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Obama bans distribution of military-grade equipment to local police

Obama bans distribution of military-grade equipment to local police

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

By Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Obama recently announced steps to demilitarize local police, limiting and outright banning access to certain weapons. The president made the announcement in Camden, N.J., May 18 during remarks about the administration’s broader efforts on law enforcement reform. “We’ve seen how militarized gear can […]

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Young black victims of violence in ‘no snitching’ culture

Young black victims of violence in ‘no snitching’ culture

| June 1, 2015

By Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times As it is often said, there is an unwritten rule that ties all parents together and no parent wishes to experience. That unwritten rule is: “Parents are not supposed to bury their children!” Whenever a parent has to bury their own child, […]

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Concealed carry permit holders kill hundreds

Concealed carry permit holders kill hundreds

| June 1, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., three years ago was involved in another shooting in the Sunshine State, again raises questions about concealed carry permits and the billion-dollar gun industry that advocates for legislation […]

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Myth of the ‘absent’ black dad refuted

Myth of the ‘absent’ black dad refuted

| May 29, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Contrary to the myth, though black men are more likely to live apart from their children than whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than whites and Hispanics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The report covers a sample of sample of 10,403 men […]

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The GOP’s lunatic center

The GOP’s lunatic center

| May 29, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of white voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to indulge again and again in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, proposed and enacted legislation of disgraceful callousness. The past few weeks […]

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Call to curb expansion of charter schools in black communities

Call to curb expansion of charter schools in black communities

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Parents, students and advocates for strong neighborhood schools continue to pressure civic leaders to end the expansion of charter and contract schools in black and Latino communities across the nation. Jitu Brown, the national director of Journey for Justice Alliance, a coalition of community, youth and parent-led grassroots […]

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Get lost

Get lost

| May 28, 2015

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times There are several universal principles in life that nobody can refute. The opposite of hot is cold. If you know good, you have to acknowledge evil. For every up, there is a down. As a matter of fact, the reality of opposites lets […]

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How to direct a prejudice through language

How to direct a prejudice through language

| May 28, 2015

By Harold A. Maio Special to Frost Illustrated Using the word ‘stigma’ creates a stigma and perpetuates it There are many ways to project a prejudice. Among the cleverest are methods that assert a prejudice while appearing to be against it. That technique is widely employed, and seldom recognized as an assertion. “CMHI removes the […]

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Tom Brady deserves to be punished

Tom Brady deserves to be punished

| May 28, 2015

By Omar Tyree NNPA Columnist I woke up recently to another bomb of sports news dropped on the NFL: “Four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Tom Brady, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season. The New England Patriots will lose a first round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and […]

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Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental health

Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental health

| May 22, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use. But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions. “You don’t have to be what we know as mentally […]

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