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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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National Save the Family Now Movement: It's All About the Family

Written by Rev. Dr. R. B. Holmes, Jr. on 17 December 2010.

It is important during this holiday season that you and I rededicate our passion for the family. Family is important for the survival of this nation in general and this is particularly true for the black race. Strong families make dynamic churches, thriving communities, better schools, and a greater nation.

Because God blessed me with great parents who taught my seven siblings and me the importance of faith, family, hard work, education, morals and a sense of purpose, I have a passion to see families flourish. My parents are now with the Lord in heaven, but their spirit of family devotion and dedication lives daily in my heart and soul. This "National Save the Family Now Movement," is designed to place emphasis on the fact that families work, and we must rebuild and reclaim our families.

My parents were married for over 60 years. During those years, I personally witnessed the love of family, the power of family unity and the power of prayer. Just last week, I eulogized my last living uncle, who pastored the New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana for 53 years. My uncle, my father's brother, was married to one wife for 57 years. The example of commitment and longevity in marriage was demonstrated by my grandparents who were married for over 55 years until death separated them. Yes, marriage matters and family matters, and we must not allow the popular culture to destroy the influence that positive families can have in this world. Indeed, we can never downgrade the significance of marriage.

I know what some of the data is saying about the plight and predicament of the black family, such as the high rate of divorces in black families, the rise of teenage pregnancies and other critical issues. This "National Save the Family Now Movement" will not be deterred by statistics but will focus on fighting the good fight for the thriving of our families. There are many examples of black couples who have remained together in spite of life's challenges and struggles.

In February 2011, the Rejoice Musical Soul Food Network and the National Save the Family Now Movement will sponsor a "National Celebration of the Black Family" in Memphis, Tennessee, February 17-19, 2011. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, we will honor 40 families from across this country who have been married for 40 years plus.

Let me be clear here. In the United States there are many black couples who have stayed in their marriages for a long time and for the long term. You can help us by nominating a family in your community who has been together for 40 years or more. Simply write an essay of 500 words or less describing why these organizations should honor the couple and send your nomination to savethefamily@musicalsoulfood.com by January 17, 2011.

Please help us show the world that marriage still works because black couples love each other, are committed to each other and together have weathered the storms of life. The black press is the organization that is most prepared and strategically placed to lift the black family and, if we don't tell this story, it is unlikely it will get told.

We are very fortunate to have over 200 black newspapers in this country. We have excellent leadership in the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA); under the dynamic leadership of Chairman Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.; and the NNPA Foundation led capably by Chairwoman Dorothy R. Leavell. The leaders of the Black Press have joined forces with the "Black AIDS Institute and the Greater Than AIDS Organization," encouraging black publishers to write weekly articles to increase awareness about the challenges surrounding the HIV/AIDS virus. I commend Mr. Bakewell and Mrs. Leavell for leading us in this venture because we cannot save the black family if we do not consistently and courageously address this grave problem.

The "National Save the Family Now Movement" will enthusiastically join this effort. I certainly encourage all of our publishers to continue to emphasize the positive people, programs and events that are taking place in our communities to strengthen and sustain the black family.

At the Capital Outlook Newspaper, where I am the publisher, we honor on a monthly basis the "Family of the Month." This program has been a great success, generating wonderful enthusiasm from our readers. My friends, family still matters and on behalf of my family, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2011.

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