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Rev. Stewart Speaks! Are you covered?

Rev. Stewart Speaks! Are you covered?

| November 12, 2014

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart Health insurance, and more specifically The Affordable Care Act (AKA ObamaCARE) is a highly debated political issue. Opinions differ from many ideological perspectives; however, let us but for a moment, assume that all human beings deserve some level of reasonably priced health care coverage. And in this article, I would […]

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Republicans dominate national, state, local midterm elections

Republicans dominate national, state, local midterm elections

| November 12, 2014

FORT WAYNE—The recent Nov. 4 election could be called historic, not because of any landmark, unexpected events but because history held true. Every two-term U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower has finished the last two years of his second term having his party lose control of Congress during the mid-term election of his own last term […]

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Growing push to stop payday loan debt trap

Growing push to stop payday loan debt trap

| November 12, 2014

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In recent weeks, a consistent drumbeat against predatory lending small dollar loans has reached regulators and legislators alike. Broad consensus on the real-life harms caused by these lending products has united consumers in all 50 states and forged an unprecedented call of concern linking 467 organizations including civil rights leaders, […]

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Watching the elections from abroad

Watching the elections from abroad

| November 12, 2014

George E. Curry By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist JERUSALEM—On Election Night, I usually stay awake as long as my eyelids are willing to cooperate. But, this year was different. Instead of alternating between watching CNN and tracking results on the Internet, I was in the Holy Land, nearly 6,000 miles from my office in […]

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If I forgot your name… forgive me

If I forgot your name… forgive me

| November 12, 2014

 Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Although Spring is just around the corner, I can still recall from early childhood, a tiny, beautiful little flower that would bloom in the early Spring, showing itself off with light green leaves and cluster of small, blue, pink or white flowers. This plant was affectionately named, Forget-Me-Not, and was often […]

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When does one become ‘black enough?’

When does one become ‘black enough?’

| November 11, 2014

By Omar Tyree NNPA Columnist Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, published a revealing article a month ago on ThePlayersTribune.com in which he discussed being a bully in grade school. Wilson evidently concluded that it would be beneficial to tarnish his squeaky-clean image so more fans and players could relate to him. But, now […]

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Macy’s model of fairness

Macy’s model of fairness

| November 4, 2014

By Benjamin F. Chavis  Jr. NNPA Columnist I am always on the alert to make sure that black Americans are treated fairly and justly. No, I do not go around searching all the time for what is wrong with society and with the world in which we live. The truth is whenever it is possible […]

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Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

| November 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., Darren Wilson, a white police officer, was as much as the product a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between blacks and police, according to […]

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Urban League activist Jacqueline Patterson crosses over at 86

Urban League activist Jacqueline Patterson crosses over at 86

| November 3, 2014

FORT WAYNE—A Fort Wayne native who served the Urban League movement at the local, regional and national levels passed away recently in Fort Wayne. Jacqueline J. Patterson, who got her start in the movement at the Fort Wayne Urban League and, years later, retired as the executive director of the Milwaukee Urban League died Oct. […]

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Looking at new options in social, criminal justice

Looking at new options in social, criminal justice

| November 3, 2014

By C. Denise Johnson Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier Award winning novelist and essayist John Edgar Wideman was at Duquesne University for a panel discussion on a think tank in which prisoners collaborate with those outside to study issues of common concern as a part of the national Gaultier Symposium, a two-day […]

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