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93 million prepaid cardholders are unprotected

93 million prepaid cardholders are unprotected

When it comes to financial services, many consumers are surprised by the range of fees attached to their transactions. From mortgages to checking accounts, credit cards and more, regulations for these products establish the ‘rules of the road ’for consumers and creditors alike. Yet, one financial product with growing popularity has no comparable consumer protection: […]

Why I didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day

Why I didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has its rituals, but one that is not considered is any discussion of race. Having grown up in the Northeast, I am used to the St. Patrick’s Day parades, the celebration of Ireland, and, sometimes, the demand for a united Ireland. What is generally missing from discussions during this time period is […]

I had a heart attack

I had a heart attack

Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know it? It certainly didn’t feel like I had suffered a heart attack. I had just covered […]

Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

No United States president has been more disrespected than Barack Obama – and his family. The hatred for the nation’s first African-American president is so deep that all but seven Republicans in the U.S. Senate were willing to write a letter to Iran that amounted to treason on a grand scale. In an effort to […]

Continuing the Selma-to-Montgomery March

Continuing the Selma-to-Montgomery March

Fifty years ago I traveled from Mississippi to Selma, Ala. on March 21, 1965 to join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of fellow citizens marching the 54 miles to the steps of the state’s capitol in Montgomery. Millions of Americans now know about this march thanks to the movie “Selma” and the recent […]

188 years of Black press excellence in USA

188 years of Black press excellence in USA

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America. For the past 188 years Black Americans have labored diligently and responsibly to publish and distribute Black-owned newspapers in the […]

#BlackGirlsMatter right here in America

#BlackGirlsMatter right here in America

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST Every morning, when I fix my teenage daughter breakfast and drop her off to school, she reminds me that #BlackGirlsMatter. Her journey has not been easy; made all the more difficult by an experience, beginning in middle school and persisting to high school, that threatened to crush her dreams by denying […]

Our failure to measure up

Our failure to measure up

What do we stand for as a nation and who do we wish to be? In a 1968 speech at the University of Kansas, Senator Robert Kennedy correctly worried too many used our nation’s wealth as the standard of greatness rather than the human values that should matter most. Our Gross Domestic Product – now […]

Black Americans’ threat from Whites wearing badges

Black Americans’ threat from Whites wearing badges

Is Raymond Wilford, a 26-year-old Black Seattle resident, not dead or seriously injured only because the White mall security officer who maced and then arrested him didn’t have a gun? I’ll come to the deeply suspicious police killings of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri; of Eric Garner, in New York City; and of Ezell Ford, […]

Who pays for police officers’ misbehavior?

Who pays for police officers’ misbehavior?

Ever since President Bill Clinton apologized for the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in 1997, we have heard calls for apologies from the government and individuals for a myriad of transgressions against Black people. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that apologies are highly overrated and mean very little when it comes to initiating […]