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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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Ten Things You May Not Know About Michelle Obama

Written by Naturally Moi, Special to the NNPA from The Westside Gazette on 01 July 2013.

What do you really known about Michelle Obama? You might know quite a bit about the woman who will go down in history as one of the most popular first ladies ever, but here are a few things that you might not know:

1) Her middle name is LaVaughn. Her father (Fraser) was a worker at the city water plant and her mother (Marian) was a secretary at a Spiegel’s catalogue store. Her father was involved in politics, working as a Democratic precinct captain in the south side of Chicago.

2)  Michelle’s paternal great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson, was a slave in South Carolina. Her maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was impregnated by a white man.

3) Both Michelle and her older brother Craig skipped the second grade.

4) Michelle went to Whitney Young High School, where she was a classmate of Jesse Jackson’s daughter Santita. She commuted three hours to school every day and graduated Salutatorian of her 1981 class.

5) Both Michelle and her brother graduated from Princeton.

6) Her graduating thesis at Princeton was called “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” where she said, “I remember being shocked by college students who drove BMWs. I didn’t even know parents who drove BMWs.”

7)  In college, she majored in Sociology and minored in African American studies, graduating cum laude with a BA in 1985. She then went on to earn her JD at Harvard University in 1988.   During her time at Harvard, she participated in demonstrations to get the law school to hire more Black faculty. Since that time, the number of Black faculty at Harvard has barely increased. Her husband’s appointee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, served as dean of the Harvard Law School for six years and did not hire one under-represented minority for a tenure track position.

8)  Michelle is an honorary member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

9) Her first date with her husband, Barack Obama, was to see the movie “Do the Right Thing” by Spike Lee. They married in October, 1992.

10) According to her tax returns, Michelle earned far more money than her husband while working as the Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She earned $273,000 per year, and her husband earned $157,000 as a United States Senator. •

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