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It’s time to deal with concussions

It’s time to deal with concussions

First, let me make a recommendation. Everyone should see the movie “Concussion.” Actor Will Smith will probably get an Oscar for his role. He plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who links mental illness to football. Omalu’s claim is that a high number of football players experience concussions, and a noticeable number of them end up with […]

CFPB cracks down on illegal debt collections

CFPB cracks down on illegal debt collections

As holiday revelers toasted the season, a key federal regulator took two steps to ensure that 2016 would bring an important change for consumers harassed by illegal debt collector actions. On December 16 in its third action against a large national payday lender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered EZCorp, Inc. to refund $7.5 […]

Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

WADE HENDERSON NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school. Among members of the African-American middle class, my story isn’t at all […]

Abusive debt collectors target Black consumers

Abusive debt collectors target Black consumers

An old adage teaches that one man’s pain is another’s gain. That adage is a truism when it comes to the debt collection industry. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), debt buyers pay just 3.1 percent on the dollar for defaulted debts. Additionally, 94 percent of these debts are sold with without documentation. So […]

Is Texas’ ‘open carry’ law for us?

Is Texas’ ‘open carry’ law for us?

JEFFREY L. BONEY NNPA COLUMNIST Beginning January 1, 2016, anyone holding a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) will be allowed to openly carry his or her handgun in Texas. The law, passed by the Texas Legislature and signed in June by Gov. Greg Abbott, will allow people with permits to carry their handguns outside their […]

What you drive matters for employment, empowerment

What you drive matters for employment, empowerment

GLENDA GILL NNPA COLUMNIST Ever since Henry Ford declared he’d pay $5 a day to workers in his factories, African-Americans have had a love affair with the automotive industry in the United States. “The Great Migration” of Blacks from the South to the North was largely due to the demand for factory labor. In 1910, […]

Black lives don’t matter in Israel

Black lives don’t matter in Israel

The United States does not have a monopoly on the lynch law murder of Black people. Israel, both America’s client state and master, is awash in racist state-sponsored violence. Palestinians are usually the intended targets, but Africans are inevitably caught in this terrorism too. The mob murder of Mulu Habtom Zerhom  reveals everything that the […]

No more chicken dinners; we need policy

No more chicken dinners; we need policy

JEFFREY L. BONEY NNPA COLUMNIST It happens every year. Yard signs placed by campaign operatives infiltrate our neighborhoods and litter our streets, hoping that you familiarize yourself with their respective political candidate and translate that familiarity into a vote for that candidate. Familiarity works It’s no secret why radio stations play the same songs over […]

Single payer more popular than Obamacare

Single payer more popular than Obamacare

Boosters for the Obama administration claim that his Affordable Care Act is a legacy that qualifies Obama for permanent residence in the pantheon of progressive domestic policy presidents like Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Black Agenda Report takes the opposite position. In 2009, newly-elected President Barack Obama set the cause of universal health care back […]

Why can’t we win the terrorist war?

Why can’t we win the terrorist war?

It has been two years since our president declared the ISIS movement a “jayvee” team. He implied this terrorist coalition was no big thing and we shouldn’t worry about it. Since that time, ISIS has stretched its footprint to Libya, most of Syria and a significant amount of land in Iraq. They are efficiently managing […]