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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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Blame a Black Man: The Ebola Version

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo Of the nearly 10,000 people who have been infected by the Ebola virus, fewer than 20 have been outside of the African continent. But you wouldn’t know it from much of the alarm that’s being raised in some European news outlets and by the outrage of some American politicians who can’t understand why President Obama hasn’t banned flights from the affected West African countries. The Obama ...

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If You Vote — Or Don’t Vote — Complain

by Thomas Knapp So here we go again. Another biennial US election season draws to a close and here come the solemn multi-partisan invocations of civic duty: Exercise that franchise. Pull that lever, push that button, mark that box. The future of western civilization depends on you. And if you don’t vote, don’t complain. Question: If I don’t drive around my neighborhood at 3am blasting Metallica out my car w ...

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Report Card on Black America

Some might think the annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage the U.S. Census Bureau released last week had a distinctly repetitive tone to it. Albeit with a few exceptions, the words “not statistically significant” aptly fit the very small increases or decreases of most of the measurements that comprise the year-to-year tally. But that doesn’t make the document itself insignificant. F ...

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