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National Urban League Young Professionals President Encourages Young Professionals of Color in the Age of President Trump

Carlos Clanton, National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) president provides words of encouragement for young professionals who may be living with intense uncertainty in the current political climate. In a recent blog post, he answered the question “what now?” Clanton draws upon the strength of leaders from previous eras and provides insights for action steps…

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…

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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Cops Are Scared As Hell

By Barney Blakeney ”They’re scared as hell!” That’s what a local civil rights leader said to me recently during a conversation about police/community relations. We were talking about how cops conduct business in Black communities and the comment was made as a remark on the side. I agree with the civil rights leader. When Minneapolis…

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Keeping Our Art Alive

By Barney Blakeney I don’t get out much these days. There was a time I used to run like the finest race horse. As a bachelor (not quite so confirmed) I’ve done some time in the street – up/down, wrong side/right side, under the lights/in the shadows – I’ve spent a lot of time in…

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