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v5_red_light_cameraIn what has become a tumultuous issue between City Hall and Houston voters, the City has reached a settlement with the company that manufactures the controversial red light cameras.

According to the settlement, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), will be paid $2.3 million, the amount they would have received had the red light cameras never been turned off following the overwhelming voter initiative in November 2010 through December of 2011.

banner_jboney_colorI am getting sick and tired of things being deemed negative and bad when black people do it. 

Whether it is music or fashion, black people tend to get a bad rap.

What has recently got me hot and bothered, is the way sports, when tied to black people is given a lot of negative critique, but with whites it is celebrated.

v4_disrespect_president_obama_article4Disrespect of President Obama!
They say they want the country back!

by Jeffrey L. Boney
Forward Times Staff Writer

Since President Barack Obama was elected in office, many in the GOP have been focused more on getting rid of Obama than fixing what ails our country. 

Since taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives, members of the Tea Party and GOP leaders have been steadfast and relentless in their continued pursuit of placing every obstacle in the way of Obama to make progress on the economy and other critical matters.

011112_mike_patrizzo_articleMICHAEL PETRIZZO

As an advocate for African-American Urban Radio, Mike Petrizzo is the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Houston’s KCOH AM Radio Station, the oldest (57 years old) black formatted station in the state of Texas. In addition, Mr. Petrizzo is a member of KCOH, Inc.’s Board of Directors, and a major stockholder.

v2_sam_logan_nnpaSam Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, one of the nation’s largest and oldest African-American newspapers, died Dec. 28 at his home in Detroit. He was 78.

For nearly 40 years, Logan championed the interests of Detroit’s African-American community, gaining the respect and admiration of allies and foes for his pioneering and formidable efforts in journalism and business.

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v2_mlk_mountaintopBackstage at the play Mountaintop, Angela Bassett kicked off her shoes and Samuel L. Jackson sported a battle-worn hat, showing no trace of the riveting star quality that had captivated the audience only minutes ago and had lines of fans awaiting autographs outdoors. Both were touchable and huggable, showcasing a dimension in their own interaction, much like their characters on stage, that no matter the layers of fame and fortune, underneath we all are still human.

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.”


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