Boosting Child Tax Credit Would Lift Poor Black Children Out of Poverty

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Reforms proposed to the Child Tax Credit by the Center for American Progress could help to reduce poverty in children younger than 3 years old in the Black community by nearly 22 percent. The plans to enhance the credit are laid out in a report by the progressive think tank. According to […]

Oral Contraceptives Cut Down Endometrial Cancer Risk, Provide Long-Lasting Protection

(NNPA) – Oral contraceptives provide long-term protection against endometrial cancer, according to new research published by scientists studying the beneficial side effects of birth control pills. The study, published in the Lancet Oncology medical journal, revealed that oral contraceptive use for approximately five years can significantly impact the health of women as they age and become […]

Marketing Aggravates Obesity in Black Children

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Today, close to one in four Black children – as young as 2 years old – is obese. And the $161 million spent on advertising unhealthy foods to Black and Latino youth at most recent count is not helping. “We see more of this [marketing] in our community in general…in the placement […]

Peanuts Celebrates Its First African American Character

(NNPA) – Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, a school teacher named Harriet Glickman, and a few of her friends, took it upon themselves to petition comic writer and creator of the popular Peanuts comic strip Charles M. Schultz for more characters of color, a bold move that resulted in the inclusion […]

Miss Black USA 2015 Reigns

ATLANTA (NNPA) – On August 9th, 2015 Miss Black USA made its return back to the Nation’s Capitol to crown Miss Black USA 2015. The big night was held at the Theatre for Performing Arts at the University of the District of Columbia. The pageant was hosted by Kalilah Allen-Harris, M.D. an actress, physician and a […]

Study: Blacks in Newsroom at All-Time Low

(NNPA) – Last week, The Huffington Post offered this bold headline: “There will be more non-white journalists because the public will demand them.” But based on an extensive study published in the Columbia Journalism Review, apparently no one is demanding Black journalists; if so, no one’s hiring them. According to a newly released American Society of […]

Black Children Experiencing Post-Recession Gains

WASHINGTON (NNPA) — Eight years after the Great Recession, Black children are prospering in some regards and still struggling in others – this, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, a respected report on child wellbeing issued each year. Child poverty is still a huge problem. According to the report, 39 percent of Black […]

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Unveils Legislation to Address Law Enforcement & Youth Incarceration

(NNPA) – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations unveiled a package of measures to provide young people in the criminal and juvenile justice systems much needed relief and protection. Last week, Congresswoman Jackson Lee held a […]

Should the NBA Move to Top 8 Playoff Format?

(NNPA) The NBA is discussing eliminating the guaranteed playoff spot that accompanies division winners, and moving to a new structure that would award playoff berths to the eight teams in the Eastern and Western conferences with the best records. That potential move would remove the automatic bump that division winners receive in playoff seeding; currently, […]

Black Female Golfer Makes History

(NNPA) – Renée Powell, a pioneering African-American golfer who often fielded racism during her years on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, recently made history by becoming one of the first female members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which is considered the birthplace of the sport. Last September, the R&A, […]