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Jesus versus the cross

| February 23, 2017
Jesus versus the cross

By Pastor Samuel Bellamy  Though many cherish the “old rugged cross,” it has no more significance than the guillotine, electric chair, firing squad, or lethal injection.  These are only a few means of capital punishment used to execute criminals.  These persons are cursed for committing crimes worthy of death.  The cross has been depicted as […]

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Building movement to fight extremism

| February 23, 2017
Building movement to fight extremism

By the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump wrapped up his first week of executive orders with a temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries. Effective immediately, this order impacted tens of thousands of people, leading to the detention of travelers in airports across the […]

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Trump, Black Caucus plan to meet for first time

| February 22, 2017
Trump, Black Caucus plan to meet for first time

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Following a bizarre exchange with American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan, the Congressional Black Caucus is in talks with President Donald Trump to set up a meeting. Trump asked Ryan, a veteran black journalist, if she could set up a meeting with him and the […]

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The value of white privilege and the American Dream

| February 22, 2017
The value of white privilege and the American Dream

Racial wealth gap could close with systemic public policy reforms, says new research By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) As 2017’s Black History observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers […]

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Will Trump do a better job than Obama with HBCUs?

| February 22, 2017
Will Trump do a better job than Obama with HBCUs?

Trump White House working on executive order for HBCUs By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Despite a cavalcade of political distractions and a legal battle over immigration, President Trump appears to be focused on funding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Less than three weeks in office the Trump administration is in the process […]

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Chuck, Lisa Surack, Sweetwater give funds to renovate Embassy Theatre dressing rooms

| February 22, 2017
Chuck, Lisa Surack, Sweetwater give funds to renovate Embassy Theatre dressing rooms

FORT WAYNE—The Embassy Theatre received a gift from Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater to renovate the historic theater’s backstage dressing rooms. The gift was announced at the opening of Down the Line, an Embassy concert on Feb. 11. The renovation project will commence later in 2017. “The Embassy welcomes world-class artists year-round. This generous […]

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Goldman Sachs’ small business program alumni create jobs, increase revenue

| February 22, 2017
Goldman Sachs’ small business program alumni create jobs, increase revenue

Firms in Southern California benefit from Goldman Sachs’ ‘10,000 Small Businesses program By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) LOS ANGELES—Eight hundred Southern California businesses have joined thousands of entrepreneurs across the country in an initiative to create jobs. The business owners are participants in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a scholarship-based program that convenes […]

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Civil Rights will suffer under AG Sessions

| February 22, 2017
Civil Rights will suffer under AG Sessions

By the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. (Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition) Donald Trump’s first three weeks in office have left Americans reeling from what Republican speechwriter Peggy Noonan called his “cloud of crazy.” His cabinet nominees seem intentionally perverse: an education secretary who has no clue about public schools; an energy secretary who wanted to eliminate […]

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Obituaries: February 22-28, 2017 Edition

| February 22, 2017
Obituaries: February 22-28, 2017 Edition

Willie Mae “Willa” Hooks, transitioned from this earth on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Fort Wayne after a short illness. She was born on Jan. 13, 1951, in Akron, Ohio. She leaves to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 36 years, Richard Hooks of Fort Wayne; daughter, Shannon Hooks of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, […]

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African refugees look north to Canada as U.S. deportations rise

| February 21, 2017
African refugees look north to Canada as U.S. deportations rise

(GIN)—Refugees including some from Africa have been trekking through subzero weather at the northern U.S. border with Canada in a bid to escape a new wave of deportations from the U.S. Last week, a family of eight reportedly from the Sudan managed to cross the border just as a U.S. immigration official attempted to block […]

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