Criminal justice reform for Black America is long overdue. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and can be reached at dr.bchavis@nnpa.org
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COMMENTARY: Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — For 40 long years, until North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed “Pardons of Innocence” documents for each member of the Wilmington Ten (including myself), the issues of unjust and disproportionate mass incarceration, bail reform, racism in the judiciary, prosecutorial misconduct, and reentry challenges were not matters of partisanship, but were matters of fundamental civil and human rights. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Emmett Till, Violence, Voting Rights and Education Policy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — ESSA represents an opportunity to establish a more equitable playing field but the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposes cutting $3 billion from the Education Department while investing over a billion dollars in school choice programs. More than 90 percent of students in the United States attend public schools, and, as of 2014, attendance in America’s public schools is majority-minority. […read more]

Dr. Ben Chavis
Charleston Chronicle

Norton to Introduce Bill Requiring Federal Agencies to Advertise with Minority-Owned Media

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that she will introduce a bill to require all federal agencies to include in their annual budget requests to Congress the amount they spent in the most recent fiscal year on advertising contracts with newspapers and media companies owned by minorities and women. […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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Nia Franklin Wins Miss America

“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.” […read more]

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PRESS RELEASE: NNPA and NAHP Join Forces on Capitol Hill to Advocate for Greater Inclusivity in All Federal Government Advertising Spending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 11, 2016 Contact: Claudette Perry at cperry@nnpa.org or Belzi Palencia at belzi@elmundous.com Strategic Alliance Between African American and Hispanic American Newspaper Publishers Supports Full Voting Rights and Statehood for DC, and a Request that Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Will Ask the Read More

National

NNPA Black Press Honors Black Leaders

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – At a reception during the 45th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference, the National Newspaper Publishers Association honored five Black luminaries with its Leadership Awards. The awards are given to those who have demonstrated Read More

Press Room

NNPA Foundation Elects New Board of Directors

Washington, DC (August 2015) — The National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF), the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that manages charitable, educational and literary activities that promote high standards in ethnic media, recently elected four new officers to its board of directors Executive Committee. At the organization’s Read More

National

Ben Crump: NNPA Newsmaker of the Year

  By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who skyrocketed to national prominence by representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was followed, confronted and shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., Read More

Business

Hall of Famer: Charles Cherry Sr.

The Florida Courier’s founder and first publisher is recognized by the Florida newspaper trade organization for his service to the newspaper industry, Black Floridians, and the state of Florida. Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier Florida Courier and Daytona Times founder Charles W. Read More

Politics

NNPA Presents Willie Brown with Legacy Award

  PORTLAND, Oregon (NNPA) – Former San Francisco mayor and Democratic powerbroker Willie Brown received the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) prestigious Legacy Award last week for his distinguished public service. The award was presented to Brown at the NNPA’s annual convention here. After recounting Read More

National

St. Louis American Wins NNPA Best Newspaper Award

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PORTLAND, Oregon (NNPA) – The St. Louis American has won the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Russwurm/Senstacke Trophy for general excellence for the third consecutive year, it was announced Thursday night at the NNPA’s annual convention here. It was the Missouri newspaper’s Read More

Press Room

NNPA’s Cloves Campbell and Leading Black Publishers Trace Their African Roots with AfricanAncestry.com

Contact: Nichole Taylor taylor@taylorcommunicationsgroup.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   NNPA’S CLOVES CAMPBELL AND LEADING BLACK PUBLISHERS TRACE THEIR AFRICAN ROOTS WITH AFRICANANCESTRY.COM WASHINGTON, DC (April 2014) – Cloves C. Campbell, National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman and Publisher of the Arizona Informant, learned that he shares ancestry with the Bamileke Read More

Press Room

National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation to Salute Black Publishers

For Immediate Release           Contact: Thelma Walker, 847.404.9997, tmunsonwalker@yahoo.com Adorn Lewis-Mitchell, 312.318.9696, adornlmitchell@aol.com National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation to Salute Black Publishers Enshrinement Ceremony Pays Homage to Legacy of Iconic Publishers WASHINGTON, DC (March 10, 2014) – Charles Tisdale of the Jackson Advocate and M. Paul Read More

Press Room

AfricanAncestry.com Salutes the Rich Legacy of Black Newspapers During NNPA Foundation’s Black Press Week March 19-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contacts: Jackie Willis, NNPA Jackie@nnpa.org Nichole Taylor, African Ancestry, Inc. taylor@taylorcommunicationsgroup.com  AFRICANANCESTRY.COM SALUTES THE RICH LEGACY OF BLACK NEWSPAPERS DURING NNPA FOUNDATION’S BLACK PRESS WEEK MARCH 19-21 NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell Will Learn of his  African Roots as Part of Annual Event Read More

National

Black Media Seeks Inclusion in Tobacco Settlement

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Association of Newspaper Publishers (NNPA) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), two industry trade associations whose members reach more than 95 percent of African Americans, filed a friend-of-the-court brief objecting to Read More

National

Proposed Tobacco Settlement Excludes Black Media

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies that requires them to spend more than $30 million advertising with the three major television networks and Read More

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Op-Ed

Finally, the Barack Obama I Voted For

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor who led him Read More

National

Cloves Campbell, Jr. Re-Elected Chairman of NNPA

Cloves Campbell, Jr. NASHVILLE (NNPA) – Cloves Campbell, Jr., publisher of the Arizona Informant, was re-elected to a second term as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the NNPA’s annual convention here. The voting took place on Friday, near the conclusion of the association’s Read More

National

St. Louis American, Houston Defender and Miami Times Named Best Black Newspapers

Mary Alice Thatch, NNPA Publisher of the Year (Photo by Fran Farrer, The County News) NASHVILLE, TENN – The St. Louis American won the top award for general excellence for the second consecutive year Thursday night at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) Annual Merit Awards ceremony. Read More