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Teachers Do Not Want Guns!

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson If Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were to consult the nation’s educators and law enforcement officials she would immediately dismiss any consideration of providing federal funding to states for the purpose of arming classroom teachers. Under her leadership, the department is currently mulling over the idea which has been promulgated by President Trump, and his allies …

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Bishop Marvin Winans & His Perfecting Church Being Sued By Housekeeper

A former church housekeeper is accusing Bishop Marvin Winans of firing her because she wasn’t tithing to his Perfecting Church in Detroit. In 2015 and 2016, LaKaiya Harris worked as a housekeeper at the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, and then at Perfecting Church. Harris lived in the church home on Nottingham Road in Detroit. She claims church officials charged her $500 a month to …

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COMMENTARY: What the Supreme Court Nomination Would Mean for Black Women

By La’Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM, Executive Director, New Voices for Reproductive Justice With the confirmation process underway for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Black women have certainly been voicing our opposition. There’s no sugar-coating it: confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would be disastrous for Black women. To begin, Kavanaugh has made it clear that he doesn’t support the right to abortion enshrined in Roe v. Wade – though seven in 10 …

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Three African-Americans Claim Rare Engineering Accomplishment

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Contributor The National Academy of Engineering has 83 new members this year, including a rare three African-Americans who are scheduled to be inducted in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 30. Lynden A. Archer, a James Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; Gary S. …

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Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’, will be buried August 31 in Detroit

Aretha Franklin, who died last week, will lie in repose August 28th and 29th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The public will be able to view her body in an open casket each of those days from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. A private funeral for family and friends will be held 10:00 …

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Ohio Pastor Darrell Scott Calls Trump “Most Pro-Black President…in Our Lifetime”

By Lauren Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) President Donald Trump recently met with a group of Black and Latino pastors about prison reform issues. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been meeting with journalists in off-the-record briefings on the issue of prison reform and is working with Congress to build support for the “Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act” (FIRST …

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Though Trump Continues to Distort the Messages of NFL Players: We Must Stand Together

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. (NNPA Newswire Contributor) As teams gear up for the NFL season, President Trump is reviving his destructive and diversionary attacks aimed at turning fans against players. The league office stepped in it, by unilaterally declaring that players who do not wish to stand during the national anthem, should stay in the locker room. The NFL …

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NNPA Hosts Screening of “The American King: As told by an African Priestess” Starring Akon

By Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Washington Correspondent) In an effort to improve ties between the African Diaspora and the Black community in America, Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata teamed up with Prince Adah Obekpa, Vanessa Teemsma and Joan McCarthy to make a comedic, yet timely, film titled “The American King: As Told by an African Priestess.” Obekpa served as an executive …

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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Awarded Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute

DALLAS, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson received the Texas Hospital Association’s (THA) Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award this week after being honored with the recognition in a ceremony in Washington, DC last month. The award recognizes Congresswoman Johnson for her commitment to good health care policy and support of policy issues of significance to health systems. “I am profoundly …

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Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder

DALLAS, TX – The Santos Vive Project, a coalition of North Texas organizations headed by Human Rights Dallas, will mark the 45th anniversary of the chilling murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez on July 24, 1973. A series of events are planned to remember a dark and fateful day in Dallas history. It was 2 o’clock in the morning when police dragged …

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