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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…

“Hard Work Didn’t Kill Me”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The younger generation can learn a lot from older folks. When I was younger, my grand momma used to say, “hard work don’t kill nobody.” Now, I am sure you know someone who hard work did in fact killed. Thank goodness for the elderly because their wisdom far outlived them. The…

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Living on Different Sides of the Street

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s no secret that the United States of America is a racially divided country. So much so that it shouldn’t be a surprise to any ethical person. “It is what it is” as so many candid pundits of modernity proclaim. I’m a man of color born in Harlem—the center of the…

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Affordable Healthcare Is Not An Option

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The question in my mind is what will President Trump do next? What kind of lie or diversionary tactic will he come up with to get the spotlight off him? Since you never know which direction the President is headed, prepare yourself to be ambushed or bamboozled or both. With less…

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We’re Failing To Prepare Kids For Work

By Barney Blakeney    I’m amazed at how my city is changing right before my eyes. There’s construction everywhere and the thought of the changing economy is mind-boggling. The only problem is I don’t see black folks participating at any appreciable level in much of that change. I know a lot of what we see…

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Charleston County School District Minority Students: Shortchanged For Decades

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Is there any good news lately? Well, let me share some good news/bad news as it relates to the Charleston County School District State and National Best High Schools rankings for 2016 by US News & World Report. What prompted this article was the recent news that SC is ranked #45…

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