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The Clinton Crime Bill in Context

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Former President William Jefferson Clinton mixed it up with Black Lives Matter activists as he defended his Presidency, and his 1994 crime bill, when he was campaigning for candidate Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia last week. Hillary fans will say it isn’t fair that the Black Lives Matter folks keep raising issues from the Bill Clinton presidency, but since the Clintons c ...

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Bernie Sanders Wants Free College for Everyone, But is it a Realistic Concept?

by Reggie Fullwood “Education is a precondition to survival in America today,” said Marian Wright Edelman. Certainly, that belief was rooted at the foundation of President Obama’s announcement last year that he believes that community college should be free to all Americans. The president's plan was called “America's College Promise.” The initiative would cover students' tuition for qualifying community col ...

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U.S. Banks Shortchange Justice

By George E. Curry While our attention was focused last week on Bill Clinton becoming unhinged while defending his indefensible crime bill and insulting the Black Lives Matter Movement in the process, Wells Fargo and billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson were demonstrating how the wealthy escape personal responsibility when they misbehave badly. In the case of Wells Fargo, bank executives agreed to pay ...

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Traditional Values Remain Important in the Black Community

By Raynard Jackson What do these four people all have in common: Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry, II, better known as Steph Curry, Ayesha Alexander Curry, Carvin Haggins and BriaMarie? Yes, they are all involved in entertainment at the highest levels. Yes, they all have achieved some measure of success within the industry. Yes, they are all Black. Yes, they are all Christians and yes they are all Americans. B ...

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Schools Are Underserving Minority Communities, and Black and Latino Parents Have Noticed

By Laura Moser, slate.com Diversity isn’t just a hallmark of big cities anymore. The U.S. as a whole is rapidly becoming a majority-minority country, starting with our youngest citizens: Last summer, the U.S. Census Bureau published a report on the changing demographics of the country and found that, as of 2014, 50.2 percent of American kids under the age of 5 are nonwhite—a shift that promises to transform ...

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What if Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager was Black?

By Julianne Malveaux It is probably not especially politically correct to bring more race matters into the debacle that is also known as the Donald Trump quest for the Presidency. He has called out and targeted racial and ethnic groups, as well as targeted individual women because of their appearance (or more, but we won’t go there). He has supported basic thuggery, offering to pay the legal fees for a man ...

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African American Women Have Always Had to Lead Through Tough Times

“We will be ourselves and free, or die in the attempt. Harriet Tubman was not our great-grandmother for nothing,” said Alice Walker. It is that strength and fortitude throughout the years that has helped African American women keep their families together and stable in the face of great adversity. It is hard not to pay homage to the beings I consider the strongest on earth – women. Mary McLeod Bethune said ...

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Obama and the Elephant in the Room

By George E. Curry, Media Columnist It’s been whispered for years so let’s deal with the elephant in the room: Many African Americans have privately complained that President Obama has catered to the needs of immigrants more than those of Blacks. The fact that neither group fits in a separate and unique block not- withstanding, an examination of government figures shows that in at least two areas – deportat ...

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Why Parents Are Opting Out of High Stakes Testing

A wise man once said,” All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” Why is this quote relevant? Because it is testing season in Florida, and around the country, and students in grades 3 and up will be subjected to hours and hours of testing that will not give their teacher or parents any meaningful feedback. In fact, resul ...

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‘Reverse Robin Hood’ Pummels the Poor

By George E. Curry While you were focusing on the antics of Donald Trump and young people “feeling the Bern,” Republicans at the state and federal level were stepping up their attacks on the poor. When I was covering Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign, he had a term for this kind of callous behavior by elected officials. He described each as a “Reverse Robin Hood” because they rob from the poor to g ...

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