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Another black school closure: When will it end?

Another black school closure: When will it end?

| July 4, 2015

HISD terminates Hope Academy charter school contract By Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times This past Thursday, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) Board of Trustees voted to terminate the charter school contract for Hope Academy–an external charter school that has contracted annually with HISD to provide educational services […]

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Churches discussing security after massacre at Emanuel

Churches discussing security after massacre at Emanuel

| July 3, 2015

By Barney Blakeney Special to the NNPA from The Charleston Chronicle Dylann Storm Roof on June 17 walked into Emanuel AME Church through a side door without facing any resistance or questions. He sat with members of the congregation about an hour as they conducted a weekly Bible study session then pulled out a .45 […]

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Understanding real ‘love’ in the midst of the same-sex marriage debate

Understanding real ‘love’ in the midst of the same-sex marriage debate

| June 30, 2015

Editor’s note: As people continue to debate the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that states were obligated to allow same-sex marriages throughout the nation, we recently were made aware of the writings of someone in the spiritual community that discussed the issue on a spiritual, rather than political, societal or “religious” perspective. The following thoughts, […]

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Obama becoming more outspoken on race

Obama becoming more outspoken on race

| June 28, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA)–When President Obama returned to Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., June 26 to eulogize the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, it capped a period in which he has become increasingly outspoken on race, even uttering the N-word to make a point about the slow pace of progress […]

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Cop guilty of assault, but will justice prevail?

Cop guilty of assault, but will justice prevail?

| June 28, 2015

By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call LOS ANGELES (The Final Call)–An 11-woman, one-man jury unanimously convicted LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan of assaulting black South L.A. mother Alesia Thomas. While the verdict issued in a packed courtroom June 5 was better than allowing Ofc. O’Callaghan to walk away without any accountability, […]

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From father to foot soldier

From father to foot soldier

| June 28, 2015

By Penny Dickerson Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier Father’s Day celebrations are tough for Ron Davis. The June holiday reserved for Hallmark cards and the gifting of new ties has remained solemn since the Nov. 23, 2012 death of his 17-year-old son, Jordan. Davis said spent Father’s Day clutching the final letter […]

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Support grows for taking down Confederate flag

Support grows for taking down Confederate flag

| June 26, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA)–In what is quickly and unexpectedly gaining ground as a fitting memorial to the nine African Americans killed by a white supremacist at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., some of the most ardent defenders of the confederate flag are reversing course and saying for the first time […]

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Millions of whites feel Charleston church killer ‘could be my son’

Millions of whites feel Charleston church killer ‘could be my son’

| June 26, 2015

By Matthew C. Whitaker NNPA Guest Columnist On Wednesday, June 17, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, massacred nine black worshipers in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Among those slain at close range with a .45 caliber semi-automatic weapon, were an 87-year-old woman and Emanuel’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, […]

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White woman snubbed Charleston shooter for a black man

White woman snubbed Charleston shooter for a black man

| June 26, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA)–We may never know what ignited the explosion inside of white supremacist Dylann Roof that prompted him to kill nine African Americans attending Bible study at a black church in Charleston, S.C., but his hatred of blacks apparently deepened two years ago after a white female he was […]

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‘No greater pain’ than burying your murdered child

‘No greater pain’ than burying your murdered child

| June 26, 2015

By Zenobia Jeffries Special to the NNPA “Most women say there is no greater pain than to bear a child, I say there is no greater pain than to bury one.”—Andrea Clark, founder, Mothers of Murdered Children DETROIT–Three Detroit youth were shot in one incident last month. One died. Two were critically wounded. Their ages […]

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