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Early Failures Create a Promising Future

by R. Preston Clark Special to the NNPA from the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Victor J. Glover sat in one of his engineering classes at Cal State-San Luis Obispo in the late 1990s. It wasn’t going well. Balancing a rigorous class schedule, along with athletic responsibilities in football and wrestling, this class wasn’t getting the time and energy it deserved. Glover failed that class. But sometimes, fai ...

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Standing on the other Side of an Equal Sign

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist For decades now, July 4th has always compelled in me to reconsider, and more deeply appreciate, Frederick Douglass’ famous oration of 1852. Of course, that’s the one, given before an audience heavily but not completely comprised of White abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y. that contains one of the most famous passages of American oratory: Having declared earlier in the speech t ...

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More than 40 million Households Pay More than 30 Percent for Housing

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Each year the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University assesses the nation’s housing outlook.  The just-released The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2013 acknowledges that a housing recovery is underway; yet shares an array of findings that show only some Americans are a part of that recovery. The new and updated data reflect continued burdens on many househ ...

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That Gun Changed Our Lives Forever

By Marian Wright Edelman “My heart was shattered while I was working at 60 Minutes when my only sister was shot and killed by her husband. There was a restraining order that stopped nothing.” “She called me and told me she was worried he was watching her. The next night, April 15th, he invaded the house. Her children, my beautiful 11-year-old niece and nine-year-old nephew, witnessed their mother being shot ...

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Men and Their Fear of Doctors

by Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D. Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American To all of the men who have provided sperm for procreation and to the men who more importantly truly lived up to the definition of the word, dad, I wish to express a hearty Happy Belated Father’s Day. For those men who spent time teaching their children how to ride a bike or drive a car, who provided the midnight feedings so their ...

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‘I Recall Having to Pay a Poll Tax’

By Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson NNPA Guest Columnist With its ruling on the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court has taken the country back to a time when racial minorities were not able to participate equitably in the voting process.  The court’s decision is disgraceful to civil rights leaders and legislators who have fought to preserve equal voting rights in this country. It reminds me of a time in our hist ...

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The Perils of Travel

  By: Priscilla Powell I love to travel, so much that I started a travel planning business.  Last week, I was in Vegas and I completely lost my mind. I have been to Vegas at least once a year for the past 3 years, but usually I do pretty well at suppressing my addictive personality; I tend to take in shows, pick around the massive food at the buffets, participate in some sort of interactive game or cla ...

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Strolling Down the Beauty Aisles

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist When it comes to looking good, staying on top of your game, and making sure your pursuit of beauty is on point, you know the African-American community has that covered. Nielsen’s latest insights highlight hair and skin beauty purchases and behavior, by the numbers among African-Americans and other ethnic groups in the U.S. and Canada in a recent NielsenWire Post titl ...

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Months After Death “The Jeffersons” Star Sherman Hemsley Still Unburied

by Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Months after his death from lung cancer on July 25 at age 74, the body of sitcom actor Sherman Hemsley has yet to be buried. The popular sitcom icon’s remains are currently locked away inside the San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso, Texas, where a refrigerator is keeping the actor’s body cold until a court settles disputes over who truly has ...

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Ask Gwen “I Went to a Party and Lost My Boyfriend”

Dear Gwendolyn: I was in a relationship that I felt was okay.  We went to a dance and I did not want to dance off the song that was playing.  When I said no, he started dancing with someone else and continued dancing off/on with this woman.  On my favorite song, he was on the floor with this woman.  I had to tell him to turn around now and dance with me. When the dance was over and we were leaving, he pulle ...

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