Voter ID support strongest in those with negative attitudes toward African Americans

Support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans is a key relevation in a new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication.

Voter ID laws require individuals to show government issued identification when they vote.


Special Report: Youth and sexual risk

The number of African-American high school students engaging in sexual risk behaviors for HIV has declined dramatically in 20 years, significantly reducing the disparities in risk between African-American youth and youth of other racial or ethnic groups, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among students overall, however, behavior change has stalled during the last 10 years studied, the report said.


Mind games: The mental connection to physical fitness

by Vernon Warrick
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

When the average person asks me a question about physical fitness, it's normally something like, "I'm ready to get in shape, so what should I do?"

My natural inclination is usually to find out what they have been doing up to that point, and the responses are always generally the same: "I've stopped eating everything that I know is bad." Or, "I've gone cold turkey except for rain water and cabbage, plus I do X amount of miles, sit-ups, etc. every day."


When rap lyrics become evidence

Lil Boosieby Erik Nielson
New America Media

Torrence Hatch, the Baton Rouge, La., rapper better known to fans as Lil Boosie, faced the trial of his life in May. Charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Terry Boyd, Boosie stood accused of paying his friend Mike "Marlo Mike" Loudon $2,800 to carry out the hit. A conviction would have put him behind bars for good.

But local prosecutors had very little with which to work. With no physical evidence tying Boosie to the crime, they built their case on a prior confession from Marlo Mike – a statement he later recanted at trial – and, more important, Boosie's rap lyrics.


Rep. Jackson’s medical leave stirs questions

jesse-jackson-jrMuch of Chicago and a goodly portion of the nation's capital are grappling with questions of why Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been out on medical leave for a month with no explanation of where he is and what he's suffering from.

Most of the colleagues with whom he serves in the House of Representatives who've been asked said they have no idea of what the problem might be.


‘Netflix of Africa’ brings Nigerian films to the world

Walk into any African hair braiding shop or store in the United States and you'll probably see a Nigerian film blaring from a television screen.

Once only available as pirated DVDs sold by street-side peddlers, the wildly popular "Nollywood" films will now be as accessible at the click of a button – thanks to fledgling firm iRoko Partners, an Internet company that distributes Nigerian films all over the world.


AFSCME union elects first African-American president

(NNPA) Delegates to the 40th International Convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), elected Lee A. Saunders to be president and Laura Reyes to be secretary-treasurer of the union representing 1.6 million public service workers.

Saunders becomes the first African-American elected AFSCME's president, while Reyes becomes the first woman secretary-treasurer.


Chicago murders key call for collective effort to curb crime

chicagoprotestThere've been more than 275 murders in the city within the last seven months. The number exceeds the number of soldiers killed in combat during the same time period.

What's it going to take for it to end? A faith-based leader and veteran police officer said it's going to take everyone to step up, step out and get involved.

On Sunday, the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan used Twitter (@LouisFarrakhan) as one of his outlets to speak against the violence.


Obama highlights record, downplays GOP’s Romney

Obamaby Rebecca Nuttall
Real Times News Service

Amidst the sweltering heat, with temperatures that rose to the 90s, hundreds gathered on the lawn of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts (July 6) for a campaign speech by President Barack Obama.

Despite the dozen or so people who were taken away by ambulance after succumbing to the effects of the heat, the crowd remained entirely energetic as the president stepped to the podium.


Romney fails to move local NAACP president

MittRomneyMemphis Branch NAACP President Dr. Warner Dickerson was not the least bit impressed by Republican presidential candidate Willard "Mitt" Romney's speech to the NAACP's National Convention in Houston on Wednesday morning.

And if the GOP is ever going to regain strength in the African-American community, 2012 won't be the year, said Dickerson, who was in Houston for Romney's pitch.

Romney directly addressed the issue when he began, saying, "With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP.


Mr. President: Are you dissing the Black Press?

by Akeya Dickson
NNPA News Service

ATLANTA – "Get Out the Vote," a panel discussion at the National Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention, should have been renamed, "Get Out the Anger" as African-American newspaper publishers expressed strong displeasure over what they deemed the failure of President Barack Obama's administration to accommodate the needs of the Black Press.


‘Legacy of Excellence’ honors for Andrew Young and Danny Bakewell

Danny-BakewellATLANTA – Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and Danny J. Bakewell Sr., the National Newspaper Publishers Association chairman emeritus and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times, were presented with NNPA's Legacy of Excellence Awards last Friday night (June 22) in recognition of their lifelong work, courage, commitment, sacrifice and achievements.

The awards were presented as part of NNPA's annual convention. NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell Jr. said the organization's Legacy Awards hold special meaning for African Americans.


Upward mobility – Black America’s new addiction

by Cheryl Pearson McNeil
NNPA News Service

Any rom-com fans out there? I am talking about romantic comedies. So, who remembers "My Best Friend's Wedding," which starred Julia Roberts?

While I was channel-surfing the other day, I found myself cracking up when Robert's character – the hip, successful New York City food critic and best-selling author – whipped out her cool cell phone in a restaurant scene. It was a gigantic flip model – almost the size of a quart bottle of milk – with a nifty, retractable antenna.