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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…

The Value of White Privilege and the American Dream

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) As 2017’s Black History observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers at Demos and the Institute for Assets & Social Policy at Brandeis University,…

“A” Game Playas

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Sometimes, in the parlance of day-to-communications, I find myself encountering many different types of  “colored” souls of all ethnicities. These are fascinating experiences because I learn so much about others and myself. Take for an example, last week when I met and became engaged in a brief conversation with a young…

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Preservation Is In The Blood

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      Today, I’m going to talk about a very personal and close subject to my heart, and that’s the aspect of collecting, specially collecting Afro-related items. This reviving topic has been on my mind since I had a very rewarding talk via telephone with a fellow collector and writer from Chicago…

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Sometimes You Have To Throw A Brick

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Every now and then, a friend will inbox me something that is nonsense or makes a lot of sense.  So, follow this condensed version of a recent e-mail I received regarding a little boy that needed help.  I am sure some of you have received the same e-mail. Here goes! A little boy…

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Cops Or Crooks – Blacks Can Make The Choice

By Barney Blakeney   Something came across my desk the other day. The South Carolina state board, which oversees the Criminal Justice Academy, voted unanimously to require mental health screening for all aspiring officers. According to information from The Clyde Group, a D.C.-based communications and public affairs firm, the University of Phoenix conducted a national…

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President #45: Pardon Me!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Boy have I got a story for you today. Have y’all been keeping up with the news?  I am sure some of y’all old schoolers are familiar with the phrase, “you have to laugh to keep from crying”.  That’s what I find myself doing with President #45, Donald Trump.  Every night I…

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The Artistic Brilliance of Tom Feelings

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s a polite and humble honor to recognize the greats of anyone’s culture, especially those souls who make and have made significant impact upon “hue-manity,” no matter whatever ethnic culture they claim as their own. So, it is with absolute joy that I bring to your attention my heartfelt respect and remembrance…

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