HUD Chief Seeks Broadband Access for the Poor

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to public housing residents in an effort to increase socioeconomic mobility among poor and low-income families. “We think [broadband access] is important because the world requires a connection to the Internet now,” said Castro. He […]

Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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HOUSTON (AP) – The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s […]

AIDS number 1 killer of adolescents in Africa

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NAIROBI (AP) – AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said Tuesday. About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013, eight international organizations said while launching a global campaign in Kenya to […]

JAMES CLINGMAN: NAACP’s Voting Suppression Problem

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OPINION – While recalling those commercials, featuring Andre Agassi (pro tennis player) saying, “Image is everything” and Billy Crystal’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Fernando, who always said, “You look marvelous! It is better to look good than to feel good,” I also thought of the NAACP Image Awards and the fact that the NAACP’s image […]

Report: Black girls should matter,too when it comes to school discipline

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Black girls are disproportionately suffering from punitive school disciplinary policies and actions yet society fails to take note of their plight the way attention is focused on Black males who get trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a report by the African American Policy Forum, a New York-based national think tank connecting […]

Record-level of Criminal Exonerations in 2014

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of exonerations recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions. According to a recent report by The National Registry of Exonerations, the next highest total for exonerations was 88 […]

National Frederick Douglass Foundation Founder Dies at 50

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SAN FRANCISCO – National Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, Dr. Timothy F. Johnson, died on Friday, January 31, 2015, at his home in Omaha, NE. Dr. Johnson founded the Frederick Douglass Foundation, along with Dean Nelson and Troy Rolling, in 2008. The organization grew to hold chapters in 20 states with thousands of members. The […]

‘National Consortium on College Men of Color’ Launched

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SAN DIEGO – The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) will launch a national consortium dedicated to advancing outcomes for underrepresented men of color at community colleges. The M2C3 consortium will be comprised of community colleges across the nation who will convene periodically to exchange ideas on how best to serve men of color in […]

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

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ROCK HILL (AP) – The convictions of nine South Carolina Black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history,” Judge Mark Hayes said as he made the […]

New Education Official Wants to Reform NCLB

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – John King, Jr., a highly-respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in school that he had growing up. Both of King’s parents were life-long educators. […]