Film Review: Focus

Will Smith and Margot Robbie co-star in the con artist movie Focus.

OPINION (NNPA) – After Earth, Men in Black 3, Seven Pounds… It’s been a while since Will Smith lived up to his star status in a film worth having his name above the marquee. As Nicky, a con artist’s con artist in Focus, he redeems himself somewhat in a generic but often entertaining game of […]

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 […]

Black Women Endure Menopause Longest

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour. She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she said. “Hot flashes are very annoying,” said Finney, a married mother of […]

KIM KEENAN: Hi Tech Must Give Higher Priority to Diversity

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OPINION (NNPA) – This revolution will definitely not be televised. When Intel announced that it would spend $300 million over the next five years to create a workforce that actually looks like America, the coverage of the announcement was scant. Here, we have a real game changer, and the faint praise of Intel CEO Brian […]

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 […]

Income Inequality Rises In all 50 States

Lakia Wilson, a guidance counselor from Detroit, Mich., said that even though you hear on television that the economy is coming back, it hasn’t come back for everyone. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Income inequality is rising and it affects workers in every state, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Researchers from EPI, a nonpartisan think tank focused on low- and middle-income workers, analyzed Internal Revenue Service data for all 50 states and found that not only was the income […]

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 […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: The Fight for the Dream is Still Alive

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OPINION – In the spring of 1968, while growing up in Indianapolis, my mother scooped up me and my three younger siblings and told us that she was going to take us to hear the next president of the United States speak. It was a misty, overcast night but I was excited to go – […]

New Education Official Wants to Reform NCLB

John King Jr., the new deputy secretary for the Department of Education, wants to reform the No Child Left Behind Act. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

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. […]

Black Unemployment Rate Headed for Single Digits

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After three consecutive months of the economy adding more than 25,000 jobs, the Black unemployment rate could dip below 10 percent by mid-2015 if current trends continue, says Valerie Wilson, an economist and director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at Economic Policy Institute. When Wilson analyzed the […]