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Mentoring Weekend Changes Lives, Prepares Boys to be Men

Written by Jihad Hassan Muhammad on Friday, 01 July 2011 14:10.

Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Examiner: At a glance, people may look at Steve Harvey and his accomplishments and possibly only see him as an entertainer. On television, he is the host of one of the longest airing game shows of all time, Family Feud and also The Steve Harvey Project. On the radio, his syndicated show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, reaches millions of listeners daily. On the road, he recently started a comedy and gospel tour with local Grammy award winning gospel artist, Kirk Franklin. He is also a best-selling author and comedy icon.

Re-inventing OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network

Written by Gail Choice on Friday, 01 July 2011 14:08.

Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly: What do champions do when they discover that things are not going as planned or hoped? They regroup and come out fighting. Oprah Winfrey is just that kind of champion. Winfrey has acknowledged that launching her own cable channel has been more difficult than she expected. And she plans to devote herself to overhauling OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and spending more time in Los Angeles where the headquarters of OWN is located.

Hip-Hop Summit Action Network: Decade of Progress

Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. on Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:30.

Hip-hop is a global cultural phenomenon that continues to evolve in many different music and art forms, languages, dialects, and creative formats throughout the world.  As we look back over the last 30 years or more, it is important to understand that hip-hop continues to help shape the consciousness and aspirational values of hundreds of millions of young people.  In fact, I would strongly posit that hip-hop as a transcendent and transformative cultural force has helped to irreversibly change the world into a better place. 

ACLU Investigating Complaints Against Daytona Beach Police Department

Written by James Harper, Special to the NNPA from the Daytona Times on Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:18.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU) is conducting an investigation of the Daytona Beach Police Department, The Daytona Times has learned. The local chapter of the ACLU has volunteers scheduled at various venues, passing out copies of a questionnaire on the police practices of the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD), according to George Griffin, president of the Volusia-Flagler ACLU.

HUD Launches New Campaign Against Housing Fraud Areas Hard-Hit by Foreclosures Most Susceptible to Scams

Written by Charlene Crowell, NNPA on Friday, 10 June 2011 14:44.

According to the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an estimated three million families have already lost their homes to foreclosure since 2007. But, the worst may still be ahead; analysts now predict that as many as eight million more Americans could face foreclosure by 2012.

High Court Orders State Prison Population Slashed: Inland Officials Brace for Inmate Shift to Counties

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:36.

The California prison system is so overcrowded that its conditions are, "incompatible with the concept of human dignity." That was the conclusion of a bitterly divided the U.S. Supreme Court in a judicial order that could result in the release of nearly 40,000 prisoners from the country's largest penal system during the next two years.

HBCU Civil Rights Lawsuit

Written by Shernay Williams, from the AFRO-American newspapers on Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:33.

"If you create a ballpark in a cornfield, it doesn't mean the baseball players will come," Assistant Attorney General Campbell Killefer recently told a federal court judge, in tones of disgust. Even if Maryland were to allocate additional funding to its four HBCUs, he implied, that wouldn't elevate their retention or graduation rates nor would it guarantee more diverse students would be attracted to the schools.

Picking Up the Pieces After Disaster

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:55.

Cities decimated by Mother Nature, largely devoid of businesses and infrastructure. In recent months, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo., have provided stark examples of how drastically life changes as a result of serious natural disasters. Rebuilding and recovery have begun in both communities and the federal government has a key role to fulfill, according to two Kansas State University business experts.


My Restless Journey by Bertha Boykin Todd

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 26 May 2011 17:52.

Bertha Boykin Todd was born and raised in rural Sampson County in North Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Library Science Degree from North Carolina College (Now North Carolina Central University) in Durham, North Carolina. She was employed as a librarian (media specialist) at Williston Senior High School. Later, upon school desegregation, she became a school administrator at John T. Hoggard High School; then at Central Office for seven years. Register to win a free copy of the book


President Obama Meets with CBC at White House

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 20 May 2011 14:01.

President Obama meets with CBC at White House - The Congressional Black Caucus recently held its first full Caucus meeting with President Obama at the White House. The CBC emphasized the importance of innovative job and wealth creation, especially for the African American community, which is the hardest hit by the recession.