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How Much Do Black Child Lives Matter?

by Marian Wright Edelman Four little girls were changing into choir robes and chatting in a church restroom preparing for the Youth Sunday services at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. At 10:22 a.m. a bomb previously hidden under the church steps with its timer deliberately set to go off during Sunday morning services exploded. Three 14-year-olds, Addie Mae Collins, Ca ...

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Intellectual Honesty about Race and Criminal Justice Reform

Ben Chavis By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr NNPA President & CEO There is an old adage that posits “The more things appear to change, the more they stay the same.” Once again millions of Americans are engulfed in what has become a reluctant national debate and dialogue concerning race and the urgency to reform the nation’s criminal justice system. Finding and identifying transformative remedies and solutions a ...

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Having Learned from Past Missteps – Clinton is Ready to be the First Female President

Sometimes two unprecedented movements cannot survive at the same time. One has to precede the other. The Civil Rights Movement paved the way for other humanitarian movements around the world – including the ending of apartheid in South Africa. Back in 2008 political history was made in the United States. For the first time ever, a woman and an African American were in position to be a major political party’ ...

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O’Reilly Says MLK Would Not Have Supported Black Lives

By George Curry Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly escalated his ongoing attack on the Black Lives Matter Movement by asserting without a hint of evidence that if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, he would not support the group. “With all due respect to President Obama, well-meaning activists do not associate themselves with a group that often commits violent acts, and encourages violence through irresponsib ...

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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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