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Missing Black Girls and the Individuals and Organizations Trying to Help

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Have you seen Iniaya Wilson? Just 14, Iniaya has been missing from her Columbus, Ohio home since January 25. She’s African American, has brown hair and brown eyes; standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds. Have you seen...

New Interactive Website Featuring Henry Louis Gates, Tracks Slave Voyages

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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In his PBS series, “Finding Your Roots …” Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents guests whose roots cover the globe – from Samoa, Nigeria, Taiwan and Sicily to Iran, Ireland, India and Cuba – and almost everywhere in between. Each...

UNCF Delivers First ‘State of HBCUs’ Address in Washington

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Nana-Ama Brookman, a senior at Virginia Union, said she wouldn’t be on the cusp of graduating with honors and with a degree in mass communications and criminal justice, if it weren’t for the United Negro College Fund. When she...

First Ladies Health Initiative featured on journal cover

By The Chicago Crusader We’ve heard the numbers. The statistics are alarming. African American and Latino communities suffer from a higher prevalence of preventable, systemic illnesses such as Hepatitis, Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, and even certain forms of Cancer. Cases of sexually-transmitted diseases have also reached...

Chicago Police Announce “Shift” in Investigation Regarding Jussie Smollett Case, Confusion

by Laruen Victoria Burke -- On the night of February 16, the Chicago Police Department announced that their investigation into the alleged hate attack on actor Jussie Smollett had “shifted.”  The actor was allegedly attacked by two men in the early morning hours of January...

Legislation introduced to award Aretha Franklin with Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and Representative Brenda Lawrence (all D-MI) on Tuesday introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural...

Baseball trailblazer, civil rights icon Frank Robinson dead at 83

by Stacy M. Brown --  Frank Robinson, a trailblazing figure who was Major League Baseball’s first African American manager and one of its greatest players during a career that spanned 21 seasons, died Thursday after a prolonged illness, according to pro baseball’s premiere website, MLB.com. Robinson...

Sen. Cory Booker announces 2020 run for the White House

by Lauren Victoria Burke --  Though much of the 2020 Election attention this week went to former Starbucks Coffee executive Howard Schultz, the end of the week held a surprise entry: Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. It was widely expected that Sen. Booker would run,...

In a historic 1st, male cheerleaders will perform at the Super Bowl

by Mo Barnes -- Not to be confused with stuntmen, who are part of the cheerleading squad, these men will perform all the same moves as their female counterparts. Performing for the Los Angeles Rams will be Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, who were named as cheerleaders for...

“Big Sister” Barbara Lee’s Advice for the New Women of Color in Congress

“You have to break through all of that sexism and racism. You have to really confront that all of the time.” By Christina Cauteruci There’s a crew of new women in Congress who’ve become fast friends since the election. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar,...