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The ‘Black Vote’ again taken for granted

by Cloves Campbell Jr.

There are less than 100 days until voters throughout the country cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as candidates for U.S. Senate, t

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

Easing colonoscopy fear starts with eating right

Fear of the unknown is an unpleasant emotion – much like walking into a darkened room and not knowing what lurks within. That's the way some people feel about getting a colonoscopy. If you haven't had one, the thought of such an invasive procedure may scare the wits out of you.

The majority of patients do well after a colonoscopy. But there could be serious side effects, if

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A word to the right: anti-poverty programs have worked

Conservatives continue to assert that anti-poverty programs have failed when, in fact, they have saved millions of people from plunging into poverty.

"Fox News," the house organ for right-wingers, has led this disinformation campaign. Let's examine what two network contributors said on the same day (July 23, 2012):

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  • Written by George Curry

President on target with black education focus

by David L. Horne, Ph.D.
NNPA News Service

On Thursday, July 27, in one of the very few programs the Obama administration has specifically targeted and titled for black Americans, President Obama issued an executive order creating the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which will be housed in the secretary of education's office.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

Gabriell Douglas’ hair-raising experience

If you don't follow Olympic gymnastics, you may not have heard about Gabrielle Douglas before this year. But the amazing grace of this 16-year-old African American propelled her to Olympic gold last week, and she is the first African American to win an individual medal in gymnastics.

Indeed, her performance toppled the Russians, who have portrayed themselves as unbeatable. So unbeatable, as a matter of fact that the winner of the silver medal, Viktoria Komova, "sobbed uncontrollably" because she so expected to win.

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

The State of America’s Children 2012

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." When we look at the state of our union and the state of America's children in 2012, his words ring very true.

It's impossible to deny that our nation's economy, professed values of equal opportunity, future, and soul are all in danger right now.

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  • Written by Marian Wright Edelman

Crucifying Chick-fil-A’s owner for his beliefs

In an attempt to drum up more business, Chick-fil-A has ads and billboards featuring black-and-white spotted cows – acting in what the company calls their "enlightened self-interest" – urging people to "Eat Mor Chikin."

But that's not what gay rights advocates want in the aftermath of the president of Chick-fil-A expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. They don't want the public to eat less chicken at Chick-fil-A – they don't want consumers to eat any chicken served by the Atlanta-based chain.

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  • Written by George Curry

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