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Head of Black mayors group urges accountability

Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, the newly elected president of the National Conference of Black Mayors, told his colleagues that if they don’t improve the lives of their constituents, they don’t deserve to remain in office.

Tornado-stricken Oklahoma community rebounds

Whenever high winds arise in Tornado Alley, this corridor of the state with a history of disasters, residents pay attention. On Sunday evening beneath overcast skies there were slight gusts of wind but it would have taken another EF5 tornado, ...

‘Food stamps’ cuts will hurt poor Black families

Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would reduce funding of the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, but the extent of the cuts will not become known until negotiators from both chambers agree to a ...

More Black lawyers needed in Supreme Court

In nearly 4,500 minutes of arguments heard by the justices of the United States Supreme Court since October, one Black lawyer stood before them for less than 12 minutes. As the nation’s highest court becomes more diverse – with one ...

Black unemployment decreased in April

The unemployment rate for Black men and women dipped slightly in April, with females showing greater progress, according to last month’s Labor Department report.

Social Security changes could hurt Blacks most

Social Security changes proposed by President Barack Obama could hurt African Americans more than other groups, a new report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions finds.

A look across the nation

A Duke University library will get a collection of materials documenting extremist and hate groups compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The collection from the law center’s Intelligence Project is going to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & ...

Jesse Jackson honored for helping end apartheid

Human rights activist Jesse L. Jackson has been presented the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award, the highest award a non-South African can receive, for his extensive efforts to help end apartheid in the country.

Rand Paul relies on past in hopes of Black votes

Rand Paul, the conservative Republican senator from Kentucky, tried last week to pave the way for Blacks to vote for Republicans in the future by extolling the GOP’s accomplishments of the past.

The road to parity: Urban League reports Blacks are slipping

Blacks have fallen behind in their efforts to reach parity with Whites in several key areas since 2010, according to the National Urban League’s new State of Black America report.

Black organizations ask for budget restoration

Austin (TPA) - Considering the expanding economic success of the state of Texas, African American interest groups from the civil rights, business and education communities are speaking with one voice in their request that the Texas House of Representatives fully ...

Warring with the War on Drugs

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, declared a war on the War on Drugs last week, saying it is time to end the failed public policy.

Blacks and same-sex marriage

(NNPA) Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, and Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and ...

Budget pressures lead to less incarceration of Black youth

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Dwindling state budgets have had an unintended positive effect – prompting states to reduce the number of juveniles arrested and detained, according to a new report by the Justice Policy Institute. JPI, a nonprofit group that advocates ...

‘Being White’ story draws backlash

(NNPA) The hot button topic of race became a subject of hot debate this week in Philadelphia, with the article “Being White in Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine’s writer-at-large Robert Huber. The story, told solely from a white point of view, ...