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Time for young people to stop the violence

Time for young people to stop the violence

| June 10, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I only recently embraced my status as an “elder.” Actually, I describe myself as an “episodic elder,” eager enough to take one of those lovely “senior” discounts when it serves my purpose, yet reluctant to turn in my party card. Elder status hit me upside the head, though, when a […]

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Hastert indictment spotlights Republican hypocrisy

Hastert indictment spotlights Republican hypocrisy

| June 10, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the disclosure that he may have been sexually involved with at least two boys while serving as a high school football and wrestling coach in Illinois exposes the hypocrisy of the self-appointed morality police. It turns out that Hastert is […]

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Death of black woman after police encounter sheds light on mental health, police abuse, cries for justice

Death of black woman after police encounter sheds light on mental health, police abuse, cries for justice

| June 10, 2015

By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com)–Alesia Thomas, a black mother with mental health challenges, ended up arrested, punched, kicked and dead after an encounter involving five white LAPD officers, but only one of them Mary O’Callaghan currently stands trial. Ofc. O’Callaghan could only serve a maximum of […]

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America’s true crime problem

America’s true crime problem

| June 5, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist It’s getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we’ve not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of black or Hispanic citizens under questionable circumstances. Consider that, and then ponder these words about black Americans […]

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Some prisoners are forced to pay for incarceration

Some prisoners are forced to pay for incarceration

| June 5, 2015 | Reply

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–More than 40 states allow prison and jails to charge inmates “pay to stay” fees, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, a debt burden that reaps billions of dollars for state and local jurisdictions, and disproportionately affects black inmates and ex-offenders. The Justice […]

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Media colors coverage of race

Media colors coverage of race

| June 4, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Discussions in the news media (I’d rather call it the “Views Media”) regarding the use of the word, “Thug,” are intriguing to say the least. The mayor of Baltimore, the president, and some in the media used the term during the unrest that followed the killing of Freddie Gray. Less […]

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Activists take to streets as Baltimore records 100th homicide of year

Activists take to streets as Baltimore records 100th homicide of year

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Kamau High Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper One day after the 100th homicide in Baltimore was recorded, a group held a rally calling for people to get involved in stopping the violence wracking the city. About 40 activists gathered on N. Pulaski Street and Edmondson Avenue in the Western District at […]

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The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage–using guns, knives, clubs and chains in trying to kill each other, and police officers, too, that leaves nine dead, nearly 200 injured and hundreds arrested, is that […]

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Overmedicating children in foster care

Overmedicating children in foster care

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication–more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential treatment centers or group homes take psychotropic medications. Children in foster care are more likely […]

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Time to throw some political punches

Time to throw some political punches

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist For the past 50 years, most of our conversations and efforts have been centered on politics. Reminiscent of the Reconstruction Era, when blacks occupied political office for the first time, many of our politicians are just figureheads, toothless tigers and lackeys for the establishment. Many of them are simply “employed” […]

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