Written by larry Aubry 18 December 2014
      Most people believe racism and bigotry are the same, they are not.  Any individual or group can be bigoted, however, racism is the ability of one group to control another based on race or ... read more >>
A Criminal Justice System that Suffocates Us
Written by By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
          “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head ... read more >>
Will Video Cameras Reduce Police Brutality?
Written by By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
            “I can’t believe that in the 21st century in the United States of America, we can’t get a simple indictment for a murder of a man that was caught on videotape,” said New ... read more >>
Yes, Marching Still Makes a Difference
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
        “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”   “No Justice, No Peace,”    “I Can’t Breathe”   “Black Lives Matter”     Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue ... read more >>
Diversity Map Needed for America
Written by By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
            Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a ... read more >>
10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations
Written by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League, 11 December 2014
“The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcement of the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is new to a generation, but not to the nation.  Young ... read more >>
In this Season of Celebration: A Forest Fire of Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 December 2014
  It is an irony and tragedy of history that as we come into this season of celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa and of calling for peace and bringing good in the world, unfortunately, we lack the ... read more >>
Blacks and Latinos: Cooperation or Antagonism
Written by Larry Aubry 11 December 2014
      Immigration reform is just the latest issue confronting Black-Latino relations that continue to simmer on the back burner of social and political priorities.  Blacks generally feel immigration ... read more >>
Ferguson: Holding Ground, Expanding Gains, Pushing Our Lives and Battlelines Forward
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 04 December 2014
      Surely, it is a heavy, hard-gained and well-learned lesson of history, that regardless of major or minor gains or setbacks along the way, the struggle must and will continue until the ultimate ... read more >>
Nobody Knows the Trouble We’ve Seen
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 04 December 2014
      Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen   Nobody knows my sorrow   Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen   Glory hallelujah!       Those are the opening lyrics to “Nobody knows ... read more >>
Open Letter to the President and Board of Tournament of Roses Association
Written by By MARTIN A. GORDON Chair and Facilitator, Pasadena Community Coalition 04 December 2014
    Our community of Pasadena has major concerns about the lack of diversity in the Tournament of Roses Association in regards to its staff. We have other concerns as well about the Tournament, but ... read more >>
Solar policies come at the expense of communities least able to afford them
Written by Arley Johnson 04 December 2014
    In the drive to develop certain sectors in our nation’s economy, we have all too often seen policies born of good intentions produce damaging consequences, particularly for people on the economic ... read more >>
Written by larry Aubry 04 December 2014
   Historically, the Black press was the eyes and ears of the Black community, and a strong Black press is needed now more than ever.  Erin Aubry Kaplan’s commentary, “Black Media in the Age ofAccountability ... read more >>
Debt Collectors Target the Elderly
Written by By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist 26 November 2014
      For succeeding generations, retirement has been the time when older Americans reaped the benefits of their years in the workplace. Oftentimes at ceremonies, workers would receive a gold watch ... read more >>
Why Blacks Should Support Immigration Reform
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 26 November 2014
  As I watched President Barack Obama address the nation on his “controversial” Executive Order on immigration reform, I was reminded of the evening that I was inside Riverside Church in New York ... read more >>
Child Watch Learning to Love What You Have
Written by MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN 26 November 2014
In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that’s wise far beyond her years: “The most important lesson I learned is that being happy ... read more >>
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 26 November 2014
The histories and holidays of the oppressed, colonized and enslaved are, of necessity, different from the history and holidays of the oppressor, the colonizer and the enslaver. Likewise, their interpretations ... read more >>
Does Immigration Reform Benefit Blacks?
Written by Larry Aubry 26 November 2014
    Last week, President Barack Obama moved to block deportation of 5 million “illegal immigrants.”    The problem is Black immigrants are not a significant part of immigration reform and many ... read more >>
Are Republicans Ready to Welcome Blacks?
Written by By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
      Raynard Jackson  Since the Republicans takeover of Congress on Nov. 4, I have received numerous emails and phone calls from many of my friends who are Democrats indicating that they are ready ... read more >>
Midterm Election Lies and Consequences
Written by By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  One source of the widespread losses the Democratic Party suffered this month in the midterm elections can be traced to the Ebola crisis that began claiming numerous victims across the U.S. last month—a ... read more >>
Democrats Did Not Invest Wisely in Black Candidates
Written by By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
    A total of $172 million. That was the record amount the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised in 2013 and 2014. But that money was poorly spent, which helped account for such ... read more >>
Blackonomics We Need a President of Black America
Written by By James Clingman NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  After the “Tuesday Evening Massacre” of  the Elephants over the Donkeys, in January 2009, I wrote an article that warned about our being complacent and resting on the mere fact that we had elected ... read more >>
The Legacy of Marcus Garvey
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  Marcus Garvey   Dr. Ben Chavis  This year marks the 100 anniversary of the founding of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  I believe it ... read more >>
New Senate Majority Leader is Clueless
Written by By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
     Rev. Jesse Jackson  In response to what he calls the president’s “war on coal,” Future Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell says, “I’m going to war with him.” For McConnell, ... read more >>
Loretta Lynch Deserves Swift Confirmation
Written by By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  Loretta Lynch (AP Photo)      Julianne Malveaux African American women were excited about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United ... read more >>