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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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Proposed Financial Reforms Affect Student-Loan Industry

Written by Caralee Adams on 29 June 2010.

Late last week, congressional negotiators reached final agreement on a financial-reform measure that includes changes affecting the student-loan industry.In a win for students, there will be greater oversight for private loans, if Congress adopts the measure.

The newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have authority for all kinds of student loans, including the growing sector of private, nonfederal loans that students who attend for-profit college often use.  Also, the legislation would create a separate student-loan ombudsman to give borrowers a central place to turn for help with problems or concerns.

One shortcoming: The proposed law does not require a lender providing a student loan to certify with the borrower's college that the student is eligible for the loan. Proponents hoped that provision would have given more information to potential borrowers about the various loan options that might be more affordable or lower risk.

The potential reforms are welcomed by the higher ed community, which complained about the lack of oversight of private students loans, according to a news release from the Institute for College Access and Success.

"Private student loans have been woefully under-regulated, leaving students and families vulnerable to unscrupulous lenders and deceptive practices. These loans typically have variable rates with no cap and lack the important deferment options, affordable repayment plans, loan-forgiveness programs, and cancellation rights in cases of death or severe disability that federal student loans provide," said Pauline Abernathy, vice president of the Institute for College Access & Success, in a statement released Friday. "In addition, unlike credit-card debt and other consumer loans, private student loans are virtually impossible for borrowers to discharge in bankruptcy."

Congress is expected to vote on the proposed financial-reform legislation this week.

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