Friday, May 29, 2015
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Overmedicating Children in Foster Care
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 28 May 2015
  On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication – more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential ... read more >>
Jay-Z and Beyonce are Following a Rich Tradition
Written by Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 28 May 2015
Hip-hop culture is about transformation.  It is more than a global genre of music. Hip-hop is a transcendent cultural phenomena that speaks to the soul, mind, body and spirit of what it means to dare ... read more >>
Why We Can’t Wait
Written by By Dr. Cecil Murray & By Rev. Kelvin Sauls 28 May 2015
  Dr. Cecil Murray, Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC   After two years of being an unemployed apprentice in the Iron Workers Union, 24-four-year-old ... read more >>
CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION: BLACK REPORT
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 28 May 2015
Today (May 28, 2015), the Campaign for College Opportunity released “The State ofHigher Education in California—Black Report.”  The Campaign is a broad-based bipartisan coalition of business, ... read more >>
African Liberation Day: Honoring A History And Culture Of Struggle
Written by DR. Maulana Karenga 28 May 2015
  Let us begin by saying, we send greetings of solidarity and increased and continuing struggle to all African people throughout the world African community and to all the oppressed and struggling ... read more >>
The Waco Biker Riot and the Lexicon of Racism
Written by Lee A. Daniels, NNPA Columnist 28 May 2015
Lee A. Daniels, NNPA Columnist Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage – using guns, knives, clubs, and ... read more >>
We Need to Help our Seniors and Disabled Adults Out of Poverty
Written by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) 21 May 2015
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) How many times have we heard the phrases that “Our budget is a reflection of our values?” or “A society is judged by how it treats its elderly, ... read more >>
It’s a “Cruel Summer” for California’s school workers
Written by Patrick Burns and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas 21 May 2015
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, California Assemblymember 54th District Patrick Burns, Senior Researcher at the Economic Roundtable When schools across the Golden State close for summer vacation in a few ... read more >>
Legalized Torture of Prisoners
Written by Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist 21 May 2015
  Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist Freddie Gray is neither the first, nor will he be the last person to die in police custody. According to a 2011 report from the Department of Justice, 4,813 people ... read more >>
To the Class of 2015
Written by Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League 21 May 2015
 Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League   "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. / It's had tacks in it, /And splinters, / And boards torn up, / And places with no carpet on ... read more >>
Malcolm’s Message on Resistance: Reflections on Baltimore, Ferguson and Elsewhere
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 21 May 2015
This month of remembering and honoring the birth, life and lessons of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Min. Malcolm X, finds us in the midst of a widespread and ongoing resistance against police violence. ... read more >>
LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY RESPONSE BOTH WEAK
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 21 May 2015
Many are concerned about ineffective Black leadership and a lack of (collective) community responsibility.  Nonetheless, these two very important issues go largely unheeded and Black leaders, especially, ... read more >>
Many Students Fail to Profit from For-Profit Colleges
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 14 May 2015
    According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, about 1.7 million people will receive their bachelor’s degrees, and another nearly 750,000 will receive associate’s degrees this ... read more >>
Baltimore Rising: Women Leading Fight for Justice
Written by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League, 14 May 2015
    “Wherever there has been struggle, black women have been identified with that struggle.” – Ella Baker, “The Black Woman in the Civil Rights Struggle,” 1969 Marilyn Mosby was sworn into ... read more >>
Criminalizing Poverty Is Big Business
Written by MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN 14 May 2015
The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Mo. put a much needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines ... read more >>
Attacking Economic Racism
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 14 May 2015
Despite ill-intended efforts to do it for us, Black Americans have a responsibility to define our own reality. It is a fundamental human right recognized and respected by the United Nations. Therefore, ... read more >>
AFRICAN AMERICANS SPEAK OUT ON PALESTINE
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 14 May 2015
  Last October, the African Heritage Delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders went on a two-week educational tour of Palestine.  Recently, the delegation issued a joint statement on the tour with Black ... read more >>
Baltimore Is Still Burning: And Let’s Not Forget Ferguson
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 14 May 2015
Many Black people appreciate Baltimore’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s handing down an indictment of the six police officers involved in the callous and cold-blooded killing of Freddie Grey. But ... read more >>
BALTIMORE DIFFERS ONLY IN THE COLOR OF ITS LEADERS
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 07 May 2015
       Congressman John Lewis says community/police relations is the civil rights issue of this time.  That may be true, but has any city treated community/police relations—specifically police ... read more >>
Knowing and Honoring Nathan Hare: Thinking and Thundering Black (Part II)
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 07 May 2015
    Part II. It is important to note that Dr. Nathan Hare’s intentions and initiatives are emancipatory, i.e., focused on and pursued with the liberation of our people as the central goal, ... read more >>
Lifting communities of color by raising to the minimum wage
Written by John W. Mack 07 May 2015
John W. Mack When I started working with the Urban League in 1964, college students from across the country were converging in Mississippi to ensure African-Americans could vote. The following year, ... read more >>
AIDING BLACK MEN AND BOYS SHOULD BE UNAPOLOGETICALLY AFRO-CENTRIC
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 30 April 2015
    The approach of Black groups working to improve the lives of Black men and boys should be unapologetically Afro-Centric, i.e., always strongly focused on their unique needs.  This is necessary ... read more >>
Knowing and Honoring Nathan Hare: Thinking and Thundering Black
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 30 April 2015
    Part I. On April 9, Tiamoyo and I had returned to Temple University where I conducted an Indaba (conversation and council) with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the Department ... read more >>
Baltimore: We have Been Here Before
Written by Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 30 April 2015
Now it is Baltimore. There Freddie Gray, a Black man, was stopped on the street, pinned to the ground, dragged to the back of a police wagon, and died in police custody. Six officers were suspended. ... read more >>
In Defense of ALEC
Written by Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist 24 April 2015
  We all know of the recent horror of a North Charleston, S.C. police officer deciding to murder an unarmed Black citizen by firing eight rounds at his back as he tried to flee and then tried to cover ... read more >>

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Sat May 30 9:00AM -
Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend
Sat May 30 11:30AM -
Black Mother: Standing in the Gap
Sun May 31 9:00AM -
Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend
Sat Jun 6 11:00AM - 5:00PM
21st Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show
Tue Jul 14 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Taste of Farmers Market
Sun Aug 2 12:00PM - 3:00PM
L.A. Parent 35th Birthday Bash