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African leaders summit in America

African leaders summit in America

The importance of President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held this week in Washington, D.C. should not be underestimated. This is historic event for all Americans, but especially for 45 million Black Americans who all are direct or indirect descendants from Africa. Because of the politically polarized atmosphere in Washington, D.C., whatever initiative that President […]

Putting on my Harriett Tubman shoes

Putting on my Harriett Tubman shoes

In light of all the racism mounting up around us I put myself in Harriet Tubman’s shoes. Her mind had to be ready for war. What made her believe she could be free? Where did the courage come from when all displays of aggression were met with discipline? If you knew that your opportunity to […]

Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles

Palestinian and the Black American freedom struggles

Knowing of my concern about justice for the Palestinians, a friend sent me a link the other day regarding Palestine and Black America; [http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180382/students-justice-palestine#undefined] The essence of this piece is the author’s allegation that Palestinians cannot and should not compare their struggle to that of the African-American struggle for justice. Actually, there is nothing new […]

State AGs, feds crackdown on mortgage fraud

State AGs, feds crackdown on mortgage fraud

Although the rate of foreclosures nationwide has declined by April, 694,000 homeowners were still in some form of foreclosure, according to CoreLogic, a leading market analyst. Unfortunately, these consumers are also the targets of businesses charging costly, up-front fees for services that are never provided. On July 23, a coordinated state and federal enforcement action […]

The lynching of Eric Garner

The lynching of Eric Garner

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing,” the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop. That scene touched a raw nerve as it recalled the 1983 death of 25-year-old graffiti artist Michael […]

The politics of federal judges

The politics of federal judges

The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. All of the judges voting to uphold the ACA were appointed by Democrats. All of […]

Black press: The voice of Black America – Last of 5 parts

Black press: The voice of Black America – Last of 5 parts

Our voice for the cause of freedom, justice, equality, and empowerment is the consistent voice of struggle and self-determination representing the interests of 45 million Black Americans and others who yearn for a better quality of life. The Black Press of America, primarily through local and regional newspapers printed weekly across the nation, continues the […]

The high cost of injustice

The high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable? What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high gets drug treatment and a sentence of, say, two years, instead of a sentence of life imprisonment without parole? How […]

Bipartisan jobs bill tackles urban, youth unemployment

Bipartisan jobs bill tackles urban, youth unemployment

“Supporting education and training for our youth is a smart investment that can help rebuild local economies and pay dividends over the long term.” – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand “The future of our economy depends on an educated, skilled workforce that encompasses all individuals – even the most disconnected and at risk.” – Congressman Chaka […]

Strengthening the Black Diaspora

Strengthening the Black Diaspora

The idea hit me last week during the international panel at our 22nd annual conference in Chicago. Speaking on the panel were National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) members from Colombia, Benin, Ghana, Suriname, Ethiopia and France. (Ghana, France and Suriname have participated at previous conferences).  It was Colombia’s first and they were given an […]