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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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Talk no substitute for action

Talk no substitute for action

| September 30, 2014

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist Have you ever seen a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taking part of a panel discussion? It’s likely he didn’t have time if he were asked. It’s also likely that in the 1950s and 1960s, he wasn’t asked much.  The period King conquered was a time of […]

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Black auto buyers get raw deal, not fair deal

Black auto buyers get raw deal, not fair deal

| September 29, 2014

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist With new car prices meeting or surpassing many consumers’ incomes, the vast majority of people finance their car purchases. On an annual basis, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, more than 79 percent of auto loans occur through third-party indirect lenders that partner with dealerships. After most automobile purchases, […]

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From pain to purpose

From pain to purpose

| September 28, 2014

By Pastor E. A. Dickered Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times “A mother never gets over losing her child. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been, how old her child was when they died, or the reason they were taken away, grief don’t ever expire. Never tell a mother whose child has died […]

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