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Netanyahu, Republicans beating drums of war

Netanyahu, Republicans beating drums of war

| February 6, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist We need to see beyond petty insults. The fact that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chose to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without coordinating this with the White House was bad enough. It was a snub and everyone knows that. Yes, it was an insult. […]

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Take page from gay rights activists

Take page from gay rights activists

| February 4, 2015

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist When it comes to the issue of gay rights in America, sometimes you can see the tide of a movement change in front of you. There was a time not so long ago when gay advocates were laughed out of the room. Their agenda was stalled during the presidency […]

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CBC members visit Ferguson, Mo.

CBC members visit Ferguson, Mo.

| January 31, 2015

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist “Where do I start? How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth. The names Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice–and countless more. Too many more. […]

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Fight continues despite commuted sentence for former cop

Fight continues despite commuted sentence for former cop

| January 30, 2015

Black officer shot by white cops seeks cleared name, justice By Starla Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call CHICAGO (FinalCall.com)–When Howard Morgan turns 64 on Feb. 1, for the first time in nearly a decade, he will celebrate at home with his wife Rosalind, family and friends. Mr. Morgan was released from […]

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Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

| January 29, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations, as were several “white” films and white actors and directors. I never thought that, after last year’s breakthrough for “12 Years a Slave,” the Oscar voting academy was going to make another powerful drama […]

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Movie Review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’

Movie Review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’

| January 28, 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In a now infamously leaked email, Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper called comedian Kevin Hart a “whore” because he wanted him to use his huge social media following to promote “Think Like A Man Too,” and Hart wouldn’t do it without being paid more money. Kevin politely responded in […]

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A question of 21 times

A question of 21 times

| January 28, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist I find it very unsettling to hear police officers discuss how they believe that BlackLivesMatter protesters and certain politicians, e.g., NYC Mayor de Blasio, are either unsympathetic to their plight or, worse, provoking violence. Ever since the murder of two NYC police officers, there has been a concerted effort […]

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A million reasons to change

A million reasons to change

| January 28, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Exactly what is there in one million black folks united in their will and purpose? What is in a million brothers and sisters who are tired of the same old rhetoric, the same old leaders, and the same old ways of dealing with political and economic empowerment? What’s in a […]

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‘Martin Luther King in Palestine:’ Film chronicles unique journey of peace to Middle East hotspot

‘Martin Luther King in Palestine:’ Film chronicles unique journey of peace to Middle East hotspot

| January 27, 2015

FORT WAYNE—The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace is scheduled to present the film “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine,” chronicling Dr. Clayborne Carson’s play about Dr. King as it was presented in Palestine, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 5 at the Downtown Allen County Library Theater, 900 Library Plaza. Dr. Carson is […]

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Explosion at NAACP office in Colorado Springs nets shock, awe, but no fear

Explosion at NAACP office in Colorado Springs nets shock, awe, but no fear

| January 27, 2015

By Roger K. Clendening Special to the NNPA from The Denver Weekly COLORADO SPRINGS–An explosion outside a building housing the local NAACP office produced some shock and awe but no injuries or fear as local civil rights stalwarts vowed to continue their work. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported late Jan. 7 that no arrest […]

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