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A Transformational President
May 13, 2021
It was much more than a political assessment when I declared 15 months ago that “we know Joe, and most importantly, Joe knows us.” Joe Biden is succeeding because of he understands the needs and aspirations of the American people. His bold and inclusive initiatives are restoring the faith of those who have been hardest hit by the current health and economic crises and raising the hopes of those who had already been hard hit by injustices in our society long before these crises struck. ... read more »
President Biden Expected to Ramp Up Efforts to Pass Voter Access, Election Integrity Bill
May 13, 2021
“We are very deeply engaged in working with members of the Senate and their teams on how this can move forward,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of H.R. 1, or the “For the People Act of 2021,” which passed the House last month. ... read more »
DOJ Seeks to Clean up Police Departments Around the Country
May 13, 2021
“… if the U.S. Justice Department develops evidence that a local or state entity like a police department is failing to abide by the U.S. Constitution or other federal laws, it can go to federal court and seek an order of some kind requiring the entity to cease its illegal activity and perhaps implement some measures to prevent its recurrence,” Caitlin Kizielewicz, a spokesperson for the Crime and Justice Research Alliance, told NNPA Newswire. ... read more »
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director — Interview with the Black Press of America
April 29, 2021
Dr. Walensky highlighted several new efforts the CDC is leading to accelerating the work in addressing racism as a fundamental driver of racial and ethnic health inequities in the United States. ... read more »
53 Years After MLK’s Assassination, Children of Civil Rights Icon Fight Voter Suppression
April 15, 2021
Bernice A. King joined the children of late civil rights champions the Rev. C.T. Vivian, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, in blasting voter suppression laws that have cropped up since the 2020 election. ... read more »
General Motors Announces 400 Percent Increase in Ad Spending with Black-Owned Media
April 15, 2021
General Motors officials said it would be more productive to host a series of meetings involving a more extensive mix of Black-owned media publishers and executives. “To ensure that our conversations are both substantive and constructive, we are going to postpone [the originally scheduled meeting] and reschedule it into a series of smaller conversations that take place over the next few weeks,” GM global Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl told the executives. ... read more »
Pamela Smith Named First Black Woman Chief of U.S. Park Police
April 8, 2021
At the United States Park Police, Chief Pamela Smith will lead a 560-member workforce that protects the public, parks, and the nation’s most iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco metropolitan areas. ... read more »
President Issues Executive Orders on Voting on Anniversary of Bloody Sunday
April 8, 2021
“The right to vote is the foundation of American democracy. Free and fair elections that reflect the will of the American people must be protected and defended,” President Biden remarked during the Martin & Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast. “But many Americans, especially people of color, confront significant obstacles to exercising that fundamental right. These obstacles include difficulties with voter registration, lack of election information, and barriers to access at polling places.” ... read more »
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Black Press Week Shows Power of African American Newspapers
April 8, 2021
With the theme, “Black Business Challenges Responsibilities and Opportunities Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic,” Black Press publishers, readers, viewers, sponsors, partners, and anyone else tuning in were enlightened about overcoming adversities on many levels. “We will have informative workshops,” promised Pluria Marshall Jr., the NNPAF Chair and CEO of Marshall Broadcasting Group. Marshall and his colleagues delivered. ... read more »
Children’s Defense Fund: State of America’s Children Reveals that 71 Percent of Children of Color Live in Poverty
April 8, 2021
“While we reported on the 73 million children in the U.S. in 2019, which is 22 percent of the nation’s population, we also note that 2020 was the first year in American history that a majority of children are projected to be children of color,” said the Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, the president and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund. ... read more »
API Lays Out Initiatives, Including Partnerships with Communities of Color
April 1, 2021
“In fact, API has had a program for over a decade, which brings a minority and underrepresented communities together to talk about, jobs and initiatives within the oil and gas sector,” API President and CEO Mike Sommers said during a news conference on Thursday, March 25. “It’s an important priority of both the API board of directors and the API team in Washington. We’ll continue to grow those alliances over time because we know, based on the studies that we have done in this space, we expect that 50 percent of the jobs in oil and gas in the next 20 years are going to be filled by women and minorities.” ... read more »
Disney+ Streaming Service Places Restrictions on ‘Classics’ with Racist Stereotypes  
March 26, 2021
“The crows and musical numbers pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where White performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations,” Disney officials noted about “Dumbo” on its streaming platform. “The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States,” the statement continued.  ... read more »
Wife of Marvin Hagler Pushes Back on Rumors Fighter’s Death was COVID Vaccine-Related 
March 26, 2021
“I was the only person close to him until the last minute, and I am the only person that knows how things went not even his family know all the details and I do NOT accept reading some stupid comment without knowing really what happen. For sure wasn't the vaccine that caused his death. My baby left in peace with his usual smile and now is not the time to talk nonsense,” Hagler’s wife continued on Facebook.  ... read more »
The American Rescue Plan Provides Relief for Small Businesses 
March 26, 2021
The American Rescue Plan will “devote $1 trillion toward building a bridge to economic recovery for working families, including those who work for small businesses; and provide critical support to communities that are struggling in the wake of the pandemic.”  ... read more »
Congress Members Urge Vaccination During Black Press Week 
March 26, 2021
“Protect your children and your grandchildren, protect those who you come in contact with,” Congressman Clyburn stated during the annual National Newspaper Publishers Association Fund’s (NNPAF) Black Press Week. “Take the shot. It’s safe to do,” the congressman declared during an interview with Real Times Media President and CEO Hiram Jackson.  ... read more »
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