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v35_college_studentAs millions of college students return to campus, a recent settlement by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) may become a financial blessing to students and their parents. An estimated 60,000 students are expected to share $11 million in restitution from two financial firms – Higher One Holdings, Inc. and Bancorp Bank.

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v31_trayvonGeorge Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed Trayvon Martin, told Fox News personality Sean Hannity that the events that occurred on February 26, 2012 were “God’s will.” What a cynical manipulation of our Creator, to suggest that the massacre of an African American teenager by a crazed vigilante is the will of God. Actually, if one wants to know about God’s will, one might simply go to the Ten Commandments, the sixth of which is quite explicit. Thou shall not kill.

v30_romneyThose members of the NAACP who booed Mitt Romney as he spoke at the organization’s annual convention in Houston fell into a clever political trap set up by the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign.

Romney should pay a big bonus to the operatives who arranged for him to address the overwhelmingly middle income Black folks in attendance at the convention. When members of the audience booed Romney’s description of the health care bill as “Obamacare” rather the Affordable Care Act, his political operatives probably did some high-fiving and chest-bumping while declaring -- mission accomplished.

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v23_ltai_grant_hillJudging from most of the media coverage about the state of Black America, some could reasonably conclude that Blacks are on the verge of extinction. The world knows about all the baby mama drama, heated debates over the “N” word, and what Beyonce and Jay-Z named their baby.

v19_otp_snapThe Department of Agriculture recently issued a report showing that food stamps, one of the nation’s largest safety net programs, is also one of the most effective. Food stamps were responsible for reducing the prevalence of poverty by an annual average of 4.4 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to the report, Alleviating Poverty in the United States: The Critical Role of SNAP Benefits.

SNAP, an acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, was formerly called the Food Stamps Program.

v13_marian_wright_edelman_hoodedThe outcry over Trayvon Martin's senseless death is absolutely right and just -- his family, ourselves, will not feel at peace until this wrong has been rectified. 

Every parent raising Black sons knows the dilemma: deciding how soon to have the talk. Choosing the words to explain to your beautiful child that there are some people who will never like or trust him just because of who he is—including some who should be there to protect him, but will instead have the power to hurt him. Training him how to walk, what to say, and how to act so he won’t seem like a threat. Teaching him that the burden of deflating stereotypes and reassuring other people’s ignorance will always fall on him, and while that isn’t fair, in some cases it may be the only way to keep him safe and alive.

v8_black_women_orgby Julianne Malveaux

During Black History Month, the focus is often on individuals. The founder of the month (once Negro History Week) was Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and he chose the week that encompassed both the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. When other luminaries are mentioned, they are mostly men, but this year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has declared that women will anchor the month. It is great to lift up the many black women luminaries, including Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, Elizabeth Keckley, Cathy Hughes, and so many others.

v7_jesse_jackson_barack_obamaRepublican Gov. Jan Brewer insults the president with a finger-wagging tarmac rant in Arizona. As a result, sales of her book soar.

American presidents have always been fair game for public criticism. But isn’t it past time that we challenge the campaign of insult, racial slur and utter disrespect that has been unleashed on Barack Obama?

v2_linda_tarrant_reedBy Linda Tarrant-Reid

Special to the NNPA from
The Westchester County Press

 

Good-bye 2011 and hello 2012! As I greet friends, family members and strangers with the familiar “Happy New Year,” I say it with more conviction and more intention than I ever have before, because I truly wish for everyone a safer, happier, healthier and more prosperous 2012.

As Kwanzaa celebrations came to a close this holiday season, we were left to contemplate and incorporate the Seven Principles of the holiday, the inspiring Nguzo Saba, into our hectic lives – Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). In Dr. Maulana Karenga’s Annual Founder’s Message published in the December 22, 2011 Los Angeles Sentinel, he summarized the Seven Principles and their relationship to where we are today – “walk gently, act justly and relate rightly in and for the world.”

113011_herman_cain_sharpton“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” - Frederick Douglass  

No commentary needed!  

The following is a message from Al Sharpton to Herman Cain.

The greeting on your website says, “we are looking forward to hearing from you,” but I’m not sure you will be looking forward to hearing from me, Mr. Cain.

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