Specifically, we are asking that you accept the request of membership of all Blacks in Congress, including Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), a former undocumented individual who, like you and I, is of African descent.
Commentary

OP-ED: If Kamala Harris Is Black Enough for the Black Caucus, So Is Adriano Espaillat

NNPA NEWSWIRE — We recently celebrated the birthdays of two visionary Black leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. and Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Yet, this February, as we honor the birthday of the pioneer Rosa Parks and celebrate Black History Month, it is a perfect time for the CBC to address our request and petition for an inclusive Black agenda and membership. […read more]

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National

Black Children Among the Nation’s Poorest

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the American economy stumbles through an uneven  economic recovery, Black children continue to suffer record levels of poverty, including 1 in 4 Black children under 5 years of age that live in extreme poverty, Read More

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Op-Ed

Military Expansion in Mali and Syria?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The Obama administration is preparing for an expansion of U.S. military involvement into areas from which it should keep its nose clear:  Syria and Mali.  The news reports are unsettling even as there are attempts by the administration Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Including Us in Economic Inclusion

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Thomas Boston, noted economist and author of Affirmative Action and Black Entrepreneurship, in which he called for a strategy that would establish and grow Black-owned businesses to the point of having the capacity to employ 20 percent of the Black Read More

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Op-Ed

Medical Condescension Can be Deadly

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Anna Brown, a St. Louis-based homeless woman, needed treatment for a sprained ankle.  She went to three emergency rooms seeking treatment.  In the third hospital, St. Mary’s Health Center, Brown was emphatic about needing care.  Instead of being treated, Read More

Entertainment

Ray Chew now musical director of ‘Idol’ [Philly Tribune]

Composer and producer Ray Chew, also an accomplished keyboardist, is in his third season as musical director of “American Idol.” — SUBMITTED PHOTO Having put his musical stamp on such major productions the 2008 Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s Inaugural Neighborhood Ball, the Grammy Awards Read More

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Op-Ed

Black Unemployment has not Improved

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When unemployment numbers were released on Friday, commentators reacted joyfully.  Alan Krueger, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisors, described the creation of 247,000 jobs as a victory because the predictions were that the economy would only Read More

Op-Ed

Black American’s Never-Ending Challenge

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Within a matter of days late last month, four controversies erupted that acutely underscore the crux of Black Americans continuing challenge in this land. In one, Emory University President James W. Wagner seemed to suggest that the bargaining among Read More