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Connecting the past with the President

Connecting the past with the President

One hundred fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It was a flawed document that freed enslaved people in Confederate areas that he did not control. At the sa

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

New gun legislation is not the answer

New gun legislation is not the answer

I really had not planned on writing anything about the shooting in Newtown, Conn. because I didn't have anything fresh or thought provoking to write. As I have indicated before, I can't muster any extra sympathy for the tragic events in Connecticut when young kids are dying every day in Chicago and they barely get a mention in the news, and definitely not by this White House.

The worst thing any politician can ever do is to legislate while caught up in a cloud of emotion. Every time Americans have a tragedy, politicians and the public demand that "something" be done to prevent the same event from happening again. Here is a truth that most of us do not want to admit: There is no current law or future law that can prevent another mass shooting from occurring. Guns are not the problem, it's the people.

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  • Written by Raynard Jackson/NNPA News Service

The way we were in 2012

Our brand new year is in full swing – full of promise and new beginnings. Even as we move forward with shining, new resolve, it's always fun to look back at our consumer behaviors and trends over the previous 12 months.

Let's start with how we rang in the New Year. No matter how you brought in 2013, chances are it involved an effervescent, grown-up libation. You are not alone. Consumers around the world celebrated with a lot of cork popping on New Year's Eve.

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‘All My Babies Mamas’ and other insults

‘All My Babies Mamas’ and other insults

The latest negative programming coming from the dominant media is a ridiculous show about a black guy who has 11 children by 10 different women. "All My Babies Mamas" was planned for the coming season, but now it may be completely scrubbed, mainly because a sister, Sabrina Lamb, sent out a petition protesting the show in the most serious manner.

I say kudos to Ms. Lamb and others who have spoken out against this nonsensical and degrading show; I wish the same fate for some of those other so-called reality shows.

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America’s gun problem is not a race problem

America’s gun problem is not a race problem

Massacres such as Newtown are horrifying and heart-rending. They are also nothing like the typical American gun murder.

The typical murder has one victim, not many. The typical murder is committed with a handgun, not a rifle. And in the typical murder, both the perpetrator and the victim are young black men. Blacks are six times as likely as whites to be the victim of a homicide. Blacks are seven times as likely to commit a homicide.

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  • Written by David Frum/CNN

Wide girth could signal trouble ahead

Gaining weight around the girth is like being pregnant. We often hear, "How did this happen!" If we really think about those expanded girths, a lot of men would look pregnant due to an over abundance of belly fat, which causes some men's stomachs to look like those of gestating women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has become a national threat to society. One out of every three adults is obese. That is a whopping (excuse the pun) 35.7 percent. In a 2008 report, 42 percent of the U.S. population will be obese by the year 2030.

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Wilmington Ten pardons: ‘Black Press’ at its best

When then-National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Danny Bakewell Sr. asked me to emcee the Black Press Week luncheon at the National Press Club in 2011, I had no idea that I would be witnessing history. At the urging of Wilmington Journal Publisher Mary Alice Thatch, the NNPA decided to launch a national campaign to win pardons for the Wilmington 10, a group of activists who were falsely convicted and sentenced to a combined total of 282 years.

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  • Written by George Curry

Drug abuse, African Americans and jail

Drug abuse, African Americans and jail

WASHINGTON – A recent study reports that treating substance abusers, especially African Americans, could save the nation billions of dollars at a time when all eyes are glued to debates over how to solve the country's national debt.

The study by researchers at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville linked the prevalence of substance abuse disorders to the high rates of incarceration among African-American males. Published in the November 2012 edition of "Frontiers in Psychiatry," the study also suggested that spending more money on community-based treatment programs and improving mental health care in the African-American community could have an impact on substance abuse and crime among young African-American males.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen/NNPA

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