50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party’s founding

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future. In the group’s short life, it launched an ambitious […]

After Kaepernick’s protest, singers question anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has sung the national anthem in the past. Don’t ask him to sing it in the near future. Hamilton’s frustration with “The Star-Spangled Banner” is shared by some other Black Americans, who feel like the tune sung before major U.S. events is not the best representation […]

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s Keeper” program […]

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is Black and working class. Guess which one is more optimistic about the country’s future and that of their grandchildren? More than likely, you guessed wrong. This year’s presidential campaign […]

Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality. The American sprinters who were sent home from the […]

15 years after Sept. 11: How the unity we forged broke apart

NEW YORK (AP) — For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together. After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps where lawmakers pushed aside party lines to sing “God Bless […]

GOP governor: Most drug dealers arrested are Black, Hispanic

NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he’s collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are Black or Hispanic. The governor made the remark at a town hall […]

‘A Trusted Comrade,’ Black Press Legend George Curry Dies at 69

(NNPA) – The Black Press lost one of it’s most celebrated warriors when George Curry, veteran journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of the NNPA News Wire, died from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, August 20. Curry was 69. “On behalf of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), we are all saddened and heartbroken by the […]

Poll: Police harassment familiar to young Blacks, Hispanics

DETROIT (AP) — Crystal Webb cringes whenever a patrol car appears in her rearview mirror. She also never wants to see the inside of a police station again. Her personal experience with police, plus recent fatal shootings of unarmed Black men by white officers, has led the Apple Valley, California, mother of two to ask: […]

Officer says prosecutors silenced him in Sandra Bland case

DALLAS (AP) — A police officer in the small Texas town where Sandra Bland was pulled over and jailed says the county’s top prosecutors threatened to end his career if he came forward with what he says is evidence of wrongdoing, an accusation the prosecutors deny. Among the things Prairie View officer Michael Kelley said […]