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Reclaiming the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reclaiming the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday should have a different impact on the collective consciousness of Black America. Why? Because once again there are millions of Black Americans who are more determined than ever to keep pushing forward to achieve full freedom, justice, equality and empowerment. The historic methodology, style and substance of […]

Disregarding Black life

Disregarding Black life

Patrick Lynch, do you remember Oscar Grant? And if you do, Mr. “leader” of the New York Police Department Union, why do you pretend not to understand the reaction that many African- American people have to the police killing of Black men? The official reaction to those killings and the arrogance with which many police […]

Is Black America better off under Obama?

Is Black America better off under Obama?

Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist “Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office,” said President Obama on December 19, in response to a question by Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan. What planet African-Americans are doing “better off” on […]

Let’s tow Mike Ditka and Charles Barkley into the 21st century

Let’s tow Mike Ditka and Charles Barkley into the 21st century

OMAR TYREE NNPA COLUMNIST In the middle of an American turmoil between the police force and African-American men, what I would like in 2014 is more social awareness, logic and sensitivity from the Mike Ditkas and Charles Barkleys of the world. Both high-profile Hall of Fame athletes and outspoken commentators came from poor, hard-working families. […]

Innocent Blacks and White cops – All lives are valuable

Innocent Blacks and White cops – All lives are valuable

Rafael Ramos had been a school security guard before he joined the New York City Police Department two years ago. Ramos, 40, was married and had two children. The youngest child, Jaden, 13, fondly remembered his dad on Facebook and Twitter, describing his dad as “the best father I could ask for.” Already, many in […]

Blacks should support normalizing relations with Cuba

Blacks should support normalizing relations with Cuba

President Obama’s historic announcement that the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, after more than five decades of strategic political and military opposition, is today resonating positively throughout Black America. It is in the economic, cultural and political interests of 42.7 million Black Americans across the United States to focus on the new emerging […]

Medical debt is confusing and often inaccurate

Medical debt is confusing and often inaccurate

Anyone who has been to an emergency room, out-patient clinic or undergone a series of medical tests knows how it feels to receive confusing bills from providers you never knew were treating you. The effects of so many bills and their high costs can almost make a person sick a second time – just from […]

Janay Rice’s journey

Janay Rice’s journey

OMAR TYREE NNPA COLUMNIST I wrote a sports column earlier about domestic violence, triggered by the NFL case of Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay. At the time, we had all witnessed the first video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée out of a New Jersey casino elevator in February […]

Rep. Steve King’s racist immigration formula

Rep. Steve King’s racist immigration formula

One of the many questions that hover over President Obama’s historic breakthrough in ending the U.S. government’s half-century-long Cold War standoff with Cuba is this: How will it affect the rollout of the president’s executive action granting some 4 million undocumented immigrants within America’s borders temporary legal status? The two controversial actions are deeply related: […]

This is why we march

This is why we march

“It’s just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us. Look at the masses – Black, White, all races, all religions…We need to stand like this at all times.” – Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner at the “Justice for All” March in Washington on Dec. 13 Few times in a nation’s […]