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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Digital Divide: Makings of Historic Hustle Play Out in Modern Politics

Written by Featured Organization on 13 August 2012.

LOS ANGELES – MTV. HBO. CNN. These cable stations have revolutionized our television viewing experience and our culture as a whole. In 1979, cable was still an emerging technology, but one that brothers Clinton and Carl Galloway knew was worth pursuing.

 

The Galloway brothers, both young, African-American professionals living in Los Angeles, had a dream of making sure that this technological bridge to the future was equally accessible to the most impoverished area of the city—South Central L.A. They had hoped to use cable to help raise the poorest citizens of Los Angeles out of their dire straights.

In a surprising turn of events, the brothers’ struggle to bring this technology to 180,000 households reached the national level: starting at the local district courts and leading all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. This journey is documented in the new book, Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A. (Oct 2012), and includes shady politics, greed and a lot of sweat.

Fearing that a monopoly would put cable TV out of reach for this black community and stunt economic progress in the area, the Galloway brothers gathered other well-meaning partners and entered the fray. Despite having the most knowledge and the best financial backing, their application was rejected in favor of a group of well-connected, political contributors and wealthy businessmen. They soon realized that political favoritism was at the heart of the battle.

The brothers sued the city and the case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. They won, proving their First Amendment rights had been violated in the city’s process of awarding cable franchises. The Court remanded the case to the U.S. District Court for Los Angeles for awarding of damages where a city hall-connected Federal judge awarded the brothers one dollar – the apparent value of civil rights in Los Angeles.

This story began with cable television in 1979, but continues today as a larger story about the unholy alliance that has developed between the media and the government, and the corruption of politicians at the local and federal levels.

“The entire cable television industry started in a fashion similar to what happened in L.A. The unconstitutional behavior of various cities and local governments fostered an era of modern media ownership restricted to a few very wealthy individuals and groups,” says Clinton. “This consolidation of the broadcast media accelerated the decline of the independent press. That, in turn, has made the American people ignorant of the power of big business over our government, which potentially threatens the freedoms we all hold so dear. This has never been more apparent than in the 2012 election year.”

CLINTON GALLOWAY is now the president of Galloway & Associates and lives in Los Angeles.

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