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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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EEOC Issues Job Guidelines that Limit Backgroung Checks

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued updated recommendations that urge employers not to misuse criminal background checks in filling job openings. By a vote of 4-1 last week, the commissioners noted that African-Americans and Latinos may find it more difficult to find employment because of the widespread use of background ch ...

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Racial Profiling is on Steroids

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “Well, who are they coming to get now?” That’s what Norman Murray thought as police officers ran in his direction with guns drawn. Murray, a native Washingtonian with a slim build and matted dreadlocks, looked around to see who the cops were chasing through his neighborhood in the Trinidad section of Northeast Washington, D.C. Then the offic ...

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America’s public Schools: Still Unequal and Unjust

Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Millions of children in America are denied the opportunity to receive a fair and high quality education. In March, the U.S. Department of Education released new information showing that children of color face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous course offerings, and are more often taught by lower paid and less experienced teachers. Inequities in fundi ...

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House Passes 3.5 Trillion 2013 Budget- Medicaid, Student Aid, Head Start Slashes

By Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, right, and House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 29, 2012, after Republicans pushed an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget through the House on Thursday that relies on biting spending cuts ...

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People Before Profit, Mayor Rahm!

by Pastor Gregory Seal Livingston Mayor Rahm Emanuel never has to work another day in his life. It is well-known that the mayor is a millionaire many times over. Personally I don’t begrudge him his success. New York Mayor Bloomberg is exponentially wealthier. The difference, however, between Emanuel and Bloomberg is significant. No one reaches such financial heights without some killer shark in their DNA -- ...

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Pooling Our Financial Resources

[caption id="attachment_608" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="By James E. Clingman NNPA Columnist"][/caption] Why does the concept of putting our dollars together for one collective purpose, say, business development, seem so foreign to us?  Yes, we do a great of talking about it but seldom see the results of having done so when it comes to purchasing foreclosed homes, vacant lots, and businesses in o ...

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