Opinion

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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Edward Brooke doesn’t get his due

Edward Brooke doesn’t get his due

| January 16, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Sandwiched between the deaths of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, the passing of former Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke III at the age of 95 did not get nearly the attention it deserved. Though two African Americans were elected to the U.S. […]

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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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America’s policy toward Cuba never made sense

America’s policy toward Cuba never made sense

| January 8, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, following 18 months of secret talks, is one of the smartest decisions he’s made as president. Obama announced recently that the U.S. will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years, symbolizing the end […]

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Blacks should support normalizing relations with Cuba

Blacks should support normalizing relations with Cuba

| January 8, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist President Obama’s historic announcement that the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, after more than five decades of strategic political and military opposition, is today resonating positively throughout Black America. It is in the economic, cultural and political interests of 42.7 million black Americans across the U.S. […]

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The content of Steve Scalise’s character

The content of Steve Scalise’s character

| January 7, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist There they go again! Just as the Republican Party is poised to take control of Congress, a key official’s actions and words remind us–just in time for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday–that it remains implacably hostile to what King represented and what the holiday stands for. Louisiana […]

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2014: Unfair and unbalanced media

2014: Unfair and unbalanced media

| January 7, 2015

Fox downplaying, ignoring white, right-wing cop killers By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Fox News, which mislabels itself as “fair and balanced,” was anything but in 2014, according to MediaMatters.org, the independent media watchdog group. The way that the right-wing network covered the deaths of police officers in 2014 is a case in point. “The […]

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Where’s ‘Black Justice’ in Fort Wayne?

Where’s ‘Black Justice’ in Fort Wayne?

| January 6, 2015

  By Eric D. Hackley In this instance, I am not questioning the absence of Justice for Black people in Fort Wayne, Indiana and America. I’m asking a question of, where’s the Brother who was holding the protest sign indicating the need for “Black Justice.” This gentleman had some very legitimate concerns that should be […]

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Innocent blacks, white cops—all lives are valuable

Innocent blacks, white cops—all lives are valuable

| January 6, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Rafael Ramos had been a school security guard before he joined the New York City Police Department two years ago. Ramos, 40, was married and had two children. The youngest child, Jaden, 13, fondly remembered his dad on Facebook and Twitter, describing his dad as “the best father I could […]

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