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Dr. C.T. Vivian slated to mark Dr. King’s ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech in Fort Wayne

Dr. C.T. Vivian slated to mark Dr. King’s ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech in Fort Wayne

| March 22, 2016

FORT WAYNE—On April 3, 1968 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared from the pulpit of Mason Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tenn.: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life; longevity has its place. But, I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. […]

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Low-income communities lose big with gambling expansion

Low-income communities lose big with gambling expansion

| March 18, 2016

By Clarence V. McKee, Esq. Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Westside Gazette In what is becoming an annual tradition in Florida, legislators are debating bills that could expand gambling in one or more parts of our state. This year, the feeding frenzy is over ratifying the proposed compact between the Seminole Tribe […]

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From Civil War to Civil Rights, Frank Smith lives black history

From Civil War to Civil Rights, Frank Smith lives black history

| March 17, 2016

By Avis Thomas-Lester for Urban News Service Frank Smith. emerged from a Mississippi jail and learned that he was wanted—by Uncle Sam. The 20-year-old civil rights worker had been locked up for three weeks in Greenwood for helping blacks register to vote. “After I was released from jail, I called my mother at home in […]

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Foreclosure crisis still hammers African Americans

Foreclosure crisis still hammers African Americans

| March 17, 2016

By Avis Thomas Lester for Urban News Service Willie Ann Lytle faced foreclosure on her home two days before Halloween. So she filed for bankruptcy to save it. Lytle’s parents bought the cheerful house on Addison Road in Capitol Heights, Md., for $10,500 in 1948. She was only one. Her mother, Margaret, taught her to […]

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Blackonomics: Hypocrites, hucksters, histrionics, hype

Blackonomics: Hypocrites, hucksters, histrionics, hype

| March 16, 2016

By James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist Aren’t you tired of the rap and clap sessions by political wannabees and their respective contingents? I know I am. The so-called “debates” are downright insulting and embarrassing, especially on the Republican side, reminiscent of a stand-up comedy show, or “throwing shade” as young folks say. Over on […]

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What I Learned from the Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party

What I Learned from the Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party

| March 15, 2016

By Harry C. Alford NNPA News Wire Columnist Oh yes, those were troubled times during the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. When Beyoncé gave tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Black Panther Movement, I thought, “She doesn’t know what she is celebrating.” A look back at the years of the […]

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This is why the GOP can’t win black votes without Trump

This is why the GOP can’t win black votes without Trump

| March 14, 2016

By Raynard Jackson NNPA News Wire Columnist The party establishment can’t fathom the thought of Trump being our nominee, despite him playing by the very rules that the establishment, who are trying to sabotage his campaign, created. Go figure. I am stunned that many in the establishment ran over each other to denounce Trump over […]

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CFPB orders Citibank to refund $4.9 million to 2,100 consumers

CFPB orders Citibank to refund $4.9 million to 2,100 consumers

| March 9, 2016

By Charlene Crowell NNPA News Wire Columnist Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched a national initiative, dubbed Operation Collection Protection, to further protect consumers from unlawful practices related to debt collection. Now, in a report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), FTC summarized its results on behalf of consumers and additionally pledged […]

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Why President Barack Obama is one of the best ever

Why President Barack Obama is one of the best ever

| March 8, 2016

By Jeffrey L. Boney NNPA News Wire Columnist President Barack Obama will go down in history, as arguably one of the most successful presidents of the United States. What he has been able to accomplish over his nearly eight years in office is remarkable—especially when you consider the level of obstructionism and racism he has […]

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Obama welcomes Crimson Tide to White House

Obama welcomes Crimson Tide to White House

| March 7, 2016

By Diandra Bolton Howard University News Service WASHINGTON—During the annual celebration of the college national football champion at the White House, President Barack Obama joked that he obviously is the reason for the continued and dramatic success of the University of Alabama, the winners of the 2016 college football championship, their fourth in seven years. […]

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