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‘Black Panther’ Showcases the Power of STEM Applications

By Tyra Metoyer, External Mobilization Manager, American Petroleum Institute) Article contains spoilers for the “Black Panther” movie. As I sat in the theater mesmerized by Marvel’s record-breaking “Black Panther,” there were so many moments and messages that filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. The Black Girl Magic was palpable. King T’Challa was a…

Those Who Do Nothing on Gun Control Fail Our Children

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The United States is failing in what surely is the first duty of government — protecting our children from threats that they cannot deal with themselves. Voters and politicians are failing our children. After 17 students and teachers were killed and a dozen wounded on Valentine’s Day by an unbalanced…

Nothing Stands In The Way Of Gun Reform But Lack of Courage and Political Will. The Teens of Parkland Have Both

By Marc H. Morial “This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we…

How My Grandparents Taught Me to Love Myself

By Lynette Monroe, Program Assistant, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign I don’t remember my grandparents assisting me with homework beyond holding up flash cards for me to recite. They could have, I just don’t remember. I do remember Lil’ Bow Wow’s release of “Beware of Dog” in 2000 followed by my incessant pleading to hang his…

The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

By Tynisha Jointer As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I’ve also seen long-term impacts…

NFL Season Marred By Controversy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I was thrilled that the Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in Super Bowl LII. This season, however, I took a complete break from watching the NFL and, as a result, missed the game completely. While the coup de grace was the exiling of quarterback Colin Kaepernick by the…

Houston, We Have A Problem

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to Wikipedia, “Houston, we have a problem” has often been credited to communications between Astronaut Jack Swigert and NASA during an explosion that crippled Apollo 13 spaceflight.  Swigert’s words have been changed and shortened somewhat to the famous quote “Houston, we have a problem”.  In the aftermath of Harvey, these same…

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Beyond The Politics Of Workplace Violence

By Barney Blakeney   I got the call while writing on deadline. My mind was on the story I was writing so it took a minute to understand what the caller was talking about. The mind works a lot faster than the mouth. A lot of times people speak with half sentences as their mind…

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Don’t Let Negative Folks Destroy You

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Today I’m going to rap to you about a very troubling situation that’s oftentimes occurring in our lives. And that is dealing with negativities floating all around us.      First, let me briefly set the scenario behind why I’m addressing this topic now. It’s based upon a rather impromptu  conversation…

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Taking A Pause

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     A lot of stuff is going on in the world. Some global ethnically abstract-minded “colored” folk, including some of them who are here in our own vastly racially separated and political divided nation, don’t even know or care about the real happenings and its signs that are flashing before their…

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Changing The Flava Of Charleston

By Barney Blakeney    There’s a new flava in the house. There’s a brand new flava in the house. I was reminded of those lyrics from some song, whose title I can’t remember, the other day during a conversation with a new friend. The guy grew up in the Upstate, but now lives here. His…

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Remembering Dick Gregory, “Our” Ultimate Activist

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Legendary civil rights activist and accomplished former entertainer Dick Gregory died on August 19, 2017. The news of his death caused a stone, cold pause in my thoughts generating  immense reflective respect for this great teacher and iconic freedom fighter. I have nothing but respect for him because Mr. Gregory, or…

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