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COGIC and RNC explore ‘Shared Values and Shared Goals’

cogic 600As the Republican National Committee descends upon Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the International Headquarters of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. We welcome the RNC to Memphis and look forward to dialogue and building relationships.

Some if not many would wonder why the Church Of God In Christ would want to engage and have dialogue with the Republican National Committee (RNC)? Over 100 years ago our denomination was founded when black people were predominately Republican and today we are the largest Black Pentecostal faith organization with over 5 million members. The Church's leadership is concerned about the Black Community, in fact, concerned about the entire nation.

We do not deny or shy away from the fact that our members are largely conservative, however in the 21st century we have not had much of a relationship with the Republican Party. Said plainly, the issues are racial in nature but education on both sides would be appreciated, and possibly bring clarity.

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Can the U.S. play a role in rescuing the missing nigerian schoolgirls?

terrorism 600When the bizarre disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 captured the global imagination like missed episodes of "Lost," an international military search and rescue response was swift. Two months and a dying black box ping later, no expense has been spared in the effort to find 240 passengers now presumed dead.

Weeks going on a month after the horrific mass kidnapping of 275 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants, and critics charge a milquetoast worldwide response that can't get much past the news ticker. While the reactions range from Twitter feeds accompanied by #BringOurGirlsBack to bubbling hate for the perpetrators, the perceived inability of Nigerian armed forces to match the passion comes at a time when conflict in the country's north is turning a grisly corner.

The tragic kidnappings have put a renewed spotlight on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria's leadership finds itself in a tough spot, not at all helped by authorities who seem powerless since Jonathan imposed states of emergency over the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

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Wisconsin ruling proves Voting Rights Act can still be effective

voterid 600WASHINGTON – After suffering a major setback last year in the Supreme Court, voting rights advocates are buoyed by a decision last week by a federal judge in Wisconsin striking down the state's voter ID law as racially discriminatory.

John Ulin, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and trial counsel, said that U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman's opinion in the case made clear that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 still has teeth, even after the United States Supreme Court's decision in the Shelby County case, which sharply limited application of the landmark law.

"The court understands the reach of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act to extend beyond challenges to legislative redistricting and to apply to both denial and practices that prevent people from registering and casting their ballot," said Ulin. "The evidence in the case was critical and the opinion makes that clear."

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Hip-hop leaders form partnership with NNPA

ClovesCampbell DJScratch_600MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Upcoming hip-hop artists may find it challenging to get a DJ to play their songs or a mainstream media critic to review their music, but if they belong to Core DJs World Wide, they have nothing to worry about.

Last week, leaders of the group representing, representing more than 500 of the nation's most influential DJs, met with National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Cloves Campbell and a partnership was established that will give them access to approximately 200 black newspapers. In turn, NNPA will have a strong connection with a new generation of readers.

"We want to merge the hip hop community with the black media," Tony Neal, CEO and founder of Core DJs World Wide said in an exclusive interview with the Miami Times. "Now we have two well-defined voices reaching the people."

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African-American unemployment dips to 5-year low

Valerie Wilson_600WASHINGTON – The African-American unemployment rate fell to 11.6 percent in April, the lowest mark since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, according to the Labor Department's latest jobs report.

In January 2009, the African-American jobless rate was 12.7 percent. The last time the African-American unemployment rate dipped below 12 percent was in November 2008 when the rate was 11.5 percent.

The economy added 288,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

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