Study Reveals that 385+ Killed by Cops in 2015

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(NNPA) – Over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, 56 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. These numbers leaped from a story about the controversy surrounding “Chiraq,” the title of Spike Lee’s new film. Many residents are upset by the title that blends Chicago with Iraq, thereby suggesting the city of Chicago and the country […]

Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications

Overweight women and those suffering from hypertension have increased rates of pregnancy-related deaths. (Courtesy photo)

(NNPA) – Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life.  Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers for Disease Control, and the […]

Black Graduates Face a Tough Job Market

College graduates facing tough job market (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen).

  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple with a jobless rate that is still in the double digits, […]

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 […]

Blacks Least Likely to Get Business Loan from Banks

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black-owned businesses face tougher challenges than other groups when seeking bank loans, according to a new study by the Gallup polling company commissioned by Wells Fargo. Nearly half (47 percent) of Black-owned businesses operate in the South and the study found that 77 percent of Black business owners use personal cash to […]

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 […]

More and More Senior Citizens Maintaining an Active Sex Life

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(NNPA) – The month of May is designated “Older Americans” Month. This little-known designation is not new. Initially established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the month exists to highlight a variety of important is­sues for the United States’ older population. One such topic is sex. And for older Americans, more and more are […]

Report Reveals Fewer Minorities are Uninsured

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson applauds gains in health care coverage by African-Americans and Latinos. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Recent health care reports show declines in the uninsured rates for both African-Americans and other minorities nationally, while highlighting that Washington continues to be among cities where blacks and Latinos have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act. Among ethnic groups, Latinos and African-Americans saw the biggest declines in uninsured rates, with […]

‘Black Panther Party’ Film Seeks Wider Audience

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length film to focus on the origin and downfall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is making waves in the film community. It’s been a breakout entry at the Sundance Film Festival, and has already won an award at the Pan African […]