Opinion

First Lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

First Lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

| June 2, 2015

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist Last week, I received an email from my friend, NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry. It was a White House press release and a copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s May 9 commencement address at Tuskegee University. My first thought was: Why is George sending me this? For […]

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Who’s the man? Is LeBron James the real MVP?

Who’s the man? Is LeBron James the real MVP?

| June 1, 2015

By Perry Green and Stephen Riley Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper It is hard to argue with the 2015 MVP Award selection of Golden State’s Stephen Curry. An incredible regular season backed by a stellar postseason performance has officially landed Curry into the household name category. His Warriors team is only one […]

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The GOP’s lunatic center

The GOP’s lunatic center

| May 29, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of white voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to indulge again and again in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, proposed and enacted legislation of disgraceful callousness. The past few weeks […]

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Tom Brady deserves to be punished

Tom Brady deserves to be punished

| May 28, 2015

By Omar Tyree NNPA Columnist I woke up recently to another bomb of sports news dropped on the NFL: “Four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Tom Brady, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season. The New England Patriots will lose a first round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and […]

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How can you tell when a politician is lying?

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

| May 22, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist How can you tell when a politician is lying? When he moves his lips. Though originally intended as a joke, the number of candidates who have declared as for president have already ushered in a cascade of lies–and the situation will only grow worse as more climb aboard. Fortunately, […]

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Closing the chapter on Vietnam

Closing the chapter on Vietnam

| May 22, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist In December 2009 the airliner I was on touched down in Hanoi, Vietnam. That was my first time to Vietnam. As the plane approached the field, I thought about how this very territory had once been a battleground with dogfights taking place between North Vietnamese planes and U.S. planes […]

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‘Why are they more important than we are?’ asked Mr. 40ish

‘Why are they more important than we are?’ asked Mr. 40ish

| May 12, 2015

By DL Russell Stay with me on this one… The McDonald’s was crowded. I mean really crowded; I’d have to estimate more than 30 people stood on the customer side of the counter, all waiting on the food they had ordered and paid for. It was in the evening and because I didn’t have anything […]

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Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

| May 8, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist “It is one measure of the depth and insidiousness of American racism that the nation ignores the rage of the rejected–until it explodes… The wonder is that here have been so few riots, that [black Americans] generally are law-abiding in a world where the law itself has seemed an […]

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Baltimore: We have been here before

Baltimore: We have been here before

| May 4, 2015

By Jesse L. Jackson Sr. NNPA Columnist Now it is Baltimore. There, Freddie Gray, a black man, was stopped on the street, pinned to the ground, dragged to the back of a police wagon and died in police custody. Six officers were suspended. The mayor promised justice. But, the city erupted in non-violent demonstrations that […]

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Death row’s other killers

Death row’s other killers

| May 4, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Glenn Ford, 64, convicted of murder in 1984, spent a quarter-century on the death row of Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison before his conviction was overturned and he was freed last year. Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, convicted of murder in 1983, spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row before his […]

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