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CHILD WATCH: New Year’s Resolutions

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure Read More

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To Be Equal: Triumphs and Tragedies of 2012

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “I miss you baby girl. Sweet caramel princess. African American, Puerto Rican Canadian with a wee bit of Irish…We will honor your classmates you loved so dearly too. As well as the teachers and staff. Love wins.” — Nelba Read More

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The Biggest Losers of 2012

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As I have reflected on the year just ended, I noticed everyone doing their usual year-end lists of the biggest winners and losers of the year. I am not a big fan of these lists, but I will acknowledge Read More

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Blackonomics: Hire Yourself – and then Others

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist In consideration of the latest shenanigans from Congress as it pertains to the economic conditions facing most Americans these days, unemployment and underemployment being the most serious, the case for entrepreneurship is more important than ever.  For Black people especially, Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Banking on Black Banks

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Starting during the 1930s, the Mitchells of Washington were close friends with Edward Kennedy Ellington’s family.  So, in 2009 when the Duke Ellington Commemorative Quarter was to be distributed, the Ellington family selected the Mitchell’s Industrial Bank on the historic Read More

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Social Security, Medicare Should be Off the Table

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Even though feuding Democrats and Republicans reached a last-minute deal on New Year’s Day to avoid the fiscal cliff,  a lively debate will continue in coming months over the role the federal government should play in the lives Read More

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Mentoring, Hard Work, and the Hook-Up

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   How will African Americans improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE : Will Blacks Support Tim Scott?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   If Sen. Timothy Eugene Scott is the GOP standard bearer in the 2016 presidential elections, will any Black Americans vote for him? The appointment of Scott to a U.S. Senate seat representing South Carolina is the Republicans’ most recent example Read More

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National Rifle Association Misfires Again

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnists When the National Rifle Association finally revealed last week what it was willing to do to help curb gun violence in schools, it fired a blank. “Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about Read More

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No Reason to Celebrate Tim Scott

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The polite side of me congratulates Tim Scott on being named Senator for the state of South Carolina.  Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. The appointment of Scott was Read More

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How Social Are You?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Channel surfing over the weekend, I stopped on a favorite old romantic comedy that was centered on a relationship that blossomed over emails. The movie isn’t even all that old, yet its premise now seems almost ancient. Because as Read More

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Jimmy Graham–A True Baller

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   That’s right, Jimmy Graham!  Most of the public is only recently becoming aware of the story of Jimmy Graham.  I find this very unfortunate, but true. Jimmy Graham is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints football team.  Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Year in Review

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Again this year, African Americans placed higher priorities on participation in politics than the pursuit of capitalistic and business development initiatives to improve their economic conditions. Their primary motivation is to use “the vote” to get what they want Read More

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One Week, Two Sides of Obama

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. This first was political, involving Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name as a candidate for Secretary of State. The second Read More

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Child Watch: Dear God! When Will It Stop?

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist The horrendous news from Newtown, Conn. has pierced our hearts. A black-clad man in his 20s armed with two semi-automatic handguns, entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School and made an elementary school for kindergartners through fourth graders the scene Read More

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Passionate about the Wrong Things

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I was in a cab just the other day when the driver chided me for not knowing football.  He was a big Redskins (I call them the Deadskins because they need to change their name) fan, and was obsessed with Read More

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White Democrats Abandon Strong Black Women

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist What is it about Democratic presidents and Black women that result in the women always being thrown under the bus? Black women gave President Obama 96 percent of their vote in 2012 – compared to 87 percent for Black men Read More

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Our Children Deserve Better

By Benjamin Todd Jealous NNPA Guest Columnist Every generation believes their children deserve to be better off than they were. This belief inspired the first slave rebellion in 1663, when a new law dictated that children of African slaves would not be able to rise Read More

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Predatory Lending Practices Continue to Weaken Blacks and Hispanics

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In the first report of its kind, the Center for Responsible Lending has examined consumer lending markets across-the-board and found that despite recent regulatory reforms – predatory lending continues to undermine American households trying to rebuild their finances after the Read More

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Blackonomics: Black Leadership or Pleadership?

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”  This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth Read More

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Black to the Future

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was recently in South Africa for a conference.  While there, I had two interesting experiences that raised the complications and politics of race. In the first case I was on a shuttle bus. The driver, ethnically South Asian Read More

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Opportunity and Diversity One Industry at a Time

by Benjamin Todd Jealous Special to the NNPA from the North Dallas Gazette   There is a missing component to the national discussion concerning how to strengthen and rebuild the American economy.  It is true that high unemployment, a weak national infrastructure, the need for Read More

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Redefining Conventional Financial Wisdom

by Damon Carr Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier When I first began writing a financial column, I would end almost every column with conventional financial wisdom that’s been past down from generation to generation—pay yourself first, live below your means and Read More

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Word and Number Games Played in Fiscal Showdown

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   It should be embarrassing enough that President Obama and House Republicans postponed making tough fiscal decisions by kicking the can down the road to New Year’s Day – when certain automatic budget cuts will go into effect unless Read More

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Republicans are Driving in the Wrong Direction

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to Read More

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Blacks, Latinos Two-Thirds of Under-Banked

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   More than 37 million American households were either unbanked or under-banked in 2011, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). African-American households represent 34 percent of all under-banked consumers, the highest percentage among demographics Read More

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Blackonomics: Experimenting with Poverty

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Newark, New Jersey Mayor, Corey Booker, following the example of Phoenix, Arizona Mayor, Greg Stanton, is accepting a challenge to live on a $35 food stamp budget for one week.  Mr. Mayor will add to his resume of shoveling Read More

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What about Kasandra Perkins?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   By now, it’s old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter. By now we’ve read about how great a teammate Belcher was, Read More

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Corruption on ‘Steroids’

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Most people think of corruption belonging exclusively to the Third World. Actually, corruption is everywhere. Sometimes it is rampant and sometimes it is subtle and, by definition, very hard to detect.  Let me tell you about corruption that Read More

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An African American Voice on Israel and Gaza

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Angela M. Gilliam NNPA We, as African Americans, simply could not remain silent when word broke of the Israeli bombings of Gaza.  Along with Cornel West and others, we circulated a petition condemning the aggression and demanding an end to Read More

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Child Watch: Determined to Make a Difference

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   This year, New York is facing the worst homeless crisis since the Great Depression. The city homeless population included a record-breaking 42,888 children. The many ways poverty scars a child today and long into the future are well-documented. Read More

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Lady in the Sky with Diamonds

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Shine bright like a diamond Shine bright like a diamond Shining bright like a diamond We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky – Diamonds by Rihanna   Why did one of the world’s biggest pop stars feel the need to host Read More

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The Right-Wing Witch Hunt Against Susan Rice

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Media Matters, the media monitoring group, has published a report titled, “Myths And Facts About The Right-Wing Witch Hunt Against Susan Rice.” It is a point-by-point rebuttal of some of the most flagrant lies being about United Nations Ambassador Susan Read More

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Cashing in on the “Lootery”

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years of age, the two elderly ladies who lived downstairs from my family would give me a ladies’ handkerchief tied in a knot with some coins and a piece of paper Read More

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The Season to be Careful

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Okay, I’ll admit it.  I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas.  It takes me until about December 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family.  I Read More

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There is a Reason for the Season

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   With the Christmas season in full bloom, I am amazed how such a simple celebration has now become so controversial.  How can people find a way to criticize the meaning of Christmas that I grew up with? Christmas has Read More

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We’re More Connected Everyday

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I love this time of the year.  Oh, yes – the holidays, too – but, I am referring to the release of the newest Nielsen Cross-Platform Report. The latest edition is called A New Connected Community, analyzing the constant shifting in how and Read More

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African American Leaders Convened in Washington

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist President Obama’s decisive victory in this year’s presidential election signaled a shift in both demographics and attitude in America. While 93 percent of African American voters supported Obama, his victory reflected a cross-section of America, including substantial numbers of Read More

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Demanding Full-day Kindergarten

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist About 4 million American children celebrated a very big milestone this fall—their first day of kindergarten. Far too many were already a step or more behind their peers. If we want all of our children to be school-ready so Read More

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Troubled Waters on the Mighty Mississippi

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The Mississippi River is a great blessing from God. Besides being the largest river in our nation, it is a major vehicle of commerce.  It borders the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Read More

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Another Look at the Republican Party

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   “Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that can’t keep promises it made you during election time and you’re dumb enough to continue to identify with that political party, you’re not only a chump but traitor Read More

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Aspirations: Purposeful Giving

By Michelle Thornhill NNPA Columnist We’ve all heard the adage, “the more you give, the more you receive.”  I believe that most people are willing to give, but uncertain about how to make the most meaningful contributions.  It’s perfectly fine to give as opportunities arise. Read More

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Civil Rights Hypocrites

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was once told, “Be what you are looking for. If you want friends, go be a friend; if you want love, go love someone and if you want happiness, go make someone happy.” As I have reflected on Read More

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Racing to Win Your Holiday Dollars

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   “Gotta have that Big Screen TV” is out of the gate first, with “I wanna X-Box” on the rail and closing fast.  But “I like the Wii” is having none of it as he moves up in position to Read More

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Not all Public Policy is Created Equal

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Discussions of the fiscal cliff also include discussions about ways to change Social Security and Medicare benefits in order to save money.  One of the proposals is to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70.  After all, some Read More

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Obama Stands by Susan Rice

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist All U.S. United Nations ambassadors sit in a perpetual hot seat.  That comes with the assignment and to be periodically involved in public controversies is not out of the ordinary.  Yet with the growing unprincipled and ultra-partisan attacks Read More

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Lincoln, the Movie: What’s Missing?

By Gary L. Flowers NNPA Columnist   “ ‘Negro History’ is the missing segment of world history” Carter G. Woodson Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that Black history is the missing pages of world history.  Never was such so true than Read More

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Tuning Out Black Radio

By William Reed NNPA Columnist “Historically, Black radio … fulfilled all functions Black people needed … but now it’s time to take a serious look and right the wrong of the mess we call Black radio today,”  says Todd Steven Burroughs, a lecturer in the Read More

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Income Inequality Grows in U.S.

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The threat of an impending fiscal cliff has sparked intense conversations about whether upper income citizens are paying their fair share of taxes. But equally important – and perhaps more important in the long term – is the issue Read More

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A Black Thanksgiving

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Millions of Black American families observed Thanksgiving this week.  We have much to be thankful and grateful for. Yet we should also be cognizant of the challenges and struggles that lie ahead in the pathway to future economic Read More

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Understanding Why Republicans Lost

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, “W-e-l-l, there you go again.”  Post-election, the Republicans just can’t seem to get their act together.  They can’t bring themselves to admit that President Obama beat them fair and square. Karl Rove said Read More

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Business Exchange: Back to the Status Quo

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   “One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion” ― Voltaire How could a president facing unemployment near 8 percent, and a national debt topping $16 trillion win a second term Read More

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Democracy on Trial

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist On Election Day, I found myself thinking about Venezuela. In the context of a hotly contested race for the presidency of the country, all reports indicated that the Venezuelan elections were handled smoothly with very few problems.  This was true Read More

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CHILD WATCH: Giving Thanks for the Hard Times

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Thanksgiving is a season when many Americans gather with our families over full dinner tables to count our blessings. Seventeen-year-old Eva Maria Turcios and her family take very little for granted any day, including the blessing of having any Read More

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Now, the Real Work Begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Read More

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Sick of Healthcare Lies

Sick of Healthcare Lies By Bill Fletcher NNPA Columnist The on-going debate about healthcare reform hit me this week when I became quite ill. I am one of the lucky ones. I have an employer-provided healthcare plan so I was ultimately able to go to Read More

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Making Results Match Rhetoric

Blackonomics Making Results Match Rhetoric By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Talk is cheap!” “Talkin’ loud and sayin’ nothin’!” Black folks do a lot of talking, rappin,’ espousing, pontificating, and philosophizin’. No matter the subject, we seem to know all about it and are more than Read More

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Where’s the Black Agenda?

BUSINESS EXCHANGE Where’s the Black Agenda? By William Reed NNPA Columnist We declare our right to be respected as human beings and we intend to bring these rights into existence by any means necessary. – Malcolm X Is there a Black agenda in America? Will Read More

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Blame Republicans for High Unemployment

Blame Republicans for High Unemployment By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The unemployment rate has hovered above 8 percent for several months, most recently holding ground at 8.2 percent, the same as last month. Meanwhile, the African American unemployment rate went up, officially to 14.4 percent, Read More

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So Many Choices, So Many Screens

So Many Choices, So Many Screens By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I’ve said it before: we are spoiled rotten. Reviewing Nielsen’s latest Cross-Platform Report, How We Watch from Screen to Screen, I can’t help but smile and remember the earlier days of “watching television.” (You, Read More

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America’s Broke Priorities

America’s Broke Priorities By Wilmer J. Leon III NNPA Columnist On July 5, 1852 Frederick Douglass gave his famous speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Douglass asked, “Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Read More