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Do Black Organizations Really Have Our Back?

By James Clingman While Black people are bogged down in shallow and meaningless political discourse, our vaunted Black organizations continue to be M.I.A. except for their time in front of the cameras with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They say they cannot endorse candidates, but we all know that’s a sham. In an article written by Freddie Allen of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Marc Mo ...

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A Hard Look at Obama’s Legacy

Chicago Crusader staff report Anger is spreading among the nation’s Black clergy, who unleashed some harsh words after President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, instead of a qualified Black woman. It’s a sharp departure from years past when Black ministers maintained their support to help Obama weather many storms in the Oval office. Now, with the president’s choice of a white ...

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IF YOU CAN BE TRANSGENDER WHY CAN’T YOU BE TRANSRACIAL?

by Dr. Michael Brown I do not for a moment want to minimize the very real struggles of those who identify as transgender nor do I want to ignore those individuals who have genuine biological or genetic abnormalities. I simply want to state once again – really, I want to shout it from the rooftops – that perception does not change reality, and so Bruce Jenner is no more a woman than Rachel Dolezal is black. ...

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Republicans Created the ‘Frankentrump’ Monster

by George Curry President Obama has seen this horror movie before. His political opponents not only distorted his positions when he first ran for president, but deliberately lied about his place of birth, asserting that because he – according to their fiction – was not a U.S. citizen, he was not qualified to be president. Donald Trump, who actually sent a private investigator to Hawaii in an attempt to prov ...

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Do Students Deserve Internet Privacy?

By Julianne Malveaux As the FBI battles with Apple about privacy protection and the need for the technology company to break down computer firewalls, I wonder who will, exactly, be protected, when technology companies go fishing to find protected information from their users. It is not so much that those who use troll cyberspace through their tablets and telephones, but that it makes sense to understand how ...

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Low-Income Communities Lose Big with Gambling Expansion

By Clarence V. McKee, Esq. Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Westside Gazette In what is becoming an annual tradition in Florida, legislators are debating bills that could expand gambling in one or more parts of our state. This year, the feeding frenzy is over ratifying the proposed compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida. The potential big winners: The Seminole Tribe, an ...

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Politics has Turned into the Real March Madness

I am excited about March Madness, which essentially includes the dozens of NCAA basketball conference tournaments, and then the big dance – the tournament for the “Final Four” and national championship. You have to love basketball games being played all day and every day for a couple of weeks. Then there are the upsets and buzzer beaters – fun, fun, fun! But this year, March Madness is almost overshadowed b ...

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The Strangest Campaign Year Ever

By Harry C. Alford  This has become one of the strangest campaign seasons I have ever seen. First there is Donald Trump who most seasoned critics figured would be a laughable candidate who would not stay in the race too long. But oh how they were wrong. Mr. Trump is leading in the polls and he just might win the nomination. That is very concerning to the “establishment Republicans.” They are having meetings ...

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Blackonomics: Hillary and Bernie Discover and Re-Discover Black People

by James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist One thing is for sure; Black folks are enjoying this latest political mating dance with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders is discovering Black people in South Carolina and Georgia, and Clinton has reopened the “leading Blacks” vault to rediscover their loyalty and willingness to present her to the Black electorate one mo’ time, y’all. Sanders, after years ...

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All Eyes on the Black vote

By George E. Curry Media Columnist      Now that we have gotten the first two political anomalies out of the way en route to electing a new president – mostly White Iowa and New Hampshire – the primaries and caucuses are moving to states that are more representative of a diverse America and the outcomes will be heavily influenced by the Black vote. Black voters will make up half or nearly half of all Democr ...

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