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For the general welfare

For the general welfare

A few years ago I had a chance to travel to Petaluma, California as a private citizen on personal business. Little did I know and hardly could I have imagined what might be going on there in the processing and preparation of the food that I and thousands of others would potentially make meals. At […]

New York’s plan for affordable housing

New York’s plan for affordable housing

“Welcome to New York, baby. It’s a city full of fun!” goes a line from one of my favorite jazz songs of years ago. But, increasingly for many of its residents, New York has become a city full of high anxiety about where they can afford to live. The migration to New York of businesses […]

Black voters are not apathetic

Black voters are not apathetic

The 2014 election year should be a voting “payback” year for Black America. Elected officials and politicians across America who have voted and acted against the economic, political and social interests of the Black American community should be voted out of office in the November 2014 midterm elections. Democracy requires civic participation by all people […]

Nigerian government fails our missing girls – and our country

Nigerian government fails our missing girls – and our country

OLUWA TOSIN ADEGBOLA NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST The cold facts stare us in our face: Fact 1: More than 300 girls were abducted from the rural northeast region of Nigeria on April 15 while attending secondary school; 276 are still believed to be held captive. Fact 2: The federal government has yet to forcibly intervene to […]

The question no one is asking Donald Sterling

The question no one is asking Donald Sterling

Why would a White racist have sex with a person of color? That’s the question that few people in the media want to raise, let alone address. But it is an age-old contradiction not limited to Donald Sterling, the hate spewing soon-to-be former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Beginning with slavery in the original […]

Economy is still recovering

Economy is still recovering

During 2013, the U.S. economy experienced a reasonable level of growth. The 3.4 percent growth rate in the second half of 2013 represented a solid growth rate, but not enough to trickle down to those who live at the periphery of the economy.  Those with low or stagnant wages might find that their lives have […]

The budget is not fair, Mr. Chair

The budget is not fair, Mr. Chair

“The budget is not fair, Mr. Chair, if 69 percent of the cuts come from programs for low-income children and families and we are giving extra tax cuts to the wealthiest among us…. If we can afford to give new tax extenders to wealthy corporations and people, we can afford to expand Head Start for […]

A ‘Sterling’ example  of our confusion

A ‘Sterling’ example of our confusion

RON BUSBY, SR. NNPA COLUMNIST Let me get my disclaimer out of the way first. The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is a business organization. Our sole purpose is to improve the lives of Black people by actively working to change the market environment. We advocate for improvements in capital access, increased opportunity and the […]

Racist NBA owner fouled out

Racist NBA owner fouled out

New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to spend several days “investigating” the clearly racist remarks of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. There’s no need to waste a scintilla of another second on this foul-mouth bigot. Escort him to the closest exit and say good bye – for good. Record fines or a long suspension won’t […]

Howard University made right call in honoring P. Diddy

Howard University made right call in honoring P. Diddy

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had a long tradition of pursuing and encouraging excellence.  Howard University in Washington, D.C. is considered by many to be the flagship of HBCUs. It one of the leading institutions of higher education in United States with a global brand of high achievement and historic contributions to the […]