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Mills College in Oakland — Former Black Women’s Collective President Weighs in

Many in the Mills community were shocked in March when Beth Hillman, the President of Mills College, hastily announced that after the Fall of 2021, Mills College will no longer enroll new first year students. Adding insult to injury, we learned

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U.S. Black Chamber Prez Talks Loss of African American Businesses and a Global Future for the Black Dollar

During the first three months of the pandemic, approximately 442,000 – or 41 percent – of Black businesses shuttered. As COVID continues to hamper progress, the overall decline of small and minority-owned firms remains striking. Data culled from multiple studies

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Successful Black American-Owned Business Leaders Unfairly Targeted

There is an old African proverb that captures one of the challenges that too many financially successful Black-owned business leaders face today in America. That proverb is “Your earned riches may engender envy and jealous criticism but be not dismayed

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Major Changes Announced to U.S. Department of Education’s Loan Forgiveness Plan

The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, October 6, announced an overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Education Department officials said they would implement the overhaul over the next year and make the program live up to

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Doctor Exposes the Shadowy World of Health Care in America

CONCORD, NC — Everyone needs health care at some point in their lives, and wouldn’t it be nice if navigating through the system was as easy as buying a new car? Actually, it should be even easier, right? Because car

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Access Is Always Appropriate — Even in a Pandemic

This year we have an opportunity to do something that we will not be able to do for another 10 years: ensure our future by demanding a fair and accessible community districting process. We will do that by engaging in

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Study: George Floyd Murder, Pandemic Highlighted How Vital the Black Press Remains

The racial awakening after the death of George Floyd didn’t prove as much of an arousal for mainstream media, after all. By contrast, Floyd’s murder and the global protests that ensued further espoused the importance of the Black Press, and

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The Brutal Trade In Enslaved People Within the US Has Been Largely Whitewashed Out of History

For my recently published book, “The Ledger and the Chain,” I visited more than 30 archives in over a dozen states, from Louisiana to Connecticut. Along the way, I uncovered mountains of material that exposed the depravity of the men

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Family of Civil Rights Icon Louis Allen Shocked to Learn He Was Sold for $20 Before Being Murdered in 1926

Peonage Detective Dr. Antoinette Harrell has revealed through her research that the legendary civil rights activist, Louis Allen, was sold for $20 before his untimely death in 1926. Her research on peonage included a trip to the National Archives in

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Rep. Carter Urges Federal Agencies to Include DBEs in Post-Ida Recovery Contracting

Small business advocates and economic-improvement organizations focusing on economic development within disadvantaged New Orleans communities echoed the thoughts of Congressman Troy Carter, who wrote a letter to the heads of FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pressing the

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Medicare Restrictions on Obesity Care Perpetuate Harmful Stigmas

Congress may soon enact a historic expansion of Medicare benefits to include services like dental, vision, and hearing. For millions of seniors, access to these services will be life changing. But a critical issue is missing from the conversation around

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Race and the Church Meet at the Cross In BHERC Faith-Based Film Fest Screening Of “If My People”

The BHERC Faith-based & Inspirational Film Festival extends thru October 3, with this feature film centering on racial transformation and reconciliation from the church’s perspective. Los Angeles, CA – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to present a special

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District of Columbia Native Mans a Radio During a Simulated Mass Casualty Exercise

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kevin Bostick, from Washington D.C., mans a radio and relays critical information to his team during a simulated mass casualty exercise at the Michaud Expeditionary Medical Facility on Camp Lemonnier,

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North Carolina Central University Students Awarded Internships with Stellantis and the Black Automotive Media Group

Dubbed “The Driving Force,” the program will offer multimedia career development to HBCU undergraduates while simultaneously showcasing African American scholastic talent to automobile companies. Durham, NC – A unique opportunity has been created for HBCU students interested in covering or

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US Supreme Court Gets Set to Address Abortion, Guns and Religion

The Supreme Court begins its annual term on Oct. 4, 2021, with a packed agenda highlighted by three claims of violations of constitutional rights. One is about religious rights. A second is about gun rights. And the biggest case this

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Americans Are in a Mental Health Crisis – Especially African Americans. Can Churches Help?

  Centuries of systemic racism and everyday discrimination in the U.S. have left a major mental health burden on African American communities, and the past few years have dealt especially heavy blows. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and

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‘By The Time I Get To Arizona,’ ‘Nighttrain’ and ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ Debut On Public Enemy’s Official YouTube Channel

Los Angeles, CA – October 1, 2021 – Today, Def Jam Recordings/UMe releases the 30th Anniversary digital Deluxe Edition of Public Enemy’s platinum selling, landmark release, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black. The Deluxe Edition of Apocalypse 91… features thirteen

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Florida Star and Georgia Star Publisher Clara McLaughlin Dies

Clara McLaughlin, the famous author, and publisher of The Florida Star and The Georgia Star in Jacksonville, Florida, has died. McLaughlin had battled cancer and other illnesses for some time, but family and friends said she fiercely fought to the

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Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, Immunologist and White House Covid-19 Task Force Member, Receives 2021 NNPA National Leadership Award

  Children of color represent most of the children dying from COVID-19, and authorities, politicians, and parents need to do more to protect them, Meharry Medical College President and CEO Dr. James E.K. Hildreth said during a candid interview with

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Senator Schumer Urges Democratic Colleagues to ‘Demonstrate We Can Deliver Results’

As the dissent in the Democratic caucus continues to undercut President Joe Biden’s agenda, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reached out to lawmakers pleading with them to pass the Build Back Better Act, address the debt limit, and voting rights

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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Suffer Outages after Whistleblower Goes Public

Just one day after a whistleblower claimed that Facebook is aware of how its used to spread hate, violence and misinformation, Facebook suffered major outages on Monday, October 4. Instagram and WhatsApp – both owned by Facebook – also were

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IN MEMORIAM: Melvin Van Peebles, Godfather of Black Cinema, Dies

The film world is reeling over the loss of influential filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles who passed away yesterday in Manhattan. Van Peebles is best known for his classic independent films Watermelon Man (1970) and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), which offered

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Black Lives Matter and The Color of Your Skin

There is a pervasive sickness in America, and it is called White supremacy, and systemic racism. These ideologies are invisible, and many Americans now believe that success has nothing to do with the color of an individual’s skin. Discrimination no

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Utterly Sickening: Treatment of Haitians at Mexican Border Sparks Outrage

After over 12,000 Haitian migrants gathered at the Mexican border, shocking footage of them being herded like cattle, whipped with horse lariats and treated in a way unlike any other immigrants entering the U.S. in recent memory became public. U.S.

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Ben & Jerry’s New Cold Brew Ice Cream Supports a New Vision for Public Safety

  You don’t have to be a barista to enjoy Ben & Jerry’s newest Limited Batch flavor—a cool combination of cold brew coffee ice cream, marshmallow swirls and fudge brownies. “Change is Brewing” was created to help transform the nation’s

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Reps. Beatty, Cooper and Sewell Introduce Legislation to Establish National Rosa Parks Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In coordination with Reps. Jim Cooper (TN-05) and Terri Sewell (AL-07), U.S. Congresswoman and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (OH-03) introduced legislation to establish Rosa Parks Day as a Federal Holiday. “Through her willingness to sit, Rosa Parks

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Emmys 2021: The Diversity and Inclusion Shuffle

If they love our rhythm and not our blues was an awards show, then the 2021 Emmys would fit the bill. To no surprise of media critics and audiences of color, the 2021 Emmys did what mainstream awards shows tend

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Olympian Allyson Felix Receives NNPA National Leadership Award

There’s been little question about the dominance of Allyson Felix. Five-time Olympian and 11-time medalist Felix has won the most medals of any track athlete in American history. By the way, Felix also earned a gold medal in the 4×400

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Focusing on Black Male Leadership, Rodney C. Burris Graces the Cover of Speakers Magazine

The September issue of Speakers Magazine is proud to feature a speaker from Baltimore, Maryland who is driven to share his skills, talents, and wisdom. When Rodney C. Burris first began his speaking career over 15 years ago, it was

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Vaccine Uptick found in African Americans, But Access and Misinformation Still Confounds Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the life span of Black males by an average of three years and has robbed Hispanic men of about 2.5 years, according to the latest information from health officials. Black females have seen a more

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After his Conviction, R. Kelly Faces Life in Prison and More Trials

He has sung, performed, and wrote many hits, but Robert Sylvester Kelly will now sing a new tune: perhaps something along the lines of “Jailhouse Rock,” or just “Jailbird” – perhaps for the rest of his life. A federal jury

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Congress Passes EQUAL Act, a Bill that Seeks to Eliminate Sentencing Disparities Harshly Doled out to African Americans

Two minutes before members of the U.S. House of Representatives cast their votes, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine weighed in on H.R. 1693 – the EQUAL Act. “Congress should pass the EQUAL Act to finally end the unfair

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CFCC Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Trustees

WILMINGTON, NC — Cape Fear Community College is pleased to welcome Deborah Dicks Maxwell, Deloris Rhodes, and Bill Rivenbark to its board of trustees. Wilmington-native Deborah Dicks Maxwell serves as president of the New Hanover County NAACP and as District

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Wilmington City Council Donates Property for LINC’s All-Boys Boarding School

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City Council recently heard a proposal from LINC Incorporated, asking the city to donate a fire station that’s no longer in use. LINC is a non-profit corporation established in 1999 that helps men and women returning

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Congresswoman Bass Says It’s More than Just Manchin and Sinema Holding Back Democratic Agenda

When President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris defeated Donald Trump and Mike Pence to win the White House, the new administration claimed that they had won the battle for the soul of America. Less than two months later,

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Congress Poised to Pass EQUAL Act, Game Changing Legislation in the Racist ‘War on Drugs

  Many have identified New York City in the 1980s as the epicenter of the War on Drugs. With the February 1988 assassination of NYPD Officer Edward Byrne in Queens, federal officials and law enforcement agencies around the country descended

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Federal Police Reform Talks Have Failed – But Local Efforts Stand a Better Chance of Success

Bipartisan talks over police reform ended with no agreement on Sept. 22, 2021, with House Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for the lack of progress. It isn’t the first time that reform at a federal level has been attempted

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School Year off to a Rocky Start? 4 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Get Back on Track

Sending a child to school in the morning is a daily ritual for millions of families worldwide. Unfortunately, the attendance process has become highly disrupted due to COVID-19. The fact that many kids have been away from a physical school building for

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How Civil Rights Activist Howard Fuller Became a Devout Champion of School Choice

As a longtime civil rights activist and education reformer, Howard Fuller has seen his support for school choice spark both controversy and confusion. That’s because it aligns him with polarizing Republican figures that include Donald Trump and Trump’s former secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.

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Award-Winning D.C. Pediatrician Says Vaccines are Masks are Effective like Airbags and Seatbelts in Vehicles

Dr. Yolanda Lewis-Ragland, a double-board certified physician in pediatrics and obesity medicine, minces few words when protecting children. After all, Dr. Lewis-Ragland has lived and practiced medicine in the Ward 8 section of Washington, D.C., for nearly two decades. In

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Shaquille O’Neal: Has a Reality Check for All of the Fakeness Associated With Stardom

Shaquille O’Neal, the larger-than-life former NBA player, and TNT announcer, has a reality check for all of the fakeness associated with stardom. “I came from nothing. But, just because I made it doesn’t mean I’m bigger than you, smarter than

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Music Legend and Beauty Icon Florence LaRue Shares Insights About Beauty, Aging, and Growing Up Black in New Book “Grace in Your Second Act”

  “Don’t regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.” — Florence LaRue  LOS ANGELES  – Florence LaRue, six-time GRAMMY-Award winner and lead singer of legendary group The 5th Dimension, shares revelations about beauty, aging, and self-improvement in her

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Why America Has a Debt Ceiling: 5 Questions Answered

Republicans and Democrats are again waging a battle of wills over the U.S. debt ceiling, which is a statutory limit on how much the government can borrow to pay its bills. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says no member of

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Some Rich People Will Love at Least One Sweetener in Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Plan

While liberal lawmakers look for ways to raise taxes on the rich to finance their US$3.5 trillion spending package, some House Democrats are aiming to lower them. Specifically, several Democrats from high-tax states such as New York and New Jersey

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UDC President Perfectly Explains the Tremendous Value of HBCUs

Historically Black colleges and universities in America remain as vital as ever, and University of the District of Columbia President Ronald Mason Jr. took less than a minute to explain. “We’ve held America together until it’s able to figure out

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Temptations Mark 60th Anniversary with Release of New Single with Smokey Robinson

LOS ANGELES, CA – This year marks the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Temptations, the legendary, Grammy Award-Winning group known as the “No. 1 R&B Artists of All Time” (Billboard). And releasing today is their brand-new single, “Is It Gonna

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American Cancer Society and Four HBCUs Announce Diversity in Cancer Research Program to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The American Cancer Society (ACS), along with four historically black medical schools including Charles Drew Medical School, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, and Morehouse School of Medicine, today announced a groundbreaking Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) Program to help improve

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Senators Fail to Reach Deal on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Talks to enact the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act were halted on Wednesday after a bipartisan Senate negotiations team announced it failed to reach a deal. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) called off the

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African American Entrepreneurs Head SPAC in $126.5 Million IPO to Acquire Black-owned Firms

Shawn Rochester, who authored the spellbinding book “The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America,” and Robin Watkins, a highly regarded financial and operations accountant, have made Wall Street history. And the two are poised to break through

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Black Woman Entrepreneur Launches Shoe Company That Caters to Sororities and Fraternities in the Divine 9

Birmingham, AL — Meet Kam Ballard, founder of b.c.e Shoes, an online company that customizes shoes for the sororities and fraternities in the Divine 9. She says that she started the company to offset college costs for her children. She

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