“The GAO’s findings make it clear that there is still much progress to be made,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
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Norton’s Congressional Bill Ensures U.S. Government Includes Black and Women-Owned Media in Advertising Contracts

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In 2017, the GAO examined spending on advertising contracts with minority-owned businesses by five agencies – the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of the Interior, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – and found that only five percent of the $4.3 billion available for advertising contracts went to minority businesses,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). […read more]

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Intersections of Our Lives calls on our champions in Congress to raise their voices in opposition to the draconian Hyde Amendment. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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PRESS ROOM: Reproductive Justice organizations express dismay over Hyde Amendment status

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s 2019. How much longer do women of color have to wait for basic equity? How can it be that we still do not have enough political will from Members of Congress to say that women with less means are no less deserving of the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and their health with dignity and self-determination?” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. […read more]

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Double Standard even Among Pro-Homosexual Groups

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   William Thomas and Bruce Harris are two very successful judges who most people don’t know.  Thomas is from Miami and Harris is from Chatham Borough, N.J.  Both were nominated for  judgeships and both were defeated.  Both are Black.  Both Read More

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Cavemen Keep Sexism Alive

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Women serve in almost every high-powered job in the United States: CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Senators, university presidents, race car drivers and even astronauts. Yet, there are some male bozos who think women should be treated as Read More

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Diluting Black Business

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   We have these programs from the blood, sweat and tears of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other giants of the Civil Rights Movement. They saw the vision of having a new and improved civil rights act.  Read More

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Blackonomics: Obama Not Singing ‘You Have a Friend’

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist                                                                                                 The aphorism, “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” is especially relevant to the conversations being held among Black people vis-à-vis our president and our lack of economic progress in this country. The “friend in need” is the Read More

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CHILD WATCH: Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “’I’m learning that milestones are a very difficult thing to get through in this first year . . . Everything has become ‘after Noah’s death,’” said Jodi Sandoval through a stream of tears. Jodi lost her 14-year-old son, Read More

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A Closer Reading of Obama’s Terrorism Speech

By Bill Fletcher,  Jr. NNPA Columnist   I read the speech.  I read it carefully.  Again, an excellent speech; as a result, you have to read it closely to see what it is actually saying and what it is not saying. The Obama administration is Read More

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“No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family–mother, father, and children.  There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit.  Susie Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Susan Rice’s Discredited Story

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Do you still believe what U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was saying during her infamous five Sunday show appearances?  By now, we all know that these appearances contained “inaccurate information.” Clearly, President Obama and Congressional Democrats went to great lengths Read More

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To Be Equal: Raise the Minimum Wage Now

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn’t right.” – Rep. George Miller In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the Occupy Read More

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Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran are dating again [UPI]

[UPI] Chris Brown has reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and they are living together at the singer’s Hollywood Hills home, TMZ reported. Tran is keeping her own apartment, but has already moved most of her clothes and other personal belongings into Brown’s house, the report said. Read More

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Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’ Screening Shut Down by Houston Police [Rolling Stone]

[Rolling Stone] A screening of Kanye West’s “New Slaves” video in Houston came to an early end last night when police arrived to shut down the projection. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston police broke up an “upbeat, respectful crowd” who had gathered to watch the display at Read More

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Will Smith Raps Fresh Prince Theme Song with Son Jaden [People.com]

[People] It wasn’t Bel-Air, or even West Philadelphia, but Will Smith grabbed a microphone in London and proved he hasn’t forgotten hisFresh Prince roots. The megastar and son Jaden pleasantly shocked The Graham Norton Show audience Friday when they stood up during their appearance to promote After Earth and rapped the theme Read More

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Take a Recess from Closing Public Schools

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced plans to close at least 50 schools as a cost-cutting measure. But before any other urban school system follows suit, it should take an extended recess and reflect on what Read More

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Putting the IRS ‘Scandal’ into Perspective

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges Read More

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In Jobs, we’re in a Race to the Bottom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study Read More

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Obama at Morehouse: Black Americans’ Responsibility

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Speaking to the newly-minted graduates of Atlanta’s historically Black and all-male Morehouse College May 19, President Obama urged them to use the power and advantage of their diplomas “for something larger than yourself.”  “It betrays a poverty of Read More

Op-Ed

Homeowner Bills of Rights Emerge as Remedies to Foreclosure

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A few days ago, HUD released data showing that more 620,000 troubled homeowners received more than $50 billion in principal reductions and savings. These actions were the direct result of the National Mortgage Settlement, negotiated by America’s largest banks, Read More

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CHILDWATCH: ‘Numb, Spiritually Dead Nation’

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Ka’Nard Allen has been shot twice in his 10-year-old life. On May 12, he went with his mother to the annual Mother’s Day second line parade in New Orleans. When two gunmen shot into the line of participants—men, Read More

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Endless Entertainment Options

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Remember back-in-the-day when you used to poke your mouth out, bug your parents (or whatever adult was in charge) about being bored?  Well, today’s kids can’t use that tired, old excuse. Neither can we, as grown folks, for that Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: End the War on Drugs Now

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   There is no easy way or walk to freedom; no shortcuts to justice; no quick fix for conceiving and constructing the good and sustainable society and world we all want and deserve. Indeed, to achieve the good we all Read More

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To Be Equal: Urban League Tackles Unemployment

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are. Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life.” -President Barack Obama If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve Read More

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The One: Central Park Five’s Korey Wise

by Mea Ashley Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Korey Wise sits smirking through a one-man play, saying “hmph!” and “ummm” now and then. Youth groups, activists, and college students have packed the auditorium at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Wise will Read More

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Candice Glover Named ‘American Idol’ for Season 12

American Idol Candice Glover was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday after defeating country singer Kree Harrison. The 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she was victorious over 22-year-old country singer Harrison from Woodville, Read More

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Obama’s Troubles Aren’t Comparable to ‘Watergate’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at Read More

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Racists Don’t Like Being called Racists

By Julian Bond NNPA Guest Columnist   I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” Read More

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Discrimination against the Unemployed

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It will strike many of you as counter-intuitive, but there has been a rising phenomenon of unemployed workers suffering discrimination when they have sought work because…they have been unemployed.  This is not an exaggeration.  In fact, the situation Read More

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Protecting Black Americans’ Right to Compete

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s no coincidence that in the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a challenge to affirmative action in higher education and also a challenge to the most important provision of the Voting Rights Act Read More

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HIP HOP CONNECTION: Respect is a Two-Way Street

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   As Memorial Day approaches, I can’t help but think about Miami’s unofficial Urban Beach Week.  It’s the largest urban festival in the world, drawing about 350,000 guests to South Beach.  Of the 14 years of its existence, I have Read More

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Michigan: Where Democracy Used to Live!

By Wendell Anthony NNPA Guest Columnist   One Hundred- and 80 years ago in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not Read More

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To Be Equal: We Were Right about Swing Voters

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “The findings represent a tipping point for blacks, who for much of American history were disenfranchised and then effectively barred from voting until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.” Associated Press Last July, the National Urban League released Read More

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Blacks Schooled to Stay in a Daze

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was flipping through the TV channels last week and came across one of Spike Lee’s best movies, School Daze.  This was a 1988 film written and directed by Lee.  The movie took an inside look at some of the Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Mel Watt Is “The Man”

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   President Obama has named Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.) as overseer of government-backed mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But, there’s rising skepticism, on both the left and right, about the affable Carolinian. Questions abound as to whether Watt will Read More

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Black Empowerment ‘At Last’ – or Last?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When Beyonce Knowles sang the Etta James song “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the song could have had several meanings.  At last we have an African American president?  At last, the muscle of the Black vote Read More

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Mel Watt is Ideal Choice to Lead FHFA

By  Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   President Obama recently nominated Melvin (Mel) Watt, a long-time North Carolina Congressman, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). While major news media reported on the development, few mentioned exactly what the new job would entail or the Read More

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HIP HOP CONNECTION: A Proud Citizen of Hip Hop

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   I’ve often debated with myself over the obvious ramifications the Hip Hop lifestyle imposes on society.  Still, I proudly raise my flag and declare:  I Am a Citizen of Hip Hop.  But what does that mean?  Does it mean Read More

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New Wall Street Threat to Homeownership

  By Stella J. Adams NNPA Guest Columnist   Private-equity firms, hedge funds and other Wall Street investors are seeking to develop a Real Estate Owned (REO)– to- Rent Securitization Market with the blessing of the FED and FHFA.   A year ago, the Federal Reserve Board issued Read More

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Kerry Washington Lands First Fashion Cover [GLAM]

Olivia Pope has finally made it! Scandal star Kerry Washington has finally landed her first fashion cover for Elle’s June 2013 issue. Though the star has been a regular on Ebonyand Essence (covering the March 2013 and March 2012 issues, respectively), she has only been featured inside the pages of mainstream magazines like InStyle. Read More

Op-Ed

Clarence Thomas’s Deep-Seated Jealousy

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   For someone who seems to revel in being silent during the Supreme Court’s traditionally lively oral arguments – when a public display of his professional competence would be appropriate – Clarence Thomas’s out-of-court comments are extraordinarily revealing.  They Read More

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Remembering How Black South Africans Won their Freedom

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A trip to South Africa provides painful reminders of the protracted struggle to establish democracy, how the United States propped up the White minority-rule government and the courage Black South Africans demonstrated to win Read More

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Blackonomics: The Mythical Black Economy

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.”   Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.”  Yet another is “a system of interacting elements, especially when Read More

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New Efforts to Curb the ‘Debt Trap’ of Payday Lending

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The small-dollar loans that generate long-lasting debt for consumers and cost them billions of dollars each year are drawing the active attention of legislators and regulators alike. On April 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a white Read More

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Blame a Dark-Skinned Man

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   I don’t know where CNN’s John King got the information that a suspect in the Boston bombing was “a dark-skinned male,” but beyond apologizing, he needs to explain himself.  How many sources gave him the false tip?  If it Read More

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Beyond the Rhetoric: The Abortion Holocaust

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Let me first say that I believe a woman should have the right to an abortion.  It is the law and each person has their own decision to make.  However, since the court decision, Roe V. Wade, the amount Read More

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Check in the Mail for Wronged Mortgage Borrowers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The old saying, “The check is in the mail,”  is often a ruse not worth heeding. But beginning April 12, checks will begin going into the mail for 4.2 million mortgage borrowers who were in the foreclosure process in Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Rolling with Roland Martin

By William Reed NNPA Columnist     CNN contributor Roland Martin, who departed the network on April 6, has been named the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) 2013 Journalist of the Year. In today’s American media, there are a number of Black faces on the Read More

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Advocates Push to Preserve Foreclosure Program

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A broad coalition of state and national organizations is pushing to preserve a key federal program that has helped more than 1.1 million troubled homeowners and reduced mortgage payments by a median savings of $546 each month. The Home Read More

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Blackonomics: Money Talk Falls on Deaf Ears

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Surely you’ve heard the saying, “Money Talks.”  But, have you ever wondered what is said about Black money? Obviously, understanding its power and the role it plays in this economy, money speaks loudly and clearly, and Black money speaks even louder.  Read More

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African Leaders Avoid U.S. Blacks

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two weeks ago, President Obama met with three African presidents—Koroma (Sierra Leone), Sall (Senegal), Banda (Malawi), and Prime Minister of Cape Verde Jose Maria Pereira Neves.  This was the White House’s way of rewarding these leaders for their examples Read More

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Zero and Counting

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Are you a Zero-TV household?  No, I don’t mean restricting the kids’ TV viewing to the weekends or until after they’ve completed homework.  I mean – do you watch TV the traditional way or on any of the growing Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Political Dynasties

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   In American politics, many object to power flowing through blood rather than through the ballot. A “dynasty” is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Among Blacks, some prominent families regard politics as business operations. Blacks elected immediately Read More

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Payday Lending Drains Nearly $1 Billion from Communities

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   One of the worst ironies of the nagging economic recession is that consumers with the fewest financial resources have lost the most. Now, a new report finds that payday loans not only strip much-needed income from low-income families, but Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Republican Trailblazers

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   The top Black Republicans in the country recently joined Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as he honored “Black Republican Trailblazers” in his latest attempt to make inroads into the Black community. During the event at the National Republican Read More

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Women are Wired Differently

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   As I write, Chaka Khan’s empowering “I’m Every Woman” loops in my head – like a soundtrack. (By the way, have you seen her lately? All slim, trim and more fabulous than ever).  It’s Women’s History Month and the lyrics to Read More

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Updates from the Hip-Hop World [LA Sentinel]

Suge Knight recently appeared on the Howard Stern show and he had some really crazy things to say about Dr. Dre, as he accuses the good doctor of being gay, and a snitch. During the interview, Suge said Dre recently went to his P.O. and Read More

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Hopeful Signs for Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Despite all the infighting going on within my Republican Party, I am seeing reason for great hope as we go forward, especially with regards to the minority community. Many minority Republicans have become extremely frustrated with the constant lip Read More

Op-Ed

Where is the American Dream?

By Gary L. Flowers NNPA Columnist     At the banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you take and you keep what you can hold.  If you can’t take anything you won’t get anything, and if you can’t hold Read More

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Power at your Fingertips

  By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Did you know that tens of thousands of new products are introduced to consumer markets around the world every year? It could be a new flavor of ice cream, a fancy new electronic gadget or the latest shade Read More

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Shielded by Legal Shield

By Harry C. Alford   NNPA Columnist       Legal Shield was first known as PrePaid Legal and that is where this story begins.  This is a story of a relationship between the National Black Chamber of Commerce and this network of top legal Read More

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Blackonomics: Reclaiming Black Dollars

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Yes, I said, “Reclaiming,” which obviously means doing it again.  There was a time in this nation when Black people did all the things we are discussing today pertaining to economic empowerment, business development, and business support.   As we Read More

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Business Tools for Success

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   No business can guarantee success.  In fact, the vast majority of business ventures fail by the second year. Yet, entrepreneurship is the backbone of our economy and the few who succeed provide more than 70 percent of all Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: RGIII Takes Care of Business

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   African-American sports pundit, Rob Parker created a clamor and got himself suspended for saying on live television: “My question is … Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?  He’s not real… He’s kinda Black, but he’s Read More

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To Be Equal: National Urban League Launches $70 Million Jobs Rebuild America Initiative

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “We urge that a comprehensive jobs program be developed and executed by way of a partnership that includes government, the private sector and the nation’s non-profit community.” November 7 National Urban League letter to President Obama, John Boehner and Nancy 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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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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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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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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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