Opinion

the fire this time. . . .

the fire this time. . . .

| March 7, 2017

tell me how long the train’s been gone rootfolks poets press ©omowale-ketu oladuwa the american negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which white americans cling: that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen, or that […]

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From Freedom’s Journal to NNPA, Black Press still relevant

From Freedom’s Journal to NNPA, Black Press still relevant

| March 7, 2017

By Harry Colbert Jr. (Insight News/NNPA Member) No one is better equipped to tell your story better than you. And logic stands to reason that no one is better equipped and more passionate about telling our story than us. The stories of blacks in America are equally as triumphant as they are tragic. And many, […]

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Ensuring new state education plan works for all students

Ensuring new state education plan works for all students

| March 7, 2017

By the Reverend Sam Casey (Founder and Executive Director, COPE) “Be strong and courageous.” The counsel comes from Joshua 1:9, one of my favorite Bible verses, and is also a piece of advice I often give members of my congregation to encourage them to be bold in the face of fear, uncertainty and opportunity. As […]

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Acknowledging unprecedented support for HBCUs

Acknowledging unprecedented support for HBCUs

| March 2, 2017

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. routinely would remind those of us who worked for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s about the vital importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As we celebrated Black History Month 2017, Dr. […]

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Why is President Trump’s only senior black staffer a Democrat?

Why is President Trump’s only senior black staffer a Democrat?

| February 27, 2017

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Republicans haven’t shown any serious efforts of making blacks an integral part of their party since the Nixon administration of the ’60s and ’70s. As former Nixon speechwriter, Pat Buchanan stated in one of his columns, “In 1956, as vice president, Nixon went to Harlem to declare, “America can’t […]

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The art of the deal: President Trump loves confusion, chaos

The art of the deal: President Trump loves confusion, chaos

| February 24, 2017

By Roger Caldwell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) In politics, I have been told that you pick your battles, but President Donald Trump has a different theory. He has decided to fight everyone that does not agree with his opinion, and it’s probably the worst way that he could have started his administration. There are more than […]

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This is why Trump is lying about voter fraud, crime

This is why Trump is lying about voter fraud, crime

| February 23, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) There are two subjects in particular that the Trump administration lies about the most: crime and voting. During a recent interview on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, President Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller lied about voter fraud during the 2016 elections. Miller said that, “And you have 14 […]

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Building movement to fight extremism

Building movement to fight extremism

| February 23, 2017

By the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump wrapped up his first week of executive orders with a temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries. Effective immediately, this order impacted tens of thousands of people, leading to the detention of travelers in airports across the […]

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The value of white privilege and the American Dream

The value of white privilege and the American Dream

| February 22, 2017

Racial wealth gap could close with systemic public policy reforms, says new research By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) As 2017’s Black History observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers […]

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