At their graduation on May 19, investor and chemical engineer Robert Smith announced he would pay off the student loan debt of Morehouse’s 2019 graduating class. (Photo: Video Screen capture / washingtonpost.com)
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VIDEO: Black Billionaire Robert Smith Pays Off Student Loan Debt of 400 Morehouse Students

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Morehouse’s graduating class is 400 strong. Smith’s graduation gift is one that will allow graduates of one of the most storied all-male historically Black college to start their careers with no student loan debt. […read more]

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Singleton launched the acting careers of several young African Americans on his way to notoriety. They included Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Cuba Gooding, Regina King, Janet Jackson, Taraji P. Henson, and Tyrese Gibson. (Photo: John Singleton / George Pimentel Wikicommons)
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IN MEMORIAM: Remembering the Legacy of Director John Singleton

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Time and time again, John drew upon his unique life experiences as a South Los Angeles native to skillfully showcase the African American experience in his highly acclaimed roster of films, which include ‘Higher Learning,’ ‘Poetic Justice,’ and ‘Baby Boy.’ John forced our country to reckon with the ills of our troubled history with the issue of race in ‘Rosewood,’” wrote Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) who was also a personal friend of Singleton. […read more]

Trump’s words are all too familiar as he and his administration continues to focus on what they have defined as an “emergency” at the southern border. On June 15, 2015, as he announced he would run for President in New York, Trump said something similar to the caustic language his press secretary attempted to deflect from.
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Trump Calls Mexicans “Animals” Again and White House Advisors Attempt to Justify It

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During a set of comments with reporters present, President Trump said, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.” […read more]

Medgar Evers (Photo: FBI.gov)
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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]

Sen. Booker has already made stops in key primary states over the last few months. He now plans to travel more extensively as he joins the most diverse presidential field in American history.
Black History

Sen. Cory Booker Announces 2020 Run for the White House

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind, where parents can put food on the table. Where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood. Where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins. Where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” said Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, during a video announcing his bid for President of the United States. […read more]

Harris’ name recognition and charisma will likely giver her an advantage as the first candidate outside of the baby boomer generation whose candidacy is a reminder of the historic and successful 2008 run of former President Barack Obama.
Black History

Sen. Kamala Harris Officially Enters the 2020 Presidential Race with Bold Morality

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A graduate of Howard University and a member of the AKA sorority, Harris’ rollout has been the most methodically of anyone who has entered the 2020 sweepstakes. Right down to the typography and campaign slogans, which are in the style of the historic 1970s campaign of the first Black woman ever elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm, Sen. Harris’ rollout has reached for clarity. […read more]

Eddy Murphy is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood history in terms of box office. As of 2014, his films have grossed over $3.8 billion in the U.S. and over $6 billion worldwide.
Commentary

Coming to America Again: Eddie Murphy to Star Again in Blockbuster Hit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward. We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite [Is My Name], and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen,” said Eddy Murphy in a statement on January 11. […read more]

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks during the “Linking Together: March to Save Our Care" Rally at the U.S. Capitol on June 28, 2017. Democratic Party Leaders and others spoke to defend the Affordable Care Act and to defeat Republican Party efforts to repeal so called "Obama Care" and replace it with "Trump Care" alternatives. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Mobius in Mobile)
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Cory Booker Reportedly Close to Announcing White House Bid

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In early December, it was reported that Booker would decide to run over the holidays. The pressure after the holidays increased when his Senate colleague, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), announced that she was running for President on January 1st. That followed news that the presidential aspirant and former congressional colleague of Booker’s, former congressman Julian Castro of Texas, would be announcing a 2020 run on January 12. […read more]

Born on May 11, 1906, Richard Arvin Overton, a member of what is often called America’s “Greatest Generation,” died on December 27th in Austin, Texas.
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IN MEMORIAM: Cigars and Whiskey – America’s Oldest Veteran, Richard Arvin Overton, Dies at 112

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God said former President Barack Obama in 2013 during a Veterans Day ceremony honoring Overton at Arlington National Cemetery. […read more]

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Featured

Pelosi Announces Push for Staff Diversity for New U.S House

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A new House Diversity Initiative would create a permanent office in the House with sufficient staff to help recruit and retain diverse employees according to staff. Much of the pressure over the last few years regarding the diversity issue on Capitol Hill has come as a result of study and effort by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies headed by Spencer Overton. […read more]

Former President Barack Obama, Vice President Pence and Oprah Winfrey have traveled to Georgia to campaign for Stacey Abrams, turnout votes and focus on early voting.
Black History

Election Day 2018: Three key statewide contests featuring an African American running for Governor

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In a race marred by blatant examples of voter suppression and voting machine irregularities the NAACP Georgia State Conference partnering with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law won an injunction against the use of the controversial voter regulating software – Exact Match,” noted the NAACP in a November 2 press release. […read more]

Education

Former NFL Player Aaron Maybin, Coppin State Student Samierra Jones Help to Raise Nearly $80,000 for Students in Baltimore

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Thousands of people stepped up to help former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin raise money for students in Baltimore’s public schools after his tweets showing students wearing jackets and winter hats inside a classroom went viral. This.Is.Unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/1WKTV2g63o — Read More

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Reality TV Moment Taints NABJ Convention

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) A panel discussion on police brutality, that featured verbal sparring between White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman and veteran journalist Ed Gordon, silent protests and heckling, overshadowed the celebration of media excellence at the National Association of Black Journalists’ Read More