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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

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New Miss Black USA ‘Ready’ for the Future

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Thirty young, Black women shimmering platinum and white evening gowns, silver, sapphires and dandelion yellows, rubies lit the Theater of Performing Arts at the University of the District of Columbia. They prayed through perfect pageant smiles thinking: Read More

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D.C. Students Being Paid for Summer School

[Washington Examiner] The District is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school, The Washington Examiner has learned. The rising ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the “Summer Bridge” program, which targets students identified by D.C. Public Schools as Read More

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The Changing Face of U Street

The Changing Face of U Street Demographic Shifts, Construction Impacts Black Businesses by Krishana Davis Special to the AFRO A Pinz-N-Needlez tattoo artist tattoos the lower back of a client. (AFROPhoto/KrishanaDavis)     It’s dusk on a summer Friday and a misty rain has slowed Read More

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FAMU’s Ammons Resigns Amid Hazing Scandal

[Orlando Sentinel] Florida A&M University President James Ammons today resigned amid a growing scandal over the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion and resulting criticism over management at Florida’s only public, historically blackuniversity. Ammons’ resignation, to the university’s board of trustees, comes on the Read More

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Obama Continues to Disrespect the Black Press

By Akeya Dickson Washington Correspondent NNPA News Service ATLANTA (NNPA) – A panel discussion Thursday at the National Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention titled, “Get Out the Vote” should have been renamed, “Get Out the Anger” as Black newspaper owners expressed their strong displeasure over Read More