Symbolism without Substance: From Jena to Ferguson

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By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, La. in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice. After all the speeches, threats, marches, and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really changed. The prosecutors did their thing and the system rolled right over Mychal Bell and [...]

From ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ to ‘Hands Up, Vote’

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By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Out of every momentous national tragedy that Black Americans have continued to endure in the United States, there has always emerged a redeeming moment to push harder and further on the long journey toward freedom, justice and equality. The continuing unrestrained fatal police killings of Black American males [...]

Americans feel upbeat about job market in their region

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NEW YORK, N.Y.  – The economy’s a funny thing, as it exists – and can be perceived differently – at so many levels. From world to nation to region, all the way down to your own household, reading economic tea leaves can have a great deal to do with where you’re standing. Turning to the [...]

State of Emergency declared following earthquake in Napa, California

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NAPA, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown of Caifornia declared a state of emergency for southern Napa on Sunday after a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 hit the region, causing scores of injuries and damage and knocking out power to thousands of people across the region. The governor, in his statement, said his emergency [...]

Supporters for Michael Brown’s killer has contributed $300,000

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Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop that killed the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown two weeks ago clearly has a lot of supporters on the Internet. In fact, he has received about $300,000 between two GoFund me pages created on his behalf.  However, the page created on behalf of Michael Brown’s family has received almost all of [...]

“The Great Debaters” star Nate Parker Racially Profiled on His Way to Ferguson Protests

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Hollywood movie stars are not immune to the plague of police racial profiling. Recently, Nate Parker most known for his roles in Pride, The Great Debaters and Red Tails was pulled over for driving while Black as he drove to Ferguson to protest the killing of teen Michael Brown. The police allegedly pulled the actor [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder discusses mistrust of Ferguson youth

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Below are excerpts of the AG’s remarks to the meeting earlier today at St. Louis Community College. “The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now. The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to [...]

2 Black men per week are killed by a cop in America

Howard University students join the Hands Up Don't Shoot movement in memory of Michael Brown

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Occasionally, police officers behave in such as dastardly manner that it captures international attention. There was the 1997 famous video of four White LAPD officers taking turns clubbing and kicking Rodney King nearly beyond recognition after a high-speed automobile chase. In 1999, on the opposite coast, an unarmed, 23-year-old [...]

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