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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 ...

Practical Politics

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 ...

Practical Politics

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 ...

Practical Politics

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 ...

Counting the Cost

I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune Cookman University than if I had raised them myself. Responding to the university’s very late selection of Betsy DeVos (hereafter referred to as DeVoid, as she is devoid of ...

PACE is giving homeowners access to clean energy and efficiency improvements

In the city of Lancaster, solar panels on roofs throughout the city will soon become commonplace due to changes in the city zoning code that mandates solar be a part of all new residential construction projects. In my real estate ...

Ensuring the promise of the every student succeeds act

During the month of May, many of us celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. The unanimous 1954 ruling by the United States Supreme Court declared that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” Last week, ...

Commentary: President Trump wages war on Obama's legacy in first 100 days

There was the proposed massive budget cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the incessant rhetoric about a rise in crime in the nation, that lacked evidence to back it up; the threats of a renewed war on ...