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African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party and Other Black Political Leaders Endorse Judge Keischa Lovelace for the N.C. Court of Appeals

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 27 October 2014 14:20.

The African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party and other Black political leaders in the state have decided to endorse and fervently support Judge Keischa Lovelace for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The AAC-NCDP and other elected North Carolina African-American officials have previously endorsed and still believe Dr. Lovelace is the proper choice for our entire state. The NCDP’s Executive Council, despite pleas from Black and White members, narrowly voted to endorse John Arrowwood for the NC Court of Appeals, Sunday.


Praise for New Rules on Racial Disparities in Schools

Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:51.

WASHINGTON – Civil rights advocates praised the updated guidelines for addressing racial disparities in American public schools recently issued by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education and recommended additional measures to close the Black-White achievement gap. “The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance,” stated the guidance. “School districts that receive federal funds must not intentionally discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and must not implement facially neutral policies that have the unjustified effect of discriminating against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin.”


The Passing of A Legend Pioneer Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Trailblazer Comer J. Cottrell, Jr. Dies at 82

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:48.

PLANO, TX  -- Pioneer entrepreneur, philanthropist and trailblazer Mr. Comer J. Cottrell, Jr., one of the country's most prolific African-American businessmen, died Friday, Oct. 3 at the age 82 at his Plano, Texas residence. Starting with a modest investment of $600 and broken typewriter, he built a multi-million dollar empire Pro-Line Hair Products and forever changed and revolutionizes the hair care industry. Pro-Line Hair Products would be the vehicle that would establish Mr. Cottrell's legacy but it also allowed him to expand his sharp business acumen across other categories and industries to create jobs and opportunities for African Americans and others that might not have existed.


Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

Written by Featured Organization on Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:15.

DURHAM, N.C. – A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease. An estimated 13 percent of people, all of whom are Caucasian, might carry the genetic susceptibility, and knowing this could help them reduce heart disease with simple interventions such as a healthy diet, exercise and stress management.


Master Motivator Orrin Hudson Plays a Simultaneous Game of Chess With 59 Students, Teaches Them the Winning Moves in Chess ... and Life!

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:05.

Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson playing a simultaneous game of chess with 59 children at an after-school program in Gadsden, Alabama to teach them pattern recognition. GADSDEN, AL -- Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, a national chess champion, motivational speaker, and the founder of Atlanta-based Be Someone, Inc., recently traveled to Gadsden, Alabama to host a week-long training program with local elementary and middle school students. The goal, according to Hudson, was to "make math, science and logic come alive" and to use the game of chess to teach kids the only way to fight is to use your head. "Heads up, pants up, grades up and never give up," he taught them.


Helping Students Attend College for Free

Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Friday, 19 September 2014 15:50.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As middle-aged parents, Norma Richards, a veteran science teacher, and her husband were only halfway through raising six children. Facing the daunting responsibility of putting their three through college in close succession, Richards felt it was time to get proactive.  Today, those two daughters and one son have each earned engineering degrees at well-known universities on full academic scholarships. Her guidebook, Free Ride to College shows parents and high school seniors how to position themselves for the same good fortune. 


Back To School: Why Our Kids Need Access and Accountability

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 15 September 2014 13:29.

Darnell Parker, Certified Fraud Expert and CEO of Community Fitness and Education ( has been on a mission since 2004 to provide access and accountability for underserved minority boys and girls by providing fitness, nutrition and college preparatory courses. The objective of CFE is to break the cycle of chronic health problems, school retention, cyber-bullying and fiscal responsibility that is prevalent amongst underserved minority communities. “As a 501 (c) (3), our mission is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through high quality youth fitness and after-school programs coupled with mentoring and workshops. Nutrition is a fundamental part of what CFE offers because, “I understand the importance of feeding the whole person from the inside out which allows young people to think effectively, strategically and long-term,” says Darnell Parker.


The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger Over Regressive Policies and Turn It Into Action at the Polls

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 12:23.

For seven days from Aug. 22 - Aug. 28, the North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement joined justice-loving groups across the nation in mobilizing for a Moral Week of Action at state capitols. "Fifty-eight years ago, Emmett Louis Till was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 for supposedly whistling at a white woman," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. "His mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket to show the world the brutality of the killing. Four months after Till's death  and two months after the verdict let his white killers go free, Rosa Parks took the pain of the moment and turned it into power by sitting down on a bus and refusing to get up. Fifty-eight years ago, it was Rosa Parks' time. Now it's our time. If you are tired of seeing policies that hurt the poor and vulnerable, workers, public education, patients and the uninsured, you better raise your voice and cast your vote."


Is the Hatred for Trade Schools Really Class Warfare? Are Low Income Minority Students the Real Targets?

Written by Harry C. Alford on Monday, 08 September 2014 11:34.


Trade schools have higher graduation and placement rates than other colleges, yet they are being singled out for cuts in college funding because of their student population. Hairstylists, plumbers, mechanics, chefs, medical assistants, ministers, and other working class students who attend trade schools are being discriminated against by the Administration. Imagine if the federal government decided to regulate hospitals and medical clinics by judging them strictly by their ability to achieve specific outcomes for their patients – as opposed to measuring their quality of service – or else funding would be cut off, causing them to close their doors. Moreover, not all hospitals and clinics would be subject to these regulations – just the ones in neighborhoods with older populations, higher percentages of people living in poverty, and larger numbers of Latino and African-American residents.


Trayvon Martin’s Mom Writes Letter to Michael Brown’s Family Saying, “Neither of Their Lives Shall Be in Vain”

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 25 August 2014 15:30.

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was killed two and a half years ago by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain, has penned an open letter to the mother of Michael Brown, who was killed recently in Ferguson, MO by a police officer. Fulton’s compelling letter from one mother to another was printed exclusively in TIME Magazine. The letter reads: To The Brown Family, I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.