Opinion

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

| May 22, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist How can you tell when a politician is lying? When he moves his lips. Though originally intended as a joke, the number of candidates who have declared as for president have already ushered in a cascade of lies–and the situation will only grow worse as more climb aboard. Fortunately, […]

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Closing the chapter on Vietnam

Closing the chapter on Vietnam

| May 22, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist In December 2009 the airliner I was on touched down in Hanoi, Vietnam. That was my first time to Vietnam. As the plane approached the field, I thought about how this very territory had once been a battleground with dogfights taking place between North Vietnamese planes and U.S. planes […]

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‘Why are they more important than we are?’ asked Mr. 40ish

‘Why are they more important than we are?’ asked Mr. 40ish

| May 12, 2015

By DL Russell Stay with me on this one… The McDonald’s was crowded. I mean really crowded; I’d have to estimate more than 30 people stood on the customer side of the counter, all waiting on the food they had ordered and paid for. It was in the evening and because I didn’t have anything […]

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Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

| May 8, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist “It is one measure of the depth and insidiousness of American racism that the nation ignores the rage of the rejected–until it explodes… The wonder is that here have been so few riots, that [black Americans] generally are law-abiding in a world where the law itself has seemed an […]

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Baltimore: We have been here before

Baltimore: We have been here before

| May 4, 2015

By Jesse L. Jackson Sr. NNPA Columnist Now it is Baltimore. There, Freddie Gray, a black man, was stopped on the street, pinned to the ground, dragged to the back of a police wagon and died in police custody. Six officers were suspended. The mayor promised justice. But, the city erupted in non-violent demonstrations that […]

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Death row’s other killers

Death row’s other killers

| May 4, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Glenn Ford, 64, convicted of murder in 1984, spent a quarter-century on the death row of Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison before his conviction was overturned and he was freed last year. Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, convicted of murder in 1983, spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row before his […]

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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March

| May 1, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist On Oct. 16, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. In the subsequent two decades black Americans have experienced great triumphs, tragedies and tribulations. This anniversary of the Million Man March will have a special meaning and significance for Black America and all who […]

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Who can we turn to politically?

Who can we turn to politically?

| May 1, 2015

James Clingman By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about the political trick-bag black folks are in now that […]

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Proof Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby

Proof Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby

| April 30, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting violations in jurisdictions covered by the act. As a […]

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Controversy over videotaping cops

Controversy over videotaping cops

| April 21, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the unfolding action on his telephone led to the arrest of […]

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