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  • Breaking the Code of Silence

    Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools'® National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change. His first book, All Souls: A F...
  • Unfinished Business: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    "The purpose of the law is simple . . . those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide service to the public." ~ ...
  • Debt Settlement Programs are Misleading

    You've probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed c...
  • Supreme Court Seeks to Gut Labor Unions

    The Supreme Court's decision in the case of Harris v Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating on their behalf. The Suprem...
  • Huntington Memorial Hospital Partners with Day One to Promote Safer Cycling

    Riding in Pasadena and Altadena without a helmet or lights after nightfall? Not only may you be breaking the law, but you're putting yourself at greater risk for serious injury. Thanks to a new partnership between Day One and Huntington Memorial Hospital...
  • Popular E-Waste Recycling & Document Shredding Event

    Residents and businesses can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal documents shredded at the City's popular electronic "E-Waste" event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside ...
  • Robey Theatre Company Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

    . . . With the First Annual Paul Robeson Theatre Festival at Los Angeles Theatre CenterTwo-Day Event Over the last two decades, The Robey Theatre Company has acquired a reputation for itself as a producing entity of distinction, presenting stage works of...
  • Have Black Girls Been Overlooked . . .

    Why Are 40 Percent of Black Females Dropping Out? Why has America and the Black community been silent about this epidemic? We hear so much about the 47 percent dropout rate among Black males, but I believe a 40 percent dropout rate among Black females is...
  • Public Invitied to ‘Rain or Shine’ Art Show

    The City's Adaptive Recreation Art Program debuts artwork created by local artists with disabilities beginning Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Armory Center for the Arts. The public is invited to a free opening reception 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, July 12, ...
  • Concussions a Greater Problem for Black Youth

    Washington, D.C. - (NNPA) – Despite the flurry of news about NFL lawsuits over concussions, the problem affects far more athletes at the high school and junior high school level, according to the federal government statistics. In 2009 alone, nearly 250...
  • Sports Watching and Wondering

    More Than I Can Handle! I can remember when writing these Articles was a simple, straight forward task. There were a few games being played and some athlete was getting married, while another was getting divorced. This was something that I thought that I...
  • The Haves, the Have Nots, and the Whatnots

    When it comes to politics, I am as confused as the politicians themselves. I do not like to discuss politics because I do not understand it and just as soon as you understand one opinion, everything changes and you do not know where you are at. Just as so...
  • Living Without Independence

    Freedom! My own apartment. Wow! At seventeen years old during the 1960s, I discovered my independence. Nobody to tell me what time to go to bed or when to clean my room. With this new independence, I once went for a walk after midnight just because I coul...
  • Letters of Instruction

    Estate plans should be "evergreen". In other words, they should be living documents that can be changed and/or updated at any time so they are always a current reflection of one's personal situation and preferences. When I prepare estate plans, I always ...
  • Are You One of the 500-plus U.S. Women Launching a Business Today?

    Your Competitive Advantage May Surprise You! What's your best advice for women in business? It's a question I hear frequently as more and more women strike out on their own, whether it's to start their own company, write a book, turn their great idea in...
  • Three Red Flags That She’s Too Good to be True

    Avoid a Scam, or Worse, When Navigating the Dating Scene Not only have online dating sites opened up a whole new dynamic for singles looking for company – attitudes about the viability of these sites have become more positive. The Pew Research Center ...
  • Grow Your Talent Pool: Recruit People Over 55

    Part One of a Two-Part Series Are you overlooking a valuable pool of prospective employees and volunteers? Are you unknowingly operating from out-dated stereotypes of "senior citizens" and leaving talent sitting on the sidelines? In today's lexicon "tal...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton Surprised with Essence Festival Icon Award

    Presented to Him by the Mothers of Trayvon Martin and Amadou Diallo and the Fiancée of Sean Bell (l-r): Vanessa K. Bush, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief; Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Rever...
  • Democrats ‘Ain’t Loyal’

    Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown's song: "Hoes Ain't Loyal." Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, "Democrats ain't loyal." They ...
  • NNPA President’s Statement on 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

    Yesterday, July 2, 2014 marked the solemn 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing into law the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I use the term "solemn" to describe that incredibly historic and awesome "victory" moment in the United States for th...

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