Tag: Lauren Victoria Burke

Baldwin documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ receives Oscar nod

Baldwin documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ receives Oscar nod

| October 5, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) On Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month, the National Museum of African American History and Culture premiered the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which features commentary by James Baldwin. The film is a tribute to the staggering contribution of one of America’s greatest […]

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Steve Bannon, most controversial Trump advisor, leaves White House post

Steve Bannon, most controversial Trump advisor, leaves White House post

| August 9, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Civil rights leaders and members of Congress praised the dismissal of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon from the White House; Bannon’s exit is one of the latest departure from the chaotic Trump administration, that has yet to win a major legislative victory. Bannon seemed to be in good spirits […]

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Fired FBI Director Comey testifies, says Trump lied

Fired FBI Director Comey testifies, says Trump lied

| June 19, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) During dramatic testimony before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s top law enforcement official, called President Donald Trump a liar five times and told 17 U.S. senators and the nation, that he was […]

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NAACP President Cornell Broooks voted out

NAACP President Cornell Broooks voted out

| June 6, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Why did the NAACP’s national board vote to part ways with their president, Cornell William Brooks? Several longtime members contacted by the NNPA Newswire were shocked to hear the news. Brooks, 56, has served in the position since May 2014. Some NAACP insiders said that there was a […]

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Civil rights leaders meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Civil rights leaders meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

| April 5, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Earlier this month, leaders from six civil rights groups met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department to discuss a range of issues that are critical to the Black community. The meeting was attended by Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee […]

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President Trump signs executive oder on HBCUs

President Trump signs executive oder on HBCUs

| March 3, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) President Trump signed an executive order to focus more attention on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Although HBCUs comprise just three percent of higher education institutions in the U.S., “HBCUs contributed 19 percent of the nearly 9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in […]

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Black girl magic: ‘Hidden Figures’ outshines ‘La La Land’ at box office

Black girl magic: ‘Hidden Figures’ outshines ‘La La Land’ at box office

| March 2, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Looks like the myth that black films can’t make big money in Hollywood is about to become a thing of the past. In early February, “Hidden Figures” passed “La La Land” as the top-grossing (domestically) Oscar-nominated film in Hollywood this season. “Hidden Figures” focuses on three women who […]

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This is why Trump is lying about voter fraud, crime

This is why Trump is lying about voter fraud, crime

| February 23, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) There are two subjects in particular that the Trump administration lies about the most: crime and voting. During a recent interview on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, President Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller lied about voter fraud during the 2016 elections. Miller said that, “And you have 14 […]

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Trump, Black Caucus plan to meet for first time

Trump, Black Caucus plan to meet for first time

| February 22, 2017

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Following a bizarre exchange with American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan, the Congressional Black Caucus is in talks with President Donald Trump to set up a meeting. Trump asked Ryan, a veteran black journalist, if she could set up a meeting with him and the […]

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Will Trump do a better job than Obama with HBCUs?

Will Trump do a better job than Obama with HBCUs?

| February 22, 2017

Trump White House working on executive order for HBCUs By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Despite a cavalcade of political distractions and a legal battle over immigration, President Trump appears to be focused on funding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Less than three weeks in office the Trump administration is in the process […]

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