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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,…

It’s Time For The Democratic Party To Wake Up

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Everyone appears to have figured out that a dangerous, stupid fascist with no knowledge of how the federal government works is now the President of the United States. Everyone, that is, except members of the Democratic Party, now serving in the 115th Congress. You have to wonder how…

A Muslim Remembers the Departed

By Hakim Abdul-Ali            “Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji’oon” is what a Muslim says when someone passes. It literally means “To ALLAH we belong and to Him (alone) is our return.” That’s a powerful and resonant verisimilitude to always keep in one’s spiritual mirror going forward, and, as I’ve been…

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Mother’s Day: Reflections of a Daughter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Mother’s Day is a special time set aside to recognize mothers nationally. And, if your mother has passed away, it’s a time of reflection. There is barely a day that goes by that I don’t think about my mother. Sometimes, it’s just the little things that pop up during the day…

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Whether Friends Or Allies – It’s All Good

By Barney Blakeney    When I was a kid – all those years ago – we used a phrase, “making friends”, that referred to building relationships. Making friends was serious business. It meant you had a bond, you cared about your friend, would support and defend your friend. People don’t make friends anymore. They develop…

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The Signs are Quite Evident

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Anyone who knows anything about me personally and also about my philosophical writing style in general, knows that I always try to relate most things that I discuss in spiritual terms of understanding. It’s because I only worship, praise and honor the Creator Alone and no one else. That’s the only…

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Getting Back on Track: It Begins at Home

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   No one knows better than Professor Damon Fordham how slavery negatively impacts generations. The Professor may not have lived through it, but he studied it. I am certain the Professor did not wake up one morning and decided to study history because he had nothing better to do. And, similarly, I…

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Creating More Effective Systems

By Barney Blakeney    I found the news story about a 20-year-old Black man sentenced to 15 years in prison disturbing. The young man, charged in a robbery that resulted in a shooting death, was out on bond when authorities said he went on Facebook advertising drug sales and brandished a gun threatening people. The…

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