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Blackonomics: Time to Embrace Blackopoliticonomics

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   As George Benson sang in Moody’s Mood, “There I go, there I go, there I go…” making up words again.  I couldn’t resist this one in light of our penchant to choose sides when it comes to economics versus Read More

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African Leaders Avoid U.S. Blacks

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two weeks ago, President Obama met with three African presidents—Koroma (Sierra Leone), Sall (Senegal), Banda (Malawi), and Prime Minister of Cape Verde Jose Maria Pereira Neves.  This was the White House’s way of rewarding these leaders for their examples Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Political Dynasties

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   In American politics, many object to power flowing through blood rather than through the ballot. A “dynasty” is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Among Blacks, some prominent families regard politics as business operations. Blacks elected immediately Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Republican Trailblazers

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   The top Black Republicans in the country recently joined Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as he honored “Black Republican Trailblazers” in his latest attempt to make inroads into the Black community. During the event at the National Republican Read More

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Can We All Just Get Along?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point.  Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee Read More

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Blackonomics: Black Voters are Back in Style

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   The push for the Black vote is on. Black folks are back in style.  Black is beautiful – again.  Since the last election, the mantra has become, “Get more ‘minorities’ to vote Republican” and Black voters are at the Read More

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Time to Stop Appeasing AIPAC

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   When I saw in the news that Vice President Biden had gone out of his way to assure the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that the Obama administration was completely serious about military action against Iran if Read More

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An Apology to Jesse Jackson

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   It’s time to man up – I was wrong about Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. First, some background. I wrote a column in 2008 under the title, “Winners and Losers from Election ’08” in which I listed Jesse Jackson, Sr. as one Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Year in Review

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Again this year, African Americans placed higher priorities on participation in politics than the pursuit of capitalistic and business development initiatives to improve their economic conditions. Their primary motivation is to use “the vote” to get what they want Read More

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Blackonomics: Black Leadership or Pleadership?

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”  This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth Read More

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Black to the Future

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was recently in South Africa for a conference.  While there, I had two interesting experiences that raised the complications and politics of race. In the first case I was on a shuttle bus. The driver, ethnically South Asian Read More

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Republicans are Driving in the Wrong Direction

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to Read More

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The Right-Wing Witch Hunt Against Susan Rice

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Media Matters, the media monitoring group, has published a report titled, “Myths And Facts About The Right-Wing Witch Hunt Against Susan Rice.” It is a point-by-point rebuttal of some of the most flagrant lies being about United Nations Ambassador Susan Read More

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Troubled Waters on the Mighty Mississippi

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The Mississippi River is a great blessing from God. Besides being the largest river in our nation, it is a major vehicle of commerce.  It borders the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Read More

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Another Look at the Republican Party

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   “Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that can’t keep promises it made you during election time and you’re dumb enough to continue to identify with that political party, you’re not only a chump but traitor Read More