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In The Shadow of Freedom: A Heroic Journey to Manhood and Liberation

Written by Travis Sentell on Friday, 13 August 2010 10:22.

Tchicaya Missamou with Travis SentellIN THE SHADOW OF FREEDOM: A Heroic Journey to Manhood and Liberation (Atria Books; On-sale August  2010; ISBN: 978-1-4391-1629-6; $15.00), written with Travis Sentell, Missamou recalls the harrowing saga of his incredible life in vivid detail.  Born a member of the Bakongo tribe, Missamou was recruited into its militia at the age of seven to wage a civil war against tribes in the northern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  For the next 12 years, he witnessed his child comrades being plied with drugs and alcohol to shoot the so-called enemy with AK-47s and commit atrocities against them.  But as the civil war continued to escalate, Missamou was struck with the realization that all the citizens in the Congo were his brothers and sisters so he laid down his arms and was reunited with his mother and siblings.


Chicago’s Madden/Wells Project Live in Better Housing, Safer Neighborhoods; Still Face Health and Job Problems

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 13 August 2010 10:06.

Nearly a decade after the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) started to relocate families from the distressed Madden/Wells community, most former residents live in better housing and safer neighborhoods and report lower levels of anxiety. But poor health—marked by high rates of chronic physical and mental health problems—is keeping many out of the workforce. 


The Next Frontier For States and Cities: Building Clean Energy Industries and Green Jobs

Written by Featured Organization on Saturday, 07 August 2010 14:20.

Building Clean-Energy Industries and Green JobsToday, as state and local governments seek to integrate environmental and energy policies with job creation, a first-of-its kind national study has found that only a few states and cities have policies in place to create green jobs.


How Negative Stereotypes Affect Learning, Not Just Performance

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 30 July 2010 12:54.

Negative stereotypes not only jeopardize how members of stigmatized groups might perform on tests and in other skill-based acts, such as driving and golf putting, but they also can inhibit actual learning, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers.


It's a Double-Witching Hour for Homebuyers

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 30 July 2010 12:52.

Recently, title companies, attorneys, realtors and lenders were all frantically trying to complete closings on pending real estate transactions. June 30, 2010, marked the last day on which homebuyers had to complete settlement on their purchase of a principal residence in order to qualify for either the $8,000 or $6,500 refundable federal tax credit. If you missed the deadline, dont panic  relief is on the way, according to Richard Marmon, an associate professor of accounting in the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J., who holds advanced degrees in business, law and tax and is a certified public accountant, certified management accountant and licensed attorney.


The Importance of Healthy Communities for Boys of Color

Written by Marian Wright Edelman on Friday, 23 July 2010 12:29.

(NNPA) - A new report was released in June that sheds a sobering light on how many Black and Latino boys grow up in communities that are, in a number of ways, dangerous to their health.


Celebrating Victory Over Tea-Party Racism, NAACP Prepares for 'One Nation' March

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Friday, 23 July 2010 12:27.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - On the heels of a major win after the NAACP's call for an end to the racist wing of the political Tea Party movement, the organization pushed forward this week with plans for a national march and rally in D.C. on October 2.


Six New Orleans Police Officers Arrested, Indicted in Post-Katrina Shootings

Written by Dorothy Rowley on Friday, 23 July 2010 12:26.

(NNPA) - The Justice Department has announced indictments for six New Orleans police officers in connection with a fatal shooting and subsequent cover-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


United States vs Arizona: Federal government's preeminent authority over immigration

Written by Stephon Johnson on Friday, 16 July 2010 10:36.

us vs arizona(NNPA) – In the works since May, the White House plans to challenge the immigration policy that has sparked debate and controversy. The U.S. Justice Department has officially filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona seeking an injunction on the state’s immigration law (known as SB 1070), claiming it illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives.


Lousiana’s Black Communities Fear Not Being Able to Recover From Oil Spill

Written by Jordan Flaherty on Friday, 09 July 2010 12:36.

NEW ORLEANS (NNPA)  - As BP's deepwater well continues to discharge oil into the Gulf, the economic and public health effects are already being felt across coastal communities. But it's likely this is only the beginning. From the bayous of southern Louisiana to the city of New Orleans, many fear this disaster represents not only environmental devastation, but also cultural extinction for peoples who have made their lives here for generations, especially African-Americans.

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