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Hennessey Fellows Program Commits $10 million to HBCU’s

BLACK VOICE NEWS — Last month, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Hennessy & Co., introduced the Hennessy Fellows Program. The new initiative commits an unprecedented $10M to be awarded to high-achieving graduate students. The fellowship awards will be available to students in a variety of undergraduate majors from liberal arts to sciences and engineering. To apply students must be from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). […read more]

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“I Shall Wear A C.R.O.W.N.” California Seeks to Ban Hairstyle Discrimination

BLACK VOICE NEWS — This week under the stewardship of Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the California Senate passed Senate Bill 188 known as the Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (C.R.O.W.N.) Act. The measure, sponsored by the National Urban League, Dove, Color of Change, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty, and aimed at creating a respectful and open workplace for natural hair, passed the Senate overwhelmingly. […read more]

Black Restaurant Week was founded in 2016 in Houston and has expanded to eight U.S. cities. The movement currently supports more than 500 minority businesses nationwide and has generated an economic impact of approximately $1.5 million. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Black Restaurant Week

NNPA NEWSWIRE — This week, I invited into the Valder Beebe Show SATELLITE Studio, Derek Robinson, Co-Founder of Black Restaurant Week as he launched the 2019 tour in Houston, Texas, in advance of the Dallas (Oct. 13-27) Black Restaurant Week celebration. […read more]

Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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The Fight for Equal Pay, Gender Parity Heats Up

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. This intersectional discrimination exacerbates those gender and race gaps, stymies Black women’s ability to access educational opportunities, and has a pervasive and corrosive impact on their careers and career advancement, experts say. […read more]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
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OPINION: Democrats Are Anti-American

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When Raheem and Pookie get caught up in our criminal justice system, they get the book thrown at them, even for civil offenses like a parking ticket. But when it happens to someone in the country illegally, they get rewarded with a social security number, a job, free housing, free healthcare and free transportation to the American city of their choosing. And the possibility of American citizenship. All for committing a series of illegal acts. […read more]

A relatively small component of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December of 2017, was the creation of Opportunity Zones in every state in the U.S., as well as in the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Creates Opportunity Zones to Spur Economic Development

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Opportunity Zones have the potential to address many of the country’s most vexing economic problems, notes Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty International. “One in six Americans lives in an economically distressed community,” said Bonnell. “There is something wrong with the way we’re operating when we have that much poverty in the United States.” […read more]

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Betsy DeVos Slammed for Wanting to Use ESSA Funds to Purchase Guns in School

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights… we write to share our significant concern regarding the Department’s reported contemplation of the use of Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants provided to states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for purchasing firearms and firearms training for school staff…” […read more]

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Wells Fargo, NAACP, National Urban League to Host Housing Forums for Aspiring Homeowners during National Homeownership Month

Media Veronica Clemons Wells Fargo 704-715-5145 Nicole Kenney NAACP 202-478-6409 Latraviette D. Smith-Wilson National Urban League 212-558-5433 DES MOINES, Iowa – May 29, 2014 – Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and National Urban Read More


Blacks Locked Out of Housing Market

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the housing market recovers a new report by the Urban Institute shows that Black borrowers “have been disproportionately shut out of the market.” According to the report titled, “Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Read More


Low Home Down Payment Builds Family Wealth

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In the midst of varying proposals for housing reform, civil rights leaders are publicly calling for lawmakers to keep mortgage lending affordable and accessible. A recent letter jointly signed by the NAACP, National Urban League, National Council of LaRaza, National Read More


To Be Equal: National Urban League to Mark 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “The hour is late. The gap is widening. The rumbles of the drums of discontent resounding throughout this land are heard in all parts of the world.”  –        Whitney M. Young, Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington Fifty Read More


To Be Equal: Supreme Court Weakens Worker Rights

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist “The Court’s disregard for the realities of the workplace means that many victims of workplace harassment will have no effective remedy.”  –        Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court While the headlines have been dominated by the much-anticipated Read More


To Be Equal: The State of Black Men – Part 1

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “As of 2004, more black men were denied the right to vote because of a criminal record than in 1870, when the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, giving blacks the right to vote.” Joshua Dubois, former director of President Obama’s Office Read More


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


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


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


Class of 2013: Courage, Choice and Compassion.

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are…for all the land that you see I will give to you.” Genesis 13: 14-15 University commencement season is a time of high hopes and great celebration. I Read More


To Be Equal: Expanding Medicaid Crucial for Economy, Health

  By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   Recently, 400,000 poor and underserved Louisianans, many them people of color, were shut out of potentially life-saving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Louisiana House health committee voted down a measure that would have forced Read More


To Be Equal: We Ache for Boston – and All Communities

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “No more hurting people. Peace.” – Eight-year-old Martin Richard, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing   Acts of terror like the ones committed in Boston are reprehensible and without moral or logical explanation. They rock us to our core. Read More


NUL: Blacks Slip on the Road to Parity with Whites

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Blacks have fallen behind in their efforts to reach parity with Whites in several key areas since 2010, according to the National Urban League’s new “State of Black America” report. Each year, the report computes an Read More


To Be Equal: The Empowerment of Women

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.” Sheryl Sandberg In a stroke of marketing genius befitting the Chief Operating Officer of the social media phenomenon, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg chose Women’s Read More


To Be Equal: Trayvon Martin: One Year Later

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist     “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin   A Read More


The Elusive ‘Black Agenda’

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent Rep. Marcia Fudge says Blacks Need to Press their Case WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A few weeks after President Barack Obama won four more years in the White House, dozens of Black leaders crowded around a podium in the Congressional Read More


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


To Be Equal: Triumphs and Tragedies of 2012

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “I miss you baby girl. Sweet caramel princess. African American, Puerto Rican Canadian with a wee bit of Irish…We will honor your classmates you loved so dearly too. As well as the teachers and staff. Love wins.” — Nelba Read More


The Biggest Losers of 2012

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As I have reflected on the year just ended, I noticed everyone doing their usual year-end lists of the biggest winners and losers of the year. I am not a big fan of these lists, but I will acknowledge Read More

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A Black Thanksgiving

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Millions of Black American families observed Thanksgiving this week.  We have much to be thankful and grateful for. Yet we should also be cognizant of the challenges and struggles that lie ahead in the pathway to future economic Read More