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, […]

Young activists push Obama on police reform

President Obama and senior staff get an earful from Ferguson youth leaders (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen).

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an oval office meeting that some have called “historic,” a group of young activists met with President Obama to discuss the crippling effects of police brutality in the Black community, the militarization of police departments and the need for systemic reform that sparked months of protests following the shooting death of […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: School Choice Emerging as a Go-To Issue for African American Voters

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OPINION (NNPA) – With each election, political experts can look at various voting patterns by certain groups to determine which issues are important to those groups. For instance, among African American voters, it is clear that issues such as jobs, quality housing, affordable health care and education consistently are the most significant. As it relates […]

Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level. Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF, a HBCU membership group focused on increasing access, retention and […]

Lynch Nomination Will Test Obama’s Relationship With New Congress

AG Nominee Loretta Lynch (White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In what may be the first test of the GOP-controlled, United States Senate’s willingness to work with the White House, President Barack Obama nominated United States Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the next attorney general. If confirmed, Lynch would become the first Black woman to serve as Attorney General. […]

ANN DUPLESSIS: School Choice Equals Parental Choice

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OPINION (NNPA) – While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or be able to afford to send their children to the private school of their choosing […]

Blacks More Active on Certain Social Media Sites

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – While Black and White people have similar rates of Internet use, Black people are slightly more plugged in to certain social media sites, where sharing life’s minutiae is the norm. “Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be wary about how much personal information you […]

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 […]