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Two faces of racism

Two faces of racism

| October 8, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist What was Alessandra Stanley, the longtime television critic of the New York Times, thinking that caused her in that now-infamous article to mis-label Shonda Rhimes, the television hit maker, as the paragon of the “Angry Black Woman” and traffick in the most misguided attitudes about black artists, black women […]

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Be more vocal about asthma

Be more vocal about asthma

| October 8, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. The voice box is located in the center of the neck. Two structures making up this box are the vocal chords, which are two folds of tissue that protrude from the sides of the box to form a narrow slit which allows air to pass through. When air passes between […]

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Breaking white silence on racism

Breaking white silence on racism

| October 7, 2014

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnists On Sept. 15, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka did something quite fascinating. He spoke to a labor audience in St. Louis about race and racism. What was particularly noteworthy is that he was not speaking to a largely black or Latino audience. [To hear and see the speech, go to: […]

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Bishop T.D. Jakes suing Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar

Bishop T.D. Jakes suing Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar

| October 7, 2014

By Terry Shropshire Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World Internationally-renowned and universally-beloved Bishop T.D. Jakes is vowing to file a lawsuit against popular rapper Young Jeezy and singer Kendrick Lamar for sampling portions of his sermon without his consent. Jakes, the highly influential televangelist who transformed a tiny West Virginia-based congregation into […]

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Justice Department urged to stay focused on police killings

Justice Department urged to stay focused on police killings

| October 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Officials from the National Action Network, the National Urban League the National Bar Association, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights groups have urged the Justice Department to remain focused on the deaths of Michael […]

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Experts push for better oversight of police

Experts push for better oversight of police

| October 2, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Neill Franklin says there is nothing new about friction between law enforcement agencies and Blacks. And he should know–Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department. “This is nothing new,” said Franklin, during a panel discussion on the shooting […]

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Cost of not doing business

Cost of not doing business

| October 2, 2014

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Over the past few decades, black people have been led to believe that we have “power” because we earn and spend so much money in the marketplace, now having eclipsed the $1 trillion mark.   As the most studied consumer segment in the world, black Americans are touted by dozens […]

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Silicon Valley must embrace diversity

Silicon Valley must embrace diversity

| October 2, 2014

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “The industry that bills itself a meritocracy actually looks more like a mirrortocracy.”—Mitch Kapor, co-chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact While the number of African American, Latino and women consumers of Internet and broadband products and services is rising, their numbers at the major Silicon Valley companies […]

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To President Barack Obama: Without Us, Can’t Be U.S.

To President Barack Obama: Without Us, Can’t Be U.S.

| October 1, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I recall, while walking down a street, years ago in my neighborhood, a young man greeted me with the word, “brother.” He went on to tell me what a role model I had been for him, even at a distance. Well, I told him, that we all have talents, no […]

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Report card on Black America

Report card on Black America

| October 1, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some might think the annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage the U.S. Census Bureau released recently had a distinctly repetitive tone to it. Albeit with a few exceptions, the words “not statistically significant” aptly fit the very small increases or decreases of most of the measurements […]

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