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Former Detroit gang member now gang peacemaker

Former Detroit gang member now gang peacemaker

| June 12, 2016

By Michael H. Cottman, Urban News Service Ray Winans, once affectionately known as “Killer Ray,” is helping reduce gun violence in Detroit—one gang member at a time. The 37-year-old former gang member is an unconventional activist who mediates among gangs, police and federal prosecutors while encouraging young black men to end their lives of crime […]

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Libertarian candidate for governor points out flaws in Pence logic

Libertarian candidate for governor points out flaws in Pence logic

| June 9, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS—Rex Bell, Libertarian candidate for governor of Indiana, claims that current Governor Mike Pence isn’t getting the full picture. “We’re seeing a lot of commercials where the governor is taking credit for creating jobs. Most people nowadays realize government doesn’t create jobs. People do, and they create them in spite of government, not because of […]

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It’s time for blacks to diversify voting portfolios

It’s time for blacks to diversify voting portfolios

| June 2, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Blacks gave Obama 96 percent of their votes in 2008 and 94 percent of their votes in 2012. We, by far, are the most loyal voting block for Obama in the entire U.S. According to the Pew Research Center, for the 2012 presidential election, turnout by race was: […]

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President Obama deserves ‘high five’ for Howard U speech

President Obama deserves ‘high five’ for Howard U speech

| May 29, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA News Wire Columnist) I was apprehensive when I learned that President Obama would give the commencement speech at Howard University this year. I feared a repeat of his Morehouse speech, his yammering and scolding of African Americans in a manner so objectionable as to repulse. The Morehouse speech was, charitably speaking, […]

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School officials in Texas waste real money looking for fake cash

School officials in Texas waste real money looking for fake cash

| May 28, 2016

By Jeffrey L. Boney (Houston Forward Times, NNPA Member) Two separate counterfeit bill cases have gained national attention after the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) Police Department and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office opened investigations involving two young, African American students. The first incident involved 13-year-old Danesiah Neal, an eighth grade African […]

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Blackonomics: Black community bleeding to death

Blackonomics: Black community bleeding to death

| May 28, 2016

By James Clingman (NNPA News Wire Columnist) There is a crisis of monumental proportion in our so-called “bBlack communities.” A crisis that if not checked will prove to be our demise. We are bleeding so badly that we are in a comatose state and on life support right now. But we still have a strong […]

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I saw these ‘stunning’ news anchors and my jaw didn’t drop

I saw these ‘stunning’ news anchors and my jaw didn’t drop

| May 27, 2016

By Bill Fletcher Jr. (NNPA News Wire Columnist) If you are like me, you sometimes find yourself surfing the Web when you are supposed to be doing something more important. You may notice “click bait” that poses questions like, “What has happened to these childhood stars?” or offers, “Secrets of the Mayans revealed.” Well, the […]

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant breaks silence over latest baby allegations

The Rev. Jamal Bryant breaks silence over latest baby allegations

| May 26, 2016

By James Bentley (AFRO, NNPA member) On May 12, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple Church took to social media to address rumors and allegations that he had fathered another child and was refusing to pay child support for it. In a video, Bryant said, “Over the last week a lot has […]

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Harriet Tubman’s face on new $20 bill is priceless

Harriet Tubman’s face on new $20 bill is priceless

| May 26, 2016

By Walter Rhett (NNPA News Wire Contributor) President Obama said in his recent remarks that Harriet Tubman would likely greet the news she was on the $20 with little fanfare. In fact she might question how that would buy freedom. Still, while the change “on the money” is significant it has already become a political […]

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From power talking to power doing

From power talking to power doing

| May 24, 2016

By James Clingman (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Veteran radio talk show host Carl Nelson, will present his third Power Talk event on June 17 through June 19, 2016 at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The event has featured the likes of Tony Browder, Ashra Kwesi, the late Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing, Pastor Willie Wilson, […]

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