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ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AT HOME AND ABROAD

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist Days before the opening of the World Economic Forum, Oxfam, the international organization that works on world poverty issues, released a report that addressed inequality. They found the international wealth gap growing rapidly. Last year, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the bottom half of the world population. Wealth has bec ...

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Black Youth Getting Life in Prison at Alarming Rates, but Courts and President Trying to Provide Some Relief

It was a busy week in DC for juvenile justice issues. First, President Obama on announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused, and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences. Many may be aware that the President has been touring federal prisons and actually talking to inmates and looking for real solutions to fa ...

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The African-American State of the Union

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. While millions of people across the United States and throughout the world will continue to affirm, discuss, or respond in various ways to the last State of Union by America’s first President of the United States who is an African American, there are still priority issues that challenge African Americans going forward Of course, as one would expect and predict, President Barack H. Ob ...

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

by Reggie Fullwood “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him,” said Booker T. Washington. The U.S. justice system has held so many blacks down through improper arrests and convictions; and still to this day, it is still a system rampant with injustice and inequality. Two years ago, I learned the impossible story of James Joseph Richardson. Perhaps I should use the word improbable, or even unb ...

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The Real Objection to Paying College Athletes

By George E. Curry As the University of Alabama football team prepares to line up against Clemson University Jan. 11 in Glendale, Ariz. to decide the national collegiate championship, it’s worth noting that the Crimson Tide wouldn’t be “rolling” in success and the money that accompanies it without its Black players, led by 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry. According to the New York Times, in 2003, t ...

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It’s Time to Deal With Concussions

by Harry Alford First let me make a recommendation. You all should see the current movie “Concussion.” Actor Will Smith will probably get an Oscar for his role. He plays Dr. Bennet Omalu who links mental illness to football. His claim is that a high number of football players experience concussions and a noticeable number of them end up with mental disorders and extreme depression. He coined the term for th ...

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2015 Was a Year Full of Shock and Significance

OK, to say that 2015 flew by would be very cliche’ right? But it would be so true. As the year comes to an end, the holidays just didn’t seem quite the same – especially with 80-degree weather in Jacksonville and 60-degree weather in New York City ???? Regardless of the weather, 2015 will be remembered as a year of significant change and astounding events. One of my favorite stories or nonstories of the yea ...

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More Guns and Discrimination Isn’t the Answer to Terrorism

by Reggie Fullwood Let the war mongering begin. With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and now San Bernardino, CA, Homeland Security and the nation as a whole is on high alert. And rightly so, but there is a thin line between being cautious and being overzealous. Some want to immediately build that proverbial wall around the country and others want to stomp all over the constitution and start detaining ...

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The Global Genius of President Barack H. Obama

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist When you are considered by millions of people across the nation and throughout the world community to be the “Leader of the Free World,” that is an awesome and serious international responsibility. Do you remember when President Obama was first elected eight years ago? There were numerous pundits who questioned whether or not the first African American to ...

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Blackonomics: Beyond T-Shirts and Hoodies

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Recollections of my 1995 article on the business of college athletics danced in my head when I heard the news about the University of Missouri football team’s refusal to play until the President of that University, Tim Wolfe, resigns or is dismissed. The players said, “due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experience” and his lax attitude regarding racial issue ...

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