New Education Official Wants to Reform NCLB

John King Jr., the new deputy secretary for the Department of Education, wants to reform the No Child Left Behind Act. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – John King, Jr., a highly-respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in school that he had growing up. Both of King’s parents were life-long educators. […]

Sagging Pants of Today Could Hurry Hip Replacements of Tomorrow

Michael Gerdine, DC of West End Chiropractic, recently moved into his Central West End location next to his detail shop at Boyle and Laclede in St. Louis. (Courtesy of St. Louis American)

ST. LOUIS (NNPA) – Some of the same activities and behaviors that can cause disease can cause health problems in your bones, joints and your neuromuscular system. “For every one pound of weight that you gain, you put three pounds of pressure on your knees; so the opposite of that is, for every pound that […]

Black Unemployment Rate Headed for Single Digits

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After three consecutive months of the economy adding more than 25,000 jobs, the Black unemployment rate could dip below 10 percent by mid-2015 if current trends continue, says Valerie Wilson, an economist and director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at Economic Policy Institute. When Wilson analyzed the […]

Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Conference Opens

Jesse Jackson at 2014 SCLC convention in Birmingham, Ala. (NNPA Photo by Ann Ragland)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After making Silicon Valley’s boldest commitment to diversity, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will headline Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project’s 18th annual convention this week in New York City. Krzanich will be part of a one-on-one conversation Tuesday, Jan. 13, the first day of the 3-day conference, with Rainbow PUSH founder Jesse L. […]

Target Under Fire For Using White Model In ‘Annie’ Clothing Ads

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HOUSTON (NNPA) – Target has stirred outrage with an “Annie”-themed ad campaign featuring a white model in place of the Black actress who stars in the latest film version of the rags-to-riches story. An online petition calling for the big-box retailer to remove the ads and apologize to “Annie” star Quvenzhané Wallis had accrued more […]

Health Enrollment Numbers Up For 2015

The 87 percent of individuals determined to be eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums counts as an improvement over the 80 percent of enrollees who selected plans during a similar period last year. (Courtesy of Chicago Defender)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The first detailed analysis of enrollment into the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – has yielded good news, particularly for those who may require financial assistance. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services in Southwest said 87 percent of those who selected 2015 plans through HealthCare.gov in the first […]

Phoenix Activists: ‘Let the Countdown Begin’

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PHOENIX (NNPA) – As the nation counts down to Super Bowl XLIX, Arizona’s Black community announces a new campaign incorporating the national theme “Black Lives Matter: Addressing The Violence Of Systemic Racism in America and Arizona.” Black leaders and activists in Phoenix have organized to monitor and document police misconduct and brutality across the country […]

G.K. Butterfield Elected to Lead CBC

Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After his unanimous selection as the next chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, North Carolina Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he’s grateful to all on the caucus, including outgoing chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio). “I’m moved by the unwavering support the Congressional Black Caucus has shown me throughout the years,” said Butterfield, who […]

Civil rights groups counting on accurate census

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights talks about the 2014 Voting Rights Amendment Act at a press conference on Capitol Hill. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 2020 census is still more than five years away, but as the United States Census Bureau prepares for the crucial count of American households, civil rights groups are weighing in and offering recommendations to improve the accuracy of the process. Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on […]

Mental Illness Concerns Arrive with Holidays

For the approximately 28,000 District adults and children living with serious mental illness and the millions of others around the country, their conditions might be severely tested because of the anxiety and even the depression that the holiday season can bring. (Courtesy of onthespotmagazine.com)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The holiday season often arrives with high expectations for many who anticipate visits from family and friends and the precious gifts they’ll remember and cherish at least until next Christmas. But, for the approximately 28,000 District adults and children living with serious mental illness and the millions of others around the country, […]