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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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Top Literary Award Given to Emeritus Prof. José Emilio Pacheco

Written by Featured Organization on 11 December 2009.

José Emilio PachecoEmeritus Professor José Emilio Pacheco (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) has been awarded the prestigious Premio Cervantes Prize for 2009. It is the highest literary honor in the Spanish-speaking world. The 70 year old Pacheco, who lives with his wife - noted writer Christina Pacheco and his two daughters in Mexico City - was a Distinguished University Professor for more than 20 years at Maryland, teaching two graduate seminars each spring. He became Emeritus in 2007. "José Emilio Pacheco before this award already had a body of work that made him one of the most important living poets in the Americas," says Department of Spanish and Portuguese Chair Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia. "Now with the prestigious Premio Cervantes under his belt, an award given in the past to writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, María Zambrano, Miguel Delibes, Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Gerardo Diego among others, Pacheco's literary achievements, particularly his poetry, are decisively embedded in the historical accounts of our contemporaneity. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is extremely proud to have had such an accomplished colleague among us." The prize - honoring an individuals entire life work - was created in Spain in 1975 and brings with it a cash award of more than $188,000. Pacheco told the BBC while attending the international book fair in Guadalajara, Mexico that, "It's like being hit by a punch that doesn't hurt you immediately, it's absolutely unreal." He went on to say, "I'm very grateful and very happy, but I always think of other writers who deserve it much more than I do." José Antonio Pascual Rodriquez, a member of the Cervantes Prize Jury, told the BBC, "We've defined him as representing the whole of our language. He's an exceptional poet of daily life, with a depth, a freedom of thought, an ability to create his own world, an ironic distance from reality when it's necessary and a linguistic use that is impeccable." Prof. Saul Sosnowski is currently an associate provost for international affairs at Maryland and was responsible for bringing Pacheco to College Park in 1985 while chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. "Pacheco's name came up instantly when I sought to attract to campus a stellar Latin American writer, a respected critic and a major voice in Latin American literary and intellectual circles. One of my easiest tasks was to document why he deserved to be appointed Distinguished University Professor. The Cervantes Prize is a well deserved recognition for one of Latin America's leading voices." Professor Sandra Cypess, a long-time member and also a former chair of the department says Pacheco "was known as a master teacher, congenial colleague, and wonderful raconteur - he knew so much about so many topics. Whenever I teach his poems and stories, I learn new things." The "Premio José Emilio Pacheco" award at the University of Maryland was started in 2006 to honor Pacheco's 50 years of being a published author. It is given annually to the best undergraduate essay in Spanish for the 300 language classes. José Emilio Pacheco José Emilio Pacheco is known throughout the Hispanic world as the most eminent poet of his generation, as well as a provocative and talented fiction writer, essayist, critic, translator, poet, editor and intellectual. Many of his works have been illustrated by world renowned artists including Vicente Rojo, Alberto Blanco and Francisco Toledo, and his works have been translated into many languages. Pacheco writes inspiring poems that celebrate common, everyday occurrences. His poems, narratives and essays comment on the great upheavals and disasters humanity has suffered from the Holocaust to the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. For example, his I Watch the Earth is an emotional homage to Mexico City after the devastating earthquake in 1985. Some of his most important collections of poetry include El reposo del fuego (The Rest of Fire) (1966), Islas a la deriva (Islands Adrift) (1976), Los trabajos del mar (the Sea Works)(1983), and Album de zoologia (Zoo Album)(1993). His novels include Morirás lejos (You Will Die Far Away)(1967/1977) and Las batallas en el desierto (Battles in the Desert)(1981).

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