A Push to Address Black-on-Black Violence

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  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence within the Black community garner less concern than police violence? According to crowd-sourced database, Mapping Police Violence, 304 Black people died at the hands […]

TSA head reassigned after 67 of 70 airports fail undercover tests

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country. The TSA’s acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, is being reassigned to a different job in the Department of […]

Report: Myth of the ‘Absent’ Black Dad Refuted

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Contrary to the myth, though Black men are more likely to live apart from their children than Whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than Whites and Hispanics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The report covers a sample of sample of 10,403 men aged 15–44 years […]

Black Leaders Push for Nationwide Police Reform

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed in Baltimore, Black civic leaders continue to call for wholesale changes in policing and an end to police brutality in urban and predominately Black communities across the nation. Barbara Arnwine, the president and executive director of the […]

After Charges Filed and Curfew Lifted, Baltimore Regroups

Two young girls talk to national guardsmen outside of city hall in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, May 1. (Freddie Allen/NNPA News Wire Service.)

BALTIMORE (NNPA) – Friday afternoon was clear and cool enough for a light jacket, although most people wore T-shirts and shorts in Baltimore, Md. The Inner Harbor and much of city hall grounds were barricaded with low metal gates and by 6 pm, the Inner Harbor was free from the lively weekend energy that a […]

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, at the Justice […]

MLB racial and gender hiring numbers remain stagnant

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ORLANDO (AP) – Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, while its percentage of African-American players remained only slightly above a study’s low set in the 2007 season. The annual report issued Wednesday by Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida […]

Chicago offers $5.5 million ‘reparations’ package to police torture victims

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CHICAGO (AP) — Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago’s history. More than 100 people who […]

DC high-schoolers to get access to free Howard U. classes

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WASHINGTON (AP) – District of Columbia public school students will soon get the opportunity to take classes at Howard University for free. City and university officials announced the program on Wednesday. Starting this fall, it will open to students at two selective high schools, Benjamin Banneker and McKinley Technology. Officials say over the next three […]

First Lady Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

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(AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” […]