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In a new, quiet move that may indicate that all congressional Republicans have not become dope fiends to the Trump kool-aid, Rep. Barbara J. Lee’s long-introduced amendment to nullify the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in ...

Counting the Cost

Courtesy flew out of the window in Washington parlance a long time ago. The minute a deranged congressman stood up and hollered, “you lie” at a sitting president (this was South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yelling at former President ...

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Barack Obama brought cool, intellectual flair and ‘steady-hand” integrity to the office of POTUS. Donald Trump, in his quixotic quest to undo much of Mr. Obama’s successful legacy, has brought a reputation as a relentless liar who is incompetent to ...

The Black community should be ashamed for abandoning Bill Cosby

You used to watch him on television religiously. He was more than the patriarch of the fictional Huxtable family, he was the archetype for all Black fathers to mimic. He eventually became America’s favorite dad. But, Bill Cosby started as ...

International response needed to end famine now in South Sudan

On Feb. 20, the United Nations declared a state of famine in South Sudan. Man-made crisis and conflict have left 4.9 million in need of urgent food assistance and at least 100,000 in immediate danger of death by starvation. Since ...

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The business of being Black in America, and in this world, has always been difficult. Too much of it has continued to be based, quite simply, on the fact that merely being born Black made one dangerous, an outsider, the ...

NNPA Newswire Exclusive: Prosecution offered Cosby plea deal. He said no.

Bill Cosby said he channeled Nelson Mandela when prosecutors offered him a deal just before his trial for aggravated indecent assault started nearly two weeks ago, the NNPA Newswire has learned exclusively. The iconic comedian said he recalled visiting Mandela, ...

Black Music Month

The Black Business Association Salute to Black Music Awards Dinner is scheduled for June 20, 2017 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Remembering legendary Black Republican Bill Coleman

William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. died on March 31, 2017 at the ripe old age of 96. He was the most famous and most accomplished person you have never heard of and he was also a good friend of mine. I ...

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Try as we might, it is increasingly harder to look at the daily shenanigans of President Trump and his team of strange bedfellows as merely “White folks’ troubles.” After all, as the saying goes, when White folks sneeze, Black folks ...

Black unemployment rate falls for the wrong reasons

Black workers continued to experience lackluster job growth under the Trump Administration, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. Although, the share of Black workers in the population that held jobs (employment-population ratio or E-POP), ticked up ...

HBCU leaders, advocates must engage Democrats and Republicans

As the president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), I’m spending a good amount of time working to build strategic, government alliances that extend beyond our traditional Democratic support. If you’re wondering why, all you need to ...

The GOP and identity politics in the Black community

The Republican Party continues to miss the mark when it comes to engaging the Black community. For those Republicans, who fastidiously claim they don’t believe in “identity politics (IP),” let me give you a piece of advice: Stop It! Politically ...

Prohibitions and bans: serious, unintended consequences

Rapidly shifting U.S. demographics are fueling the urgency of civil rights leaders, social scientists, policy makers, and public health professionals to focus their attention on policies designed to close the gap in racial and ethnic health disparities and ensure justice ...

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Amid the teasing camaraderies about who has the best bar-be-que sauce, and other family discussions around May’s last holiday a few days ago, and the solemnity of celebrations for this country’s war dead, it would have been nice for once ...