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$90 million-plus lost to foreclosure scams

$90 million-plus lost to foreclosure scams

| August 23, 2014

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Earlier this month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged an organization known as Freedom by Faith Ministries with defrauding more than 100 consumers in Southeast Michigan. The alleged crime: foreclosure rescue scams. Unfortunately, the circumstances that led to the Michigan lawsuit represent a continuation of a disturbing trend of profiteers […]

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Former death row inmate gets law school degree

Former death row inmate gets law school degree

| August 22, 2014

(GIN)–A maximum security prison was the scene of an out-of-the-ordinary graduation ceremony in Kenya. Lifer Peter Ouko, surrounded by friends and family, received his diploma in common law from the University of London. Ouko took the course online and now plans to advance to a further law degree. An inmate at Kamiti prison in Nairobi, Ouko […]

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Boldy back to Africa

Boldy back to Africa

| August 22, 2014

By Brenda Robinson President Barack Obama, as with all U.S. Presidents, has had his share of critics. Some of the criticism was legitimate, some just politically necessary, and some just because he is black. Yet, of all the the things he did wrong, he certainly got some right. His position on the continent of Africa […]

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Who won the War on Poverty?

Who won the War on Poverty?

| August 22, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–President Ronald Reagan quipped: “In the ’60s we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won.” Did it? This month, 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, effectively kicking off the War on Poverty, is a good time to answer that question. Today, […]

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Rebellion, confrontations with police as another young black male is gunned down

Rebellion, confrontations with police as another young black male is gunned down

| August 22, 2014

By Jihad Hassan Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call FERGUSON, Mo.–Michael Brown, 18, was supposed to be starting college in early August, instead he is listed among Black males shot to death by police, security guards, and self-proclaimed vigilantes. Oscar Grant III, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Jonathan Ferrell are […]

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Health halo around sports drinks has dark side

| August 21, 2014

By Viji Sundaram Special to the NNPA from New America Media Researchers at the school’s Atkins Center for Weight and Health studied 21 sugary drinks popular with young people that were touted by their manufacturers as enhancing “health and strength.” They concluded that the manufacturers were putting what researchers called a “health halo” over the […]

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Jawanza Kunjufu: From boys to girls

Jawanza Kunjufu: From boys to girls

| August 21, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–For the past 40 years, Jawanza Kunjufu has dedicated his life to uplifting African Americans through education and empowerment. His work as an educational consultant and author of 33 books has centered on the plight and triumphs of African American boys and men–until now. His latest book, “Educating […]

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Rev. Stewart Speaks! Don’t let him catch you with your work undone!

Rev. Stewart Speaks! Don’t let him catch you with your work undone!

| August 21, 2014

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart Melvin Williams is associated with the old Baptist devotional song that shouted, “Be ready when he comes, be ready when he comes… don’t let him catch you with your work undone, he’s coming again so soon!” I remember growing up in the Baptist church hearing the words to this song […]

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Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades rededicates diocese

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades rededicates diocese

| August 21, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades renewed the consecration of the diocese to Jesus through the Blessed Mother at the 6 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne on Friday, Aug. 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. Bishop Rhoades reconsecrated the diocese to the Blessed Mother during the Mass, […]

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EPA urged to reduce refinery pollution

EPA urged to reduce refinery pollution

| August 20, 2014

By LaGloria Houston Defender HOUSTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to do more to protect black, Latino and poor communities from oil refineries that put nearby residents at heightened risk of cancer, asthma, and other upper respiratory diseases, witnesses testified at an EPA Houston-area public hearing on proposed updates to emissions standards for refineries. “Numerous […]

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