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Race in the Un-United States of America

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The understandable attention being focused on differing attitudes among Whites and Blacks toward law enforcement authorities in the wake of decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict White police officers for killing unarmed Blacks ignores a larger and more troubling trend – Blacks and Whites view race and racism from distinctly different perspectives. ...

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Breathing Life Into a Movement

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said, as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk. The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer not to touch him. And because he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes, the life was cho ...

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Janay Should be Celebrated for Staying with Ray Rice

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Feminists claim that women should take more control of their lives, arguing that women are capable of making decisions about their lives and what is in their best interest without guidance from a man. But White feminists and “strong Black women” are curiously absent when it comes to defending Janay Rice’s very personal and difficult decision to fight for her marriage. You k ...

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Police Shooting Victims Lives ‘Worth’ Less than a Ham Sandwich

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In Tom Wolfe’s best-selling The Bonfire of the Vanities, New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously said “a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich, if that’s what you wanted.” Given the recent failure of grand juries to indict Darren Wilson, a White police officer in Ferguson, Mo., for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, and a similar cours ...

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‘Friends’ Desert Bill Cosby When He Needs Them Most

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist “Hey, hey, hey (in my best Fat Albert’s voice), please listen to what I have to say. My friend Bill Cosby is in trouble today.” Even Fat Albert knows Bill Cosby is getting a raw deal. As a public relations/crisis management professional. I have worked with some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, and business. So, let’s deconstruct this media frenzy engulfing the ...

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Free Counseling Available to Seniors During Medicare Open Enrollment

by Kenyonn Demps Medicare’s Annual Election Period is now in full swing (October 15 through December 7) and many people, including those new to Medicare, find themselves uncertain about their Medicare options and the processes for enrollment. I serve as the ElderSource Program Coordinator for a Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ program called SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). SHINE trains ...

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Tasting a “Taste of Soul”

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Black Americans are blessed, not cursed. I say that because it is true and verifiable. As a people we are blessed with intellectual genius, creativity, ingenuity and a vast multitalented reservoir of human resources, energy and spirit. Of course all people are blessed with unique as well as universal blessings of humanity. But, I am so thankful for the special and r ...

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With the Fall Elections Less Than a Week Away, Turn Out is Still a Major Problem

As I think about the challenge of the day – why voter turn out continues to be a major issue this election cycle – It reminds me of the movie, Groundhog’s Day. In the movie, a weatherman played by Bill Murray is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. I feel like we all keep waking up and dealing with the same issue every election cycle.  How do we motivate people to do the right thing, the obvio ...

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