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Black-owned newspaper fights city agency’s contract decision

By James Wright Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Washington Informer WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of community activists and leaders has staged a rally to protest the denial of a city contract to the largest District-based African American newspaper solely on the basis of it not being a “newspaper of general circulation.” Keith Silver, a Ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner and civil rights ...

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Obama’s race still has bearing on media coverage

By Nadra Kareem Nittle Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Maynard Institute Long before a little-known Illinois politician ran for president, the mainstream media focused on his race. When he flourished as a presidential candidate four years ago, everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was Black. Have his Blackness and extensive coverage of that fact boosted his political career or made it mor ...

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Blacks advising Romney against Obama

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire As the GOP prepares to meet in Tampa next week, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has been meeting with a team of politically diverse Black advisers as part of his growing campaign strategy against President Barack Obama, a campaign spokesperson confirmed. “There is a Black coalitions group that meets regularly with the Romney campaign,” says Tara Wall, ...

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Handcuffed man shot and killed in cop car

Arkansas police claim suicide, mother believes they killed him Trice Edney News Wire The FBI is investigating how a 21-year-old Black man was shot and killed while handcuffed in a Jonesboro, Ark. patrol car on July 29. “We’ve been asked to get involved,” Kim Brunell, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Little Rock office, told The Huffington Post Aug. 2. The bureau’s ballistics experts will join the probe, she said ...

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National Council of Elders formed

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA News Service from Wilmington Journal GREENSBORO, N.C. — They come from all walks of the civil and human rights struggle, each a distinguished leader with a long record of advocacy, molded in courage and sacrifice. Ministers, activists, poets, former elected officials, retired military, disciples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and even the former U.S. ambassador to South ...

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WCCCD to offer variety of new program choices beginning fall semester

By David C. Butty This fall, Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) students, whether they are starting out or starting over, will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of new programs District-wide. One of these new programs is Health Information Technology, which is unlikely to be profiled on your evening television news or in a televised hospital drama. This is because it is the behind-t ...

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Policing the police: Knowing our rights

By W.A.T.E.R. 17 Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A number of people are exercising their civil and human rights and ensuring that the democratic system is being put to proper use. This past Sunday, volunteer activists across the city distributed informative literature to the masses in an effort to educate others and heighten awareness about their rights, while simultane ...

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Obama signs new initiative to improve educational outcomes for Black students

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American NEW ORLEANS — During his remarks at the National Urban League conference in New Orleans, LA, July 25, President Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order to improve outcomes and advance educational opportunities for African Americans. The President has made providing a complete and competitive education for all Americans – from cradle to career – a top ...

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CDC launches national HIV campaign

By George E. Curry NNPA WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced July 16 the new Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign to remove the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and to end complacency about the epidemic. “In the fight against HIV, stigma and complacency are among our most insidious opponents,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral ...

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National president: NAACP is growing

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire The NAACP, in its 103rd year, has consistently grown over the past three years and continues to be relentless in its quest for equality and fulfillment of America’s promises of freedom. That is the NAACP described by its President/CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, who upon the birth of his first son on July 4, indicated that he has intensified his commitment to racial jus ...

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