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Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

Stories by Benjamin F.

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Low Black employment in hi-tech Silicon Valley

The nation’s digital technology and social media companies are helping to transform how people throughout the world communicate and do business. In the process, Silicon Valley has become more than a geographical headquarter for digital and social media companies. It’s where cutting-edge technological research is being conducted.

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Black Press: The voice of Black America

Former U.S. Rep. Parren Mitchell, D-Md., once told me, “It is long overdue for Black Americans to understand the urgent and ongoing necessity to defend and to support Black-owned businesses in the United States.”

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Black Press: The voice of Black America

The June unemployment rate was down to 6.1 percent. Yet, for the vast majority of more than 45 million Black Americans, the persistent unemployment rate in our communities is still way too high. It was 10.7 percent in June, down from 11.5 percent in May 2014.

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The Black Press – The voice of Black America

Amidst last week’s annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, I was reminded repeatedly that Black Americans have had a long, storied tradition of newspaper publishing. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, Black American publishers have worked heroically to earn the title “Voice of Black America.”

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Celebrating Black fathers across America

As we approach Father’s Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities

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Maya Angelou: A Freedom Fighter armed with a pen and paper

Millions of people throughout the world continue to pause, to remember, to celebrate and to recommit to the living spirit and legacy of Maya Angelou

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Ignoring Black American veterans

The current controversy surrounding the plight of veterans in the United States is an important issue for all families in America who have benefited from the service of millions of men and women who have served in the military.

New generation of wealthy hip-hop artists working smarter

Whenever someone is the first to reach an historic milestone in the world of finance and wealth, notable homage is usually paid to that achievement.

Black Americans are not apathetic about the voting process

The 2014 election year should be a voting “payback” year for Black America

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Howard University made right call in honoring P. Diddy

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have had a long tradition of pursuing and encouraging excellence. Howard University in Washington, D.C., is considered by many to be the flagship of HBCUs

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A 500 year journey, yet many more rivers to cross

Today, the long travail and struggle of African people to gain freedom, justice, equality and empowerment remains both a historic challenge and an unprecedented opportunity.

The power of the Black Press remains strong

Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the “power” of Black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions.

Empowering, uplifting and uniting Black America

Every March the National Newspaper Publishers Association and its philanthropic arm, the NNPA Foundation, gather in Washington, D.C., for Black Press Week.