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Black women face increased violence

Black women face increased violence

| October 2, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Black women were murdered at more than double the rate of white women in 2012 and almost all (92 percent) of these women knew their assailant, according a report titled, “When Men Murder Women” by the Violence Policy Center. The annual study, now in its 17th year, “examines FBI […]

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Feds launch pilot college program for prisoners

Feds launch pilot college program for prisoners

| September 21, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Brandyn Heppard usually arrives 30 minutes early for his visits to Northern State Prison in Newark, N.J. He puts his pre-approved belongings in a clear plastic bag made on-site and signs his name in the visitor logbook. Then, he walks through the first of a few metal detectors, […]

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Hidden toxins contaminate black, brown, poor homes

Hidden toxins contaminate black, brown, poor homes

| September 18, 2015

Care urged in purchasing certain dollar store items By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Consumers aren’t looking for health problems when they shop at dollar stores or keep older furniture, but a cocktail of chemicals seeping from these items offer exactly that. From lead and mercury to fire-resistant chemicals, these substances have been generously […]

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Black women mobilizing for 2016 vote

Black women mobilizing for 2016 vote

| September 18, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize black women voters. The partnership hopes to raise the profile of the already-powerful black women’s vote. In the 2008 and 2012 elections, black women had the highest turnout […]

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Black Methodist leaders organize for justice

Black Methodist leaders organize for justice

| September 10, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Flanked by images of the nine men and women at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., and the four little girls killed in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., among other victims of racial violence, a coalition of Black Methodist leaders stepped squarely […]

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Desegregation linked to closing achievement gap

Desegregation linked to closing achievement gap

| August 21, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Year after year in measure after measure, black, Latino and Native American students trail their white peers in educational outcomes. These gaps were at their lowest in 1988, the same year public schools hit peak integration levels–and long-term data shows that this was no coincidence. “As long as […]

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On 50th anniversary, Medicare, Medicaid still vital

On 50th anniversary, Medicare, Medicaid still vital

| July 30, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 this week, the nation takes a look at the impact of two of the most significant government programs ever launched. Medicare serves roughly 52 million Americans as of 2013, about 10 percent of whom are black. The program is part of the […]

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Black Christians, Muslims unite around burned churches

Black Christians, Muslims unite around burned churches

| July 17, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–In the last week of June, as the nation was still mourning and mulling over the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., seven other black churches across the South went up in flames. Solidarity came out of the ashes. Since July 2, the Respond With Love […]

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Abortion rights issue regains momentum

Abortion rights issue regains momentum

| July 12, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–When she was five months pregnant, past the point where she could obtain a legal abortion, 23-year-old Kenlissia Jones of Albany, Ga. ordered prescription abortion pills from a Canadian website. When Jones started feeling pain, she was rushed to the hospital. En route, she delivered the fetus in […]

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Preventing student ‘summer slide’

Preventing student ‘summer slide’

| July 10, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–As students slip into their summer vacations, it’s up to families to make sure they don’t slip into academic amnesia. Usually, in what is called the summer slide, students forget up to six months of math and reading instruction when they’re not engaged in academic activities between school […]

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