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Blackonomics: Do black organizations really have our backs?

Blackonomics: Do black organizations really have our backs?

| April 5, 2016

By James Clingman (NNPA News Wire Columnist) While black people are bogged down in shallow and meaningless political discourse, our vaunted black organizations continue to be M.I.A. except for their time in front of the cameras with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They say they cannot endorse candidates, but we all know that’s a sham. […]

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Criminal justice reform snagged in campaign politics

Criminal justice reform snagged in campaign politics

| April 5, 2016

By Dee Hunter, Urban News Service Planned reforms to federal drug and sentencing laws that imprisoned many African-Americans have become locked up by election-year politics. “The cost of incarceration and a growing awareness of the problems with mandatory minimum sentences have created a diverse coalition calling for reforms,” said Kevin Ring, of Families Against Mandatory […]

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Veterans, consumers of color often targeted for fraud

Veterans, consumers of color often targeted for fraud

| April 5, 2016

By Charlene Crowell NNPA News Wire Columnist Although the former Corinthian Colleges, once one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, closed its doors last year, many of the problems incurred by its former students persist. The now-defunct college is the only questionable actor among for-profit colleges. To date, investigations, and lawsuits have focused on a […]

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Churches go green, save green, clean God’s green earth

Churches go green, save green, clean God’s green earth

| April 5, 2016

By Avis Thomas-Lester, Urban News Service The biggest challenge at the Reverend Dr. Earl D. Trent Jr.’s historic black church is raising enough money to do the Lord’s work. Trent, pastor of  Washington, D.C.’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church, was grappling with that very issue five years ago when he heard a presentation about how going […]

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Trump’s hostile takeover of Republican Party

Trump’s hostile takeover of Republican Party

| April 5, 2016

By Raynard Jackson NNPA News Wire Columnist I have repeatedly heard many of the talking heads in Washington, D.C. and the Republican establishment accuses Donald Trump and his presidential campaign of engaging in a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. I agree with them. Having received my undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University in tax […]

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From Mary Church Terrell to Barbara Lee: Black women in the peace movement

From Mary Church Terrell to Barbara Lee: Black women in the peace movement

| April 4, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist Some words seem rarely mentioned in this highly toxic political season. We’ve heard about bombs and walls, but very little about peace. One is almost tempted, when some of the candidates are speaking, to burst into song—give peace a chance. In this Women’s History Month, it makes sense […]

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Meet me at the bridge on the way to the mountaintop

Meet me at the bridge on the way to the mountaintop

| April 4, 2016

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life; longevity has its place.  But, I’m not concerned about that now.  I just want to do God’s will.  And, He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain.  And I’ve looked over.  And I’ve seen the promised land.  I may not get there with you. […]

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The Honor of a Lifetime: Speaking at my great, great, great grandfather’s church he co-founded 165 years ago

The Honor of a Lifetime: Speaking at my great, great, great grandfather’s church he co-founded 165 years ago

| April 4, 2016

By Eric D. Hackley On March 20, 2016, I had the honor of a lifetime. I was asked to speak on the Underground Railroad history of Mt. Calvary Church in Niles, Mich. Mt. Calvary was first organized in 1851 under the name of Second Baptist Church and was a member of the Anti-Slavery Baptist Association. […]

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Was it civil rights ‘movement’ or ‘Movement?’

Was it civil rights ‘movement’ or ‘Movement?’

| March 23, 2016

By Avis Thomas-Lester, Urban News Service They fought for integration, equal education and voter registration. There were Freedom Rides, a march on Washington and mayhem on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. There were sit-ins, brutal attacks and stands against violence. In the end, freedom was achieved—at least in part. “There is no question that the Civil […]

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You have to understand why ‘Diamond’ and ‘Silk’ support Trump

You have to understand why ‘Diamond’ and ‘Silk’ support Trump

| March 22, 2016

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist I saw it on Facebook. These two black women at a Trump rally expressing their support for “The Donald.” I realized, once again, that there is a certain type of emotional naiveté that I possess when it comes to our people. I assume that in light of […]

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