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Standing on sacred ground: Marking the Slocum Massacre, other massacres, lynchings

Standing on sacred ground: Marking the Slocum Massacre, other massacres, lynchings

| February 12, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist Three unarmed black men encountered a group of white men walking down a dirt road in Slocum, Texas on July 29, 1910. Without warning, and with no reason, the white men opened fire on the black men. And for two days, white men simply slaughtered black people. Eight […]

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Back to basics—vote intelligently

Beyond the Rhetoric: Back to basics—vote intelligently

| February 11, 2016

By Harry C. Alford NNPA News Wire Columnist We have been going through my archives. Some of my writings from the past still apply today. Some are more relevant today than they were back then (in the 1980s). The following is one of those articles that I’m compelled to republish. The emergence of Ronald Reagan […]

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Hillary Clinton tours Flint, Mich.

Hillary Clinton tours Flint, Mich.

| February 11, 2016

By D. Kevin McNeir NNPA News Wire Contributing Writer Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a pause from campaigning on Sunday, Feb. 7 to visit Flint, Mich., at the invitation of the city’s mayor, Karen Weaver, following weeks of conversations between the two leaders about the health crisis that citizens, particularly children, continue to face […]

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All elections matter: It’s Time to make our voices heard at ballot box in 2016

All elections matter: It’s Time to make our voices heard at ballot box in 2016

| February 9, 2016

By Melanie L. Campbell NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist At the time of this writing, in just over a week, Iowa, which has a 3.4 percent black population and New Hampshire, which is less than two percent black, will hold their presidential caucus and primary. From there, the primary battles move to states with larger […]

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Former cop Daniel Holtzclaw sentenced to 263 years

Former cop Daniel Holtzclaw sentenced to 263 years

| February 8, 2016

Officer ‘violated his badge’ by committing sexual assaults By Attorney Benjamin L. Crump NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist “Wrong is wrong: justice needs to be served,” is a statement that my client Jannie Ligons made when she was interviewed shortly after Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of rape, forcible oral sodomy and other charges against […]

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Verizon supporting active military, veterans with easy-to-understand discounts

Verizon supporting active military, veterans with easy-to-understand discounts

| January 28, 2016

From Verizon News Service  We’re committed to serving those who serve our country, and are making it easier for active duty servicemembers and veterans to do business with Verizon. Starting today, the company is providing active, former and retired members of the military a 15% discount on postpaid monthly wireless service and eliminating the minimum […]

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African Americans and the ACA: Much accomplished, more to do

African Americans and the ACA: Much accomplished, more to do

| January 28, 2016

By Patricia Maryland NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) promised to improve the delivery of healthcare services in America—especially for historically disadvantaged communities that suffer high rates of chronic illness. The ACA has begun to deliver on that promise, but work still remains to ensure all who need […]

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Foreclosure crisis lingers in black community

Foreclosure crisis lingers in black community

| January 26, 2016

By Avis Thomas Lester Urban News Service Affluence is no antidote to foreclosure. In Prince George’s County, Maryland—one of the United States’ wealthiest majority-black jurisdictions—the foreclosure crisis has hammered several solidly middle-class communities. These include Perrywood, a neighborhood of two-story homes near the county seat in Upper Marlboro; Marleigh in Bowie, where the local homeowners […]

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Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

| January 25, 2016

By the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. NNPA News Wire Columnist Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and a state-appointed “emergency manager” driving […]

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The State of the Union Address: Class act, crass responses

The State of the Union Address: Class act, crass responses

| January 25, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist President Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union address (SOTU) on Tuesday night. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the SOU is “strong.” While I disagree with […]

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