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NAACP convention draws prominent speakers

The NAACP’s 106th annual convention is drawing a slate of notable public officials. President Barack Obama delivered a keynote address Tuesday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Obama’s remarks centered around reforming the criminal justice system.

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Macy’s helps local charity raise funds, awareness

Macy’s 10th annual national “Shop for a Cause” charity shopping event will be held on Aug. 29 to support local charity fundraising efforts. The one-day charity event began in 2006.

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Around the State

The “32nd Annual National Night Out,” hosted by the city of Lancaster and the National Association of Town Watch, will be held on Aug. 4.

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Obama urged to appoint reparations commission

In the wake of the mass murder of nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, and the rash of unsolved fires at Black churches in the South, a coalition of Black groups are calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to establish a “reparatory justice” commission.

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Giving back to the community

Historically, unity and volunteerism have been some of the most powerful tools that African Americans have used in order for our people to make advances in society.

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The Confederacy’s ‘heritage’ of slavery

The disclosure that Dylann Roof, the admitted killer of nine unarmed African Americans attending Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina, was photographed dozens of times hoisting the rebel flag ignited a long overdue discussion on what that flag represents and prompted the removal of the flag from the state Capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, after more than 50 years.

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Ferguson is still everywhere if you’re Black

It’s been 288 days since our fallen brethren Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot in Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Missouri, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

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Stand for righteousness, against the Confederate flag

The Confederate battle flag flies over the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol no more. The end-result of an emotional debate in the state’s Legislature was Gov. Nikki Haley signing bipartisan legislation on July 9 ordering the flag’s removal to the nearby state-supported Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, and that long-overdue act being carried out last Friday.

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Tear down the walls of economic inequality

After a spirited debate, the South Carolina House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds at the urging of Gov. Nikki Haley, who quickly signed the measure into law. The flag was lowered for the final time on Capitol grounds Friday morning. Many South Carolinians hailed its ceremonious removal as a “new day” for their state as well as a fitting tribute to state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine massacred at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, where he was the pastor.

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Lupus disproportionately affects Black women

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic and often debilitating autoimmune disease that impacts more than 1.5 million Americans. Characterized by intense fatigue, exhaustion, joint pain and memory problems, lupus is three times more common among the Black female population than any other group.

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Minority banks shut out of Federal tax-credit program

Minority-owned banks are crying foul about the federal government snubbing them for tax credits they say could generate economic development in the nation’s most needy communities.

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Business program invests in Dallas entrepreneurs

Getting Down to Business was created by Capital One Bank to address the core needs of small businesses. The program offers qualified business owners an opportunity to grow their businesses by increasing their knowledge about credit, budgeting, marketing, business plans, financing, accounting best practices, networking, insurance and much more.

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The Black Print: Rise of the Black millennial

Eleven years ago, teachers at the Clara H. Carlson School told Annis R. Sands of Elmont, New York, that upper-division courses would cause her excessive stress and anxiety.

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Around the State

Mayor’s Back to School Fair will offer free school supplies to eligible families on Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Automobile and Centennial Buildings in Fair Park, located at 1121 First Ave.

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Some prisoners forced to pay for stay

More than 40 states allow prison and jails to charge inmates pay to stay fees, a debt burden that reaps billions of dollars for state and local jurisdictions, and disproportionately affects Black inmates and ex-offenders, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, a nonpartisan legal policy institute.

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What do we do after Charleston?

“For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labor. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever …” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII

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Confederate traitors do not deserve to be honored by America

Can you imagine waving a flag that honors Benedict Arnold, a name synonymous with treason?

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What part of history needs to be preserved?

Texas made national headlines, ironically on of all days – June 19 – when the United States Supreme Court upheld the unanimous 2011 vote of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to deny an application by the Texas Division

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Fair housing protected, voting rights still miles to go

Nearly 50 years ago, just days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

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An action plan for when ‘They don’t care about us’

I am sick of hearing about how the media is misrepresenting our community and not fairly reporting issues. Have you lost your mind? Why are you depending on them to tailor messages that are palatable to your liking? What type of entitlement program have you been subscribing to? Michael Jackson told you in 1996, “They don’t really care about us!”

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