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Warring With The War on Drugs

By Maya Rhodan Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, declared a war on the War on Drugs last week, saying it is fine to end the failed public policy. “The War on Drugs is a racially biased policy and strategy. It is the new Jim Crow,” Daniels said. “We come today to claim that we’ve suffered enough…it’s time to bring an end to a ...

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Keep Hope Alive with a new War on Poverty

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of the Rev. King’s last birthday, in January 1968. He combined it with work — a staff meeting, planning for the multiracial Poor People’s March, where we made plans to occupy the National M ...

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Obama Reignites Push for Gun Legislation

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and  Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation toughening the nation’s gun laws. Speaking at the CBC Foundation Dinner Saturday night, Obama said, “We ca ...

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Shooting of Unarmed Black in N.C. called ‘Murder’

By Cash Michaels Special from to the NNPA from The Carolinian CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP says the tragic death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a White Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer nearly two weeks ago was not voluntary manslaughter as formally charged, but “murder.” Rev. Kojo Nantambu, chapter president, said, “This [police officer], to me, executed th ...

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Rapper Macklemore Acknowledges ‘White Privilege’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Is Hip Hop losing its color? Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success.  In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If your gonna be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability.  You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how y ...

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Congress is Eating Away at Food Stamps

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Steven and Laurie, a White married couple that lives near Richmond, Va., work at a big box store.  She is a cashier; he works in the storeroom.  Each earns about $9 an hour but neither works 40 hours a week.  Indeed, they are lucky to pull 40 hours a week combined.  Sometimes weeks they are fortunate enough to pull 45 hours a week between them.  Some weeks their combined ...

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Arsenio Hall: Back is Beautiful

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly Chris Tucker and Arsenio Hall on the premiere of “Arsenio.” By the time you read this article Arsenio Hall will be hosting his fourth episode on the Arsenio Hall show. This article reflects my impression of Arsenio’s premiere show on Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. on KTLA-TV Channel 5. I couldn’t believe how excited I was to see Arsenio “back in the saddle” so ...

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From a Successful Law Firm to a Booming Tea Business

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer A southern sweetness that cannot be forgotten but just enough zing added to let you know that it’s real; Magnolia Spice Teas is a healthy, all natural beverage alternative, uniquely flavored, and ready to drink. Unlike most other ready to drink teas which are made from liquid concentrate and water, Magnolia Spice Teas are kettle-brewed from black or green tea leaves and o ...

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‘Golden Time of Day’ Frankie Beverly Still ‘a’Maze’s 40 Years Later

by Kenneth Miller Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel It was just another “Golden Time of Day” at the Gibson Amphitheater last Sunday when Maze featuring Frankie Beverly played for the 28th consecutive year, and the final time a place that Beverly calls “home.” The Gibson will be renovated into a Harry Potter Theme Park next month closing its doors on concerts, but none will be remembered like ...

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Advancing the Dream with a Stroke of the Pen

By Joe Madison NNPA Guest Columnist There was a lot of talk around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington last week that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream remains unrealized. The march, of course, was for jobs and freedom, and commentators and activists alike rightly noted that much work remains on both counts. The Supreme Court this summer struck the core of the Voting Rights Act, and the recent Tray ...

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