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Research Paper Reveals ‘Ignored Potential’ of Black Women in Engineering

With employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expected to increase by 10 percent over the next three years, and thousands of unfilled positions reported in some STEM sectors, the dearth of African-American engineering graduates has been cause for alarm nationwide. Little known, however, is that gender is a major factor in the anemic…

Speak Out To Protect Your Health

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance. The impact of any…

Saving Hearts and Lives in the African-American Community

By Patricia Maryland, Dr.PH (NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist) Our heart is the engine that keeps our body running. That’s why problems with the heart—such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or heart failure—can significantly impact a person’s well-being, and, at worst, be life-threatening. During February, American Heart Month, we were able to shine a…

Nation’s largest student loan servicer charged borrowers too much, says CFPB

By Charlene Crowell The financial futures of more than 12 million federal and private student loan borrowers who collectively owe approximately $300 billion is at the crux of a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). CFPB is suing Navient Corporation and two of its subsidiaries for using shortcuts and deception to illegally cheat…

Trump’s tough talk won’t fix Chicago

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Donald Trump is fixated on what he describes as the “carnage” going on in Chicago, suggesting that if Chicago’s horrendous homicide rate doesn’t come down, he’ll “send in the feds.” At his recent press conference, he announced plans to create “a task for reducing violent crime in America, including…

Building The Movement To Fight Extremism

By Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II (President, North Carolina NAACP) On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump wrapped up his first week of executive orders with a temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries. Effective immediately, this order impacted tens of thousands of people, leading to the detention of travelers in…

America: No Place For Hate

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Well Lowcountry, we made it through the great eclipse of 2017. We also made it through the throng of visitors who came to witness the once in a lifetime phenomenon. Folks were everywhere! Restaurants, grocery and retail stores were packed to the brim as folks prepared for the event. Traffic was horrendous!…

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The Priority of Symbolism

By Barney Blakeney    I have mixed feelings about calls to tear down monuments and stuff related to The Confederacy. I think symbolism without substance is just so much stuff. But I also know that symbolism can represent stuff that perpetuates things like racism, hate and separatism. Since the melee that broke out in Charlottesville,…

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Crime and Sentencing

By Barney Blakeney I get crime reports all the time. So much, I’m concerned about becoming desensitized. I’m seldom surprised at what I get. But for some reason a report other day that some 17-year-old kid received a 30-year sentence stuck in my craw. The report said the kid must do 85 percent of the…

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Charlottesville Delivers a Message

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   This past weekend, America experienced another shameful round in its continuing battle with some of its citizenry as it relates to the establishment of freedom, justice and equality for all. The menacing occasion, now sadly and tragically known to this country and the rest of the world was the alt-right movement’s…

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Lighten Up: You Won’t Get Out Of This World Alive

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   When I say so much is happening in the world today, that’s an understatement. It is easy to get caught up in the drama and not find beauty in nature or peace at the beach. Although I have always been fascinated by the ocean, I am not a swimmer. I just love…

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Solving Conflicts Require Understanding

By Barney Blakeney I received a telephone message the other day that’s been bothering me ever since. There must have been a bad connection because I could understand very little of what the caller said except that he was ticked off at me about something. I have no idea what he was saying otherwise. The…

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