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Controversy Over Videotaping Cops

  George E.  Curry Columnist Controversy Over Videotaping Cops Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the unfolding action on his telephone led to the arrest of Slager for murder. However, in some states ...

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The State of Black America Part 2, Jobs

The State of Black America Part 2, Jobs To Be Equal “The hardest work in the world is being out of work.” – Whitney M. Young, National Urban League President 1961-1971 By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist One of the advantages of my position as the president and CEO of the National Urban League is that I have both the opportunity and platform to speak to so many of our nation’s young people. I was presented wit ...

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All Eyes Fixed on Ferguson’s April 7 Election

All Eyes Fixed on Ferguson’s April 7 Election If the Black residents of Ferguson, Mo., want to radically reform the political climate that encouraged police to disproportionately ticket, fine and arrest them to collect revenue for the city coffers, they’ll have to do more than embrace non-violent acts of civil disobedience and peaceful protests – they will have to vote. In the north St. Louis suburb that is ...

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The State of Black America – Part 1, Education

The State of Black America – Part 1, Education “What the people want is very simple: they want an America as good as its promise.” - Texas Congresswoman Barbara C. Jordan There’s no other way to say it. Black America is in crisis. Over the past year, we have been bombarded with headlines that continue to drive home the longstanding challenges faced by Black and Brown communities in our nation.  From the kil ...

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Muslim Lives Matter, Too

By: Bill Fletcher NNPA COLUMNIST   Within days of the murders of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., a crazed gunman shot several people in Copenhagen, allegedly targeting an illustrator who caricaturized the Prophet Muhammad. One could not have contrasted the media’s response more starkly. In the case of the Chapel Hill killings, it took a near Twitter uprising to gain the attention of the mainstream ...

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Poverty Doesn’t Have to be a State of Mind

By: Julianne Malveaux NNPA COLUMNIST   Photo by: Pamela Jones The racial differential in the poverty rate is staggering. Last time I checked, about 12 percent people in the United States, one in eight people are poor. Depending on race and ethnicity, however, poverty is differently experienced. Fewer than one in 10 Whites are poor; more than one in four African Americans and Latinos are poor. Differences in ...

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New Mentoring Program in Austin – “COLLEGE MENTORING EXPERIENCE”

Founder and Executive Director, Bernard Lilly sharing a moment with a teen participant of the College Mentoring Experience event.   On Saturday January 3, 2015, The College Mentoring Experience, Inc. (CME) hosted their first Mentor match-up event at By the Hand Club located at 415 N. Laramie Chicago, IL. The College Mentoring Experience, Inc is a new mentoring program that was founded in the Austin area by ...

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PUSH Excel Youth Oratory Contest Winners Promote World Peace

“I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of all the starving children around the world whose voices too often go unheard. I am here to speak for all the animals dying across our planet, because there is nowhere left for them to go.” So declared the impassioned voice of 7th grader Zarifah Shahid as part of her presentation of the speech “The Girl Who Silenced the United N ...

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Bobby Shmurda Arrested on Drugs, Murder Charges

Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda pleaded not guilty on murder and drug charges last Thursday. The Brooklyn rapper gained fame after his “Shmoney” dance went viral on the internet and social media with more than 70 million views. Shmurda was held in lieu of a $2 million bail. Bobby Shmurda, who’s real name is Ackquille Pollard, was charged with his GS9 group members group GS9. The street gang is linked to a ser ...

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Time to Reform the ‘Thug’ Image of Hip Hop

One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice.  First, because, I Can’t Breathe.  I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It goes back to what I have been saying all along is the Hip Hop’s Dilemma – the common distasteful physical, emotional and/or mental trauma people are ...

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