National

Maya Angelou is face of newest Forever Stamp

Maya Angelou is face of newest Forever Stamp

| May 6, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Less than a year after her death, Maya Angelou has been further immortalized on a U.S. Postal Service commemorative Forever Stamp. An all-star assembly gathered to witness the first-day-of-issue stamp unveiling ceremony, held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The at-capacity audience included First Lady Michelle Obama, […]

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Baltimore: We have been here before

Baltimore: We have been here before

| May 4, 2015

By Jesse L. Jackson Sr. NNPA Columnist Now it is Baltimore. There, Freddie Gray, a black man, was stopped on the street, pinned to the ground, dragged to the back of a police wagon and died in police custody. Six officers were suspended. The mayor promised justice. But, the city erupted in non-violent demonstrations that […]

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People of faith must do more than pray

People of faith must do more than pray

| May 4, 2015

By Barbara T. Baylor, MPH When someone I know shares their personal troubles with me, I must confess that at times I have responded “I’ll be praying for you and your family.” You have probably heard this trite statement many times, perhaps you have used it. We realize that this catchphrase is no excuse for […]

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Three white, three black police officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

Three white, three black police officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

| May 4, 2015

BALTIMORE—Protesters in Baltimore were jubilant, yet tempered with a somberness over the weekend. On Friday, May 1, State Attorney for the City of Baltimore Marilyn J. Mosby announced that the six Baltimore police officers—three white and three black—who were involved in the arrest, transportation and subsequent death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray have been charged with […]

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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March

| May 1, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist On Oct. 16, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. In the subsequent two decades black Americans have experienced great triumphs, tragedies and tribulations. This anniversary of the Million Man March will have a special meaning and significance for Black America and all who […]

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Who can we turn to politically?

Who can we turn to politically?

| May 1, 2015

James Clingman By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about the political trick-bag black folks are in now that […]

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Proof Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby

Proof Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby

| April 30, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting violations in jurisdictions covered by the act. As a […]

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Tired of black men getting shot down, killed in cold blood

Tired of black men getting shot down, killed in cold blood

| April 30, 2015

By Brian E. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call COLUMBIA, S.C. (FinalCall.com)–What began as a minor traffic stop apparently for a malfunctioning tail light ended with a homicide. Another black man, another white cop and another video of a police officer killing an unarmed person. The amateur recording showed Michael Slager, 33, […]

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Rev. Stewart Speaks: Why me?

Rev. Stewart Speaks: Why me?

| April 30, 2015

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart Have you ever found yourself asking this question: “Why me?” This question often comes up in response to a trying or difficult time in one’s life. Serving in the ministry and dealing with crisis situations, the one question I am consistently asked by the church folks  as well as those […]

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Redskins cheerleader’s death examined in new book

Redskins cheerleader’s death examined in new book

| April 25, 2015

By Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer The story of Debbie Flores has always fascinated. Raised in Baltimore where she attended Old Mill High School, the Puerto Rico-born Flores earned two college degrees, one in business and the other in law at the University of Baltimore and at Towson. And, […]

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