Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), returned to her hometown of Mims, Florida, to join NCBCP state-affiliate leader, Salandra Benton, State Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation (FCBCP)/FL BWR, and Desmond Meade, Founder of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), to encourage Black voters in Brevard County to vote “Yes” on Amendment 4
Politics

PRESS ROOM: NCBCP President/CEO Melanie Campbell Returns to Hometown to Join FRRC #LetMyPeopleVote GOTV Bus Tour in Historic Brevard County, Florida

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote for individuals with prior non-violent felony convictions in Florida, who have fully completed their entire sentences, including any probation, parole, and restitution. The Amendment specifically excludes those people who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense. […read more]

“The Man Who Fell From the Sky,” Hard Ball Press; 350 pages
Bill Fletcher Jr.

PRESS ROOM: Announcing a new crime novel from award-winning journalist Bill Fletcher, Jr. – ‘The Man Who Fell From the Sky’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Set within a Cape Verdean American community undergoing a transformation of its own consciousness, Fletcher’s crime novel dives deep into two timely questions: Is revenge ever a moral form of justice, and when does silence become complicity as criminal acts are committed before your own eyes? […read more]

Wells Fargo has been in Washington, D.C., since 1914, with its first location on G Street NW. Since then, local investments in the District have included support for education, the arts and neighborhood revitalization, among other community needs.
Business

PRESS ROOM: Wells Fargo Invests $1.6 Billion to Help Revitalize D.C.’s Minority Neighborhoods

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The bank’s new commitment includes a five-year, $16 million philanthropic commitment more than triples Wells Fargo’s local giving, with a specific focus on Ward 7 and Ward 8. This philanthropy includes $4 million for Community Development Financial Institutions to grow the small business community and $6 million for nonprofit housing initiatives like down payment assistance and development of affordable rental properties. […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.
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]

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

– 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]

Jennifer Carroll, Former Florida Lieutenant Governor
Commentary

OP-ED: A Matter of Trust

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…we the voters are now faced with a collection of suspiciously bundled, intentionally confusing and misleading amendments. The CRC conducted its business in a thoroughly irresponsible manner, under the heavy influence of special interest groups, and we are the recipients of their political game to embezzle us from our votes to support their hidden agenda.” […read more]

The Cure Sickle Cell Initiative seeks to develop cures for a far broader group of individuals with the disease, and it is initially focusing on gene therapies that modify the patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which make red and other blood cells.
Featured

NIH launches initiative to accelerate genetic therapies to cure sickle cell disease

“This initiative is giving patients, families, and communities a reason for hope. I’m particularly pleased that we are able to make this announcement during Sickle Cell Awareness month, when we are shining a spotlight on the toll of this devastating disease,” — ADM Brett Giroir, M.D. Asst. Sec. for Health, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) […read more]

Christopher G. Cox, publisher and managing editor, www.realesavvy.com
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Offering Mortgages for as Little as 3 Percent Down

PASADENA JOURNAL — One of the biggest obstacles confronting low- and moderate-income home buyers is coming up with the 20 percent down payment that many financial advisors recommend they have in the bank prior to entering the housing market. Under Fannie Mae’s Home Ready and Freddie Mac’s Home Possible programs, it might be possible to obtain a mortgage with substantially less cash on hand. […read more]

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, (D-FL)
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Response to Recording of President Trump Joking About Niger Ambush

“I wish I could say that I’m surprised by President Trump’s attempt to make light of a tragic event that led to the deaths of four American heroes, but I am not. It is appalling, but this is the same man, after all, who told the widow of my constituent, Sgt. La David Johnson, during his so-called condolence call that her husband knew what he was signing up for…” […read more]

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s first elected female bishop, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Stellar award-winning artist Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, will headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Prayer Breakfast on September 15, 2018.
Entertainment

PRESS ROOM: Bishop Vashti McKenzie and Stellar Award-Winning Recording Artist Kurt Carr to Headline CBCF Annual Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON—The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s first elected female bishop, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Stellar award-winning artist Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, will headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Prayer Breakfast on September 15, 2018. […read more]

Atlanta Tribune

PRESS ROOM: State Farm Gets Naming Rights to Former Philips Arena

THE ATLANTA TRIBUNE — The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and State Farm announced a 20-year collaboration that will benefit the Atlanta metropolitan area aimed at building stronger communities through mentorship, volunteerism and the principle of being a good neighbor. A nationally-renowned company and one of Georgia’s top employers, State Farm will join forces with the Hawks, displaying their iconic red logo and marks atop and throughout the best sports and live entertainment venue in Atlanta – the new State Farm Arena – and building new community engagement programs and philanthropic initiatives. […read more]

Health

PRESS ROOM: Health, Diversity and Inclusion Leader Sheila Thorne Will Receive the New Jersey State Association IBPOEW’s Civil Liberties 2018 Community Service Award

As President and CEO, Sheila L. Thorne has built the Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC (MHMG) into a thriving and growing full-service market research, cross-cultural educational, marketing communications company. Thorne will receive the 2018 Community Service Award at the New Jersey State Association of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World (IBPOEW) Civil Liberties Luncheon on Friday, June 8, 2018. […read more]

National

Open Letter to Starbucks

…the Starbucks decision to fix this public relations problem with “diversity training” is not the Howard Schultz or even the Starbucks way. Rather than work with the Black community towards a solution to this potentially international issue, Starbucks turned to themselves and created a program for diversity training that includes closing their stores for one day and hiring the highest-priced diversity trainers money can buy. […read more]

Press Room

PRESS ROOM: Actors Danny Glover and Delroy Lindo Join Inaugural “From the Fire Summer Leadership Academy” for Young Black Males at Princeton University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.—Personal development, empowerment, and accountability are the focuses of the new “From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men” operated by At the Well Conferences, Inc.; a provider of events for teens since 2009. The inaugural two-week boarding program Read More

Black History

PRESS ROOM: Smithsonian’s Black History Museum Showcases #CityofHope1968 Exhibition

Media only: Jermaine House (202) 633-9495; housej@si.edu Fleur Paysour (202) 633-4761; paysourf@si.edu Shrita Hernandez (202) 633-5089; hernandezs@si.edu Media website: http://newsdesk.si.edu Link to images: http://bit.ly/PPCMediaImages Interactive Exhibition: http://nmaahc.si.edu/city-hope Social Media Hashtag: #CityofHope1968 National Museum of African American History and Culture Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther Read More

Business

PRESS ROOM: Congressman Elijah Cummings to Honor 1st African American Billionaire Reginald F. Lewis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS LMarilyn Crawford Email: Rflbilliondollardeal@gmail.com Phone: 646-630-0012 Lilly Black Phone: 212-756-8958 SOCIAL MEDIA Instagram: @RFLBillionDollarDeal Facebook: RFL Billion Dollar Deal Twitter: @RFLthedeal PRESS ROOM: Congressman Elijah Cummings to Honor 1st African American Billionaire Reginald F. Lewis Nov. 30 Read More

Press Room

All-New 2018 Expedition Heads to Atlanta for Morehouse and Spelman Homecoming Events as Part of Ford HBCU Drive2Greatness Program

• Ford Drive2Greatness program continues with the first-ever Ford Ultimate Homecoming Takeover, a weeklong homecoming takeover at Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta, beginning Monday through Oct. 21 • Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Ford’s newest products – including the all-new 2018 Read More

Press Room

PRESS ROOM: The NNPA Calls on Congress to Take More Aggressive Stance against ‘Fake Ads’ Targeting African-Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Phone: (202) 588-8764 Email: dr.bchavis@nnpa.org PRESS ROOM: The NNPA Calls on Congress to Take More Aggressive Stance against ‘Fake Ads’ Targeting African-Americans WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 4, 2017/NNPANewswirePR/The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell Read More

Press Room

PRESS STATEMENT: NNPA Chairman Says Gun Control Is “Forbidden Subject” When Mass Shooters are White and Male; This Is a “Glaring Double Standard.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 4, 2017 CONTACT: Stephanie Gadlin Phone: (773) 752-2500 Email: sgadlin@chicagocrusader.com PRESS STATEMENT: NNPA Chairman Says Gun Control Is “Forbidden Subject” When Mass Shooters are White and Male; This Is a “Glaring Double Standard.” CHICAGO—The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chairman Dorothy Read More

Press Room

PRESS ROOM: National African-American Women’s Movement to Host First-Ever “National African-American Women’s Conversation on Saturday, October 7

— Black women shaping their own destiny; Calling all African American women to Atlanta, Georgia — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2017 CONTACT: NAAWM 912-631-1891 knowyourselfnwm@gmail.com ATLANTA, September 18, 2017/NNPANewswirePR—The National African-American Women’s Movement LLC (NAAWM) will host a solutions-focused interactive conference called “The National Read More

Black History

PRESS ROOM: The NNPA Mourns the Loss of Dick Gregory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2017 Contact: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. dr.bchavis@nnpa.org, 202.588.8764 WASHINGTON—The National Newspaper Publishers Association released the following statement about the death of Dick Gregory: The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) deeply mourns the passing of freedom fighter Dick Gregory. Dick Read More

Black History

PRESS ROOM: Pfizer and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and Need for Improved Patient Care

Media Contacts: Steven Danehy 212-733-1538 Steven.Danehy@pfizer.com Claudette Perry 212-588-8764 Ext. 2 cperry@nnpa.org Collaboration Aims to Educate on the Importance of Clinical Trials in Developing Potential New Sickle Cell Disease Therapies NEW YORK, NY, March 24, 2017 – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and the National Newspaper Publishers Read More