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The real ‘first Black president’

The real ‘first Black president’

“Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president … and more than a single individual.” – Barack Obama Barack Obama became America’s first Black president in 2009. Nelson Rohihlahia Mandela preceded Obama to the top of his government, […]

Occupation of Palestine compared to South African apartheid

Occupation of Palestine compared to South African apartheid

  BILL FLETCHER AND ANGELA M. GILLIAM NNPA COLUMNISTS We, as African-Americans, simply could not remain silent when word broke of the Israeli bombings of Gaza. Along with Cornel West and others, we circulated a petition condemning the aggression and demanding an end to the occupation. While most of the mainstream media immediately jumped to […]

Republicans should focus on Blacks, not Hispanics

Republicans should focus on Blacks, not Hispanics

I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to be the same: “Republicans have to find a way to garner more of the Hispanic vote.” […]

Living on $35 worth of food stamps only hype

Living on $35 worth of food stamps only hype

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker, following the example of Phoenix, Arizona Mayor Greg Stanton, is accepting a challenge to live on a $35 food stamp budget for one week. Mr. Mayor will add to his resume of shoveling snow and rescuing a woman from a burning house this latest feat that some news reporters […]

Payday loans, overdraft fees are predatory products

Payday loans, overdraft fees are predatory products

More than 37 million American households were either unbanked or under-banked in 2011, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). African-American households represent 34 percent of all under-banked consumers, the highest percentage among demographics surveyed. When under-banked African-American and Latino households are combined, these two communities of color comprise more […]

‘Playing the numbers’ hurts the poor

‘Playing the numbers’ hurts the poor

I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years of age, the two elderly ladies who lived downstairs from my family would give me a ladies’ handkerchief tied in a knot with some coins and a piece of paper inside. They would have me walk up the street and give it to another lady […]

’Tis the season to be careful

’Tis the season to be careful

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas. It takes me until about Dec. 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family. I like to give, which is why I share with a few charities that are close […]

Reforming the GED exam may help unemployed

Reforming the GED exam may help unemployed

WADE HENDERSON NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST As our economy steadily improves and we look ahead to the next four years, it’s time to turn our attention to solving the intractable problem of long-term unemployment. Reforming the General Educational Development exam – better known as the GED – is one of the most promising pathways to getting […]

Fed chair: Communities of color must be part of recovery

Fed chair: Communities of color must be part of recovery

In a recent speech before the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, warned that the current housing recovery is leaving communities of color behind. In his remarks, he acknowledged that racial discrimination in housing persists despite federal fair housing laws and the Community Reinvestment Act. “Two […]

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ missing contributions by Blacks

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ missing contributions by Blacks

“‘Negro History’ is the missing segment of world history.” Carter G. Woodson Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that Black history is the missing pages of world history. Never was such so true than in the movie, “Lincoln.” While I, as a “weekend historian,” was impressed by Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of […]