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Tea Partiers to Counter Wall Street Protesters

Written by Eric Mayes on Friday, 14 October 2011 18:56.

A coalition of local Tea Party groups – under the umbrella of the Independence Tea Party Association – is “monitoring” Occupy Philadelphia protestors camped out at city hall. “Occupy Philadelphia has threatened to block traffic and set up tents – all without acquiring the proper permits.  The Tea Party condemns such behavior,” said Teri Adams, the association’s president, in a statement.


Darn Right It’s “Too Incendiary”

Written by Lee A. Daniels on Friday, 07 October 2011 18:22.

The New York Times reported yesterday that Mark Melvin, a prison inmate in Alabama, is suing the state department of corrections because they won’t let him have a book his attorney sent him. His lawsuit charges that prison officials characterized the book as “a security threat,” as “too incendiary” and “too provocative.”


Georgia Remains Center of Death Penalty Controversy

Written by George E. Curry on Friday, 07 October 2011 18:19.

Ray Charles sings about Georgia being on his mind. But, as Troy Davis was laid to rest Saturday in Savannah, Georgia was also on the minds of distraught death penalty opponents who saw him executed on the basis of questionable evidence and despite an array of witnesses who had recanted their original testimony.


Obama Finally Gets His Groove Back

Written by George E. Curry on Friday, 30 September 2011 18:47.

2012-presidential-campaignFacing the worst polling numbers of his administration, an increasingly alienated Democratic base and rigidly uncooperative Republicans, President Obama has junked his Compromiser-in-Chief approach and started calling out members of the GOP who oppose adopting programs that will help revive the economy. Stella isn’t the only one who got her groove back. President Obama has recaptured his 2008 presidential campaign mode and it comes not a minute too soon.

Report: Black Buying Power African-Americans Wield Considerable Consumer Power

Written by NNPA on Friday, 30 September 2011 18:46.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  African-Americans’ buying power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to The State of the African-American Consumer Report, released today, collaboratively by Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy, and The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers across the U.S. This growing economic potential presents an opportunity for Fortune 500 companies to examine and further understand this important, flourishing market segment.


U.S. Department of Education Investigating Record Number of Civil Rights Complaints

Written by Nadra Kareem Nittle, NNPA on Friday, 30 September 2011 18:40.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Education is seeking to improve the quality of education for minority and poor public school students by aggressively launching civil rights investigations aimed at preventing district administrators from providing more services and resources to predominantly white schools.


Touré Discusses His New Book “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?”

Written by Kam Williams on Friday, 23 September 2011 18:19.

Born in Boston on March 20, 1971, Touré is a cultural critic for MSNBC, as well as the host of a couple of shows on Fuse-TV: “Hip Hop Shop” and “On the Record.” A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, his articles appear regularly in publications ranging from The New York Times to The Village Voice to The New Yorker.


Are Schools Preparing Black Boys...For Prison?

Written by Starla Muhammad on Friday, 23 September 2011 18:18.

A Chicago mother recently filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education alleging a Chicago Public School security guard handcuffed her young son while he was a student at George Washington Carver Primary School on the city’s far south side.  In the lawsuit, filed Aug. 29, LaShanda Smith says the guard handcuffed her son March 17, 2010 which resulted in “sustained injuries of a permanent, personal and pecuniary nature.”


9/11 Memorial at World Trade Center Site

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 12 September 2011 12:57.

Design Honors Hundreds of Meaningful ‘Adjacency Requests’ from  Victims’ Next-of-Kin. In the weeks and months following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, a Statue of Liberty replica stood honor guard outside a firehouse on Eighth Avenue and West 48th Street in Manhattan. The firehouse was Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9, which lost 15 of their men at the World Trade Center on 9/11.


Harvard study finds housing affordability a growing issue; Despite drops in home prices, many still struggle with rental costs

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 12 September 2011 12:53.

While the recession has contributed to a price drop in residential homes, many consumers still lack the resources to transition from renting to homeownership.  In fact, according to a recent housing report, not only are the numbers of renters growing; but the nation’s supply of affordable rental housing is shrinking.