Tag: obama

get up, stand up: your mama ain’t raise no fool

get up, stand up: your mama ain’t raise no fool

| September 1, 2015

© omowale-ketu oladuwa some people think great god gon’ come from the sky, take away everything, make everybody be high, but if you know what life is worth, you’ll look for yours right here on earth, so now you see the light, stand up for your rights, hey, get up, stand up… ––bob marley three […]

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Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—Dismissing efforts, including those of President Obama, to sign off on a peace agreement and end the 20-month long civil war in the world’s newest nation, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declined to sign, saying he needed more time for consultations. President Kiir’s team reportedly had “reservations” over the deal and wanted an additional 15 […]

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Today’s aging minorities most impacted by poor finances

Today’s aging minorities most impacted by poor finances

| August 10, 2015

By Shantella Y. Sherman Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Even as the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security, issues of race, class, and access remain recalcitrant barriers to elder security. Particularly among blacks, living longer has often meant subsisting […]

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Obama needs to do more to halt female genital mutilation

Obama needs to do more to halt female genital mutilation

| August 7, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Many years ago, as a single man in my early 30s, I dated a young, attractive West African woman. I liked her from the moment I laid my eyes on her.  Janet (not her real name) was soft-spoken, well-mannered, educated, hard working and very easy on the eyes. But, any […]

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U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—A presidential stopover in Nairobi to meet “global entrepreneurs” turned out to be a windfall for mega development projects, bank lenders and U.S. corporations. Fresh details are emerging in local media about the deals struck between the U.S. and Kenyan governments during the visit of President Obama. A so-called “American package,” they said, reaffirms a […]

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Trumping the Donald on immigration

Trumping the Donald on immigration

| July 29, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist Watching Donald Trump being interviewed this past week was—for the few moments that I could take it—quite fascinating. What quickly became clear was that Trump will not let the facts get in the way of his opinion. Actually, he will dispense with the actual facts and create his own. […]

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Release low-level, nonviolent drug offenders

Release low-level, nonviolent drug offenders

| July 29, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne Johnson grew marijuana plants and was charged with intending to […]

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Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. agencies, banks, and corporations were among the many guests at the sixth Global Entrepreneurs’ Summit, visited by President Obama, and it seems they liked what they saw. Deals valued at multi-millions of dollars were signed including one for $2.2 billion for the development of solar power in the east African country. SkyPower, an official […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Despite dire warnings that he faced expulsion from Kenya’s Parliament if he raised the subject of gay rights, President Barack Obama replied to a reporter’s question on the subject with a very personal response. “As an African American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under […]

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