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Dallas Shootings A Tragic End To Week Of Police Violence; But Where Do We Go From Here?

Michael H. Cottman, BlackAmericaWeb.com Hours after Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, loaded a high-powered rifle and meticulously shot 12 Dallas police officers –killing five — a lawyer friend sent me an email saying: “Sooner or later, someone was going to shoot back.” He was right. My friend was not condoning the shootings — and cold-blooded murders — of the Dallas police officers, but he was echoing years of dee ...

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Trump, Republican Party Confuse Outreach With Pandering

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) As long as the Republican Party continues to be dominated by the same ol’, same ol’ White male staffers, consultants, and aides, they will continue to alienate the Black community. As long as the Republican Party continues to “showcase” Blacks that have absolutely no connection to the Black community, have no understanding of communications, or no understanding ...

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National News New York Times Failed to Capture Problems of Black Press

By George Curry WASHINGTON – Sunday’s front-page story on the Black Press failed to accurately portray the accomplishments of and the depth of the problems facing Black-owned media, according to scholars, Black media owners and editors. The Times story was published under the headline, “Pillars of Black Media, Once Vibrant, Now Fighting for Survival.” Linn Washington, Jr., a professor of journalism at Templ ...

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Race Relations in America Were in Chaos Last Week

As a black man with a young adult son, I have had to have “the conversation” more times than I can remember. The conversation of what black men should do when pulled over by the police, especially young African American males. Yes, it’s real America. I know that some think that blacks are paranoid and overstate the magnitude of the issue, but police brutality against blacks is a genuine threat. A lot of jok ...

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Rising Car Costs are No Reason to Take a Predatory Car Loan

By Charlene Crowell It’s that time of year again when days are longer, temperatures are higher and auto dealers advertise some of the most tempting deals. And while there’s nothing new about new car fever or the annual ad blitz, there’s a good deal of news on how consumers are choosing and paying for their cars. For example, new car sales increased more than 5 percent from a year ago. At the same time, the ...

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Affirmative Action

By George E. Curry George Curry Media Columnist In many instances, the Supreme Court’s recent affirmative action ruling upholding the University of Texas’s affirmative action program was overshadowed by a same-day order overturning President Obama’s executive order to ease illegal immigrants’ path to U.S. citizenship. World News Tonight With David Muir, while leading its broadcast with the immigration decis ...

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Cyberbullying is Real and More Devastating Than Many Realize

Chances are that one out of every four people were bullied in school. It normally happens in middle and high school;and of course it’s normally some kid with self-esteem issues taking those insecurities out on their peers. I remember my brief encounter with a bully in middle school. The funny part of this story is that I look back and the kid, Peanut, was actually smaller than me. But he was aggressive and ...

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England Shocks the World

Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford Last week marked an end to a very divisive debate: Should the people of England remain in the European Union or should they leave? To the surprise of numerous pollsters and predictions from world leaders such as President Obama the people of England voted to leave the Union. England was one of the last nations to join the Union. The European Union was organized in 1992 ...

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Gary Convention: A Showcase of Political Impotence

By George E. Curry Last weekend was supposed to be a remix of the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Ind. Richard G. Hatcher, who became the first Black mayor of Gary in 1968; Newark, N.J. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the son of the late poet/activist Amira Baraka, one of the original organizers; and Tuskegee, Ala. Mayor Johnny Ford were among the co-conveners. According to organizers, Hillary Clinto ...

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Too Soft on Terrorism

By Harry C. Alford Terrorism continues to grow in all corners of the world. What in the world are we, the United States, waiting on? During this election year we need to find out the candidate who is truly sincere about eradicating the people who have declared war on us. Our current leadership appears to have no “stomach” for prosecuting a war. Thus, we will continue to be at war. Bullies thrive on the weak ...

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