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Power of the Gavel: Five Black Caucus Members Set to Chair Committees in Congress

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor Along with what could be nine new members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the CBC will also likely feature five new Chairman wielding the gavel of five committees in the U.S. House. Rep. Maxine Waters is slated to chair...

OP-ED: The Chisholm Legacy

<img width="1400" height="730" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/shirley-chisholm-featured-web.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Shirley Chisholm, future member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-NY), announcing her candidacy, 25 January 1972, Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Reports. Light restoration by Adam Cuerden" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/shirley-chisholm-featured-web.jpg?w=1400&ssl=1 1400w,...

Espy’s Path to the U.S. Senate Includes Black, White and ‘Purple People’ of Mississippi 

<img width="1400" height="730" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Mike Espy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?w=1400&ssl=1 1400w, https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?resize=150%2C78&ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?resize=300%2C156&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?resize=768%2C400&ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?resize=1024%2C534&ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1400px) 100vw, 1400px" data-attachment-id="203909" data-permalink="https://www.blackpressusa.com/espy-endorsed-by-legislative-black-caucus/mike-espy/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" data-orig-size="1400,730" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Mike Espy" data-image-description="Mike Espy " data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?fit=300%2C156&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mike-Espy.jpg?fit=1024%2C534&ssl=1" /><img data-attachment-id="229067" data-permalink="https://www.blackpressusa.com/espys-path-to-the-u-s-senate-includes-black-white-and-purple-people-of-mississippi/espy_-mike-crowd/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Espy_-Mike-Crowd.jpg?fit=800%2C600&ssl=1"...

NAACP Launches “Text the Vote!” Campaign

<img width="1400" height="730" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/naacp-text-to-vote-featured-web.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Through the campaign, volunteers will download a mobile app and chat with voters to get out the vote, with hopes of reaching 600K infrequent Black American voters, during this critical election period. (Photo: NAACP)" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px;...

Ava DuVernay Confirms Prince Documentary in Works

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<img width="1400" height="730" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Prince playing at Coachella 2008. Photo by penner via Wikimedia Commons" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web.jpg?w=1400&ssl=1 1400w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web.jpg?resize=150%2C78&ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web.jpg?resize=300%2C156&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web.jpg?resize=768%2C400&ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web.jpg?resize=1024%2C534&ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1400px) 100vw, 1400px" data-attachment-id="226567" data-permalink="https://www.blackpressusa.com/ava-duvernay-confirms-prince-documentary-in-works/prince_at_coachella-featured-web/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" data-orig-size="1400,730" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Prince_at_Coachella-featured-web"...

A Comedy That Takes A Deeper Look Into Gentrification

<img width="1400" height="730" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-comedy.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="The Neighborhood appears on CBS Network Television. (Photo by Bill Onashita)" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-comedy.jpg?w=1400&ssl=1 1400w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-comedy.jpg?resize=150%2C78&ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-comedy.jpg?resize=300%2C156&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-comedy.jpg?resize=768%2C400&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-comedy.jpg?resize=1024%2C534&ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1400px) 100vw, 1400px" data-attachment-id="198425" data-permalink="https://www.blackpressusa.com/a-comedy-that-takes-a-deeper-look-into-gentrification/new-comedy-2/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/New-comedy.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" data-orig-size="1400,730" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="New...

A Black Woman in Texas Begins 5 Year Prison Sentence for Voting

<img width="1400" height="730" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?w=1400&ssl=1 1400w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?resize=150%2C78&ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?resize=300%2C156&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?resize=768%2C400&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?resize=1024%2C534&ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1400px) 100vw, 1400px" data-attachment-id="194218" data-permalink="https://www.blackpressusa.com/a-black-woman-in-texas-begins-5-year-prison-sentence-for-voting/voting-booth-imgage-web/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" data-orig-size="1400,730" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="voting-booth-imgage-web" data-image-description="(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA) " data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?fit=300%2C156&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/voting-booth-imgage-web.jpg?fit=1024%2C534&ssl=1" />NNPA...

Arthur Mitchell: Ballet Legend and Pioneer Dies at 84

By Nsenga Burton Ph.D., NNPA Newswire Contributor The world is mourning the loss of legendary choreographer Arthur Mitchell. Mitchell, who danced with the New York City Ballet from 1956-1968 and founded the groundbreaking and world renown Dance Theater of Harlem died Wednesday of heart failure. Jennifer Dunning...

COMMENTARY: Criticism of Rev. Jasper Williams Follow His Remarks at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

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<img width="1072" height="560" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/rev_jasper_williams_web-e1535916272799.jpg?fit=1072%2C560&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Rev. Williams referenced black-on-black crime, said single mothers are incapable of raising sons alone and proclaimed that black America has lost its soul and it’s “now time for black America to come back home.”" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px;...

Black Prisoners Join National Prison Strike

<img width="1800" height="967" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/prison_interior_web-e1535323146787.jpg?fit=1800%2C967" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="(Photo: iStockPhoto/NNPA)" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/prison_interior_web-e1535323146787.jpg?w=1800 1800w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/prison_interior_web-e1535323146787.jpg?resize=150%2C81 150w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/prison_interior_web-e1535323146787.jpg?resize=300%2C161 300w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/prison_interior_web-e1535323146787.jpg?resize=768%2C413 768w, https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/prison_interior_web-e1535323146787.jpg?resize=1024%2C550 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1800px) 100vw, 1800px" data-attachment-id="167623" data-permalink="http://www.blackpressusa.com/black-prisoners-join-national-prison-strike/prison-cells-in-big-jail-and-security-guard/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/prison_interior_web-e1535323146787.jpg?fit=1800%2C967" data-orig-size="1800,967" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"4","credit":"Getty Images/iStockphoto","camera":"NIKON D850","caption":"Prison cells in big jail and security guard.","created_timestamp":"1519729312","copyright":"This content...