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Standing on sacred ground: Marking the Slocum Massacre, other massacres, lynchings

Standing on sacred ground: Marking the Slocum Massacre, other massacres, lynchings

| February 12, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist Three unarmed black men encountered a group of white men walking down a dirt road in Slocum, Texas on July 29, 1910. Without warning, and with no reason, the white men opened fire on the black men. And for two days, white men simply slaughtered black people. Eight […]

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Open carry: Is that law really for ‘us?’

Open carry: Is that law really for ‘us?’

| January 7, 2016

By Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Houston Forward Times At the stroke of midnight, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, any individual who holds a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) will be allowed to openly carry their handgun in the Lone Star State. The law, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature […]

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More than just a hashtag: The ongoing fight to get justice for Sandra Bland        

More than just a hashtag: The ongoing fight to get justice for Sandra Bland        

| December 31, 2015

By Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Houston Forward Times The Houston Forward Times (HFT) has been covering the latest developments in the case of Sandra Bland. In July 2015, the HFT wrote an article entitled “Wrongful Death: What Happened to Sandra Bland?” in which it was still unknown whether […]

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A mother’s concern: Protecting your children from police assault in schools

A mother’s concern: Protecting your children from police assault in schools

| October 29, 2015

School-to-prison pipeline wrecks potential of coming generations By Chasiti Falls As parents, we try our best to send our children out into the world as prepared as they can be. We teach them from our own experiences and even, in extreme cases, from the experiences of our peers. We use our imaginations to create sequences […]

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Child Watch: Teaching the truth about America’s history

Child Watch: Teaching the truth about America’s history

| October 19, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”—Theodore Roosevelt “History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you […]

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Black unemployment dips to 7-year low

Black unemployment dips to 7-year low

| August 13, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—The black unemployment rate tumbled to 9.1 percent in July, the lowest rate for black workers in seven years, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department. Even though the black jobless rate has slowly ticked down to 2008 levels, some economists expressed concerns […]

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What part of Democracy are Republicans afraid of?

What part of Democracy are Republicans afraid of?

| June 24, 2015

Lee A. Daniels By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s not too soon to ask a critical question of citizens of voting age who tend to vote for Democratic candidates: Do you think you’ll be allowed to vote in 2016? The Republican Party in numerous states across the country has been working hard to […]

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The GOP’s lunatic center

The GOP’s lunatic center

| May 29, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of white voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to indulge again and again in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, proposed and enacted legislation of disgraceful callousness. The past few weeks […]

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Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas

Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas

(GIN)–Thefts, murders and mutilation of Africa’s wildlife, from white rhinos to elephants with their prized horns and tusks are at an all-time high, say conservationists who are keeping track of the poaching of species by fortune-seeking hunters. To save the animals from further decimation, the U.S.-based Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) proposes moving about 1,000 of […]

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Blacks missing out on ‘Obamacare’ savings

Blacks missing out on ‘Obamacare’ savings

| April 17, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the […]

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