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A tale of two conventions

A tale of two conventions

| August 4, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Having attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland two weeks ago and having intently watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on TV last week, I couldn’t help but notice how distorted both conventions were, especially in terms of the media’s coverage of them. In the black community, […]

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Why global terrorism will always be a domestic problem

Why global terrorism will always be a domestic problem

| August 3, 2016

By Roger Caldwell (NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist) President Obama underestimated the threat of ISIS, by calling the organization a “JV team” during his 2012 election campaign. This was a miscalculation in terms of his thinking and strategy. In 2016, many countries around the globe are trying to destroy this violent extremist organization as each […]

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Cleveland’s RNC was the whitest convention I’ve ever attended

Cleveland’s RNC was the whitest convention I’ve ever attended

| August 2, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) As I boarded my return flight to D.C. from last week’s Republican convention in Cleveland I began to reflect on what I saw and I began to ponder how I could put to paper my experiences in this column. Out of nowhere, the words of Charles Dickens from […]

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Affordable-housing dreams become Section 8 nightmares

Affordable-housing dreams become Section 8 nightmares

| July 28, 2016

By Drew Johnson, Urban News Service WASHINGTON—Congress created Section 8 vouchers to offer very-low-income Americans “decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.” But recent examinations have found many such homes far from decent, safe or sanitary. Despite these promises from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website, this federal housing voucher program […]

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Hollywood next: Jeff Friday’s American Black Film Festival fuels the future

Hollywood next: Jeff Friday’s American Black Film Festival fuels the future

| July 27, 2016

By Ronda Racha Penrice, Urban News Service When Jeff Friday traveled to his first Sundance Film Festival to catch Love Jones in 1997, what struck him most is what he didn’t see. “I returned from Sundance very inspired by what I saw there, but what I did not see was filmmakers of color,” said Friday. “So […]

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Five reasons why ESPN is the Republican Party of sports television

Five reasons why ESPN is the Republican Party of sports television

| July 27, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) I am quite fond of saying about Republicans when it comes to blacks, “Even when they try to do the right thing, they do it the wrong way.” In a similar manner, ESPN has become the Republican Party of TV and sports. Last week, they had their annual […]

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Dallas tragedy debunks every anti-gun control myth

Dallas tragedy debunks every anti-gun control myth

| July 26, 2016

By Marc Morial (President and CEO of the National Urban League) “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law—no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, […]

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Giving in to Islamophobia means giving in to ISIS

Giving in to Islamophobia means giving in to ISIS

| July 24, 2016

By Jim Wallis Courtesy of Sojourners If a terrorist claiming he was inspired by his Christian faith killed worshipers at a church in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, would anyone suggest that he was a true Christian or represented the beliefs of other Christians worldwide? Of course not. Such a man would be denounced by Christians […]

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Hillary Clinton up close

Hillary Clinton up close

| July 23, 2016

By Kai EL’Zabar (Executive Editor, Chicago Defender) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came to Chicago on her Midwest campaign jaunt to address the Women’s International Luncheon at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition 45th Annual Convention. After the luncheon, the “Chicago Defender” sat down, up close and personal, with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to get […]

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Where are the African American, Latino Mark Zuckerbergs, Sheryl Sandbergs?

Where are the African American, Latino Mark Zuckerbergs, Sheryl Sandbergs?

| July 23, 2016

By Hill Harper (NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist) The question, which came from a participant in a minority business empowerment seminar, quieted the room. The answer is simple: “They’re out there. But they don’t have a data plan.” That seems glib. But truth comes best in a simple package. The digital divide is real. Millions […]

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