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What about Kasandra Perkins?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist By now, it’s old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter. By now we’ve read about how great a teammate Belcher was, how dedicated to his girlfriend and daughter. We’ve read his hardscrabble story of moving from the University of Maine, hardly a football powerhouse, to ...

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Do we say white people can’t run Wall Street?

When Wall Street failed and was bailed out by the federal government to the tune of trillions of dollars, did anyone say “white people” don’t know how to run the super duper banks, or that white people like trillions of dollars of free stuff? How about when GM and Chrysler went through a managed bankruptcy for $80 billion? No, nobody said that white people are not ready to be in charge of transnational indu ...

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Renewable energy, the path to our future

There were many ballot proposals this past election season. None of them passed. However, in regards to Proposal 3, support underlying the idea was not reflected by the vote. Many factors went into Proposal 3 not passing, but the major reason was the nearly $30 million dollars spent by the utilities (DTE, Consumers Energy and “CARE “) to defeat the proposal. Many Michiganders, however, do not agree with cor ...

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‘Tis the season to be careful

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas. It takes me until about Dec. 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family. I like to give, which is why I share with a few charities that are close to me. I like to connect, which is why I have a greeting card ritual. But all this crazy frenzy after Thanksgiving, before Christmas sale ...

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Kickbacks exploit inmates’ families

In Cook County jails, prisoners are charged as much as $15 a call to be in touch with their relatives. The exploitive rates can force families — already struggling with the burdens of having a loved one locked up — to choose between supporting their loved one or paying for heat or food. An Illinois study found that the price of phone calls from prison was one of the two most significant barriers to family c ...

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Ebony disses Black folks

Reading Ebony Magazine’s feature article “100 Most Influential African Americans” in its December 2012-January 2013 issue, was very revealing on the low opinion the publication has of its readers in particular and of the larger Black community in general. A brief statement before the listing proclaims, among other things, “In this issue EBONY selects the 100 primary influencers and game changers who have ma ...

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U.N. Ambassador Rice criticized for the wrong reasons

Senate Republicans led by John McCain, R-Ariz., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., continue to lead the attacks against the nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice even though the Obama administration has yet to nominate her. They believe she intentionally lied to the American people in her description of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted ...

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It takes courage to live

Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. Not just once, but a bunch of times. That’s cold-blooded murder. And why? The media won’t speculate, yet they did put out that the two argued after his girlfriend returned home late from a concert. Whatever the reason, in his mind, she did or said something that hurt his feelings. She definitely didn’t hurt him physically. ...

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Cable television: An American success story

It seems so natural today. Having cable television in our homes, giving us a vast selection of channels from which to choose, is a given condition for the vast majority of us. I can remember in my early years it was not like that. We had the three networks and a few local channels. A Black face on television doing something productive was very few and far between. When the great singer Nat King Cole got his ...

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