Commentary

Plastics are strangling the planet

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor On my morning walk I pass a tree every day that has a long plastic bag stuck in the branches. I keep wondering whether my neighbor realizes that the bag is strangling the tree. I am not exaggerating. The plastic is not simply sitting on the branches but…

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Ask Dr. Kevin – New Parents and a Newborn with Sickle Cell Disease: What Now?

By Dr. Kevin Williams , Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease.          Dr. Kevin Williams is the Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer where he…

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My Enthusiasm to Be Great Has Skyrocketed

By Elae C. Hill, Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Fellow Since arriving in ATL for the start of bootcamp with the other Fellows, my enthusiasm and commitment to be great has skyrocketed to another level. When we arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. I did know I had to get to work, and I had…

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Whose Lives Matter? Our Lives Matter

By Michaela Purdue Lovegood Twenty years ago, I was a director of youth programs for a subsidiary organization of the Chicago Housing Authority. I ran after-school, GED and job training programs for Black youth living in the city’s public housing.   In the three years that I ran these programs, there were four times when I…

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Injustice Revealed and Dramatized

  By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Many know them as the Central Park Five, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay forces to us see the five wrongfully convicted men as individuals. Their names are names we must remember, as individual, courageous, principled Black and Brown men. They are Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and…

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Number 45, AKA Donald Trump, is Not an Aberration

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) -The American news media is deceiving the world when it consistently describes Number 45 as an aberration in the history of the United States presidency. Equally deceiving is its describing and romanticizing the American voting public as some kind of godly people who are devoted to liberty and justice for all…

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America’s Natural Gas and Oil Industry is Hiring, Building Diversity

By Mike Sommers, President and CEO American Petroleum Institute The economy is booming, but that doesn’t mean it’s all Easy Street for American families. Costs for household essentials continue to rise– with expenses for healthcare up 73% over 10 years, education costs increasing 58% and food bills rising 26%. There’s one important exception: energy costs. Household…

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Watching a father & son

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor You must have seen this video. A father speaking with his pre-verbal son about the season finale of Empire. The video went viral at warp speed and DJ Pryor—the father—was overwhelmed by the outpouring of emotion that the interaction with his son evoked. I have watched the video several times and…

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