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Doing a new thing

Doing a new thing

| September 14, 2014

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from The Houston Forward-Times “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree […]

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Rescued from America’s gulag archipelago

Rescued from America’s gulag archipelago

| September 14, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist When a North Carolina judge recently vacated the prison sentences of 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum, who had spent nearly 30 years on the state’s death row, and his 46-year-old half-brother, Leon Brown, sentenced to life in prison, for a heinous rape and murder DNA evidence had finally proved they […]

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America needs a raise

America needs a raise

| September 14, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months–an all time high. There has been a stumble here and a wrinkle there, but even with a weak unemployment report for August, the Dow has remained over 17,000. This compares with […]

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Blacks commit less crimes than whites think

| September 12, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)– Whites often overestimate the amount of crime committed by blacks and “associate blacks and Latinos with criminality,” beliefs that are widespread and also held by whites who work in the criminal justice system, according to a new report on racial perceptions of crime by The Sentencing […]

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Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

| September 11, 2014

By Ron Scott Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News John Blake Jr., who continued the early tradition of bringing the violin into the jazz arena and making its voice heard with the music of Africa to avant-garde, R&B, blues and spirituals, died Aug. 15 in Philadelphia. The cause of death was […]

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Special education students bypass common obstacles

Special education students bypass common obstacles

| September 11, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–A new law for special education students in Louisiana is making waves among parents, education officials and advocacy groups. The legislation, H.B. 1015, allows special education teachers to circumvent state standardized test requirements and assume sole authority to promote a student who has scored below proficiency, even up […]

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Wafer sentenced 17 years in shooting death of Renisha McBride

Wafer sentenced 17 years in shooting death of Renisha McBride

| September 11, 2014

Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen DETROIT —Dearborn resident Theodore Wafer was sentenced in Wayne Circuit Court Sept. 3 to a minimum of 17 years in prison for killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride. McBride, who was unarmed, went to Wafer’s home Nov. 2, 2013 at approximately 4:30 a.m., reportedly seeking help after an automobile […]

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J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

| September 11, 2014

Special to the NNPA to The Michigan Citizen James “J Dilla” Yancey, the late Detroit music producer whose stardom has grown globally since his passing in 2006, is headed toward enshrinement in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. , announced the news at the ninth annual “D.C. Loves Dilla” event on July 17. The legendary […]

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Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed black men

Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed black men

| September 10, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” In case after case, when police are caught killing an unarmed African American—and trying to cover it up—they expect us to suspend our sight and our common sense. This is particularly […]

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Beyond Ferguson: Time for young black leaders

Beyond Ferguson: Time for young black leaders

| September 10, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–During a rousing, standing-room only town hall discussion dedicated to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and police killings of young, black men across the nation, Ron Daniels, declared, “a state of emergency in Black America.” Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black […]

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