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The Real Barack Obama Emerges

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama knocked it out of the park during the State of the Union address. He was strong, progressive, firm, and relaxed. He was almost cocky as he offered a few jokes, smugly announced that he would have no more elections, and just generally exuded confidence. Instead of the kumbaya thing, he laid out his priorities to a Republican Congress that will likely ...

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Will the Supreme Court Evict the Fair Housing Law?

Although a series of civil rights laws were enacted in the 1960s, in the 21st Century many of these victories continue to face legal challenges. On January 21, one such challenge was heard by the United States Supreme Court. By the time the Justices rule in the case of Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project, the nation’s Fair Housing Act of 1968 will either be gutted or strengthened. L ...

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Growing Up White in Jim Crow Atlanta

By Heather Gray I know much has been written about this period - primarily the 1950's and early 1960's. I am, however, sharing some of my experiences and reflections about growing up in "Jim Crow" Atlanta, Georgia. As a child I had come here from western Canada. Martin Luther King's home was about 8 miles away from my family home in Atlanta. It was so near yet so incredibly far away. One of the dilemmas we ...

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The Gantt Report – Je Suis Gantt

By Lucius Gantt The Gantt Report stands with the people of France and good thinking people around the world protesting the brutal murders of French journalists that were killed in a recent terrorist attacks on their media offices in the European nation. More than a million people joined over 40 presidents and prime ministers on the streets of Paris earlier this month in the most striking show of solidarity ...

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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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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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