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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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Celebrating 60 years of unity, love

Bishop Otis and first lady Violet Reed celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

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College Journey through the STEM fields

More than 60 Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas spent their summer days extracting DNA from fruit, using ice cream to convert energy, creating a lip balm business and more hands-on experiments as part of College Journey, the scouting organization’s summer science, technology, engineering and mathematics series that gives young girls an opportunity to explore an interest in STEM fields, while getting a taste of college life.

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Civil rights groups push Ferguson to the polls

In the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, Black teenager by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the social and political unrest that followed, civil rights leaders have urged citizens of the St. Louis County suburb to transform their community at the ballot box.

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Our right to vote, be heard

We call Freedom Summer the period from June through September 1964 when a multi-racial group of thousands of student volunteers and organizers traveled to Mississippi from across the country to assist with local voter registration in Mississippi.

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Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed Black men

Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”

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Access to quality education

This past week, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the present funding for our public schools is unconstitutional. We often talk about something being unconstitutional without really thinking about what the Constitution actually says. Let’s start at the beginning:

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Judge Dietz’ ruling in Texas’ school finance case

If being conservative is defined as carefully monitoring and making best use of one’s resources, then I can be called a fiscal conservative

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John Wiley Price, my jailbird friend

John Wiley Price has been my friend for more than 20 years.

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College bound: Black Men share keys to their success

We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn’t true. But in 2011, Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though they made up 8.7 percent of 18 to 29 year olds.

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