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Let’s have a real conversation about race

Let’s have a real conversation about race

John A. Powell NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Thousands recently took to the streets in protest and outrage following a Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict a White police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed Black teenager, we are faced with the reality that a New York grand jury – tasked with determining whether to hold […]

Don’t let tempting predatory loans spoil holidays

Don’t let tempting predatory loans spoil holidays

From Christmas carols to decorations that celebrate the season, the holidays mark the time of year when families and loved ones anticipate joyous celebrations and gift-giving. It’s a season when excesses can easily go beyond over-eating to over-spending, bringing debts that can last well into the New Year. The holidays are also a time when […]

Demanding our role in the tourism Industry

Demanding our role in the tourism Industry

Tourism is a very important part to any nation’s economy. A nation that does not have a tourism structure is one that is destined to extreme poverty. Cities within the United States realize this and every one of them has a Convention and Tourism Bureau. Likewise they have a Chamber of Commerce that works hand […]

Our 10-point plan for police accountability

Our 10-point plan for police accountability

“…a country’s conscience sometimes has to be triggered by some inconvenience, because I think a lot of people who saw the Eric Garner video are troubled, even if they haven’t had that same experience themselves, even if they’re not African-American or Latino.” – President Barack Obama in an interview with BET Networks The phenomenon we […]

A criminal justice system that suffocates us

A criminal justice system that suffocates us

“I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again. “I can’t breathe,” he said as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk. The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer not to touch him. And […]

Yes, marching still makes a difference

Yes, marching still makes a difference

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” “No Justice, No Peace,” “I Can’t Breathe” “Black Lives Matter” Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue to characterize marches, die-ins, sit-ins and other non-violent actions in more than 50 cities across the nation in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict White […]

Celebrate Janay for staying with Ray Rice

Celebrate Janay for staying with Ray Rice

Feminists claim that women should take more control of their lives, arguing that women are capable of making decisions about their lives and what is in their best interest without guidance from a man. But White feminists and “strong Black women” are curiously absent when it comes to defending Janay Rice’s very personal and difficult […]

A license to kill Black men

A license to kill Black men

From nearly the moment he was attacked by a New York City police officer July 18, the world has, via that chilling video, watched Eric Garner die. Are we now about to see the “traditions” that led to his death and – thus far – have enabled his killer to escape justice die, too? Moments […]

Justified rage in Ferguson

Justified rage in Ferguson

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST At this moment I don’t need my president to tell me to respect the decision of a tainted grand jury. And the call for calm from civil rights leaders, politicians and suspect clergy fall upon deaf ears. This isn’t about calm or order. It’s about justice. I am not trying to […]

Nobody knows the trouble we’ve seen

Nobody knows the trouble we’ve seen

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen Nobody knows my sorrow Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen Glory hallelujah! Those are the opening lyrics to “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” a spiritual with roots  as a slave song. It was originally called, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Had.” The enormously gifted Marian Anderson popularized “Nobody […]

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