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Media’s Portrayal of Black Youth Contributes to Racial Tension

By: Joshunda Sanders Special to the NNPA News Service From Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Mainstream media often portray African-American youths, especially Black men and boys, as criminals, crime victims and predators. These stereotypes, according to social justice advocates, can create a racially-charged atmosphere that results in violence such as the shooting dea ...

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50% of Wrongfully Accused are Black

By Freddie Allen Washington Correspondent NNPA News Service WASHINGTON (NNPA) – On October 24, 1974 an unidentified man robbed and raped  a pregnant Wayne State University student in a bathroom on campus. The student later picked 19 year-old Edward George Carter, out of a photo lineup that contained multiple pictures of the Black teen. None of the physical evidence  –  fingerprints, semen and seminal fluid ...

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NATO SUMMIT 2012 in Chicago

Chicago has long been thought of as the “Second City”, the “City of Big Shoulders”. After successfully hosting the 2012 NATO Summit, “Chicagoland” has been introduced to the world as first class, and more than capable of handling large scale diverse events. The Chicago Police along with officers from more than 23 other agencies including the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security shouldered the ...

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Time To Dump The Criminal Justice System

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Don’t you think that it’s time to reform America’s criminal justice system? It is an unfair, racist and dishonest system in need of abandonment.    In the last 40 years an insidious prison industrial complex has developed to the detriment of African-American males. It seems that politicians on both sides of legislative aisle are decidedly more interested in sending Afri ...

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ASK GWEN? My Wife Wants a New House for Retirement

By Gwendolyn L. Baines NNPA Columnist My Wife Wants a New House for Retirement   Dear Gwendolyn: I am retiring in six months. My wife and I have been married for 42 years. We have had a beautiful marriage except for some ups and downs as in most marriages. This is the problem: My wife wants a new house. Ladies in her social club are buying new houses. I told her those ladies are younger, and some of th ...

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Will Gay Marriage Divide Black Electorate?

In this photo released by The White House, President Barack Obama participates in an interview Wednesday May 9 with Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America in the Cabinet Room of the White House. — THE WHITE HOUSE, PETE SOUZA Right on the heels of North Carolina becoming the 31st state in the Union to pass a ban on homosexual marriage, President Barack Obama announced his support of matrimony between sa ...

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ASK GWEN? “My Son Met A Girl and Married Her Two Weeks Later”

Dear Gwendolyn: My son is not speaking to me. He has completely distant himself. I have worked for the last twenty-five years two jobs to provide for him.  His father left me when he was only two years old. This is the problem:  My son dated and lived with a lady for four years, then last year met a girl and married her two weeks later.  She is not a nice person, but if my son is happy, I’m happy.  My son i ...

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If Obama Loses, What’s Plan B?

By Wilmer J. Leon III NNPA Columnist As the country moves into the full scale presidential election process, a troubling pattern is developing within certain segments of the African American community.  There’s a concerted effort by some to silence those who are offering honest, valid, and well thought out analysis and criticism of the Obama administration. I’ve written about individuals such as Tom Joyner, ...

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Student Loans Plus Limited Job Options Equals Trouble

By Akeya Dickson Washington Correspondent NNPA News Service WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When she graduated from the University of Iowa two years ago with a major in elementary education, Amber Newman envisioned standing in front of a class of bright, energetic youngsters and providing them with the solid educational base that would help them become successful in the upper grades as well as later in life. . But when ...

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Social Security System Remains Solvent

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite misleading and incomplete media reports, Social Security remains solvent and will remain that way in the foreseeable future, according to several analyses. In its trustees’ report last week, it was disclosed that without any future adjustments, Social Security will be able to pay full benefits only until 2033 and about 75 percent of scheduled benefits after that. “Social Security ...

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