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Black Lives Matter Must Run Its Own Presidential Candidate in 2016

Lincoln Anthony Blades, theGrio When I first heard that #BlackLivesMatter activists decided to upstage 2016 presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley at the Netroots Nation convention, I was intrigued. It was a ballsy and apropos move to convey the abject urgency of the movement’s central focus: ending the ongoing executions of black men, women and children at the hands of law enf ...

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The Republican Party in Black and White

By Raynard Jackson As one who makes a living in the world of public relations (PR) and strategic planning, I am paid to see things others are blind to. Anyone can do PR. Anyone can do strategic planning. But very few can do both simultaneously, thus I created the term “straticist.” A straticist not only see things others cannot see, but they also have the innate ability to connect seemingly unconnected dots ...

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The Legacy of Julian Bond

  By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist There is an old African proverb that says “The spirit of a freedom warrior will never die in the enduring life of the village, yet that valued spirit will be passed on to future generations.” Julian Bond was a freedom fighter. He was a gallant leader-warrior for freedom, justice and equality. And his spirit will never die. The National Newspaper Publishers Associa ...

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We Must Do More to Close Achievement Gap

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist Thousands of pages have been written about the achievement gap – the fact that White kids score higher than either Black or Latino kids who sometimes sit right next to them in classrooms. And despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to close the achievement gap, the National Assessment of Educational Progress reported last year that the gap was unchanged in both rea ...

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An Answer for Confederate Apologists

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Someone identifying himself as Jimmy Oliver sent me an email objecting to a column I wrote under the headline, “Confederate Traitors Don’t Deserve to be Honored.” I presume he wrote to get a reply, so here it is, with Oliver’s words in italics. I do not appreciate you calling my ancestors traitors, Benedict Arnold or traitors. Well, I do not appreciate your ancestors enslav ...

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Forging a Strong Legacy - Recent Successes Have Brought Obama’s Swag Back!

Who said that during the last two years of a presidency that the POTUS becomes a lame duck? Just when you thought that President Obama had become a toothless tiger, the last few months have shown why the man was elected in 2008. He bested congressional Democrats and got trade legislation passed – by the way, many said that it would be impossible. Then the Supreme Court upheld his most prominent achievement ...

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Release Low-Level, Non-Violent Drug Offenders

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne Johnson grew marijuana plants and was charged with intending to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal ...

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Obama has Evolved into the President I Voted For

by Keith Boykin (BET) I recently posted a Twitter photo of President Obama meeting with inmates at the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma and noted it was the first time any sitting U.S. president had ever visited a federal prison. The reaction online was stunning. In a country that incarcerates more people than any other nation on earth, many were shocked that no other president had bothered to take ...

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Neutralizing the Right Wing Political Agenda

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist There’s a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. The lesson is that the economic clout of African Americans and their progressive allies can be used to pressure businesses to do the right thi ...

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The Confederate Flag was Never ‘Misappropriated’

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The other night I listened to a South Carolina state legislator announce his support for pulling down the Confederate battle flag (of the Army of Northern Virginia) from the South Carolina statehouse. In the course of his quite interesting comments, he argued that the Confederate flag had been misappropriated by hate-groups. MSNBC talk-show host Chris Hayes politely aske ...

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