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Will Anything Really Change After the Deaths of Sterling, Gerald and Long?

Will Anything Really Change After the Deaths of Sterling, Gerald and Long?

| August 11, 2016

By Candace J. Semien (The Drum, NNPA Member) Leaving the city of Baker, Louisiana, I turned left onto the interstate faster than I normally would. I needed to get home before the Matadors arrived. I was the third car to merge onto the empty bridge; the third to veer into the center lane. Instinctively, I […]

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The Black Church response to HIV/AIDS: Where faith meets advocacy

The Black Church response to HIV/AIDS: Where faith meets advocacy

| August 10, 2016

By Tamara Holmes (BAI Daily Contributing Writer) It’s no secret that HIV/AIDS advocates and the Black Church have not always seen eye to eye. However, a new faith-based initiative could create more collaboration between those groups than ever before. The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UNAIDS have launched a $4 […]

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From ‘crack baby’ to mentor, Shawn Blanchard defies odds

From ‘crack baby’ to mentor, Shawn Blanchard defies odds

| August 10, 2016

By Edward Henderson (The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, NNPA Member) The term “crack baby” emerged into the social consciousness in the ’80s and ’90s during the crack epidemic sweeping minority communities. It referred to children who had been exposed to the drug because of their mother’s usage during pregnancy. It picked up additional stereotypical […]

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Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

| August 9, 2016

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (NNPA President and CEO) There is an old adage that posits “The more things appear to change, the more they stay the same.” Once again, millions of Americans are engulfed in what has become a reluctant national debate and dialogue concerning race and the urgency to reform the nation’s criminal […]

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The corruption behind corruption

The corruption behind corruption

| August 5, 2016

By DeAngelo Starnes, Urban News Service PHILADELPHIA—The recent conviction of U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah for RICO, conspiracy, bribery and fraud added fuel to the “get money out of politics” sentiment driving many voters to the polls this election year. But, the Philadelphia Democrat’s conviction on all 22 graft charges—and a stream of similar allegations against […]

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Can National Diversity Coalition for Trump sway black voters?

Can National Diversity Coalition for Trump sway black voters?

| August 5, 2016

By Freddie Allen (National News Managing Editor) It’s official. Donald J. Trump is the Republican presidential nominee. The Republican National Convention in Cleveland was a rough and raucous ride for the reality star, real estate developer turned political neophyte. After charges of plagiarism over Melania Trump’s speech, a non-endorsement from Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and […]

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A tale of two conventions

A tale of two conventions

| August 4, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Having attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland two weeks ago and having intently watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on TV last week, I couldn’t help but notice how distorted both conventions were, especially in terms of the media’s coverage of them. In the black community, […]

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Why global terrorism will always be a domestic problem

Why global terrorism will always be a domestic problem

| August 3, 2016

By Roger Caldwell (NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist) President Obama underestimated the threat of ISIS, by calling the organization a “JV team” during his 2012 election campaign. This was a miscalculation in terms of his thinking and strategy. In 2016, many countries around the globe are trying to destroy this violent extremist organization as each […]

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Cleveland’s RNC was the whitest convention I’ve ever attended

Cleveland’s RNC was the whitest convention I’ve ever attended

| August 2, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) As I boarded my return flight to D.C. from last week’s Republican convention in Cleveland I began to reflect on what I saw and I began to ponder how I could put to paper my experiences in this column. Out of nowhere, the words of Charles Dickens from […]

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Affordable-housing dreams become Section 8 nightmares

Affordable-housing dreams become Section 8 nightmares

| July 28, 2016

By Drew Johnson, Urban News Service WASHINGTON—Congress created Section 8 vouchers to offer very-low-income Americans “decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.” But recent examinations have found many such homes far from decent, safe or sanitary. Despite these promises from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website, this federal housing voucher program […]

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