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More Coronavirus Cases Dispel Black Immunity Myth
March 26, 2020
According to various news sources and social media posts, African American COVID-19 fatalities are starting to mount ... read more »
Senators Booker and Harris Lead Roundtable Discussion on Issues Concerning African Americans
March 19, 2020
Only journalists of color received an invitation to the event, which included remarks from Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and several others. ... read more »
The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This
March 12, 2020
There are half a million people, mostly men, mostly white, but way too many African Americans. African Americans are 13 percent of the population and 40 percent of the homeless. The homeless are primarily concentrated in California, New York, Florida, and Texas, but you can find them in almost any community. Two-thirds of the homeless are sheltered on a given night, but a third are sleeping on the streets, on park benches, in alleys, under awnings. To quote the late great Congressman Elijah Cummings, "we are better than this." ... read more »
Study: African Americans Poorer Today Than Five Years Ago
March 12, 2020
“I don’t want to get political here, but I would hope that this report would color how people view the approaches that the parties and candidates take toward legislative and social issues, and how those things are framed,” Lending Tree Lead Researcher Kali McFadden told NNPA Newswire. ... read more »
Congress Passes Historic Anti-Lynching Legislation
March 5, 2020
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) called lynchings racially-motivated acts of violence and terror that represent a dark and despicable chapter of our nation's history.  "They were acts against people who should have received justice but did not. With this bill, we can change that by explicitly criminalizing lynching under federal law," noted Harris, who suspended her presidential campaign late last year.  ... read more »
Outgoing Mississippi Governor Says state faces ‘1,000 years of Darkness’ if Black Man Elected
February 27, 2020
"I intend to work for @cindyhydesmith as if the fate of America depended on her single election," Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted on January 2. "If Mike Espy and the liberal Democrats gain the Senate, we will take that first step into a thousand years of darkness." ... read more »
Big Insurance Must Help End Surprise Medical Billing
February 27, 2020
Known as “surprise medical billing,” these unexpected costs arise when a patient goes to a hospital for emergency or non-emergency care, only to find out afterwards that one of the medical providers who administered care was not covered in the patient’s insurance network. ... read more »
Trump Pardoned His Cellmate but Rufus Rochell Remains in Federal Prison
February 20, 2020
It's not a rags-to-riches Philadelphia-to-California story, like that of Will Smith's fictional television character. Rufus Rochell's story is the real-life account of how the crack epidemic of the 1980s is inextricably linked to today's cry for criminal justice reform. It's also the story of how the rich and powerful receive special privileges, while the poor and powerless can only dare to dream. ... read more »
Black Voters are the Cornerstone of the Democratic Party
February 20, 2020
Trump is increasingly highlighting his pitch to African Americans as Democrats struggle to decide amongst a crowded field. Political observers understand that Trump is unlikely to win more than ten percent of the Black vote. But it is also understood that any percentage higher than average could be the margin of victory in a close race. ... read more »
Mike Bloomberg Makes History with the Black Press of America
February 20, 2020
“The Bloomberg campaign’s initiative is groundbreaking, and it goes to significantly increasing the economic health of African Americans by tripling their net worth,” said Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin, who co-chairs Bloomberg’s campaign. “The Bloomberg model is intentionally focused on creating a million new African American homeowners, 100,000 new African American-owned businesses, and $70 billion in federal capital to go in the 100 most challenged neighborhoods across the country.” ... read more »
Black Kids Deserve Great Schools, Too
February 13, 2020
Last week, from February 5-7, the California branch of the National Action Network (NAN) met in Sacramento to hold its inaugural Western Regional Conference of chapters in California, Arizona, and Nevada. ... read more »
Pfizer, AmeriHealth Caritas Officials Talk Health at NNPA Conference
January 30, 2020
Dr. Kevin Williams, the chief medical officer for Pfizer Rare Disease, addressed the conference during a Pfizer-hosted breakfast presentation titled, “African Americans and Heart Disease – New Research Breakthrough: Announcing 2020 Partnership between Pfizer and NNPA.” At a later session titled “Future of Medicaid and Medicare: Healthy You, Healthy Us – What is Managed Care and How Does It Advance Health Equity,” AmeriHealth Caritas officials said it was important to gain a greater understanding of the different ways managed care organizations address key social disparities. ... read more »
Dallas Examiner Publisher Mollie Belt to Receive NNPA Lifetime Achievement Award
January 23, 2020
“It is with great pleasure that the NNPA Executive Committee has selected Mollie Belt for the honor of the Publishers Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the NNPA for so many years,” stated NNPA National Chair and Houston Forward Times Publisher Karen Carter Richards. ... read more »
Senator Doug Jones Emphasizes the Importance of the 2020 Black Voter Turnout
January 16, 2020
Jones said voting rights had been under attack since the 2013 Shelby V. Holder decision, which eliminated a lot of voter protections. “It’s not the same as the old Jim Crow laws, but there’s still efforts out there to suppress votes and keep people from having that free access to the booths,” he stated. Jones noted that he’s working to restore “teeth” in the Voting Rights Act but doubts that the current GOP-led Senate and President Trump’s administration would approve. “I don’t see it happening, so it’s all the more important to get out and vote in the 2020 elections.” ... read more »
A Tribute to a Living Legend: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
January 9, 2020
In 1965, Lewis and fellow activist Hosea Williams led what was planned as a peaceful 54-mile march through Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. The march, a protest of the discriminatory practices and Jim Crow laws that prevented African Americans from voting, would be remembered in history as "Bloody Sunday," one of the most dramatic and violent incidents of the American Civil Rights Movement. ... read more »
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