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Challenging Economic Racism in America-Part II

                  By: Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA COLUMINST   Challenging Economic Racism in America-Part II There are many different manifestations of racism in America and throughout the world. But there is not a more insidious form of racism in the United States today than “economic racism.” Some scholars on the historical etymology of the term racism ha ...

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Maya Angelou is the Face of the Newest Forever Stamp

Maya Angelou is the Face of the Newest Forever Stamp By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent Less than a year after her death, Maya Angelou has been further immortalized on a U.S. Postal Service commemorative Forever Stamp. An all-star assembly gathered to witness the first-day-of-issue stamp unveiling ceremony, held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The at-capacity audience included First Lad ...

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Carrying the Burden of History – Prince Hall, First Black Abolitionist

Carrying the Burden of History - Prince Hall, First Black Abolitionist  In observance of Black History Month, I believe it is important to highlight some of those long lasting institutions and entities that have continued to serve the empowerment interests of Black America for over the past 200 years. Too often some of us forget too quickly about the historical groups and social bridges that have helped to ...

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Southern Justice Prevails Again

By Walter Smith The rights of young Black men to walk the streets, to live in a safe environment and exercise the privileges of American citizenry has been repealed. It’s not only a crime to drive while black; it has now become a crime to be black. If there was any hope of ridding the Black community of guns and other weapons, kiss that premise goodbye. Young black men must be prepared to meet and defeat th ...

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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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Black Unemplyment Still Needs to be Addressed

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The problem with having a deadline at the end of the week, is that you miss the opportunity to weigh in on things, such as an election, that happens on a Tuesday.  It is almost torture when you consider the possibilities  face us on November 7 and beyond.  I am hoping that President Obama can pull it off, but I am cognizant of the numbers that suggest that Willard is nipp ...

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Why White People Are Hating On Chris

by Richard B. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Jokes about niggras, pimps, hoes, Bebe’s kids, baby mammas and baby daddies are fine but any jokes that hint at Black suffering are strictly off limits. Chris Rock is the latest Black comedian to discover that denigrating your own people brings riches, critical acclaim and praise for cutting edge and no holds barred work. Jokes about race and Am ...

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Celebrating Black Music

Spirit has many ways of expressing itself. One of those channels of expression occurs through music; the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic voice of our soul, reflecting years of feelings and experiences. From early times it has been known as a healing force. We used it to record family histories and communicate between communities. Work songs were used to lessen the harsh conditions of a prison chain gang. Chants ...

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Florida is Again the Laughing Stock of America

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist When it comes to national elections, no state makes a bigger fool of itself than Florida. The Sunshine state was at the center of an 1876 controversy over the presidential election between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel L. Tilden. By throwing out many votes cast by Blacks, Florida was able to give Hayes a one-vote margin in the Electoral College although ...

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