**FILE** D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (Courtesy photo)
Business

D.C. AG Racine Leads 38-State Coalition in Support of Marijuana Banking Bill

WASHINGTON INFORMER — An effort aimed at bringing billions of dollars of existing cash transactions into the regulated banking sector has resulted in a coalition of 38 attorneys general who are urging Congress to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or SAFE Banking Act,  to allow legal marijuana-related businesses to access the banking system. […read more]

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(l-r) Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke and Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones.
New Journal and Guide

O’Rourke In Norfolk

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke campaigned in Norfolk on Tuesday (April 16). with a stop at Charlie’s American Café on Granby St. Beto (as he is affectionately known) was greeted and joined by Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones. […read more]

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HBCU

A Series On Health Equity: The Black Church and HBCUs

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — A new minority health initiative sponsored by  Providential Credit Care Management, Inc./KareVan aims to educate, inform and impact health disparities among African Americans in the Hampton Roads area. It is in partnership with Norfolk State University Center of Excellence for Minority Health Disparities, Social Innovators Design Group, and the New Journal and Guide. […read more]

Protesters march in 2015 past one of 17 predatory lending businesses in South Dallas, Texas. (Courtesy of Paul Malbrough)
Economy

Predatory Lending Rooted in Antebellum South: Study

WASHINGTON INFORMER — A doctoral student at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, recently compiled evidence that traces predatory lending practices to the pre-emancipated South. In her research, Amanda Gibson found that in comparison to today’s standards, in the informal financial world of antebellum Virginia, African Americans were often as collateral for loans or sold to pay off debt. African-Americans were also sometimes participants in the personal side of pre-emancipation credit, usually taking out loans in pursuit of freedom. […read more]

Governor Ralph Northam Gives Inaugural Address (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Government

Gov. Shows Support For Bills Addressing Va.’s Racial Disparities

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — During the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly, Black lawmakers and their allies proposed a number of bills to address the economic, social and educational disparities facing Virginia’s African-American community. The members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus have enlisted a reliable ally to make laws addressing those disparities a reality: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. […read more]

Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander (center) leads NSU and Norfolk CIty officials in historic ribbon cutting (Photo by: NSU)
Business

Norfolk And NSU Partner On Downtown Presence For University

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — Norfolk State University (NSU) has emerged as an important cog in the city of Norfolk’s and the region’s educational and job creation machinery. Members of NSU’s business school faculty and administration joined Norfolk city leaders recently to put that reputation on dismay as they cut the ribbon on the new Norfolk State University Innovation Center (NSUIC) – On the Main. […read more]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
#NNPA BlackPress

OPINION: Democrats Are Anti-American

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When Raheem and Pookie get caught up in our criminal justice system, they get the book thrown at them, even for civil offenses like a parking ticket. But when it happens to someone in the country illegally, they get rewarded with a social security number, a job, free housing, free healthcare and free transportation to the American city of their choosing. And the possibility of American citizenship. All for committing a series of illegal acts. […read more]

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Law

Losing driver’s license to debt — 43 states allow suspensions due to unpaid court debt

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or suspended? […read more]

Attending the Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Avoice Heritage Celebration are (left to right:) Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Dorothy R. Leavell, NNPA Chairman of the board and Publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader Newspapers.
#NNPA BlackPress

COMMENTARY: The Congressional Black Caucus: Not Always in Headlines, but Never on the Sidelines

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In celebrating the Congressional Black Caucus, I’m not touting their perfection, because the collective caucus is flawed as any other organization. My biggest bone to pick with Caucus members is all of them won’t sign or align themselves with HR 40, the reparations legislation that Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) introduced thirty years ago.” […read more]

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visitwww.juliannemalveaux.com
Black History

COMMENTARY: Four Hundred Years and We Still Ain’t Clear:

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…there is this misguided group of Afrodescendants, who are throwing shade at those who are not ‘American descendants of slaves’ ADOS. Their shade is an odd version of the “am I Black enough for you” game that some folks ran against President Barack Obama, and are now running against Presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Corey Booker. “ […read more]

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra/Courtesy Office of California Attorney General
Commentary

16 States and Counting Sue Trump over ‘Vanity’ Wall

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Trump is willing to manipulate the Office of the Presidency to engage in unconstitutional theater performed to convince his audience that he is committed to his ‘beautiful’ border wall. We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. […read more]