Opinion

Beyond the Rhetoric: Filthy rich, dangerous—Part 1

Beyond the Rhetoric: Filthy rich, dangerous—Part 1

| February 11, 2016

By Harry C. Alford NNPA News Wire Columnist My early days of being an activist seem so simple now. A hot head reporter or radio personality would challenge my actions and I would simply shut him/her down with my quips and verbal jockeying. An IRS series of audits, police interrogations, being pulled over by the […]

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A hopefully, constructive letter to the Bernie Sanders campaign

A hopefully, constructive letter to the Bernie Sanders campaign

| February 11, 2016

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist To the Campaign: I am writing as a concerned Sanders supporter. I am thrilled that the campaign has caught on as it has. Senator Sanders has raised many of the issues that need to be raised, which are generally ignored by the political establishment. He is correct […]

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Black love, unity: The new normal

Black love, unity: The new normal

| February 10, 2016

By Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Houston Forward Times If ever there was a time we needed to turn back the hands of time and return to a place where there was a strong sense of Black Love and Black Unity—that time is now. I remember growing up and listening […]

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Indiana needs water plan to avoid Flint-like disaster

Indiana needs water plan to avoid Flint-like disaster

| February 10, 2016

By Denise Abdul-Rahman The Rev. Dr. Cornell William Brooks, of the NAACP spoke at a Mass meeting held in Flint, Mich. He said: “We are here seeking justice for children that have been poisoned in their own communities. “We are here to disentangle one of the most profound environmental social justice challenges of our time.” […]

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All elections matter: It’s Time to make our voices heard at ballot box in 2016

All elections matter: It’s Time to make our voices heard at ballot box in 2016

| February 9, 2016

By Melanie L. Campbell NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist At the time of this writing, in just over a week, Iowa, which has a 3.4 percent black population and New Hampshire, which is less than two percent black, will hold their presidential caucus and primary. From there, the primary battles move to states with larger […]

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Blackonomics: Unrepresented by our representatives

Blackonomics: Unrepresented by our representatives

| February 8, 2016

1 Samuel 8 describes our predicament By James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist Does it really matter who wins the presidency? How can it matter to black folks, considering the way we “play” politics? We have no power, no leverage, and little or no influence in the political arena, and even worse it seems we […]

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Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

| January 25, 2016

By the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. NNPA News Wire Columnist Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and a state-appointed “emergency manager” driving […]

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The State of the Union Address: Class act, crass responses

The State of the Union Address: Class act, crass responses

| January 25, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist President Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union address (SOTU) on Tuesday night. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the SOU is “strong.” While I disagree with […]

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The African American State of the Union

The African American State of the Union

| January 25, 2016

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist While millions of people across the United States and throughout the world will continue to affirm, discuss, or respond in various ways to the last State of Union by America’s first President of the United States who is an African American, there are still priority issues […]

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Blackonomics: Black consciousness vs. Christianity—Part 1

Blackonomics: Black consciousness vs. Christianity—Part 1

| January 14, 2016

By James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist Is it possible to have a black consciousness and be a Christian? Are the terms contradictory? Is “Conscious Christian” an oxymoron? I can hear some of you now, saying, “Uh oh, Jim, you are in deep water with this topic.” That’s fine; this column has not survived for […]

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