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E-Juju and Griots salute Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka

 A gathering of renowned poets envisioned by the late Amiri Baraka arrived in a profusion of words and memory last Tuesday evening at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life on NYU campus.   That event was originally conceived by Baraka in collaboration with Manthia Diawara, the director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs, as a tribute to Jayne Cortez, who joined the ancestors a little more ...

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U.S. Voting Hurdles Remain

US VOTING Rep. Keith Ellison is leading drive to guarantee right to vote. By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON, D.C.  (NNPA) – If you thought that the United States Constitution guaranteed your right to vote, think again. “While the right to vote is inherent throughout our founding document, and there are amendments prohibiting discrimination, nothing in the Constitution explicitly gu ...

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STEM Education Gap Threatens American Economic Success

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (NNPA) – At a time when 6.7 percent unemployment (or, 11.9 percent among African Americans) is an improvement, the STEM sector still has more available jobs than qualified American professionals. And according to a study released last week, the United States’ will halt its economic success unless the racial gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is addressed.   ...

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Black Meetings Making History in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Kitty Oliver   Broward County turns 100 years old in 2015, marking a century of dramatic racial and economic change for African Americans.  In that time the area has evolved from a rustic, almost uninhabitable frontier into the most diverse multi-ethnic urban area in the country, rivaling Queens County, NY. Milestones of local progress include the planned transformation of the Sistrunk Corridor in F ...

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Top Blacks In Healthcare 2014: Dr. Regina Benjamin

Dr. Regina M. Benjamin was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 18th United States Surgeon General in July, 2009 and served a four-year term. Dr. Benjamin also oversaw the operational command of 6,700 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, and protect the health of the American people. Dr. Benjamin served simultaneously as Surgeon General and as the first ...

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Michael Sam: NFL Prospect Announces That He’s Gay

by NewsOne   Staff Sunday afternoon, former University of Missouri lineman Michael Sam, 24, announced to the world what his teammates have known for years. He’s gay.   Though that fact is not earth-shattering in and of itself, Sam’s revelation sparked an avalanche of contentious debates and varied reactions as observers wondered what Sam’s sexuality could mean for football. After all, it is one of the ...

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Violet Palmer: NBA’s Only Female Referee

Violet Palmer Place of Residence: A National Basketball Association arena near you or Los Angeles. Why She’s a Game Changer: Palmer is currently the only female referee in the NBA.   Sometimes longevity under difficult circumstances deserves praise. Palmer became one of two women to infiltrate the all-male referee ranks of the NBA in 1997. Her fellow groundbreaking female referee left after five years, leav ...

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Subway Promises To Remove Plastic Chemical Out of Sandwich Bread

First the popular eatery Subway was called to the mat last year for trying to shortchange the public on the actual size of its much-touted foot-long hero. Now the restaurant chain that prides itself on healthful offerings are front and center for incorporating azodiacarbonamide, a plastic-based additive in the breads that they use, according to USA Today.   The chemical additive has been linked to respirato ...

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Kendrick Johnson’s Family Sues Funeral Home

The family of Kendrick Johnson, 17, the Georgia teen found dead in a wrestling mat in his high school gym last January, has filed a lawsuit against the funeral home who was in charge of his remains, reportsCNN. Johnson’s parents allege that Harrington Funeral Home in Valdosta, Georgia was not only negligent, but committed fraud while handling their son’s body. As previously reported by NewsOne, state medica ...

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National Action Network Kicks Off Black History Month With Beverly Hills Luncheon

(left to right) Mark Ridley-Thomas LA County Board Supervisors District 2, Honorable Aja Brown, Rev. Al Sharpton, Magic Johnson, Danny Bakewell Sr., and Rev. K.W.Tullos President of NAN Los Angeles chapter.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Beverly H ...

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