Congress of Racial Equality and members of the All Souls Church, Unitarian located in Washington, D.C. march in memory of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims. The banner, which says “No more Birminghams”, shows a picture of the aftermath of the bombing. (Photo: US News & World Report Collection, US Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons)
Black History

COMMENTARY: White churches have a moral responsibility to stand up

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The nation is facing many morally relevant social, economic and political crises — voter suppression, income and wealth inequality, criminal justice reform and climate change — that now pose an existential threat to the next generation. Why does the white church remain so silent in the face of these mounting crises and denial of justice and opportunity? […read more]

The rule undermines the Administration’s own Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, issued just a few months ago, which calls for an increased focus on preventing homelessness, including by “Improv[ing] access to federally funded housing assistance by eliminating administrative barriers and encouraging targeting and prioritization of affordable housing to … populations that are especially vulnerable to homelessness.”
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Public Charge Rule Undermines Human Rights, Harms Families and Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…Let us be clear: human rights and human needs do not disappear based on immigration status. Everyone needs a safe, secure place to live, nutritious food, and access to adequate health care. Keeping poor families out of housing and denying them food will only force them into deeper poverty and potential homelessness. This hurts them, their children and our communities.” […read more]

“…the fact that these beverage taxes are masquerading as public health initiatives means that they can often come at the expense of effective community health programs that have a positive impact on the lives of working-class people.” (Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)
Commentary

OP-ED: Beverage Taxes Are Not the Health Solution that Working Families Need

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Despite being portrayed as public health solutions, [beverage taxes] end up harming the exact residents that they are supposed to help – primarily working-class African-Americans and Latinos. There are no health benefits to making someone a dollar poorer, and the fact that beverage taxes overwhelmingly affect minorities only makes them more dangerous and disingenuous. […read more]

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]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
Commentary

My Legacy with George Herbert Walker Bush

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Bush was tapped on the shoulder many more times, like when he created a Yale chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in 1948, gave royalties from his book to the UNCF, and had his brother Jonathan serve as chairman of the board of directors for the UNCF in the early nineties. He was the U.S Envoy to China, headed the CIA, and served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, vice president, and president. […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]

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

COMMENTARY: Congresswoman Waters Recognizes World AIDS Day 2018

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…we still face unprecedented challenges in our struggle against HIV/AIDS. …Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have debated proposals to slash funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts and take health insurance away from millions of Americans, including those who are living with HIV/AIDS and other pre-existing conditions.” […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 Congressional Black Caucus needs to get to work on the Western Sahara

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …the conflict in the Western Sahara is an inner-African struggle… it represents a struggle over the future of Africa not only because it may explode once again but because it calls into question the terms under which peace and justice can truly emerge on a continent divided as it has been by boundaries originally established by European colonial powers. […read more]

Nsenga and Kai Burton (Photo: Nsenga Burton)
Commentary

Dear Black People: Adoption is a Great Option

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Adoption is a great option for all families, especially African-American families who typically “take in” children as a regular practice. The informal practice of “adopting” children began in the United States when black families were often destroyed by the system and practice of slavery. Slaves were sold and traded, so families were broken up, leaving children behind in need of care. […read more]

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties.
Commentary

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson on World AIDS Day 2018

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I am deeply concerned by disproportionately high HIV/Aids rates in low-income and African-American communities. In 2016, 47 percent of all AIDS diagnoses in the United States were given to African Americans and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention people in urban areas who live below the poverty line are twice as likely to become HIV-infected.” […read more]

Jason Mitchell stars in Tyrel
Dwight Brown

FILM REVIEW: Tyrel

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The script creates a black protagonist, Tyler (Jason Mitchel, Straight Outta Compton), who is friends with a white dude, Johnny (Christopher Abbott). Nothing seems abnormal about their ebony/ivory relationship and the two seem to have a believable bond that should stand the strain of odd situations. […read more]

ESSA Houston Black Parents’ Town Hall participants – Larry McKinzie, Monica Riley, Lynette Monroe, Treyvon Waddy, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Dr. Elizabeth Primas, Forward Times Publisher/CEO Karen Carter Richards, Chirelle Riley and Jeffrey L. Boney
#NNPA BlackPress

NNPA Hosts Black Parents’ Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the State of Education in Houston’s African American Community

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Teachers should seek to build trust with the parents and seek to know the parents on a first name basis, so they can stay in the loop. I think that will go a long way and would open the door to discuss more personal things that may be affecting the child,” said Forward Times intern Treyvon Waddy. […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: Trump, the Republicans and the Neo-Confederate Objective

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When [Trump] and his followers suggest that their way of life is being threatened, they mean that the privileged status of whites and men—compared with people of color and women, respectively—has been called into question by those of us who believe in democracy and justice. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member 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]

(Photo: Marian Wright Edelman / The History Makers)
Black History

Marian Wright Edelman Stepping Aside From CDF

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Though we face unprecedented challenges and threats to the safety and well-being of America’s children, we refuse to go backwards. No matter who holds the reins of political power, CDF will move forward in our mission to Leave No Child Behind and ensure that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage into adulthood,” Edelman said. […read more]

(Photo: Video Screencapture / MSNBC YouTube)
Featured

Pelosi Announces Push for Staff Diversity for New U.S House

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A new House Diversity Initiative would create a permanent office in the House with sufficient staff to help recruit and retain diverse employees according to staff. Much of the pressure over the last few years regarding the diversity issue on Capitol Hill has come as a result of study and effort by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies headed by Spencer Overton. […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]

Business

Female Entrepreneur Breaks Cultural Barriers in Jamaica

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Founder of Compton, California-based entertainment law firm, “Wan Move,” Moiika Stanley’s first international event, the Wan Move Diaspora Experience (WMDE) Conference and festival is a trailblazing event scheduled to be held from Nov. 25–Dec. 2 in Kingston, Jamaica’s Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Stanley said that hosting the conference in Jamaica was a no brainer and a direct representation of the island’s dynamic culture. […read more]

Official ballot for the 2000 United States Presidential election, November 7, 2000, from Palm Beach County, Florida. (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]