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Virginia Educator Wins 2019 National Teacher of the Year

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Rodney Robinson, who teaches at Virgie Binford Education Center which is a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Justice Center, was commended by CCSSO for creating “a positive school culture by empowering his students – many of whom have experienced trauma – to become civically-minded social advocates who use their skills and voices to affect physical and policy changes at their school and in their communities.” […read more]

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The right to a jury trial is a hallmark of the American criminal justice system and defendants generally have the right to be tried by a jury of their peers. (Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Experts: ‘Jury of your Peers’ Rarely Applies to African Americans

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Race has a tremendous impact in criminal trials, at least one African American juror can help even the playing field when it comes to verdicts. Race matters in the courtroom and race relates to perception and judgment – especially when a case is about race,” said Waukeshia Jackson, founder of the Atlanta-based Jackson & Lowe Law Group. […read more]

New research has revealed that 78 percent of African Americans believe the country has not gone far enough on the issue of making sure blacks have equal rights with whites
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In Black and White: Key Findings of American’s View on Race in 2019

NNPA NEWSWIRE — According to a recent study by Pew Research, 84 percent of black respondents said people not seeing racial discrimination where it exists is a bigger problem than people seeing racism where it doesn’t exist. Whites were the only group where a majority, 52 percent, said the opposite was true – that the bigger problem is people seeing racism where it really does not exist. […read more]

"It has become clear that our only value to Nexstar was diversity optics at the FCC," said MBG president and CEO Pluria Marshall Jr. (pictured) "Ever since the deal was signed, Nexstar has gone to great lengths to constantly interfere, undercut our authority and sabotage our business, with little regard for the agreements in place with us or the FCC."
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Nexstar sued by minority-owned Marshall Broadcasting Group for Sabotage Efforts

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In addition to explaining how Nexstar undermined MBG, the lawsuit outlines MBG’s efforts to work in good faith with Nexstar to try and resolve the behaviors in question and create a strong and prosperous partnership between the two companies. The filing makes clear that the commitment to resolving the issues was not mutual. As such, MBG decided that the only appropriate recourse was through the legal system. […read more]

“This inequity isn’t just about wealth, it’s about race, ethnicity, culture and history,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO.
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NNPA Leadership and Other Prominent Black Voices Speak Out on College Exam Scandal

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The rich have one standard of education and everyone else has another standard,” National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., added in a story written by Black Press journalist Barrington M. Salmon, who also interviewed other prominent African Americans including Virginia entertainment attorney Elva Mason and Former Florida A&M University Law Professor Cori Harvey. […read more]

Entertainment

Film Review: Race

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic “On the track, there is no Black and White, just fast and slow. For those 10 seconds you are free,” says Jesse Owens (Stephan James) in this very moving and inspiring bio/sports movie that captures the essence of Read More

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Op-Ed

Two Faces of Racism

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist What was Alessandra Stanley, the longtime television critic of the New York Times, thinking that caused her in that now-infamous article to mis-label Shonda Rhimes, the television hit maker, as the paragon of the “Angry Black Woman” and traffick in Read More

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Op-Ed

Our Continuing Conversation on Race

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: he won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen. His attempts to obscure the obvious Read More

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Op-Ed

Colombia’s Color Code

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I had the opportunity to visit Bogota, Colombia for a meeting of representatives of public sector unions from the Western Hemisphere.  The focus of the meeting was on issues of race and xenophobia.   One of the things Read More

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D.C. Marches Inclusive – Up to a Point

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Organizers of the two recent marches on Washington – one called by Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III and the other engineered primarily by King’s sister, Bernice – almost stumbled over one another praising the diversity of Read More

Politics

The Gift of The Struggle

By TaNoah Morgan Special to the NNPA   WASHINGTON (NNPA ) – This summer, my daughter turned 13, and after she’d spent two years at an elite Northeast prep school where most of her classmates were White, my husband and I decided it was time Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: A Good Week at the Supreme Court

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The latest session of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) had the interest of Black Americans like never before.  On the line were two key components that brought African Americans into full citizenship: affirmative action and the 1965 Voting Rights Read More

Op-Ed

On Race, Supreme Court is out of Touch

By Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist In its decision last Monday on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas’ affirmative action program — in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many factors used Read More

Op-Ed

Racists Don’t Like Being called Racists

By Julian Bond NNPA Guest Columnist   I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Who Speaks for You?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Do you have anything to say about what’s going on in town, or across America?  What are your personal priorities and how do you put voice to them? It’s a good question that we all have to ask ourselves from Read More

Op-Ed

Racist Incidents at Oberlin College

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   On March 4 Oberlin College in Ohio, which has always had an outsized role in the history of Black higher education, cancelled classes for a day and instead held a “Day of Solidarity” in response to a month-long Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

America’s Racial Wealth Gap Triples over 25 Years

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist As long as most of us can remember, Black communities have taught and believed that a college education is the key to social and economic advancement. But according to a new research and policy brief by Brandeis University scholars, that Read More

Commentary

The Emancipation of the Wilmington Ten

Victories for Black Americans, and for all others who stand freedom, justice and equality, do not come easy and do not occur without a prolonged, sustained struggle or “movement of people” that creates a “moment in history.”  On behalf of the four deceased members of the Wilmington Ten – William “Joe” Wright Jr, Jerry Jacobs, Ann Shepard, and Connie Tindall – and on behalf of six living members of the Wilmington Ten – Wayne Moore, Willie Earl Vereen, Reginald Epps, James McKoy, and Marvin Patrick – I express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all who helped to make this moment possible.  Forty years is an awful long time for justice to be done, but we are thankful that this day has finally come. […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