Obama Spurns GOP With Expansive Immigration Orders

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration […]

Obama: US Needs to Bring Schools into 21st Century

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on local school officials Wednesday to help meet his goal of bringing high-speed Internet to virtually every student within a few years to help American children compete with counterparts in countries that already use technology to help them learn. “One of the things we also need to do […]

Study: Nearly Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 50 percent of Black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study. One of the authors of the study published this month in the journal “Crime & Delinquency” said the statistics could […]

New Report: Child Homelessness on the Rise in US

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. Titled “America’s […]

Lynch Nomination Will Test Obama’s Relationship With New Congress

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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. […]

Tim Scott Becomes First Black Senator Elected in the South Since Reconstruction

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina voters have sent Republican Tim Scott back to the U.S. Senate, making him the first Black candidate to win a statewide race since just after the Civil War. Scott was declared the winner based on projections from exit poll data. Scott has served in the U.S. Senate since January […]

California May Be Next Stop for Pot Activists

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SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America’s drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation’s capital approving recreational pot use. The advocates believed they also have another win, too, in Alaska, as a legal pot measure held a steady lead. The only major loss for […]

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 […]

Black Woman Wins National “Lays Do Us A Flavor” Contest

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NATIONWIDE – Thanks to her out-of-the-box flavor suggestion, a New Jersey nurse is now stacking chips, literally. Meneko Springer-McBeth is $1 million richer as was named the winner of the national Lays Do Us A Flavor contest this week. Ms. Springer-McBeth’s flavor, Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger, emerged victorious after months of voting from the potato […]

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 […]