Tag: obama

Overmedicating children in foster care

Overmedicating children in foster care

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication–more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential treatment centers or group homes take psychotropic medications. Children in foster care are more likely […]

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Obama bans distribution of military-grade equipment to local police

Obama bans distribution of military-grade equipment to local police

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

By Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Obama recently announced steps to demilitarize local police, limiting and outright banning access to certain weapons. The president made the announcement in Camden, N.J., May 18 during remarks about the administration’s broader efforts on law enforcement reform. “We’ve seen how militarized gear can […]

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Myth of the ‘absent’ black dad refuted

Myth of the ‘absent’ black dad refuted

| May 29, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Contrary to the myth, though black men are more likely to live apart from their children than whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than whites and Hispanics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The report covers a sample of sample of 10,403 men […]

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Black unemployment dips below 10 percent

Black unemployment dips below 10 percent

| May 18, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Despite the improvement, the black jobless rate is still double the unemployment rate of white workers, which has remained flat since February at […]

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Between Barack and a hard place

Between Barack and a hard place

| April 3, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist The experiment that featured a black man in the White House is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking for their next job and jumping ship faster than rats. But, you can’t blame them; that’s the way it is in politics. You ride your horse […]

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#BlackGirlsMatter Right Here in America

| March 26, 2015

By Walter Fields NNPA Columnist Every morning, when I fix my teenage daughter breakfast and drop her off to school, she reminds me that #BlackGirlsMatter. Her journey has not been easy; made all the more difficult by an experience, beginning in middle school and persisting to high school, that threatened to crush her dreams by […]

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Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

| March 24, 2015

Many Republicans flirt with tradition of treason By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist No United States president has been more disrespected than Barack Obama–and his family. The hatred for the nation’s first African American president is so deep that all but seven Republicans in the U.S. Senate were willing to write a letter to Iran […]

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President meets with black civil rights, political, religious leaders

President meets with black civil rights, political, religious leaders

| March 13, 2015

By Shantella Y. Sherman Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Obama recently met with African-American civil rights and faith leaders to provide an update on the administration’s priorities as described in the State of the Union. The meeting was also an opportunity to have a dialogue with the leaders about the issues […]

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Remarks by the president at the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches

Remarks by the president at the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches

| March 10, 2015

Click here to read NNPA Columnist George Curry’s commentary on the president’s speech: “In Selma, Obama proved he is black enough” Click here to watch video of the president’s speech. President Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala. AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you, President Obama! THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know I love you […]

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The GOP’s ‘acting-the-fool’ dynamic

The GOP’s ‘acting-the-fool’ dynamic

| March 9, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Among the formal definitions for “acting the fool” are: one who is deficient in judgment, sense or understanding. Perhaps the dictionaries should add a new one: today’s Republican Party February was a great month for those who think the GOP has become a dustbin of ideological extremists with no […]

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