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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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The Danger Behind the Decline of Newspapers

Written by Saint Joseph's University on 17 March 2009.

Considering all the layoffs, downsizes and cutbacks reported these days, it's not surprising that the news itself is being cut back. According to Joe Samuel Starnes, visiting assistant professor of English at Saint Joseph's University, "You don't have to look far to see struggling businesses, but newspapers have been going down for a while because of the loss of advertising revenue and readership."

In response to the newspaper industry's decline, he said, "It's concerning because our democracy needs good journalism, and newspapers have supplied and supported a majority of our country's high-quality reporting in the past. If they go away, I don't know if blogs or news sites will be able to replace that."

Newspapers are the best places for good journalism, Starnes said, because they have the manpower and resources to uncover and distribute vital information.

"There are blogs that do some interesting things, but for the most part I think it's dangerous for democracy to rely on these smaller news sites, because then there are fewer reporters knocking on doors and digging up stories. That's the worst part of seeing newspapers decline."

He continued, "Blogs usually employ a handful of people, or just one person, whereas a larger news agency has a bigger staff. Good, investigative reporting is expensive and needs a skilled workforce."

It all comes down to money, and when people started realizing they could advertise for free on Web sites such as craigslist.com, they stopped relying on the classified section of the newspaper. Furthermore, Starnes said that many people don't read the print versions and instead turn to the Internet for their news.

However, at the classroom level, Starnes hasn't seen a decline in journalism's popularity. "There will always be a desire to write, read, and learn how to tell stories. Reporting and journalism will need to transfer to the Web, so the challenge for these businesses will be to figure out how to do that successfully."

Starnes currently teaches several journalism classes, writes freelance for the New York Times, and has more than 20 years of experience in the newspaper and public relations industries.

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