Ernie Barnes, The Sugar Shack (1976). Acrylic on canvas, 36 in. x 48 in., Collection of Jim and Jeannine Epstein. © Ernie Barnes Family Trust.
Art

PRESS ROOM: CAAM Presents Exhibition On The Life And Art Of Ernie Barnes

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — The California African American Museum (CAAM) announced today that it will present an exhibition that examines the life, art, and popularity of Ernie Barnes. […read more]

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Jannie Harriot
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SC African American History Calendar May 2019 Honoree: Jannie Harriot

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Jannie Harriot, daughter of the late James and Marvell Bradley Harriot, was born in Wilmington, N.C. and grew up in Hartsville, S.C. She graduated from Butler High School in Hartsville and attended Talladega College in Alabama. She went on to receive a B.S. from Fayetteville State University in N.C. Harriot then continued her studies at the University of South Carolina and Montclair State College in New Jersey. […read more]

March For Our Lives has posted several anti-gun violence messages on digital billboards in New York City's Times Square March For Our LIves (Twitter|TNS)
Crime

March For Our Lives launches billboard campaign

FLORIDA COURIER — Like ticker tape, the messages quickly scroll on the digital billboards.“I saw my brother get shot. I saw my sister get shot. I saw my son get shot,” the words flow in New York’s Times Square. They are the latest anti-gun violence messages from the March For Our Lives group, which was founded by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre last year in Parkland. […read more]

Taraji P. Henson stars in Best of Enemies
Film

FILM REVIEW: Best of Enemies

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — The Best of Enemies is based on a true-life story. Taraji P. Henson plays Ann Atwater, a civil rights leader in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. Her rival in the movie is the Exalted Leader of the KKK, C. P. Ellis, a devout racist who spends most of his life spreading hate and separateness between the races. However, with their children in common, the two opposites eventually become friends. […read more]

Akua Page and Chris Cato, co-founders of The Geechee Experience
Black History

The Geechee Experience Entertains and Educates in Endeavor to Preserve Geechee Culture

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Akua Page and Chris Cato have taken the Lowcountry by storm with their creation, The Geechee Experience. A cultural movement that fuses education with entertainment, The Geechee Experience “is a cultural platform that was created by Geechee millennials on a mission to preserve their culture and language,” the group maintains. […read more]

Clarenda Stanley-Anderson and her husband, Malcolm Anderson Sr., are hemp farmers in Liberty, N.C. Stanley-Anderson wants to expand the representation of hemp farmers, even if she’s far from the average industry insider. (Photo by: Donnie Rex/TNS)
Business

Where are the Black hemp farmers?

FLORIDA COURIER — Although hemp is legal, regulatory risks complicate the crop’s long-term outlook. Some states are positioning themselves to compete, but it’s unlikely the market can sustain hemp production in every state — unless there’s a significant increase in product demand, according to a February 2019 report from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. […read more]

Chinwendu L. Maduegbunam (Courtesy photo)
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COMMENTARY: Embracing My Imperfections Studying Abroad in London

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Growing up in North Carolina, I was shy and my need to be perfect in everything I did made it difficult to connect with others. I always thought I had to be perfect: playing basketball, earning high grades, being the perfect daughter, etc. I feared how others would judge me so I rarely opened up to others. But, traveling to London as a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow in the summer of 2017 was an opportunity for me to grow. […read more]

Beyoncé performing on The O2 in London. {Photo by: Idrewuk | Wiki Commons)
Los Angeles Sentinel

PRESS ROOM: Beyoncé and JAY-Z to be honored at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for Accelerating LGBTQ Acceptance on March 28, 2019, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor Beyoncé and JAY-Z together with the Vanguard Award for their LGBTQ allyship at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, March 28, 2019. […read more]

Atlanta Voice

After 37 years, Raycom bids farewell to the ACC

ATLANTA VOICE — Saturday night, Raycom Sports signed off for the last time as the ACC Tournament concluded in Charlotte, North Carolina. The network was the bedrock for ACC football and basketball throughout Atlanta, the Carolinas and throughout the ACC footprint for the past 37 years. However, their humble story from small beginnings to sports industry giant was amazing. […read more]

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#NNPA BlackPress

Chavis Delivers Keynote at Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Today, in his blessed name, I challenge the youth of America and the youth of the world to rise up, speak out, and to push forward for freedom, justice and equality,” said Chavis, a noted civil rights activist who counts among the famed “Wilmington 10,” who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted in connection with a 1970s firebombing of a grocery store in North Carolina. […read more]

Defender News Network

Election Day Reports Of Voter Suppression And Faulty Voting Machines Have Already Begun

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — As polls opened up on Tuesday morning, voting advocates were likely both excited and fearful for what the 2018 Midterm elections could bring. But from Customs and Border Protection agents being scheduled to conduct a crowd control exercise in Texas to reports of some polling places not having nearly enough voting machines, one near certainty was that some form of voter suppression would rear its ugly head as voting got underway for the long-awaited political contests. […read more]

Through the campaign, volunteers will download a mobile app and chat with voters to get out the vote, with hopes of reaching 600K infrequent Black American voters, during this critical election period. (Photo: NAACP)
Featured

NAACP Launches “Text the Vote!” Campaign

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our lives are on the ballot this year, so it is absolutely crucial that Black Americans as a whole, participate in these midterms elections at rates that reflect our true voting power,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement. “We are urging everyone to use their power to register and mobilize new voters and get involved in one of the most important elections in our nation’s history.” […read more]

National

Activists Sue to Overturn N.C. Voter Suppression Law

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from The Carolinian Newspaper RALEIGH, N.C. – When Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 589 last week, the controversial Voter Information Verification Act, he said in an op-ed published in The News and Observer, “The common sense election reforms I just Read More

Religion

Can North Carolina Declare an “Official” Religion?

[TIME] North Carolina legislators made national headlines last week with a bit of high-profile religious extremism. They introduced a resolution declaring that the state has the right to declare an official religion – presumably Christianity. The bill also contended that states are “sovereign” and that federal courts Read More

National

More Protests to Come, Vows NC NAACP

Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C. – Seventeen people, including eight ministers, civil rights leaders, and students, were arrested for a prayerful protest at the state legislature in Raleigh on Monday. They promise to return again. The activists were handcuffed and taken Read More

National

Former N.C. Governor Stands Up for Justice

by Maya Rhodan Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – They were Southern governors who shared the same last name – Perdue – but took different approaches in two high-profile race-sensitive cases.  Despite a direct appeal from Pope Benedict XVI, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue did not spare Read More

Business

Charlotte Cheers $163M DNC Boost

[Politico] The results are in and the 2012 Democratic National Convention was the largest event in Charlotte, N.C.’s history. The September event — at which, President Barack Obama officially accepted his party’s nomination for reelection — had an economic impact of $163.6 million for the Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Wilmington Ten Pardons: Black Press at its Best

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   When then-National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Danny Bakewell, Sr. asked me to emcee the Black Press Week luncheon at the National Press Club in 2011, I had no idea that I would be witnessing history. At the urging Read More

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National

Clock Winding Down for Wilmington Ten Pardons

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from the Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C. [NNPA] – Now that the 2012 presidential elections are history, supporters for the Wilmington Ten pardons of innocence effort are increasing their efforts to build more overwhelming public support for the cause Read More