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Less Than a Century

By Julianne Malveaux With a woman heading the ticket of the Democratic Party, it may be challenging for us to remember – that women have had the right to vote for less than a century (and Black folks less than that). But the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote was certified on August 26, 1920, just 96 years ago. At Congresswoman Bella Abzug’s (D-NY) insistence, Congress designated August 26 as ...

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This is Why Republicans Need to Stop Hating on Trump

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Any member of an organization that truly cares about the group will not hesitate to hold the leadership accountable for the group’s actions, if they deem them to be inconsistent with the mission of the group. This is because they want to see the group succeed in fulfilling its mission. Many in the Republican Party have criticized Trump’s campaign, not because th ...

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America Must Equalize Access to Homeownership and its Wealth Opportunities

By Charlene Crowell Although many American families have modest financial means, there is nothing small about their hopes. Owning a home has long been an important part of the American Dream. Just as a college education can open doors to America’s middle class, a home is more than just where families come at the end of the day. It is also where children are raised, memories are created and – how historicall ...

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Can We Rebuild Black Wall Street?

By Dr. James Clingman “There are [Blacks] who are willing to worship the pyramids of 4,000 years ago, but will not build pyramids in the present so their children may see what they left behind as well. We have a leadership who rallies the people to look at past glories, but leave their children neglected, who will make great analytical and oratorical dissertations on the inadequacies of Eurocentric educatio ...

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Even Funerals Are Not Family Reunions Anymore

By George E. Curry George Curry Media Columnist Most of the relatives on my mother’s side migrated from Tuscaloosa, Ala. to Johnson City, Tenn., where my oldest aunt, Julia Mae Cousin, established roots after she was married. Growing up, I divided my summers between Johnson City and Reform, Ala., where my father’s relatives are anchored. Because I spent so much time with my cousins, we have always enjoyed a ...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media

by Reggie Fullwood With so many thought-provoking political, social and even sports topics that could be discussed I figured that I would lighten things up a bit as we head towards the end of the summer and into the fall elections. I want to talk about the entity of “Social Media.” For those who have been living under a rock for the past few years, social media is considered the websites and applications th ...

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Changing Party Affiliation is Not the Answer to Impacting Local Elections

by Leslie Jean-Bart The Supervisor of Elections offices have been inundated with voters switching from Democrat, Independent, and NPA (no party affiliation) to Republican. Is there a conservative wave taking over Northeast Florida? Not quite. Two of the most important races in Northeast Florida include the race for State Attorney and Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, which includes Duval, Cla ...

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What Does “Make America Great Again” Really Mean?

by Reggie Fullwood For months I have avoided writing about Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. I shouldn’t even call it Trump’s slogan because it’s really conservative propaganda that’s been repeated by numerous candidates and people who like to speak in general terms - versus being specific about this great country. You know what I am talking about - the slogan, “Make America great again.” Let me just cut acro ...

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Is There Corporate Leadership or Racial Justice?

By Julianne Malveaux When North Carolina passed laws eliminating anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with it passed its “bathroom bill,” mandating that transgender people use the bathroom of their birth gender, they experienced almost immediate backlash. Several artists cancelled concerts, and at least two corporations that had planned to locate corporat ...

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Another Missed Opportunity

By George E. Curry George Curry Media Columnist DURBAN, South Africa – On my first night here to cover the 26th International AIDS Conference, I had dinner with Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, and three other members of our delegation. During the course of our wide-ranging conversation, Phill mentioned the unusual circumstances under which we had met in 2003. At the time, I was ...

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