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America, the land of the free!

America, the land of the free!

Darlene Aiken Guest Columnist The doctor says, ma’am, you’ve been feeling under the weather because, great news, you are pregnant! The immediate thought is supposed to be one of jubilation, yet the only emotion that rears its head is the one of, Oh! Lord, please let it be a girl, please, please, please! I do […]

Struggling to change what you’re given

Struggling to change what you’re given

Seventeen-year-old Theresa Tran is one of this year’s winners of the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio’s Beat the Odds® scholarships after overcoming tough odds including physical disability, the death of a beloved sibling, and a father who suddenly abandoned the family and left her mother to raise four children alone. Theresa says she had to be a […]

Obamas send wrong messages

Obamas send wrong messages

Two weeks ago, President Obama launched an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. As a part of this initiative, he signed a presidential memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson. The task force will help determine what public and private efforts are working and […]

President Obama rallies help for young males of color

President Obama rallies help for young males of color

There are some Americans who, in the aggregate, are consistently doing worse in our society — groups that have had the odds stacked against them in unique ways that require unique solutions…And by almost every measure, the group that is facing some of the most severe challenges in the 21st century in this country are […]

Respect begins with us

Respect begins with us

JINEEA BUTLER NNPA COLUMNIST I’ve been at a lost for words lately watching all the New World Order-like advancements unravel before our eyes. From Stand your Ground to Stop and Frisk, war is being waged on those who refuse to follow the ‘logical’ standards of our society.  And there have been a long list of […]

America the land of the free

America the land of the free

DARLENE AIKEN GUEST COLUMNIST The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, or regulation; the power to determine action without restraint; political or national independence; personal liberty as opposed to bondage or slavery; exemption from the presence of anything specified; freedom from […]

Obama’s one-sided responsibility lecture

Obama’s one-sided responsibility lecture

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST Too often during the presidency of Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president has felt the need to chide Black Americans to take responsibility for their destiny. In announcing his new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative targeting young men of color at the White House, the president again waded in the personal […]

Redefining truth has consequences

Redefining truth has consequences

In all organized sports, there are clearly defined rules that must be adhered to.  In all universities, there are clearly stated guidelines for admittance. In all religions, there are shared beliefs that all members must adhere to. Without these clearly defined rules of engagement (ROEs), there can be no order within groups; and without order […]

The Jim Crow impulse

The Jim Crow impulse

Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, after nearly a week of reading the political tea leaves, vetoed a bill Feb. 27 from her state’s GOP-controlled legislature that its advocates stated had the innocuous purpose of shoring up protections for the “free exercise of religion.” In fact, the legislation would have revived for use against gays and […]

Justice refused for another African-American teenager?

Justice refused for another African-American teenager?

JUDGE GREG MATHIS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE My thoughts and prayers are with Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, the parents whose teenage son was murdered on November 23, 2012. Jordan Davis was killed following an argument with an older White male who became upset that Davis and his friends were playing […]