Minneapolis officer accused of assault, falsifying reports
Written by Associated Press 23 May 2015
In this March 15, 2007 photo, Minneapolis Police Department Academy graduate Michael Griffin pins his badge onto his uniform during a graduation ceremony in Minneapolis. An indictment Wednesday, May ... read more >>
Hundreds protest Washington police shooting of 2 unarmed men
Written by RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press 22 May 2015
Hundreds of people protesting a police shooting gather outside of City Hall in Olympia, Wash., on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Police say that two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery ... read more >>
Permanent Michael Brown memorial planned at shooting site
Written by JIM SUHR Associated Press 22 May 2015
Michael Brown Sr. unwraps a plaque remembering his son, Michael Brown, to show volunteers as they remove items left at a makeshift memorial to Michael Brown Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. ... read more >>
Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records
Written by KEN DILANIAN Associated Press 22 May 2015
In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have ... read more >>
Obama tells people of Israel: 'America has its back'
Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press 22 May 2015
President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ... read more >>
Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate
Written by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press 22 May 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Camden, NJ. Obama traveled to Camden, NJ, to visit with local law enforcement, meet with young ... read more >>
Black Leaders Push for Nationwide Police Reform
Written by Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent 22 May 2015
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 ... read more >>
Myth of the ‘Absent’ Black Dad Refuted
Written by Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent 22 May 2015
  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Contrary to the myth, though Black men are more likely to live apart from their children than Whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than Whites and Hispanics, ... read more >>
Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications
Written by Shantella Y. Sherman Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 22 May 2015
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 ... read more >>
Poverty War Lost
Written by Dinkinish O'Connor
 Special to the NNPA from The Miami Times 22 May 2015
America has 99 problems, and poverty is one. At the National Youth Summit’s war on poverty discussion, experts rapped about poverty’s causes and solutions in a numbers battle. At the discussion’s ... read more >>
Study Finds Deterioration of DNA in Poverty-Stricken Individuals
Written by Ajoya Long Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 22 May 2015
Income and ethnic identity issues among lower and lower-middle class individuals may lead to deterioration of the DNA, according to a new study. According to a study published in the American Sociological ... read more >>
Decoded Fashion Merges Two Industries
Written by Special to the NNPA from the Miami Times 22 May 2015
Keeping up with the tech curve is just as important as keeping up with the fashion code. No one wants to be left behind. On Monday, May 4, eMerge Americas presented the Women, Innovation and Technology ... read more >>
Researchers Find Black Mortality Rates Higher in Racist Locales
Written by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 21 May 2015
A groundbreaking study led by researchers from the University of Maryland College Park’s School of Health found Black mortality rates are much higher in areas with greater levels of racism. The study ... read more >>
Families, Activists Refuse to Forget Lives Lost to Police
Written by Richard B. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 21 May 2015
The tears Tawanda Jones sheds flow freely at times. Her voice breaks a little. But none of it stops her from pressing for justice for her brother, who died during an encounter with police officers, and ... read more >>
Former Model, B. Smith, Seeks Greater Awareness of Alzheimer’s Among Minorities
Written by Ajoya Long Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 21 May 2015
Smith, the first African American woman to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976, is reaching out to minorities who are battling Alzheimer’s disease. The model, born Barbara Smith, ... read more >>
After the Dance
Written by Kam Williams 21 May 2015
Jan Gaye After the Dance My Life with Marvin Gaye by Jan Gaye with David Ritz Amistad Hardcover, $25.99 304 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-06-213551-3  Book Review  “After her 17th birthday ... read more >>
For many low-income workers, calling in sick is a luxury
Written by Associated Press By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO 21 May 2015
In this Friday, May 15, 2015 photo, Shannon Henderson poses outside the Wal-Mart store where she works as a part-time customer service representative, in Sacramento, Calif. Henderson is one of an estimated ... read more >>
Lu Vason: Visionary and Producer Succumbs
Written by Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Defender 21 May 2015
Best known for the  Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, founder and producer Lu Vason who grew up in Berkeley, California. He moved to Denver in 1977.   Vason, who lived in Aurora and had just turned ... read more >>
Varying knife laws can confuse across state, local lines
Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press 21 May 2015
In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, left, accompanied by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a work meeting at Baltimore City Hall in Baltimore. A few miles ... read more >>
Marilyn Mosby is the Latest Example of Why Black Lawyers Matter
Written by Yolanda Young, Special to the NNPA From Lawyers of Color 14 May 2015
  (This article is the second in a series sponsored by The Cochran Firm, lawyers for the parents of John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by police near Dayton, Ohio, in September.)      In ... read more >>
UMBC President Relates Civil Rights Experiences in New Book
Written by Stacy M. Brown,Special to the NNPA from the Baltimore Times 14 May 2015
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Courtesy Photo) BALTIMORE — Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been working with inner-city youth in a variety of programs ... read more >>
Out of the Ashes, Hope for Change in Baltimore
Written by Richard B. Muhammad, Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 14 May 2015
Fruit of Islam move through streets of Baltimore. Photo: Ulysses Muhammad. BALTIMORE - The images of marching bands, dancing, families with children and choirs at a Sunday rally were much different ... read more >>
UMB Student Raises Funds to Help Gilmor Homes Community
Written by Roberto Alejandro, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 14 May 2015
Jazmyn Thompson, a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, says she and her friends managed to raise over $10,000 via a social media campaign to provide food and other supplies to the residents ... read more >>
My Brother’s Keeper Enters a New Phase
Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent 14 May 2015
  President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in the East Room of the White House in 2014. In May 2015, President Obama helped business leaders and community stakeholders ... read more >>
Detroit boy in basement: Stepmother put me there for 11 days
Written by ED WHITE Associated Press 08 May 2015
In this April 14, 2015 file photo, Charlie Bothuell IV, left, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell appear in court in Detroit. Charlie Bothuell, a boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his ... read more >>