On April 9, freshman Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (right) joined Rep. Alma Adams and co-launched the first first-ever Black Maternal Health Caucus.
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Rep. Adams and Rep. Underwood Launch Black Maternal Health Caucus

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Launching the caucus sends a message that we are very concerned about the disparity as it relates to maternal health and African-American women. That African-American women and giving birth and being successful at giving birth and having healthy children is an important issue for this Congress and for our country,” said Rep. Adams. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Baltimore City Schools, Throwback to Jim Crow Era

AFRO — During the era of Jim Crow it was not unheard of to have Black children sitting in hot classrooms with no regard for their health. It was not unheard of for a system to intentionally work to poorly educate Black children and force them to endure the type of conditions that were designed to break their spirit. It was not unheard of to expect Black parents to quietly complain but publicly comply with the law. It was not unheard of to have overcrowded classrooms, dark and dingy hallways, dust and asbestos, and very few resources and innovative designs. […read more]

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Op-Ed

U.S. Seeks to Destabilize Venezuela

By Bill Fletcher, Jr NNPA Columnist   Whether under Bush or Obama the U.S. appears determined to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.  The U.S. political establishment, including these two administrations, regularly provoke the Venezuelan government, make false allegations, and demonstrate their support for the Read More

World

U.S. Affirms Support for Japan in Islands Dispute with China

(Reuters) – The United States pledged support for ally Japan on Wednesday in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea and senior U.S. administration officials accused Beijing of behavior that had unsettled its neighbors. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured his Japanese counterpart in a phone Read More

Technology

T-Mobile to offer free data service for tablets

ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones. The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month —enough to upload about Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama Selling ‘Wolf Tickets’ on Syria

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country’s leaders allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people.  There are international bans against the use of chemical weapons, with Syria one Read More

Op-Ed

Black American’s Never-Ending Challenge

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Within a matter of days late last month, four controversies erupted that acutely underscore the crux of Black Americans continuing challenge in this land. In one, Emory University President James W. Wagner seemed to suggest that the bargaining among Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: The One Trillion Dollar Lie

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or Read More

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Op-Ed

Connecting the Past with the President

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  It was a flawed document that freed enslaved people in Confederate areas that he did not control. At the same time, it was a progressive document because Read More

Op-Ed

How Social Are You?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Channel surfing over the weekend, I stopped on a favorite old romantic comedy that was centered on a relationship that blossomed over emails. The movie isn’t even all that old, yet its premise now seems almost ancient. Because as Read More

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Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Corruption on ‘Steroids’

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Most people think of corruption belonging exclusively to the Third World. Actually, corruption is everywhere. Sometimes it is rampant and sometimes it is subtle and, by definition, very hard to detect.  Let me tell you about corruption that Read More