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Obama touts nationwide graduation rate increase

President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday that the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached a record high of 83.2 percent, according to the White House. At his speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., the president will also highlight several of his education initiatives that enabled the improvement. Graduation rates have increased by about 4 percent since the 2010 ...

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The last time a president visited Cuba was 1928. It was a very big deal back then, too

President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace Coolidge, at left, with Cuban President Gerardo Machado y Morales, right, and his wife, Elvira Machado, in Havana on Jan. 19, 1928. (AP) Air Force One touched down in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the country since 1928. That year, Calvin Coolidge made the 100-mile, overnight journey from Key West to Havana ...

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Rock Newman Show feat Judy Smith

The Rock Newman Show in conjunction with WHUT (Howard University Television) presents "An Evening with Judy Smith". Video was recorded from the Live December 5, 2013 broadcast in front of a studio audience at WHUT Studios. Native Washingtonian Judy Smith rose to fame on Capital Hill as one of it's most effective Crisis Management Experts. With her long list of high-profile clients from a variety of professi ...

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Blackonomics: Hillary and Bernie Discover and Re-Discover Black People

james Clingman says that the Black community should be asking candidates how much campaign money they’ve spent with Black-owned media, i.e. newspapers, radio. By James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist One thing is for sure; Black folks are enjoying this latest political mating dance with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders is discovering Black people in South Carolina and Georgia, and Clinton has r ...

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OP-ED Why President Barack Obama Is One of the Best Ever

Jeffrey L. Boney says that President Barack Obama accomplished a great deal during his first-term. By Jeffrey L. Boney NNPA News Wire Columnist President Barack Obama will go down in history, as arguably one of the most successful presidents of the United States. What he has been able to accomplish over his nearly eight years in office is remarkable – especially when you consider the level of obstructionism ...

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How the Obama Presidency Exposed America’s Unchanged Ways

By Deric Muhammad Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Houston Forward Times “It’s been a looooooong; a long time coming, but I know, a change gon’ come.” -Sam Cooke (A Change Gonna Come; 1964) It was 1964, in the throes of the Civil Rights movement, when Sam Cooke released his classic anthem “A Change Gonna Come.” Many don’t know that it was inspired by Cooke’s experience being turned away from a “Whites ...

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CFPB Orders Citibank to Refund $4.9 million to 2,100 consumers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA News Wire Columnist Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched a national initiative, dubbed Operation Collection Protection, to further protect consumers from unlawful practices related to debt collection. Now, in a report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), FTC summarized its results on behalf of consumers and additionally pledged to continue efforts wi ...

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Is The Bernie Sanders’ Campaign on Life Support Heading into Super Tuesday?

Roger Caldwell says that many people in the Democratic leadership think Sanders’ platform is too radical, and too far to the left. This photo was taken during a town hall meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. (Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons) By Roger Caldwell NNPA News Wire Columnist There are twelve states holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday, which is March 1, 2016. The Demo ...

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Diversity among Doctors Drives Trust in Health Care

Patricia Maryland says that it’s clear that more needs to be done to encourage African-Americans to pursue medical professions – and ensure the proper supports are in place to nurture diversity in the field. By Patricia Maryland NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist Black History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on the countless examples of the contributions that African-Americans have made to build our c ...

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