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State of the Union was class act with crass responses

State of the Union was class act with crass responses

President Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union Address (SOU) last week. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor, and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the state of the Union is “strong.” I disagree with parts of the address, especially around […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the gospel of action

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the gospel of action

There is no shortage of words in the English language to describe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By now – more than five decades after his fiery delivery of the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. – you may feel as though you have heard them all: leader, […]

Obama enters ‘the final kick’

Obama enters ‘the final kick’

Unashamedly, I am a fan of most sporting events.  I find competitive tests of strength and skill compelling. Most fans focus on events that hold the greatest popularity.  Football, basketball, soccer, and baseball all get fan and media attention. I enjoy those, but find track and field uniquely impressive. Short and long There’s purity of […]

It’s time to deal with concussions

It’s time to deal with concussions

First, let me make a recommendation. Everyone should see the movie “Concussion.” Actor Will Smith will probably get an Oscar for his role. He plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who links mental illness to football. Omalu’s claim is that a high number of football players experience concussions, and a noticeable number of them end up with […]

CFPB cracks down on illegal debt collections

CFPB cracks down on illegal debt collections

As holiday revelers toasted the season, a key federal regulator took two steps to ensure that 2016 would bring an important change for consumers harassed by illegal debt collector actions. On December 16 in its third action against a large national payday lender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered EZCorp, Inc. to refund $7.5 […]

Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

WADE HENDERSON NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school. Among members of the African-American middle class, my story isn’t at all […]

Abusive debt collectors target Black consumers

Abusive debt collectors target Black consumers

An old adage teaches that one man’s pain is another’s gain. That adage is a truism when it comes to the debt collection industry. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), debt buyers pay just 3.1 percent on the dollar for defaulted debts. Additionally, 94 percent of these debts are sold with without documentation. So […]

Is Texas’ ‘open carry’ law for us?

Is Texas’ ‘open carry’ law for us?

JEFFREY L. BONEY NNPA COLUMNIST Beginning January 1, 2016, anyone holding a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) will be allowed to openly carry his or her handgun in Texas. The law, passed by the Texas Legislature and signed in June by Gov. Greg Abbott, will allow people with permits to carry their handguns outside their […]

What you drive matters for employment, empowerment

What you drive matters for employment, empowerment

GLENDA GILL NNPA COLUMNIST Ever since Henry Ford declared he’d pay $5 a day to workers in his factories, African-Americans have had a love affair with the automotive industry in the United States. “The Great Migration” of Blacks from the South to the North was largely due to the demand for factory labor. In 1910, […]

Black lives don’t matter in Israel

Black lives don’t matter in Israel

The United States does not have a monopoly on the lynch law murder of Black people. Israel, both America’s client state and master, is awash in racist state-sponsored violence. Palestinians are usually the intended targets, but Africans are inevitably caught in this terrorism too. The mob murder of Mulu Habtom Zerhom  reveals everything that the […]