At one of his more than 400 school visits, Dr. Shawn Joseph looks on as an elementary student works on a class project.
Education

Dr. Shawn Joseph Unchained

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — As the highly tumultuous period of leadership for the city’s first African-American Director of Schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools comes to a shameful end, Dr. Shawn Joseph showed class all the way while the city will have to watch and see if the Board of Education will claw the new black Director of Schools. […read more]

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Rev. Anthony Trufant, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Brooklyn. (Courtesy Photo: www.ebcconnects.com)
Afro

OP-ED: I’ve Almost Lost Hope

THE AFRO — Christians — from the Church’s beginning — have rarely agreed on doctrinal issues and the look of authentic public witness. What has concerned me, however, are white Evangelicals who remain sympathetic to and supportive of organizations that carry racist overtones and undertones like the Ku Klux Klan, the Birther Movement, the Alt-Right and the Heritage Preservation Association. […read more]

Atlanta Tribune

H. Scott Young is Turning Atlanta Around

ATLANTA TRIBUNE — Spending a lot of time researching his properties at the Atlanta History Center, meeting subcontractors, and honoring an internal compass that constantly led him back to community connection put him in conversations with the small businesses owners in the areas where he was dealing which crystallized his next pivot in energy: leasing to small business owners. In 2015, he created the fully independent Seryus Property Group, headquartered in Waterlab. […read more]

Raven Little
Art

Local teen poet wins gold medal at national arts competition

LOUISIANA WEEKLY — When Lusher Charter School senior Raven Little began writing poetry in a seventh-grade creative writing class, her work covered many of the usual subjects in a teenager’s life, like love poems and sports. But after a while, 17-year-old Raven’s focus shifted as she matured and became more aware of the troubles causing strife, disunity and injustice in the society around her. She soon felt the need to tackle those social, political and racial challenges. […read more]

Jesse J. Holland, best-selling, celebrated author has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his original book “Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?”
Books

Holland Nominated for NAACP Image Award

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — Jesse J. Holland, best-selling, celebrated author has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his original book “Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?” On the heels of its recent win at the Oscars, Black Panther and related content continues to delight audiences the world over. Jesse’s top-selling book has been recognized for its true-to-comics storyline and riveting writing. […read more]

Senator Patty Murray, second from right, poses with staff members from Voices Of Tomorrow, a childcare center in Southeast Seattle. (Photo by: Aaron Allen)
Economy

Murray’s Bill Looks To Make Childcare More Affordable

THE SEATTLE MEDIUM — The rising costs of childcare is a growing concern in Seattle and throughout the country, especially African American and other marginalized communities. To address the issue, Sen. Parry Murray has re-introduced the Childcare For Working Families Act, a bold, comprehensive plan to make child care more affordable for low and middle-income families and strengthen federal investments in the child care industry to ensure everyone has access to high-quality, affordable child care in their area. […read more]

Centinela Valley Union High School District students learned the post-high school life skills needed to handle the unique challenges in today's society 
Community

Defying the Odds Black History Educational Experience, Kinecta Federal Credit Union Empowered African American Male Students

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — There has been a decline in African-American men transitioning successfully into and through college.  As part of its commitment to the advancement and strengthening of the communities it serves, Kinecta Federal Credit Union hosted Defying the Odds Black History Event to shed light on the history of the struggles and successes of African-Americans while helping to equip young men with the necessary tools and contacts to define their own path of success. […read more]

Medgar Evers (Photo: FBI.gov)
#NNPA BlackPress

Rep. Bennie Thompson Wins Efforts to Make Medgar Evers Home National Monument

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Because of the work of Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the Evers’ house at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson, will now become a national historic landmark. The house where Medgar Evers’ was fatally shot was built in the first planned middle-class subdivision for African-Americans in Mississippi after World War II. Thompson has been working on the honor for Evers for over ten years. […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]

Dr. Ben Chavis
Charleston Chronicle

Norton to Introduce Bill Requiring Federal Agencies to Advertise with Minority-Owned Media

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that she will introduce a bill to require all federal agencies to include in their annual budget requests to Congress the amount they spent in the most recent fiscal year on advertising contracts with newspapers and media companies owned by minorities and women. […read more]