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the fire this time. . . .

the fire this time. . . .

| March 7, 2017

tell me how long the train’s been gone rootfolks poets press ©omowale-ketu oladuwa the american negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which white americans cling: that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen, or that […]

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Judge tosses defamation suit against Bill Cosby

Judge tosses defamation suit against Bill Cosby

| March 7, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) A federal judge in Massachusetts recently struck down a defamation suit against Bill Cosby in a ruling that the legendary comedian’s attorneys said reaffirms the fundamental right for him or anyone else to defend against public accusations. “This is another in a line of recent developments, vindicating Mr. Cosby’s […]

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From Freedom’s Journal to NNPA, Black Press still relevant

From Freedom’s Journal to NNPA, Black Press still relevant

| March 7, 2017

By Harry Colbert Jr. (Insight News/NNPA Member) No one is better equipped to tell your story better than you. And logic stands to reason that no one is better equipped and more passionate about telling our story than us. The stories of blacks in America are equally as triumphant as they are tragic. And many, […]

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Ensuring new state education plan works for all students

Ensuring new state education plan works for all students

| March 7, 2017

By the Reverend Sam Casey (Founder and Executive Director, COPE) “Be strong and courageous.” The counsel comes from Joshua 1:9, one of my favorite Bible verses, and is also a piece of advice I often give members of my congregation to encourage them to be bold in the face of fear, uncertainty and opportunity. As […]

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President Trump signs executive oder on HBCUs

President Trump signs executive oder on HBCUs

| March 3, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) President Trump signed an executive order to focus more attention on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Although HBCUs comprise just three percent of higher education institutions in the U.S., “HBCUs contributed 19 percent of the nearly 9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in […]

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Women: The often overlooked fuel component in the U.S. space program, science

Women: The often overlooked fuel component in the U.S. space program, science

| March 2, 2017

The recent success of the Hollywood film “Hidden Figures,” chronically the story of the black women mathematicians and computer scientists who were crucial to the opening success of the U.S. space program, has brought to the forefront the too often ignored contributions women have made to science and technology. The groundbreaking and brilliant precision work […]

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Acknowledging unprecedented support for HBCUs

Acknowledging unprecedented support for HBCUs

| March 2, 2017

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. routinely would remind those of us who worked for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s about the vital importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As we celebrated Black History Month 2017, Dr. […]

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Black girl magic: ‘Hidden Figures’ outshines ‘La La Land’ at box office

Black girl magic: ‘Hidden Figures’ outshines ‘La La Land’ at box office

| March 2, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Looks like the myth that black films can’t make big money in Hollywood is about to become a thing of the past. In early February, “Hidden Figures” passed “La La Land” as the top-grossing (domestically) Oscar-nominated film in Hollywood this season. “Hidden Figures” focuses on three women who […]

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Navient charged student borrowers too much, says CFPB

Navient charged student borrowers too much, says CFPB

| February 27, 2017

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) The financial futures of more than 12 million federal and private student loan borrowers who collectively owe approximately $300 billion is at the crux of a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). CFPB is suing Navient Corporation and two of its subsidiaries for using shortcuts and […]

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