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Romney fails to move local NAACP president

Romney fails to move local NAACP president

Memphis 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

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: News

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.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

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

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

ATLANTA – 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.

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  • Written by George Curry
  • Category: News

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.

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HBCUs and Black Press move to get to know each other – again

HBCUs and Black Press move to get to know each other – again

by Freddie Allen
NNPA News Service

WASHINGTON – It was a reunion of sorts. The presidents of seven Black colleges met African-American newspaper publishers for breakfast. The setting was the annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association here and the goal was exploring ways to strengthen a partnership that predated the modern civil rights movement.

Now, as the federal government cuts education funding to colleges and universities and threatens to double the interest rates on student loans, Black college presidents are again turning to the Black Press for support.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
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Trayvon’s family, lawyers respond to Sanford police chief dismissal

Trayvon’s family, lawyers respond to Sanford police chief dismissal

NEW ORLEANS – After attending the opening ceremony for the 37th Annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, the family of Trayvon Martin and their legal team held an exclusive news conference to respond to the firing of Sanford, Fla. Police Chief Bill Lee on Wednesday (June 20).

Under Lee's direction, Sanford police decided not to arrest George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old Martin.

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Rodney King: Tragedy, triumph and tragedy

Rodney King: Tragedy, triumph and tragedy

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
New America Media

Less than two weeks before his death, I was scheduled to interview Rodney King on the public stage at the annual Leimert Park Book festival in Los Angeles. I had two conflicting thoughts about the interview.

One was that if the well-worn term accident of history ever applied to anyone, it was King. The second was what made King such an enduring figure and most importantly, a symbol: the shockingly detailed video-taped beating by four white Los Angeles Police officers 21 years earlier.

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  • Written by New America Media
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