Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:08
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Friday, 27 September 2013 11:26
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation toughening the nation’s gun laws.
Minnesota leads the nation in affordable healthcare
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:54
Governor Dayton released a statement Wednesday, September 25 following a U. S. Department of Health and Human Services report which shows that Minnesota will have the lowest average monthly premiums in the country for those buying health insurance through the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act:
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:25
Shaina Brassard, West Broadway Coalition
Before even serving the first course of its ten-course tasting menu when it opened September 18th, UMAMI by Travail had already generated much excitement among the Twin Cities and national culinary communities. Online ticket reservations for the first two weeks sold out within 24 hours. Fortunately, the team at the Asian comfort food-inspired pop-up restaurant at 904 West Broadway has proved itself worthy, dazzling food critics and average customers from its local Northside community alike.
The Affordable Care Act –will help make health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans. For African Americans, like other racial and ethnic minorities, the law will address inequities and will increase access to quality, affordable health coverage, invest in prevention and wellness, and give individuals and families more control over their care.
Blocked nomination of first Black openly gay federal judge
Friday, 27 September 2013 09:22
(MIAMI)— Tuesday, Senator Marco Rubio blocked the appointment of Judge William L. Thomas, the first African-American openly gay judge to the federal bench. The decision comes a year after Senator Rubio’s initial support of the nomination. Judge Thomas received a “majority well-qualified” grade from the American Bar Association. The following statement was issued by Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP:
(GIN) – Africans on the continent and in the diaspora were in shock and grieving this week over the untimely passing of Kofi Awoonor, 78, from Ghana. He was one of the 68 who perished in the Al-Shabab-initiated assault at the 5-story Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
Women answer the challenge at Bev Smith Conference
Monday, 23 September 2013 15:00
Rebecca Nuttall Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier
Who is the African-American woman? Is she the caricature of Harriet Tubman presented in a recently released YouTube comedy video? Is she the women depicted in reality television shows? Is she the image portrayed in hip-hop videos and popular music?
Nearly 200,000 children remain in poverty in Minnesota
Monday, 23 September 2013 14:55
According to the numbers released Wednesday, September 18 by the U.S. Census American Community Survey, nearly 10,000 fewer Minnesota children lived in poverty in 2012 than in 2011. Despite this slight decrease, Minnesota still has far more children living in poverty than it did at the beginning of the century as the number of children in poverty increased by 69 percent since 2000.
Monday, 23 September 2013 12:42
Cierra Duncan Special to the NNPA from The Houston Defender
HOUSTON – Affordable Care Act enrollment goes into effect Oct. 1, and many uninsured Americans will begin comparing new health insurance rates.
President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law in March 2010. It makes preventive care and other types of medical care more accessible and affordable to a larger portion of Americans.