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Democrats’ ‘smart butt white boys syndrome’

Democrats’ ‘smart butt white boys syndrome’

| August 7, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In 1984, former UN Ambassador Andrew Young described the inner circle of Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale as “smart a– white boys” who thought they knew everything.  Obviously, they didn’t because Mondale lost the general election by a large margin to Ronald Reagan. Knowing that in a president’s second-term, […]

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The GOP: Chaos is their goal

The GOP: Chaos is their goal

| August 7, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for the Congress’ fully deserving its “do-nothing” label. First, early in the week, all but seven Republicans in the GOP—controlled House of Representatives voted to give […]

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To beef or not to beef… health is the question

To beef or not to beef… health is the question

| August 6, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition: Beef—Meat from a steer, cow or bull when fully grown are fattened  for food. Beef used as a slang means to complain; grievance. When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities. There was a saying in those days, “TB or not TB, that […]

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Feeding hungry school children the right move

Feeding hungry school children the right move

| August 5, 2014

By Brenda Robinson The new federal school free food program has some politicians and other Americans angry. This group, as they do with other social service/entitlement programs, contends families in need are pimping the system, and basically believe adults should and could provide for their own children. These critics believe the cliche, pull yourself up […]

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Drug offenders receive retroactive sentence reductions

| August 3, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In a major move recently, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to moderate federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses, and apply the guidelines retroactively. Consequently,  more than 46,000 currently incarcerated drug offenders—73 percent of whom are black or Latino—will now be eligible for a reduction in their sentences. […]

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Disabled Americans seek more consumer protection

| August 3, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In a popular TV advertisement, ordinary citizens loudly declare to the world, “It’s my money, and I need it now!” It seems like a reasonable request. But this instant-gratification, through a process called structured settlement factoring, may not be in a person’s best interest. As part of commemorating the […]

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Born again. Really?

Born again. Really?

| August 3, 2014

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times From time to time, I rethink or feel a little déjà vu regarding the subject of “born again,” particularly my own. I am reminded at times about how that phrase gets associated with everything but its biblical intent. It is my opinion and […]

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Black men show little signs of progress in 40 years

| August 2, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago. Derek Neal and Armin Rick, the co-authors of the study, […]

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It Is Well With My Soul invites you to observe National Minority Donor Awareness Month

It Is Well With My Soul invites you to observe National Minority Donor Awareness Month

| August 1, 2014

FORT WAYNE–August is Minority Donor Awareness Month. Did you know that one organ, eye, and tissue donor has the potential to save or enhance the lives of over 50 people? Did you know that the majority of more than 118,000 people on the transplant waiting list are minorities? It is Well With My Soul F.U.N. […]

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Red yeast rice is nice to your blood vessels

Red yeast rice is nice to your blood vessels

| July 31, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. For centuries, herbal medicines have been used by Chinese physicians. One particular herb which has been used for ailments such as, stomach complaints, poor blood flow, diarrhea and other acute and chronic conditions is red yeast rice. I am sure that the Chinese herbalist did not have the instruments to […]

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