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Don’t Shoot “Hands Up!”

Behind Ferguson’s Unrest: Hundreds of protesters march down South Florissant Rd. in Ferguson, Mo. protesting police brutality by their department Monday morning. Michael Brown an 18 year-old unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer two weeks ago. Failed Federal Policy and the Black-White Housing Gap Half of Ferguson Homes Underwater On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was ...

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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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Rap Duo Mobb Deep Makes a Stunning Return

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Almost 20 years after the New York City-based, dark, underground hip-hop duo Mobb Deep released their sophomore full-length album, “The Infamous,” the group is taking a full circle approach to their 2014 album, “The Infamous Mobb Deep.” Although Mobb Deep did not receive as much mainstream attention as Nas, the gritty, poetic nature of “The Infamous” is c ...

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High School Students Spending Spring Break on The 16th Annual PUSH Excel College Tour

Saturday, April 12, 2014 marked the launching of the 16th Annual PUSH For Excellence HBCU Tour. Two busloads of promising high school students departed from the National Headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at 50th and Drexel in Chicago to begin an event filled tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the week of Spring Break.  Traveling with adult chaperones and staff members of PU ...

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Grace and Mercy

by Pastor E. A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous Presence.” - Christopher Columbus Forward Thinkers the bible warns us that our life span would be short but full of tr ...

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About that Car: 2015 Chrysler 200

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a darkened hall with scores of people in front and up on a stage at the Detroit auto show, the 2015 Chrysler 200 looked almost the same as the car it will replace when it goes on sale this spring. Eh, no, not by a long shot. Here, on the banks of the Ohio River, it was obvious that the new Chrysler 200 looked nothing like the old Chrysler 200. The c ...

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Shattering the NCAA Exploitive Business Model

By Everett Glenn NNPA Guest Columnist The recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision granting Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if upheld, will shatter the NCAA’s business model. When you add to the mix the frontal attack launched a few days before by noted antitrust lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, accusing the NCAA of colluding to deprive athletes of the ability to earn mor ...

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Whitewashing Republican Support of Civil Rights

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist One of the best kept secrets over the past 50 years is that, proportionately, Republicans in Congress supported passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act by a much wider margin than Democrats. As CNN.com reported, “The Guardian’s Harry J. Enten broke down the vote, showing that more than 80% of Republicans in both houses voted in favor of the bill, compared with more th ...

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