Opinion

Just how blind are we?

Just how blind are we?

| December 2, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist Gil Scott-Heron once asked: “Just how blind will America be? The world is on the edge of its seat; defeat on the horizon, very surprisin’, that we all can see the plot and claim that we cannot. Just how blind America?” Today, forty years later, we ask, “Just […]

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The ugly truths America must face

The ugly truths America must face

| December 2, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA News Wire Columnist On Nov. 14, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced the university will rename two buildings on campus named for two 19th century Georgetown University presidents: Thomas F. Mulledy, who in 1838 arranged the sale of 272 slaves from Jesuit-owned Maryland plantations and used the profit to […]

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A dance with the devil under the Paris moon

A dance with the devil under the Paris moon

| December 2, 2015

                                                 By Armstrong Williams NNPA News Wire Columnist Sometimes life guides us in the strangest of ways. Just last week my production team and I arrived in London to begin filming a series of news pieces dealing with immigration in Europe and the threat of domestic terrorism on the continent. Our instincts had led us […]

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Paris, terror and the forgotten

Paris, terror and the forgotten

| December 1, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist I received a call a few days after the Paris terrorist attack from a relative. She was, quite understandably, deeply unsettled by the attack. She asked me why it was that the Muslim community was so silent about jihadist attacks. I told her that they were—and are—not […]

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Stop trivialization, preservation of slavery, racism

Stop trivialization, preservation of slavery, racism

| November 30, 2015

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist As one of the co-founders of the evolving environmental justice movement worldwide, I am always interested in how some people today who have amassed billionaire financial status view racism, slavery and the issues of diversity and inclusion. But first, let me state for the record, I believe […]

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Ohioans lose more than $500 Million to payday, car title loan fees

Ohioans lose more than $500 Million to payday, car title loan fees

| November 24, 2015

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Despite a landslide voter decision in 2008 to cap payday lending rates at 28 percent, the state’s small-dollar, high-cost lending has continued to grow and now doubles the amount of fees charged a decade ago. Each year Ohio consumers who only needed a small dollar loan wind up with more […]

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How to win elections behind the Cotton Curtain

How to win elections behind the Cotton Curtain

| November 21, 2015

By the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. NNPA Columnist We won the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at Selma, combining the power of a principled mass movement led by Dr. King and a compassionate president who did the right thing despite the heavy political price. What was that cost? Well, President Johnson said it best at […]

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Republicans ignore black people

Republicans ignore black people

| November 20, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist As I watched the recent Republican debate, I thought about Kanye West and the comments he made after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans. He said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Later, he tiptoed away from the comment by saying he “regretted” it, but he never apologized. Five years […]

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Blackonomics: Can I get an amen?

Blackonomics: Can I get an amen?

| November 15, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist On Dec. 3, 2015 the Collective Empowerment Group (CEG), formerly known as the “Collective Banking Group (CBG) of Prince George’s County and Vicinity,” will celebrate a milestone achievement: Its 20th Anniversary. The CEG was established in 1995 by 21 churches, in response to discrimination and mistreatment by banks, some of […]

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What’s wrong with the truth? In defense of Quentin Tarantino

What’s wrong with the truth? In defense of Quentin Tarantino

| November 12, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino gets high props for stepping up to tell some truth about the many murders of African Americans at the hands of misbehaving police officers. How, after all, can you justify the killing of a baby boy, Tamir Rice? Or the illegal choking of Eric Garner? […]

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