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Ebola Virus: A Threat to Humanity

BY HERB BOYD Special to the NNPA FROM THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS     The daily death count from Ebola only seems to gain media attention in the West when an American or European is the fatality. Tuesday, a Spanish missionary who contracted the disease while working in West Africa died in a hospital in Madrid. With that lead out of the way, as when two Americans were returned from West Africa last ...

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Practice What You Preach

    BY PRISCILA POWELL STAFF COLUMNIST   As a travel professional, I am always educating my clients on the importance of travel insurance. Travel insurance is a vital part of vacation planning, as it protects your monetary investment in the face of the unknown. If a child becomes ill, a flight is cancelled leaving you in Antigua a few extra days, or you and your boo suddenly split and you sim ...

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Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that began on social media. And when big things happen through social media, Black people usually lead the charge. Internet activism, also called “hashtag activism,” is an emerging side effect of the digital age, as ordinary people take to social media websites to organize and agitate ...

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Ending the Payday Lending Debt Trap

      By Charlene Crowell   NNPA Columnist In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates and debt traps has generated an unprecedented groundswell of national and local attention. From prosecutors filing criminal charges, to grassroots activists gathering support for strong federal rules, and cable television personalities pokin ...

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Don’t Shoot “Hands Up!”

Behind Ferguson’s Unrest: Hundreds of protesters march down South Florissant Rd. in Ferguson, Mo. protesting police brutality by their department Monday morning. Michael Brown an 18 year-old unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer two weeks ago. Failed Federal Policy and the Black-White Housing Gap Half of Ferguson Homes Underwater On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was ...

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High School Students Spending Spring Break on The 16th Annual PUSH Excel College Tour

Saturday, April 12, 2014 marked the launching of the 16th Annual PUSH For Excellence HBCU Tour. Two busloads of promising high school students departed from the National Headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at 50th and Drexel in Chicago to begin an event filled tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the week of Spring Break.  Traveling with adult chaperones and staff members of PU ...

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Shattering the NCAA Exploitive Business Model

By Everett Glenn NNPA Guest Columnist The recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision granting Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if upheld, will shatter the NCAA’s business model. When you add to the mix the frontal attack launched a few days before by noted antitrust lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, accusing the NCAA of colluding to deprive athletes of the ability to earn mor ...

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Deportations for Minor Crimes: the Obama Administration’s ‘Shame’

by Tony Best Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News “A crying shame and a painful truth” Those words helped to sum up the reaction of immigration advocates, civil libertarians, elected officials, foreign consular representatives and immigrants to a mind-numbing appraisal of the Obama administration’s immigration policy which has resulted in almost two million people being deported in five years to ...

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Black Families Becoming More Aware of Autism

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Camille Proctor watched her one year-old son, she knew something wasn’t right. He played with others and enjoyed affection, but he never spoke. He also walked on his toes. His pediatrician assured Proctor that was son was probably just developmentally delayed. At 15 months old, she learned that wasn’t the case – he was officially diagnosed ...

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The State of Black America

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Chaka Khan sang, “Tell me somethin’ good.”  The 2014 National Urban League (NUL) report, State of Black America, “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” contains a lot of great information, but it will only prove to be “good” if we use it to build a solid and long lasting economic base.  The 236-page report is full of statistics and insights Black people need to kn ...

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