‘Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly’
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
Kaylyn Sigman is a high school senior with big plans. A star soccer player from a poor rural Appalachian Ohio community who loves calculus and creative writing, she’s college bound this fall and dreams ... read more >>
Normalizing Relations with Castro
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
I was standing in Jacksonville, Fla. airport awaiting a flight home when I looked up at the television at the gate. CNN was repeating the story that President Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro ... read more >>
Corinthian Colleges Fined $30 Million
Written by Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
  Financially-troubled Corinthian Colleges, once one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, has a new financial hurdle: a $30 million fine. An April 14 order by the U.S. Department of Education ... read more >>
The State of On-Screen Diversity
Written by Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
“She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver ... read more >>
Who Can We Turn to Politically?
Written by James Clingman NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
“Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about ... read more >>
Facing ‘Officer Friendly’ While Black
Written by Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
Without the video, North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael T. Slager would likely have gotten away with murder. Without the video, we wouldn’t see Officer Michael T. Slager have the, shall we ... read more >>
A Young Sister ‘Hashtagged’ Me Out of My Silo
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
When a colleague dropped the line, “You can’t hashtag your way to freedom,” I loved it! I laughed out loud, and promised that I’d not borrow the line, but steal it because I was so enamored of ... read more >>
Proof that the Supreme Court Got it Wrong in Shelby
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting ... read more >>
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 23 April 2015
  On October 16, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. In the subsequent two decades Black Americans, have experienced great triumphs, tragedies and tribulations.   This ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 23 April 2015
I’m sure readers’ are wondering what possible connection exists between Albert Einstein, the renowned theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity—and Black life matters. ... read more >>
The Four Good Deeds of Ra: Maatian Moral Notions of Human Rights:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 23 April 2015
    The deep thinking of our ancestors about ethical issues of being human in the world is nowhere more evident or important than the text in the Book of Vindication (or Coffin Texts) in the ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 16 April 2015
    Michelle Alexander’s seminal effort, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” (2010) has captured the nation’s attention.  Continuing media coverage and   public ... read more >>
Beyond Species Arrogance: Living Lightly and Humbly on the Earth
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 16 April 2015
    Clearly there are hard and humbling lessons to be learned from the human and ecological disaster directly caused by British Petroleum (BP) in April 2010 in its perverse pursuit of profit, regardless ... read more >>
Children of Color and Autism – Too Little, Too late
Written by Special Report by Areva D. Martin, Esq. 16 April 2015
Autism is rarely outside of the media spotlight, and for 1-in-68 American children, it can be a daily struggle. Autism, or more formally, Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a condition where an individual ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry -opinion 09 April 2015
       Conservatives’ claim that identity politics as practiced by Blacks and other so-called minorities damages the American way, is patently false.  It is the American way!  Identity politics ... read more >>
Time for Justice for Children in New York
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Managing Editor) 03 April 2015
Marian Wright Edelman   Under New York’s juvenile justice system a child as young as 7 can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly ... read more >>
The Push to Eliminate Predatory Lending
Written by Charlene Crowell, NNPA Columnist 03 April 2015
    Charlene Crowell     In the aftermath of a letter signed by 500 consumer advocates from all 50 states, an unprecedented push for reining in abusive small-dollar, high-cost loans has engaged ... read more >>
Free Speech Hypocrisy
Written by Lee A. Daniels, NNPA Columnist 03 April 2015
  Lee A. Daniels    This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, ... read more >>
Maxine Waters Works to Shrink Wealth Gap
Written by Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist 03 April 2015
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.    One of leading freedom fighters in the United States Congress is none other than the extraordinarily dynamic Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Congresswoman Waters does not bite ... read more >>
Considering King’s Martyrdom and Message: Losing Illusions and Gaining Truth
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 03 April 2015
The anniversary of the assassination and martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calls for us not only to pause to pay rightful hommage to him and the great gift of life he gave us, but it also calls for ... read more >>
Written by Larry Aubry -opinon 03 April 2015
Reparations are not mentioned in countless stories of Michael Browns’ murder and the atrocities of the Ferguson Police Department.  But UC Berkeley professor Sandra Susan Smith tackles the issue head ... read more >>
Young, Gifted, Black and Abused
Written by By Walter L Fields, NNPA Columnist 03 April 2015
  In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black. First, the Little League baseball Phenom Mo’ne Davis was insulted by a White college baseball player who called ... read more >>
“Empire” Shows that Black Dollars Matter
Written by Ron Busby, Sr., NNPA Columnist 27 March 2015
  Ron Busby  According to a Nielsen consumer report, African Americans are voracious consumers of media, watching 37 percent more television than any other slice of American demography. While that’s ... read more >>
March Madness: Race, Sports and Money
Written by Everett L. Glenn, NNPA Columnist 27 March 2015
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, better known as “March Madness” is back. A total of 68 teams compete in a single-elimination game format highlighted by the “Sweet 16,” the “Elite ... read more >>
U.S. Criminal Justice System Needs Urgent Reform
Written by Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. 27 March 2015
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. I know from firsthand experience that the “criminal justice system” today in the United States is in serious and urgent need of reform, repair and restructuring. Millions ... read more >>