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Mental Illness is Our Dirty Litle Secret

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I’m tired, my sisterfriend says.  I don’t know how much longer I can hold on.  As I hear her I have a couple of choices.  One is to tell her to get with her pastor and pray; the other is to tell her to get real with her illness.  Running her to her pastor takes her to a familiar place. Pushing her to help takes her out of her comfort zone.  When my beloved brothers and si ...

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Schools More Segregated Now than Three Decades Ago

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist As we approach May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools, several studies show that our schools are more segregated now than they were three decades ago. And there are no indications that things are likely to change for the better in the foreseeable future. A report by the Ec ...

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ABLE Act Could Help Disabled To Save

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As of 2006, more than 2.4 million African Americans receiving Social Security benefits are disabled, or are the spouses or children of disabled, retired, or deceased workers. A new piece of legislation is poised to help address the rising cost of disability, without jeopardizing existing social service benefits. If enacted, the Achievi ...

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Obama Talks Action

by Stephon Johnson Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Barack Obama at the 2014 National Action Network convention (CHRIS GRIFFITHS PHOTO) “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act was passed into law nearly five decades ago,” said President Barack Obama at the National Action Network Convention last Friday. “The real voter fraud is peo ...

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