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Historic Trip to Ghana to Mark 400th Anniversary of Africans Arriving to U.S. in 1619
March 7, 2019
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first documented arrival of Africans in Virginia, a Philadelphia travel agency has organized a once-in-a-lifetime historic trip, retracing the steps of history in Ghana, dating back to 1619, the birthplace of so many Americans of African descent. ... read more »
On King Holiday Commemoration: 600 Black Legislators Resolved to Push Policies for Economic Justice Resolution considered new win for Black Wealth 2020
January 30, 2019
It was three years ago that a group of national business leaders launched a movement called Black Wealth 2020 partially based on the economic vision articulated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King said in his final speech on April 3, 1968: "It's all right to talk about streets flowing with milk and honey, but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here and his children who can't eat three square meals a day. It's all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God's preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee." ... read more »
Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Could Return to Spotlight
January 10, 2019
A court ruling this week puts the police murder case of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal back in the spotlight years after it drew the attention of Amnesty International, Hollywood celebrities and death penalty opponents worldwide. ... read more »
Congressional Gold Medal Solidifies Tuskegee Airman Honor
November 30, 2018
Seven-plus years after her death at age 87 in June 2011, Ms. Conaway Stephens _ who served in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1945-49  posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest distinguished civilian award, during a luncheon ceremony Saturday at the CHEER Community Center. ... read more »
The Black Death: Black Deaths Matter?
November 8, 2018
It has been four days since the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It is Halloween, and the funerals began yesterday for the 11 victims. It has been called “the worst attack on Jews in American history.” The coverage has been relentless throughout the media, and touching vignettes of the lives of the victims have been ubiquitous. President Donald Trump has ordered flags at federal buildings throughout the United States to be flown at half-staff in "solemn respect" for the victims. Grotesque irony notwithstanding, United States President Donald Trump also visited the site of the massacre yesterday and met with victims and/or their families. ... read more »
Cosby Lawyers Take First Step in Appeal Process
October 11, 2018
Citing doctored evidence, including an exclusive NNPA Newswire report last month that revealed tapes used to convict Bill Cosby were doctored,  attorneys for the comedian have formally begun the process they hope will win his release from a Pennsylvania prison where he has spent the past more than two weeks. ... read more »
Chicago Verdict Raises Hope of Greater Police Accountability
October 11, 2018
A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A White officer stood before a mostly White jury and was convicted of killing a Black teenager. ... read more »
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Appeal Request Continued
September 6, 2018
The district attorney's office turned over a document Monday that the defense says could show State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille was personally involved in the case. The judge Thursday ordered the parties to continue searching for additional documents before he hears arguments in October. ... read more »
Photo of the Day: Sistahs in Business Expo Heads To Atlanta
August 30, 2018
After successful stops in Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and Columbia, SC, the SIB Expo is ready to teach, embolden, and inspire Atlanta participants and guests with power-packed panel discussions, networking opportunities, and an all-around enlightening experience. ... read more »
Sistahs in Business Expo Celebrates Atlanta’s Entrepreneurial Women of Color
August 30, 2018
The Sistahs in Business Expo (SIB Expo) will make the final stop of its 2018 tour in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, October 13.  The all-day event will take place from 10am – 4pm EST at the DeKalb Conference Center, located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. ... read more »
Malcolm Jenkins Sets the Record Straight on NFL Protests
June 14, 2018
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins furthered the conversation on the NFL protest without even speaking. Last week during the franchises media availability, Jenkins explained to journalists the reasoning behind why athletes like Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee, ... read more »
Black Teen Who Was Once Homeless Gets Full Ride to Harvard
June 7, 2018
Philadelphia teen Richard Jenkins used to sleep in a homeless shelter and was nicknamed “Harvard” by bullies for being a bookworm. Now, he is going to the same Ivy League school on a full scholarship. ... read more »
Starbucks Starts Closing Stores for Anti-Bias Training
May 31, 2018
Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. They also reached a deal with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to establish a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. ... read more »
Federal Lawsuit Challenges HUD to Enforce Fair Housing Rule Civil Rights and Housing Advocates Join Forces
May 25, 2018
Across the country, an estimated $5.5 billion in HUD funding is awarded each year. Nearly two-thirds of these funds go to approximately 1,210 grantees through HUD’s Community Development Block (CDBG) Grant program.  With this year’s rule suspension and continuing for several years, grant recipients – largely state and local government jurisdictions -- can obligate their allocations without any concern for compliance with the Fair Housing Act rule.    ... read more »
Open Letter to Starbucks: From Boycott to Victory
May 17, 2018
The Chicago boycott organizers are now planning community forums at more than 300 Black-owned or managed coffee houses, as well as at faith-based and community-based organizations across the U.S., especially near the 12 Starbucks stores previously boycotted.  These community forums will serve as “Black Economic Empowerment Forums," where attendees will develop plans to improve the economic vitality of their communities. ... read more »
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