Phoenix Activists: ‘Let the Countdown Begin’

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PHOENIX (NNPA) – As the nation counts down to Super Bowl XLIX, Arizona’s Black community announces a new campaign incorporating the national theme “Black Lives Matter: Addressing The Violence Of Systemic Racism in America and Arizona.” Black leaders and activists in Phoenix have organized to monitor and document police misconduct and brutality across the country […]

G.K. Butterfield Elected to Lead CBC

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After his unanimous selection as the next chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, North Carolina Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he’s grateful to all on the caucus, including outgoing chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio). “I’m moved by the unwavering support the Congressional Black Caucus has shown me throughout the years,” said Butterfield, who […]

Civil rights groups counting on accurate census

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 2020 census is still more than five years away, but as the United States Census Bureau prepares for the crucial count of American households, civil rights groups are weighing in and offering recommendations to improve the accuracy of the process. Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on […]

Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level. Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF, a HBCU membership group focused on increasing access, retention and […]

ANN DUPLESSIS: School Choice Equals Parental Choice

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OPINION (NNPA) – While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or be able to afford to send their children to the private school of their choosing […]

Blacks More Active on Certain Social Media Sites

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – While Black and White people have similar rates of Internet use, Black people are slightly more plugged in to certain social media sites, where sharing life’s minutiae is the norm. “Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be wary about how much personal information you […]

Time For Hip-Hop Artists to Stand For Black Community

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Black community and independent artists continue to call on mainstream rappers and entertainers to use their visibility to speak out against police brutality affecting young, Black males. Jasiri X, an internationally-known rapper, […]

Justice is Served: Jordan Davis’ Killer To Be Jailed For Life

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OPINION (NNPA) – Justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2012 in a dispute over loud music has not come without a struggle. A jury in the Duval County Court recently found Dunn guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic, fatal shooting of Davis. Of course, millions […]

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Impacts Women of Color

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OPINION (NNPA) – Every October, people lace up their sneakers and walk to support efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. In a sea of pink, there are heart wrenching stories of survival, homemade signs in memory of loved ones, and hope of a cure for this devastating disease that impacts more than 230,000 […]

Wages Up for Black Men, Down for Black Women

Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black-White income gap narrowed in 2013 with Black men who worked full-time, year-round experiencing the greatest gain in earnings among all adult workers, according to the current population reports on income and poverty released by the Census Bureau. The median income for Blacks rose $793, an increase second only to Hispanic […]