Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Dr. Levi Watkins, Johns Hopkins’ Trailblazing Black Doctor, Dead at 70
Written by Zenitha Prince, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 16 April 2015
Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. (Courtesy Photo)   Pioneering Black physician Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., whose invention of the automatic implantable defibrillator forever changed the world of cardiothoracic surgery, ... read more >>
Advocates for inmate ask Missouri governor to halt execution
Written by Jim Salter, Associated Press 16 April 2015
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Advocates for a black inmate facing execution in Missouri said Monday that he was unfairly sentenced to death when African-Americans were excluded from the jury at his St. Louis County ... read more >>
Police investigating 'homicide' of 10-year-old Minnesota boy
Written by Sentinel News Service 16 April 2015
  Collins' parents at a vigil for their son. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler, File)   CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) — A body found in the Mississippi River over the weekend has been identified ... read more >>
Minister: Shooting of black man by white officer racist
Written by Sentinel News Service 16 April 2015
Nevaeh Purcell, 8, right, and London Simmions, 9, left, hold signs during a rally for Walter Scott, who was killed by a North Charleston police officer Saturday after a traffic stop in North Charleston, ... read more >>
Anti-Gay Protest Backfires at Howard University
Written by Rachel Kersey,Special to NNPA from Howard University News Service 16 April 2015
A group of students pose for a picture during a counterprotest against Westboro Baptist Church members (not shown) on the campus of Howard University. Church members were on campus protesting Howard ... read more >>
Dire Medical Crisis for Mumia Abu Jamal
Written by Thandisizwe Chimurenga 16 April 2015
Son of former Black Panther is sounding the alarm for his father Undated photo of Mumia abu Jamal  (Johanna Fernandez) Mumia Abu Jamal, the award-winning journalist, author and former Black Panther ... read more >>
St. Louis Native Jo Jo White Enters Basketball Hall of Fame
Written by Earl Austin Jr. Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 16 April 2015
St. Louisan Jo Jo White will be inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place September 10-12 in Springfield, Massachusetts. A former star prep player ... read more >>
Maya Angelou is the Face of the Newest Forever Stamp
Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent 16 April 2015
Oprah Winfrey speaks during the Maya Angelou commemorative stamp unveiling ceremony in Washington, D.C. (Jazelle Hunt/NNPA)     WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Less than a year after her death, Maya Angelou ... read more >>
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller May Request Exoneration of Marcus Garvey When She Meets President Barack Obama in Kingston
Written by Tony Best Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News 13 April 2015
When U.S. President Barack Obama and Jamaica’s leader, Portia Simpson Miller meet in Kingston next Thursday, the legacy and the name of Marcus Mosiah Garvey as seen through American and Jamaican ... read more >>
'If I Had Sneezed': 5 Surprising Lines from MLK’s ‘Mountaintop’ Speech
Written by Sheryl Huggins Salomon Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier 13 April 2015
  Fifty-three years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, we still recall the fateful words of his last public speech the day before. Delivered in Memphis, Tenn. ... read more >>
NNPA presents first youngest Junior Newsmaker Award
Written by Kimberlee Buck and Shae Smith 13 April 2015
 Co-Publisher of the Dallas Examiner newspaper, Mollie Finch-Belt (courtesy photo) Some people only use gospel music as a way to express their love for the Lord, then there are those who also use ... read more >>
Beverly Rocks!
Written by Kam Williams, Contributing Writer 09 April 2015
The “Black Girls Rock!” Interview with Kam Williams A dynamo in true form, Beverly Bond, has blazed trails in the music, entertainment and social entrepreneurship industries. Her body of work, ... read more >>
Frat suspends Clemson students over racially charged party
Written by Jeffrey Collins Associated Press 09 April 2015
The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is shown in this photograph taken March 27, 2015. The SAE national headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)  Clemson ... read more >>
Protesters seek United Nations probe of Wisconsin shooting
Written by Todd Richmond, Associated Press 09 April 2015
Tony Robinson on graduation day in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Andrea Irwin MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of protesters called Monday for the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation ... read more >>
Black Press Faces Challenging, but Hopeful Future
Written by Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent 09 April 2015
  NNPA President and CEO Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the "State of the Black Press" (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen)   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Jordan Shanks, a sophomore English major at Howard University ... read more >>
Detroit-area woman, 115, now listed as world's oldest person
Written by By Associated Press 09 April 2015
115 year-old Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan is now reportedly the world's oldest person, following the six day reign of Gertrude Weaver who has died in Camden, Arkansas. Rob Muir reports. (courtesy ... read more >>
Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Remembered with Postal Stamp
Written by Kenneth D. Miller, Assistant Managing Editor 09 April 2015
(courtesy photo) A spirited pledge of allegiance presented by the Crenshaw High School girls color guard, a soulful rendition of The Black National Anthem by singer/actor Terron Brooks and fitting ... read more >>
Jailed Atlanta Educators Await Fate in Cheating Scandal
Written by Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer 08 April 2015
A group of former educators in Atlanta convicted in a widespread test cheating scandal now await their fates behind bars. Eleven defendants were convicted of racketeering and other charges April 1 in ... read more >>
Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal Worried About His Health
Written by Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 08 April 2015
At Final Call presstime supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal said the 60 year old had been hospitalized March 30 for a medical emergency.  According to reports Mr. Abu-Jamal was rushed from the State Correctional ... read more >>
Black Fraternity, Police Officer Face Million-Dollar Lawsuit
Written by Khari Arnold, Special to NNPA from Howard University News Service 08 April 2015
WASHINGTON – Kappa Alpha Psi, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious black fraternities is facing multi-million dollar lawsuits for hazing, the latest by a 45-year-old Washington man who ... read more >>
Supporters of Man Who Filmed Death of Eric Garner by Cops Fears for His Life
Written by Brian E. Muhammad,Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 08 April 2015
Eric Garner and his wife Esaw Garner Activists’ question why Eric Garner, a husband and grandfather, is murdered by New York police in broad daylight on video tape and the only person incarcerated ... read more >>
Hezekiah Walker Honored with NNPA Torch Award
Written by Elaina Johnson Howard University News Service 02 April 2015
 (Hezekiah Walker)  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Grammy Award-winning artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker can add the 2015 Torch Award for religion to his list of accomplishments as a gospel music artist and ... read more >>
Rethinking the Recognition of Doris Miller
Written by Marsha Rose Joyner Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 02 April 2015
(Courtesy photo) First in a series. Doris “Dorie” Miller, and hundreds of other messmen who were serving breakfast that morning, never dreamed that day in 1941, was the time for them to be heroes. ... read more >>
Broader Hiring Practices for Ex-Offenders Receive Bipartisan Support Wade Henderson deplores "overcriminalization" of Blacks.
Written by Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent 02 April 2015
  Wade Henderson deplores “overcriminalization” of Blacks.     WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the economy recovers and violent crime hits 30-year lows, lawmakers continue to trade in their tough ... read more >>
Banking Exec Earned his Money
Written by Jordan Shanks NNPA Intern 02 April 2015
Doyle Mitchell received NNPA Torch Award for Business (Photo by Worsom Robinson)    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For many professionals, the road to success starts with humble beginnings. Because B. Doyle ... read more >>

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