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Driving while Black … poor

St. Louis County has 90 municipalities – ranging in population from 13 to nearly 52,000 – and most of them sustain themselves by targeting, fining and jailing poor Missouri residents, many of them Black, who are unable to pay traffic tickets.

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Ferguson from a father’s point of view

I was just getting back after spending the weekend celebrating my 11th wedding anniversary, and I went on my Facebook page and saw several posts about Ferguson, Missouri, and social justice

Zimmerman killed a Black youth, got away with it

That opened the flood gates for shooting Black men. I have skin in the game, with two Black sons, seven Black grandsons and two Black great-grandsons!

The challenged challenge: 50 Cent worth of reading

“Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. hit the scene with the loud, over-zealous crooners anticipating his ascension in 1993. He was handsome, he was sharp, he had young boy’s swag. I wondered who he would become. Mayweather is now the highest paid athlete of all times.

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Nov. 4: A Day of Reckoning for a community with critical issues

Black Americans and others who want to contribute to the future progressive transformation of our nation and world have an upcoming strategic opportunity to make the critical difference.

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Push to recruit Black, Latino nurses

Arihanna Venable enjoys talking with her patients as she performs physical exams, takes their blood pressure and sometimes administers medicine to help soothe wounds or illnesses.

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Hope, support in coping with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is bankrupting many Dallas families and our health care system. Would it surprise you to learn that one in every five dollars spent by Medicare is on people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia

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Conference to cover health, agricultural issues

The local and sustainable food movement has gained momentum in the last several years, but it faces more challenges as it grows.

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Recovering from recession tougher for Blacks

The unemployment rate for Blacks (11.4 percent) and Whites (5.3 percent) remained unchanged from July to August, but the fact that Black unemployment is 2.4 percent higher than when the recession began five years ago is an indication that Blacks have the farthest to go to get back to pre-recession levels, according to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Larkin joins Black Press national marketing team

Washington, D.C. (NNPA) – Steven Larkin, a seasoned national advertising sales leader, has been contracted as the national advertising sales representative with the National Newspaper Publishers Association; a national membership of over 200 African American newspapers that reaches over 20.1 million readers per week.

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Helping students attend college for free

As middle-aged parents, Norma Richards, a veteran science teacher, and her husband were only halfway through raising six children. Facing the daunting responsibility of putting their three through college in close succession, Richards felt it was time to get proactive.

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Career fair offers second chance

“In 2012, I made the biggest mistake of my life. It cost me my job, my health and has threatened my family,” Kenneth Gower stated. “I have struggled to get my life back on track, putting in application after application, going to interview after interview, all to no avail. My wife has stuck beside me, working as much as two jobs. And my youngest, 17, took in a summer job just to help out. I hate seeing it. I’m not asking for a hand out, just a second chance.”

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From Hustling to wholeness

Jakes addresses the State of Black Business

“Ninety-five percent of all Black-owned businesses in Texas are small with no paid employees other than the owner,” Jakes voiced to the crowd that he related to that figure, as his father was an entrepreneur. “I think we need to change those stats because those stats also locking in the case that we have not reached the level of prominence and significance that I believe is possible.”

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Higher ed reforms will hurt students of color

Last year, in an effort to improve accountability and return-on-investment in higher education, President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to rate institutions and tie federal funding to those ratings.

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National campaign to fight police brutality

In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct.

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North Texas gives from the heart

Compassion and awareness comes from deep in the heart of the annual North Texas Giving Day

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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”

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Dr. McFarland discusses dedication to students, teachers

“I can sum it up real quick – real quick. Everything as far as our measures is going up and to the right. That’s a good thing,”

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Enrollment for students of color on the rise

As the nation’s families head back to school, they may notice that for the first time, elementary and middle school students of color will equal the percentage of White students, according to Department of Education projections.

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Black voters in the South face new threats

Despite major advances to access to the ballot box nearly 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Blacks, living primarily in the South and Southwest, continued to face challenges at the ballot box, according to the National Commission on Voting Rights report.

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