Those Magnificent May Flowers

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By Dr. James L. Snyder The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were sitting on the back porch admiring the close of the day. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting together drinking coffee, glad that another day has quietly slipped by. Out of the clear blue sky my wife said, “Aren’t those flowers just […]

Baseball scholarships becoming elusive for Black HS grads

Chad Hardy is a talented athlete and student.

Part II of II By Lamar Brooks, NDG Special Contributor A typical young, black male in football and basketball glides down a gilded pathway by the time they are seniors in high school in both of those sports. My brother Chet, a blue chip, Parade All American as a senior, had bags of letters from every […]

First Lady Michelle Obama Resists Taking the Easy Way Out

First Lady Michelle Obama (Image: Yellow Hammer News)

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist More than any other first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama continues to stand above those who would attempt to distort her leadership. First Lady Obama’s recent commencement address at the Tuskegee University in Alabama exemplified her courage to speak truth to the world without fear […]

9 Tips to Brave the Memorial Day BBQ Buffet

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MEMPHIS — Memorial Day is coming and if you’re like most health-conscious folks, you’re torn. On one hand, you’re tempted to celebrate with a hotdog in one hand, a hamburger in the other, and an umbrella-festooned drink close by. On the other, you’re painfully aware that swimsuit season is coming soon (heck, maybe even that […]

Black unemployment rate improving

Valerie Wilson, the director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) speaks jobs and the economy in the Black community during an event at EPI. (Freddie Allen/NNPA News Wire)

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGNTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Despite the improvement, the Black jobless rate is still double the unemployment rate of White workers, which has remained flat since […]

Demonstration planned for Monroe Bird III

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Supporters of Monroe Bird III, the paralyzed 21-year-old Tulsa man shot by a security guard, are planning a demonstration tonight at 6 p.m. outside of the offices of Tulsa District Attorney’s office. They want to put pressure on the DA Steve Kunzweiler who they feel has taken no action on pressing charges. Also, they want […]

Baltimore riots: Have Black families lost control?


By Roy Miller ( — The riots in Baltimore, Maryland are the result of an overfilled balloon that now gives us signs that it is about to burst. Long time injustice finally came to a head. Rage is only the smoke that came from the fire caused by America’s long term mistreatment of black youth. […]

Justice Not Delayed in Baltimore

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Md., speaks to a staffer during a swearing in ceremony earlier this year. (Courtesy Photo/Office of the Mayor)

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEWS ANALYSIS WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Three extremely qualified African American women are at the forefront of making certain that Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police in Baltimore will not go unpunished. Loretta Lynch began her first day as U.S. attorney general by focusing her attention on Baltimore […]

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