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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the 2011 AT&T Sustainability Report, launched Monday (June 25), the company makes the case for how it is committed to improving our world and empowering consumers to do the same.
The report emphasizes the ways in which AT&T's employees, networks and customers are working toward creating a more sustainable future. Key report highlights include:
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.