[caption id="attachment_25699" align="alignleft"]Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2015 National HBCU Week Conference, in Washington D.C., September 22, 2015. (Elyse Jones/Department of Education/Flickr CC BY 2.0.)[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) — In a speech at the 2015 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week Conference here last week, Vice President Joe Biden praised the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and announced an additional $10 billion in HBCU funding.
[caption id="attachment_25576" align="alignleft"]NNPA president and CEO, Benjamin F. Chavis (left) and NNPA chair Denise Rolark Barnes (right) present Roland Martin with a 2015 NNPA Leadership Award. (Roy Lewis/Washington Informer)[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) – At a reception during the 45th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference, the National Newspaper Publishers Association honored five Black luminaries with its Leadership Awards.
[caption id="attachment_25515" align="alignleft"]Black Women’s Roundtable convener, Melanie Campbell (left) and member, Avis Jones-DeWeever. (Jazelle Hunt/NNPA News Service)[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize Black women voters.
The partnership hopes to raise the profile of the already-powerful Black women’s vote. In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Black women had the highest turnout of any group, with 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Black women hitting the polls in 2012 despite a national decline.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) — According to IHS, an international industry data company, Black Americans spent an estimated $8.4 billion on cars in just the first four months of 2015. In the coming year, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is determined to direct that cash toward Black-owned dealerships.
[caption id="attachment_25235" align="alignleft"]DeRay McKesson, Cheeraz Gormon, and Samuel Sinyangwe share their impressions of Ferguson one year after Michael Brown’s killing. (Credits, l-to-r: Shawn Roller; Donna Burch; Ariel Matos)[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) — It’s been one year since the murder of Michael Brown galvanized the Ferguson, Mo. community and forced the nation to face the horrors of police violence. And as the activist slogan asserts, the ensuing protests have become a movement, not just a moment.
[caption id="attachment_25174" align="alignleft"](M&R Glasgow/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) — The United Nations Human Rights Committee has given the U.S. a series of failing grades on human rights, including failing to meet international human rights standards on gun violence; the uneven implementation of controversial Stand Your Ground laws; violating personal privacy; and doing a poor job of caring for victims of gun violence.
[caption id="attachment_24436" align="alignleft"]Representative Alma Adams (D-N.C.), shown here, partnered with Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) to launch the Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus. (Courtesy Photo) [/caption]WASHINNGTON (NNPA) – A little help may be on the way for historically Black colleges and universities struggling against falling financial support and an increasingly skeptical public.
[caption id="attachment_24405" align="alignleft"]Terrie Williams, award-winning mental health advocate and author of “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting.” (Courtesy Photo)[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use.
But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions.
[caption id="attachment_24328" align="alignleft"]Free community-based computer classes are often underfunded small-scale operations, which contributes to the digital divide. (DC Central Kitchen/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As education, jobs, and the national and global economy go digital, people without broadband (high-speed Internet) access risk being left behind. This disparity in who’s online and who isn’t is often called the digital divide – and Blacks and Latinos are more likely to be in the latter group.
[caption id="attachment_23832" align="alignleft"]Melanie Campbell (left) and Avis Jones-DeWeever protest delay in confirming Loretta Lynch.[/caption]WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Hundreds of Black women and girls representing the Black Women’s Roundtable descended on the nation’s capital last week to petition the Senate to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general.