'Invest in our girls,' says Liberia's 'Ma Ellen,' if Africa is to rise
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:09
Jun. 16 (GIN) – In an open letter dated June 16 – the International Day of the African Child – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no "Africa Rising" without a serious investment in young girls.
The My Brother's Keeper initiative was launched in late February by President Barack Obama to create equal access to opportunities by eliminating barriers to success faced by young men of color. It focuses on unveiling the full potential of young men of color through an assets-based approach. The president shared his own personal experience of growing up without a father in the home and making some bad choices. However, he also highlights what led to his success.
Pluria Marshall, Jr. Group purchases three TV Stations
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:14
Merdies Hayes, Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly
Pluria Marshall Jr. has purchased three FOX-affiliated television full-power stations – KLJB-TV in Davenport, Iowa; KMSS-TV in Shreveport, La., and KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Tex. For $58.5 million through his Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG – pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval.
Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel: 'I'm still standing'
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:08
Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Rachel Jeantel inched toward a high school diploma, she tried to keep in mind that she had a promise to keep. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters that she would.
Ray Boone, crusading editor, champion journalist, dead at 76
Monday, 16 June 2014 16:23
Jeremy M. Lazarus
(Richmond Free Press) - Raymond Harold "Ray" Boone had a snappy response when the infuriated commander at an Army outpost in South Carolina threatened to lock him in the stockade for staying seated when the band played the Southern anthem "Dixie."
New tobacco 'apology' ads plan still excludes most Black media
Thursday, 12 June 2014 15:47
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A revised plan for major tobacco companies to purchase court-ordered ads to admit that they deliberately misled the public about the dangers of smoking would add nine White-owned newspapers to the list of publications carrying tobacco 'apology' ads but shut out more than 90 percent of Black newspapers and all Black-owned radio and television stations, according to documents filed in federal court.
New York – The National Urban League released its 38th edition of "State of Black America – One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America," which explores how un- and under-employment have widened the divide between the nation's richest and poorest and transformed the dream of upward mobility into a reality of diminishing prospects.