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Mandatory Drug Testing for the Poor

Written by Nisa Islam Muhammad on Friday, 22 July 2011 18:18.

(NNPA) – Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a bill requiring adults applying for temporary cash assistance to undergo drug screening.  His rationale is to increase personal accountability and prevent Florida's tax dollars from subsidizing drug addiction, while still providing for needy children.  Parents failing the required drug test may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of the children.

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N.C. Drawn into Political Tug of War Parties: spar over legality of proposed redistricting maps

Written by Sommer Brokaw on Friday, 22 July 2011 17:27.

Special from The Charlotte Post (NNPA) – The 2012 elections are over a year away, but the fight for political power in terms of electoral maps is already beginning to take shape.  In North Carolina, race is overshadowing the debate on where to draw district lines. Each electoral map is being re-drawn based on the 2010 census results. North Carolina’s population grew 18.5 percent between 2000 and 2010 to more than 9.5 million residents. 

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Racing Toward The Bottom

Written by Julianne Malveaux on Friday, 15 July 2011 15:25.

While a Department of Education program embraces “a race to the top”, our nation’s current stance toward our 14 million officially unemployed people represents nothing less than a race to the bottom.  We are content to report, month after month, unemployment rates in excess of nine percent, to use questionable language to describe tepid performance, and to assuage ourselves with myths that the economy is in recovery because GDP growth is up.
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Strong Start: Symposium Offers Solutions to Education Decline

Written by Jihad Hassan Muhammad, The Dallas Examiner on Friday, 08 July 2011 18:13.

The quality of public education has been a heavy concern across the United States for many years.  With the current downturn of the economy and downsizing of the school system, there is a growing concern about the nation’s schools ability to adequately educate today’s youth. Students at predominantly African American schools are at greater risk; according to statistics that show a large percentage of Black students are already at a disadvantage, more so than their Caucasian counterparts, or any other group in America.

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Fire Cadet Program Under Fire, Flyer Called Racist

Written by Cheryl Brown from Blackvoicenews.com on Friday, 08 July 2011 18:09.

A flyer hanging on the job posting board at the San Bernardino Fire Department announcing a new program to train cadets has ignited some citizens of SB to claim it’s racist.The cadet program was recently voted on by the city council to give teenagers who live in the community the opportunity to work for the San Bernardino Fire Department, one of the last departments to become fully integrated.  Only eight of the city’s 148 firefighters live in the city.

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National African American Leadership Summit: Operational Unity

Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. on Friday, 01 July 2011 14:13.

During the last 50 years, there has been a constant internal debate in Black America. The debate has been in the format of various African American leadership dialogues about the goal, objectives, national agenda, strategies, organizations, mobilizations, litigation, court rulings, legislation and mass movements for change all focused on advancing the interests of Black people toward freedom, justice, equality and empowerment. But inevitably the question of Black unity, in particular the issue of Black leadership unity, has always emerged in all of those analytical forums.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.

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