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black life matters, from protest to organized resistance

black life matters, from protest to organized resistance

| February 11, 2015

By Omowalé-Kétu Oladuwa   preface february 21st is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of brother malcolm, who loved us more than we loved ourselves. this verse, then, and the accompanying quotes were drafted in this anniversary light. long live brother malcolm, and all those inspired to action by his thought.   1… The making of an […]

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Reclaiming the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reclaiming the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

| February 10, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday should have a different impact on the collective consciousness of Black America. Why? Because once again there are millions of black Americans who are more determined than ever to keep pushing forward to achieve full freedom, justice, equality and empowerment. […]

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Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

| February 10, 2015

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice. First, because, “I Can’t Breathe.” I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It […]

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Fallout from police shooting of man with hands up in dash cam video in NJ continues

Fallout from police shooting of man with hands up in dash cam video in NJ continues

| February 10, 2015

Black victim shot by black officer By Cyril Josh Barker Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News BRIDGETON, N.J.—Black citizens in the southern New Jersey city of Bridgeton continue to demand answers for the police shooting of a black man who clearly had his hands up, as seen on a dash cam […]

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Rape and the myth of ‘the strong black woman’

Rape and the myth of ‘the strong black woman’

| February 10, 2015

A woman gets raped every two minutes in the U.S. According to the U.S. Justice Department, nearly one of every five black women–19 percent–are raped each year. Many experts suspect those figures severely understate the problem. For example, research by the Black Women’s Blueprint Inc., a New York City-based civil and human rights organization of […]

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Making no progress on race with ‘progressives’

Making no progress on race with ‘progressives’

| February 10, 2015

Julianne Malveaux By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Her progressive ideas are just what we need while Hilary Clinton is straddling the fence, and still cozying up with bankers. Warren says she isn’t running for president, but there are quite a few political action committees urging her to run. Like […]

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The Mountaintop: Director’s notes

The Mountaintop: Director’s notes

| February 9, 2015

Editor’s note: During this Black History Month, the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is scheduled to present “The Mountaintop,” a play by American playwright Katori Hall, described as “a gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Below, the play’s director, […]

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Churches change strategy for membership drive

| February 8, 2015

By William J. Ford Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer They attended a service in the morning, then, instead of heading home on a recent Sunday afternoon, several dozen members of Turner Memorial AME Church in Hyattsville, Md., headed to the basement for a little secular fun. A jazz duo served up tunes […]

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Civic lessons, civil rights

Civic lessons, civil rights

| February 8, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of […]

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Op-Ed: ‘Al Helm’ film ignores Jewish ties to Civil Rights Movement, other issues

Op-Ed: ‘Al Helm’ film ignores Jewish ties to Civil Rights Movement, other issues

| February 7, 2015

By Leonard Goldstein I am writing this to address the story published in the Jan. 28, 2015 edition of Frost Illustrated regarding the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace’s presentation of the film “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine. First, the Center for Peace is a misnomer.  If you have attended any of their […]

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