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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
  • Category: News

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
  • Category: News

The video game revolution: Ready to come aboard?

The video game revolution:  Ready to come aboard?

by Cornelius A. Fortune
Real Times News Service

And you thought it was just a phase.

"Pong" seems almost prehistoric now, given the advances in video games. Each decade has spawned its own hits and has moved the characters within the gaming world closer to AI (Artificial Intelligence) status.

It's difficult to pin down exactly why gamers are so passionate. But like sports fans, cinephiles, and comic geeks, gamers have their own network. You don't have to be a hardcore gamer to enter this world. A game console (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii) is usually a start, though these days you can play games right on your mobile phone ("Angry Birds: Space" rules).

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
  • Category: News

D.C. residents dispute harassment of African-American politicians

by James Wright
NNPA News Service

While the mayor of the District, the chairman of the D.C. Council and a former D.C. Council member have been prosecuted or are under investigation by federal authorities, some D.C. residents don't believe they're being targeted because of their race.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is a subject of a federal investigation into his 2010 mayoral campaign activities.

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