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The global genius of President Barack H. Obama
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The global genius of President Barack H. Obama

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist When you are considered by millions of people across the nation and throughout the world community to be the “Leader of the Free World,” that is an awesome and serious international responsibility. Do you remember when President Obama was first elected eight years ago? There were…

Has our system failed our youth?
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Has our system failed our youth?

By Charles Cole III Each time I am confronted with the news of another police officer killing a black child, I find myself bracing to digest a bevy of emotions. There is a profound sadness that is immediately followed by anger and frustration which comes from losing another brilliant life too soon. As a black…

We need to stop calling the cops on our students
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We need to stop calling the cops on our students

[caption id="attachment_26043" align="alignleft"]stockvault-transportation104505stockvault.net[/caption]Richland County Senior Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields seemed to think the only way he could get a young black girl out of her seat was to fling her across the room. His brutal attack on her was filmed by one of her classmates, and it’s a good thing he documented the incident. It was said that the young lady punched the officer before Eddie Robinson, Jr. started taping, but he indicates that she was quiet and simply refused to get out of her seat. He said she had only taken her phone out for a minute and “she didn’t do anything wrong”.

Lilly Endowment Funds Black Minds Matter
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Lilly Endowment Funds Black Minds Matter

There is an old African proverb that says: “Where you put your wealth signifies where and how your life’s priorities are ordered.” Such is the case when one views where and how corporate America invests its wealth beyond the boardroom and the stock market. There are some companies, however, like the Eli Lilly and Company and the Lilly Endowment Inc. that have had a long track record of investing portions of its wealth to support the education of Black America.

Letter to the Editor
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Letter to the Editor

[caption id="attachment_26023" align="alignleft"]flavored-tobacco-productsPhoto from: tobaccopreventionk12.wordpress.com, Art by: Sunny[/caption]Saint Paul is following the lead of Minneapolis and considering an ordinance designed to protect our young people from the harms of flavored tobacco. This ordinance will remove candy and fruity-flavored tobacco, including tropical fusion cigars, berry chewing tobacco, pineapple shisha, and cotton candy e-juice from stores kids can enter. If passed, Saint Paul will be the second city in the state to limit youth exposure to these addictive products. As a Community Elder and Health and Wellness Activist, I am asking you to join me in encouraging our elected leaders to help protect our children from the harms of this cancer-causing product.

The matter of Herbert Igbanugo and the Minnesota Supreme Court
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The matter of Herbert Igbanugo and the Minnesota Supreme Court

[caption id="attachment_25989" align="alignleft"]igbanugoHerbert Igbanugo[/caption]The news of the suspension of longtime Twin Cities attorney Herbert Igbanugo hit the community like a thunderbolt this past May. The Minnesota Supreme Court suspended the high profile Mr. Igbanugo for three months.

Attorneys, like in most other sensitive professions like medicine, have disciplinary action against them made public.

Guns and mental illness
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Guns and mental illness

[caption id="attachment_25967" align="alignleft"]stockvault-closeup-winchester-30-30-cartridge108511stockvault.net[/caption]Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last 20 years share one thing in common: all of the perpetrators were suffering or had suffered from some form of mental illness. Although most of the mass murderers were white, it is an issue that quietly ravages the Black community.

Learning through loss to beat the odds
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Learning through loss to beat the odds

[caption id="attachment_25965" align="alignleft"]stockvault-sulky-and-angry-young-kid-on-the-couch178276stockvault.net[/caption]Child Watch

“Suffering is inevitable, but how you deal with it is not fixed in stone. That can change. You can develop a way to face it.”

You might expect wise words like these to come after a lifetime’s worth of experiences, but Elijah Iqbal-Scott has seen a lot of sadness and sorrow in his 17 years. When Elijah was born, his mother, a young college student, was chronically ill with sickle cell anemia.

Why we must fight for environmental justice for people of color in 2016
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Why we must fight for environmental justice for people of color in 2016

[caption id="attachment_25876" align="alignleft"]nnpa columns bchavisBenjamin F. Chavis, Jr., says that there is an inextricable linkage between poverty, economic inequality and environmental injustice.[/caption]The Civil Rights Movement in the United States identified a long list of issues that were broadly considered the historical and contemporary evidence of systematic racial discrimination and injustice. With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the critical importance of environmental justice for Black Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans and for other people of color must be reasserted.

GOP: The wrecking ball party
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GOP: The wrecking ball party

In late September, [caption id="attachment_25834" align="alignleft"]john boehner official portraitJohn Boehner, en.wikipedia.org[/caption], the Republican Speaker of the House, after years of battling Republican extremists in Congress, stunned the political world by announcing he was giving up that position and leaving Congress altogether at the end of October.

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