Opinion

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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School truancy needs career, technical solution

School truancy needs career, technical solution

| November 12, 2015

By Carol Randolph A sobering report released by the Children’s Law Center and D.C. Lawyers for Youth says District of Columbia high schools are struggling with a chronic truancy problem that at any given time involves more than half of their enrollment. The report is critical of anti-truancy measures that increase administrative and legal interventions […]

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ObamaCare improves health of Black America

ObamaCare improves health of Black America

| November 12, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist Black Americans continue to face serious disparities in education, employment, and in economic development. While over 45 million black Americans have made some type of progress during the past seven years of the Obama administration, there is still much more to be done to end the vast racial […]

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What you should know about the refugee crisis in the Middle East

What you should know about the refugee crisis in the Middle East

| November 12, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist Every day when we watch or listen to the news, we hear stories about the refugee crisis. The flashpoint for this crisis at this moment is Europe and the refugees, largely from Syria and Iraq. It is particularly noteworthy to observe the manner in which right-wing populists have played […]

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Needle exchange good for public health

Needle exchange good for public health

| November 12, 2015

If I were to walk into a public restroom and find a person prone, unresponsive, with a hypodermic needle in their arm, I would call 911. I hope you would, also. One could call this response, “enabling.” I am protecting a probable drug user from the consequences of their decisions. After all, I trying to […]

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Verizon’s priorities for veteran hires

Verizon’s priorities for veteran hires

| November 10, 2015

By Patrick Lewis Verizon topped the list of the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings in large part for understanding how hiring veterans brings immeasurable assets to our company. Veterans boost bottom lines and bring skills and talent we need in Indiana. As a result, Verizon has invested in staff and programs to make […]

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Charters, heavy testing hurt our schools

Charters, heavy testing hurt our schools

| November 9, 2015

By the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. NNPA Contributor Across the country, parents have been in revolt against high-stakes standardized testing, with kids tested over and over again while creativity is cut out of classroom curricula. Parents—particularly in targeted urban schools from Chicago to Boston—are also marching against the forced closing of neighborhood schools, displacing kids […]

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Reader, veteran of civil rights battles shares revelation about mayor’s alleged KKK affiliation—where is the bear?

Reader, veteran of civil rights battles shares revelation about mayor’s alleged KKK affiliation—where is the bear?

| November 3, 2015

Sister Blossie Williams just visited our offices a moment ago to tell us she’d better not go vote “because I woke up this morning and they told me the mayor was in the KKK.” Then she laughed. Black folks, particularly elders, used to have a reputation for seeing through things. Now, we’re not calling Sister […]

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