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Trump’s trump card: The conservative mob

Trump’s trump card: The conservative mob

| August 19, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The fate of the Republican Party’s presidential sweepstakes at the moment is being controlled by two political Frankensteins—both of them of the GOP’s own creation. One, of course, is Donald Trump, the wealthy demagogue who is leading the crowded GOP primary field precisely because he doesn’t have any “platform” […]

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Black lives should matter to black killers, too

Black lives should matter to black killers, too

| August 18, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist I applaud the Black Lives Matter Movement for renewing attention on police violence against blacks, an issue that is old as the republic—for black lives do matter. And black lives should always matter—even when the killers are not hyper-aggressive cops, white supremacists or other emblems of oppression. In 2011, the […]

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Republicans ignore anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Republicans ignore anniversary of Voting Rights Act

| August 18, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act fell on the same day that Fox News hosted two Republican presidential debates (Aug. 6). But, the landmark legislation was never mentioned by the questioners nor the candidates. And, we know why. Under the headline, “What Media Need to […]

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Statement by Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute on the passing of Julian Bond

Statement by Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute on the passing of Julian Bond

| August 18, 2015

Note: A. Phillip Randolph Institute (founded by Randolph and March on Washington coordinator Bayard Rustin) just finished celebrating its 50th year anniversary in Savannah.  Bond had been scheduled to attend. It is a sad day for the civil rights movement. One of our pioneers, Julian Bond, has died. We all knew him. Julian Bond was […]

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Civil, human rights champion Julian Bond crosses over at 75

Civil, human rights champion Julian Bond crosses over at 75

| August 18, 2015

  FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.—The world lost one of the most iconic figures of the U.S. and global Civil Rights Movement with the passing of Julian Bond, Aug. 15 in Fort Walton Beach, at the age of 75. In many eyes, Bond was the epitome of a true warrior, willing to fight for the rights […]

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Prison Entrepreneurship Program gives second chance to individuals seeking better life

Prison Entrepreneurship Program gives second chance to individuals seeking better life

| August 18, 2015

By Randall Weeks Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Who really believes in giving second chances to someone who is already considered a failure? Many people wonder about today’s society. Most do not think someone in an unfortunate circumstance could make the most of a chance they are given. Is opportunity only […]

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Black unemployment dips to 7-year low

Black unemployment dips to 7-year low

| August 13, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—The black unemployment rate tumbled to 9.1 percent in July, the lowest rate for black workers in seven years, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department. Even though the black jobless rate has slowly ticked down to 2008 levels, some economists expressed concerns […]

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Belmar says county detectives shot man on fringes of protest after he opened fire first

Belmar says county detectives shot man on fringes of protest after he opened fire first

| August 11, 2015

By Chris King Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American A young man is in “critical, unstable” condition in a St. Louis hospital after going down in gunfire from four St. Louis County plainclothes detectives after he opened fire on them first after 11:10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9, St. Louis County Police Chief […]

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Southern Baptist Church determined to rise from ashes of riots

Southern Baptist Church determined to rise from ashes of riots

| August 11, 2015

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer The Mary Harvin Senior Housing and Transformation Center of Southern Baptist Church was destroyed in a fire, April 30, amidst the chaos of the citywide rioting. The MHTC was a $16M development project envisioned and sponsored by Southern Baptist Church.This project, eight years in the making, was […]

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Blacks also failed Sandra Bland

Blacks also failed Sandra Bland

| August 10, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Sandra Bland is dead. While many are concentrating on “how” she died, we must also face the reality of “why” she died. All of the circumstances surrounding her death notwithstanding, Sandra is still dead. I cannot help but think that along the three-day period from her arrest to her final […]

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