Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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IN MEMORIAM: Baseball icon Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron dies at 86

by Stacy M. Brown -- Baseball’s recognized home run king and an African-American hero, Henry “Hank” Aaron, has died at the age of 86. Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record on April 8, 1974, was not just a baseball legend but a hero...

FBI Vetting Troops Before Inauguration

by Stacy M. Brown -- The planning and push to secure President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration includes the vetting of those employed to keep them safe. U.S. defense officials have expressed deep concerns about a possible insider attack and threat from service...

Impeachment shame for Donald Trump, again!

Stacy M. Brown -- First came the testimony and closing arguments – Congress members laid out a four-year reign of terror that was Donald Trump’s presidency. Then came the verdict – Congress voted to impeach Trump, and in the process, placed an exclamation stamp at the...

‘Let It Be Known’ — NNPA rolls out live daily breaking news broadcast

For 194 years, the Black Press of America has remained the voice of the African American community and the soul of the nation. With more than 230 Black-owned newspapers and media companies comprising the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the Black Press’s contributions have remained...

SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: Walking is so much more than just exercise

by James A. Washington Jr. -- If I haven’t before, let me ask you now: Can somebody explain a “faith walk” to me?  I frequently refer to my own spiritual transformation that way and I’ve had others describe this “thing” that I’m on …’as you go...

What if the Capitol attackers had been African Americans?

by Stacy M. Brown --  After watching African Americans protest the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, many in Black communities called law enforcement’s response to Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol tepid at best. “So imagine Black folk was in this mix,”...

Boston Red Sox hire Bianca Smith as first Black woman coach in baseball history

by Stacy M. Brown -- Bianca Smith, an African-American woman, has made baseball history. Smith, who most recently served as an assistant baseball coach and hitting coordinator at Wisconsin’s Carroll University, was named a coach in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. Smith, 29, becomes the...

IN MEMORIAM: Rap Legend, Whodini’s John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, dies at 56

by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. --  The blogosphere is weeping over the loss of John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of the legendary rap group Whodini! Fletcher, known as “Ecstasy” was found dead in his Atlanta-area home Wednesday.  The Brooklyn rap trio Whodini! had hits throughout the 1980s including...

LL Cool J, Chuck D, founders talk Universal Hip Hop Museum in Black Press Livestream

by Stacy M. Brown -- In December, groundbreaking occurs on the historic Universal Hip Hop Museum. Officials promise that patrons will receive thorough analysis and an untainted view of the culture’s past by using leading-edge virtual and augmented reality technologies for an immersive online and offline...

African-American woman, Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, makes U.S. Naval Academy history

by Stacy M. Brown -- Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, a mechanical engineering major from Illinois, has been named brigade commander for the spring semester at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Barber, a track star with a stated desire to work as a Marine...