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Segregating public schools won’t make America great again

| November 4, 2017
Segregating public schools won’t make America great again

Public schools more segregated than 40 years ago By Rushern Baker (County Executive, Prince Georges County, Maryland) On Nov. 4, 1952, Dr. Helen Kenyon addressed the Women’s Society of Riverside Church in New York City and opined that, “Eleven o’clock Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often […]

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Ask Alma: Taking care elderly parents taking a toll

| November 3, 2017
Ask Alma: Taking care elderly parents taking a toll

By Alma Gill (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Dear Alma: I am a 64 year-old divorced woman who lives with my father. Some years ago, when my marriage fell apart, and Mom was diagnosed with dementia, I moved back home to help my dad with her. I was also working part-time, so I couldn’t afford my own […]

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Blacks often pay higher fees for car purchases than whites

| November 3, 2017
Blacks often pay higher fees for car purchases than whites

Buying car with add-on products, services seldom good deal for consumers By Charlene Crowell (Deputy Communications Director, Center for Responsible Lending) It’s that time of year again when auto dealers try to make room in their showrooms for next year’s models. The seasonal clearance sales that come right before the holidays are just as tempting […]

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Woman found severely beaten at Villages of Hanna

| November 3, 2017
Woman found severely beaten at Villages of Hanna

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:46 a.m., Oct. 19, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to 2100 Eden Street, Villages of Hanna Apartments, reference an unconscious female. A citizen called police to report a woman was bleeding and lying in the common hallway of the apartment building.  Officers arrived on scene and located the adult/female […]

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NAACP board elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson president

| November 3, 2017
NAACP board elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson president

Johnson vows to work closely with NNPA By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The future of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is inextricably linked to the future of African Americans and its incumbent upon the nation’s oldest civil rights organization to work with the Black Press to get that […]

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Home of parents of Afrobeat legend Fela to become museum, gov’t says

| November 1, 2017
Home of parents of Afrobeat legend Fela to become museum, gov’t says

(GIN)—A government-led plan to restore the home of the parents of Afro music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and turn it into a museum has cheered and excited Fela’s many fans and followers. The colonial era one-story building was built by the late Israel Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s father, and his wife, Funmilayo, over a century ago. Mr. and […]

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Amidst election-related violence, President Kenyatta re-elected

| November 1, 2017
Amidst election-related violence, President Kenyatta re-elected

(GIN)—Incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged victorious in the repeat of the election held last August that no candidate had managed to win outright. Voting was light last Thursday, attributed in part to the boycott led by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Of the 39 percent of registered voters who cast ballots last Thursday, Mr. Kenyatta […]

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Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

| October 31, 2017
Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The National Newspaper Publishers Association lost one of its own this week. Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday. Smith was 45. The Tri-State Defender, among the longest running African-American newspapers in the […]

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Educating black students in new Jim Crow era

| October 31, 2017
Educating black students in new Jim Crow era

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most black children. In an effort to engage black parents around reaching that elusive goal, educators and community stakeholders tackled leadership, educational […]

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Ask Alma: I hooked my friend up with a job and friend complains about it on Facebook

| October 28, 2017
Ask Alma: I hooked my friend up with a job and friend complains about it on Facebook

By Alma Gill (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Dear Alma: I have a friend that shares everything in their life on Facebook. This friend’s car has broken down on several occasions, with the latest repair costing $2,700; this friend also seems to have many issues with landlords and significant others. Despite my friend’s personal trials, they have […]

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