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What communities of color should know about the Coronavirus

By Stacy M. Brown -- The coronavirus (COVID-19) is no longer a problem for China. And, it's not some passing bug that causes only little to worry. The deadly illness now has many in an almost panic-like state as new cases seemingly are diagnosed every...

Big insurance must help end surprise medical billing

by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. -- It is a serious financial problem that far too many African Americans – from impoverished individuals to working-class families — face these days in the bewilderingly complicated health-care market: Getting hit with an unexpected bill after a...

‘Hidden Figures’ pioneering mathematician never counted herself out

by Lauren Victoria Burke -- Katherine Johnson, the legendary NASA physicist and mathematician whose work played a key role in the early successes of the U.S. space program, passed away at 101 years old on the morning of February 24 in Newport News, Va. Johnson...

Death toll rises while outrage boils over conditions at Mississippi’s Parchman Prison

by Stacy M. Brown -- The crisis at Parchman Prison, the former slave plantation where more than two-thirds of inmates are African American, continued with the February 16, 2020 death of David Lee May. The death was the 18th at the penitentiary since December 29,...

EXCLUSIVE: Rev. Dr. William Barber Addresses Systemic Racism, Poverty & Voting Rights During Call with the Black Press

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In an exclusive telephone conference with the Black Press of America, the Rev. Dr. William Barber and his Poor People’s Campaign Co-Chair, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharris, said America has a moral crisis. “Democrats run from poverty and Republicans...

Activists return to Mississippi with Jay-Z and other celebs to close Parchman

A little over a week ago, the activist group Until Freedom, traveled from New York City to Jackson, Mississippi, in an effort to seek justice for the inmates in the Mississippi State Penitentiary

A Tribute to a Living Legend: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

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NNPA NEWSWIRE — In 1965, Lewis and fellow activist Hosea Williams led what was planned as a peaceful 54-mile march through Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. The march, a protest of the discriminatory practices and Jim Crow laws that prevented African Americans from voting,...

Family of Black Doctors Has Social Media Buzzing

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Perhaps, most impressive is that each of Dr. Oye’s four children followed in their father’s footsteps. David, Monique, Michelle, and Melissa Oye, each said they were inspired by their father and all have become doctors.

Community Reinvestment Act Changes Expected to Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Community Reinvestment Act was enacted in 1977 as a direct response to redlining, an unethical practice whereby banks and other lending institutions made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for residents of poor, inner-city communities to borrow money, get a mortgage, take out insurance or access other financial services. Redlining did not take into consideration an individual’s qualifications or creditworthiness.

Trump Signs Future Act to Help HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “A few months ago, funding for HBCUs was in jeopardy. But the White House and Congress came together and reached a historic agreement. For the first time ever, I signed legislation to permanently fund HBCUs and other institutions that primarily serve...