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NAACP board elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson president

NAACP board elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson president

| November 3, 2017

Johnson vows to work closely with NNPA By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The future of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is inextricably linked to the future of African Americans and its incumbent upon the nation’s oldest civil rights organization to work with the Black Press to get that […]

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Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

| October 31, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The National Newspaper Publishers Association lost one of its own this week. Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday. Smith was 45. The Tri-State Defender, among the longest running African-American newspapers in the […]

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Educating black students in new Jim Crow era

Educating black students in new Jim Crow era

| October 31, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most black children. In an effort to engage black parents around reaching that elusive goal, educators and community stakeholders tackled leadership, educational […]

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Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

| October 30, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Family members, friends and fans are grieving the loss of television and stage icon Robert Guillaume, who died on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Los Angeles. Guillaume, 89, is survived by his second wife, Donna Brown, a son and three daughters. “He was a pioneer and what he did […]

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Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioner, dead at 89

Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioner, dead at 89

| October 30, 2017

Influenced Elvis, the Beatles, host of other rockers By Stacy Brown (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member) Fats Domino, the rock pioneer who inspired Elvis Presley, the Beatles and countless other superstars, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, at his home in Harvey, Louisiana. He was 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator for the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office, told NPR […]

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Out of shadows: Overt racism flourishes in American South in Trump era

Out of shadows: Overt racism flourishes in American South in Trump era

| October 27, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Race relations in the United States, especially in the South, are plagued by troubling examples of the challenges that face the nation, as Americans work toward achieving the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of, more than 50 years ago. Forty-two percent of Americans said that they […]

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Dick Gregory dies at 84

Dick Gregory dies at 84

| August 21, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Legendary civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory died on Aug. 19. He was 84. Friends, family and celebrities took to social media to honor the icon and innovator of the black community. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend […]

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Judge relents, mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case

Judge relents, mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case

| June 19, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) NORRISTOWN—Saturday morning, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill finally bent to the will of the jury and declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case. “The legacy remains intact,” said Andrew Wyatt, the longtime spokesman for the legendary entertainer. “For Gloria Allred and all those other lawyers, […]

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NNPA Newswire exclusive: Bill Cosby finally breaks silence

NNPA Newswire exclusive: Bill Cosby finally breaks silence

| May 4, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Bill Cosby is blind. It’s been more than two years since the embattled, television and film legend, who was once known as “America’s Dad,” has spoken out publicly. During a recent interview with the NNPA Newswire, Cosby revealed that he’s lost his sight. Waking one morning about two […]

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‘We Are Family’ singer Joni Sledge dies of natural causes

‘We Are Family’ singer Joni Sledge dies of natural causes

| March 23, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member) Joni Sledge, the second eldest sister in the hit pop group Sister Sledge, died of a preexisting medical condition, according to TMZ. Sledge passed away at home in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, March 11. She was 60 years old. On March 14, the gossip website reported that […]

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