by Nadra Kareem Nittle
NNPA News Service
Long before a little-known Illinois politician ran for president, the mainstream media focused on his race. When he flourished as a presidential candidate four years ago, everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was black.
Have his blackness and extensive coverage of that fact boosted his political career or made it more difficult for him to win re-election?
by J. Coyden Palmer
CHICAGO – Three weeks after the Nation of Islam sent dozens of men into some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods to help quell violence, the reaction to their presence has been mixed from organizations that have been on the front lines of fighting crime in Chicago for years.
Organizations such as Ceasefire and longtime independent community activist Andrew Holmes welcome the NOI presence. But other organizations, such as the Willie Williams Youth Foundation, and dozens of residents were not impressed.
Disturbing images of gun-toting police firing point blank at striking miners shocked South Africans and others around the world. Thirty-four workers fell dead in the melee – the worst case of post-apartheid state-sponsored violence since 1994.
The Marikana massacre, named after the UK-based Lonmin platinum mining complex, was denounced by labor leaders, including U.S. labor chief Richard Trumka.
We have finally reached the point of no return. The fact that NBA mega-star LeBron James and Nike have even proposed that we spend $300 on a pair of tennis shoes has revealed that much.
It's as if there is a conversation going on behind closed doors that has nothing to do with the reality of our world. Or, does it?
Can we truly blame James – the larger than life superstar of the NBA Champions Miami Heat – for trying to capitalize on our lack of financial education?
With Wisconsin Sen. Paul Ryan now saddled up to ride shotgun as Mitt Romney's GOP running mate, the Democratic Party flak already is coming fast and heavy.
A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee email fundraiser bluntly sounds the Democrats' alarm: "Romney and Paul Ryan are dead set on slashing senior's Medicare benefits to pay for more millionaire tax breaks..."
Here in the Memphis area, Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Justin Joy is ever ready with his comeback.
FREMONT, Calif. – Manat Kaur is in many ways a typical 14 year old, indistinguishable from others her age in her usual outfit of sneakers, jeans and T-shirt. But when asked, the soon-to-be high school freshman makes it a point never to hide her Sikh identity.
"Why should I? I am proud of it," Kaur asserted, as she sat on an outdoor bench at her local Sikh temple, or gurudwara, last week, her head covered with a scarf.
Two days earlier, on August 5, Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist, allegedly walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, a suburban community of Milwaukee, and randomly fired at the congregation.
by Lakshmi Chaudhry
New America Media
"The gunman is worse than the one at the theatre a couple of weeks ago because he targeted an entire community," said a worshipper who witnessed the tragic shooting at his local gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis., Aug. 5. The shootings killed seven people, including the gunman, and critically wounded three people, including a policeman.