Breathing life into a movement

eric garner chokehold

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said, as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk. The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer […]

Youth activists present their demands to Obama during White House meeting

President Obama and senior staff gets an earful from Ferguson youth leaders (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen).

By Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an oval office meeting that some have called “historic,” a group of young activists met with President Obama to discuss the crippling effects of police brutality in the Black community, the militarization of police departments and the need for systemic reform that sparked months […]

The devaluing of Black lives go beyond police killings

Photo: New American Media

By David Muhammad, New America Media I have struggled with the theme of “Black Lives Matter” in the protests against police killings of Black men in America. I totally agree with the sentiment, but I have just had trouble with the message that seems so basic and demands a low bar. Then after an argument with a […]

Survey shows most Whites have a bias against Blacks

Photo of protester's sign Sunday at the #BlackLivesMatter march in Rochester by Rose Colored Photo via Flickr

Most white Americans demonstrate bias against blacks, even if they’re not aware of or able to control it. It’s a surprisingly little-discussed factor in the anguishing debates over race and law enforcement that followed the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers. Such implicit biases — which, if they were to influence split-second law […]

How Do Blacks In Ferguson Effectuate the Change They Desire?

Rioting erupts in Ferguson, Missouri after police involved shooting of an unarmed teen

NDG Editorial In the wake of nationwide protests following the death of Michael Brown and the sham of a grand jury proceeding Black America finds itself once again in a familiar dilemma. Where do we go from here? What are the solutions? How do we reaffirm our humanity in the eyes of White America to […]

$10 Billion Race Discrimination Suit Filed Against AT&T


By Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A group that advocates for economic inclusion and fair contracting for Black-owned media recently filed a $10 billion dollar lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against AT&T and DirecTV. The National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) filed the lawsuit for an unnamed company that “owns seven […]

Ferguson had a long history of racial tensions

Ferguson protesters (Via Flickr @SocialJusticeSeeker812)

(L.A. Times) Dorothy Kaiser rides down the main streets of Ferguson, the town unfolds before her like a diary. This neighborhood is newer; that one is older; she raised her children in this house, and grew up in that one herself. As far as anyone can tell, she has lived here longer than anyone. She’s […]

AARP: Calls foul on Congress’ backroom budget deal


WASHINGTON, DC-AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers released this statement in opposition to the Kline-Miller amendment to the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, an amendment that the Los Angeles Times says “could be a disaster” that would potentially harm millions of current retirees: “This last minute backroom deal would, for the first […]

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