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From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley — Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America. Jealous and the Oakland, Calif.-based Kapor Center for Social Impact, located near the Silicon Valley, announced this week that he has joined the center as its first venture pa ...

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NAACP presents minorities’ concerns to UN

An NAACP delegation will take the concerns of minority communities in the United States to the UN Human Rights Council’s review of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from March 9 to 15. The International Covenant is a treaty that outlines broad and fundamental civil and political rights that should be available to all people, including th ...

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‘Renaissance for Black films’

Last year, the film entertainment industry set a record with box office receipts totaling $11 billion. Black filmmakers, directors and actors in leading roles were a large part of the industry’s success. On March 2, “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the first time in the event’s 85-year history that a film directed by a Black person won the distinction. ...

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Benton Harbor EM gone, but no self-rule yet

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders left town March 7, but democracy did not re-appear in this southwestern Michigan city, one of the nation’s poorest. Gov. Rick Snyder immediately appointed a Receivership Transition Advisory Board to take control of the city. The board’s powers and duties are laid out in 11-pages of orders left by Saunders. The orders can be viewed at http://bentonharborcity.com/ ...

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Young, Black and afraid of the system

The Michael Dunn trial and two-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death lead young African American men into the 21st century cynical of the American judicial system. According to Brenda Stevenson, Professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), recent high-profile judicial cases involving young Black men underscored a disparity in the justice system that African Americans have alway ...

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University of Chicago to name building in honor of Gordon Parks

The George Lucas Family Foundation, named in honor of George Lucas, the filmmaker who made the science fiction classic “Star Wars,” and his wife, Mellody Hobson, have donated $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for construction of a building that will be named in honor of African American filmmaker, photographer and writer Gordon Parks. The building, scheduled to open in 2015, will b ...

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Black women still penalized for race and gender

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed race and gender-based discrimination. Now, 50 years later, Black women still suffer under the double-whammy of race and gender. Stephanie Coontz, co-chair of Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) and director of Research and Public Education, made that point at a symposium sponsored by the CCF, a nonprofit nonpartisan family research think tank. ...

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Nagin to be sentenced June 11

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Louisiana Weekly Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has made headlines by becoming the first mayor in New Orleans’ nearly 300-year history to be tried and convicted for a crime committed while in office. Nagin, a New Orleans businessman and Democrat who famously vowed to root out corruption once elected, was found guilty on 20 of 21 counts in a federal court. ...

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