Stop The Grandstanding: Texans Want Grand Jury Reform

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by Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times There is a saying in the Lone Star State that “everything is bigger in Texas” and Texans do their best to live up to that saying in many ways. As the number of police shootings continues to escalate involving unarmed Black men […]

Remembering the fallen on Memorial Day

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By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson On May 25th, the people of our nation will pause to commemorate fallen members of the military, as we celebrate Memorial Day, a time of reflection and resolve. Today, we memorialize fallen patriots who gave their lives so that we might live ours. Because of their valor, America remains a […]

TPP and the Fast Track to Nowhere

Protesters opposing TPP (Image: Flickr User Stop FastTrack)

By Claude Cummings, NDG Special Contributor A broad coalition of labor, community, environmental, faith and civil rights activists across Dallas is fighting the biggest trade deal of our time — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — because we know from experience that this deal is a giveaway for corporations that comes at the expense of our […]

Voter fraud alleged in Dallas City Council election

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An election challenge was filed by Subrina Brenham and Eric Williams, candidates for District 8 on the Dallas City Council. They are alleging the votes were rigged in their complaint filed with the Dallas County district court against the city and the Dallas County elections office. The two are requesting a hearing and the opportunity […]

First Lady Michelle Obama Resists Taking the Easy Way Out

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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 […]

Dallas City Council Runoff Elections set for June 13

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings not only won, he trounced his opponent Marcos Ronquillo by capturing 73 percent of the votes cast. What few votes were cast. Rawlings victory appeared to be city-wide with the strongest support from the southern region. Mayor Pro Tem Atkins’ District 8 seat in southern Dallas was pursued by six candidates […]

Seeing and Not Seeing Our Racial Reality

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By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist  “Americans don’t want to imagine that our racist history is actually an ongoing racist reality. We like to look at racism as a thing that has gotten better (if not gone away completely) and that the way black Americans are treated in society is actually colorblind.” Those words, written […]

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 […]

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