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The “Promise Zones”

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   The Obama White House continues a pattern of attacking symptoms instead of the underlying disease, one rehashed progressive ploy at a time.  President Barack Obama’s Promise Zones initiative is aimed at lifting up some of the America’s poorest communities.  Read More

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Business Exchange: Boosting GOP’s Black Outreach

By William Reed NNPA Columnist    “I’d go to the NAACP and talk about why the African-American community should be demanding paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” – Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in 2013 Who’s your favorite Republican candidate for Read More

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Cities Pressured to Subsidize Sports Stadiums

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says that Washington Nationals baseball owner Theodore Lerner has pitched him a fast ball and wants the city to build a retractable roof over Nationals Park.  Gray said that he “soundly rejected” Lerner’s $300 Read More

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Business Exchange: The A-B-Cs of Job Creation

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Black Americans are often misled when politicians and pundits refer to the ability of the president of the United States (POTUS) to “create jobs” during their terms in office. But, in the reality of America’s economy, the private sector Read More

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GOP: Fantasyland or Real Alternative?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   To double down is to significantly increase a risk or commitment. Well, welcome to the fantasyland of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. During a campaign stop to persuade more Blacks to vote Republican, Priebus met with Detroit-area business Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Armstrong Williams Makes Inroads into Media Ownership

By William Reed NNPA Columnist If you weren’t paying attention, veteran conservative commentator Armstrong Williams is becoming a “media mogul” having purchased a trio of TV stations in transactions that were part of a number of larger TV acquisition deals brokered by Sinclair Broadcasting Inc. Read More

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Business Exchange: The Debate Over the Redskins’ Name

by William Reed NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama recently said that if he were the football team’s owner, he’d think about changing the Washington team’s name. The normally non-committal president’s comments fueled a debate over the top sports team in the nation’s capital. The debate Read More

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Business Exchange: CBC Should Highlight Detroit

By William Reed NNPA Columnist    Since the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) started its Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) weekend, the “Michigan Reception” and “Motown Live Afterglow” have always been the premier parties. From the first Black Caucus weekend in 1971, Motown music executive LeBaron Taylor held Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The March on Washington at 50

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Fifty years to the day that Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, President Barack Obama was scheduled to the same steps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Minimum Reasoning on Minimum Wage

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Some phones were ringing; others were on hold as Real Christian Radio’s host was well into his 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. program set. The subject was “Is minimum wage enough to live on?” and syndicated radio personality Lonnie Hunter’s job was letting the audience “have Read More

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Business Exchange: A Trayvon Martin Fashion Statement

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Do you feel George Zimmerman is “a racist?” Make a fashion statement to let the world know how you feel. The issue of “race in America” was clearly illustrated in the attention African Americans paid to the Zimmerman trial. Nowadays, Black Americans are Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Obama’s Gay Advocacy Agenda

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Due to Supreme Court rulings that were occurring in the United States, President Barack Obama’s advocacy for gay rights took place in Africa within 24 hours of arriving in Senegal. “I want the African people just to hear what I Read More

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Business Exchange: ‘Is He Black Enough?’

By William Reed NNPA Columnist “If you had a choice of color, which one would you choose my brother?” –Curtis Mayfield – 1969 In the official U.S. 2010 head count, President Barack Obama provided one answer to the question about his ethnic background: African American. Since the option Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Juneteenth is Worth Celebrating

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Did you know that the official African-American holidays are: Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth? What do you, and your family, do to celebrate Juneteenth? Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, the Juneteenth holiday is an abbreviated Read More

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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Gambling on Gambling

by William Reed NNPA Columnist Gambling and gambling-related problems are common among all racial and ethnic groups, but there’s evidence that African Americans are more likely to experience more serious gambling-related troubles than White Americans. At the forefront of gambling’s rise across America have been Read More