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 >>
Ship may have hit whale found washed up near San Francisco
Written by KRISTIN J. BENDER Associated Press 08 May 2015
Waves come in around a beached humpback whale Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Pacifica, Calif. The whale was discovered south of San Francisco, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in less than three ... read more >>
St. Louis man charged in student's death appears in court
Written by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press 08 May 2015
This undated booking photo released by the St. Louis County Jail, shows Michael Gordon. Gordon is due in court Thursday, May 7, 2015, and is being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bond. The 24-year-old ... read more >>
Maryland's senators support federal probe in Baltimore
Written by DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press 08 May 2015
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake holds a news conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Baltimore. The mayor called on U.S. government investigators to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department ... read more >>
Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street
Written by JIM SUHR and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press 08 May 2015
Spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant pours holy water on a shrine for Michael Brown where he was shot and killed in the Canfield Apartments on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Vanzant, from the ... read more >>
2 Michigan officers suspended after man's videotaped beating
Written by Associated Press 08 May 2015
Floyd Dent at a march supporting him on April 3, 2015, after he was beaten by police in Inkster, Michigan during a traffic stop on Jan. 28, 2015. (Carlos Osorio, AP) Two police officers have been suspended ... read more >>
Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba
Written by Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press 08 May 2015
In this March 19, 2015, file photo, a woman jogs on the Malecon as the Thomson Dream cruise ship arrives in Havana bay. The Obama administration has approved on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the first ferry ... read more >>
Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot
Written by JULIE WATSON and RYAN VAN VELZER Associated Press 08 May 2015
Elton Simpson's head shot from preseason media shoot of the 2002-03 Yavapai College basketball team in Prescott, Ariz. Simpson was one of two gunmen shot and killed by authorities outside a suburban ... read more >>
US appeals court: NSA phone record collection is illegal
Written by Larry Neumeister and Ken Dilanian, Associated Press 08 May 2015
In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland, is shown. (AP) The unprecedented and unwarranted bulk collection of the entire U.S. population's phone records ... read more >>
Jesse Jackson keeps pressure on Silicon Valley to diversify
Written by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer 08 May 2015
  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich left, stands beside Rev. Jesse Jackson prior to speaking at the PUSHTech2020 Summit Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in San Francisco. Jackson and his Rainbow Push organization are ... read more >>
University of Rhode Island police to start carrying guns
Written by Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press 08 May 2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — University of Rhode Island campus police will start carrying guns Friday, making it the final public university in the nation to arm its officers.   The move to arm police ... read more >>
Problems Linger in Baltimore
Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent 08 May 2015
  Protesters call for justice for Freddie Gray as Baltimore police officers watch. (Freddie Allen/NNPA News Wire Service) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Baltimore’s curfew has been lifted, the officers ... read more >>
Hundreds Help Clean Up After Baltimore Riots
Written by Stacey M. Brown, Special to the NNPA from The Baltimore Times 07 May 2015
Morgan students on their way to assist with the clean-up of community in aftermath of riots. (Larry Morgan/Morgan State University)   BALTIMORE — Students from Morgan State University, local teachers, ... read more >>
The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. launches the Black Male Entrepreneur Institute in Washington DC
Written by Sentinel News Service 07 May 2015
The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. launched the first Young Black Male Entrepreneur Institute event recently,  at the City Club in the nation's capital. This is the first of many in the United States. During ... read more >>
Baltimore Tensions Calming
Written by Roberto Alejandro Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 07 May 2015
It had been a day for cleaning and reflection, of pulling together to bring some sense of normalcy to a community that had seen many businesses destroyed just the day before.   As day turned to evening ... read more >>