on the signing. by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Karl B. Rodney, chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation and Lenora Alexander, the treasurer, signed the Read More

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Wilmington Ten Prosecutor Called ‘Delusional’ for Defending ‘Racist’ Actions

Wilmington Ten Prosecutor Called ‘Delusional’ for Defending ‘Racist’ Actions By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C – Former New Hanover County prosecutor James Jay Stroud is “delusional” for still defending his “frame-up” of the Wilmington Ten 40 years ago, Read More

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HIV/AIDS Take Heavy Toll on Black Youth

By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although Black and Latina youth represent only 35 percent of all U.S. teenagers, they accounted for 84.4 percent of all newly HIV-infected teenagers in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blacks ages Read More

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NAACP Supports Wilmington Ten Petition

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C. (NNPA) – The national NAACP has now joined its North Carolina conference of chapters in supporting pardons of innocence for the Wilmington Ten. Meanwhile sources maintain that there is opposition to the Read More

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Scrambling to Provide a Good Education

Scrambling to Provide a Good Education By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Federal housing assistance recipients usually do not reside in areas near high performing schools, keeping many educational opportunities from reaching poor and minority students, according to a recent study by Read More

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Malcontents Move to Secede from the U.S.

Malcontents Move to Secede from the U.S. By Phillip Johnson Special to the NNPA from the District Chronicles WASHINGTON (NNPA) – On November 6, the people of the United States spoke. They want Barack Hussein Obama as their president for another four years. But that Read More

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GOP’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Sexist’ Attacks on Susan Rice

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Representative Marcia Fudge, the newly-elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, says politically-inspired charges that United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice is “not very bright” and is “unqualified” to be named Secretary of State by President Read More

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Clock Winding Down for Wilmington Ten Pardons

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from the Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C. [NNPA] – Now that the 2012 presidential elections are history, supporters for the Wilmington Ten pardons of innocence effort are increasing their efforts to build more overwhelming public support for the cause Read More

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Black Youth Critical to Obama’s Victory

By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Although youth are credited with helping President Obama defeat Mitt Romney on Election Day, the president would not have carried that bloc of voters if Black youth had not supported him in overwhelming numbers, according to exit Read More

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Crime Down, Black Arrests Up

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although crime is on the decline in the United States, the rate of arrest of Blacks continue to exceed that of Whites, according to a report by the Justice Policy Institute. The Justice Policy Institute, a Read More

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Activists Ponder Their Next Move

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Blacks were instrumental in the re-election of President Barack Obama and now it’s time for him to return the favor, according to panelists at a Town Hall-style meeting organized at Howard University last week by the Read More

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Blacks Key to Obama’s Victory

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINTON (NNPA) – Despite efforts in some states to suppress the Black vote and predictions that African-Americans would not turn out at the rate they did in 2008, Blacks overcame all obstacles and were key to Obama’s re-election to Read More

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Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Under Obama

Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Under Obama By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After receiving poor marks for his performance in his nationally-televised debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, President Obama received a much-needed boost from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report Read More