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Economic Movement Shelved Until 2012

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 18 November 2011 19:35.

ATLANTA – A highly touted black banking initiative, conceived by nationally syndicated talk show host Warren Ballentine as a powerful community development tool, is being shelved until next year, according to the president of the National Bankers Association. Confusion about the mission, goals and consumer benefits of the People’s Economic Movement (PEM) warrant the delay, said Michael Grant, president of the Washington, D.C.-based organization.


Obama’s First African-American Policy Conference

Written by AFRO Staff Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper on Friday, 18 November 2011 19:33.

President Barack Obama held the first ever African-American Policy in Action Leadership Conference at the White House on Nov. 9 to coincide with the release of a report, “The President’s Agenda and the African-American Community.” In front of a gathering that included Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the president used the conference to lay out his policy achievements three years after winning the Oval Office with the solid embrace of Black Americans.


Reasons For Partnership Failure Amongst African Americans

Written by Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson, Psy.D., NCSP, M.Ed. on Friday, 11 November 2011 20:09.

Discussions about the epidemic are everywhere, from the latest best-selling novels to academic discussions on college campuses, to passionate discussions between Frat brothers & Sister circles. The question everyone wants answered is “WHY?” Unfortunately, many of the traditional reasons you have been given for the premature romantic meltdowns amongst Blacks are inaccurate and insufficient. These very same factors were present when successful Black marriages, created 30 or 40 years ago, were forged but yet many a couple managed to stay together.


Anti-Bullying Grounded Advice

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 11 November 2011 20:02.

National attention and concern with bullying continues to be one of the most discussed and debated social issues of the year.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Although passion and widespread sympathy for bullying victims is natural and admirable, those who want to stop bullying abuse need to act in ways that reflect good science and proven research if they want to contribute to a culture that does not condone this behavior, according to the director of the University at Buffalo’s anti-bullying center. See video at


Wealth Disparities Likely to Grow

Written by George E. Curry, NNPA on Monday, 07 November 2011 16:39.

A widening gap between the mega-rich and the rest of society, documented in a recent congressional study, is likely to create even larger economic disparities between African-Americans and Whites. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report that stated: “For the 1 percent with the highest income, average real after-tax household income grew by 275 percent between 1979 and 2007.”


Honoring Dr. King by Fighting for Jobs

Written by Marc H. Morial on Friday, 28 October 2011 19:34.

“This really means making the movement powerful enough, dramatic enough, morally appealing enough, so that people of goodwill, the churches, labor, liberals, intellectuals, students, poor people themselves begin to put pressure on congressmen to the point that they can no longer elude our demands.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Most Black Americans Sitting Out ‘Occupy’

Written by Chris Levister, Special to the NNPA from the Black Voice News on Friday, 28 October 2011 19:32.

When Ray Leeds saw a crowd gathering in front of the California Museum of Photography, in Riverside’s downtown pedestrian mall last week, the photography buff and out-of work union pipefitter left nothing to chance. “I grabbed my camera and just started taking pictures. It was surreal. Out of nowhere they just started singing and pitching tents,” he said.  “It was engrossing. You couldn’t just stand there and snap pictures.”


Trying Juveniles as Adults: Doesn’t Reduce Juvenile Crime

Written by Kenneth J. Cooper on Friday, 28 October 2011 19:27.

NNPA -- Only eight states publicly report the race and ethnicity of juveniles transferred to adult courts for criminal prosecution, the Justice Department has found, and it’s no wonder that more states do not. Those that do are sending disproportionate numbers of African-American and Hispanic teenagers to face the possibility of the most serious punishment that a juvenile offender can face—getting locked up in a state prison alongside hardened adult criminals.


The Plot to Dilute the Black Vote

Written by George E. Curry on Friday, 21 October 2011 18:32.

After decades of trying to ease voting restrictions that suppress voter turnout in the U.S., already among the lowest among industrialized nations, Republican-led state legislators and GOP governors have quickly implemented or proposed a series of changes aimed at reducing Black political clout.


HistoryMakers Make Lasting Impression in Schools Across the Nation

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 14 October 2011 19:03.

CHICAGO – More than 500 African-American living legends nationwide participated in the 2nd Annual Back to School With the HistoryMakers program on Friday, Sept. 23.