Is ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Keeping Out Community Groups?

President Barack Obama visits with students and counselors from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama met with the students in April 2013 to discuss youth violence. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., listen as President Barack Obama talks with them about the Emancipation Proclamation hanging in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to spark innovation at the local level to improve life outcomes for young men and boys of color, White House officials recently announced the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge, but mentoring groups that have been active in the Black community for decades continue to express concerns over access […]

Time For Hip-Hop Artists to Stand For Black Community

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Black community and independent artists continue to call on mainstream rappers and entertainers to use their visibility to speak out against police brutality affecting young, Black males. Jasiri X, an internationally-known rapper, […]

Justice is Served: Jordan Davis’ Killer To Be Jailed For Life

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OPINION (NNPA) – Justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2012 in a dispute over loud music has not come without a struggle. A jury in the Duval County Court recently found Dunn guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic, fatal shooting of Davis. Of course, millions […]

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Impacts Women of Color

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OPINION (NNPA) – Every October, people lace up their sneakers and walk to support efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. In a sea of pink, there are heart wrenching stories of survival, homemade signs in memory of loved ones, and hope of a cure for this devastating disease that impacts more than 230,000 […]

Film Review: Dear White People

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NATIONWIDE (NNPA)- “Dear White people: The minimum requirement of Black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised…to two.” Biting satire abounds in this witty, edgy ode to racism in the age of Obama. In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien’s perceptive observances take no prisoners. It’s a Black thang. Time to […]

Wages Up for Black Men, Down for Black Women

Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black-White income gap narrowed in 2013 with Black men who worked full-time, year-round experiencing the greatest gain in earnings among all adult workers, according to the current population reports on income and poverty released by the Census Bureau. The median income for Blacks rose $793, an increase second only to Hispanic […]

CBC Joins Black Churches for “Freedom Sunday” Campaign

Donna Brazile, vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation for the Democratic National Committee said that the Black vote is crucial for Democratic successes all across the country. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If the Democrats lose the United States Senate and more seats in the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections, Marcia Fudge, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said that the Republicans would impeach President Barack Obama. Even though he won’t be on the ballot in November, the CBC hopes to […]

Understanding Suicide in Black Communities

As the country observes National Suicide Prevention Week, an alarming pattern has developed in the African-American community that might be the reason that suicide rates among blacks are lower than any other group. (Courtesy of BET.com)

WASHGTON – Suicide claims about 40,000 lives every year in the United States, an alarming statistic that experts said should be of utmost concern to all Americans. Traditionally, African-Americans have felt that suicide wasn’t as much of a problem as it is in other communities. But, as the country observes National Suicide Prevention Week beginning Monday, […]

Adult Obesity Rates Increased in Six States, Report Finds

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WASHINGTON – Adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report — The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America — found that significant geographic, income, racial, […]

Black Lawyers to Challenge Police Brutality in 25 Cities

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WASHINGTON – In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association (NBA) recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct. Pamela Meanes, president of the Black lawyers and judges group, said that the NBA was already making plans for a […]