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Rape and the myth of ‘the strong black woman’

Rape and the myth of ‘the strong black woman’

| February 10, 2015

A woman gets raped every two minutes in the U.S. According to the U.S. Justice Department, nearly one of every five black women–19 percent–are raped each year. Many experts suspect those figures severely understate the problem. For example, research by the Black Women’s Blueprint Inc., a New York City-based civil and human rights organization of […]

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Making no progress on race with ‘progressives’

Making no progress on race with ‘progressives’

| February 10, 2015

Julianne Malveaux By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Her progressive ideas are just what we need while Hilary Clinton is straddling the fence, and still cozying up with bankers. Warren says she isn’t running for president, but there are quite a few political action committees urging her to run. Like […]

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Churches change strategy for membership drive

| February 8, 2015

By William J. Ford Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer They attended a service in the morning, then, instead of heading home on a recent Sunday afternoon, several dozen members of Turner Memorial AME Church in Hyattsville, Md., headed to the basement for a little secular fun. A jazz duo served up tunes […]

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Civic lessons, civil rights

Civic lessons, civil rights

| February 8, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of […]

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Op-Ed: ‘Al Helm’ film ignores Jewish ties to Civil Rights Movement, other issues

Op-Ed: ‘Al Helm’ film ignores Jewish ties to Civil Rights Movement, other issues

| February 7, 2015

By Leonard Goldstein I am writing this to address the story published in the Jan. 28, 2015 edition of Frost Illustrated regarding the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace’s presentation of the film “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine. First, the Center for Peace is a misnomer.  If you have attended any of their […]

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The importance of reading and reading during the African-American Read-In

The importance of reading and reading during the African-American Read-In

| February 7, 2015

By Madeline Marcelia Garvin Yes, there is an African-American Read-In! Just like, there is a “Read-In for Peace” that occurs in January, and a “Read across America” sponsored by the National Education Association in March. “The African-American Read-In,” which has been sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English for more than 26 years […]

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I Know Why the Black Church Prayed – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

| February 6, 2015

FORT WAYNE—AIDS Task Force and National Council of Urban League Guilds, along with community partners NAACP Fort Wayne/Allen County 3049 and It Is Well With My Soul, are scheduled to present the movie “I Know Why the Black Church Prayed” followed by a discussion, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Feb. 7 at the Pontiac Branch […]

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We’ve had enough of poor leadership

We’ve had enough of poor leadership

| February 6, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist How many times, especially during or just after a tragedy like the killing of Eric Garner, have you heard one of our “leaders” angrily say, “Enough is enough”? They say it as if their angry rhetoric will scare the perpetrators and make them stop mistreating us. More importantly, I believe, […]

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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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