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 […]

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 […]

Sacramento Native Cornel West Arrested in Ferguson Protests

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FERGUSON (AP) — Pounding rain and tornado watches didn’t deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown’s body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police. Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests dubbed the day […]

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout By Blacks, Young

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WASHINGTON (AP) — States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday concluded. As of June, 33 states have enacted laws obligating voters to show a photo ID at the polls, the […]

White House: Holder Resigning as Attorney General

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first Black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder’s departure […]

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 […]

Study: U.S. Latinos & Blacks Don’t Trust How Mainstream Media Portrays Them

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WASHINGTON – A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don’t fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows. Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts […]

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 […]

Democrats Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not Those That Kill the Most People

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NEW YORK – Over the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned. That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with […]

Jesse Jackson Calls Michael Brown Shooting ‘Crime of Injustice’

Michael Brown Vigil: Protesters gather in response to the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown Sunday morning in Ferguson. Brown, 18, was shot to death by a Ferguson Police officer on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Wiley Price/St. Louis American

ST. LOUIS — Jesse Jackson told The American he hopes that the U.S. Department of Justice sees the Ferguson Police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday and resulting community violence as “systematic of a national crisis.” Jackson said, “It was a crime of injustice.” Jackson said. The injustice, he said, was two-fold: a police shooting […]