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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 […]

Black Press:  The voice of Black America — Part IV

Black Press: The voice of Black America — Part IV

To publish a document is to establish a permanent record for the future. To publish a newspaper is to preserve an official record of the news and perspectives of a particular period, which is useful today and in the future. The Black Press has been around since the publication of the first Black newspaper. Freedom’s […]

Haven’t I seen these people before?

Haven’t I seen these people before?

For much of this month I was experiencing flashes of déjà vu. It’s come from watching the demonstrators in some towns across the country and reading some of the commentary and reader responses in the newspapers and the blogs protesting the Obama administration’s efforts to temporarily shelter the children fleeing the gang violence ravaging their […]

A humanitarian effort

A humanitarian effort

Last week the United States was confronted with a serious problem with immigrant children in deciding on whether to send them back to their country plagued with danger or to keep them in the United States. With so many different opinions about this issue, a rational person can’t help but raise concerns on many levels. […]

Black press: The voice of Black  America – Part III

Black press: The voice of Black America – Part III

Former U.S. Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-Md.) once told me, “It is long overdue for Black Americans to understand the urgent and ongoing necessity to defend and to support Black-owned businesses in the United States.” Mitchell was an outstanding freedom fighter and one of the original founders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) more than 40 […]