“I was able to put the paper behind young African American women who wanted to ascend to power and help lead in a political way to make our communities and the world better,” said Sun Reporter Publisher Amelia Ashley Ward (center), accompanied by San Francisco Mayor London Breed (left) and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
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Kamala Harris, London Breed Help Sun Reporter Newspaper Celebrate 75th Anniversary

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Sun-Reporter was founded in 1944 and it quickly became a social and political advocate for African Americans on issues like civil rights, discrimination, housing and education as well as a vital source of information at a time when there was little media coverage of Blacks in the mass media. […read more]

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President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama record a message for ABC "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, in the Library of the White House., February 2013. (Photo: Pete Souza / Wikimedia Commons)
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Obamas Go Hollywood, Set to Launch Films with Netflix

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The former president and First Lady have announced seven projects that are scheduled to be developed and released in the years to come. The projects include “American Factory,” a documentary from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that examines the clash of cultures in Ohio when a Chinese billionaire sets up a new factory in the old General Motors plant and hires some 2,000 blue-collar Americans. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com. And look for his new novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
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COMMENTARY: Another case of Alzheimer’s

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The implications of the increase in Alzheimer’s patients goes far beyond the personal loss and sadness experienced by families. We are talking about immense healthcare costs. As I have witnessed in my extended family, an individual who is otherwise healthy can suffer a long and slow decline that can be not only emotionally intolerable for all involved but immensely expensive, sometimes to the point of personal bankruptcy. […read more]

Urban Radio Network White House Correspondent April Ryan (right) and AARP’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership Edna Kane Williams.
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NNPA President Represents Black Press at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “We are assembled together from across the nation as the media of America at a time when the Trump administration continues to have a frontal assault on the freedom of the press,” said Chavis, who received an invitation from Urban Radio Network White House Correspondent April Ryan and AARP’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership Edna Kane Williams. […read more]

Trump’s words are all too familiar as he and his administration continues to focus on what they have defined as an “emergency” at the southern border. On June 15, 2015, as he announced he would run for President in New York, Trump said something similar to the caustic language his press secretary attempted to deflect from.
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Trump Calls Mexicans “Animals” Again and White House Advisors Attempt to Justify It

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During a set of comments with reporters present, President Trump said, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.” […read more]

Perry’s new role will keep her busy as she’ll be charged with managing the day-to-day oversight of office operations, coordinating and implementing procedures, programs, events and other staff-related functions of the NNPA.
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PRESS ROOM: National Newspaper Publishers Association Names Claudette Perry Executive Administrator

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Claudette Perry brings decades of experience from roles in corporate America, the public sector and government. She has been a member of the NNPA executive team for several years. However, her new role enables the NNPA to be better equipped to face new challenges and secure new opportunities,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA President and Chief Executive Officer. […read more]

Armstrong Williams is a conservative columnist. To find out more about Armstrong Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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OPINION: America Benefits from an Imperfect Man in the Perfect Role

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “[Michael] Cohen is not the only example of the media’s desperation to attack all things Trump. In the past few weeks, their bias has been on clear display. The press prematurely hyped an edited video of a Trump supporter standing before a Native American provocateur. Of course, there is also the outrageous Jussie Smollett fiasco, in which the actor apparently faked a hate crime and ascribed it to alleged Trump supporters.” […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]

Kamala Harris is running for president and should be critiqued. She should also have the opportunity to speak for herself and answer questions about her record as a candidate in the present day.
Black History

COMMENTARY: #CancelKamala: Kamala Harris and Cancel Culture

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Harris, who obviously knows who she is, lived her life as a black woman in America because in America, particularly during her childhood, you did not have the option of reinvention or all of the privileges of self-identification racial and cultural groups have today. There were no multiple racial categories being checked and personal pronouns being chosen or eschewed. […read more]

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks during the “Linking Together: March to Save Our Care" Rally at the U.S. Capitol on June 28, 2017. Democratic Party Leaders and others spoke to defend the Affordable Care Act and to defeat Republican Party efforts to repeal so called "Obama Care" and replace it with "Trump Care" alternatives. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Mobius in Mobile)
Black History

Cory Booker Reportedly Close to Announcing White House Bid

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In early December, it was reported that Booker would decide to run over the holidays. The pressure after the holidays increased when his Senate colleague, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), announced that she was running for President on January 1st. That followed news that the presidential aspirant and former congressional colleague of Booker’s, former congressman Julian Castro of Texas, would be announcing a 2020 run on January 12. […read more]

To begin, very few African Americans are aware of or have information about Opportunity Zones, and many consumer advocates warn that the investments may not reach distressed areas.
Business

COMMENTARY: “Opportunity Zones” The New Trump Executive Order For Blacks

NNPA NEWSWIRE — On paper, “Opportunity Zones” appears to be an excellent concept and major corporations have an opportunity to invest in distressed communities and get a break on their taxes. These Opportunity Zones were created a year ago under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but a year later there are still no established rules to implement the program. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services
Commentary

Maxine Waters: If Donald Trump is not Offering Prayers, Sympathy & Assistance to Californians, He Should Keep His Mouth Shut

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Donald Trump’s absolutely outrageous response to the California wildfires is yet another example of his lack of knowledge, his lack of compassion, and his inability to provide the type of leadership this country deserves in the midst of a crisis. How dare this president blame ‘gross mismanagement of the forests’[2] for these devastating wildfires without presenting any facts or any special knowledge? Instead of running his mouth about things he knows nothing about, he should learn to show some empathy and sympathy for the suffering of others.” — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) […read more]

Books

VIDEO: Michelle Obama talks Marriage and Politics and her Mother Speaks on Adjusting to Life at White House

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Michelle Obama says it was never easy being the wife of a driven politician. The demands of campaigning and politics strained their marriage, and they sought help in couples’ therapy. In their first national TV interview together, Gayle King also spoke with Marian Robinson, Obama’s mother, about her eight years in the White House. […read more]

Polls proved to be wildly inaccurate and the numbers completely misread how well Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, would eventually fare in the primary. He won.
Commentary

A Black man who could become Florida’s next governor

NNPA NEWSPAPER — “Nationally, a confluence of factors, including a surge of political grassroots activism, resistance to the odious policies emanating from the White House and record numbers of women – particularly Black women and women of color – has resulted in these groups and individuals not just mobilizing and organizing but also running for office. This groundswell has changed the face of the election landscape.” […read more]

Official photo of United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
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Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Judge Kavanaugh the American people saw before the Judiciary Committee does not have the character, the temperament, or the judgment to sit on the highest court in our land. His own partisan, evasive, dishonest, and aggressive testimony demonstrates that we cannot trust him to be a fair and unbiased jurist. He is simply unfit. The Senate should have put partisanship aside and demanded better. […read more]

Marker in Front of Tutwiler Funeral Home, Photo: Thomas R Machnitzki (thomas@machnitzki.com)/Wikimedia Commons
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COMMENTARY: Emmett Till, Violence, Voting Rights and Education Policy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — ESSA represents an opportunity to establish a more equitable playing field but the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposes cutting $3 billion from the Education Department while investing over a billion dollars in school choice programs. More than 90 percent of students in the United States attend public schools, and, as of 2014, attendance in America’s public schools is majority-minority. […read more]

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World

Obama to further ease Cuba travel, business restrictions Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/cuba-sanctions-213818#ixzz3mEl6cTwh

  [POLITICO] The White House announced Friday that it is relaxing additional restrictions on Cuba regarding travel, commerce and investment, stemming from President Barack Obama’s call to ease Cuban sanctions last December. The regulatory changes include making it easier to travel to the Caribbean country, Read More

Politics

White House Debated Ferguson Trip

  (Politico) – The White House debated sending President Barack Obama directly into riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri, to address the racially charged aftermath of the decision not to prosecute a police officer who killed an unarmed black man. But, according to three White House officials, the Read More

Politics

Jay Carney Cashes In

(Politico) – Jay Carney just left the White House podium and he’s already joined the ranks of George W. Bush, Tom Brokaw and Mike Ditka in one profitable enterprise: lecturing on the private speaking circuit. The former Obama administration flack signed on this month with Read More