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.

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]


The Dominican Time Bomb

(New York Times) – In early 2006, my first long-term overseas posting as a journalist took me to the Dominican Republic. From my new home in Santo Domingo, I planned to write about tourism, baseball, corruption and drug trafficking, while working on my Spanish. If Read More


Thousands March in Haiti Over Dominican Racism

  (Miami Herald) – Two weeks after a Haitian man was lynched in the Dominican Republic, thousands marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, demanding justice and denouncing rising anti-Haitian sentiment in the neighboring Spanish-speaking country. “Despite our diversity, despite our differences, we are Read More


Beyond The Rhetoric: Notes from the DR

Beyond the Rhetoric: Notes from the DR By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The weather was perfect.  The facilities were clean and professionally run.  All participants wore smiles and had no complaints.  The cuisine was abundant and was presented as an All-Inclusive Plan.  Such was Punta Read More


Dominican Citizenship Law Now Caribbean Issue

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Caribbean leaders will hold a special emergency meeting to discuss a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that could strip citizenship rights to migrants and their descendants. The Caribbean Community will issue its response to the Dominican ruling after heads of Read More


Artists, Educators Laud Black Heritage in DR

by EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ, Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In a school auditorium filled with laughing students, actresses Luz Bautista Matos and Clara Morel threw themselves into acting out a fairy tale complete with a princess, a hero and acts of derring-do. Read More

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Africans Reunite in Italy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It was an unusual setting in Italy, or at least so I thought.  My wife and I sat at a meeting there of the directorate (national leadership) of an immigrant association known as “Prendiamo La Parola.”  Looking around Read More


Dominican Republic Wins World Baseball Classic

Jose Reyes of the Dominican Republic celebrates in the dressing room after his team defeated Puerto Rico in the final to win the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, March 19, 2013. Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam (Reuters) – The Dominican Republic capped off an unbeaten campaign Read More