Opinion

CBC members visit Ferguson, Mo.

CBC members visit Ferguson, Mo.

| January 31, 2015

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist “Where do I start? How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth. The names Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice–and countless more. Too many more. […]

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A million reasons to change

A million reasons to change

| January 28, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Exactly what is there in one million black folks united in their will and purpose? What is in a million brothers and sisters who are tired of the same old rhetoric, the same old leaders, and the same old ways of dealing with political and economic empowerment? What’s in a […]

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World indifferent to missing Nigerian girls

World indifferent to missing Nigerian girls

| January 28, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist One could not help but be impressed by the millions that turned out in Paris to stand against the Islamist terrorists who killed workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four others at a kosher grocery store. Two law enforcement officers were also killed, bringing the total to […]

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Chavis: Civil Rights Movement needed more now than five decades ago

Chavis: Civil Rights Movement needed more now than five decades ago

| January 27, 2015

By Nathan Hardin Special to the NNPA from The Fayetteville Observer PEMBROKE–Civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis kicked off a week-long Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Pembroke on Jan. 16  by saying a civil rights movement is of greater need in the state now than it was nearly five decades ago. “One of the […]

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France’s history of violence

France’s history of violence

| January 27, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist In the aftermath of the killings of staff at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, there has been near universal outrage, and correctly so. The murders were brutal and indefensible, and whether coordinated or not with any terrorist organizations, were acts of terror. Yet, there is something very disturbing […]

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Yes, we’re marching again, but where are we going?

Yes, we’re marching again, but where are we going?

| January 27, 2015

“We are marching to Zion/Beautiful, beautiful Zion/We’re marching upward to  Zion/The beautiful city of God.”—Traditional Christian hymn by Isaac Watts and Robert Lowry “When Johnny comes marching home again,/Hurrah! Hurrah!/We’ll give him a hearty welcome then/Hurrah! Hurrah!’The men will cheer and the boys will shout/The ladies they will all turn out/And we’ll all feel gay […]

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Is Obama trying to kill black colleges?

Is Obama trying to kill black colleges?

| January 22, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Is Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president, trying to kill Historically Black Colleges and Universities? If he’s not, he’s going to have a difficult time convincing HBCU presidents, trustees and alumni. Surprisingly, Obama has become their worst nightmare. Neither Obama, the First Lady, the secretary of education […]

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With criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out

With criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out

| January 17, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent Ronald Lewis was standing on a street with his brother, who was selling drugs. When police were approaching, Lewis warned his brother. Both were arrested. That minor, almost reflexive reaction, led to Lewis sharing a drug possession charge with his brother as well as charges of being an instrument […]

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Scalise should be removed from House leadership

Scalise should be removed from House leadership

| January 13, 2015

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist After a phenomenal election last November in which Republicans increased their margins in the House and took control of the Senate, the expectation was that congressional Republicans would prove to the country that they could lead like mature adults. But as the adage goes, “they never miss an opportunity to […]

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Peace will come with meeting food needs

| January 8, 2015

If we are going to spend billions every year on healthcare and food assistance programs, then we need to start investing more of that money into sustainable projects that are nearly free or can pay for themselves over time. Community farms on every block would boost every local economy in this country. I do not think […]

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