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CRIME PAYS – LITERALLY

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist A recent report by Jason Jenkins, Investment U Research, shows that private prisons are earning even more money via warehousing prisoners and by establishing Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) with the land upon which their prisons are built.  Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group, the two largest private prison firms, own 75 percent of the for-profit prison ...

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Hip Hop Controversy: Rap Music May Be Facing New Challenges

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) – Rappers and music audiences appear to be engaged in a battle over freedom of speech and consumerism with a backlash against negative lyrics. The latest to feel public pressure is former prison guard-turned rapper Rick Ross, who also uses a former drug trafficker’s name. He recently apologized for controversial rape ly ...

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‘The Couple’ Reveals Honest Portait of Black Love

by Nicole Williams Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel If there ever was a show that positively represented the elements of what Black relationships should be, then YouTube sensation ‘The Couple’ is that show. ‘The Couple’ is apart of Black and Sexy TV, a network that was created by Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch. According to its website, it is “a network established to provide viewing audien ...

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Gov. Quinn to Eliminate Criminal Background Question On State Employment Applications

Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has tried for years to remove criminal background pre-screening questions on state employment applications, and on April 17, a letter from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office indicated that is happening. Gary Hannig, Quinn’s director of legislative affairs, informs the Austin lawmaker in the letter that Quinn will issue an executive order removing these type of questions. “People who have ...

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Who Speaks For Who?

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Do you have anything to say about what’s going on in town, or across America?  What are your personal priorities and how do you put voice to them? It’s a good question that we all have to ask ourselves from time to time: “Who speaks for me?” A poll, commissioned by BET Founder Robert L. Johnson asked: “Who speaks for you?” The response: 40 percent of African Americans surveyed ...

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Black Leaders Have Sold Out

Once again the Black community has been shown how irrelevant they have become in the U.S.  Most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the media appointed Black leadership for selling out their people. And we’ve gotten nothing in return. At least Judas Iscariot had sense enough to get 30 pieces of silver when he sold out Jesus Christ. Isn’t it amazing that with all the debate swirling around the issue of a ...

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Jackie Robinson: “Too Bad He’s The Wrong Color”

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist You could say “42,” the film about the life of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is a gripping baseball tale, and your assessment would be correct – but woefully incomplete. “42” is not just a baseball story. It’s a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball, but of a central facet of 20th Century American life – the suffocating reach of ...

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Basketball Used as a Tool to Curb Chicago Violence and a Path Out of Negative Lifestyles

CHICAGO – David Bradley doesn’t get anxious anymore when he steps outside the front door of his home on the city’s South Side. Before, the 24 year old Auburn Gresham resident minded what streets he walked and corners where he stood. Those were invisible borders that marked gang territory and where crossing onto a rival’s street could mean life or death. “I can walk wherever I want to walk without having som ...

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Payday Lending Drains Nearly $1 Billion from Communities

One of the worst ironies of the nagging economic recession is that consumers with the fewest financial resources have lost the most. Now, a new report finds that payday loans not only strip much-needed income from low-income families, but harms the economic viability of the communities where they operate, draining nearly $1 billion a year. Written by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development (In ...

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Former Miss USA Stirs Pot on ‘Real Housewives

By Cherry Bañez Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Kenya Moore’s dramatic, yet hilarious, antics on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” have made her a household name. The former Miss USA has criticized for practically begging her then boyfriend, Walter Jackson, to marry her. It was later reported that she had recruited him to pretend to be her boyfriend on the show. She also verbally assaulted ...

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