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‘Religious freedom’ scams

‘Religious freedom’ scams

| April 15, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots. Worried by recent steady march of federal court decisions advancing the right of gays and lesbians to marry, forces in Arkansas and Indiana tried to copy the Supreme Court majority’s flim-flam maneuver of last year in the Hobby Lobby case: By asserting a […]

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Governor Pence, you should be ashamed of yourself

Governor Pence, you should be ashamed of yourself

| April 14, 2015

By Eric D. Hackley Participants in the HackonomicsTV Fort Wayne City Council Candidates forum addressed Indiana Governor Mike Pence shortly after he first signed RFRA into Indiana Law—before Pence backtracked by asking legislators to write an amendment “clarifying” the intent of the bill. This is what they had to say: Cathy Cross, City Council At-Large: […]

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S.C. Cop charged with murder after shooting black man in back

S.C. Cop charged with murder after shooting black man in back

| April 9, 2015

By Barney Blakeney Special to the NNPA from The Charleston Chronicle CHARLESTON, S.C.–Leaders of local civil rights organizations had been taking a wait-and- see approach to the April 4 North Charleston police shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, but voiced concern that Scott was unarmed when he was shot and that police said Scott had […]

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Behind the scenes with Warren Shadd, world’s first African American piano maker

Behind the scenes with Warren Shadd, world’s first African American piano maker

| April 9, 2015

By Rachel Kersey Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer via Howard University News Service NEW YORK—Warren Shadd has adorned the walls of his one-story home with several framed artifacts. On one wall hangs photographs of his family—his grandmother, his father and his mother—all playing musical instruments. Another wall displays a 1969 article from […]

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The Rev. Franklin Graham ignores racism

The Rev. Franklin Graham ignores racism

| April 8, 2015

By the Rev. Amos C. Brown NNPA Guest Columnist Easter was last Sunday, but Rev. the Franklin Graham is still wiping egg off his face. In an unintentionally insensitive Facebook post on March 12, the hugely influential white evangelist ignored the existence of racial bias by law enforcement in the U.S. by suggesting the easy […]

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An open letter to Jimmy Breslin regarding the death of Malcolm X

An open letter to Jimmy Breslin regarding the death of Malcolm X

| April 7, 2015

Journalist’s revelations raises suspicion of complicity for some Dear Mr Breslin, A number of recent articles have appeared in connection with an apparent tip-off which you received from the NYPD advising you to attend the Feb. 21, 1965 rally at the Audubon Ballroom and at which Malcolm X was assassinated. These disturbing reports raise a […]

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Free speech hypocrisy

Free speech hypocrisy

| April 7, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist      This winter, the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, those that have captured the most attention all involve black Americans as the targets of the racist speech or action: […]

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Nation awaits autopsy in possible lynching in Mississippi

Nation awaits autopsy in possible lynching in Mississippi

| April 3, 2015

By Cyril Josh Barker Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Mississippi was the site of one-third of all lynchings that occurred in the United States in 1925 and was the epicenter of some of the nation’s most heinous race crimes. At the time, the NAACP was mobilizing to urge the U.S. […]

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Parents: Children will have it harder than they did

Parents: Children will have it harder than they did

| March 31, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–A majority of American parents believe their children will face a harsher coming-of-age than they did, according to a new survey–and no one feels this more acutely than black parents. In a recent NBC News State of Parenting Poll, 63 percent of parents felt their children would face […]

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Life after prison

Life after prison

| March 31, 2015

By Tiffani Knowles and Livingstone Knowles Special to the NNPA from The Miami Times Fifty years since Martin Luther King Jr. led the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., black men in communities like Miami-Dade’s Liberty City are among the 32 percent of incarcerated blacks in the state of Florida. And, according to the Bureau […]

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